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, 14 July 2010

Malervlies Day

This was a day of more malervlies. Charlie is trying to disguise himself in it, he'd better be careful in case Ebi accidentally sticks him to the wall.
The electricians have been working on the second fix today, putting more socket covers in place downstairs, ready for the malervlies to go on around them. There are no photos because the heat pump has been pressurised between the inside and outside units, to a high pressure, to ensure that it is ready for commissioning next week. We thought it best to avoid the utility room until tomorrow!

There have been more deliveries. Here our teenage daughters are opening the packaging from the light-fitting for the family bathroom. The back garden is a mess but not as bad as the front!
Meanwhile Ebi and Charlie carry on working and I spy their balanced diet that gives them energy.
And so another day ends as it began; covered in malervlies.
We have contacted the removal company now and booked a day in August to move back; I can't quite believe it!

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