I’ve been quiet for a couple of weeks because there wasn’t much going on while permits are in process. This week, the work has officially begun. There is a required notice posted on the front door of the palazzo indicating the owner (me), the project manager (Architect Caterina Scotti), and the construction company that won the project. The architect works with an engineer and handles all of the technical drawings, documentation, permits, and manages the work site. So far all I have paid for is a fee to the Comune di Firenze — 250 euro for Diritti di Segreteria, which literally translates to Secretary Rights, but is a private works registry fee paid to the city.
The real tools have arrived and the ceramic tile floor has been covered for protection. The only thing I could do at this point was wrap bubble plastic around the remaining door frames to protect them from getting damaged during construction.
The electrician arrived today to disconnect the electricity and add the work site electric connection which is more powerful. He also removed the electrical panels.
In the kitchen, the upper part of the nitch has been removed. It was discovered that the tube for the cook top exhaust was curved through the bathroom, hidden in the upper space and directed out a little window above the bathroom. For the new system, it will be better to route the tube to the original chimney, or out the exterior window, but without curving the tube more than 45°.
In no time at all, with an electric hammer, the cement intonico was removed and will be re-plastered. The bricks are in nice shape, but the kitchen cabinetry is going there, so it will be mostly covered anyway. The walls also need to be squared off better for the eventual kitchen installation.
In the bathroom, the low ceiling (220 cm) was removed because it is too low and should be minimum 240 cm. Above this low ceiling was a storage area. There are arched vaults, but they are not nice enough to leave exposed. Seen on the right of the photo below, is a rusty steel framing brace. A new one will replace it 20 cm higher so that the bathroom ceiling is 240 cm in the central area with a higher ceiling above the shower stall near the window. See that little window where the kitchen exhaust went outside?
The plaster in the bathroom was also removed, revealing a nice stone wall. This wall could be left exposed if cleaned and treated. Or it can be plastered over for a new wall and painted. Hmmm…what should I do? I won’t be tiling that wall except where the shower will be located.