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.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010


There were lots of little jobs on the site today such as calculating the amount of insulation that we needed for the floor. When the first fix is finished Ebi and Charlie will lay it so that Paul can get on with the underfloor heating pipes.

The plumbers weren't here today but that gave me a chance to take this photo of the rainwater harvesting control panel. The electricians need to do their electrical connections on it still.

Ebi and Charlie worked at full speed attaching the plasterboarding in the bedrooms. By the end of the day three of the bedrooms and both bathrooms were done. That was quick work! Then they made a start on covering the joints in the boards.
The skylights look even better with the plasterboard in place. The sun shone for us today so it looked so cheerful.
The electricians Josh and Matt had to spend some time on another job this morning but came back in the afternoon to return to the wiring in the main room. It does look a bit like they are doing a new version of step aerobics.

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