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, 5 August 2010

flooring day

The details continue today with the arrival of the flooring company, they lay latex smoothing compound in both the upstairs bathrooms. Tomorrow they will return to lay the floor.
Here is the ensuite bathroom with smoothing compound.
Unfortunately, the smoothing compound meant that Paul and Ross couldn't do much on site today.They did manage to finish assembling the basin that they started yesterday before going to another job elsewhere.

Most of the day Brian did the decorating and helped with the filling and sanding in the garage. It is now all stunningly white. I couldn't take a photo because Brian has kindly painted the garage floor. Tomorrow it will need another coat. Meanwhile, Ebi has been doing bamboo flooring all day!
Now everywhere, except the top floor landing is finished. A bit more bamboo tomorrow and it will hopefully all be done. Unfortunately, we are running low on flooring so fingers crossed, we will have enough to cover the rest.

It was a long day for Ebi, he must be seeing bamboo before the eyes. It is amazing, the house looks so complete now it has floor and painted walls.

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