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Berek
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I'd say if you're after the same quality (or lack of) as a volume builder, you can save a little. Nowhere have I seen 40% profit mentioned unless you are all the tradies…

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Berek
Mar 27, 2017 9:05 pm
twylamc
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OB in SAOB in SA
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Can't wait to see those photos of your curtains! I am leaning towards curtains. I feel also the same way about vertical blinds, that they are outdated. Will see. I have…

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twylamc
Mar 26, 2017 11:29 pm
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AKB
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26 March
Perth NOR OB on 5 Acres - Kitchen and Pool :-)Perth NOR OB on 5 Acres - Kitchen and Pool :-)
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lol I know right!! Nope the cabinets won't happen till next weekend it's taking much longer than he thought to make the draws I want. Nothing to show on pool and yard yet…

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AKB
Mar 26, 2017 4:37 pm
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twylamc
Mar 25, 2017 8:40 am
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insider
23 March
How much basement will costHow much basement will cost

You could consider a car stacker instead of a full basement they are increasing in popularity

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insider
Mar 23, 2017 9:49 pm
OB in South West NSWOB in South West NSW

I was wondering when you would next post, looking forward to it. All the builds around here seem to have ground to a halt with this horrible weather in Sydney. 😏

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Searching4 knowledge
Mar 23, 2017 7:02 pm
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Berek
22 March
Town plannerTown planner

Lost in translation maybe? You'd never meet a town planner as they're the ones designing... towns not houses. Maybe a surveyor?

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Berek
Mar 22, 2017 8:54 pm

Let's talk reticulation: Most of you may want to skip the post. Like many of you I have lived in homes with really poorly designed…

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kasra nedlands
Mar 22, 2017 12:28 am
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Berek
21 March
From Owner Builder to Licensed BuilderFrom Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

An owner builder can only construct 1 home every 5 years (2 per 10 in tassie). Some states require warranty insurance too when you sell. How much you save depends entirely…

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Berek
Mar 21, 2017 9:47 pm
My new house at Fern Tree, TasmaniaMy new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
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As everyone has said, a wonderful thread with great descriptions and photos plus a beautiful home to boot! Inching closer to building our own owner build and I was…

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Searching4 knowledge
Mar 21, 2017 8:54 pm
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mellianne5
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21 March
Ross Squire kit - OB in Parkerville WA - Mood Boards!!!Ross Squire kit - OB in Parkerville WA - Mood Boards!!!
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Great to hear from your. You have made lots of progress. I so understand your comment about gyprocking. We did this ourselves in a previous and reno and hated it.…

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mellianne5
Mar 21, 2017 6:10 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areasAny other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas

Hi Tim, quite a few of my clients are in that area. Did you use Allrisk for your owner-builder insurance? :)

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 6:10 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
Owner Builders-SydneyOwner Builders-Sydney

Hi Jacky10, I've been doing owner builder insurance for over ten years, if you need any help with that. Most of my clients are in Sydney.

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 6:06 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
Extending as an Owner Builder in VictoriaExtending as an Owner Builder in Victoria

Hi Lori, using a registered builder, while yourself being an owner-builder is a great way to retain the flexibility to do what you can do yourself. Some owner builders…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:11 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
OWNER BUILDER INSURANCEOWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

Hi Momc, the local councils are really hit and miss, so don't rely on advice there. In my experience they get it wrong at least 80% of the time. Berek's description is…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 4:56 pm
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dutchie1961
21 March
Owner Builder within 5 years special circumstancesOwner Builder within 5 years special circumstances

Hi all, here is what I have on my mind; we have converted a triple garage into teenage retreat as owner builder on our both names. Unfortunately my husband got made…

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dutchie1961
Mar 21, 2017 4:26 pm
LouBir
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20 March
Is 'package' a thing here?Is 'package' a thing here?

Hahaha. Does the kit have everything in it? Like bricks and trusses? Would I have to organise my own slab?

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LouBir
Mar 20, 2017 9:06 am
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gommeqld
20 March
Owner building out of surburbia, need helpOwner building out of surburbia, need help

We currently use only tank water, have a septic, use a wood fired heater and use LPG for gas and HWS. LPG costs increase all the time as does electricity. Our next house…

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gommeqld
Mar 20, 2017 12:34 am
AKB
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17 March
Tondelver House - Southern HighlandsTondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Wow just catching up you've done so much what a difference the doors and windows make!!

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AKB
Mar 17, 2017 8:33 pm
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buildX
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10 March
First time owner builderFirst time owner builder

Great job Bruce! Only if we're in UK. There is this reliable firm who provides self build kits since many people love to project manage their own home build similar to…

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buildX
Mar 10, 2017 5:27 pm
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cross74
6 March
Bricklayer in North-West SydneyBricklayer in North-West Sydney

I'm after recommendations for a Bricklayer in the Hills District of Sydney. First I need an engaged brick pier done then down the track the bricklaying for the extension.…

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cross74
Mar 06, 2017 11:24 am
Beetaloo
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3 March
Concrete Raft Slab MelbourneConcrete Raft Slab Melbourne

Actual costs were more than I had hoped for (about double). I did not get discounts on quarry products or concrete. I also had not factored in excess delivery charges for…

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Beetaloo
Mar 03, 2017 10:52 am
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davisshannon
28 February
OB tradie recommendations MelbourneOB tradie recommendations Melbourne
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I figured as I asked for recommendations a while back, I'd give some of my own. We're still trying to find a concreter (I've made another post about that), but we've had…

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davisshannon
Feb 28, 2017 9:15 pm
manofaus
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24 February
Septic tank questionSeptic tank question

sorry not very helpful that last post, but I am having the same ideas about my build, but in the end I am going to need a plumber and other trades to sign off on what I…

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manofaus
Feb 24, 2017 9:17 pm
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Tim-
24 February
OB NewcastleOB Newcastle

I did use LVL's and timber smart joists for the upper storey, but decided on the steel for the bottom floor. LVL's would have worked well for the bottom floor also, but…

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Tim-
Feb 24, 2017 7:50 pm
cat_dunc
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21 February
Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter ValleyOwner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley
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Ooh thanks for bringing this thread back to the front Wigman27. How's the house and yard going Lynny-Jane?

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cat_dunc
Feb 21, 2017 8:48 pm
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TomCat
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20 February
Our OB ..SydneyOur OB ..Sydney
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Same! Hope you're all well :)

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TomCat
Feb 20, 2017 12:52 am
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Bigblock7
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11 February
Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*
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Can't wait to see! I've done some before renovating - I'm just frightened to stuff it up as the tiles are so expensive

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Bigblock7
Feb 11, 2017 9:19 pm
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Beetaloo
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11 February
Convert Garage to Granny FlatConvert Garage to Granny Flat

A couple of items to consider: Was a damp proof membrane put under the garage floor? What, if any termite protection was installed under the garage floor? How high is the…

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Beetaloo
Feb 11, 2017 7:22 pm
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Twinklestarfish
5 February
How much can we do?How much can we do?

Some councils do allow temporary dwellings onsite while building, but they come with their own requirements. Somerset for example has not only minimum requirements for the…

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 05, 2017 11:43 am
Twinklestarfish
4 February
Total Beginner: Where To Start?Total Beginner: Where To Start?

Thanks for the reply :) we did get a little info from the estate agents in the area, and hoping for a reply from the council next week.

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 04, 2017 11:19 am
building-expert
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4 February
Getting an occupancy certificateGetting an occupancy certificate

Try fishing or restoring an old boat or better still head first into another build job

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building-expert
Feb 04, 2017 8:14 am
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NADT
29 January
Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homesModified Camden supplied by PAAL homes
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Congratulations on moving into your beautiful home! What an amazing job you've done. We've looked through your posts quickly and great photos. Just one question ( and…

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NADT
Jan 29, 2017 9:21 am
bigboytony
20 January
Gladesville - NSWGladesville - NSW
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Hi Turnerbuild, My retaining wall is made of H block work and core fill. My wall is pretty high at around 2.7m so we had to core fill on two separate occasions. Behind…

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bigboytony
Jan 20, 2017 3:21 pm
Builtbyjane
16 January
Building Owner Builder in South Western AustraliaBuilding Owner Builder in South Western Australia

Hey just wondering how your project went/ is going? I'll be starting a owner build in Bridgetown this year, first time! Any local recommendations? Anyone to steer clear of? TIA

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Builtbyjane
Jan 16, 2017 12:47 pm
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Christoshizz
Jan 09, 2017 12:44 am
JB1
6 January
Owner Builder InsuranceOwner Builder Insurance

Concreters poured water that contained some concrete into my storm water drain. It blocked my 200mm pvc pipe. It wasn't solid concrete but hard enough to block it. It…

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JB1
Jan 06, 2017 10:32 pm
Lodzau
27 December 2016
HomecorpHomecorp

Has anyone heard of or dealt with Homecorp?

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Lodzau
Dec 27, 2016 2:00 pm
rocksteady
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27 December 2016
What is a good width for a dining verandah?What is a good width for a dining verandah?

We went with 4m × 9m. My last house had 3.6W x 5L & with all seats taken at the table (set in the middle) it was a bit if a squeeze getting around. We enjoy being…

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rocksteady
Dec 27, 2016 1:14 pm
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algernon
24 December 2016
Hebal flooringHebal flooring

We're strongly considering Hebel flooring for our upcoming build too, so I'm also interested in any experiences. About getting hot in summer, Hebel has much more thermal…

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algernon
Dec 24, 2016 11:29 am
Gtree
21 December 2016
unregistered builderunregistered builder

thanks everyone. i've been quoted $35k from an registered carpenter. will buy building insurance before.work starts cheers

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Gtree
Dec 21, 2016 4:23 pm
Hobbyhouse
21 December 2016
Concreter to place concrete topping for polishingConcreter to place concrete topping for polishing

I'm looking for a concreter in Sydney that is experienced in placing concrete topping for polishing, does anyone have any recommendations? We plan to polish it ourselves…

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Hobbyhouse
Dec 21, 2016 3:37 pm
najjaci31
20 December 2016
Owner Builder Marsden Park / SchofieldsOwner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

You're after a site supervisor for your owner build? If don't intend on supervising your own site it'll probably be cheaper to go with a volume or private builder. On top…

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 6:27 pm
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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 6:22 pm
najjaci31
20 December 2016
Granny Flat Building Cost - Break DownGranny Flat Building Cost - Break Down

Hey mate. I have had a quick look at your floor plan. In my opinion it is a bit expensive if I'm brutally honest with initial analysis coming out to just under $1700/m2.…

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 6:10 pm
sharyn123
20 December 2016
New home with GrolloNew home with Grollo

Hello, I am new to this site. I am thinking of using Grollo Homes to build a new house on a slopping block. Has anyone used Grollo Homes in the last 12 months. I'd like…

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sharyn123
Dec 20, 2016 9:48 am
SoftEng
12 December 2016
Fibre Cement Compressed Sheet - in Wet AreasFibre Cement Compressed Sheet - in Wet Areas

1500 mm by 900mm compressed fibro sheet can be 27 kg or 31 kg per cubic m. Its thickness is only 15mm where as hebel powerfloor is 75 mm almost as thick as a 76mm brick…

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SoftEng
Dec 12, 2016 11:32 am
Allrisk
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8 December 2016
OB initial stagesOB initial stages

Hi, for Victoria owner-builders, the VBA have added a quite detailed process here : http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders You can also contact them on 1300…

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Allrisk
Dec 08, 2016 7:19 pm
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boloty
7 December 2016
Building a new house in Melbourne North _ OBBuilding a new house in Melbourne North _ OB

Hi, greeting! It is Silence, my company supplies shipping container house. If any interest plz mail to silencezh@yahoo.com or visit our facebook page

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boloty
Dec 07, 2016 11:01 pm
snowing
27 November 2016
Question about customising a kit home.Question about customising a kit home.

You are correct with the copyright issue. It really depends on which kit home company you are referring to. If you want you can pm me the name to see if I have dealt with…

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snowing
Nov 27, 2016 11:27 pm



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