About this blog
We have planning permission for a four bedroom house and detached garage on a 1.7 acre wooded site on the Isle of Wight to replace a rather delapidated wooden bungalow. We are about a year behind the original plan due to family circumstances and it took a fair while to get the paperwork in order to allow us to begin on site - only 11 planning conditions to satisfy. Our move-in date is July 2020 although I doubt the house will be fully finished!
Who would try building in 2020? Due to various virus related delays we're a bit behind plan, so a July move-in date isn't happening. New plan is to be water tight by the end of the summer holidays and then to slowly fit out the interior over the winter.
The house is built on piles and ringbeam due to soil type and tree proximity. The superstructure, including the roof, is SIPS and will be clad with real wood, (a planning condition) probably Siberian Larch with a natural slate roof (yet another planning condition). We are using Passivehaus ideas as guidelines but are not attempting certification. The design SAP rating was a good 'A' without specifying a lot of solar panels.