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.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Insulation and Screed
The house is starting to look very smart on the outside meanwhile, on the inside there is a huge amount of activity.
It is all systems go upstairs as we get the floor prepared for the screed. Ebi and Charlie worked all hours to get the insulation ready. Everyone leant a hand to get the tape on the insulation joints at the last moment.
The shower trays are raised ready to be set in the screed. Just in time ...
...because the screeders arrive.
They start quicky, with a very dry screed mix
which is reinforced with D49 mesh.
This is then levelled. Unfortunately, the screed mix was a bit rough so a smooth finish wasn't achieved. Hmm, the level doesn't look quite right; it will need to be checked when it's set.
Meanwhile, Ebi is busy with the hinges for the garage door.
Charlie is busy fixing the panel on top of the solar thermal pipes in the utility room.
The new beautiful garage door closes on another day on site. Ebi and Charlie go home for a well-deserved rest.