New/old reclaim bricks, cotta tiles and chestnut/oak
Having lived in a 400 year old cottage in the Midlands which we renovated we know exactly where to find really good repro' or genuine antique building materials in the UK but are starting all over again in Italy in the Lazio region with a 300 year old casale. There are many 'posh' Italian mags with ads for VERY expensive looking repro cotta and bricks etc but i wondered if anyone who's a bit of a nerd about these things like me knows where there are really authentic looking repro materials which don't cost a silly amount? We also need to find a source of really thick roof beams to rplace our rotten ones - I am hoping to use chestnut/oak if we can possibly afford it and also chestnut floorboards. A friend suggested that I should buy this stuff in France and get it delivered. Seems perverse. is it really so difficult/expensive in Italy or do I just not know where to look? I am really happy to drive out to pick up good materials out of our region. Grateful for any thoughts!