As you’d expect, most of the surprises we’ve stumbled across so far during the renovation have been of the relatively bad kind… supporting walls that don’t exist, rotten beams, snakes in the well (that’s not a sequel to a very bad film, it’s a real thing!), but we’ve finally uncovered a couple of rather nice surprises.
I say we, it was actually A, who came bounding up to us all excited, as usual, to pronounce that in cutting tracks for the electrician and plumber they’d found that some of the walls were just fakes, concealing beautiful old stone walls behind. Now we’re talking.
Imagine his surprise when we told him to go ahead and uncover them. He looked like he was going to cry with joy! They will need pointing and sandblasting, plus some clever lighting, but they already look pretty good.
One even has a secret passage. Okay, it doesn’t actually go very far, but there’s a sink in there, bizarrely, and it’s exciting to find these spaces that nobody knew existed.
The make-up of the house remains a total mystery. It’s been added to over time and nobody, not even the old man who lived here for many years, knows which bits are original and what was added on when. In many places old and new join together in the same wall, with Langhe stone meeting old brick, meeting new brick in the space of just a few centimetres, and there are outlines of external windows and doors in the middle of internal walls.
Still, there’s definitely more to the place than meets the eye and we’re very gradually finding it. It’s good to know we’re not only bringing the house up-to-date, but also restoring some of its former glory. Bringing back its character. What’s more, we’ve got builders who understand and appreciate what we’re trying to do, so, quite frankly, we’re very happy with things right now!