5 Modern Historical Home Renovations in Italy

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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.
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  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.

    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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  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.  Photo by: Francesco Bolis

    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.

    Photo by: Francesco Bolis

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  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.  Photo by: Jacob Langvad

    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.

    Photo by: Jacob Langvad

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  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.  Photo by: Wichmann + Bendtsen

    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.

    Photo by: Wichmann + Bendtsen

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  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. 

    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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