Foundations being excavated

Thursday 28 April 2011

orangery foundations

There’s plenty of space to get a reasonable size excavator in this job, however the clients has a relatively new patio which would get damaged. Therefore we have to dig the footings by hand.

The ground is clay, which isn’t too hard to dig, although it can be a bit messy, particularly if it rains. The foundations will be one metre deep, assuming this is approved by the building inspector. Often in clay we have to put deeper foundations in, but there are no trees nearby, so one metre should be sufficient.

We need to get his job done completed for a garden party in June, it should be ok, but with building work, the British weather and delivery companies, you can never be too sure!

Orangery CAD design

Wednesday 20 April 2011

This orangery will have a contemporary feel and incorporate large floor to ceiling windows and folding-sliding doors.

Rather than use the same woodgrain effect uPVC windows that are on the main house, the clients have chosen to make the orangery a feature in its own right and opted to go for hardwood frames that will be painted a subtle Farrow and Ball colour.

Conservatory St. Albans

Tuesday 5 April 2011


Phil is dodging rain showers to try and get the walls built for this conservatory in St Albans. We’re using a Flemish Bond with snapped headers to match the brickwork on the main building.

It can be tricky when joining brickwork to two existing walls; it is not unusual for the brick levels on the existing house to run out. This means that if we match the brick gauge at one side, build our walls level, they would not line up with the brickwork on the other end. However on this job things are ok.

If they weren’t, we would have to match the gauge at the most prominent end and disguise the misaligned joints with a down-pipe at the other. The other alternative when faced with such a scenario would be to run our new brickwork out of level, but then this would show up on the conservatory frames and create greater problems.

We occasionally get similar issues when joining to two floors that are supposed to be the same level. I wasn’t aware that M.C. Escher built houses?

Conservatory Cad- St. Albans

Wednesday 23 February 2011

The sloping house roofs on two sides present a slight technical challenge. An orangery roof would have been easier in some respects, but the clients specifically wanted a conservatory to allow as much light as possible into the adjoining rooms. The will require a box-gutter on two sides.

The size of the conservatory is fixed by the two existing walls, although it would be possible to project beyond the rear building line of the house, the clients do not want to do so.