In Italy things are not the same. Here the walls are not made of wood and open spaces they are made of brick. Here is an example of a wall before it has stucco on it. Note the mortar between the bricks. The bricks have horizontal stripes but they are stacked vertically. I am sure there is a reason for this. This is new construction in our friend Joseph's apartment.
Our apartment, being four hundred years old, has a different type of brick. Here is an example.
So you may be wondering, why am I rambling on about wall construction in Italy? It's all about the closets. You can not cut into the walls to put in a closet in Italy if they are made the old fashioned way. I asked Manuele, quite innocently I might add, if he had ever heard of wall board. First he scowled then he said "Beyh!" or something like that. Never a positive sound if you hear it coming from an Italian. He said of course he had hear of the flimsy material wall board, and he knew that Americans used this in their house, and he knew that we had wood framing and he knew that we had closets in the wall, pero (accent big time on the O) means but, and subtly you idiot, he also knew that Americans houses were blown away in tornadoes. He had seen such things on TV. He was sure none of these houses would be blown away if they were made the old fashioned Italian way. Look how our building had lasted 400 years, through wars, and earthquakes, and ....you get the idea.
I answer with pero.....(accent on the O). Look at my closet space, Manuele.
This is of course my side of the armadio. Hardly enough room for 4 blouses, for heavens sakes. Then he opens the other door. Guess whose side this is
Right, the Stoic One. Look Manuele points out, how many clothes Gary has in there. It is a matter of "organizzare" Right.
Then I show him my box for clothes, that I bought at the CoOp grocery store. A bit flimsy...
At this point he agrees.
Ok, now in the new apartment, which is another story, I tell him that I want to change the entire "ingresso" or entrance into a "walk in" closet. He stares at me and says nothing. Finally, "What you mean a walk in closet" I say, like an armadio, but it is a room and you can walk into it and it has a door, and you can close the door, and I will have room for my shoes, and coats and sweaters...basta! he says. Ok. You want your entrance way to be a closet? Yes.
PS Oh by the way, where do you think the electrical wiring, the heating etc. go in such a system? Any ideas out there?