And away we go…
The build of our eco house has finally commenced. We purchased the site exactly 18 months ago and now it is time to make our first vision a reality.
Although there is a lot to be done it is a good chance to reflect on everything it has taken to get to this point for which everyone who has been involved should be proud.
I will write separately about our budget and plan and in true Grand Designs style (but without Kevin breathing down our necks) we will chart our progress against this as we go and as part of our weekly updates.
So we have a 4 month build schedule (17 weeks in all) Let’s see if the 17th update blog is being written about the successful completion of our build…? It will be very interesting!
One point I wanted to note at the outset is about how ‘Eco’ our house is, in case you find yourself scoffing in future at any of my posts.
Due to the small size of the plot it is just not physically possible to achieve some elements of what would be our ultimate eco design. (eg. Ground Source Heat Pump as we simply don’t have the space to lay the pipes).
This coupled with a limited budget, as we are only building a very small house, means some other elements would just have not been financially viable.
We had always started out on this journey to make sure this house was affordable. If we ended up spending £300,000 on a house that was only ever going to be worth £250,000 in a particular area then that would not make financial sense, in our view. This would then mean that the average person may not be able to achieve this kind of property and let’s face it who would want to do that anyway.
We decided that we will focus on 4 key eco elements and ensure we get them right. As we haven’t done this before and with the above considerations we felt this would be a more practical approach.
Those elements are:
1. Building fabric – Insulation and use of SIPS
2. Airtightness (including the incorporation of passive ventilation)
3. Green Roof
4. PV Panels
So if you are reading this blog then strap yourself in for the next 4 months and join us on this next phase of our eco adventure.