Tastes of Italy add flair to home improvement

  • Cain Burdeau sits in front of former barns in Castelbuono, Sicily, on April 13, 2021, that he plans to convert into a family home. (AP Photo/Audrey Rodeman)

  • Cain Burdeau studies plans electrical circuits he plans to install at a country home he is renovating in Castelbuono, Sicily, on April 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Audrey Rodeman)

  • Cain Burdeau examines the stonework of a former barn in Castelbuono, Sicily, on April 13, 2021, that he plans to convert into a family home. (AP Photo/Audrey Rodeman)

  • Cain Burdeau marks where he wants to place an electrical outlet on a wall inside a country home he is renovating in Castelbuono, Sicily, on April 8.

  • Cain Burdeau stands in front of former barns in Castelbuono, Sicily, on April 13, that he plans to convert into a family home. (AP Photos/Audrey Rodeman)

CASTELBUONO, Sicily — When my wife and I bought about 2.5 acres of countryside with three buildings on it in the mountains of Sicily four years ago, I didn’t expect — or want — the work to be done quickly. Little did I know it would become what feels like a lifetime of work.