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Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of OccupancyOwner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy
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Congratulations on your COO! Glad everything was ok with the fires. Verandah looks great

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Bigblock7
Apr 28, 2017 6:11 am
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OB in South West NSWOB in South West NSW
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Glad you got some reprieve in the weather! Everything looks great

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Bigblock7
Apr 28, 2017 6:04 am
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Kit Home vs LockupKit Home vs Lockup

I have no problem doing tasks that don't require bending or lifting repetitively. As per my original post, I will organize trade to do the work, being an online business…

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joeletaxi
Apr 27, 2017 11:01 pm
OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!OB in SA - Kitchen and laundry cabinetry in!
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Loving your tiling choices - I prefer the top one too - not sure how it would look in mass though

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Bigblock7
Apr 27, 2017 10:39 pm
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twylamc
Apr 27, 2017 9:11 pm
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signage outside fence for OB in Victoriasignage outside fence for OB in Victoria

Hello, Just completed build as OB Signage not required Not in Ballarat anyway Not sure if local councils have requirements Worth an ask.

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aatreka
Apr 27, 2017 6:45 pm
drad81
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Scyon Stria claddingScyon Stria cladding

I just finished a build using this stuff. In my experience it's definitely cheaper than brick. Solid feel and very good for noise and heating and cooling but this also…

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drad81
Apr 27, 2017 3:40 pm
chenlocus
21 April
should I apply for building permit with a private building sshould I apply for building permit with a private building s

People said local council is more responsible than private building surveyor, and more cost reduction, is that true? I am concerned that there are several points which…

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chenlocus
Apr 21, 2017 4:08 pm
ddarroch
19 April
What is a good width for a dining verandah?What is a good width for a dining verandah?

I'd recommend NOT having a wide veranda to the north. It will rob your house of daylight throughout the year, making it much darker, & shade direct winter sunlight,…

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ddarroch
Apr 19, 2017 3:30 pm

With the help of a friend, I put up the carport beams yesterday. The beams are 300x60 treated LVLs which I stained white. My work with the carport is finished. Just…

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kasra nedlands
Apr 17, 2017 2:49 pm
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Ursh
16 April
Floors- cost/m3 to refloor?Floors- cost/m3 to refloor?

Hey would love your feedback. Ideas We are looking at a house to buy and Reno. The floors are all different levels, due to several add on extensions over time. The…

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Ursh
Apr 16, 2017 4:41 pm
Bigblock7
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16 April
Tondelver House - Southern HighlandsTondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Lots of progress! Exciting trip too. So you managed to turn the doors by yourself? That's a monumental effort Veg Garden looks fantastic.

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Bigblock7
Apr 16, 2017 6:40 am
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sparky_JsP
15 April
Owner Building in PerthOwner Building in Perth
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Ha Ha, just realised you sent this a year ago! Sorry, haven't had much to do with this forum for a while, re-jigging things!

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sparky_JsP
Apr 15, 2017 10:33 pm
First time owner builderFirst time owner builder
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Hello Henry, the same to you and yours. I didn't know that you might be able to defer the payment and I will look into it... why pay before you have to. In the application…

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 15, 2017 9:54 pm
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Bricklayers & wastage of bricks - what's acceptable?Bricklayers & wastage of bricks - what's acceptable?

That's a quality control issue that need to be taken up by the purchaser with the brick manufacturer.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 14, 2017 10:18 am
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qebtel
13 April
do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?

He can start on whats existing, just not on the extension part until permit is given..

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qebtel
Apr 13, 2017 7:55 pm
Bigblock7
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13 April
My new house at Fern Tree, TasmaniaMy new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
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Wall looks fantastic! We haven't rented out using air BnB but have used it loads to book places to stay in. Best to be honest about the different quirks of the place,…

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Bigblock7
Apr 13, 2017 1:15 pm
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Bricklayer - MelbourneBricklayer - Melbourne

@Random111 Those pay scale rates are rubbish mate they are out by 50% for AEC BTW Thanks for the link

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 12:47 pm
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Carpenter recommendations - SydneyCarpenter recommendations - Sydney

@drad81 Sounds like an interesting build, What's your geotech/soil/Contour like? Most people are turned off due to the additional costs involved in the brickwork,Steel…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 8:41 am
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cat_dunc
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10 April
OB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavyOB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavy
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Please post/update here when you post more pictures to page 16 :) (so it comes up on my feed). Looking forward to seeing more!

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cat_dunc
Apr 10, 2017 9:11 pm
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cat_dunc
Apr 10, 2017 4:22 pm
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Cost of Suspended Slab - MelbourneCost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

The ribs provide minimal one-way sagging reinforcement you still require additional bottom reinforcement depending on your design? The formwork may require a day to put…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 09, 2017 7:31 pm
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Chops_47
9 April
How much basement will costHow much basement will cost

One extra thing to maintain and that could potentially go wrong. A friend of mine had two apartments with stackers in separate complexes and they were nothing but trouble..

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Chops_47
Apr 09, 2017 3:09 pm
Costing a buildCosting a build

@Searching4 knowledge If you have had the plans designed/modelled in a BIM 3D design software package the designer should be able to extract fairly accurate net quants…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 02, 2017 10:34 pm
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snowing
29 March
Is 'package' a thing here?Is 'package' a thing here?

There are a few around that do kit homes as a package. Depends on which one you choose, some actually include everything including tools that you might need. As you might…

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snowing
Mar 29, 2017 8:04 pm
Beetaloo
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28 March
First timerFirst timer

I have gone down the owner builder path twice. Not to save money but because in both cases volume builders would not build on my land (to difficult).

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Beetaloo
Mar 28, 2017 8:58 am
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Berek
22 March
Town plannerTown planner

Lost in translation maybe? You'd never meet a town planner as they're the ones designing... towns not houses. Maybe a surveyor?

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Berek
Mar 22, 2017 7:54 pm
Berek
21 March
From Owner Builder to Licensed BuilderFrom Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

An owner builder can only construct 1 home every 5 years (2 per 10 in tassie). Some states require warranty insurance too when you sell. How much you save depends entirely…

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Berek
Mar 21, 2017 8:47 pm
Allrisk
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21 March
Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areasAny other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas

Hi Tim, quite a few of my clients are in that area. Did you use Allrisk for your owner-builder insurance? :)

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:10 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
Owner Builders-SydneyOwner Builders-Sydney

Hi Jacky10, I've been doing owner builder insurance for over ten years, if you need any help with that. Most of my clients are in Sydney.

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:06 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
Extending as an Owner Builder in VictoriaExtending as an Owner Builder in Victoria

Hi Lori, using a registered builder, while yourself being an owner-builder is a great way to retain the flexibility to do what you can do yourself. Some owner builders…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 4:11 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
OWNER BUILDER INSURANCEOWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

Hi Momc, the local councils are really hit and miss, so don't rely on advice there. In my experience they get it wrong at least 80% of the time. Berek's description is…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 3:56 pm
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dutchie1961
21 March
Owner Builder within 5 years special circumstancesOwner Builder within 5 years special circumstances

Hi all, here is what I have on my mind; we have converted a triple garage into teenage retreat as owner builder on our both names. Unfortunately my husband got made…

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dutchie1961
Mar 21, 2017 3:26 pm
gommeqld
20 March
Owner building out of surburbia, need helpOwner building out of surburbia, need help

We currently use only tank water, have a septic, use a wood fired heater and use LPG for gas and HWS. LPG costs increase all the time as does electricity. Our next house…

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gommeqld
Mar 19, 2017 11:34 pm
cross74
6 March
Bricklayer in North-West SydneyBricklayer in North-West Sydney

I'm after recommendations for a Bricklayer in the Hills District of Sydney. First I need an engaged brick pier done then down the track the bricklaying for the extension.…

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cross74
Mar 06, 2017 10:24 am
Beetaloo
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3 March
Concrete Raft Slab MelbourneConcrete Raft Slab Melbourne

Actual costs were more than I had hoped for (about double). I did not get discounts on quarry products or concrete. I also had not factored in excess delivery charges for…

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Beetaloo
Mar 03, 2017 9:52 am
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davisshannon
28 February
OB tradie recommendations MelbourneOB tradie recommendations Melbourne
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I figured as I asked for recommendations a while back, I'd give some of my own. We're still trying to find a concreter (I've made another post about that), but we've had…

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davisshannon
Feb 28, 2017 8:15 pm
manofaus
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24 February
Septic tank questionSeptic tank question

sorry not very helpful that last post, but I am having the same ideas about my build, but in the end I am going to need a plumber and other trades to sign off on what I…

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manofaus
Feb 24, 2017 8:17 pm
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Tim-
24 February
OB NewcastleOB Newcastle

I did use LVL's and timber smart joists for the upper storey, but decided on the steel for the bottom floor. LVL's would have worked well for the bottom floor also, but…

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Tim-
Feb 24, 2017 6:50 pm
cat_dunc
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21 February
Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter ValleyOwner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley
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Ooh thanks for bringing this thread back to the front Wigman27. How's the house and yard going Lynny-Jane?

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cat_dunc
Feb 21, 2017 7:48 pm
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TomCat
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20 February
Our OB ..SydneyOur OB ..Sydney
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Same! Hope you're all well :)

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TomCat
Feb 19, 2017 11:52 pm
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Beetaloo
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11 February
Convert Garage to Granny FlatConvert Garage to Granny Flat

A couple of items to consider: Was a damp proof membrane put under the garage floor? What, if any termite protection was installed under the garage floor? How high is the…

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Beetaloo
Feb 11, 2017 6:22 pm
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Twinklestarfish
5 February
How much can we do?How much can we do?

Some councils do allow temporary dwellings onsite while building, but they come with their own requirements. Somerset for example has not only minimum requirements for the…

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 05, 2017 10:43 am
Twinklestarfish
4 February
Total Beginner: Where To Start?Total Beginner: Where To Start?

Thanks for the reply :) we did get a little info from the estate agents in the area, and hoping for a reply from the council next week.

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 04, 2017 10:19 am
building-expert
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4 February
Getting an occupancy certificateGetting an occupancy certificate

Try fishing or restoring an old boat or better still head first into another build job

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building-expert
Feb 04, 2017 7:14 am
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NADT
29 January
Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homesModified Camden supplied by PAAL homes
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Congratulations on moving into your beautiful home! What an amazing job you've done. We've looked through your posts quickly and great photos. Just one question ( and…

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NADT
Jan 29, 2017 8:21 am
bigboytony
20 January
Gladesville - NSWGladesville - NSW
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Hi Turnerbuild, My retaining wall is made of H block work and core fill. My wall is pretty high at around 2.7m so we had to core fill on two separate occasions. Behind…

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bigboytony
Jan 20, 2017 2:21 pm
Builtbyjane
16 January
Building Owner Builder in South Western AustraliaBuilding Owner Builder in South Western Australia

Hey just wondering how your project went/ is going? I'll be starting a owner build in Bridgetown this year, first time! Any local recommendations? Anyone to steer clear of? TIA

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Builtbyjane
Jan 16, 2017 11:47 am
JB1
6 January
Owner Builder InsuranceOwner Builder Insurance

Concreters poured water that contained some concrete into my storm water drain. It blocked my 200mm pvc pipe. It wasn't solid concrete but hard enough to block it. It…

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JB1
Jan 06, 2017 9:32 pm



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