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.

Friday, 9 July 2010

The end of another week

It was very warm today. The electricians arrived to continue their work with the heat pump. Meanwhile, Ebi and Charlie continued to work in the garage. They boxed in the ventilation ducts with fire retardant plasterboard as well as working on the ceilings. The garage definitely looks too good for a car!
Charlie started and finished today in the same way, sitting in the corner getting the tools cleaned so he can get the filler ready for the plasterboard. He and Ebi have been very patient, filling in cracks and sanding down the plaster, not very exciting work for them in this heat. Next week things will really start to take shape with all this preparation.

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