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.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

House is two weeks old!

Yesterday Paul made the connection between the top of the rainwater tank and the control panel with the pipe.
Here it is with the water connections completed.
Charlie and Ebi worked hard on the plasterboarding and managed to finish upstairs, covering the joints as well.
It was a day for deliveries too, here the showerwall (alternative to tiles) is being delivered. In addition, the underfloor heating pipes and the zone diagram were delivered. Here is the manifold for the underfloor pipes; another job for Paul but first we need to get the insulation down on the floor; we're just waiting for it to be delivered.

Meanwhile, the scaffolding is still here. As long as it's away before we need to dig the trenches for the services....! Let's see what the rest of the day brings...

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