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Lee54
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Lee54
25 June
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Jun 25, 2019 8:16 am
In mid-July, I will begin my shed to studio flat conversion. I'm waiting for detailed drawings, so in the meantime have created a very basic floorplan and list of the order in which I think things need to be done (obviously a lot of detail missing at this stage). I wondered if anyone could please ta...
In mid-July, I will begin my shed to studio flat conversion. I'm waiting for detailed drawings, so in the meantime have ...
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Lee54
15 June
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Jun 15, 2019 5:03 pm
I'm almost set to start my shed to granny flat conversion as an owner-builder. I'm trying to keep my costs to an absolute minimum, because I'm paying for it out of my retirement money. I'd be open to bartering my writing, design and editing expertise to help subsidise building costs. Just wondered i...
I'm almost set to start my shed to granny flat conversion as an owner-builder. I'm trying to keep my costs to an absolut...
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Lee54
17 March
5
Mar 17, 2019 11:38 am
Thanks for the responses. I know it's an uphill march to get to class 1, but think I've done my research well in the past few years. I am aware there are things I don't know about and will be relying on my certifier to tell me about them. I have a small contingency budget for unexpected costs. I rea...
Thanks for the responses. I know it's an uphill march to get to class 1, but think I've done my research well in the pas...
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Lee54
15 March
2
Mar 15, 2019 6:20 pm
The wide box on the patio side in the top sketch is the new front door. Even though the plan is simple, the idea was to maximise the living areas. I don't need a huge bedroom and will toss a couple of IKEA cupboards in there for clothes. It's just a sleeping space. I could make the bathroom narrower...
The wide box on the patio side in the top sketch is the new front door. Even though the plan is simple, the idea was to ...
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Lee54
15 March
1
Mar 15, 2019 6:02 pm
So, my son, DIL and I are closing on our house in a few weeks' time. It's in northern Brisbane. There's an existing shed in the backyard, almost 36m2 with an adjoining patio, which I plan to convert into a granny flat. It's legal height, has a level floor slab (probably not waterproofed) and I want ...
So, my son, DIL and I are closing on our house in a few weeks' time. It's in northern Brisbane. There's an existing shed...
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Lee54
11 May 2018
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May 11, 2018 5:04 pm
I'm sketching out a few rough plans before I go to an architect. I've seen some designs where people put the European-style cupboard laundries in the bathrooms. I'm okay with that, but then the bathroom will have an external door. I find that just a bit too creepy. Am thinking I will have to sacrifi...
I'm sketching out a few rough plans before I go to an architect. I've seen some designs where people put the European-st...
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Lee54
8 May 2018
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May 08, 2018 7:25 am
little things like the height and size of light switches and power outlets. The other thing I've thought about is the placement of lights themselves. As I can't do ladders, I want some mid-height lighting such as sconces. That way, if the overheads blow out, I can still see until I can get my son o...
The other thing I've thought about is the placement of lights themselves. As I can't do ladders, I want some mid-height...
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Lee54
7 May 2018
7
May 07, 2018 12:27 pm
Post your mum's house!!! Would love to see it.
Post your mum's house!!! Would love to see it.
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Lee54
7 May 2018
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May 07, 2018 11:53 am
Hi Lee54 You are incredibly generous, your kids are very lucky! I’m in Sydney, so cant help with builders, but as you have quite specific wants and needs in mind, have you considered getting an architect to design one for you? Do you also have the same restrictions on GFs as we do - max 60m2, requi...
Thanks for replying. Will be in Bris. Still checking out the council regs. I don't need a lot of space, but I do want w...
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Lee54
7 May 2018
5
May 07, 2018 11:45 am
Hi Lee54 You are incredibly generous, your kids are very lucky! I’m in Sydney, so cant help with builders, but as you have quite specific wants and needs in mind, have you considered getting an architect to design one for you? Do you also have the same restrictions on GFs as we do - max 60m2, requi...
Thanks for replying. Will be in Bris. Still checking out the council regs. I don't need a lot of space, but I do want w...
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Lee54
7 May 2018
3
May 07, 2018 5:48 am
Watching this. I am planning the same. Perhaps we'll be neighbours :-) PS I think it's a bad idea to have the bathroom as ensuite. Do you really want visitors tromping through your bedroom to go to the loo? I want mine to have other access...
PS I think it's a bad idea to have the bathroom as ensuite. Do you really want visitors tromping through your bedroom t...
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Lee54
7 May 2018
2
May 07, 2018 5:46 am
Watching this. I am planning the same. Perhaps we'll be neighbours :-)
Watching this. I am planning the same. Perhaps we'll be neighbours
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Lee54
7 May 2018
3
May 07, 2018 5:45 am
There's a tiny house 'movement' which focuses on space efficiency. Although many of the designs are aimed at trailer based buildings to avoid the need for building permits you might be able to get ideas and inspiration from them. See e.g.: http://www.tinyhomesaus.com http://www.tinyhousecompany.com...
Yep. I don't really go for the tiny house stuff because of the whole loft thing. I have a dynamic hip screw, which is a...
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Lee54
7 May 2018
1
May 07, 2018 5:15 am
I've been sketching floor plans for my new house for a few years now; will be ready to build at the end of the year. However, I recently decided to give most of the money to my son and daughter-in-law to help them buy a place. I'll put up a granny flat in the backyard instead of building my own hous...
I've been sketching floor plans for my new house for a few years now; will be ready to build at the end of the year. How...
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Lee54
2 August 2017
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Aug 02, 2017 6:04 pm
The only one thing I personally don't like about it is the pantry being a walk through to the laundry. Cause you only have 2 sides of shelving not 3. The reason I don't like "combo" pantry/laundries like that is that a pantry is a place to store your dry foods and your veges which need co...
The reason I don't like combo pantry/laundries like that is that a pantry is a place to store your dry foods and your v...
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Lee54
13 July 2017
9
Jul 13, 2017 3:33 pm
A friend lives in a hebel home. He says the insulation quality is far superior to any other home he's ever lived in.
A friend lives in a hebel home. He says the insulation quality is far superior to any other home he's ever lived in.
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Lee54
13 July 2017
6
Jul 13, 2017 10:39 am
Is this just me that I extremely hate a security screen door in front of entry door, but for the sake of getting breeze I would love to put one in. I found this place which seems to be the only place in QLD http://decoview.com.au/ which makes a laser cut screen a security screen with a flymesh on i...
Those doors are fantastic! Thanks for the link. I've bookmarked it. On your question, I agree with others that it would...
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Lee54
27 June 2017
96
Jun 27, 2017 12:08 pm
How are you finding Plantation overall? I had originally looked at doing a kit home, but found it not cost-effective. I was looking at Plantation yesterday and found your thread here. Are they flexible on design changes and materials choices? Are you happy with the build so far?
How are you finding Plantation overall? I had originally looked at doing a kit home, but found it not cost-effective. I ...
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Lee54
31 December 2016
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Dec 31, 2016 9:54 am
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160426/36a58b785767c8befb7c377eb73c9009.jpg http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160426/de2887c611a0df50d0d9163ff5d55ca7.jpg http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160426/7b8451b50e449f8b0cf6c3389e0c4dab.jpg Finally got my egg chair... Now I want to go buy another one so g...
Those dining chairs are awesome. Where from?
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Lee54
31 December 2016
618
Dec 31, 2016 8:06 am
That is a gorgeous yard. However, I don't envy you having to do the pool-cleaning. I've lived in several properties with pools and will never do so again. So expensive and time-consuming.
That is a gorgeous yard. However, I don't envy you having to do the pool-cleaning. I've lived in several properties with...
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