Building A New House
I was obsessed with the idea of building with shipping containers, but then realised our block just isn't big enough! There's some amazing design happening…
How to save from the start
There was a long discussion about the merits of different cornices back in February (titled 'square set cornices', in the Getting It Right section -…
I am in the final stage of building with Metricon and have had numerous problems. I storngly suggest you make sure they start within 21 days (I didnt and they ended up…
I have a wood....ie
I went to your myspace last week and couldn't bring myself to click the XXX text link. It felt dirty!
Single or Triple Phase Power
This is a newly developed residential area West of Melbourne, approx 30km from Melbourne. It has been cited as the fastest growing corridor in Victoria.…
Jun 04, 2007 9:34 am
We have a start date
We can certainly understand the pleasures of dealing with the good old S.O.Y.R!!
But time now for the exciting part!
no, just belongs to the water company....
we arent actually building over the easement, there will just be some fill over it as it is at the lower end of the block. The…
Owner - Builders
Thanks to everyone for their input. I also did some research and came up with a few…
Garage Door Position
it seems to be common around where im building to just widen it out with wall and no window. (most of the time taking it to parapet) At our place thats what we have done,…
It's official - we're in our new house!!
The pink was chosen by my 10 year old daughter!! I am no fan of pink but I have actually becoming quite fond of her wall ). Her colour is Dulux Enhance.
Jun 07, 2007 10:54 am
building around sewer mains
My parents in law recently sold their house in Maroubra that was actually built over a main drain pipe. It ran right through the centre of the house front to back.
Piping depth - any experts out there?
I think Grime is on the money here.
It is located just off the base of the slab, behind the house, near the far left hand corner.
If the fill will be returned to that…
Apart from the cost aspect of it, double brick can also cause some dampness with the Melbourne climate.
Most double brick houses in Melbourne are old ones - very few…
External finishes - clad, Moroka
What are people using for their external finishes on their new homes?
Our covenant states:
"1. A range of external wall materials can be used, from masonry to…
Stamp Duty in Queensland
Someone told me that if you build within 12 months you get some of the duty back but a call to the state revenue office confirmed that this was not the case and from what…
Jun 13, 2007 5:14 pm
I will have the pre plaster inspection and possibly a handover. Kevin suggested the pre-plaster as the…
Measure from the inside or out?
I think it doesn't matter which way you used, the $/m2 thing is just a rough estimate.
Lots of things should also be considered, such as site cost, things builders…
Our Site Supervisor has QUIT!
Haven't start mine yet, but heard that most supervisors are quite forgetful and you have to keep reminding them things. Imagine how many construction sites they have to…
Why strengthening is required ?
That reference will normally be in regards to a timber subfloor construction where bearer & joist spans are calculaled to carry 'normal' floor live,dead & point…
Occupancy / Stormwater
Phew... I managed to get onto one of the city engineers and he said that we can move in before the stormwater, retaining wall and driveway is complete (as long as our…
Building on Landfill
hi les im building in the south east ...lakeside pakenham. porter davis lifestyle house and land package. when u spoke about your landfill prob on here thought it may have…
Jun 14, 2007 10:04 pm
Looks like a house!!
Ok.....so we get $100 to spend at AV dreams if we win??
I'm tipping it won't get you much
Building Townhouse & Subdivision
A friend of mine is doing the same thing around East Brighton area.
The problem is with land prices at the moment, as soon as a nice big block comes onto the market,…
Ideas for Kids Playground?
Wow guys thanks for the ideas! You have got me thinking!!
Adrian - love that stuff around the council playgrounds as well...but we have been quoted around $150 sqm for…
is this normal??
No doubt I'll still question my site manager what the cause of the delay is, but by the sounds of things i shouldn't be worrying too much.
How to choose??
No not as yet, we are choosing the type of house we want so that we know the size of the block we need. We didnt want to get the land then…
How Much To Budget To Finish Off House?
Don't know about other states, in Sydney it depends on who certifies your construction work. If it's council, then the council will issue the occupation certificate, if…
The variation situation is pretty normal.
The experience we had was that once tender was signed, there were no more structural variations. Once contract was signed,…
Building a new house horror stories
There are loads of horror stories - so you need to keep something in mind:
1. There are more negative comments on the web than positive comments, simply…
The "BEFORE" Pic!
nice one - make sure you take lot's a pics as the work progresses.
I have a feeling the sheep will be at the other end of the paddock pretty soon.
Critique my plan design
I know it's hard with the spaces you have in this plan, but a double front door makes a difference look wise and…
I'd be reluctant to hand over $15,000 without seeing something in writing that say if the whole thing goes pear shaped, I'd be entitled to a big refund.
It happens -…
Mine 4 months - Sydney Parramatta Council. But that includes one round of knock back and request for further information about retaining wall engineering details + detail…