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, 27 May 2010

All action here and in the factory

This is a busy day for our project both here and in Germany. Doru starts the day removing hedges, small shrubs and a small tree nearly gets the better of him, but not quite. With great effort Doru wins!

Just take a look at the heap of vegetation that Doru piled up!

The site is beautifully neat and tidy, the heap of earth from the site is flattened by Doru doing a dance across the front garden in the cute digger. That way they can reuse it to back fill the foundations later on.

The floorslab is then 'black-jacked' which I understand to be the application of bitumen based paint to waterproof the slab sides and top of the foundations.

Now we're all set to go.

Meanwhile, over in the factory in Germany things are hotting up. Over the last couple of days more of the elements of the house have been completed.

Like these long roof elements, looking like they're on the starting blocks ready to race out into the sun.

Those Juliet balconies are looking good.

 How's this for a cool staircase? We decided to have open tread so that we could allow the maximum amount of light in. It has bars between the treads for safety. The banisters are all wrapped up to keep them clean until the project is finished.

These have to be the best pictures yet. The panels are hoisted across the factory onto the waiting trailer!

 Room for another bit?
It won't be long now before I see the house myself; just over 4 days to go! Watch this space!

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