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About this blog

A collection of irreverent observations on the self building of what is planned to be a low energy, maybe even close to PassivHaus standard, new home in East Cornwall.

The fabric of the house will start with an insulated slab, followed by ICF walls, a green roof and quite a large amount of West facing windows which may even be triple glazed (3G to use the appropriate TLA, - that'll be Two Letter Acronym 🙂

 

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This is the BBC - Bars, Bolts and Concrete

... and so, in mid July, we had just a few things to do before we could pour concrete. <CUT, CUT, CUT> That's wrong again, you forgot the three spur walls and you've order some wrong parts. Go again, from the top   ... and so, in mid July, we had an unknown quantity of things to do before we could pour concrete 🙂    But before all of that happened, as a family we were all brought together for one of the inevitable things about life - every one must some day some to an e

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First it was Scotland, then it was Italy. Let's just build.

As I wrote the last blog entry, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿  were beating England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿  in the Calcutta Cup and we were all wondering when Lockdown 3.0 would end - we're nearly there apparently. We were also sorting out re-mortgaging to a lower fixed interest rate, - DONE, and we are paying about £200 a month less than before!! choosing insulated raft supplier - DONE, we went with Jackodur Atlas system determining steel re-inforcement requirements for the foundations - DONE and for

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A tale of 3 Lockdowns

I left the site in November 2019 with the two trees felled, and we had decided that the design and approved planning application were not quote to our liking, so we took the decision to put in a variation of condition which went in for consideration in December 2019🎄.  Little did we know what this would mean to progress; as we are building very much at the DIY end of the self build spectrum, and not living close to site, by the time we had the go-ahead we were in Lockdown 1.0 and unable to

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I'm sorry trees, you have to go

Having eventually found our plot in episode one, and worked out where the plans had the house to be built we found that a walnut tree had to make way. A second tree, a horse chestnut was also badly diseases with a split trunk and as we didn't want that falling on the newly built house in the Autumn of 2019 (or Fall for our American cousins as I am writing this on Thanksgiving Day 2020) I headed off with equipment in hand to so some tree felling. First some photos of entrance to site (now wi

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Background - the plot search

Background - the plot search

So, I have told this story to quite a few family members, friends and colleagues over the last few years, and thought I will record it here so that other new members might learn about the patience and surprises that can occur in this phase of the self build adventure ⛺    It all started when I was 14. I blame my stepfather. He made me dig ♠️  foundations by hand 🖐️   OK, it was only for an extension, but they didn't tell me about the concrete encased foul and storm water drains  we wou

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