Once you have purchased a trulli house to be restored, the most interesting phase begins which is to transform a ruin in a cozy house, even with modern details and with all the comforts, but without altering its originality.
Unfortunately, the trulli have not always maintained their original characteristics. Architectural alterations may have been made, especially over the last fifty years, distorting the original structure. Sometimes such changes can be erroneously presented by someone as qualitie, such as a cone covered with plaster and whitewashed cement, or worse distortions such as the rebuilding of the cone by eliminating the so-called "lost water system", in favor of a terracing of the corners of the trullo. These changes can be very difficult to restore, but not impossible.
The building work on the property is targeted mainly to the recover of the static and hygienic walls and vaults, then the improvement of facades, interiors and at the same time to have all the comforts necessary to enjoy these homes unique in the world.
When you go to buy a trullo abandoned, the state of conservation of the property, may sometimes show signs of deterioration in the constructive elements both interior and external. In fact, as a result of weathering, the cover consisting of chiancarelle may be damaged. The collapse of chiancarelle can facilitate the infiltration of rainwater causing stains, mildew, and posting of plaster.
The main objective of the restoration is to return to the property its full functionality, with the utmost respect of the pre-existing characteristics; to achieve this you will need the help of technicians, local artisans and the use of the local materials.
The trulli can adapt very well to different climatic conditions thanks to the great mass of the construction and use of materials that provide a strong thermal inertia. The use of lime for whitewash the exterior increases the reflection of sunlight. The cone of the trullo and the permeability of walls made of drywall, which allow air to seep between the stones and it, ensures good ventilation inside. Then we can say that a characteristic of the trulli is to be warm in winter and cool in summer.
Above are some examples of work we have done on trullo dwellings that have brought improvements, or better yet, the elimination of elements that are extraneous to the trulli, restoring the original elements.