Building Your Conservatory Base

We started life as a general building company (trading as Simon Tinson General Building Contractors) and building still comes naturally to us. So it stands to reason that when we build a base, we build a solid, structurally sound base laid on substantial foundations. We consider the base to be the unsung hero of the finished conservatory!

When the building team arrive, they will first peg out the conservatory base and dig the footings, manually or by mini-digger depending on the size of the base and access to your garden. Concrete will then be poured into the footings and bricks laid to damp course level.

The oversite (this is the main section of the base within the footings) will be in-filled with a minimum of 100mm of scalpings, then blinded off with sand. A plastic damp-proof membrane is then laid followed by 50mm of Warm Floor Insulation. Next a steel re-inforcing fabric is inserted at 50mm concrete, to add additional strength to the base, followed by a minimum of a further 50mm concrete.

Brickwork (or blockwork) will be laid to complete the dwarf-wall, usually to 600mm high. A 65mm cavity is left and then blockwork is laid inside, later to be dry-lined and skimmed ready for decoration. Alternatively, we can lay brickwork internally to leave exposed.

When the conservatory top arrives, our fitters erect the frame and roof, and once this is done will insert all glasswork and ensure the conservatory is watertight. The building team then return to complete the internal works, starting with the first fix electrical work. Then the walls will be dry-lined and skimmed as required, and finally the fitting of skirting boards, second fix electrics and any additional work required (maybe floor tiling or painting).

We reserve the right to change the specification of any base in accordance with ground conditions, but any changes made will not detract from its overall quality.