The seed of inspiration to create a blog of our Italian adventure came from my extended entries in our Restoration Diary thread on the Scalea Forum. We directed the restoration of our main casa from Oregon (I had never even frequented blogs until I found Art and Barb’s while surfing for real estate in Italy). After we bought our casa, a smaller one below us was put up for sale which we also bought. We were very relieved because we realized we needed room for guests and a storage area. Now we've saved some money and it’s time to restore #14.
We could use your input into a couple of decisions we have to make.
First, we have two possible floor plans. It’s important to decide soon because it influences where the plumbing and electricity will go.
Before I get into that, I’ll give you a tour of the place--uh, as it is:
You get to it by going down the stairs seen behind the little Japanese maple in this photo. When you come in, you see the little kitchen with fireplace. The cabinets are gone and behind them is the wall we want to remove.
The ceiling needs to be removed and the wood beams restored or replaced.
The bathroom is currently a fright on the right as you enter and the door to the basement is on the left.
The soggiorno (living space) has a nice view of the sea through the doors leading to the terrace as does the bedroom. The wall with the photo of the Italian fellow is the other side of the one we want to remove.
Here are the two floor plans I sketched out after sweating out the measurements for a week (there is no such thing as anything even close to square in these old places):
Advantages of Floor Plan A: Plumbing gets to stay close to where it is. Big living area.
Advantages of Floor Plan B: More space for hanging cabinets in the kitchen. Living space is by the fire.
You tell me.
The only vision that is completely clear for me is my vision for the bath.
I just love this sink (minus the white light thingies)
And the shower will be just glass doors at the end of the room (see pink nightmare photo above). Don't know what kind of tile yet, except that I think large squares rather than small tiles.
Please leave a comment on your floor plan choice or anything else that comes to mind like what kind of things would you want out of the design if you were a guest? What kind of kitchen, etc.