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.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Inspection Day

On this potentially tense day, Ebi arrives from Germany to check the specification of the floorslab. If he is happy, manufacture of our house will take place in the factory next week!

Here Ebi is with Helmut, the UK agent for the housebuilding company, resorting to using a tape measure as the weather is too bright and sunny for the laser level!

While I'm waiting, I can't help but admire the work that's been done. How are these for some cute right angles on the beautifully smooth floorslab?

Happy with the length measurements, Ebi and Helmut check the levels.

Ebi and Helmut trying to find the laser level red dot! It must be there somewhere!

Finally Helmut and Ebi are happy; singing James' praises for an A1* super floorslab.

The company's eco-friendly sign goes up complete with a picture of our new house!

All systems go!

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