When the builders arrived at 8am it was minus 5 degrees. First, Sandro laid planks of wood on the current stairs and set up struts on the first floor to support the voltini ceiling in the adjoining room. Then he demolished the present angled voltini over the stairs and the first floor brick wall before raising an i-beam to support both the edges of the voltini ceiling in the adjoining room and the new voltini that he will build over the stairs. Then he demolished the first floor brick wall before returning to sand, brick, gesso and cement the new voltini.
Above: our front door and stairs before work had started
Above: Cosimo in the adjoining room on the first floor sending buckets of sand up to Sandro in the roof for the new voltini
Above: the new voltini exposed!