Evening all! We are excited to announce that Our Eco House will soon be seen on the small screen by 2 million people courtesy of Sarah Beeny’s popular Channel 4 TV show, Double Your House for Half the Money. In fact it is on the small screen tonight at 8pm. This is our first blog post since our first day of filming that happened back in April, the production company imposed a curfew because they did not want us to give the plot away – fair enough some people are bad at keeping things under wraps.
Certain teller regarding how our build will get cut suggest that we may be portrayed as letting our hearts rule over our minds. Personally I don’t think we have a problem with that, as that’s why we moved to Whitstable and bought a cheap little house. Its all about having a small mortgage, low running costs and as much freedom and flexibility as possible – hang on that almost sounds commercially saavy…
The behind the scenes gossip is that Sarah’s got her head screwed on, family is a priority and and once the clock strikes home time she’s off like a bullet from a gun. I don’t blame her; life must be busy with four children and two concurrent shows to shoot!
Stay tuned for site updates including photos, details on what products have been used where and details of how we plan to fine tune the place. There are a number of little projects still to complete – we plan to build a garden room with a bathroom and wee kitchen when we get a chance…
We spoke to Space Shuffle about Eco Build last December, so it was a shock this morning to see a reminder on my phone telling me it had started, where does the time go! As with all such shows it is claiming to be the biggest and the best, and the exhibitor list and other elements definitely go some way towards supporting that. We plan to attend on at least 6th and 7th, as on the final day we have a number of meetings with potential suppliers which will limit how much of the educational side of the event we can experience. As with all conference / trade shows, the ammount of real insight is often hamstrung by a sales message, so our jury is still out on this until we attend, we will report back in a later post which includes photos (wow ooo – exciting huh!)
Key areas we want to investigate include MVHR (mechanical ventilation & heat recovery) systems, combined electrical and renewable solid fuel heating, windows & glazing in all forms, roof finishing, flooring and of course lighting and anything electrical. These are all likely to represent big parts of our build cost, so any deals that can be done, or any savings made through using new technology will be brilliant outcomes.
Unfortunately it looks like Laura will not be able to make it to the event (you always have to be free with your own Yoga school) but I will do my best of remembering and capturing (on camera) what I see. I am really looking forward to the attraction elements, particularly the Practical Installer area (live project demonstrations) and The Evolution of Light, a showcase on the future of lighting, how it can benefit both our health and that of the environment.
If you are going along keep your eye out for the ecototem
Watch out for the next post!