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, 23 June 2010

Watching screed dry...

This morning the screed upstairs did not look too good. The screeder said it was the quality of the sand and that it was level. I discovered that there is a British Standard in screeding. Apparently over a 2m straight edge there can be a tolerance of +/- 7mm (called SR3). A flowing screed can achieve a slightly higher tolerance apparently. Anyway, I called a halt to the downstairs screeding while I decide what to do.

Meanwhile, the screed upstairs is drying, giving off heat on one of the hottest days of the year.

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