The designing work has begun. I have appointed myself as “architectural designer” of the trullo, although we know that the hard work of describing all details, measurements and structural calculations is in the hands of a proper construction engineer, but I like to think that I’m not only the owner of the trullo and the entrepreneur of a prospective hospitality business, but also the ideator, the designer, the architect of this beauty. The creator.
If only to give a sense to the money spent on a fashionable course in Interior Design and 3D Rendering that I successfully completed in Milan in 2022.
So, when the engineer finished his computo metrico (earlier than expected, score to him!), made of 15 pages / 91 points written in mostly uncomprehensible technical language, I decided to face the challenge of understanding it thoroughly by starting a translation of the works into captivating texts, beautiful drawings and dreamy pictures, well framed into graphically balanced A3 pages, which is basically what I learnt to do in the course last year. “Communicating the Project”, that’s how they used to sell it at the Academy.
And as soon as I started to put hands on the drawings of the property, I soon realised the bitter challenge that was waiting for me, apparently unnoticed when I saw the trullo with my very eyes the first time. The current habitable surface of the property is not that big, actually let’s say it: it’s pretty small! 50 sq.m for the existing property, plus 20 sq.m for the extension, totalling 70 sq.m which I’m trying to fill up with:
2 queen size beds
2 sofa beds (each for 2 people)
1 built-in showers
3 sinks for small kitchens
5 or 6 closets
storage space for dishes and crockery, and toiletries
When I realised this, the first panic moment appeared on the horizon, which led me to start nervous conversations through whatsapp and phone calls with my friends, overly detailed chats with the unlucky colleagues that caught me at the coffee machine, sometimes the random talk with the next stranger at the supermarket, and looooads of thoughts shared with the mirror.
Is it too small? How can I fit potentially up to 10 people in just 70 square metres?
Well, the final result of all the friendly consultations was a shy “yes”, I should be able to make it.
Because the trulli houses are meant to be intimate, giving a sense of cosiness conveyed by the stones, the natural colours, the “stuck-in-time” spaces, for which you probably won’t complain about your bed being stuck between two stone pillars, or your kitchen to be a couple of heating plates and a small sink, or your jacuzzi to be built in a small cave, with a low ceiling. You will probably enjoy it just because of that!
Because the trullo is a summer house, mainly used between April and October, when the temperatures and weather are good enough to push you to spend most of your time outside, or even away from home.
Because probably not all visitors will want to fill it up to its maximum capacity, some couples might want to use it just for them and not for the whole family, some others might want to rent the full property, and that option will always be available to them, at the right price.
So, panic put aside, here I share with you a tentative floor plan in the hypothesis of fitting the full capacity of 10 people.
Yes, 10 people in 70 square metres!
Because who would dare calling me an “architectural designer” if I’m not able to tame the most difficult geometrical challenges with the power of my ideas?
CURRENT STATUS AND NEXT STEPS
permission to build - DELAYED - expected June, 30th
computo metrico - DONE
mortgage request - ON GOING - within June
completion of architectural details - June, 25th
site visits of the construction companies - June 26th-30th
TARGET START OF CONSTRUCTION: September, 2023
TARGET END OF CONSTRUCTION: March, 2024
TARGET START OF ACTIVITY AND 1ST INVOICING: June, 2024
Yes. As you can see I have not received yet the permission to build, that's the main nightmare keeping me awake at night. Apparently the council of Martina Franca has requested another small variation to the surveyor, who is now preparing the new project and giving it to them shortly. Then, they should release the permission in a couple of weeks. This wait is obnoxious, but I keep my spirit up while I complete the other tasks. Stay tuned.