Back in the fall of 2019 when we were hosting my college friends at Casa Avventura, we had no idea it would be the last time we would be able to visit Le Marche for almost two years. Finally we are here and it has been fun to see just what has changed and how much things have grown in the interim. It’s also fun to revisit old pictures of the construction and compare to today.
We began the project at the very end of 2016. We visited in May of 2017 and then again in July to see how the house was progressing and to make selections for kitchen and bath finishes, floor tile, stain for the wood beams, etc. This is what it looked like then:
And this is what it looks like now:
While the house was being built we also started construction on the swimming pool:
The pool in all its glory:
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4 thoughts on “Casa Avventura: Then and Now From 2017 to 2021”
I’ve often thought about you too, especially during the lockdown. I have re-read your story many times. It’s an inspiration for our adventure. We are closing next week on our land in Abruzzo and starting the process. So excited. Thank you again for sharing your journey!
Thanks, Stacy. Best of luck with your project. It will be exciting! Ed
Thank you. Your experiences inform many of us Yanks, who love Le Marche for so many reasons.
I came close to building a home near Potenza Picena, only to be short-circuited by SARS-CoV-2 and advancing age. Given the catastrophic damage in Amatrice and Camerino from earthquakes, I can appreciate the need for adequate engineering. Despite the obvious high caliber of the workmanship on your home and others I have visited on-site, it’s the slow pace of approvals and the incredible number of submissions and revisions that frustrate the task of building.
Hi Dan- Building is especially challenging now. Five years on the government is finally paying out for the damage done during the earthquakes of 2016. All the tradespeople are so busy with the extensive repair work that it’s hard to get someone to work on new construction. Maybe at this point it’s smarter to buy an existing home. There are some good deals out there now!