While working in America, I discussed our hopes to build a house with artist Emilie Henry, who gave me a book which further fuelled our dream - "House" by Tracey Kidder. That book has moved house with us three times in the intervening years, but our dream has remained.
Moving to our 2 acres of green, amongst the beautiful rolling Wiltshire countryside has been a life changing experience - an altogether calmer existence than the busy, dirty streets of London.
Having space has meant an expansion in our menagerie - we share our rural idyll with three cats, a hairy hound and eight chickens and a rooster.
Equally, having this space has emphasised the fragile nature of our world - from our vantage point on the hill, we watch the weather, we saw the flooding down in the valley, we sat through the storm which blew the electricity cables together and created a light show worthy of an Olympic opening ceremony... just watching the natural cycle of the year has made us look very differently at things!
We made plans to renovate the moment we saw this place, but since the purchase of this money pit, we have had to re-think these - and re-design plans which better suit the life we lead now with a more ecologically friendly existence.
This said we're far from being the perfect 'green' family - we each have our little luxuries we wouldn't give up - the car and the Aga being the worst offenders!
So, we try, we're trying to improve, but most of all we would really like to prove that 'green' can be also be Luxe!
Over the course of the next year I plan to 'blog' our build - and would really appreciate technical help from any of you out there who have already 'been there' and have road tested the systems or techniques we plan to use!
Equally I hope my blog will serve to assist future, hapless self builders (such as us)!