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Conservatory or Extension

I have a 1930 house which has a very small kitchen and would like to extend it. Would it be best to buy an off the shelf conservatory or go full whack and build a brick walled extension. I really don't have the funds to go mad and some prices that I have been quoted seem expensive for a 3x5m space joining at the back of the house. Can I have a conservtory and use it as a kitchen. As it's use is a kitchen it has to be warm in winter and cool in summer. Help please!

Yrutina42 6th Feb, 2012 Conservatories
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Hi there
of course you can,modern glazing alows you to have a perfectly habitable room but with the benefit of glass instead of bricks and tiles,dont forget the light,if you extend then you will loose a lot of natrual light,a conservatory will be the best of both worlds you simply need to get it designed correctly so that kitchen units,worksurfaces etc work well.
sean

ConservatoryMaintenace 7th Feb, 2012
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As a rule a conservatory base team will dig and lay foundations first,then lay trench blocks below the ground and brick courses above,the last thing they will do is float an oversite (concrete floor) this will take a couple of days to harden so you can stand on it but I usually advise 3 to 4 days before walking on it,usually a finish screed is floated on top of the oversite to give a level floor surface,once the conservatory is fitted you will have to wait a few weeks before you can lay a floor,either check with a damp meter or lay a thick magazine on the floor once its looking dry overnight,if when removed there is a damp patch underneath then its not dry.
regards
sean

ConservatoryMaintenace 13th May, 2011
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I need conservatory disassembled and rebuilt with new piled raft. Am I asking in right area?

Yfreddieweldon 4th Feb, 2012 Conservatories
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Hi
I can disassemble and reasemble the conservatory for you,but to get a raft built you will need to source a local builder,im guessing you have subsidence?are you on clay soil ?hope this helps
sean

ConservatoryMaintenace 6th Feb, 2012
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Is my warrenty now void on my windows as company dissolved?

When we bought our flat we thought the windows were poorly fitted. We can now hear the wind whistling sometimes. The windows and workmanship are under a 10 year warrenty which is still valid but the company who fitted them dissolved a few years go. Is my warrenty now void? Can I do anything?

Ypoppy_77 7th Feb, 2012 Windows
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Yes im afraid so if the company has gone bust your guarantee goes with them,unless it was insurance backed,you should have some paperwork stating this
sean

ConservatoryMaintenace 8th Feb, 2012
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Replacing conservatory polycarbonate roof - should I consider lightweight roofing construction and tiles?

I have a polycarbonate roof on my conservatory (lean-to style) which is showing signs of age and has a few leaks when it rains heavily. I also have the inherent problem of it being too cold in winter and too hot in summer. I have been looking online and there are scores of companies advertising for using a lightweight roofing construction and using tiles thereby creating a room that can be used all the year round. Is this something I should consider when I replace my old roof?

Yrichard_568 27th Dec, 2013 Conservatories
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Hi
The best lightweight roof on the market is the guardian roof, be aware that some are not recommended by the bba.When changing to a lightweight roof you will have to obtain building regulations as it will no longer classified as a conservatory
See conservatory definition under building control
Hope this helps

ConservatoryMaintenace 23rd Jan, 2014
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my new consewrvatory will be built against the walls of the house which has soloid walls (a barn conversion). Will i get damp appearing on those walls.

The conservatory will butt up against two walls of the house. The roof will be have pan tiles properly flashed into the walls.Will damp descend behind the flashing and appear on walls which will now be internal walls. With a 18 degree rafter angle what is the correct overlap onto the tiles.

Ybiggles_93 24th Feb, 2012 Conservatories
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Hi there
you will have to install a vertical damp proof membrane to the junction of the barn/conservatory vertival glazing and possibly a cavity tray to stop damp penertration from above
hope this helps

ConservatoryMaintenace 25th Feb, 2012
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Replacement wood windows for a 2 listed Oast. Should twe choose multi-layer Engineered Meranti timber sections stained to look like oak or hard wood frames in European Oak?

Hi we are trying to decide between two deffierent types of double glazing for our grade 2 listed oast. We do not want to paint the window frames but to have them a natural oak colour. We are not allowed to have UPVC so are trying to decide between multi-layer Engineered Meranti timber sections stained and oiled to look like oak or bespoke hard wood frames in European Oak which would be oiled. We need to have a low maintenance option as we retire soon. Please help me understand the pros and cons of each. Many thanks.

Ybeagley 1st Apr, 2012 Windows
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Hi there
I would go for re engineered multilayer timber every time,it gives a fantastic finish,is low maintenance and has a 30 year anti rot guarantee,feel free to contact me for more details
regards
Sean Davis

ConservatoryMaintenace 9th Apr, 2012
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Hi
its difficult without seeing the roof but it could be one of two things,either the glass panels are joined in the length with a muntin bar(white strip that goes across the glass half way down)or the roof is sagging in the middle causing the seals or lead to fail
hope this helps
sean

ConservatoryMaintenace 7th May, 2012
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conservatory roof

10 year old conservatory roof (plastic) has started leaking. I would like to replace with a glass roof. What should I look out for if I go ahead with this?

Thanks.

Ynm1 4th May, 2012 Conservatories
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Hi
You need to replace the whole roof structure as the origional will not take the weight of the new glass panels,you will need active k argon filled toughened glass units with a self cleaning coating on the outside
hope this helps
sean

ConservatoryMaintenace 7th May, 2012
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Condensation problem in conservatory

I have a 3 by 4 metre conservatory I wall is breeze block (cavity filled with kingsspan) and the other 2 are windows and doors the roof is polycarbonate it is 5-6 years old but this year I seem to having problems with condensation. I have hardly used it this year it is off my kitchen and my doors are closed mostly, my blinds have mould growing on them. I have got a radiator in there, not sure whether a window open a small amount would help or put a calor gas heater in there as well - I would very much value a tradesman's opinion on this please -- thank you

Ykath_31 5th Jan, 2014 Conservatories
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Hi
Any room that is left unseated will condensate in the winter, this is true of spare bedrooms as well.
You need to ensure that the room is aired correctly with some background heating on a thermostat, ideally your roof should be glass, this greatly reduces the problem as it maintains a constant heat rather than loosing any heat generated through the roof panels
Hope this helps

ConservatoryMaintenace 23rd Jan, 2014
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Can conservatory 3mx3.5m be modernised to be all year round room?

I currently have a 3mx3.4m dwarf wall conservatory which like most old conservatories is not practical for all round year use...

Can it be modernised utilising foundations and dwarf walls for a more practical all year round use and at a cost that would not be as much as a 8msq extension?

My understanding is an average of £1100 per square meter for an extension...

I can't see the positives to spending almost as much to modernise old conservatory!

Thoughts?

Yblair-j-123 6th Feb, 2014 Conservatories
3 Answers
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Hi there
You can easily transform the conservatory by fitting a guardian tile effect roof
They have a very small heat loss 0.18u value which is far less than your existing conservatory
The internal roof can be plastered with down lights and velum roof windows if required
Thanks
Sean

ConservatoryMaintenace 11th Feb, 2014
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Conservatory - Black mould patch and white powder with water mark on other wall

Hi, hope someone can help. Conservatory was built about 10yrs ago, and a year ago I got cavity wall insulation to the rest of the house but not to the conservatory. I dont have any central heating or air vents in the conservatory. I use a tumble dryer in there and because I don't have heating in there I keep the doors closed in the winter to keep the cold out.

In the last few months I have noticed a black mould patch on the plastering on the dwarf wall. Also a tide line on another wall above the internal french doors, theres white powder too. I think the lead flashing maybe failing as this is the area the water seems to be coming into the wall. I really dont know what to do to solve both issues or how costly this will be. I am waiting to hear back from the company who installed the conservatory, and I would appreciate some advice prior to their assessment. Thanks in advance,

Ychristie_95 18th Mar, 2014 Conservatories
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Hi
The tumble dryer is ok as long as you have adequate ventilation if you don't then you risk filling a cold conservatory with warm air leading to condensation
This will be the mould
The tide line could be rising damp from poorly laid footings
Is there a visible damp proof membrane on the brick wall?

ConservatoryMaintenace 23rd Mar, 2014
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