|Project by Mike Pooley||posted 09-01-2009 10:30 AM||4181 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
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.