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.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Appearances can be deceptive

Depending on how you look at it, the plot looks either enormous or small enough for us to wonder if we can fit our house on it!
Lots of people have asked me why things have come grinding to a halt. From the plot it may look like nothing is being done but that's far from the case. Behind the scenes there is much activity. There are more decisions that need to be made: from the choice of contractors to finish the house internally, like carpenters, tilers, plasterers to chosing an air source heat pump and installer (don't mention the wood burning stove) etc. All of these decisions will result in something more visual soon. Honest! Watch this space...

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