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, 2 July 2010
The water is now in the house! Joss and Sam connected the water pipe to a small temporary tap so we have access to water for cups of tea!
This is where the standpipe used to be but it is now connected underground.
In an effort to tidy up the site so we can get deliveries, we've started to fill the electricity trenches. We've also been tidying the ground floor, sweeping the loose screed clumps, ready for next week's work.