The conservatory has now completely gone, just leaving a concrete based. The lino went in the skip and the ply wood floor went on the bonfire. There is a manhole set into the concrete for the drain, although goodness knows how you would have got to it without cutting a hole in the lino!
The stone from the outer wall has been stacked in the field out of the way and the pea shingle reused on the outbuilding. There was a surprising amount of work in clearing up what was left of the conservatory once the uPVC frame and glass had been removed.
There was a lot of work involved in removing the brick base.
Stacking these stones neatly in a pile uses less space.
This took a bit more effort than we expected. The wall base was very well constructed – cinder blocks and bricks on the inside and stone on the outside. Rockwool had been inserted into the cavity for insulation. We reversed the pickup onto the rear garden and used it to remove all of the rubble.
The stone used on the outside of the conservatory wall has been kept. We have taken off the sand and cement on the blocks and stacked them in the field. The cinder blocks and bricks used on the inside have been put in the skip.
We reversed the pickup onto the back garden and used it to remove the rubble from the base of the conservatory. We stacked the old stone (shown in the back of the truck), but the material from the inside wall went into the skip. We simply reversed the truck up to the skip and threw it in. Simples.
Even in the snow it is easy to drive this around. In fact, there is slightly more traction with the weight over the rear wheels.
We were quoted £1500 to remove and dispose of the conservatory. We advertised it on Freecycle (www.freecycle.org) and got a lot of interest. We probably got in excess of 12-15 people who wanted to take it. Today the new owners of the conservatory turned up, dismantled it and took it away.
We still have the brick built base to demolish, but effectively the conservatory has been removed at next to zero cost courtesy of Freecycle.
Just the brick base of the conservatory remains. The outside wall had not been plastered, but plasterboard had been attached. This is a result as it is easily removed and should leave little trace.
Just the brick base left.
It is surprising how much more light comes into the lounge now that the conservatory has been removed. Only the brick built base remains. And the lino!