The New House: An Update

Second Story Staircase

Work on the new house is moving right along!  In fact, it’s practically done!  Yesterday, Flavio – our fallegname di fiducia, or faithful woodworker and furniture builder – came to get the precise measurements for the kitchen, kitchen pantry, bathroom sink base, inside doors, baseboards and hallway armoir.

Yeah, he’s basically in charge of everything that has anything to do with wood in the house.  So far he’s put in the second story staircase.  Which I can finally clean up since everyone is done painting.  (I seriously don’t understand how people can make such a mess when they work and then not clean up after themselves.)

And he’s also done the wooden flooring that’s in both bedrooms, the hallway and the guest bathroom.  It doesn’t have the final coat of finish on it yet – he’ll be coming back to do that when most of the other work is done.  We really love the flooring, which is an industrial flooring made up of lots of little pieces…a picture says a thousand words:

This week Luca tried his hand at some Venetian stucco in the guest bathroom.  It came out really cool!  He’s still polishing it up some more, so I’ll post another picture when it’s all done.  But here’s one from yesterday.  If you’re not familiar with it (I wasn’t!), Venetian stucco is a sort of polished plaster.

Venetian Stucco

Basically you apply two or three layers of really thick “paint” with a chocolate spreader (well, that’s what I call it, it’s a type of metal spatula), keeping it at 30° and you have to really spread it a lot and let it dry between coats.  Then  you polish it (we learned a trick that involves drying and buffing with a hair dryer that works great).  When it’s done, the wall isn’t a uniform color and it looks like glass!  It feels like glass too.  It’s a very cool finish.  For the moment, we’re just doing the one pillar in the guest bathroom dark red, but we already bought two other jars of grey  to put somewhere else (not exactly sure where we’re going to use it because the original idea has been shot down…if you need any grey venetian stucco, let me know).  In the picture at the left it hasn’t been polished yet.

I’m so excited for my camera di creatività (creativity room)!!  I might move in early so I have somewhere to store all my stuff.  It’s such a pain having to haul everything out every time I want to do a craft or hem a skirt.  I’m already dreaming up things I can do in the room and collecting some interior design ideas.  You can check them out on Pinterest and leave comments if you want.

I amazingly managed to convince Luca that we needed some more color in the house and here’s our new green wall on the stairway that goes up to the third floor:

Now that it’s there he loves it as much as I do – a little color never hurt anyone, though sometimes you have to be courageous to use it.

Here’s a video I took on Febuary 13th to give you a better idea of the layout of the house.


  1. Carrie · June 6, 2011

    Any chance any of those guys want to come visit NC and work for free? (OK maybe for beeer??) 🙂 Looks like it is coming along well… did you repaint the “creativity room”?

    PS the little captions on the video were hilarious 🙂 I guess I should make a video of our house eventually! haha 🙂

  2. Matt · June 6, 2011

    So awesome!!! Great video work you guys!! Thanks for the GREAT update!! The house is looking fantastic! Beautiful floors—very cool product! The polished stucco looks cool! Nice terrace! Every sentence I have written has needed an exclamation mark, so you know I am stoked!! Which room is the big window in? Or did that change to the 3 smaller windows in the third? Creativity room—Ding! Bonus! What’s going on on the 1st floor?

    It was nice to see the photos of the rents—thanks for sharing. Looks like you ate and drank your way around piedmont, as one should. Ciao to all in Verduno!

  3. Matt · June 11, 2011

    Watched it again, this time on a computer vs. my iphone, so I got to see the comments. Too bad about the window… I also “noticed” Luca trying to lock you into the bathroom. Awesome! Heading to Keuka tonight—might give your folks a ring to say hello. Ciao ciao ciao for now!

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