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, 10 May 2010

Someone left the slab out in the rain!

Floorslab day is here!

It is drizzling.

James, Jerry and Andy are already on site when I arrive.

The concrete is pumped in, covering the cage.
The concrete mixer pours its contents into the pump. Watch out for those trees with that pump hose!

Those dark clouds don't bode well.

Trevor in charge of the remote control concrete pump. It looks like fun.


Jerry avoiding the ductwork

Andy levelling out.

James checking the levels.

Jerry fine tuning the direction of the concrete pour.

Nearly finished, a moment of reflection...don't stay too long, you might get stuck!

Taking a well deserved break.

Floorslab with porch pads in place. It's fantastic to see it down, the house looks like it will be huge again.

The day ends as it began...raining but we are all happy!

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