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, 24 June 2010

The house rests

There is a maze of underfloor heating pipes waiting for screeding downstairs. The board in the doorway is there to create an acoustic barrier so that sound isn't transmitted across the floor. It also reduces the risk of the screed cracking. The screeders upstairs insisted that they didn't need the boards and that they would cut a line into the concrete between the rooms, but that didn't happen.

In addition, they pumped the screed through a large pipe that was like a wild dancing python, in the process it damaged the insulation at the bottom of the stairs and over the hall. My daughter and I spent ages sweeping up the dry screed particles and covering the area with tape. Hooray for duct tape! It was hot, smelly work as the heat from the screed is staying in the well insulated house!
Here is the screed upstairs. The thickness variation is just on the borderline of british standard sr3. I'm still not happy with it, I'm sure it's not up to the standards of most other screeders! While I find a new screeder, the project is being held up. Mind you, it gives the screed upstairs a chance to cure undisturbed.
The house is shrouded by the large mound of sharp sand that is now redundant. The skip is full again and there is a large collection of cardboard and other reduntant materials. Another skip is full. More rubbish than when we demolished our house!

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