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, 27 April 2010

Earth Shuttering

James, Jerry and Doru working hard on site.

They are busy putting up shuttering around the foundations.

This will keep the outer edge of the floorslab smooth so that a layer of insulation can be attached to it later on.  The manhole and drains are 'half-crowned' and then back-filled. 
 These are the ducts for the air source heat pump and rainwater harvesting pipes. Is it me or is there something distinctly Teletubby-ish about them?

Meanwhile, Spring is still doing it's thing despite the imposition of the house.

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