Welcome to our blog.

This blog will follow the ultimate in home improvement: demolish and rebuild!

This is our starting point: a 1930s bungalow. While not a bad house; it is too small for us with three teenage children so what should we do? A full storey extension versus complete rebuild - ultimately the stronger eco-credentials and more certain finances of a new-build helped to guide our choice.

For a number of years we've been trying to find the right route for us to build an eco-friendly, low energy home. We tried various architects and building companies and have eventually settled with a German prefabricated build. The new house will be nearly to passivhaus standards (but not quite due to budget constraints). In any case, the house will be heavily insulated and airtight.

As a family, we have not built a house before so everything is new and exciting but the risk of making a mess of things is quite high!

This blog aims to outline the day to day steps involved in our build.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Disconnection of services

Disconnection of services is not a simple matter of phoning a few people, everything had to be carefully organised (until the snow and the arctic temperature set in).

SGN coping in the snow, good work lads! Thank you also to my neighbour who helped with cups of tea when the hypothermia set in!

The SSE turned up at the same time, they seem to have lost the electricity cables. The SGN guys' hole next to the house, managed to uncover both gas and electricity, but what path did the cables follow to the street?

Somehow during this day, the house stopped being a house and we started referring to it as the site.

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