Keeping houses updated
Its a good thread and could raise some good ideas for people not looking to completely renovate, but just modernise a bit as you said.
The tile paint works…
Thanks, yes it really is like artwork. Here is another from a house in Burma. I really love how they still use local products to make these amazing bamboo and rattan…
Jun 06, 2013 11:21 am
Typically this type of ceiling would at best have blanket insulation with a rating of somewhere up to R1.5. Lining under the rafters would allow for R4 (or higher) to be…
corner block address
Ours is on a corner block with the driveway on S Street but the contract said J Street. I went to Council and they'd allocated us either 42 S Street or 2 J Street and said…
This was the entrance/foyer in our last house
Masters, Bunnings, IKEA
I think there are load's of small Cabinetmaker business'' that could do it economically. Just stay away from the flashy big business and you'd be surprised what you can find.
Electrician rip off?
I guess if you had asked for the certificate to be issued each day straight up then him asking for more would be unreasonable as he should have allowed for this in his…
timber shingle/shake roofing
Well knowing where you live would be a big start !
Generally a shingle is made from sawn timber so the surface has a rough sawn effect.
A Shake is generally from a split…
petition for Oherns entrance to freeway:
anyone know of this? I stumbled upon it and doesnt look like its advertised that much. i think we need everyone on this.
Buying land/building in Healesville VIC
We used Contractors construction group to build in Doreen in 2010, they're a small custom builder however we found them very reasonably priced and were very happy with the…
Retaining wall height rules, help please?
Not sure where your from, however in Victoria there are fairly tight building regs with retaining walls, any wall over 1m needs a permit as well as any wall…
Jun 03, 2013 11:01 am
$6000+ for fixed price contract
Soil tests aren't that much - but dealing with certain soils can be. And slope.
But an initial idea of cost shouldn't be that much. If you have a plan and sizes they…
Jun 01, 2013 8:41 pm
Do I accept this crack?
It is illegal to withhold payment for minor defects or omissions, If you plan on holding payment you should seek legal advice.
Firstly pull out your contract and research…
May 31, 2013 8:52 pm
Skip Bins WA
Just hired a 6m3 bin in Mandurah and it was $290 but some were up to $350.
May 30, 2013 11:32 pm
Excited to start
Yay! Congrats. We had our site scraped yesterday and are building in GH too
Outdoor GPO cover
Found a solution!
For anyone that comes across this issue in the future, we found these things which are just perfect and don't look like they will stick out like a sore…
Downpipes and drains Q
Building design is art, skill and a profession. This is why architects do degrees and architectural draftsperson diplomas. That is so they know what they are…
Do I really need an agi pipe?
The BCA says grade the soil away from the house, but if anyone does do that, the slope will not remain intact for long.…
Water leakage still covered by builder?
My friend bought a Dale Alcock home off her brother (so she didn't even build it) and 5 years later she noticed cracking in a few places in her house, she gave em a call,…
May 29, 2013 11:29 am
Hardwood posts cracking
Yes, cypress pine has its good and bad. I love it myself, but we usually paint for that very same reason. cheers
Building envelopes and soil survey HELP!
Just to clarify the builders were basically washing their hands of the situation and told me to take it up with the engineers so I think I had a reason to feel a little…
May 29, 2013 10:06 am
privacy from 2 story neighbours!!
What kek says is right. These are regulations managed by the Relevant Building Surveyor. The issue is what is there first? An existing dwelling will "control" the new one.…
Flat roof tiles and imperfections
They have agreed to get the tile manufacturer to fix the loose valley tiles (which you can't really see very well in these photos) without any argument, but the ones that…
Where to put the garage ?
Where is the crossover? Where does the sun come up? How much fall is there? What is the house design? So much to consider. We usually like to get the garage floor on the…
What kind of ceiling do you call this?
It is a raked ceiling but it also has exposed beams. We used to do a lot of them in the eighties but went out of fashion plus hard to get good carpenters to do the cuts as…
Chains hanging from eaves of new homes
I think these answers highlight the complexity of construction in 2013. I would like all home builders to remember that when they think that their builder has done…
Selling an established tree
Not really hoping for $1500 by the way but for $100, pfft, more trouble than its worth. Will ask in landscaping.
Thanks for the help guys
May 28, 2013 10:21 am
May 27, 2013 11:08 am
Protecting melamine from damp air
The surface of melamine is actually pretty water-resistant ( note : water-resistant not water-proof ). Moisture gets into the cut edge of melamine and starts to break it…