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Questions asked by Natalie_46
I need help from some creative builders! :)
We have a 'porch' on the back of our house leading off the kitchen which needs replacing - it is 2.5m square ish.
It is constructed with 700mm single brick (which is mouldy and cracking), with pvc windows all around and double doors, and a slanted tiled roof which is plasterboarded inside. The tiles on the roof aren't right, they're too heavy. We had our drive done not so long ago and the builder told us that the foundations werent right. It's rendered badly too on the outside.
So the only thing that is ok on it is the windows! It basically needs knocking down.
We don't have a great deal of money to replace it though - what do you guys think wold be the best option for rebuild?
We want the replacement to be 5m by 2.5m so that it covers the back of the house and thn we have a dining kitchen. The windows could fit this if we build a brick wall on the right hand side.
So what would be cheapest and best - A conservatory? An extension reusing the windows? I don't mind using 2nd hand materials if they can be tidied.
In an ideal world I'd like a roof on it with skylights as its stay warmer?
Eventually we will be removing the kitchen and the back wall from the house and using this 'porch' space as part of a dining kitchen. Itll be a few years before we can afford the kitchen though. We need to do something with this damp porh soon though as the mould is no good for our new baby.
Any ideas welcome!
- Ynatalie_46 2nd Nov, 2013 Extensions
I have a rather crumbly Tarmac drive that needs sorting out.
I don't want to spend a fortune on it, I'd rather spend it on a new kitchen/bathroom to be honest!
I hate Tarmac and concrete though, which seem to be the cheapest options, and my husband won't entertain the thought of gravel.
Do you guys think that a ribbon driveway might be a good low cost option?
Compared to tarmac, would it generally be cheaper?
The drive 11m by 3.5m. I like Indian sandstone, we'd probably use that for the strips. We'd want it turfed rather than grass seeded.
Also is there a reason why people don't have ribbon driveways anymore?
It doesn't seem to be done often now these days but it seems to be a good logical option considering drainage, cost and aesthetics!
Thanks for reading!
Just thought I'd update on this, share our solution. In the end, to avoid the use of concrete type/fake materials and having to maintain loads of grass, we went for a gravel driveway with an Indian stone cobble edging. This worked out really well - the cobbles do a great job of containing the gravel which was my husbands worry and gives the driveway it a nice formal tidy look. Was one of the cheaper options so meant our builder could use the same cobbles to make a feature curved path. Great for drainage and something we can maintain ourselves in the future.
- Ynatalie_46 15th Jul, 2012 Driveways
I have a 7600mm x 3260mm old concrete area in the bottom of my garden.
I'd like to use it as a BBQ/seating area, as there are good views from that area.
Half of the concrete is solid barring one large crack, the other half is breaking up quite a bit. There is a brick base underneath.
What would be the best value way to do this area up? Decking? Patio? Gravel?
I say best value because I would like to use natural type materials - something that won't look cheap and nasty in the future.
We have had quotes of £2k to have the area patched and flagged with indian stone.
This is our first house though, and we've got lots of jobs to do including re-doing the whole drive, so we were hoping to spend no more than £600.
We don't mind having a go at doing it ourselves if its a simple job!
Any suggestions or tips more than welcome. Thanks for reading.
Update - we ended up patching the concrete ourselves with some ready mix stuff from B&Q, putting some sand down and then laying astro turf! Cost about £200. A few planters and it looks pretty. Thought we'd share as it was a good temporary solution for this summer, whilst we save up to have it paved properly.
- Ynatalie_46 31st Mar, 2012 Landscape Gardening
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