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19 February 2024 •   

Restoration or restructuring?

Restauro vs ristrutturazione: definizioni e differenze

What does restoration mean and what is its context? Often in conversation it would come up that my interlocutor's grandfather or relative had restored the so-called 'casa vecchia' in Veneto, also known as the 'casa vecia'.

Are we sure that the operation was a restoration, or was it a restructuring? These terms are often used interchangeably, but in fact, their meanings are very different.

Starting from the definition!

Restoration - noun [ C or U ] : Restoration is the process of conservation and reintegration, as far as possible and especially where appropriate, of the damaged elements of buildings and monuments, the aim being to preserve the original structure and design of the building or monument. This also applies to works of art, furniture, objects of artistic, historical or anthropological value, books, and manuscripts.

The current trend in restoring artifacts and works of art is towards conservative restoration. Unlike historical restoration (which aimed to remake works with often substantial modifications) conservative restoration aims to respect the authenticity of the works and, in some cases, reconstruct missing parts. Specifically in architectural restoration, interventions aim to preserve the building's functionality.

restructuring - noun [ C or U ] : Restructuring involves making interventions to partially or completely transform a building organism. This entails adding, removing or modifying installations and structural elements with the aim of achieving a more efficient and appropriate building.

Restructuring can take place in various forms, such as changing the structure, facilities, and equipment, to improve, expand, or even rebuild.

Restauro vs ristrutturazione: definizioni e differenze

Where is the doubt?

Choose your context: the outskirts of a city, full of neighborhoods that have been there since the early post-war period. The town is populated by a succession of rustic courtyards and houses converted or built during the economic boom. The rural landscape is dotted with rustic cottages and barns full of character, some stripped of their atavistic charm by recent interventions, others in a state of complete abandonment.

These areas and the typical buildings found in them are where "Granny Houses" come from. These homes are often full of memories and have a very personal charm.

Pay attention!

Heritage areas do not offer discounts, and being part of a protected area is not a defining characteristic of monumental mansions. It is also important to protect minor architecture, including abandoned gems such as old houses. Depending on the level of protection, various interventions can be made. You can still have your dream home, but with a rich historic appearance.

Follow the page to learn about the phases of Restoration and Restructuring, and follow a practical case step-by-step!
Remember, the level of protection for a building is public information. To find out, consult your municipality's website. If you have any questions or need clarification, feel free to contact me here.

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