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.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Miscellaneous Monday

This morning, the house was busy again. You can tell by the trailer that Ebi was back in town with more plasterboard!
The first screeding company came back to fix the job that was done. The levels were back on track, shame they couldn't do anything about the surface. 
The electricians are drilling holes in the ceiling ready for the downlighters.
The moulds were removed from the sitting room floor, leaving holes for the LED floorlights in the screed.
Matt and Neil sort out the pipework for the air source heat pump; getting it ready to connect to the solar panels, underfloor heating and the water supply.
Here is the same installation at the end of the day. The utility room is becoming the hub of the house for the renewable technologies.
Ebi and Charlie cover the seams in the plasterboarding on the sitting room ceiling and work on the ceilings that they didn't have the materials to finish in their last visit. Another long day draws to a close.

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