Conservatory Bases: Building from the Ground Up
The next time you visit a friend’s conservatory, think about what can be done to further give it a finesse finish and not feel like a half-baked project built for the sake of its completion. Notice that a significant part of the garden room’s outcome is based on the base itself, apart from the greenery, seating and other furniture that will adorn the room. Always take to heart that the conservatory is not a vestigial appendage from the rest of the house. It is a part of the very house itself and it should be treated with the same meticulous care that one would give their bedroom or dining room. That is assuming the conservatory is not already being used as the dining room in the first place.
A common misconception homeowners and even professional engineers make when conceptualizing and designing the conservatory base is that since the excavation does not have to be that deep since the foundations are going to be lighter and that the layering will not have to be as extensive. These are fallacies on both accounts. Foundation trenches will need to be as deep as if a real house were being made on the site of construction, and the depth will range somewhere around the ballpark of a meter from the surface.
Take note that during construction, there will be various sections underneath the base. This will be the draining pipe area itself where the plumbing takes place, the coating that secures the draining pipe in its position as well as to protect it from decay and leaks. From there, there is another layer of concrete foundation followed by a substructure for additional support.
Now that these comprise the basic foundations of the conservatory base, it is time to start discussing in detail the different types that are widely used. The four that are most common are in concrete, raised, steel, and wooden. Having to choose one is very crucial because it is ideal that the room be flat and conducive for being walked around, rather than trodding on disheveled soil and gravel. Take a look at the overall structure of the room before selecting what base to add on. It will be difficult and costly to replace if any errors were made.
Concrete bases considered as one of the most popular, if not the most popular type of base to top off the foundations that were earlier laid. It smoothens out the perception of the room and gives a very finished and polished look. A large benefit that can be stemmed from having a concrete conservatory base is that someone who has a fundamental knowledge of DIY work can complete it. Time is an important element and if there is no time allotted for waiting for the cement to dry, then concrete might not be the best option available. Otherwise, it is the way to go.
Raised bases rely more on the laws of physics than anything else.
It is not the most common choice but it has had positive feedback particularly for owners of sloped lands and lots and use it as a remedy for those patches of land that are disjointed from the rest of the house in terms of altitude. This type of base also helps if the quality of land and foundation are not rock solid and might be prone to eroding. Of course, even with a good kind of land, raised bases are a welcome addition for those who prefer that their houses have a higher view than the usual. Just remember that with these benefits comes an additional price, so consider whether having this kind of conservatory base is a worthwhile investment or not.
Steel bases are the DIY’s favorite weapon of choice, as it is easy to set up and soon enough, the conservatory is good to go. It is of low cost and one can be assured of its durability, although it is questionable when it comes to sloped ground, since it is not flexible enough to adapt to different heights of land.
Finally, there are wooden bases, the ones that give conservatories the most authentic and natural feel as it blends in with the lush scenery. To secure these pieces together, they are normally bolted at the ends and soon enough, the foundations are topped off and sealed securely. However, it does not handle water very well and if it is exposed too much, its integrity will significantly suffer over time unless protected with special kinds of paint.