ITALY, TUSCANY, LUCCA, BAGNI DI LUCCA
Barn to restore in a beautiful area above the thermal baths of Bagni di Lucca, and about 2.5km from the town, with good views of many of the surrounding villages.
The building is on two floors and has a total floor area of approx 65m2.
Dating from the early 1800s, it was originally used as a base for hunting until 1937, when new sanitary rules meant animals could no longer be kept in the inhabited farmhouse, and the animals were moved to the ground floor of this building. During the war the building was abandoned and used just for storage.
The only remaining trace of the original use of the building can be seen on the ground floor, where some fresco decorations with deep-blue panels, and dark painted skirting can be seen.
The building therefore requires complete restoration, respecting its architectural and historical characteristics.
The restoration project (already approved, but now lapsed so needs renewing) foresees a series of works to restore the building closely to its original form, connecting the floors, modifying window and door openings. It is envisaged that the vent on the West side will be conserved, which although not an original feature, is an integral part of the building and should be kept.
In addition to the main part of the building, there are 2 attached parts – a loggia open on 3 sides, and another, partly fallen in, open on 1 side.
These two elements were probably added when the building first housed animals, to store the feed.
New planning regulations now mean that these two areas can be closed in to form more habitable space.
Total works required are –
– loose stone foundations on the ground floor, with brick dividing walls, and stregthening of the floors.
– replacement of beams.
– replacement of wooden doors and windows
– new sewerage system, installing up-to-date drain-away system
– installation of new fixtures and fittings, including cotto flooring, wooden doors, and decorated plaster walls in keeping with the original decorations.
– external rendering of walls, with traditional local plaster.
Land approx 2500m2
The house is only accessible on foot, parking about 50m away in small piazza.
It is possible to connect to mains electricity and water, connections are nearby.