The start of the dust...

In my first post on our conservatory work I told you how the first thing our builders did was remove our external doors, and that's why the update posts weren't being posted in real time.  Since then work has progressed, so much so that we're now builder-free and I can no longer use the excuse of potentially weaker security as a reason for not sharing more, so here's the next in the series, and it's the one where the dust starts to appear...

I knew there'd be dust and so I (almost) cheerfully took it on board, but then again it was the first proper week of work.  Arriving home from work each evening, it became my ritual to explore - and inspect (as you do) - the work of the day.

Of course, it's all in the preparation and so the first few days included the woodwork and paintwork being rubbed down and prepared for the undercoat.  This corner of the window became a good barometer of the work going on, and throughout these updates I'll share this view so you can see actual progress.

The window-less frame was sanded

With the sanding came some dust, and thankfully dust sheets - but it did get me wondering what happens to the dust in the dust sheets, they can never truly be dust-free once used, can they?

There were dusty dust sheets for some protection

On the exterior there was an immediate change, the wood added previously was now covered with the anthracite grey finish of the doors and guttering attached.  It's the first time this conservatory, which has been in place since 1996, has had any guttering - so quite a momentous event, sort of.

a new gutter and blue skies (and a dirty roof)

And yes, I really should get out more to be this excited by some guttering, and a drainpipe!

And a new drainpipe too

Then suddenly our woodwork was undercoated white, and with a ghost-like feel to it.

Sanded and undercoated

The masking tape appeared and added a "border" to the obscured window we kept, as there was nothing wrong with it, and the roof panels.  I quite like this photo with its angles and reflections, but of course it's still a building project not some kind of modern art.

Angles of the remaining conservatory window and roof

Later in the week the grey - or anthracite - paint started to appear and we did have that moment of thinking "what are we doing" as the beams, or RSJs have been British Racing Green since we've been here, each time we've had the conservatory decorated we've replicated the steels colour, but not this time.

The green steel beams are starting to turn grey

As the grey increased, it grew on us and we relaxed and grew into the colour.  Doesn't it look great with the laburnum in the background, or should that be doesn't the laburnum look great against the new colour of the conservatory? I'm not sure which, you decide.

The woodwork starts turning grey too

So after a full week of work, while there were still no exterior doors or a window we were starting to get a feel for how our new look conservatory might look. And we were starting to appreciate the open feel to the back of our house, not so much so that we cancelled the new doors, but it did have a certain charm.

Starting to get a glimpse of how it might look

So this was the week the dust started, but as we were to discover there was much more to come, and as we soon learnt there'd be a delay in the delivery of our doors - but more on that in the next update, which will hopefully be along sooner than this one was.