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.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

White, grouting and knotting

Grouting done, as far as possible but we are waiting on the delivery of the last mosaic tile to finish the job in the family bathroom. The tiles in the ensuite bathroom are now grouted.
The masterbedroom has been painted by our very efficient decorator, you can see him in action on the other bedroom. It is very white and bright now.
Meanwhile, I have been working on the knotty problem of the pine units. Two coats of knotting solution and we decide to call it a day. Tomorrow we will prime the units and caulk them. In the meantime, the children have been painting ceilings in the two rooms at the front of the house. Many hands and all that. I've had to order more paint today as you need a lot of paint to cover the malervlies but it feels very smooth once it's covered.

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