Farmhouse Spada in Filottrano
Casale Spada is a farmhouse in Filottrano, in the province of Ancona, in the heart of the region Marche. It is a house belonging to a larger property, which was in bad conditions of conservation and stability, because it had been abandoned for more than thirty years. It was therefore necessary to demolish it and rebuild. Since the courtyard of this farmhouse in Filottrano did not allow the building to move, it was decided to raise it up to a distance of about one meter from its original position. Now it is more independent from the upper road and much more enjoyable to overlook the hilly landscape that is clearly visible from the rooms. During the rebuilding, recycled materials from the original structure were used.
The main feature of the farmhouse in Filottrano is its shape: it is in fact narrow and long. A real succession of environments is created. Starting from the ground floor where there is an area used for guests, with a bedroom, a study area and a double living area divided by a double-sided fireplace with natural ventilation that separates the two rooms and finally a kitchen with a glazed porch to give the possibility to enjoy outdoor spaces even in winter.
As for the cladding, a more classical way was chosen: from the terracotta of the ground floor and from the outside, to the parquet of the sleeping area. In relation to ceilings: beams, fillets and flat tiles were used for the ground floor, while for the first level a plank was conceived. The building is equipped with underfloor heating, but not with cooling, and solar thermal panels which allow you to have enough hot water not only for common uses but also to provide the floor with additional heating in the intermediate seasons.
Close to the main farmhouse, there is an outbuilding, also rebuilt and now equipped to be used as a garage and laundry area. The surrounding small garden then was already naturally furnished by a grove of elms that makes it truly characteristic, a peculiarity of the house.