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, 21 June 2010

Connections and Insulation

There has been a lot of progress. Here is the cute digger back again that dug the trenches for our water and electricity connections with the help of Jerry and Doru.
Here is the trench that goes from the temporary power supply to the new meter position in our house.
The new connection is made.
Jerry and Doru apply more layers of black jack on the outside of the floorslab for waterproofing. Insulation is then stuck onto the perimeter of the slab.
The downpipes from the house are now all connected to the drains, ready for the rainwater collection. All the groundworks are now finished so a BIG thank you goes to James, Jerry, Doru and Andy who all got the job done!
The electrical as well as the plumbing connections with the rainwater tank and made. The pump is made ready. Here Matt is pulling the piping through while Josh is at the other end in the house and Neil is shouting directions between them! Good teamwork!
Ebi and Charlie have been working hard, as always. Here is the new position of the foul vent pipe that is in the process of getting boxed in. Unfortunately, they need to do the more imminent job of finishing laying the insulation so that the plumbers can finish installing the underfloor heating pipes and so that we can be ready for the screed tomorrow!
Mid-morning we get a delivery of sharp sand ready for the screeding but no insulation.
Eventually, long after lunch the delivery comes with a loud cheer. Suddenly, everyone is rushing, the insulation has to go down!
There are so many sheets that they can only just fit on the site. The race is on to see how far they get before the screeding starts. Can the plumbers still lay the pipes if the screeders are going past with screed? There are lots of questions that will need to be answered. Tomorrow we will find out.

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