THE PROJECT
2. RENOVATION OF THE CASTLE OF PECHRIGAL
The work started at the end of September 2002 with a limited crew since some of the workers were still completing the work on their future accomodation.

The priorities were set by the very condition of the castle: first the roof, then doors and windows, then everything else.

The team started with the large NE tower. The roof was in terrible condition with large gaping holes resulting from fires ignited by lightning. The rain and fire had damaged many roof beams. In view of the complexity of the structure, it was decided not to dismantle it completely but, instead, to repair only. The roof was covered with slates, The ideal would have been to replace them with lauze stones as it was done in the old days. However, this presented a number of drawbacks: first, lauze stones were extremely heavy and would have required a re-inforcement of the roof structure. Second, with a roof covered with lauze stones, it would have been impossible to insulate the room below save for building a second complete roof structure to receive the thermal insulation. Last but not least, the cost associated with building a roof made of lauze stones was simply prohibitive.

So, in the end, it was decided to replace the slates  with ancient clay tiles


The crane was set up inside the yard so as to reach most of the roof of the tower. The roof slates were removed and Antonio, our remarkable carpenter started to repair the structure using oak timber.

The result was nothing less than impressive.

With the roof tiles out, electric wiring was installed all the way to the top of the roof structure.

Then, a layer of plywood was installed, followed by reflective insulation. A first layer of lauze stones was placed on the wall to become the basis of the roof tiles and, finally, the ancient clay roof tiles were installed.

To complete the work, the walls were cleaned of all their weed, thorns and growth
Before
After
(The drain pipe was subsequently removed)
Is this true cathedral ceiling or what?