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.

Friday, 18 June 2010

Insulation and underfloor heating day 1

Nearing the end of the wiring...

The ventilation first fix is finished soon after Adam arrives with the extra ducting. It looks very technical, it's almost a shame that it will be covered by the floor.

But today is really the first insulation day. Here Ebi and Charlie are deciding how to cut the first piece, or maybe it's just a ploy to hide from the camera...

Here they are working out the best way to avoid the pipes.
After the whole of the sitting/dining/kitchen has been covered by a layer of insulation, it is sealed and a second layer of insulation is placed on top. Joss is giving Ebi a hand while Charlie cuts the next piece.
Next, Paul and Joss lay the underfloor heating pipes; it looks rather impressive but there is something reminiscent of a post office queue about it.

The pipes then lead to the underfloor heating manifold. So now the main room is just waiting for the screed. Next to the windows there are six wooden boxes in position acting as moulds so that when the screed is added they will become voids which can house the LED floor lights. 
So the day ends with grotty weather but we are all feeling light-hearted; England are going to play in the world cup and its friday!


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