TRANSFORMATIONS - NO. 1

ARE YOU UP FOR A RENOVATION PROJECT IN 2021? HERE IS A SNEAK PREVIEW OF A CORTONA TOWN HOUSE UNDERGOING WORKS...

Are you up for a renovation project in 2021? If you’re one of those clever people who can see potential in sad, grim-looking homes, but don’t necessarily have the time to transform one personally, then look no further.
This town centre property was bought from Cortona International in 2019 by a UK client with little time available to dedicate to a renovation project. She was looking for a semi-turnkey solution with minimal involvement and wanted Helpworksitalia (that’s me!) to be involved as co-ordinator/translator.
BEDROOM BEFORE
BEDROOM AFTER
 After making introductions to the Fedi Technical Studio – which HWI has worked with for over 20 years - she and I were escorted around various properties, all restored and interior designed by the studio, in order to establish what sort of finishes she liked (and those she didn’t!). 
Understanding his client’s psyche, according to Ervis – the young, dynamic architect who is a recent addition to the Fedi team (and who now speaks very passable English) – is fundamental to a successful transformation; if home, as they say, is where the heart is, Ervis has to identify with his client on a personal as well as professional level in order to deliver what he/she wants.
BATHROOM BEFORE AND AFTER
SHOWER
A firm rapport was established between the two during the following weeks in which various project designs for the ground floor area were presented – to be realised in a more rustic and simplistic style than that of the first floor – as well as copious photographs of different finishes, fittings and fixtures that were exchanged across the internet.
While awaiting permissions, further meetings were held: Team Fedi presented colour schemes, floor choices, photographs of internal doors with antique latches, handcrafted lighting etc… Fortunately, we also firmed up ideas for the first floor works which the client hoped to do in 2020 – which was fortuitous foresight given the arrival of Covid just when works were set to begin!
My role of co-ordinator and translator became redundant by the time detailed spread sheets with itemised costs for all works and materials were supplied and approved.  Ervis’s English which had already been decent had improved tenfold and it was obvious to both the client and myself that he was more than capable of co-ordinating works without me.
With the client’s final thumbs up, works commenced, the only proviso being that the downstairs apartment be ready for use in time for the New Year festivities end 2019 which was a tall order given that works only began on  2nd December!!!
But they did it….thanks, literally, to an exceptional team of builders and tradesmen working round the clock.  The client couldn’t have been more thrilled and will write her own story when she can find the time (and words!!)
The Fedi team is now completing works on the first floor….which will be another post!
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Alison Koetser, 23/01/2021 19:00:58
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