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, 16 July 2010

Mesh away

Finally, we managed to get rid of the D49 mesh. Ebi took it on his trailer and we went to a local scrap metal merchant. We weighed his trailer with and without the mesh. It was great to get rid of the remnants of the first screeders and to clear the site. This time the metal merchant gave us money - nearly enough for a couple of beers!
Ebi finishes the decorator filler in all the corners. It's all ready for painting so  Ebi and Charlie can leave for Germany again.
Meanwhile, the electricians continued their second fix- more sockets!
The heat pump cylinder has been filled by the plumber, so it's all ready for commissioning on Monday.  

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