Conservatory Re-Build – Day 17


Just two guys on site today placing the joists and fixing them in their final positions, installing the insulation, gluing and screwing the floor boarding.

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Conservatory – Insulation between the joists.

The sun came out for a short time while the insulation was exposed. The reflected light into the kitchen was really bright. Gave us some insight into how the final tiled floor will reflect light when the build is complete.

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Conservatory – Flooring is complete

All of the flooring has been laid. Screwed and glued in place. A couple of traps have been created to provide access to the kitchen drain and to the utility room connections. The photo above shows that a piece of flooring has been left out to allow the plumber access to the water pipes.

One of the guys is coming to work tomorrow, Saturday, to build the partition wall. Word is that the bifold doors will be installed on Monday which will be good. The back of the house including the garage will be secure.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 16


The guys returned en masse this morning and at the peak we had six on site. Focus for the day was to get the sleeper walls built and the electrical 1st Fit underway. Some might call it organised chaos with all these bodies on site at one time.

Conservatory - Sleeper walls with joists laid in temporary positions
Conservatory – Sleeper walls with joists laid in temporary positions

By end of the day they had the sleepers built up, the joists cut to length and laid down temporarily.

Conservatory - Plumbing exposed, ready to be modified
Conservatory – Plumbing exposed, ready to be modified

With this build I am getting to see parts of my home that I’ve never seen before. It’s a bit like a lady lifting her skirts and showing her underwear. Brickwork has been removed to allow the plumber access to our kitchen drain pipe which needs to be modified so that it is sub-surface prior to plaster boarding. The water pipes were the original feeds for the old utility room. They will be replaced by a more modern “plastic” equivalent and will also be hidden.

Conservatory - Cavity blanking strips installed.
Conservatory – Cavity blanking strips installed.

The utility room drain pipe has been reinstated ready for when the internal soil pipe is installed and passed through the wall.

Conservatory - Utility drain reinstated
Conservatory – Utility drain reinstated

The electrician has run all the power cables as part of the 1st Fit. He is due to come back on Monday to continue the installation.

Conservatory - Electrical 1st Fit
Conservatory – Electrical 1st Fit for utility room power sockets and roof vent controls

Cable runs have been made in preparation for the down lighters, the double sockets and for the electric vents which are yet to be fitted in the roof.

Conservatory - Electrical 1st Fit
Conservatory – Electrical 1st Fit Light switches and sockets.

All this power cabling is required to supply six double sockets, an outdoor socket, two roof vents and ten LED down lighters. Not an insignificant amount of wiring.

Conservatory - Side access, the pavers have been reinstated and the gaps to the footings have been infilled.
Conservatory – Side access, the pavers have been reinstated and the gaps to the footings have been infilled.

The side access has been partially reinstated with the broken paving having been replaced. The jagged hole created by the digging out of the footings has now been infilled. There will be more work here when the steps down from the utility room door are built.

Unfortunately the garden has reverted to a building site again with the arrival of all of the floor joists and the flooring itself. Once again the weather has conspired against us and, although it hasn’t stopped the work, has turned the ground into a bit of a quagmire with all the extra feet passing thru.

Conservatory - Builders yard again
Conservatory – Builders yard again