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Everything about Godzilla is wonky. At 7×10 metres and 3 stories, it seems pretty big – but once you allow for the thickness of the stone walls, the inside measure is a lot smaller. Having been built in stages over centuries, every inside wall was once an outside wall, and the stabilizing technique was essentially ‘build it super thick at the bottom and a little less thick at the top’. Kind of like the pyramids, but with less accuracy in the stone cutting.

Godzilla's wonky history

So all the walls are at least a metre thick, and sloped. Also, no-one over the course of centuries seemed to have access to a right-angle, so every room is a rhomboid. It’s like walking through a Midway fun-house full of shape-distorting mirrors.

We call this Rustic Charm.

sloping walls, crumpled doorways

Fun-house stairs

In terms of space planning, it means whatever the existing layout, you’d better love it. Knocking down a metre-thick stone wall is an excavation, not a renovation. They also intermesh in a way that keeps the whole thing from falling apart; it gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘supporting wall’.

So this isn’t going to be a modern, open-plan house. Our choices are limited. However, next blog we’ll see just how far a little enthusiasm can take you in redefining your space.