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.

Monday, 8 February 2010


There's nothing much to see on site for the next few weeks as the paperwork takes priority. We are specifying the details of the house still which involves lots of phonecalls and decisions.

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.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my, What a lot of paperwork! We have now made contact with the Vale our dream may be coming alive too...fingers crossed.