Our house has a strange and somewhat confusing set-up. It’s about 40-metres long and ten metres deep. The whole back section is storage and isn’t quite full-height upstairs (we have to do something about that). The two ends are currently completely untouched stable areas.
The central front section, though, has already been renovated. Sadly for us, the renovation took place in the 1990s. I remember this as a great decade, what with Britpop, Euro ’96, starting university, even West Ham had a couple of good seasons… but apparently in the Piemontese house restoration game, it was a very dark time.
Every room in the house has wonderful brick vaulted ceilings. Or, at least, they should. Apparently in the 90s it was the fashion to cover them over with an inch or so of plaster and paint them white. Sure, it makes the house brighter, but when you have dozens of south-facing windows brightness isn’t really a huge issue.
So, my first, and possibly only job, given my complete ineptitude when it comes to DIY, is to remove this plaster and reveal the brickwork underneath.
I was hoping it might come off quite easily, ideally in large chunks, but to the builders’ credit, they did a great job. Several hours of hammering and chiselling has revealed about a metre of brickwork, covered the entire house in dust and filled my hair with plaster. I’m still finding bits now. Three days later.
I’ve been told I can use a drill with a hammer function, so my next task is to translate that into Italian and head to the DIY store. Who knows what I’ll end up with. Based on my last experience probably several drills, and various other tools I have no need for. Wish me luck!
*In case you haven’t guessed, Piemonte-Property are not the estate agents we had problems with. They are great. And this house is still for sale. If you’re interested in buying a property in the area, you should check them out.