Conservatory Rebuild – Catch Up


I haven’t posted anything about the rebuild until now due our recent trip “oop north” for the wedding and to visit with friends and family. We were, effectively, away for ten days, So, as you can imagine, we were expecting some dramatic changes, big progress. Perhaps our expectations were not mixed with correct amount of reality but to say we were disappointed would have been an understatement. Initially we thought perhaps the guys had taken advantage of our absence to go off and work elsewhere. These views were, perhaps, fuelled in part by tiredness following our long journey back from Cumbria.

The reality was that the guys had been busy while we were away. Much of what they had done was of the fiddly nature so the progress was subtle.

The day we left the final plaster boarding was underway and plastering was completed that day.

The temporary roof glazing has been removed, replaced by electric roof vents.

Conservatory - Electric roof vents have been installed, replacing the plain glazing panels temporarily installed.

Conservatory – Electric roof vents have been installed, replacing the plain glazing panels temporarily installed.

The electrician has been in and installed the LED down lighters, installed the power sockets both indoor and outdoor as well as connecting the electrics for the roof vents. He has also fitted and hardwired the electric fire that will supplement the radiator panel which, ultimately, will be the main source of heating

Conservatory - Wall mounted

Conservatory – Wall mounted “flame effect” fan heater. Will supplement the radiator, if necessary, during cold weather.

Externally, the cornice work has been installed although at the time of the photo it was not complete.

Conservatory - Cornice has been installed as well as two orbs to complete the finial along the roof apex.

Conservatory – Cornice has been installed as well as two orbs to complete the finial along the roof apex.

We have also gained two orbs to finish off the finial on the apex of the roof.

Less obvious is the finishing trim that has been fitted around the three windows in the end wall, also the end caps for the sills and judicious amounts of silicon sealant. All of  the glazing panels were tidied up, stickers removed and extraneous plaster removed from the plastic surrounds.

Conservatory - Window trimmed and sealed

Conservatory – Window trimmed and sealed

On Saturday morning, after our return, the decorator arrived to paint throughout. He has applied two coats all round to the walls and perimeter ceiling. He has also applied two layers of  undercoat to the “hidey / slidey” door.

Conservatory - Late night illuminations on the newly painted walls

Conservatory – Late night illuminations on the newly painted walls

More trimming was carried out on Saturday as well as the downpipes for the guttering. The downpipes where the new box gutter has to interface with the existing house guttering have proven to be a little more problematical.

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

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

As of yesterday, Monday, floor tile laying has started. First thoughts are that the colour, Polished Ivory, looks good. It’s the first time that we have seen the tiles en-masse so we are pleased that we don’t feel like the colour choice was a mistake.

Conservatory - Floor tiling, no grout at this time.

Conservatory – Floor tiling, no grout at this time.

So, whats left to do ?

Obviously completion of the tiling. However, completion in the utility area is going to be gated by the plumbers. There is a threat that they might put in an appearance today. We need them to, at the very least, bring the cold water supply up through the floor for the washing machine. Once that pipe is above floor level the tiles can be laid. Also on the plumbing front we are waiting for the washing machine drain and the installation of the tall panel radiator.

The partition wall is going to be capped by a glazed panel to complete the separation between utility and living spaces. Some trimming is also planned for the top of the perimeter ceiling. The bi-fold doors need some minor adjustments as they aren’t as free running as they should be. Guess who managed to snap a key, left in the central lock the first time I fully opened the doors. Important lesson learnt there then.

Conservatory - Late night illuminations.

Conservatory – Late night illuminations.

Once all the interior work is completed then, outside, construction can begin for the decking. Also creation of the steps down from the utility room. The side access paving needs to be tidied up too.

So there is still quite a bit to do but am beginning to feel that we are nearing the end of this project.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 18


Day 18, being a Saturday, is a bonus day. Normally we would not have had anyone on site. However, Craig asked if it would be OK to work and, of course, we said yes. He was here for most of the day and the following photos show the results of his efforts.

Conservatory - Stud wall and sliding door

Conservatory – Stud wall and sliding door

We now have the framework in place for the stud wall which will separate the utility room from the rest of the conservatory. In the background can be seen some of the sheets of plasterboard which will be installed starting Monday. We also have the “hidey – slidey” door installed although not fully functional. Full operation will only be possible after the plaster work is completed and floor tiles laid. At the moment there are two wooden blocks in place to prevent damage to the track which will be subsurface once the tiles are in place.

Conservatory - Stud wall and sliding door

Conservatory – Stud wall and sliding door

Note the stud wall does not reach to the apex of the roof. The stud only goes high enough to continue the same line as the plaster board for the perimeter ceiling. There will be a glazed insert installed atop the stud wall to allow light to pass thru whilst keeping out any noise from the washing machine and tumble dryer in the utility area.

Can’t wait for Monday as there is a hint that the bi-fold doors will be installed which will then make the whole structure truly weather proof.

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.