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, 25 May 2010

From dreams to reality

Welcome to our house! Well the front door anyway! It has been constructed today in the factory.

This is one of the wall panels under construction, waiting for its insulation. (If you look at earlier blog entry 'Visit to the factory' the process is described there).
Here are more wall panels waiting for action. They definitely have our name on them but don't ask me what part of the house they are...maybe internal walls?

Kitchen wall.

The long wall of the sitting room/dining room that will face the garden.

Competition time, have a guess which wall panel this is? ...Maybe back of garage or an upstairs wall?

As we close the back door on today's blog, we are very excited to think that this time next week the house will be over here!

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