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Here and Now

The opening of Casa Visette is nearing at an alarming speed. Alarming, because matters and decisions can no longer be postponed for weeks, everything has to be done here and now. Workmen are bustling around the house daily like ants in their anthill: we have painters,...

Almost ready!

Cantina waiting for the doors. The entrance to the wine cellar From the kitchen to the cantina The house from the pool. Testing one of the fire places.  

Making progress

Over the course of the spring, summer and autumn, the following were completed: the frame of an annex, the exterior of a sauna, a swimming pool and an underground tunnel that starts in the cantina. It was great to see tangible results. The permit process was so...

Workers need true grit in the July heat

In the summer of 2015, Hugo’s team laboured in blistering heat. When we visited them to say hello, I quickly retreated into the shade. The men just took their shirts off and didn’t seem too bothered about the weather. Craft work is highly valued at our building site....

Drama at the town hall

Finding the house was a long process, but redesigning it took even more time. We argued about a number of details with the municipal engineer: where we could put windows, how large they could be and what they could look like. In February, we were suddenly notified...

The architect has great authority

We had zero experience of working with an architect. Before this, we had designed all the refurbishments ourselves, even major ones. We decided to turn to an acquaintance of ours, Kari Kuosma, who is better known in Finland as a caricaturist than an architect. Kari...

Easter 2013: This house is like a museum

The house was sold to us with all the movables, of which there were plenty: 30 chairs, seven beds, five large cupboards, a vanload of old tools and whatnot. Plus old wine barrels – large and even larger ones (barrique and botte). Our first guests arrived at Easter,...

Sitting down for a glass of wine

We had holidayed in Italy many times and toyed with the idea of living permanently in the country. When we finally had the chance to do it, we rented a home in the town of Lecco by Lake Como. After successfully living in Italy for eighteen months, we decided to start...

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