View From The Conservatory


Not so much, from the conservatory, more from within.

My wife stuck these butterflies, perhaps a dozen or so, on our bi-fold doors. Shortly after our conservatory rebuild was completed. The butterflies comprise two pairs of wings. One set sticks flush to the glass and has a reflective backing which catches the sun and is further reflected on the inside of the double glazing. The other set of wings stand proud, giving some depth to each individual butterfly.

Their purpose was to help prevent our grandchildren from running into the large clear glass panels. The butterflies seemed to have carried out their accident prevention role, perfectly.

However, there has been a war of attrition, as child after child has discovered the butterflies and ripped off their upper wings.

The photo shows the last intact example, flying proudly, just out of reach….. for the time being.

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.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 12


Yesterday, rain stopped play before the guys could make much headway. Today started with much optimism but this turned out to be somewhat misplaced as although the day started dryish it soon became too wet to work. By 11:00 the guys had knocked it on the head.

Luckily the rain held back long enough for the concrete to be laid inside the conservatory walls. This will provide a flat surface for the sleeper wall and eventually the suspended wooden floor. In the following photo you can just see where they have infilled at the base of the walls.

Conservatory - North end window frames are in. Platform is present to aid with the roof installation.
Conservatory – North end window frames are in. Platform is present to aid with the roof installation.

After mixing and laying the concrete the guys started preparations to reinstate my next door neighbours fencing. Rain stopped this work from completing.

The three window frames have been installed in the north end wall and the wall capping has been laid down but the rain turned up the intensity before the guys could start on the roof proper.Conservatory - North end window frames are in. External view.

Conservatory – North end window frames are in. External view.

Conservatory - Single change to the Bi-Fold aperture
Conservatory – Single change to the Bi-Fold aperture i.e. the capping strip is bridging the gap.

With the frames in you can begin to get a feel for the final look of the north end.

My wife and I now have our fingers crossed that the weather is going to be kind and the guys can crack on when they return on Monday.

Conservatory Re-Build – Day 11


Here we are, Thursday and Day 11 of the re-build. The guys turned up and unloaded their van.

The first of the new frames were installed ….

Conservatory - Utility Room door and window frames are in
Conservatory – Utility Room door and window frames are in

Conservatory - windoww sills in place awaiting the windo frames
Conservatory – window sills in place awaiting the window frames

Unfortunately, the weather was against us and rain stopped play, or rather, build.

So the guys finished unloading their van and departed for a job where they could work under cover. They’ll be back tomorrow to try to turn this pile of miscellaneous metal plastic parts into a conservatory…….

Conservatory - The kit (puzzle) lays ready for assembly
Conservatory – The kit (puzzle) lays ready for assembly