Aliforni, restoration and renovation of a farmhouse in San Severino Marche
Aliforni is a hamlet of the nearby city San Severino Marche in the province of Macerata. The area, like other evocative cities Cingoli, Staffolo, and Apiro, is characterized by white and stone houses. It comes from an ancient tradition, in fact in the surrounding fields there has always been present the sandstone, generally round stones, that the peasants once piled at the edges of the field during the plowing phase of the land. Some selected families, who knew from generations the art of squaring stones, took care of the processing of these piles of stones during the winter, to prepare the bases for future houses. From the squaring of the stones, it is now possible to go back to the period and to date the house itself. Unfortunately, this tradition was lost immediately after the Second World War, due to the arrival of faster and easier techniques.
The farmhouse in San Severino Marche is a partially plastered house, as not all the stones were in a position to be exposed, so it was decided to give a skin of colored plaster, making in this way to highlight the stone part, the most particular of the building. During the works the floors were reinforced, the old beams of the first level were maintained while the roof was completely redone with beams, fillets, and tiles. Some classic wooden fixtures were placed with wooden shutters. Finally, colored concrete floorings have been built, in colors between beige and gray to increase the material effect.
As for the rooms, on the ground floor, there are a living room, kitchen, and study, while on the upper floor there are the master bedroom and three further bedrooms with bathrooms.
Outside the plot of land was very steep, so it was possible to build the pool only at an altitude of 4-5 meters lower than the house. There is also a very impressive barn that has been used as a tool shed and garage.