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Kitchen Conservatories - Example Project

Here we feature recent examples of kitchen projects. As you will see, building a new kitchen can take on a whole new dimension if you decide to build a conservatory for it!

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Our first example project - which is courtesy of David Lawrence at Extensions in Glass - is perhaps not your typical kitchen re-vamp. In this example David and his team have built a very large Kitchen Conservatory in what was arguably one of the most difficult sites in London.

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In this project the client wished to enclose a walled courtyard. With space and land being at such a premium in London this was an excellent way to add space and light to the home.

A FEW KEY POINTS

1. To enclose the existing walls required impervious engineering bricks in order to contain any damp that may have spread across the wall. 

2. The inner walls where constructed in both concrete and breeze blocks.

3. Because of the close proximity of large trees it was necessary in places to make the foundation depth 2400mm (8ft). All foundations where inspected by Building Control Officer in order to ensure building regulation standards where adhered to.

4. The floor was a basic oversite with clayboard on hardstanding and insulation. Because of varying damp proof levels on the property it was necessary to "tank" the floor. This was done with a special Byocene membrane. This membrane has remarkable sealing properties and the ideal product to ensure no water penetration.

5. The conservatory roof framing which was made out of timber rested on top of the full height walls and was surrounded on three sides by a walkable 450 mm box gutter. The size of gutter meant that the gutter would be easy to keep clear of debris (leaves etc) and could be cleaned easily.

6. The roof itself was glazed with an obscure glass (for privacy) incorporated in a sealed unit with laminated glass one side and toughened glass the other. Because of the size of glass units and the fact that they where obscure Extensions in Glass could not source from their normal glass supplier - Pilkington - but instead used a French Supplier who could make obscure glass in the sizes required.

7. Finally the front elevation was fitted out with timber frames - double-glazed with lead lights throughout.

8. The overall effect was to create a unique kitchen extension. This project is a very good exam
ple of the increasing importance of the kitchen in everyday life. It has become a living and entertaining area rather than just a food preparation area.

9. COSTS - Costs on a project such as this will vary considerably depending on the final specification you go with. For instance the fact that the roof glass had to be obscure and imported did have a significant effect. Extensions in Glass estimate that a fully project managed Kitchen Conservatory would cost between 25,000 and 30,000. To visit their web site click
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Please note this project was subject to Building Regulations Approval. Needing Building Regulation approval for a conservatory is relatively unusual - however as this was very much a Glass Extension and would be completely open to the rest of the property approval was required.

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The Available Space! (It takes a lot of imagination to see a new conservatory here)
 

 



Building works in progress
 

 



Internal Photo of completed Conservatory Kitchen (the reason the glass is not clear - is not because of rain - its because the glass roof is obscured for privacy)
 

 



Internal Photo of completed Conservatory Kitchen
 

 



The Completed Conservatory Project. (Note the Extra Wide Box Gutter on RH side of conservatory)
 

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