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 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.