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

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 15


Each day now seems to bring significant changes. Today the guys have been focussed on assembling the framework, on which the plasterboard will be fixed, to create the perimeter ceiling. The system they are using is Livinroom by Ultraframe. The following photos show the results of their days efforts.

Conservatory - Showing the completed framework at the southern end.
Conservatory – Showing the completed framework at the southern end.

The garage door beside my wife, is yet to be raised, otherwise it won’t open when the floor is raised.

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Conservatory – Showing the completed framework at the northern end.
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Conservatory – Showing the completed framework adjoining the house. This is much wider than on the other three sides as it has to take in the existing roof overhang, the large box gutter and also provide space for the down lighters.
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Conservatory – Stillno bi-fold doors. These are being left until later, to prevent any damage while the raised floor is installed.

What a difference a day makes. Not only did the guys install the framework but they did a huge clean up both within the new structure and also in the garden. It no longer looks like a builders yard.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 14


Another fine day and the build has moved into a new phase – glass installation.

Conservatory - Early morning condensation helps to show new roof glazing panels in situ.
Conservatory – Early morning condensation helps to show new roof glazing panels in situ.

The previous photo shows the roof and northern end glazing panels installed. As the structure is still open to the elements the roof glazing is showing condensation. Hopefully we won’t see too much of that once bi-fold doors are installed and the plaster work has dried out.

Conservatory - Glazing is also in the utility room door and window.
Conservatory – Glazing is also in the utility room door and window.

Also the glass is now installed into the utility room door and window. The previous photo shows the overall shape of the conservatory and part of the finial which will finish off the roof line. Hopefully the finial will also dissuade the pigeons from landing on the apex.

Conservatory - Another view of the roof glazing.
Conservatory – Another view of the roof glazing.

The bi-fold doors aren’t being fitted yet to allow easier access while there is still some construction work ongoing, to avoid any possibility of damage to the doors. There is still a “sleeper” wall to be built to support the raised wooden flooring.

Conservatory - Work in progress, the garden still looks like a builders yard.
Conservatory – Work in progress, the garden still looks like a builder’s yard.

As the photo shows our garden looks like a builder’s yard. We knew that it would become a no-go area once work started but we have missed being able to sit out on the patio on the sunny days. Mind you, at the weekends, we have used the old conservatory base as a make do patio / balcony and with the new walls up it became quite the sun-trap.

The next phase of the build is to install the LivinRoom frames to support the perimeter ceilings and of course the down lighters. They need to be in place so that the electrician can come along on Thursday to carry out his first fit.

 

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 13


Conservatory - Our neighbours fence is back in place.
Conservatory – Our neighbours fence is back in place.

The weather was much improved and the guys were able to get down to work without interruption.

I’m pleased to say that my neighbours fence panels and paving slabs have been re-instated. They have been very patient with us and the temporary incursion into their garden.

Conservatory - Roof framework is now in place and perimeter guttering has been installed
Conservatory – Roof framework is now in place and perimeter guttering has been installed

A days worth of assembly and we now have the framwork for the roof glazing in place. We also have the guttering around the perimeter along with a large box gutter which will serve both the conservatory as well as collect rain water from the house roof. None of this will be visible once the cornice work is installed. Planned for the next day or so.

Conservatory - Inside view of the roof framework
Conservatory – Inside view of the roof framework

With the roof framework in place the final size and shape is becoming clearer.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 12


Yesterday, rain stopped play before the guys could make much headway. Today started with much optimism but this turned out to be somewhat misplaced as although the day started dryish it soon became too wet to work. By 11:00 the guys had knocked it on the head.

Luckily the rain held back long enough for the concrete to be laid inside the conservatory walls. This will provide a flat surface for the sleeper wall and eventually the suspended wooden floor. In the following photo you can just see where they have infilled at the base of the walls.

Conservatory - North end window frames are in. Platform is present to aid with the roof installation.
Conservatory – North end window frames are in. Platform is present to aid with the roof installation.

After mixing and laying the concrete the guys started preparations to reinstate my next door neighbours fencing. Rain stopped this work from completing.

The three window frames have been installed in the north end wall and the wall capping has been laid down but the rain turned up the intensity before the guys could start on the roof proper.Conservatory - North end window frames are in. External view.

Conservatory – North end window frames are in. External view.

Conservatory - Single change to the Bi-Fold aperture
Conservatory – Single change to the Bi-Fold aperture i.e. the capping strip is bridging the gap.

With the frames in you can begin to get a feel for the final look of the north end.

My wife and I now have our fingers crossed that the weather is going to be kind and the guys can crack on when they return on Monday.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 10


As usual the guys were here good and early to finish off the last few runs of brickwork. And after such a beautiful weekend the weather decided to welcome them back to work with good old British drizzle.

Conservatory - Most of the materials have now gone from the drive
Conservatory – Most of the materials have now gone from the drive
Conservatory - South wall is now up to full height
Conservatory – South wall is now up to full height
Conservatory - Utility room door and window support walls are now up to full height
Conservatory – Utility room door and window support walls are now up to full height

Apparently we won’t be seeing any workers for the next day, or two, to allow the mortar to go off.

Then on Thursday they will be back to fit frames and roof …..  Whoohoo !!!

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 9


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Conservatory – South wall blockwork completed and connected to the garage.
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Conservatory – Although the blockwork is to full height theouter brickwork is yet to reach the same height.
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Conservatory – North end window pillars are complete, both blockwork and brickwork.
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Conservatory – Facia board has been cut into in preparation for connection to the new build.
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Conservatory – Close up of intersection between south wall blockwork and the garage wall.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 8


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Conservatory – Wall Starter Ties, being used where the new conservatory wall butts up to the house wall.
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Conservatory – Showing the progress of the end wall pillars, including the internal blockwork and insulation.
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Conservatory – Wot No Window. Good job the floor level is going to be raised too.
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Conservatory – Looking through the bi-fold aperture towards the end wall pillars.
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Conservatory – Looking through the bi-fold aperture towards the end wall showing the newly laid blockwork.
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