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, 22 February 2010

Visit to the factory - part 3

The factory visit ended with a look at the 'sanitary blocks'. These are located in the wall panels and are the reason that the sanitaryware has to be organised so precisely. The taps and outflow of a basin, for example, would be attached to these and have to align in the completed house. So depth of floortiles and wall tiles need to be considered too.
We returned to the meeting to discuss the electrical installation, i.e. the location of all the switches and sockets in every nook and cranny of the house!
It was a very long but satisfying day, finally I could distance myself from some of the detail but still one thing hangs over us...have a guess!
The next day we went via a...you guessed it....woodburning stove shop! Unfortunately, we had no luck as they were all large appliances. Hmm, back to the drawingboard - well actually the clever guys at Meisterstueck house have left us a panel so we can fit one on site and don't have to specify that one in advance! Phew!

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