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 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.