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.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

It's Clobbering Time!

They were right, it was a big machine! Bigger than our little house!

It was a strange day, watching the house being dismembered. The house didn't stand a chance against the machine.
Mind you, it was not a rush job because they are saving as much as possible to re-use. The tiles were the first to go.
Guy is the site manager; an expert at the fine art of tile tossing.

It is very odd because I have to watch from the other side of the fence. I was allowed through briefly but it was a bit emotional to see the house in such a state.
The day ended on site with the roof tiles, doors gone; one truck load of materials taken away. Then I returned to the rental house for a three hour meeting with the building company, plumber and electrician to help with detailing all the elements in the new house!

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