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'Conservatory' Refurb

Discussion in 'Your Projects' started by darreng1983, 9 Sep 2018.

  1. darreng1983

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    Backround

    I bought my 2 bed house in December 2016 and have completely modernised the whole house - new carpets, radiators, kitchen floor, worktops.

    Then it came to the conservatory which I had painted - the room basically went down to outside temperature in the winter. It had a poly carb roof and part blockwork, part glazed.

    This is how it stood:


    The Plan

    After taking inspiration from @sh4d0w thread https://www.diynot.com/diy/threads/operation-conservatory-modernisation.457524/ I made an application to building control for replacement of the roof to lightweight tiles and two velux windows. The inspector was happy that the existing structure would take the additional weight and specified 6x2 joists with two 4x2 doubled up for lintels. My dad was able to obtain 9x2 at a reduced price off site so they were used to save money. The roof would be insulated with 100mm celotex between the rafters and overboarded with 40mm celotex. The pitch of the roof would be 16 degrees, which is within the specs for the velux and tiles. This would obviously leave a void from where the old roof sat on the walls - this would be filled by a wooden frame, membrane and plyboard, with 100mm insulation between studs.

    Additionally I planned to strip the internal render and replace with 25mm celotex and plasterboard.

    All work would be done myself with dad helping, except for the roof structure.

    Progress

    Roof off:


    I used a couple of joiners that my dad knows from site working, they constructed the roof and fascias:


    Membrane, velux and tiles on:


    Wooden frame on top of existing wall:


    I also fitted a 70x70x8mm steel angle accross the roof supporting wall to stiffen up the 4x2 lintel. This wasn't required as a rectification, however the BC officer suggested it may be beneficial.

    Roof insulation going in:


    Internal render stripped off blockwork:


    Wall insulation:


    Current Position

    Ceiling has been boarded and walls insulated, currently plasterboarding the walls.

    The work so far has made such a difference in both temperature at night and also the sound level from outside.

    Slowly getting there, but the brunt of the work has now been done. Current spend is c.£5,000, with the majority of that going on the windows and doors.

    If anyone has any questions, give me a shout and I'll try and help.
     
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  2. mrcrow

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    collosal job that and looking good..dont forget to show it when its finished
    our conservatory had a cheapy low pitch polycarbonate roof as well and wouldnt let enough light through and made drumming noises when it rained.
    we got a firm of pvc improvements who had done all our doors and windows to put on pyramid type top
    it wont be warm in winter but we have a radiator in it...
    i remember the "beast" winter...
    cheers
    geof
     
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    Cheers. I underestimated how much work was required, it's taking absolutely forever! But then I guess apart from the blockwork, it has been totally rebuilt!

    Yeah that was another reason I've done it, the rain made a right racket on the polycarb.
     
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    Ceiling boarded and walls in progress.
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    Very nice!

    Andy
     
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    Battened and beading on ready for rendering tomorrow
     
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    Isn't 9 x 2 a lot heavier? Will the extra weight be an issue?
     
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    They are pretty heavy. The BCO said they were fine to use, and could have wider centres than if I'd used 6x2.
     
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  9. darreng1983

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    Scratch coat on
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    photographically speaking you will never ever not remember what this was like
    its important to keep the records this way
    glad you are making progress
    cheers
    geof
     
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    Outside rendering all finished.

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    Plastering all done, taking a while to fully dry. Really impressed with plasterer's work. 20181107_160653.jpg 20181107_160632.jpg 20181107_160617.jpg
     
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    Last big job is to connect rainwater drainage to the existing pipework. Eventually uncovered the pipework coming off the house, it was under slabs, and then 8 inches of solid concrete just need to replace the uncovered section with a T piece, and then dig a trench for new pipework. An additional hitch was that the existing pipework is clay, new is plastic, so had to buy an adapter.

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    you are getting on there...i suppose connecting to all underground stuff will present some surprises
    why is the downpipe at an angle different to the old socket...i guess it has been unattached
    the new fitting...is 22.5*? will it need some fiddling to get it to fit the vertical downpipe..

    plaster work is going to take some time to dry...cant speed that up?

    did santa get a kiss for all the good work?

    cheers and best of luck
    geof
     
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