Extending the Parking Level More Earth Being Moved

Place to Extend Parking Area at a new house in Le Marche
Place to Extend Parking Area
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Since the property is shaped like a triangle, with the narrow angle being up the hill above the house, we’re a little cramped on parking area, and just as important, in the turning area to get faced uphill. Francisc noted that as the earthmoving has developed, we were left with a bit of “dead space” adjacent to the parking area. He suggested that we use it to provide some breathing room.

Using the area this way means we need to extend the parking area retaining wall toward the south side of the property. The work comes with a price tag, of course, but it seems like a worthwhile investment.

It requires the wall extension and then more backfill.In the end we will be left with a much better turning area and a chance to get a straight shot going uphill.

Backfill Work Behind Wall at a new house in Le Marche
Backfill Work Behind Wall
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Also, as part of this work, they have started to face the retaining wall with stone and to put some topsoil over the terra armata.

Working Above Retaining Wall
Stone Wall at Right Top
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Here are a lot more pictures of this work, which extended over several days.

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Considering Some Road Modifications Eliminating Some Difficult Turns

In my mind, I keep coming back to the issue of access to the property. Just like with the drainage issue, my concern is caused by the hillside the house is built on. Plus, we don’t own the land that the access road — or even the driveway — is on. This further limits our options.

To be precise, the problem isn’t really getting to the house; it’s leaving that is the problem.

Here’s an overhead view of the shape of the last half-kilometer or so of the access. There are two sharp turns: at the top of the driveway, turn A is a bit over 90 degrees and the subsequent turn B is just a tad less severe.

Now a look from the side, showing the slopes of the sections. (This slope drawing is rough; I’m sure I’ve made the sections steeper than they really are, but I think it illustrates the problem.)

The problem at A is that it follows an upslope, meaning you have to keep your speed as you enter the turn, making the sharp turn problematic. The problem at B is that it precedes a steep section, meaning you have to keep you speed up through the turn — and hope no one is coming the other way, as the corner is blind, to boot.

I’d really like to reshape these corners a little.

When I raised this issue with Kevin, I knew what he’d say: we don’t own the land, so we’re very limited in what we can do.

He also noted that rarely will anyone but us and guests be using this road, so the blind corner shouldn’t be an issue.

I know we have accept it as it is,

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Overhead view: Google Maps
Side view: Copyright © Our Big Italian Adventure

Drainage Avoiding a Flood

Given our hillside location, we’re concerned that in a heavy rain water might pour down the slope until it ended up inside our house. A few weeks ago, I raised this issue with Kevin. He said Francisc had some drainage planned, but I asked them to beef it up.

The trench digging and gravel and pipe work has been going on over the last few days. These trenches are designed to carry the water around to the sides of the house.

Digging Ditch in Front
Digging Trench in Front
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Drainage Gravel
Drainage Gravel
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It looks like they are covering the gravel with a landscape fabric of some type.

Drainage Gravel and Fabric
Drainage Gravel and Fabric
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Drainage Ditch Filled With Gravel
Drainage Trench Filled With Gravel
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On top of the gravel and fabric, I think they’re going to place the topsoil.

Drainage Ditch Being Filled
Drainage Trench Being Filled
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Seeing all this in place makes me a lot less concerned about a flood.

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An Update on the Landscape Plan Very Slow Progress

This is the longest. most painful process we’ve been through yet.

survey tool

Given the slope of the property, having a good landscape plan is very important. We need to have various levels and will need plantings to soften some of the slope.

We first started in earnest on the plan during our visit in May, when we met on site with a landscape designer, Paula, and our geometra, Jimmy. We thought we were making progress on the plan in July when we had another site visit. Little progress was made until late September, but it looked then like we were ready to get it all put together..

Wrong. Now it’s November and we still don’t have the terrain map Paula needs to design the landscape. The latest holdup was caused by Jimmy not being able to get the special gps machine used to work out details terrain plans. Apparently, it’s in very high demand.

Finally, this week, Jimmy was able to produce a CAD file with the terrain. (You can get a feel for the steepness of the slope, especially behind the house where the contour lines are very close together.)

Detailed Terrain Map
Detailed Terrain Map
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Now the holdup is that Paula works only on paper and neither she nor Jimmy seemed to want to get what we had printed. Fortunately, Kevin stepped in, contacted the gps guy who had done the measurements and produced the CAD file, and got him to deliver a pdf version.

Kevin will pass that off to Jimmy and Paula to get printed on a large format printer.

So we’re not out of the woods yet.

Grr.

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Terrain map: Copyright © Our Big Italian Adventure

Tiling and a Whole Lot More With Some Great Photos of the View

It’s been about 3 weeks since we received any photos. Anne asked Kevin if work was progressing, and he responded with a bundle of photos showing a lot of different projects underway.

The front of the house is looking very nice. Work is continuing on the retaining wall up the hill.

Front from Kitchen Side
Front from Kitchen Side
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Base of the Retaining Wall
Base of the Retaining Wall
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Tile is going in the kitchen area of the main room and on the marciapiede that surrounds the house.

Kitchen Tile
Kitchen Tile
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Tile Along the Back
Tile Along the Back
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The terrazza tile is done, and the views from the terrazza looking southwest are wonderful.

From Terrazza Looking Uphill
Terrazza and Roof Tile
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Southwest from the Terrazza
Southwest from the Terrazza
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Inside, the stone wall is grouted and the heating control box is connected to the underfloor tubes.

Interior Stone Wall Grouted
Interior Stone Wall Grouted
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Heating Pipe Connections
Underfloor Heating Pipe Connections
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Also, the interior is being prepped for painting, some of the bathroom fixtures are in, and utility connection boxes have been set in the ground outside.

Here are all the photos of the various projects underway.

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