After living in a large Victorian house for 20 years, we felt it was time to downsize into a more energy efficient home requiring as little maintenance as possible. Although a lovely property with many original features, the open fireplaces, solid brick walls and single glazed sash windows meant keep the place warm in winter was no easy feat.

We were lucky to have a large garden in which to build, and our Architect son and daughter in law managed to secure planning permission despite the site being in a flood zone.

We thought this blog might be of interest to people considering doing the same, and plan to update photos on a weekly basis.

Hope you enjoy it, Alan & Margaret.