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, 2 June 2010
Early morning on site everything is quiet...but soon Tom starts the crane and finishes lifting the internal walls from yesterday.
The team slot the apex panel carefully on to a supportive beam. Mind your head!
Upstairs has all its internal walls; Tom takes a look, meanwhile one of the team comes out of the attic door.
One of the bedrooms; currently with an unusual open air feature.
The roof panels are started. First the long side of roof with the integrated garage.
Then the shorter side.
An afternoon of work and the roof panels are done.
The flags mark this significant moment in the project.
The temporary site office/motor home from where Lesley, the UK Accounts Manager for the company, kept us all fed and topped up with coffee and tea. Great job! Thanks!
Roof tiles that we had to house in the street overnight last night are lifted onto the roof ready for tomorrow's early start.
Tom and Ben's job is done, they head back home with a 5 hour drive ahead of them.
Now the house is starting to look like the plans. I'm looking forward to seeing it without scaffolding.
According to German tradition, the chief carpenter, Michael, reads out a poem and smashes a glass from the top of the house for good luck. Ebi holds the flags with Alex, Tobias and Stefan standing proudly admiring their good work. It was a fantastic day! Ending with new keys to our house in my pocket, after only 2 days! Wow again!