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, 9 February 2010

Another paperwork day

Today was another mostly deskbound one checking the budgets for lighting, tiles etc. Zzzzz

The highlight of my day was a trip to the out of town shopping centre. I took in Homebase amongst other places, looking at appliances, lighting, furniture etc. It was good to see the appliances that I'd selected based on internet searches.

It's all in the details, which could be overwhelming (see my illustrated method to deal with brain overload)...Just don't ask me if I've reached a decision about the stove; it's a definite maybe.

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