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, 3 June 2010

Build day 3

For the first time in two days the street looked quiet with no one parked on the road.

The team arrived bright and early and got their van ready. For those of you wondering; it is also a mobile tool box. If you look carefully, you may see some of the team's magic potion in the back.

The team soon have the 'belt' on the house. This is the bit of wood fibre insulation covering the side of the ceiling panel.
Those long shiny things that are leaning on the scaffolding are the beautiful guttering. It wasn't long before the team attached these to the roof. The skylight windows are also lifted into place and the waterproofing stuck down around them.

The house panels are attached to the floor with brackets which are covered with a layer of fermacell.
But who walked above the bedroom door in their size 9's?
The weather was gorgeous as work started on the roof.
And was quickly finished!  The solar panel brackets were put in place as they went along.
Just the other side to do now. Another good day's work everyone!

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