I'm now blogging the build for the local schools so it seems easiest to just copy those posts here, otherwise I will be spending all my time publicising the build and then it's a slippery slope to twittering endlessly.
This house will be one of the greenest houses in the country. It will be a zero carbon passive house which means it will be heated by the sun, generate its own electricity, recycle rainwater and be made of recycled materials. It won't have any gas for heating or cooking and the electricity it generates will be fed back into the National Grid. We will be energy farmers!!
Here's two of the plans from the street with the new house on the left. As you see, once summer comes it will hardly be visible.
The new house is the same height as the old one on the right but has a much smaller "footprint" on the ground and bigger rooms because it fits them over 3 storeys not 2. The bit on the left of the eco house is a porch to keep the heat in the building when you open the front door and the bit on the right is where all the bathrooms, stairs and areas that aren't used all the time are, they are on the north side of the building.