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 30 ?


Seem to have lost count of the days since this began. I believe this is Day 30, only counting week days and allowing for the August Bank Holiday.

The end is in sight but there is still much to do.

Conservatory - Tiles down and grouted.
Conservatory – Tiles down and grouted.

Laying of the floor tiles has continued and the living room floor area is now complete and grouted.

Conservatory - Tiles down and grouted.
Conservatory – Tiles down and grouted.

Just needs for the tiles to be cleaned and buffed.

Conservatory - Tiles down and grouted.
Conservatory – Tiles down and grouted.

Oh, I forgot that the skirting boards and radiator are still to be fitted.

The lack of plumbing support is becoming an irritant now we have been six weeks without laundry facilities. We are farming our dirty laundry out to family members which is all well and good and we thank them for their support but it isn’t the same as having your own facilities readily accessible.

Forgetting about our personal needs lack of plumbing is now blocking the tile laying in the utility area. If the plumbers were to come and just bring the cold water supply up above floor lever with a service valve then the tiling could proceed.

I could do it myself but two things prevent me from jumping in and doing the job. Firstly I am paying for this work to be done. Secondly, and more importantly, I want the work carried out by a professional person who will be accountable should any problems occur in the future. All in all this is very frustrating.

In addition the lack of a water supply means that the guys are reliant on using our kitchen sink for water to mix cement, tile adhesive etc. etc. With the best will in the world it still means dirt and grime is carried into the house.

The plumbers were supposed to arrive Monday afternoon and / or Tuesday morning. Well here we are on Wednesday morning and still no-show.

Watch this space.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 20


Finally !! The day has arrived when “all” the glass is installed. The guys have had a busy day.

First the plasterers arrived and set to work applying the plaster skim over the plaster board.

Conservatory -  Plaster has been applied to the perimeter ceiling and the walls of the utility room
Conservatory – Plaster has been applied to the perimeter ceiling and the walls of the utility room

Soon after the fitters arrived and set about removing our kitchen window and door. No pictures of this stage. During the morning we left the crew working while we headed over to Salisbury to procure some furniture for when the conservatory is completed.

While we were away the plumbers arrived, removed the radiator, capped off the hot water supply and connected the cold water supply for the utility room.

Conservatory - Old radiator removed and pipes capped pending the installation of a new tall panel radiator
Conservatory – Old radiator removed and pipes capped pending the installation of a new tall panel radiator

Removing the radiator will allow the plasterers to cover the wall with plaster board. There will not be any exposed brick this time round. Been there, done that, don’t want to do it again. Ever !!

Conservatory - Old, redundant hot water supply pipe is capped. New cold water supply line is connected.
Conservatory – Old, redundant hot water supply pipe is capped. New cold water supply line is connected.

When we arrived back from Salisbury the kitchen door and window were in place. Not only that but so was the new garage door. That was a surprise as nobody had told us that the door had been made yet.

Conservatory - New kitchen door and window.
Conservatory – New kitchen door and window.
Conservatory - New garage door.
Conservatory – New garage door.

Just when the guys were cleaning up from the door and window fitting another van pulled up onto our drive. Whoohoo !! The bi-fold doors had arrived and were duly installed.

Conservatory - The bi-fold doors are in
Conservatory – The bi-fold doors are in
Conservatory - External view of the bi-fold doors
Conservatory – External view of the bi-fold doors

The doors are in and functional but not finished. The glass is in but not all the seals have been fixed. Just sufficient to hold the glass in place overnight. The sealing will be completed tomorrow and other trim will also be installed.

And, no, that is not our new decking.

Unfortunately, this will be the last of my daily posts regarding the conservatory rebuild. We are away for a few days, going up north for a wedding. Then going further up north to visit with friends. While we are away the work will continue and, I hope, the next post on this subject will present to you the finished conservatory.

Lets hope the surprise is a pleasant one.