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Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

start collecting second hand materials as soon as you can, and do all the work you legally can ,and you can build a nice 3-4 bed home for $75 -$100k easy cheaper if you…

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benny black
Jan 26, 2021 9:22 pm

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

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

We bought a single dwelling house in Beverly Hills in Sydney, need some work done before moving in. My husband has joinery and cabinet making experience,…

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benny black
Jan 26, 2021 9:27 pm

Owner builder insurance

Owner builder insurance

hi, you dont need owner builder insurance in nsw , it is not a legal requirement, and if you are owner building you will not have anyone on site but yourself.

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benny black
Jan 26, 2021 9:24 pm
powerd
powerd
25 January

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie
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Hi Paul Great to hear from you. What a great project you are taking on. I have friends in Canberra who did a wonderful extension and reno on an older govvie (wooden)…

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powerd
Jan 25, 2021 8:41 am
moudzj
moudzj
24 January

Calculate concrete orders for footings.

Calculate concrete orders for footings.

You are definitely correct with the math, your ratio will essentially be 1:6. Thats all. Goodluck.

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moudzj
Jan 24, 2021 12:40 pm

Well the weather has behaved itself so I have managed to work every day on site. Finished the last panel on the West side of the house (the thin unfinished strip will…

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waxinggibbous
Jan 18, 2021 5:01 pm
waxinggibbous

OWNER BUILDER ADVENTURES WITH TRADIES IN A REMOTE TOWN

OWNER BUILDER ADVENTURES WITH TRADIES IN A REMOTE TOWN

I am originally from Melbourne and decided to become an owner builder in a small remote town. This town has beautiful beaches. What was not to love about the place.…

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anthonysmythe100
Jan 17, 2021 11:15 pm

Macleay Island 7 Star is back on track, now powered by sunshine and lithium ions. I now have a 5kw LifePO4 battery bank (about $1000 via AliExpress), a 24V…

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judefer
Jan 17, 2021 12:51 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
15 January

Owner builder project management software ?

Owner builder project management software ?

$299 per month! A bit steep for a one off job that may take 9 months - 1 year. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 15, 2021 2:33 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 15, 2021 11:07 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Anna567
Anna567
4 January

Owner Building Cost Estimates- Am I in the ballpark?

Owner Building Cost Estimates- Am I in the ballpark?
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Hi Art. I know this thread is quite old now, but I’m looking at OBing and have found it super useful. How did you end up going with the project?

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Anna567
Jan 04, 2021 8:25 pm
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Rafay
Jan 03, 2021 5:13 pm
Berek
Berek
31 December 2020

Polished Concrete instead of tiles

Polished Concrete instead of tiles

I would doubt it. For walk-in shower, waterproofing must extend 1.5m from the shower head plus at all wall joints.

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Berek
Dec 31, 2020 8:31 pm
Debunk
Debunk
29 December 2020

Non-standard (acrylic) "breathable" paints

Non-standard (acrylic) "breathable" paints
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agree strawbale industry is excellent place to go - the walls have to be 100% breathable

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Debunk
Dec 29, 2020 12:49 pm
AdsF
AdsF
27 December 2020

Temporary Site Toilet

Temporary Site Toilet

Hi All My build is coming to an end and i have a temporary toilet to get rid off. If interested message me Pick up will be Rockbank (Melbourne western suburbs). Will need…

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AdsF
Dec 27, 2020 1:31 pm
Mel13
Mel13
12 December 2020

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China
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No but they look really impressive😊, make sure they fully comply with Australian standards with the type of glass etc

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Mel13
Dec 12, 2020 7:29 am
alexp79
alexp79
3 December 2020

Concrete slab

Concrete slab

Are those "all in" costs including earthworks, set out, plumbing? If it is just for formwork, reo, concrete and finish then probably a bit on a high side. If it…

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alexp79
Dec 03, 2020 12:54 pm
dachopper
dachopper
2 December 2020

Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth

Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth
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The polystyrene is purely for insulation purposes and is not structural in my design. The outer concrete is also purely a protective wind/water and thermal cladding…

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dachopper
Dec 02, 2020 4:06 am
worldofmud
worldofmud
29 November 2020

How to minimise building certification & engineering fees

How to minimise building certification & engineering fees

Andre2018, Not sure what your situation is regarding development consent/application approval/CDC etc but often the required sign offs are to fulfill the local building…

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worldofmud
Nov 29, 2020 8:11 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
28 November 2020

EcoStay building project

EcoStay building project
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We easily got through our first winter, maintaining a warm cosy house with the solar passive design and fireplace. We didn't use any power for heating, even all our hot…

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RuffTuff
Nov 28, 2020 2:21 pm
RuffTuff
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 November 2020

Building Specifications

Building Specifications

I'm curious as to why you went with the council for your PCA rather than a private certifier? Stewie

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Stewie D
Nov 19, 2020 7:27 pm
twylamc
twylamc
18 November 2020

OB in SA

OB in SA
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Ducted Reverse Cycle Airconditioner installed. We went with Mitsubishi Electric.

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twylamc
Nov 18, 2020 6:00 pm
twylamc
mauricejmj
mauricejmj
11 November 2020

Owner builder certificate Vic

Owner builder certificate Vic

Hi Dunk, I am also in the planning phase, do you know how much it will cost for a class M Waffle pod slab in Melbourne north. price/m2?

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mauricejmj
Nov 11, 2020 7:51 pm
Blessing99
Blessing99
2 November 2020

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

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

Thank you. That's the general path I am now on. Just seemed to vary from carpenter to carpenter and thought perhaps I was asking for something outside the norm.

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Blessing99
Nov 02, 2020 5:03 pm
Blessing99
Bimbob
Bimbob
1 November 2020

Fire electrical mechanical and hydraulics for CC

Fire electrical mechanical and hydraulics for CC

Many engineering firms can do all of this out of the same office, including you structurals too.

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Bimbob
Nov 01, 2020 11:46 pm
Bimbob
Bimbob
1 November 2020

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

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

Hey howey. You’ll need a drafty to start with mate. There regs to follow that constitute a habitable space you may not be aware of and that’s where draftys come in.…

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Bimbob
Nov 01, 2020 10:59 pm
aussieta
aussieta
28 October 2020

VIC $16,000 threshold

VIC $16,000 threshold

just remember the $16,000 is retail pricing not materials plus nothing for your labour

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aussieta
Oct 28, 2020 3:18 pm
aussieta
Rickprop
Rickprop
27 October 2020

Infill Slab

Infill Slab

Thanks Chris, infill slab is 150mm thick with 50mm sand under, SL82 25Mpa. I spoke with the engineer and he said it sits on the strip footing on the one side 150mm in for…

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Rickprop
Oct 27, 2020 5:27 pm
Thylacene
Thylacene
23 October 2020

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
AKB
AKB
11 October 2020

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-expert
building-expert
9 October 2020

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
Ocean123
Ocean123
27 September 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
18 August 2020

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
chippy
chippy
4 August 2020

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 2020

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
foxren
foxren
3 August 2020

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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foxren
Aug 03, 2020 1:06 pm
Thylacene
Thylacene
30 July 2020

Owner Builder insurance $22K job - recommendations?

Owner Builder insurance $22K job - recommendations?

I am using a company called Coverforce Allrisk

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Thylacene
Jul 30, 2020 9:52 am
jchar159
jchar159
15 July 2020

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 2020

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
Tinaandalex
Tinaandalex
13 June 2020

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
olayie
olayie
5 June 2020

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 2020

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
southpacific
southpacific
1 June 2020

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 2020

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

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