New and old ceilings plastered
Both new and old ceilings have just been plastered, looks like it’s going to be a huge space. The plasterers have done a really good job, it’s a big area and the old ceiling was all quite uneven. And they’ve kept the place relatively clean and tidy, I think plasterers can get canonised for that?
Orangery ceiling plaster-boarding
The guys are fitting the plasterboard. We need to strip back some of the old ceiling to plaster over the RSJ. As you can see this is hidden within the ceiling/floor space, so the new and old ceilings will run flush. Should be a huge area.
The old ceiling is quite uneven, but this is down to the ceiling/floor joists being twisted and out of level. It would be a major operation to rectify this, both in terms of expense, mess and time, so the clients quite rightly will leave as is. Hopefully the plasterers can smooth it out.
The wall has almost gone and the building hasn’t fallen down, which is always a good sign 😉 The steel is in place already and the new building is secure and watertight.
We have dust-sheeted over the clients old kitchen units, but these are being replaced as part of the project. The entire kitchen will be redecorated, but it make everyone’s life easier to keep mess to a minimum.
The pipework and cable will be re-routed, but because much of it needs to go into the floor, it will be easier to do once the wall is out of the way.
Orangery Lantern Roof
The lantern framework is starting to be erected. This is one of those jobs for which one needs a sky hook!
You need to get the central ridge and the first four rafters up, then it will support itself. for a small aluminium roof like this, it’s the quickest and easier method, however on larger hardwood roofs, more scaffolding and people are required.
The grey powder-coated aluminium will look really cool, hopefully the clients will decide to paint the ceiling white. The smooth finish of the eaves-beam and rafters gives it a really classy, contemporary look.
The guys have just got the RSJ (Rolled Steel Joist) into place. This is will be set within the floor/ceiling void so the new and old ceiling should run through flush without having any down-stand.
The existing floor joists run perpendicular to the RSJ, so they will have to be let into the flange of the beam and supported by it. A series of props and needles support the existing house whilst the hole is cut for the steel. The guys have developed an ingenious method of using chain block to lift the 160kg steel in to place. This means the work can be done by a couple of old codgers 😉
We will leave the existing wall in place until the orangery is fully built and is secure and watertight. However the steel has to be put in place before the orangery roof can be built.