While conservatories will add value to your property and are a |
good investment, they are still expensive, and spending time planning the different tasks is worthwhile to ensure that their construction goes smoothly.
There are a number of factors to take into account before you start building your conservatory. First of all, a thorough inspection of the site needs to be
undertaken to determine the type of soil it will be built on, and therefore the type of foundations it will require. In addition, nearby trees and bushes may have to
be moved as root systems are incredibly strong and can wreak havoc under buildings.
Likewise, a survey must to be done to assess whether there is any underground pipework located near or under the proposed site of your new conservatory. If it is
being built within three meters of a public sewer, you must, by law, contact your local Water Authority and get their permission before building starts. If sewer
pipes run directly under the area, you may want to relocate them for easy access, but in any case you should never build foundations directly over sewer pipes, as
the weight of the structure may cause them damage.
Similarly, building your conservatory over an inspection cover comes with certain restrictions: the existing manhole will have to be replaced with a sealed, screw-
down cover to prevent odours escaping. It may be a good idea to try and move the inspection cover outside the conservatory area so that you have access to the drains
if they get blocked without having to pull up the floor of your conservatory.
Once the requirements with regards to pipework are satisfied, you may have to remove vast quantities of soil. You may think that a few inches worth will not amount
to much, but you would be surprised by how quickly it can turn into tons! Easy access to the main road from the site of the conservatory is therefore greatly
recommended to dispose of the unwanted soil efficiently.
As conservatories abut houses, some work will be necessary to accommodate this new structure. For example, gutters will have to be moved from the external side of
the house, and electric wires will need to be run. If you are considering having central heating in your conservatory, then your house’s pipework will also have to
be extended into it to fit a radiator.
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