Chapter four - Finishing the job.
|| If your new conservatory goes over your Kitchen consider fitting an electric extractor fan in the Kitchen. This way you reduce risk of producing condensation in the conservatory as a knock-on effect of putting up a lot of moisture from cooking and laundry, etc.
|| Don't lay the flooring too soon. The test for if a base has dried out properly is to lay a sheet of newspaper on the bare floor under a rug overnight. If there is any sort of dampness to be found on the paper, or under the rug, than the base has NOT dried out sufficiently for the flooring to be laid. By all means ventilate well, but resist the temptation to artificially increase the curing and drying out time of the concrete with the use of heaters.
If you are planning DIY then do it with your eyes open, as it is not ideally suited to the fainthearted, especially the larger size/complicated style.
Plan it all well in the first place, and don't take on more than you can cope with, that includes the tolerance of your nearest and dearest!
You will need all the right tools to do a proper job, and don't underestimate all the bits and pieces that could possibly make you go over budget.
Think it through properly from the outset and you are more likely to end up with the completed job of the conservatory of your dreams, and at maybe 50%+ off what you might reasonably be charged for the full fitted service.
In addition to your considerable savings you will gain the admiration and have the glow of satisfaction in being able to say to your friends "I did this myself".
Important: In the trade we sometimes cringe a little at some of the things we see offered in the big type DIY outlets. To us they are little more than 'a joke' compared to what we are used to when it comes to any sort of quality. We see this through our professional eyes and to us it is blatantly obvious that their beauty is all too often barely skin deep. Buy from a supplier who is a conservatory specialist and where this is their main business. Here you will often find the best value for money and customer service, and especially if they have a telephone support line.
(The above is we know a bit of a generalization and we don't mean to be critical of any DIY superstore in particular)
Good luck, and if this was not enough to put you off, then your first step is to go start doing your homework and making initial enquiries - NOW!
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First, have a scoot round some local garden centres and conservatory show sites to start with, particularly if you do not know what you want.
When you know more about your likes and dislikes, and your preferred style and size, the next step is to go online and locate a real internet specialist DIY conservatory source as a potential supplier. You will soon find that you can buy from the experts at extremely attractive prices, and from people who have professionally geared themselves up for just such an enquiry for business as yours.
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