Oak Conservatory

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Project by Mike Pooley posted 09-01-2009 10:30 AM 5347 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my conservatory last year over the summer doing most of the work myself but had help with the heavy stuff for about 1 day a week.

I did the groundwork the previous Autumn and started construction in may finishing up around september.

I used 3yr old air dried english oak to avoid the worst of the movement associated with green oak, except for the rafters which were kiln dried Douglas fir – didnt want any movement up there if i could prevent it !!

I also used kiln dried oak for the french doors and for the sheathing over the outside of the frame holding the glazing in.

I had to cut and prepare all the timber as it was delivered in huge slabs of tree ! that was hard !!

finally fitted four electric Velux windows and had a friend do all the leadwork for me – after the glazing of course LOL
once it had a nice roof on I cut the wall away to the kitchen and blended the kitchen ceiling into the conservatory. Not easy for me as I am useless at compound angles !

since then I have nearly finished a similar construction of beams and kitchen units in the – well the kitchen lol which i will post soon i hope.

why all the beams? well i live in an old converted barn and i think it looks good plus I always wanted to build an oak framed house so this was second best.

The roof structure was a copy (miniturised) of a 12th century barn roof and it is probably a bit over the top structurally but I like it lol.


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#1 posted 09-01-2009 11:35 AM

Wow! That is sweet. I don’t think it’s a bit over the top. Sure wish I could do it. A little bit of heaven right in the backyard.

-- Which way did they go? Tell me, tell me I must know I'm there leader!!

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#2 posted 09-01-2009 01:49 PM

That is awesome!!

All the frame work looks great. I love the look of your home with the brick and the new conservatory.

Good job, I’m jealous.

-- Kirk H. --

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#3 posted 09-01-2009 01:50 PM

I love exposed post and beam framing. This is a cool project. Tying into Spanish tiles with flat sheets would scare me to new depths, looks like you pulled it off. Good job, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 09-01-2009 03:43 PM

Oh the feeling of sitting in there with and good book and a glass of wine as the weather turns around you. Beautiful work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 09-01-2009 03:48 PM

I agree with everyone. Bravo Zulu

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 09-01-2009 04:02 PM

great build looks wonderful

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#7 posted 09-01-2009 04:58 PM

VERY impressive.

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#8 posted 09-01-2009 05:43 PM

Beautiful addition to your home!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 09-01-2009 09:50 PM

Mike i’m glad you posted this project i was wondering were you got your oak from i have a good saw mill by me so i know the cost of english oak is quite exspensive at the moment be good to compere figures ….......


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#10 posted 09-02-2009 01:59 AM

Doesn’t look like you conserved much oak to me… Magnificent! I love timber framing.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#11 posted 09-02-2009 03:46 AM

It came out great. What a beautiful view.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Mike Pooley

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#12 posted 09-02-2009 10:01 AM

Thank you all very much for your really kind comments

I am proud of my conservatory and spend most of my time in there. I never notice the view as I’m always looking at the lovely wood!!!

I love the old houses and barns from the middle ages and have often daydreamed about building a replica but I doubt I will, as I’m getting on a bit now.

So this is my contribution and I hope it will still be standing in a couple of hundred years – but somehow I doubt it LOL.

I might add my kitchen project soon as it blends in with the conservatory so you can all see that!
I think i’d better wait a while though as I if my head gets any bigger i wont be able to get in there lol.

Thanks again!!


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#13 posted 09-02-2009 03:09 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. Terrific joinery. Your level of finish shows us all where Art meets Craft.

-- Mark, Florida,

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#14 posted 09-03-2009 02:04 AM

I wish your conservatory would work in my climate. It’s another thing I really want to have!

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Mike Pooley

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#15 posted 09-03-2009 08:40 AM

ah Quebec !

too hot in summer, too cold in winter !



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