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July 23, 2013
In compliance with strict regulations on historical renovations, these five Italian homes deftly incorporate original structure into modern remodels.
sandstone and teak facade of remodeled Italian house

When Guido and Sabrina Chiavelli left their tiny apartment in Asolo to begin their family life in the northern Italian countryside, they chose to renovate a crumbling sandstone farmhouse. The desire to preserve the building's original structure while adding a modern aesthetic led the couple to augment the stone walls with teak panels and wide windows.

Photo by Helenio Barbetta.

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White dining room w/ wooden and wicker furniture.

A 17th-century oil mill in Salento, Italy, was whitewashed and updated for contemporary living, but its original stonework peeks through in the dining room and textures walls throughout the home.

Photo by Francesco Bolis.

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Originally appeared in Modern Meets Ancient in a Renovated Italian Vacation Home
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This 1930s farmhouse on the coast of Tuscany is sited on a podere, land claimed from the low-lying salt marshes by the Fascist government in the early decades of the 20th century. The Dutch technique of “podering” the landscape refers to the process of cr

To escape the chaos of Rome on the weekends, a family of four commissioned the renovation of a 1930s farmhouse on a sprawling plot of Tuscan coastline. Built during a Fascist land reclamation project during a controversial part of Italian history, the house has ties to the past that architectural firm Labics preserved by keeping the original limestone walls intact.

Photo by Jacob Langvad.

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Originally appeared in Somewhere Under the Tuscan Sun
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White sofa in loft apartment.

Italian designer Paola Navone remodeled a 19th-century factory in Spello, Italy, to serve as a family home. She added reclaimed wood floors and whitewashed the building's original structure to turn one double height room into a spacious two-story apartment.

Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen.

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Originally appeared in Paola Navone's Industrial Style Renovation in Italy
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collage of interior and exterior of modernized Italian home with historical facade

Syracuse, Italy, has architectural history dating back to the ancient Greeks. So, architect Francesco Moncada carefully preserved his home's 18th-century facade to fit in with the historical surroundings, but modernized the interior into a contemporary classic.

Photos by Gunnar Knechtel.

 
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sandstone and teak facade of remodeled Italian house

When Guido and Sabrina Chiavelli left their tiny apartment in Asolo to begin their family life in the northern Italian countryside, they chose to renovate a crumbling sandstone farmhouse. The desire to preserve the building's original structure while adding a modern aesthetic led the couple to augment the stone walls with teak panels and wide windows.

Photo by Helenio Barbetta.

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