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.

Friday, 29 January 2010


There was a cold wind this morning that did not bode the house any good. It started as a seemingly calm day with the men working on the dodgy tiles in the sitting room.

There was a bit of a light-hearted atmosphere with party hats all round.

Suddenly, things took a turn for the worse before lunch as the excavator got back to work with its pincer action.

Suddenly, just as my youngest returned from school, we were down to the last piece. Guy was about to go to lunch but we asked him not to; we didn't want to miss the last wall! He started the engine again, we each held the camera and....



There was nothing left standing!

A new calm descended on the site.

It was tidy-up time! And even better; the weekend!

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