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, 24 April 2010

Drains away

Another day on the build. Jerry and Andy are busy connecting the new drainage from the house to the existing foul drains. A dirty job but someone's got to do it. Meanwhile, the large pile of type 2 material (known as large gravel to you and me) sits, waiting to put into place between the footings.

Here is the drainage that will connect from the downstairs bathroom to the house. The foul drainage runs away on a gradient into the distance.

The type 2 material is spread between the footings by this hard working little machine.

Another good day's work is done.

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