Staircase voltini

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: our front door and stairs after work had started
Above: lifting the i-beam for the new voltini above the stairs (taking it in via the roof)
Above: the view above the staircase after the old voltini had been removed showing the chasm into the roof cavity

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!

 

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