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Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
24 February 2015

Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

Welcome to the Owner Builder Forum

I hoped this thread was current. Please can someone contribute tips to OBs just starting out??

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Treeseachanger
Feb 24, 2015 10:22 am
Dims
Dims
5 h

Skillion Roof Insulation

Skillion Roof Insulation

You might think this is a bit extravagant but the shed and house will be double glazed as well! Why? Because I want to and I can😜

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Dims
Apr 26, 2018 10:01 pm
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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:33 pm
purrfection
purrfection
Yesterday

OB for load bearing wall removal

OB for load bearing wall removal

I like that teflon analogy. 😆 in contrast, I have a history of being like flies when it comes to builders (or any businesses) who try to screw me over. I do not stop…

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purrfection
Apr 25, 2018 10:31 pm
purrfection
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Anyone built with shipping containers?

build with shipping containers if you want your house to look like a shipping container , if your'e just going to clad it all over then dont bother as you will be…

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:20 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Concrete slab non conforming

Concrete slab non conforming
1, 2

all liability falls squarely on the builder , well at least here in vic anyway.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:06 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Plywood or particle board floor

Plywood or particle board floor

do not do this you will get mould , in 18 years as a carpenter i have never seen this done , black poly and weather around timber equals mould mould mould

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:02 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

sounds like you're out of your league .. by the sounds of this post you might be better off hiring a builder

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:26 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

carpenter is the person for that job , as a carpenter i can say i would never let a concreter set out or build formwork , they have their laser level set to 5mm…

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:22 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

best advice . if you have to question it , then you don't know what your'e doing. get a professional. if your'e worried about the cost , then you can't afford it yet.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:14 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

insulation is one of the most important things in a home , its too often overlooked in australia and almost never installed properly. you should have an energy evaluation…

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:10 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
Yesterday

Ballpark costs for building

Ballpark costs for building

builders margin , its a fee they charge because people dont understand how much and how long it takes to build a house

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 8:52 pm

Thanks for the reply mate. No it's all good, the posts are where they should be despite looking a bit strangely placed in pics. The ones you can see running down the side…

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chode1984
Apr 25, 2018 12:37 pm
chode1984

First time owner builder

First time owner builder
1, 2

Hi Henry, I just read back and see your in Bossley Park. Good luck!

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 23, 2018 8:48 am
Searching4 knowledge
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
22 April

EcoStay building project

EcoStay building project
1, 2

Building two houses at the same time is as easy as building one....right? Well, that's our theory. Ordering materials, milling of timber, mudbrick making, hire of…

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RuffTuff
Apr 22, 2018 12:51 pm
RuffTuff

We've just recently received our building permit after three years working on our DA, BAL, engineering, waste water treatments etc etc... We're constructing two buildings.…

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RuffTuff
Apr 22, 2018 12:50 pm
RuffTuff

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

1. Should read "Get sketch Data, Proofs & Costs" $50K for what ... imo You aren't even close.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 20, 2018 8:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
karen5784
karen5784
16 April

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

Thank you very much for your information. Cheers Karen

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karen5784
Apr 16, 2018 12:12 pm
Chops_47
Chops_47
2 April

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne
1, 2, 3, 4

Firstly, thanks to the OP for this thread - has been most helpful to have a list of trades that have proven to deliver the goods! In regards to PM's we were looking at…

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Chops_47
Apr 02, 2018 8:15 pm
RjMaan
RjMaan
22 March

Ebay Stores

Ebay Stores

Still i have no experience of online shopping. I prefer to shop offline.

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RjMaan
Mar 21, 2018 11:47 pm
powerd
powerd
5 March

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie
1, 2

Hi All I have achieved another early milestone. . I have a NSW Owner Builder's permit. I am excited too Woohoo!!! Also, I sent out my first RFQ on the weekend, and…

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powerd
Mar 05, 2018 8:44 pm

6 star energy repor - VIC

6 star energy repor - VIC

karen5784 There are minimum requirements that will give you the required rating (deemed to comply) ..see if you can save yourself some money, your designer should have an…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 01, 2018 10:20 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 February

Does the designer involved much the building work after the

Does the designer involved much the building work after the

Hi Karen5784 You will need to check with your Local Council first generally you will require Plannings and Building Applications and documentation Designers generally deal…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 27, 2018 1:46 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
obAnge
obAnge
25 February

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Has anyone had a builder build their PAAL home they have been happy with and can recommend? Have gone owner builder but would really like someone we have onboard to…

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obAnge
Feb 25, 2018 10:08 pm
alexp79
alexp79
24 February

Concreter in Sydney area

Concreter in Sydney area

Hi Everyone, Can someone recommend a concreter in Sydney, who will be able to quote and perform the following jobs around mid-April or May: - prepare formwork and…

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alexp79
Feb 24, 2018 12:10 pm
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AKB
Feb 23, 2018 5:14 pm
AKB
KateG
KateG
18 February

Happy with your owner builder insurance?

Happy with your owner builder insurance?

Hey, who is happy with his owner builder insurance? I'm going to start my build very soon and to get a recommendation would help me a great deal. Thanks in advance!…

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KateG
Feb 18, 2018 8:09 pm
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qebtel
Feb 11, 2018 12:21 pm
qebtel
qebtel
11 February

garage house

garage house

First, take a look at the photo. Its rural. Most councils will approve shed homes for rural, but not urban. The reasons they occur in rural is…

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qebtel
Feb 11, 2018 12:19 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
7 February

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands
1 ... 12, 13, 14

Looking good. Nice views from your roof

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Beetaloo
Feb 07, 2018 9:50 am
Beetaloo
Pummers
Pummers
4 February

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

My wife spotted a few Harkaway Homes pictures online when we were on the lookout for a style to build our new home in... The untimely death of a friend led us to visit…

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Pummers
Feb 04, 2018 10:22 pm

Garage Beam Brickworks

Garage Beam Brickworks

NSU Your engineer will advise you of the options for non-Standard beams ie Section, materials, loads , Span, deflections.etc,etc. It's also hard to comment without seeing …

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 04, 2018 7:02 am
StructuralBIMGuy
lackey
lackey
3 February

Owner-builder Course

Owner-builder Course

Dude don't rely to my post go away, as if I haven't worked with owber builder who had nothing, in fact most people who work in the building industry don't have any…

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lackey
Feb 03, 2018 7:33 pm
algernon
algernon
3 February

Do I need to hire temporary stairs for double story build?

Do I need to hire temporary stairs for double story build?

Possibly - I'm not actually sure on that point in our case, but it could be a factor in some situations.

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algernon
Feb 03, 2018 7:10 pm
PJT318
PJT318
2 February

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

Hi All, we have a home in Weston in the Lower Hunter NSW, we have a large garage on a slab we would like to convert to a GF. We are looking for an engineer to check and…

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PJT318
Feb 02, 2018 3:07 pm
PJT318
chode1984
chode1984
17 January

Recommended Owner Builder Course - QLD

Recommended Owner Builder Course - QLD

Depends what you're looking for. If you're after a box ticking exercise go with someone like Absolute Education. I used them a little while back. I didn't learn much but…

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chode1984
Jan 17, 2018 9:32 pm
chode1984

And our yellow kettle. I love it! A pop of colour in our kitchen.

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twylamc
Jan 15, 2018 5:01 am
twylamc

extending our 1930s something.

extending our 1930s something.

Hi BenWD Welcome to the forum Subiaco is a lovely location in perth, I hope the roof extension blends in with the original 1930's design? Not sure what your budget is,…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 06, 2018 9:27 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Look for bigger savings steelwork is a small component in reinforcement concrete (See pie graph above)

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jan 05, 2018 8:35 am
StructuralBIMGuy
fixedprice
fixedprice
3 January

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Always makes me happy when I see people helping out with this issue. Keep up the good work!

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fixedprice
Jan 03, 2018 10:46 am
JB1
JB1
24 December 2017

Unlicenced plumbers.

Unlicenced plumbers.

It's in the owner building section so no builder. Ask the plumber to provide a solution. Let's hope you haven't paid much of the bill. I'd also be calling the…

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JB1
Dec 24, 2017 1:44 pm
OB Melb 1
OB Melb 1
8 December 2017

Concreter in Melbourne to do on-ground slab for extension

Concreter in Melbourne to do on-ground slab for extension

I'm owner building an extension in Melbourne. Need to build a slab for my extension. Can anyone suggest a concrete contractor with a VBA registration? PM me if that…

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OB Melb 1
Dec 08, 2017 9:54 am
manofaus
manofaus
8 December 2017

Sydney North West Owner Builder

Sydney North West Owner Builder

I too would like to know how you get costings from BIM software? How do you get the hourly rate and productiveness from it for people in the area that you live?

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manofaus
Dec 08, 2017 9:34 am
manofaus
alexp79
alexp79
29 November 2017

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Aren't you supposed to attach OSB to the steel frame first and then attach underlay and tiles to the top? Steel's thermal expansion coefficient is around 2.5 higher than wood/pine.

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alexp79
Nov 28, 2017 11:26 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 November 2017

Owner Builder questions

Owner Builder questions

alexp79 this might sound funny but "it is recommended you know more about your project than the people your hire" so it is advisable that you take steps to prepare…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 25, 2017 9:01 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Rutland
Rutland
21 November 2017

Roof tiles Boral or Austral

Roof tiles Boral or Austral

Thanks for the suggestion. Terracotta tiles seem to be a great choice.

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Rutland
Nov 21, 2017 3:13 am
soot
soot
20 November 2017

Owner Builder for new townhouse development and existing hou

Owner Builder for new townhouse development and existing hou

Hi StructuralBIMguy, I am gonna do an alteration which includes internal wall removal, partial demolition and extension. So I thought that is quite not a simple…

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soot
Nov 20, 2017 9:46 pm
soot



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