The house before work began at Kovaci, IstriaWhen we bought Kovaci in January 2012, we were buying ‘potential’.  While both buildings were structurally sound – for example, neither roofs leaked, they had been long neglected and used only as storage. 

Built in the 1860s, the house was last occupied in 1974 and had since been standing empty. Amazingly its staircase and upstairs floorboards were still OK, but it clearly needed a lot of TLC to fulfill its potential.

Built around the same time, the barn was in fantastic shape and had magnificent stone walls. But it was a barn, designed for cattle beneath and a hay loft above, so wasn’t exactly configured for holday makers! It needed a total rework with new stairs, windows and floors.

Work started immediately and you can follow its progress in my Restoration diary. Also available are:


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