The conservative restoration represents a common building work in our country. It is governed by the Presidential Decree n. 380 of 2001, that is our single text on construction. The legislator specifies that the conservative restoration includes “building interventions aimed at preserving the building organism and ensuring its functionality through a systematic set of works which, in compliance with the typological, formal and structural elements of the organism, allow intended uses compatible with them. These interventions include the consolidation, restoration and renewal of the building’s elements, the insertion of the accessory elements and systems required by the needs of use, the elimination of elements extraneous to the building organism”.
So, simplifying, conservative restoration is a type of building intervention that aims to recover, preserve and enhance buildings that have a particular value from an environmental, historical, artistic or architectural point of view. The aim of this restoration is twofold: on the one hand, there is the aim of restoring the original characters of the buildings; on the other hand, we want to make them functional to modern housing needs.
The return “to origin” operations can involve the demolition of portions added in subsequent periods or rebuilding of parts demolished in the past, while functionality is obtained with the possible integration of walls, toilets, with the remaking of the systems, with the installation of technological components, and so on. Of course, “modern additions” must always be made keeping in mind an objective of harmony, that is to say that they must not interfere with the style and character of the buildings. Otherwise, the prerogative of this type of intervention – that is, conservation – would fall.
To carry out a conservative restoration that restores the houses of the Alta Langa their original appearance, it is necessary to rely on experts who know perfectly the peculiarities of these ancient houses, just like our “artisans”. They aim to enhance the typical buildings of the Langhe area to give them back the peasant soul of the past, harmonising them with the surrounding environment.
To this end, a range of services are offered which include:
- Static examination and building consolidation
- Faithful recovery of buildings, with particular regard to the preservation of distinctive features and typical elements
- Application of traditional Langa building techniques
- Use of typical Langa materials: stone, terracotta, natural lime and wood
- Renovation of walls
- Energy efficiency of the building