Tuesday, 23 February 2010
We are going to embark on the groundworks soon and need to address various issues such as soil surveys. The floorslab design is going to be finalised to ensure it has all the ducts to match up exactly with where we need them in the completed house. I am sure the design will be done very meticulously in Germany!
Monday, 22 February 2010
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Friday, 19 February 2010
It was a freezing day when we arrived in Hannover, it was all covered in snow, looking wonderfully picturesque. The UK company representative took us the site of their factory, in Hameln, otherwise known as Hamelin in English; the town made famous by the Pied Piper. We didn't have to worry, the children were safe; they stayed at home! There were rats around but I hasten to say there were none in the factory (instead they were statues in the town).
In the factory the welcome was warm and we felt at ease as we discussed the preparations for the meeting that was going to take place the next day. We rounded the day off with a delicious meal and a room in a cosy hotel (provided by the company - a BIG thank you for that).
The next morning was even colder (-8C) as we settled in for the long day of discussing details. We started with the structure of the building. Ensuring things like the windows and doors were in the right places, and that they opened the way we wanted. We had to consider where the duct work was required for the air source heat pump and then the mechanical heat recovery ventilation. We also had to make sure that the kitchen window wasn't going to be blocked by the kitchen units!
After plentiful coffee we went on to discuss sanitary ware, taps and showers. I don't think I've ever had a formal meeting about loos before! Everything has to be planned and measured so that it will fit when the house arrives.
Lunch arrived, and that meant time for a break but not before there was mention of the dreaded wood-burning stove, had a decision been made in time? Hmm...to be continued...
Monday, 15 February 2010
When this phase is done, things will start to progress more quickly and we will start to see results of all the organising. Let's hope that we've not forgotten anything!
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Monday, 8 February 2010
The choice of woodburning stove, for instance, has been an on-going saga which isn't yet resolved. We want a stove that takes air only via a duct from outside but meanwhile doesn't have too much output. Thank goodness for the internet and some very patient people at the stove company. Hopefully we'll reach a decision soon.
Meanwhile, the weekend was bathroom tile decision time, I don't think the children found it very exciting but decisions were made. Hooray.
Friday, 5 February 2010
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
And so another day ends on site, with some order returning to the chaos and one day closer to total bungalow annihilation.