I have been promising the first renovation update for weeks – seven weeks, to be exact – then, well, things kept getting in the way. You know, “things” like: tearing down walls, gutting ancient bathrooms, pulverizing a horrendous kitchen down to the floor studs, researching, choosing, and sourcing materials – all in a language not … More Renovation Lucca Update: Week 7
They say patience is a virtue. Well, you my friend, are overflowing with virtues. Thanks for coming along with us on the crazy, seemingly-never-ending journey. I have enjoyed revisiting and sharing each of these properties with you and I hope it’s served as a mini-travelogue. I have always believed to better understand a place and … More Home Search Lucca: Which Property Do We Choose?
Just a note: A wrote this article earlier this week and, for a variety of reasons, almost didn’t share it today. Then I was reminded that there’s a dear friend out there who has been key to our house search and life in Lucca. This friend has shared his expert advice, come to our rescue … More The Proud Papa, A Nobile Floor, or An Even-Pinker Palace: Home Search Lucca, v2.3
It’s been a hoot – as this native Alabama girl has been known to say a time or two to describe something exceptionally fun and interesting – to receive your comments and messages after the 1st installment of our Lucca Home Search 2.0 adventure. And, truly, I don’t want to oversell anything, but I must … More Pink Suburban Palace, Canalside Reno-Special, or Boho Birdhouse in Centro: Home Search Lucca, Italy V 2.1
A bone-chilling buzz from a drill breaking through into stone walls built to withstand centuries. The clang of hammers ricocheting from one dwelling to another, echoing in waves along the cobblestones. Metal scraping metal like tapered fingernails across a chalkboard. Voices of workers rising and falling in a head-scratching, spin-cycle of disagreement and debate. For … More River Dream, Private Garden, or Sunny Charm: Home Search Lucca, Italy: V. 2.0