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.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Day 5 first fix

Friday was a quiet one in the house. The plumbers finished the first fix but will be back for the underfloor heating and rainwater harvesting tank. Meanwhile, the electricians continued with the wiring for the spotlights in the living room ceiling.
The kitchen wiring is done as is most of upstairs. It's all starting to come together.

I've heard that some of you are finding it hard to visualise the house so I'm including the sketch floor plans from during the design process.

Ground floor
First floor

There have been a few minor changes, such as the way the doors open, but they are just about the same as the final plans.
It is amazing to think that a few weeks ago the house was just a series lines on a page!

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