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.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Muck truck

A favourite view of mine; a digger in the front garden. Now that we're settling in, we have to settle the house into its surroundings. The level of the ground at the front is too high.
Gerry loads the muck into the truck.

Some type 1 stone is laid and whackered down. Finally, the house begins to look rooted in its surroundings. There is a bit more work to do but things can progress more slowly now.

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