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, 20 April 2010

Big hole!

A very large hole was seen on site as James supervised the rainwater harvesting tank burial.

The drainage that will collect the rainwater from the roof of the house to the tank was prepared here James is being helped by Doru.

Now you can only see the dome and cover.

The soakaway is left to do next time.

The ducts are in place too, waiting for the rainwater and the floorslab so that the tank can be connected to a control panel in the garage. For that we need the house!

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