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, 23 February 2010

Down to earth

While the woodburning stove research continues, the more important issue of what we're going to put our house on has to be addressed.

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!

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