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, 21 July 2010

Decorating and tiling again

Another day of decorating; by the professional: this is one of the bedrooms, looking fab.
And the determined amateur (teenager power). Actually, this is just the diluted first coat in the guest room; it will look much better later.
The tiler is continuing but unfortunately we are about one sheet short on mosaics.
Now the kitchen has moved itself into the main room downstairs; it has been sanded and dusted and is now waiting for caulking and knotting solution. Hopefully we will get a chance tomorrow to make a start.

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