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An orangery in Didcot. Part 1: building on strong foundations

This orangery build project in Didcot will be posted in three parts. Next week, we will see the nearly-completed extension.

Because the doors between the house and the new orangery were to be removed, Admiral used A-rated glazing throughout, and we notified the council that we’d be constructing under a formal building notice.

In this instalment, we look at the work Admiral Windows of Oxford puts into securing strong foundations for a conservatory or orangery. The aim is to show the quality of basework and brickwork that we achieve.

Okay, let’s get clicky with the first set of photos …


Digger Mc.Digface gets to work, expertly operated by Steven.

IMG_0885(1) trench

Mc.Digface may be small but he is mighty. The clay soil here was dug to a depth of 1.5 metres. (For those of us who prefer proper measurements, that’s about 5 feet.)

IMG_0884(1) foundations dug ADMIRAL WINDOWS OXFORD

The completed trench …

Steven prepares the join IMG_0891

Steven prepares the connection with the house wall …

IMG_0926(1) Wall construction ADMIRAL WINDOWS OXFORD

Brick and block cavity wall under construction, showing insulation in-situ.

IMG_0897(1) floor level ADMIRAL WINDOWS OXFORD

We are level!

IMG_1043 complete walls and frames

The walls are now complete. The window and door frames await glazing …

Be sure to tune in again next week when we will see the roof installation, the plastering and screeding then, in a few weeks, the completed job.

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