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.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Lofty Demolition

This morning I caught a rare glimpse of the back of the house. The old extension, that's causing tension, was still standing. The demolition guys need to remove some dodgy tiles stuck tightly to the floor in there.

Meanwhile, the icy air is fairly blowing through the house now, the loft hatch was especially draughty. Incidentally, the loft ladder mysteriously disappeared overnight. Guy was using it to get up there yesterday and today it was gone!

The other thing that was gone by the end of the day was the roof! The chimney is still standing, a lonely pillar amongst the rubble. Note the excavator now has its gripper arm handy. A massive pair of tweezers to take out floorboards and attic joists etc.

Tomorrow may be a bit more dramatic as the walls begin to come down.

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