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.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Our home emerges with the details

Gradually, the house is emerging from wraps, yesterday it was the staircase and today it's the front door, the light is coming in despite the rainy weather.
Ebi's workshop moves again, this time it's in the garage.
Meanwhile, Paul and Joss are installing the sanitaryware again. The vanity unit gets its doors. Unfortunately, the WCs need an attachment to be installed but we need to get this from Germany so there will be a little delay.
Paul is attaching the waste to the downstairs basin...
...but only after the low-flow shower and the shower door have been attached.
The family bathroom now has shower wall, thanks to Ebi, and looks nearly complete.
Ebi has been working on the bamboo floor in the main living room and finished the kitchen end so the kitchen could be moved and is now approximately in its final position. Here is the larder unit.
Having the units arrive fully assembled has saved so much time. They are well made too, with proper dovetail joints in the drawers. I am so pleased that they aren't our usual flat-pack furniture!

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