I’d like a roof on my conservatory please.

If you have seen the Building Tectonics blogs or the Facebook page, you may know that Tony is not exactly a massive fan of conservatories, so when he brought his house a few years ago (which happened to include a conservatory!) he decided that this would have to go.

The previous owners had probably spent a fair amount of money on this, and had tried to make it a more appealing area by removing the windows and doors between the kitchen and conservatory. This made the first two winters at his home horribly cold, so as soon as he had the funding for it, the project to change this space was underway.

One of the main differences he made to this area was the fact that he put a ‘proper’ roof on it. The team of builders Tony brought in formed a foundation outside the conservatory, constructed the necessary steel-work  and when the right moment presented itself ( a dry day), the old plastic roof came off and a new traditional roof went on. Making this weather tight took mere hours, and the interior of it was finished within a few days. The outside of this conservatory could be worked on at a more leisurely rate. The glass sides and the floor were left as they were, but now that he has a super insulated roof installed, there are no more worries about cold winters. Planning and Building Regulation approvals will often be necessary for this type of work and so you need to know what you are doing but it is worth the effort.

Photo: If you have seen my blogs you may know I am not too keen on conservatories and so when I bought my house a few years ago I knew that the existing conservatory would have to go.  The previous owners had spent a lot of money on this I guess and had removed the doors and windows between the conservatory space and the kitchen.  The first two winters in the house were dreadfully cold.  So as soon as I had the money I carried out the change I had been dreaming of.  I put a proper roof on it.  My builders formed a foundation outside the conservatory, erected the necessary steelwork ( all done outside so far) and when the moment arrived ( a dry day) the old nasty plastic roof came off and the new traditional roof went on. Weather tight within hours and complete internally within days, the outside could be done more leisurely.  The glass sides and floor were all unaltered but with a super insulated roof it is now a joy all the year round.  Planning and Building Regulation approvals will often be necessary for this type of work and so you need to know what you are doing but it is worth the effort.

Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics.

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