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Lean-to + brick outbuilding best way forward (on a budget)


We've brought a 1950-60's end of terrace about 18 months ago, complete with brick outbuilding attached with a concrete slad roof (tied in to main house brick work) and a wooden lean-to total about 2mx4m for the concrete section, this has a toilet (no wash hand basin) and an outside tap. The wooden lean-to part measures around 2.5mx4.5m and has one of those nasty cheap coregated plastic roofs which leaks and small dwarf brick wall to the front (single skin), the whole lot seems to be sat on a concrete slab (that nice thick council concrete from what I can tell) and has a drain from the kitchen sink and manhole cover in it (currently under a nasty carpet)...recently the black damp mould has started springing up everywhere in the brick section and as much as I would love to knock the lot down and put up an extension with downstairs shower room I dont think this will be practical (finacially) with everything else the house needs (new windows/doors throughout, driveway, fencing, redecorating).

Please can someone suggest the most cost effective solution e.g. damp proofing/insulating and replacing the wooden lean-to part with a newer upvc conservatory...or knocking it all down and keeping the structure basic?

It does have some rather shady electrics although probably just the specification/regulation at the time it was done (e.g. small single RCD switch controlling sockets, lights coming off the downstairs lighting main)

The overall aim it make an area which can be utilised most if not all the year round and maintain a downstairs toilet (although a shower room would be great) + get the washing machine out of the kitchen in to this area.

Many thanks in advance

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Hi Dan, a good solution would be to replace the frames of your lean to with double glazed upvc frames , and new to the market is a tiled conservatory roof that will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer...this would be the most economical solution whilst giving the best thermal performance allowing you to use that valuable space.....
Andrew Carroll
Arch Tech BA (Hons)
Fair Oak


Answered 30th Jan 2013

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