About David – Stonemason & Conservator
Born to Italian parents in Puglia in Italy’s beautiful south, David’s interest in building restoration and conservation began at an early age when he would help his uncle (a stonemason) restore and repair Trulli – the famous cone shaped houses unique to the region.
Studying stonemasonry when his family moved to Bath in the UK was inevitable. The citta Romana still contains numerous buildings and monuments from the Roman period, combined with Georgian and Victorian houses made from Bath stone, a soft honey – coloured limestone found in the city.
Since graduating over 20 years ago, David has worked on an abundance of restoration projects in private homes in the UK, Spain and Italy, as well as famous landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Windsor Castle, Highclere Castle (the stately home of TV’s Downton Abbey), Bath Abbey and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
“Restoring period buildings and giving them a new lease of life is the greatest tribute I can pay to the original craftsmen who beautifully designed and constructed them. It’s an honour to play a role in leaving something behind that future generations can enjoy and benefit from.”
Since then, David has honed his skills in restoring period fireplaces, stone floorings, staircases and creating his own sculptures.
When David and Gary launched D&G Design, their Italian based company that specialises in vacation home renovations, they applied the same ethos.
“We know how exciting it is to own a home in Italy,” David says, “and to play a part in creating a beautiful home for others in my homeland is amazing.”
Sourcing a team of reliable and brilliant tradespeople was an easy task for Italian speaker David, selecting artisans who have a passion to create and restore, rather than seeing what they do as just a job.
“When we restored our home, I was lucky enough to meet brilliant creatives who share my passion, renovating old buildings and restoring them to perfection is in my team’s blood.”
When David isn’t renovating homes for clients, he can be found sculpting stone at his studio in Force, the tiny Medieval hilltop town in Le Marche where he resides, or back in Bath where he has been commissioned by the Bath Heritage Fund to restore and repaint numerous Georgian street signs across the city, painstakingly cleaning, repairing and hand painting them.