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.

Monday, 24 May 2010

The last jobs on the floorslab

The shuttering around the drainage ducts is removed by James and the sand taken away so that there is a bit of 'give' for the ducts for ease of installation of services later on. The ducts will then be sawn down with plywood on top so that they are not a trip hazard during the construction process.
Doru tidies up the manhole for the foul waste, re-laying the loose brick work and smoothing down the insides. It looks as good as new! No tree roots here!

After a long, hot day in the sun, James and Doru have melted away but they were very tidy in the process! Only a bit of earth moving and we're ready for the house!

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