Three and a half years ago we looked into the possibility of having a shed; we even got as far as laying a concrete  slab. But the Comune required planning permission for anything bar the very smallest size, and we had doubts over materials.  Italians don’t seem to believe in pre-treated timber, pvc is unacceptable to the Comune, and brick was only a ‘maybe’ subject to approval of the design.

It seemed easier to put up with the strimmer, the pool robot and the rolls of mouse-nibbled tarpaulin living in the corridor to the bathroom.

Just recently, wanting to make the house more of an elegant space, we revived the idea, this time being quite clear in our minds that we would go for a shed made of pre-fabricated timber panels.

A common or garden shed

This evening our geometer came round.

He began by reading out complicated regulations regarding Agricultural and non-Agricultural properties. (Planning-wise, ours is an agricultural property, but we’re not practising farmers so not all benefits apply to us.)

Then he quoted his price for obtaining planning permission, which was more than half of  the price of the shed we were proposing. It would be more reasonable if, as he suggested, he included at no extra cost the design of a brick structure and the supervision of the build.

He then brought up the possibility of an extension to the house, which is not what we had in mind at all.

All this when we only wanted a shed! A common or garden shed!

  1. Derek Brampton
    October 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

    How do you cope!!!

    • Damaris
      October 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      With difficulty, sometimes, but a sense of humour usually helps. 😉

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