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, 20 July 2010

Decorating and tiling

The living room is looking much better now with the light fittings back in the ceiling. We have to do one more layer of paint on the walls and then this room will be ready for the next stage.
As we had family commitments today we couldn't get to site until the end of the day. We were pleased to see that there was progress by the decorator in our absence. The first coat has been done in another two bedrooms and the top coat in the two bathrooms.

Meanwhile the tiler has been busy with the mosaics in the ensuite and the large white gloss tiles. There is now a chrome edge on the mosaic border and he's made a start on the family bathroom.
Following Ebi's advice we checked the floor for moisture after a few days under the plastic sheet. Downstairs was completely dry and there was only a slight bit of moisture upstairs. Mind you, the underfloor heating is chugging away downstairs so it's not surprising that it's beginning to dry out. Tomorrow I hope to get back on site to make a start on the kitchen units before Ebi returns. 

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