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.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Build day 4

The start of another sunny morning sees Tobias and Stefan laying the roof tiles on the side that they started yesterday.

You can see from the back how big the house is especially when you think back to our old bungalow.
Time constraints have meant that the garden has slipped a bit...er...a lot! I think we may need a rotavator before too long... or even better a sheep!

How's this for gorgeous guttering. It is all ready to connect to the drains that James left in place ready to go to the harvesting tank.

Neil and his team have a break in the sunshine after attaching the solar panels. The pipes are then fed through the roof ready to go downstairs to where the cylinder will be in the utility.

The porch is put in place and then painted by Michael. 

Meanwhile Chris with the aid of Tom drills through the wall in order to make way for the twin-walled flue. Chris will be the only person allowed to drill a hole through this house! Michael will then ensure that there is an air tight seal between the flue and the hole.

Here is the result of their work; a lovely shiny twin walled flue. The stove will come later when we have prepared the floor.

The roof is done!

That was a busy day with 11 workers on site but everyone seemed to work around each other despite the language barrier. Even the sockets for everyone's electric tools were different. Tomorrow is Michael, Stefan, Tobias and Alex's last day before they return to Germany ready to start another project!

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