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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

Infill Slab

Infill Slab

Hi, I am owner building my house and have a structural question. We have put down the main slab and a strip footing for our alfesco. There is an infill slab that will be…

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Rickprop
Oct 27, 2020 7:43 am
Tee3
Tee3
11 h

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China
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Did you have any luck Mel13? We're in the process of purchasing windows for our reno too. I've asked for a quote from a local manufacturer and YY Construction. I asked YY…

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Tee3
Oct 27, 2020 12:03 am

Do I need a drafty, an engineer, an architect or all three?

Do I need a drafty, an engineer, an architect or all three?

Hi. I have bought a block in a residential estate just north of metro Melbourne. I would like to owner build a container home. I checked before purchasing the land to make…

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howey1975
Oct 26, 2020 4:07 pm
twylamc
twylamc
25 October

OB in SA - Back yard

OB in SA - Back yard
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Our backyard. Still a few things to do like re-roofing the little shed, painting the verandah posts as well as tiling it and cutting the fence straight and putting caps on…

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twylamc
Oct 25, 2020 7:29 am
twylamc
Thylacene
Thylacene
23 October

Cable deck balustrade with steel posts

Cable deck balustrade with steel posts

5mm wall is too thick for riv nuts... Betterhardware.com.au do a flip toggle where you can just drill a hole...

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Thylacene
Oct 23, 2020 8:37 pm
Blessing99
Blessing99
19 October

Do you get the builder/carpenter to work from a subcontract?

Do you get the builder/carpenter to work from a subcontract?

Hi. New to this forum and first time owner builder! Have done many renos before but not to this extent. We are both (spouse and I) project managers in our own industries,…

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Blessing99
Oct 19, 2020 3:35 pm
Blessing99
AKB
AKB
12 October

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Oh yeah don’t get me wrong I like the Batons I just think the sleekness of the shadow line with your build will be next level :-)

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AKB
Oct 12, 2020 9:07 am
AKB
AKB
AKB
11 October

Perth NOR OB on 5 Acres - Kitchen and Pool :-)

Perth NOR OB on 5 Acres - Kitchen and Pool :-)
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Thanks Waxing - I would love a damn I think fresh Marron are to die for but can’t talk the other half into it yet :-)

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AKB
Oct 11, 2020 6:48 pm
AKB

Building inspector/surveyor change

Building inspector/surveyor change

Contact VBA for help if you are in Victoria. If they deregistered BS they should be able to give you alternative.

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building-expert
Oct 09, 2020 10:10 am
building-expert

What does Owner builder can or cannot do?? CDC or DA Approva

What does Owner builder can or cannot do?? CDC or DA Approva

Hey Nikkiso Welcome to the forum AFAIK You can do the sketch /design for DA relatively easy/cheaply as there are simple planning formulae and instructions to follow. ie…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 07, 2020 9:24 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Importing materials from overseas

Importing materials from overseas

It's not what or where you buy from overseas, it is that you do your research to make sure what you get is what you ordered and expected. All countries make good products…

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DoubleGlazingSystems
Oct 03, 2020 10:35 am
DoubleGlazingSystems
Ocean123
Ocean123
27 September

First time owner-builder experience

First time owner-builder experience

Hi, I am also in the same boat, I can share with you the things i know.

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Ocean123
Sep 27, 2020 12:29 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 September

Registered survey service

Registered survey service

There are surveys which show the bare minimum and then there are good ones which are very extensive. I know which one I'd prefer. Same goes for geotechnical reports. Stewie

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Stewie D
Sep 22, 2020 6:13 pm

Double Glazed Windows & Doors 95 square metres of the highest quality brand new windows and doors. Selling because I made the wrong colour. Already fitted with…

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ECOECO
Sep 18, 2020 2:49 pm
ECOECO
Dynamight
Dynamight
13 September

Vic draftperson recommendation for OB extension?

Vic draftperson recommendation for OB extension?

Can anyone recommend me a good draftsperson for an extension? We are wanting to turn our concept plans into a council application and working drawings. Thanks!

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Dynamight
Sep 13, 2020 11:59 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
3 September

Windows from China - a true story

Windows from China - a true story

This is a complicated area. I have operated businesses (inside and outside of windows) where global supplier collusion in our tiny market meant that the price paid was…

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ECOECO
Sep 03, 2020 12:34 pm
ECOECO
Karar
Karar
1 September

should we start looking for a builder already?

should we start looking for a builder already?

you should start looking straight away, finding the right plan and builder will take time and 2 months will fly best Luck

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Karar
Sep 01, 2020 2:51 pm
1st_HomeBuyer
1st_HomeBuyer
24 August

Owner builder certificate Vic

Owner builder certificate Vic

Thanks Mate, I highly appreciate all the info. I will follow what you've shared. I am about to bring together an excel sheet containing list of all the tasks needed…

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1st_HomeBuyer
Aug 24, 2020 8:52 pm
1st_HomeBuyer
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
18 August

Owner-builder Course

Owner-builder Course

Yes. The BCA is parts 1 & 2 of the 3 Part National Construction Code (NCC) which is free to download.

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SaveH2O
Aug 18, 2020 5:59 pm
SaveH2O
Allnamesrgone
Allnamesrgone
15 August

EcoStay building project

EcoStay building project
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Wow, the power of the internet...who would have thought! Keep us updated if you receive further calls? I had a small collection of 'stuff' like this but had to…

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Allnamesrgone
Aug 15, 2020 11:28 am
chippy
chippy
4 August

Using an unregistered builder

Using an unregistered builder

I guess what you are really asking is can you use your friend (old builder) as a project manager for your owner build and the simple answer is, yes. As an owner builder…

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chippy
Aug 04, 2020 2:32 pm
chippy
aussieta
aussieta
3 August

Wall frame strapping help

Wall frame strapping help

you tension them once the wall is up bottom plate should have been recessed i would cut it off, but i dont know if that would be legal as walls would have been engineered that way

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aussieta
Aug 03, 2020 4:38 pm
aussieta
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Thylacene
Jul 30, 2020 9:52 am
Debunk
Debunk
19 July

Owner builder insurance

Owner builder insurance

Hi Bep what insurance did you end up getting? Im in the same boat as you, in NSW about to start a small extension value around $25K. I've just got an online quote but…

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Debunk
Jul 19, 2020 3:49 pm
jchar159
jchar159
15 July

Our Kitome Glenbrook - Garage Roof On

Our Kitome Glenbrook - Garage Roof On
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Hi Peter Just checking in on how your Kitome is fairing 10 years on. Any idea about the expected lifespan of the houses?

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jchar159
Jul 15, 2020 11:34 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 June

Insurance options to cover damage to neighbouring property?

Insurance options to cover damage to neighbouring property?

What is the extent of your reno and addition? If it is relatively minor I'd tell him to go jump. In all the years I've been in the industry both as a builder and a…

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Stewie D
Jun 28, 2020 9:04 pm

How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

Tinaandalex Would love to hear more about your OB job located south-east of Melbourne. I think my team can help, especially if you in search of Site/Project Management…

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Tinaandalex
Jun 13, 2020 5:54 pm

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie
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I don't know. Mine is not an account based one, I pay for each item as i go. But I deal through Bunnings Trade so get trade prices rather than the standard 5% reduction.…

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chloedecker2013
Jun 11, 2020 12:40 am
olayie
olayie
5 June

Home builder + professional project manager?

Home builder + professional project manager?

Hi all, We did a full renovation on our first home in England (non-structural) and bits and pieces in Australia to make some cosmetic changes in Australia using…

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olayie
Jun 05, 2020 5:19 pm
Hywel
Hywel
4 June

Window frames

Window frames

Any owner builders out there gone through the process of building their own window frames on a new build? Any advice would be welcome in terms of ensuring approval by…

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Hywel
Jun 04, 2020 11:51 am

Waste water engineer

Waste water engineer

Did you find anyone? I use for my build. THey were quite professional.

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southpacific
Jun 01, 2020 8:53 pm
southpacific
alexp79
alexp79
27 May

Setting steel house posts in deep concrete footings

Setting steel house posts in deep concrete footings

What is your foundation design? How those posts are supposed to be linked together? With timber or with concrete? I would be second to saying that you would need to…

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alexp79
May 27, 2020 1:41 pm

Settling a dispute with engineer

Settling a dispute with engineer

Maybe you need to read again carefully all Engineers notes, most of the Engineering plans are nominated not to scale or have an exclusion note that all measurements need…

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Structural.Review
May 27, 2020 1:33 pm

What does steel cost? steelquote.info

What does steel cost? steelquote.info

You need to connect Diagrams, dimensions, data, notes,set outs, onsite construction, tools, inspections, etc -> Dynamically so the Battlers, Punters, Tradies understand…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 23, 2020 9:49 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Norfolk
Norfolk
21 May

Demolition contractors

Demolition contractors

Tee3 When you get your quotes from demolition contractors ask them to explain how the 'hidden asbestos' trick works in detail, and how you can best protect yourself…

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Norfolk
May 21, 2020 9:21 am
tiiins.sn
tiiins.sn
17 May

Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth

Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth
1, 2

Hi KonkretHaus, Picking up an old thread here. But it's a really nice home. Just wondering if it was difficult converting a double brick design into a concrete…

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tiiins.sn
May 17, 2020 10:53 am
Shahlori
Shahlori
16 May

Fire electrical mechanical and hydraulics for CC

Fire electrical mechanical and hydraulics for CC

Hi I have a DA for house and restaurant. I need to apply for CC but advised to get CC for both. I need guidance on consultants to design fire mechanical electrical and hydraulics.

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Shahlori
May 16, 2020 11:29 am

cost of plans

cost of plans
1, 2

Architects, Designers and builders all do exactly the same, that is charge like wounded bulls for your design Worse still is that they will claim copyright on your…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 16, 2020 8:13 am
StructuralBIMGuy
alymei
alymei
16 May

Program/app for designing home

Program/app for designing home

Agreed - pencil and 5mm graph pad is all you need initially

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alymei
May 16, 2020 8:03 am
MClark
MClark
14 May

Building without Architects

Building without Architects

I like the Airbnb idea, they got punished during this lockdown unfortunately.

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MClark
May 14, 2020 8:13 pm
MClark
delta4
delta4
30 April

WA Draftsperson Recommendation

WA Draftsperson Recommendation

Absolutely have a recommendation We worked with Clyde on our 2 storey house. He was a pleasure to work with and I think very very important to have a good rapport with…

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delta4
Apr 30, 2020 1:34 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
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
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
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
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

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