Conservatory Rebuild – Day 33


Today was a smiley day. Lots of progress, both inside and out.

Outside first, the decking has been completed . . .

Conservatory - We have decking, we have steps.
Conservatory – We have decking, we have steps.

and we have steps.

Conservatory - We have decking, access from the utility room end. we just have to have the steps built to join with this.
Conservatory – We have decking, access from the utility room end. we just have to have the steps built to join with this.

Edges have been faced off so we shouldn’t lose any grandchildren underneath. Once the utility room steps are built we will have access to the decking from each end.

Conservatory - Another decking view
Conservatory – Another decking view

As a precursor to the inside works, we now have a tumble dryer vent installed.

Conservatory - Tumble dryer vent installed.
Conservatory – Tumble dryer vent installed.

And so to why this is a smiley day… after six weeks without a washing machine on hand, we finally have a fully functional utility room.

Conservatory - Big smile on Gerrys face. We now have a functioning utility room.
Conservatory – Big smile on Gerry’s face. We now have a functioning utility room.

So, a nice new work top and cupboards. Machines lifted in, from their temporary home in the garage, and plumbed in. This moment has been a long time coming and, to Gerry, is probably more important than actually finishing the whole project. Friends and family have stepped forward and offered laundry facilities but it is something that Gerry has found particularly trying.

Had the plumbers turned to earlier we could have made temporary use of our machines while other works were proceeding. But hey, water under the bridge and all that.

Conservatory - Hidey / Slidey (Pocket Door) can be closed now.
Conservatory – Hidey / Slidey (Pocket Door) can be closed now.

With the completion of the tiling, the hidey / slidey door can be closed. Still has to have the door furniture fitted. And there is another smiley moment. Although I tried to get the furniture from our local DIY stores, both B & Q and Wickes failed to come up with the goods.

So I had to resort to the interweb. And what a service I received. I placed the order on Thursday afternoon and the door furniture arrived, by FedEx, by noon the following day.

Also, almost completed was the skirting boards ….

Conservatory - Skirting boards installed.
Conservatory – Skirting boards installed.

I say “almost completed” as the final piece of skirting cannot be installed until the plumber comes and installs the radiator. Getting a plumber here for any great period of time has been a major trial. So much so that the plumbers are now referred to as “The Scarlett Pimpernel”.

“They seek him here, They seek him there, They seek that elusive plumber everywhere”

Our particular pimpernel is more elusive than Sir Percy Blakeney, hero of the Baroness Orczy novel. The installation of the radiator is the last major item for the inside and is a major frustration for all parties involved in this project.

Conservatory Rebuild – Day 32


Work is proceeding at quite a good pace now and this was one of those days when the changes are significant and obvious.

The tiling in the utility room is complete and what a difference it has made. Still to be given a final clean and buff but the transition is fantastic.

Conservatory - Utility room tiling has been laid and grouted
Conservatory – Utility room tiling has been laid and grouted

Still have the work top, cupboard and skirting boards to be fitted but it’s looking good.

Outside is probably where the biggest transition has taken place. The decking guy, Paul, arrived this morning and look what a difference one guy can make.

Conservatory - Decking viewed from side access.
Conservatory – Decking viewed from side access.

Hand rail posts are in, just the spindles and rails to be installed. That’s a job tomorrow.

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Conservatory – Decking viewed from garden

The deck looks to be quite robust. Come the full effects of global warming, when the oceans rise and the A3(M) becomes a canal, I’ll have somewhere to moor a boat.

Back to reality, still to be built are the steps down from the decking, leading to the patio, and the surrounds to be faced off so that the grandchildren can’t hide underneath.

All in all a good days work.

Conservatory Rebuild – Day 31


So here we are, Day 31 and various signs of progress to report.

The outer garage wall and “verges” have been made good so we are truly weather-proof now.

Conservatory - Garage wall and roof "verge" have been made good.
Conservatory – Garage wall and roof “verge” have been made good.

The, original, grotty old bit of timber has been replaced by bricks and looks much, much better. The edge of the roof, “verge”, has also been made good. Verge was a term that until now I had only ever associated with the grassy edging along road sides. It appears it is also a term used to describe roof edging, presumably when there are no overhanging eaves, as is the case with our house.

When taking these pictures I did note that the end cap is missing from the plastic sill.

Unable to proceed with the tiling in the utility area Craig has made himself busy in other areas. The access point for the running gear of the “hidey / slidey” door now has a new removable cover.

Conservatory - "hidey / slidey" door now has a cover for the running gear access.
Conservatory – “hidey / slidey” door now has a cover for the running gear access.

By the way, “hidey / slidey” is my term to describe the door and its ability to hide inside the wall. I was advised yesterday that the correct term is “Pocket Door” and although it does describe nature of the door I think I will stick with my descriptor.

Also a new step has been constructed for inside the garage.

Conservatory - New garage step
Conservatory – New garage step

This step is needed since we have raised the floor in the conservatory to match the floor level in the house. This in turn required the garage door to be lifted making the step down into the garage quite large. The step will make the transition much safer and of course easier on my ageing legs.

Late in the day there was much rejoicing as a plumber appeared. Although not, it transpired, to do all the works on which we are waiting. However, this is a major achievement.

Conservatory - Plumbing for the washing machine.
Conservatory – Plumbing for the washing machine.

We now have a water supply and waste pipe for the washing machine. Unfortunately, nobody informed the plumber that the spec also called for an outside tap. Which meant that he had to modify his newly installed pipe-work. Still we have moved ahead and although the outside tap isn’t fitted there is access, outside, to water for cement and tile adhesive mixing.

Conservatory - Plumbing for the outside tap
Conservatory – Plumbing for the outside tap

Also delivered today was the glazing frame to cap off the partition wall …..

Conservatory - Partition wall glazing frame.
Conservatory – Partition wall glazing frame.

A truck also arrived to deliver the timber for the decking ….

Conservatory - Decking kit
Conservatory – Decking kit

Looks a bit like a flat pack from Ikea although I don’t think it includes any instructions. This should be the last of the large material deliveries. Speaking to my neighbour, he has observed the expressions of the various delivery drivers as take note of the curve in the communal driveway and the overhanging trees. They have all managed to make it onto the drive and to escape afterwards so it can’t be that bad.

With all of todays activities I think the light at the end of the tunnel is burning a little brighter. Lets just hope it’s not an express train heading this way.