Conservatory Rebuild – Days 35 thru 37


Not much happening since Saturday. Craig and Connor arrived mid afternoon with a barrow load of ready mixed cement and set about laying the final steps and reinstating the side access slabs. Since then the weather has been atrocious with heavy tropical style rainstorms. Yesterday, the final slabs were laid. However, the heavens opened and to quote the song “Down came the rain”. The side access has always turned into a water chute during stormy weather, so much so that we have considered making into a water feature. Yesterday was no exception.

Conservatory - Side access slabs and some erosion from the water that fell from the sky
Conservatory – Side access slabs and some erosion from the water that fell from the sky

There was so much rain water and the cement was so fresh that the last paver laid has shifted. The guys will have to come back and re-lay it, when we have a dry day. Then they can also grout the slabs on the steps.

Also putting in an appearance yesterday was Angus.

Conservatory - Door stay fitted.
Conservatory – Door stay fitted.

He arrived and fitted the “stay” for the utility room door as well as making good the soffit that had been cut away to make the connection between the bungalow and the new conservatory.

We are creeping towards completion.

The search for the Scarlett Pimpernel goes on unabated and needless to say we are still minus the radiator for the living space, which in turn is preventing the last strip of skirting from being fitted. The bi-fold doors are still missing their magnetic catch, as well as the last bit of rubber seal and the hidey / slidey door furniture is still to be fitted.

We also have some issues with the final finish of some of the plasterwork around the perimeter ceiling but these are all minor items and shouldn’t take long to sort out.

No, the big issue, and the worst irritant is the missing radiator !!

Conservatory Rebuild – Day 34


Day 34 and a bonus day. We had 3 tradesmen working today which was a pleasant surprise since this is Saturday.

Richard, the painter, turned up to add a second coat to the walls and perimeter ceiling and to put a finish coat to the hidey / slidey door. He was also able to put a top coat on the pre-finished skirting boards.

George, plastics and glass, arrived to put the finishing touches to the partition wall glazing. He also installed finishing trim along the top edge of the perimeter ceiling as well as the interior trims to hide the last pieces of the roof framing metalwork.

Conservatory - Partition wall glazing fitted and trimmed
Conservatory – Partition wall glazing fitted and trimmed

The partition wall glazing is also double glazed !!! Unexpected, but this will help keep the washing machine noise out of the living space.

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Conservatory – Apex and tie-bar trimming is now fitted

Externally he has now finished off the guttering …

Conservatory - New guttering and existing house guttering are now finished.
Conservatory – New guttering and existing house guttering are now finished.

Looks much better than the temporary fix ….

Conservatory - Wall art ? Box gutter and house guttering. Temporary solution.
Conservatory – Wall art ? Box gutter and house guttering. Temporary solution.

The ever-present Craig, master of all trades was here to build the steps leading to the utility room door and provide the alternative access to the decking.

Conservatory - Steps to utility room door and alternative access to the decking.
Conservatory – Steps to utility room door and alternative access to the decking.

We are still awaiting the radiator for the living space. It transpires that despite our choosing the radiator 2 – 3 weeks ago, it isn’t a stock item but is only available by special order. Has it been ordered ? You guess.

So the project is almost complete. Just the steps and the side access paving to be made good. The radiator and skirting to be fitted in the living space, door furniture to be fitted to the hidey /slidey door and then there are a couple of niggley items to do with the finish of the plaster work.

It seems to have been a long journey.

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