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.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

All hands on deck

Yesterday, the doors to the house were removed and cleaned.
Ebi called for troops as the pergola went under construction. Ebi and Sylvie had prepared the wood in the workshop in Germany and brought it over. Thankfully, Cousin Kumar came to the rescue.

Here the pergola is assembled, and stabilised with the extra pieces of wood. These were then removed once the ends had been bedded in concrete pads.

Today, the bamboo flooring has been finished! Here anything heavy is enlisted to keep it in place while it glues. There really is a feeling that this is rapidly becoming our home.

It's a real family affair as Ebi's family help out again today. They are just as determined as us to see the house finished.
In the effort to get the pergola finished, we enlist the help of Simon and Kumar again. Between them and Ebi with Sylvie, they manage to get the 9 glass panels on the roof. They each weigh 90kg, so its quite some achievement. It looks perfect. The deck will come later. 

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