Blackbirds, our garden paradise
Today, we’re lucky enough to live in a lovely house that uses the sun to heat the water, rain to flush the toilets and a gorgeous kitchen garden that grows our fruit and vegetables. It took a lot of hard work but the end product certainly justified all the effort.
We’d always planned to build our own place in the country since we were married, but never for one minute did we think it would one day become a reality. Not sure where the desire for the simple life came from but I’m pretty sure the endless repeats of The Good Life had something to do with it.
T and I had been working pretty much flat out over a period of 20 years holding down reasonable jobs while bringing up our 3 children. I was flogging myself into an early grave climbing the corporate ladder and T was working in the local infants as a classroom assistant, so there was little time for grand ideas like building our own house, but deep down we both hankered for a more sustainable lifestyle.
So in 2009 we finally decided to move to the country and build our own ‘eco’ equipped Timber Frame House. It took 7 months , from digging the foundations to moving in on Halloween night 2009.
We plan to release an e-Book, ‘ How to Build Your Own Timber Frame House’ which will be comprehensive insight into what it takes to plan, manage and build your own timber frame home.
In the mean time here are a few pictures of how the house came together.
The Bungalow - Where it all started
2 days later it was all gone thanks to a somewhat enthusiastic digger driver!
Our home for the duration of the build ... absolutely freezing in early February!
Turned out to be a fair size plot when it was cleared.
We went for block and beam floor to keep the project on an already tight schedule.
The house arrived on the back of a lorry!
Timber frame was up in just over 2 weeks.
Elsa getting in on the act!
Went together like a giant lego set.
Roof was built in 2 days ... the team from Potten were superb.
Simple to install ... but you will need an installation certificate for Building Control
Roofers move in to make us wind and water tight
Starting to look like a house ...
Building control failed the fireplace due to insufficient support. It was rectified ... eventually.
3 miles of underfloor heating pipes went in altogether
Pouring the floors was made to look easy by the team at Mayhews.
The rooms have walls .. so glad we didn't take it on as it is a skilled job.
Kitchen arrived on schedule ... we went for free standing as we like the style and of course much easier to install.
One thing about timber frame construction is they supply way too much timber.
So glad we held out for the vaulted ceiling .. looks great now it's finished.
Finishing touches ...
Wood burning stove to go in and we're pretty much there! Quite an adventure.
Last of the build ... putting down a patio