Creating the cloakroom, a start.

After demolishing the larder and cloakroom, it’s time to make a new cloakroom and passageway to the orangery.

Insulation under the floor and new stopcock, pressure reducing valve, anti-knock pipe, provision for water softener and orangery underfloor heating stuff. Next is the cloakroom soil and basin waste pipes now that the radiator is moved and feed pipes for toilet and basin are in and hopefully the right location.

After adding all the underfloor pipes, the joists went in for the new lowered floor area.

Joists for floor.

Floor down, stud work in, pan and cistern plumbed in and working.

Next is the plaster boarding and patch up the wall.

Downstairs cloakroom – demolishing.

Before removing the larder, I had to remove the airing cupboard wall which is supported by the larder. The airing cupboard is a later part of the project!

The lintel supporting the airing cupboard and the one for the door to the old cloakroom where in the main supporting wall so had to be carefully cut out using the Allsaw and drill.

Orangery lights

Yeah – we can now see and work when the sun goes down.

Two sets of lights – main panel lighting and spot down lighting. The spots are about half the brightness of the panels, but the camera has made the exposure to mid-grey and I didn’t compensate for it! The spot lights are dimmable to make it cosy.

The other circle in the ceiling is our recessed Kef Ci200 speakers – nice 🙂 There are a pair of them!

Main panel lights
Main panel lights
Spot down lights
Spot down lights
Outside eaves lighting
Outside eaves lighting

Fire-pit area

Retaining walls for terracing the garden. These are at our “fire-pit” area – yet to be completed!

The new rainwater pipe will go down to the soak-away.

Orangery floor

Underfloor heating pipes and DPM taped to blockwork ready for screed.

Screed was delayed due to a cement silo fault, but after waiting a few months due to Covid-19 another week didn’t make much difference.

Screed by ssrflowscreed.

This is a cement based screed delivered from a volumetric mixing lorry and pumped onto the floor. The leveling tripods are set level from my required 13mm down from the bi-fold door threshold; enough space for tile (9mm) and adhesive (3mm) and a spare 1mm for playing with!

The cement screed is more expensive but needs virtually no preparation for tiling. There is a little bit of foam that ends up at one end as the screed is leveled abd that can be scraped of with a paint scraper.

The last picture shows how level the floor and bi-folds are. The flowed floor level exactly matches the bi-fold threshold.