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Philsta
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Philsta
10 June
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Jun 10, 2020 9:07 pm
Hi all, Does anybody have experience with when upgrades are priced in terms of a building contract? We have done a preliminary agreement with the builder and the drafting has all been done and submitted to council (which is going to take bloody months). We want quite a few upgrades done during the b...
Hi all, Does anybody have experience with when upgrades are priced in terms of a building contract? We have done a preli...
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Philsta
6 June
13
Jun 06, 2020 1:03 am
You need to lodge a submission to the DA, can’t get approved if it significantly varies from the development instrument especially if state legislated rather than local DCP. The council opens themselves to legal challenges otherwise. If they seem like nice people maybe let it slide but if they aren...
Thanks If it was a bit over the regulated amount of overshadowing then of course I would let it slide, but as it stands...
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Philsta
4 June
10
Jun 04, 2020 9:14 pm
Have you spoken to anyone at the council yet? They are usually pretty helpful. I've had a bit of a chat to them but they are careful not to give too much away. I wanted to go in and talk to them and show the diagrams but they have still not opened up again (everyone overreacting to this virus). Sta...
I've had a bit of a chat to them but they are careful not to give too much away. I wanted to go in and talk to them and...
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Philsta
4 June
8
Jun 04, 2020 2:23 pm
Build two story, and put the kitchen and living areas upstairs, and bedrooms downstairs! Then you will be up in the sun, and have the best views from your leisure areas! Thanks for the comment but this is not practical.
Thanks for the comment but this is not practical.
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Philsta
4 June
4
Jun 04, 2020 1:45 am
I think the OP's house is already built. Their concern is the impact of the proposed house on their existing amenity. @Philsta what state are you in. All the regs I can find seem to relate to shadow on outdoor recreational areas. Thanks for your reply. I'm in WA. I know the codes do vary a bit from...
Thanks for your reply. I'm in WA. I know the codes do vary a bit from state to state.
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Philsta
3 June
1
Jun 03, 2020 9:18 pm
Is a house likely to just get refused planning permission if the overshadowing is more than double the allowed area?
Is a house likely to just get refused planning permission if the overshadowing is more than double the allowed area?
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Philsta
24 December 2019
4
Dec 24, 2019 7:29 pm
Hi, I am wondering if you have any feedback about the Polaris flooring? My builder is recommending it but I have read some stuff about gaps appearing between the planks due to temperature changes. Have you experienced that? Thanks for your help!
Hi, I am wondering if you have any feedback about the Polaris flooring? My builder is recommending it but I have read so...
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Philsta
20 December 2019
23
Dec 20, 2019 8:15 pm
Congratulations and good luck with your build! Building on a narrow block and now nearly completed my biggest regret is not having more internal courtyards. I have a single story and the hallway is long, it is not very bright along with the entry and we will be putting solartubes in, but if I could...
Nice. Must be exciting that it is almost done. It's a long way off for me sadly. Where is your place? My block is in Sc...
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Philsta
20 December 2019
21
Dec 20, 2019 7:21 pm
Thanks again for your reply and tips! It is much appreciated. We bought the block and we are designing a house now. The setbacks etc. make it kind of challenging to build, but the neighbours to the north will have to do the same which will benefit us. It is inevitable that we will get some overshado...
Thanks again for your reply and tips! It is much appreciated. We bought the block and we are designing a house now. The ...
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Philsta
21 November 2019
2
Nov 21, 2019 12:44 am
1. Do I need the remove the plaster from the walls? No, tiles go over plaster. Better if it's not painted though. 2. Do I tile up to cornice edge? Or re-do cornice so that the cornice are on top of tiles? You can tile up to the cornice but it depends on the thickness of your tiles. If you have thic...
No, tiles go over plaster. Better if it's not painted though. You can tile up to the cornice but it depends on the thic...
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Philsta
18 November 2019
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Nov 18, 2019 12:43 pm
As you say, the block's not ideal, but the budget is limited. Unfortunately, some of the design features to minimise overshadowing (such as skillion roofs, & cathedral ceilings with north facing clerestory windows) are expensive. One option is an "upside down house", with living areas...
Thanks so much for your comments. I have found some designs which I think would work well on the block and are around t...
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Philsta
10 November 2019
15
Nov 10, 2019 3:43 pm
What is the block's orientation Philsta? For me, a home's orientation is EXTREMELY important. Getting northern sunlight into your living areas in winter, keeping the sun out in summer. Get this right & your home will be more comfortable year round, living areas will be brighter, & your bill...
It's west/east facing. It was a block which has been split down the middle and the one immediately to the north sold fi...
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Philsta
10 November 2019
14
Nov 10, 2019 2:37 pm
What is the block's orientation Philsta? It's west/easy oriented.
It's west/easy oriented.
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Philsta
8 November 2019
12
Nov 08, 2019 12:33 am
Yes. I have my home plan on my thread if you wanted to have a look. Awesome. I had a quick look. It certainly makes like easier if you're allowed to build parts of your house and garage up to the boundary. Looks like your house makes good use of the space you have. Must be exiting given it's lookin...
Awesome. I had a quick look. It certainly makes like easier if you're allowed to build parts of your house and garage u...
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Philsta
8 November 2019
10
Nov 08, 2019 12:01 am
Thanks for your reply. It seems it just depends who assesses your plan and a bit of luck? Were you allowed to build up to the boundary?
Thanks for your reply. It seems it just depends who assesses your plan and a bit of luck? Were you allowed to build up t...
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Philsta
7 November 2019
7
Nov 07, 2019 1:06 am
No worries. Apparently it can be 60% if there is a second story above so maybe I can get away with it.
No worries. Apparently it can be 60% if there is a second story above so maybe I can get away with it.
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Philsta
7 November 2019
5
Nov 07, 2019 12:33 am
This is what I am confused about as that is what the R-codes seem to state but obviously plenty of people find ways around it, such as in these places in Scarbrough: https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-wa-scarborough-131882086 https://www.realestate.com.au/property-house-wa-scarborough-1315...
This is what I am confused about as that is what the R-codes seem to state but obviously plenty of people find ways arou...
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Philsta
6 November 2019
3
Nov 06, 2019 11:46 pm
What state are you in. Perth, City of Stirling
Perth, City of Stirling
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Philsta
6 November 2019
1
Nov 06, 2019 10:28 pm
Hi all, I am considering a narrow block which is pretty long but quite skinny. About 8.5 metes by 42 metres. The size is perfect for my needs, great location and the price is good but obviously its challenging building on a narrow low. I am assuming I need to leave some space on each side but I am n...
Hi all, I am considering a narrow block which is pretty long but quite skinny. About 8.5 metes by 42 metres. The size is...
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Philsta
31 December 2017
1
Dec 31, 2017 2:43 am
How feasible is it to replace skirting boards? When I bought my place I had the shirting boards taken off to put down a wooden floor (I wanted it to look professional without the awful looking beading around the edge) and they were put back on very badly by the carpenter we got. I have kind of put u...
How feasible is it to replace skirting boards? When I bought my place I had the shirting boards taken off to put down a ...
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