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.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Visit to the factory - part 2

After lunch further decisions were made about how the house is going to look on the outside; the colour and texture of the render, windows, roof tiles everything including the front door and door bell!

We had a tour of the production facilities while the plans were updated.

It all starts with wood.

The wood is allocated to a project. It is then cut to size with the laser controlled cutting machine. The wood is made into panels with a sandwich of insulative materials.
These panels will form the walls of the houses. The windows are installed in the panels before they are transported.

This includes the skylight windows in the roof panels.
It is great to see where our house will be built but it does make you realise that there's still a long way to go!

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