Home extensions and renovations Conservatories: running the project
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Building a conservatory is a complicated endeavour. Follow this step-by-step guide to stay in control of the project.
- Check planning permission and building regulations
- Clear the site for the base
- Relocate obstacles such as down pipes from the guttering, or boiler flues on the house walls
- Create the base that the conservatory is built on
- Build up any inspection chambers that lie within the base area and fit them with double-seal covers
- Erect and secure the conservatory modules on the base
- Fit the external doorframe
- Assemble and install the roof frame
- First fix electrics, plumbing, heating, telecoms
- Glaze the roof and ensure it has a weatherproof join to the home
- Fit the window glass
- Hang the external doors
- Create an entrance, if required, to the conservatory from your property
- Second fix electrics, plumbing, heating, telecoms
- Add gutters, down pipes and connect into existing gullies or new soakaways
- Decorate and furnish
If you are fitting doors out to the garden from the conservatory, try to make sure they are at one end, or at least opening outwards out on the garden (rather than into the conservatory), so that you maximise the use of the space.
Choosing a contractor
When choosing a conservatory company, make sure they are a member of FENSA and if possible the Conservatory Association, or are a Guild Approved Ultra Frame Installer. Make sure that they have a code of practice that they adhere to. Ideally this should include a third-party complaints procedure, which has the strength to arbitrate on a financial settlement, not just threaten to remove the company from the association.