Back to the build

Feed, burp, sleep, cry, change, feed, burp, sleep, repeat. Parenthood is pretty rock and roll.

Our little Italian bundle of poop and puke (who is awesome by the way) has slowed us down a bit on the renovation front over the past couple of months. In all honesty, we’ve barely even thought about it. But now, with an extra mouth to feed and tiny little head to shelter, we’re feeling the need to push on and make some progress.

It's just a bit of patching up really...

It’s just a bit of patching up really…

We’ve started by choosing a main contractor. It’s taken a quite remarkable six months but it feels great to finally know who we’re going to be entrusting with our life savings. Predictably, he was the first one to quote, way back in July, but at that point he was only quoting on the roof. He’s a friend of a friend (this is Italy after all…) and impressed us straight away, but you can’t just go with the first quote so we kept plugging away.

To be fair, we’ve learnt a lot over the past six months and we now have a far better handle on the whole process, so maybe it’s all for the best. We still have a lot of things to work out, but at least we know what we need to work out!

For now though, our next step is to get the builder, our architect and geometra together to hammer through the plans and fine-tune a few things. And then, finally, we might just be able to get started. I can’t wait!

Anyway, I’d best go. Burping and looking at photos of kitchens wait for no man.

Piemonte farmhouse renovating

It’s going to look like this in no time…

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29 responses to “Back to the build

  1. Sounds like your having a great time! Did you ever think you’d be so smitten. My 11yr old has turned and has his head in a book all waking hours, I haven’t heard him speak in days…how things change. Enjoy the cuddles

  2. It’s so exciting to hear that all your plans are about to start taking shape. Glad to see you’ve got your heads around the first chapter of parenting. I agree with bakeritalia: Enjoy every minute of it, because the next time you blink they are all grown up. My first born now wears size 12 shoes, towers over me, pinches me glass of beer and tells me off for my driving skills. He provides a mean cuddle though 🙂

    • I’m kind of hoping our daughter will never wear size 12 shoes and steal my beer, but I guess you never know… 😉 We’re doing our best to enjoy it. There are tough moments but overall I’d say it’s going well. We just want to get on with our house now so that she has an awesome place to live!

  3. Oh those were the days, when she would stay where we put her and didn’t have a head that spins 360 degrees ( the joys of the tween years). i still remember how long it would take us to burp Carina by the time Luca came along we were experts.

    So good to hear your renovations are moving along, I was in awe of Colleen and her Geometra experience, it’s the first positive one I’ve heard about. Give our love to your girls, xxx

    Hope to catch up once we are all better, xx

    • Well, if you fancy a bit of burping, feel free to pop over and show us how it’s done! I think I spend far too long getting puked on…

      I was in awe too. A geometra who works really hard!? I spent a while chatting to Colleen on facebook, she was really helpful and supportive, she even got Gianni, the geomtra, to help out. If we end up with something half as good as their place I’d be delighted!

      Give our best to Sam, it sounds like he’s had a tough time of it lately, and I hope you all feel better soon. And stay warm!!

  4. We’ve finally got around to making interior doors after a year of living with big holes in the walls where they should be. Good luck with the project and the wee one.

  5. I remember this is the way we went.. We started off our renovation with a new roof. It was a good feeling to start putting good things back to our farmhouse. What kind of roof tiles have you chosen?

    • Yeah, I can’t wait for the new roof to go on. I just want the rain to stop now so that we can get started!! About 50 percent of the roof is already tiled with typical Piemontese tiles, so we’ll do it all like that with reclaimed tiles.

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