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 10:01 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 7:41 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 7:52 pm
Skip Bins WA
Just hired a 6m3 bin in Mandurah and it was $290 but some were up to $350.
May 30, 2013 10:32 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 10:29 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…
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 9:21 am
May 27, 2013 10:08 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…
Old bank building
Any updated photos , how are things going ?
Decking built on concrete paving
Are you talking about small concrete pavers that cover a large area or a single concrete slab that you want to deck over?
Just over a year ago, I put a deck over the…
Houses with names
IMO a name is up to the inhabitant. So long as it isn't to "grand" or silly ...
NBN in Grandvue, Officer?
There are still some titled blocks with the NBN available in stage 12 or 13 "The Curran Release" in Arena.
We could be neighbours
Grandvue is lovely though and some…
Plans from Council - 1950's weatherboard
Very unlikely that there will be any plans on record but it never hurts to ask.
You will most likely have to get a draftsman to come document existing conditions, site plan, etc.
Covering wall pipes and wires
Go to your local sheetmetal/steel retailer. They should be able to fold you up something in a colourbond colour suitable for what you need.
Hi, this is my first post so hope I'm in right place...
Anyone got some advice on having our existing decked balcony inspected? We need to replace the balustrade but this…
Fencing, retaining walls and driveways
Retaining walls will probably be needed before Fencing.
You may not have much control about when the fencing goes in if your neighbours ask for fencing. There is a legal…
Colorbond Fence Costs in Perth
We had our fence installed by Southside Fencing recently. Very good price and excellent service. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for fencing in Perth. The…
May 21, 2013 5:19 pm
NBN for dummies? Help please...
The libs, I believe, are planning to roll out Fibre To The Node (specifically VDSL2+ - similar to the DSL that's prevalent now but faster because the loop is shorter) in…
Drainage Issue - Help Needed
The foreground house wall appears to have wet patches on the bottom bricks. Does water also pool along here as well?
3d walkthrough virtual tour software
Google sketchup is amazing! "Walked through" our Goodlife Bravo floor plan last night after my other house spent the night drawing it up, looks great! Can customize…
Madison Alkimos road trip
Going to visit the Madison Goodlife display in Alkimos WA today, (we live in Mandurah so massive trek!) Hear this display is the closest to the Bravo which we are about to…
Basic BASIX question
Thanks Ed - exactly the answer I wanted.
My first run through the BASIX certificate gave me a really high 'pass' rating on things like taps, windows, water use etc. By…