July 04, 2009

mixed wrought iron works and some before and after pics

Even if I risk to bore you with my posts about wrought iron, I need to post one more time about that subject. I need to summarize for us what we have at our Italian home so far. There are a lot of different designs, but also patterns that are repeated. Above an older sketch of mine and below some pictures:

BEFORE : my favorite - in the appartment for guests.

AFTER : this rail needed to be higher for saftey reasons. The craftsman repeated the "S" style that we have allover the house. (I liked it right away when I saw this picture for the first time. But in comparison with the old before picture I realised the modification and would have prefered it more simple. - And the windows, inside white outside brown is another subject... Yeah, I am difficult, sorry. I should not complain with such a view!!!)

BEFORE : the facade and its windows and balconies with different wrought iron before the renovation

AFTER : the facade after renovation (with colored plaster) - the balcony rails are painted black and the windows got new iron grids which repeat elements of the arch over the main entrance and the "S" from two of the balconies.

Better details in the next pictures:

BEFORE and AFTER : renovation in progress, the old rail on the left was replaced by the rail on the right (already by the pre-owner)

The new rail is not only used for the balcony in the first floor (piano terra) but also for the garden floor (semiinterrato) where we will have the appartment for our guests (small left picture).

This is another tiny seaside balcony. I have no information about its renovation, wheather it is just painted black or if it was adjusted to the other balconies
by adding
some "S" like these ...
... to become
like this:

On the inside of the house we do have iron stairways railing, again with some "S" design

On the left is the craftman's drawing, the proposal for our garden doors. And we decided to do it that way and not as I have posted before.
No scrolls, no "S". Just classic and save.


  1. Things are coming along so beautifully!!!! What a view! Lucky girl. ;)

  2. What beautiful craftsmanship and sensitivity to what is already there. I wish I had access to som eof that skill! We're pretty rustic up here in Piemonte, but we do our best! Complimenti!

  3. oh my! it's looking almost close to finished! inside too?!!! wow! gorgeous - I can't wait!!!

  4. Thanks!

    About some of the iron grids that I like my father-in-law says that he can make them by himself too. It is nothing special apparently (for him). But they are so pretty and the shadows they make... so romantic.

    Joni, unfortunatley the inside is not done yet. We still cannot live there. Hopefully next summer. We started the renovation from the outside. This is so strange, I know. Especially for South of Italy!! But we needed to have a base for new windows and isolate the house. We used colored plaster that's why it looks so immaculate.

  5. Oh it's looking absolutely beautiful now! I can't wait to come and see it!!