Week 52 – The completed product
We write to show you a completed eco house! Hoorah!
It has taken us double the amount of time originally planned but we have reached the finish line.
The final couple of sign offs are pending from building control and our new build warranty scheme. These should hopefully be with us in the coming weeks.
In the meantime I am filling out our FIT registration forms for submission.
Unfortunately we would have failed the Grand Designs test as the baby has arrived and is now 9 months old – so we kind of missed the baby arriving and house completion coinciding..!!
For those of you who have followed the journey you will be aware that our plans changed along the way and sadly we are not able to move into the property, but it is up for sale for anyone who is interested
Can’t bring myself to spend too much time there as it will just be too hard to let it go.
The first part of the agent’s description is as follows:
“This unique detached bungalow has been constructed to an “Eco Friendly” specification and includes numerous features such as solar panels which allow surplus electricity generated to be sold back to the National Grid, very high levels of insulation, under floor heating throughout and the latest ultra-efficient condensing boiler”
That doesn’t sound too bad…?
Unfortunately the joy I imagined we would feel has been eroded slightly by the delays over the last 6 months. Whilst we are certainly not jaded by the experience the overriding emotion is one more of relief than anything.
I guess there is only one more thing to do and that is to show you the pictures and they will hopefully speak for themselves…
As a reminder here is what it looked like when we bought it:
And here it is, after a small 12 months transformation:
Rear doors to garden:
Rear doors open:
We plan to write up a final summary of lessons learned and detailed out what we have been through and things we would do differently, which hopefully helps others on their eco house journey. This will follow shortly.
It has been quite the journey and the learning curve massive! We look forward to sharing.