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Intellichoice
Intellichoice
10 January 2019

Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

Owner Building in 2019. Will be releasing some news over the coming months of some tools, tips, advice for becoming an owner builder. Believe that "ANYONE" can become an…

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Intellichoice
Jan 10, 2019 6:24 pm
Intellichoice

EcoStay building project

EcoStay building project
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

This looks amazing! I love the attention paid to the brickwork around the round window, and the polished concrete had come up great!

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amilelka
Apr 01, 2020 1:19 pm
vakman
vakman
Yesterday

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Hi MALO8X, We're planning to use the services of JMA windows, as noted below: Jonathan JMA Windows & Doors m: 0421 635 560 w: www.jmawindowsanddoors.com e:

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vakman
Mar 31, 2020 12:11 pm
powerd
powerd
26 March

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie
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Well, things move on don't they. Coronavirus panic is hitting the world, toilet paper is rarer and more sought after than pink diamonds and supermarkets are making very…

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powerd
Mar 26, 2020 12:13 pm
Andre2018
Andre2018
23 March

nailing metal connectors by hand, does this comply to code

nailing metal connectors by hand, does this comply to code

Thanks Chippy, Good to know that hand nailing is the way to go. I'm content to have the elbow pain, its my own build.

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Andre2018
Mar 23, 2020 4:09 pm
MClark
MClark
4 March

Owner builder insurance

Owner builder insurance

Sorry, disregard that...

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MClark
Mar 04, 2020 10:41 pm
MClark
chippy
chippy
28 February

Where to find cheapest front facing bricks?

Where to find cheapest front facing bricks?

16000 bricks imported from China. 🤣🤣🤣

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chippy
Feb 28, 2020 9:47 am
chippy
JB1
JB1
27 February

Electrician poor workmanship and property damage

Electrician poor workmanship and property damage

How much have you paid them so far? May just have to cut your losses and pay for the rework. That's the risk you take with owner building.

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JB1
Feb 27, 2020 11:17 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
27 February

Importing materials from overseas

Importing materials from overseas

I imported my evacuated tube solar hot water systems. Got a few modifications done at the factory to suit my setup. Saved about 70%

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RuffTuff
Feb 27, 2020 1:43 pm
RuffTuff
storewallAU
storewallAU
23 February

finance as owner builder

finance as owner builder

Good feedback. I will do something similar. I have done most of the pricing research but haven't selected all tradies as yet. Good to know the steps you took.

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storewallAU
Feb 23, 2020 10:40 am
storewallAU
storewallAU
storewallAU
22 February

cost of plans

cost of plans
1, 2

Pricing varies a lot between architects. I had some tell me $60k, others $30k and others $10k. Then some want a commission on any external services they bring in. Others…

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storewallAU
Feb 22, 2020 10:26 pm
storewallAU
Hazelnutty
Hazelnutty
18 February

OB course - WA

OB course - WA

Not sure yet - i assume its the same course for everything in WA? Its just a piece of paper which allows you to apply to the building commission? Unless i’ve missed…

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Hazelnutty
Feb 18, 2020 8:30 pm
Turtleglove
Turtleglove
9 February

Owner Builder Mentor / Coach

Owner Builder Mentor / Coach

Hi, curious to know if you found a mentor? Would like to do similar!

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Turtleglove
Feb 09, 2020 1:44 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 February

Program/app for designing home

Program/app for designing home

If it works for you then that's fine, that's all that matters. Nice build by the way. I've been following your thread for quite a while now. Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 08, 2020 8:59 pm
michaelw74787
michaelw74787
28 January

Waste water engineer

Waste water engineer

Hi guys looking for an engineer in south Australia tohave a look at a installed septic tank to approve it for a new build thanks

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michaelw74787
Jan 28, 2020 6:15 pm
The_Billy
The_Billy
28 January

Setting steel house posts in deep concrete footings

Setting steel house posts in deep concrete footings

As said above contact the engineer and get them to re specify this as a chem set fixing as the method he has highlighted is the strongest but not the most practical, even…

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The_Billy
Jan 28, 2020 3:12 pm
building-expert
building-expert
22 January

Finance Query

Finance Query

You can get around 60% maximum of build if you put another property as security if you have equity in it.

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building-expert
Jan 22, 2020 12:17 pm
building-expert
worldofmud
worldofmud
19 January

Foundation slab on ground question - help

Foundation slab on ground question - help

Hi, First time I've posted on this site but I'll have a stab at answering your questions: '1) How best to determine natural rock (I'm thinking drill a hole) - Any other…

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worldofmud
Jan 19, 2020 2:37 pm
ksun1985
ksun1985
13 January

OB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavy

OB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavy
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Can I also ask how much you ended up spending on construction as a $/per sqm rate? Might be going down the O/B route and keen to see what your rates were back in 2016.…

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ksun1985
Jan 13, 2020 12:16 pm
SteveMc
SteveMc
5 January

Building an outdoor room

Building an outdoor room

Further to those above. Consider a few vents in the roof space and also use light colours on the external facade, roof sheeting.

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SteveMc
Jan 05, 2020 5:36 pm
SteveMc

Here's Stage 1 garage loft apartment Bim,design & Data suitable for airbnb Stage 2 Prelim Construction & Engineering data 3D Bim->Elements (Structural)->Quants->…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 15, 2019 9:25 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Billythekid
Billythekid
13 December 2019

Do grease trap regulations vary by state?

Do grease trap regulations vary by state?

Cheers mate, na not too sure will need to look over it again. Thanks for the tips

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Billythekid
Dec 13, 2019 2:42 pm
Tony Angievski
Tony Angievski
12 December 2019

Side and rear setbacks

Side and rear setbacks

My house is already cladded using masterwall. No bricks

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Tony Angievski
Dec 12, 2019 4:47 pm
twylamc
twylamc
26 November 2019

OB in SA - Front Yard

OB in SA - Front Yard
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More progress photos.

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twylamc
Nov 26, 2019 1:16 am
twylamc
MaryM
MaryM
19 November 2019

OB Rights re Receipts for Goods

OB Rights re Receipts for Goods

Thank you Chris

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MaryM
Nov 19, 2019 8:55 pm
building-expert
building-expert
4 November 2019

Wood floors

Wood floors

If you have time it is possible but after sawing timber needs to be kiln dried and reconditioned, then machined, then acclimatised in your home for 4 weeks prior to laying.

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building-expert
Nov 04, 2019 9:08 am
building-expert
Davobam
Davobam
3 November 2019

Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy
1 ... 10, 11, 12

Great posts and an inspiring build, I did a quick Google and looks like it's now forsale.. https://m.realestate.com.au/property-ac ... -131483998

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Davobam
Nov 03, 2019 2:05 pm
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Kevee23
Oct 23, 2019 3:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
17 October 2019

Cut and fill help

Cut and fill help

Hi divo247 Thanks for the info You shouldn't have any issues At s guess there's approx. 70m3 of concrete? I suggest you break down the build/trade components further and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 17, 2019 10:03 am
StructuralBIMGuy
domwild
domwild
29 September 2019

Owner Builder - was it worth it?

Owner Builder - was it worth it?

One extension and one little holiday home as owner builder. Get a plan, either from a TAFE designer or architect for $750-$1,000, get your own soil/footings report ($300)…

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domwild
Sep 29, 2019 9:01 pm
dyl92
dyl92
29 September 2019

Looking for self-builder blogs

Looking for self-builder blogs

I know that this is an old post, but just in case anybody is interested in following my blog regarding my owner builder journey they can checkmit out here:

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dyl92
Sep 29, 2019 7:49 pm
spv
spv
21 September 2019

How to shore up ground while replacing a retaining wall

How to shore up ground while replacing a retaining wall

thanks for the reply, I understand, that retaining walls require design and certification. My question was about possible shoring methods for temporarily retaining the…

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spv
Sep 21, 2019 2:23 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
20 September 2019

hiring an engineer - doing struct. fixes on existing house

hiring an engineer - doing struct. fixes on existing house

Just remember what's Free May not have value Hence the need to evaluate data and proofs. hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 20, 2019 10:16 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Build-wise, I like what you are doing and good to see a Tradies Blog IMO, Much better than a Builders Blog If you keep homeone updated I'll check in on your progress and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 18, 2019 8:09 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
2 September 2019

Unlicenced plumbers.

Unlicenced plumbers.

Then the owner is also the builder.

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SaveH2O
Sep 02, 2019 10:43 am
SaveH2O
Pulse
Pulse
24 August 2019

Settling a dispute with engineer

Settling a dispute with engineer

I’m not sure you will be successful, responsibility also lies with you the OB to check the plans. Mistakes are easily made in this manner and you can’t really claim…

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Pulse
Aug 24, 2019 7:28 pm
Mirrmu83
Mirrmu83
23 August 2019

Non-standard (acrylic) "breathable" paints

Non-standard (acrylic) "breathable" paints

Would be important to check BCA for non cavity construction.

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Mirrmu83
Aug 23, 2019 1:48 pm
snowing
snowing
20 August 2019

Are you on the tools?

Are you on the tools?

Looks cool! Mine's on post as well. I was thinking about doing more myself at first, but my build is too challenging. I got a project manager who's also a builder to look…

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snowing
Aug 20, 2019 2:37 am
JB1
JB1
19 August 2019

Temp power installation cost

Temp power installation cost

Connection/inspection fees for $902.00 In Melbourne last year.

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JB1
Aug 19, 2019 10:23 pm
Mirrmu83
Mirrmu83
3 August 2019

Slab on Boundary Encroachment

Slab on Boundary Encroachment

I would be keeping a close eye on this especially if bricks have been delivered to site. The wall could get bricked up very quickly. I would also report to Council.

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Mirrmu83
Aug 03, 2019 4:32 pm
snowing
snowing
28 July 2019

How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

It all depends on how much experience and how much time you have, and how hard to try to find bargains. Labour wise, unless you have existing connections, most likely you…

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snowing
Jul 28, 2019 11:38 pm
chippy
chippy
26 July 2019

6 year warranty once new house is built , owner builder

6 year warranty once new house is built , owner builder

JB1 is correct. It's builders indemnity insurance. As the builder an OB is liable for issues just like a normal builder. The insurance is only to cover the buyer if the OB…

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chippy
Jul 26, 2019 9:18 pm
chippy
storewallAU
storewallAU
26 July 2019

Building Costs - Your experience

Building Costs - Your experience

Can anyone recommend a project manager in melbourne? South East Suburbs

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storewallAU
Jul 26, 2019 7:45 pm
storewallAU

Been a busy few months getting the build underway. I am almost at lockup stage. Had the a builder and a labourer onsite for 6 weeks all up an i am surprised how quick it…

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Nishy
Jul 23, 2019 8:17 pm
alexp79
alexp79
9 July 2019

Where did you buy affordable price building materials in Syd

Where did you buy affordable price building materials in Syd

Hi Lily, is there still have requirements of home materials? we are supplier of building materials in China. Our factory main doing wooden products, so we supply wooden…

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alexp79
Jul 09, 2019 5:24 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
6 July 2019

Owner Builder - Are we crazy?

Owner Builder - Are we crazy?

Forget the doomsayers and the negative self interested responses. Give it a red hot go. I've given up full time work and have been working on our house for a year now. The…

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RuffTuff
Jul 07, 2019 12:34 am
RuffTuff
JB1
JB1
6 July 2019

Scyon flooring in bathrooms or particle board?

Scyon flooring in bathrooms or particle board?

you can drop the shower area 40-50mm so you don't need to build up the outside area. Your truss manufacturer can build to suit. Scyon for sure.

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JB1
Jul 06, 2019 1:33 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 June 2019

concrete slab

concrete slab

Hi anthonysmythe100 Welcome to the forum The defect is called Was the Concrete inspected during the actual pour, do you have photos? Are there other spots visible? More…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 30, 2019 8:46 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
26 June 2019

Where to find tradies for owner building

Where to find tradies for owner building

It depends on what 3D Bim software s/he uses...But generally not much if they are not using collaborative Software, data and proofs, as their own Bim software tends to…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 26, 2019 12:01 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Lee54
Lee54
25 June 2019

Soon to start; would appreciate advice

Soon to start; would appreciate advice

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…

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Lee54
Jun 25, 2019 9:16 am

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