HPH235 : My entire 6-year house build (told through my audio journal) – with Ben Adam-Smith
Having recorded an audio journal the whole way through his project, Ben Adam-Smith plays back some key moments so you can hear what was involved in his self build (within a single podcast episode).
Although it's not going to be comprehensive it'll give you a flavour of what you might be undertaking if you're tackling your own eco build.
6 years to build a Passivhaus
It started in the summer of 2012 when I set myself the challenge of building an energy-efficient home before I turned 40 in August 2016. In the first couple of years it was just about learning but when I actively started to search for land I discovered that it wasn't that easy. I live in Hertfordshire which is one of the hardest counties in which to find a plot. I faced multiple dead ends but eventually struck gold.
Finding and hiring an architect was a little easier. I'd spent so much time chatting them over the years I knew a number of people in my area who would be good. In the end I hired Parsons + Whittley, a firm with a lot of experience in Passivhaus.
If you're interested in going into more detail of how the designs for my house have evolved then here are a few podcasts to check out:
Briefing our architect for our house build
Addressing height issues on our self build
An overview of the journey from briefing to planning submission
A recap of my self build journey (after reviewing 200 podcasts)
Designing the ventilation, heating, and hot and cold water systems
Specifying a house and creating tender documents
Bringing down the cost of my self build
How does a local building contractor approach a competitive tender?
10 things I've learned during construction
What to do if your partner wants to build a house?
Why landscaping plans always get put on hold
The build schedule for my cavity wall Passivhaus home
10 things I'm looking forward to about my new house
How to design an interior for a modern home
How well did I do on my self build?
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