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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

OB in SA

OB in SA
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Hi, Settling in well thanks, I almost can't remember what it's like to not live here now still got loads to do but we've decided to save up for a nice…

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Marshall5858
Sep 23, 2017 5:09 pm

OB Project - "New vs Old" - Nedlands, WA

OB Project - "New vs Old" - Nedlands, WA
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Love the landscaping you have been doing! More pics please :))

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Buildingourfirstnest
Sep 23, 2017 12:21 pm
algernon
algernon
19 September

Hebal flooring

Hebal flooring

Yeah, we're building a passive solar house, and are using the PowerFloor for those reasons (acoustic and rigidity), not for thermal mass (for that, we're increasing the…

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algernon
Sep 19, 2017 9:31 am
JB1
JB1
17 September

Building warranty insurance

Building warranty insurance

I wish Vic would follow. Money for jam for the insurance companies.

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JB1
Sep 17, 2017 5:12 am

Sorry Beetaloo - I'm afraid nothing to report! I've been home 5 weeks tomorrow and only managed to have 5 days out at my land!. So mostly been doing small unfinished…

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waxinggibbous
Sep 16, 2017 4:37 pm
waxinggibbous
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sparky_JsP
Sep 14, 2017 10:13 pm
freckles5
freckles5
14 September

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

Hi I know it has been a few months since your original post but just wondering if you had any luck with a recommendation or finding a bricklayer to…

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freckles5
Sep 14, 2017 8:09 am
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
11 September

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

Perth NOR OB on 5 Acres - Kitchen and Pool :-)
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Nice!! Whats left and whats your timeline for it all do you think?

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cat_dunc
Sep 11, 2017 8:50 pm
cat_dunc
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
7 September

How much it cost for 60m2 concrete granny flat slab

How much it cost for 60m2 concrete granny flat slab

ramy12 welcome to the forum Soil type, Build materials, specs, concrete pump? More info required.. but it's pretty easy to work out a fair price. Based on 14m3 $5-6K goodluck

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 07, 2017 11:10 am
StructuralBIMGuy
JB1
JB1
4 September

insulating slab

insulating slab

My energy rater recommended under slab insulation. From my research it can help. However if you're in NSW, perhaps the insulation requirements are different in your part…

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JB1
Sep 04, 2017 12:33 pm

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Yeah it cost heaps to do it and there were lots of problems. Some people however are happy to spend it. Others not so much

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sweetswisssteel
Aug 28, 2017 9:04 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
24 August

Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

Nope, cannot agree there. Finding an honest, reliable and sensibly priced tradie in Perth is a nightmare. Always has been. It's no different anywhere else in Australia. I…

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gommeqld
Aug 24, 2017 12:02 pm
dexx
dexx
18 August

collar ties?

collar ties?

I'm considering replacing three 120x35 pine collar ties with 10mm steel rope. It will give me better clearance for the storage space i'm setting up.

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dexx
Aug 18, 2017 1:31 pm
Emsy1981
Emsy1981
17 August

Owner builder in different state?

Owner builder in different state?

Thanks for that. Would it be better to use the same insurer or different?

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Emsy1981
Aug 17, 2017 6:21 pm
icecube2017
icecube2017
15 August

Reading the plans - cement render?

Reading the plans - cement render?

Hi Everyone! My name's John, I'm new here :) wasn't sure where else to ask, I hope you guys can help me. I was wondering if anyone knows how to find where cement render…

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icecube2017
Aug 15, 2017 3:38 pm
snowing
snowing
15 August

Program/app for designing home

Program/app for designing home

Home Designer by Chief Architect is a good choice which will cost quite a bit but worth it. You can import CAD drawings as reference to draw up your slope. If you go this…

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snowing
Aug 15, 2017 12:36 pm
Joker
Joker
14 August

Time wasting trades

Time wasting trades

I agree that paying busy trades per hour works, they have nothing to gain when their booked for months and months , in fact in these situations they want to work…

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Joker
Aug 14, 2017 1:04 pm

Sydney North West Owner Builder

Sydney North West Owner Builder

jacky10 You're welcome Remember the more accurate info you can provide the better the informed decision making for everyone. cheers

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 13, 2017 8:23 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Jacky10
Jacky10
12 August

Owner Builders-Sydney

Owner Builders-Sydney

Hi I am still in drawings stage. And looking to build in Riverstone in north west Sydney.

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Jacky10
Aug 12, 2017 9:50 am
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Datthor
Aug 10, 2017 3:08 pm
Jacky10
Jacky10
8 August

Owner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

Owner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

Hi Sunil Just checking how are you going with your project ? I am commencing in Riverstone area. Cheers

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Jacky10
Aug 08, 2017 5:31 am
Joker
Joker
5 August

Concrete slab non conforming

Concrete slab non conforming
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My own rules are, Learn what your about to do. Then get recommendations. Then check several jobs with the knowledge you know a good job. Then check your own job with…

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Joker
Aug 05, 2017 8:50 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
31 July

Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

I get a lot of owner-builders reporting that their project took longer than expected because the contractors were'nt available when needed, adding delays where no work was…

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Allrisk
Jul 31, 2017 3:10 pm
Allrisk
manofaus
manofaus
23 July

Difference between M and H slab

Difference between M and H slab

spot on Bevan, but it will have the information that the OP was asking for in this thread.

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manofaus
Jul 23, 2017 1:27 pm
manofaus
qebtel
qebtel
18 July

build new house then demolish old =2 permits

build new house then demolish old =2 permits

You need a permit to demolish the existing,, and a building application approved to build a new house.

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qebtel
Jul 18, 2017 10:54 pm
bashworth
bashworth
18 July

Choice of gyprock/pasterboard?

Choice of gyprock/pasterboard?

Yes there are several types of plasterboard. Here are some alternatives for reducing sound transmission For more info check this product range link …

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bashworth
Jul 18, 2017 8:08 pm
bashworth
NSU
NSU
16 July

Timber Frame Installer

Timber Frame Installer

After someone that can install prefab timber frame on the South Coast, NSW. Thanks

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NSU
Jul 16, 2017 8:06 pm
NSU
NSU
16 July

Price for slab NSW

Price for slab NSW

Interested in finding out what's the average price for a slab infill and suspended. Thanks

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NSU
Jul 16, 2017 8:03 pm
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NSU
Jul 16, 2017 8:00 pm
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Haji
Jul 07, 2017 9:13 am
AKB
AKB
3 July

Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*

Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*
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Looks brilliant - I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy it :-)

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AKB
Jul 03, 2017 3:40 pm
AKB
snowing
snowing
28 June

Owner builder permit description query

Owner builder permit description query

Have a chat with your council would be a good idea. They can provide you with information if any specific description is needed.

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snowing
Jun 28, 2017 10:51 pm
joeletaxi
joeletaxi
28 June

The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block
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That is massive ! We wanted to buy a bigger block in a good but older suburb but it's the same time that price of lands started to suddenly increase by 40k so we had to…

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joeletaxi
Jun 28, 2017 4:05 pm
alexp79
alexp79
26 June

Site supervisor

Site supervisor

Thanks, for the tips, StructuralBIMGuy. But main question still stays - how and where do I find site supervisors for the owner build and how do I validate their…

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alexp79
Jun 26, 2017 1:33 pm

@iwantanewhouse You need to provide more info ie Slab size. Type of soil ,engineering details, single or double storey,etc,etc...,. what is probably worse than being…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 26, 2017 8:54 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
16 June

Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy
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Yes, AS1684.4 (part 4 is for non-cyclonic areas and includes span tables) The NCC National Construction Code for Class 1 buildings is a free download from the NCC…

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Beetaloo
Jun 16, 2017 3:13 pm
Beetaloo
JB1
JB1
14 June

Choice of anchor into brick?

Choice of anchor into brick?

I think dynabolts are more likely to work their way loose overtime. I use to use dynabolts until I started using masonary screws. Check out the Ramset website for…

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JB1
Jun 14, 2017 10:40 am
twylamc
twylamc
6 June

Owner build-Kareen Hills..slowly landscaping continues :)

Owner build-Kareen Hills..slowly landscaping continues :)
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Hi, Read that you got Thermann evacuated tubes solar hot water system with electric backup. Just wondering how you are going with it? You still happy with it? Our plumber…

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twylamc
Jun 06, 2017 6:20 pm
twylamc

Building Certifier checklist?

Building Certifier checklist?

@chode1984 Having a 3D Architectural with Building Information Model (BIM) will certainly help if you are DIYing and checking compliance, make sure you also get the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 05, 2017 7:51 am
StructuralBIMGuy

@Dexx I done a few lofts/drawing/Construction details in my time I hope you find them useful The Loft Floor loadings are Based on Live loads of 1.5KPa For Storage you…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 04, 2017 12:46 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
jemmalee
jemmalee
2 June

Owner Builder experience

Owner Builder experience

Hi all! Has anybody engaged in a builder to build there house to lock up and finished the fit out as an owner builder (subcontracting your own tradies etc.)? Would you do…

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jemmalee
Jun 02, 2017 11:48 am
Allrisk
Allrisk
2 June

Owner builder's course

Owner builder's course

Saferite are also very good. We're one of the companies that provide discounts. We're exclusively recommended by both of the training providers mentioned above, and the…

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Allrisk
Jun 02, 2017 11:42 am
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
1 June

2 nd owner builder application within 5 years

2 nd owner builder application within 5 years

If any State was going to be flexible about this, it would only be Victoria. Other States are much stricter and I'd say there's no chance of getting approval. I'm really…

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Allrisk
Jun 01, 2017 5:20 pm
Allrisk
snowing
snowing
24 May

have you ever heard 'timber truss solution' in Melbourne

have you ever heard 'timber truss solution' in Melbourne

I would be concern about other issue like timber expansion / shrinkage due to conditions of the actual site. ie: moisture. These are things that might not be prepared…

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snowing
May 24, 2017 8:23 pm
marc
marc
19 May

working drawings recommendation. Building melbourne.

working drawings recommendation. Building melbourne.

Thanks for the reply. I shall ask them do they use the software. Most of the people I have spoken to always say we use latest CAD software.

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marc
May 19, 2017 12:11 pm

Opps just saw you didn't want a seal along the bottom - sorry

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AKB
May 18, 2017 5:15 pm
AKB
akposani
akposani
17 May

Acreage Cabin on Skids

Acreage Cabin on Skids

Found a place called I Build out of Brisbane that have some nice kits. There are also a few Byron retailers I am checking out. Most seem to cost around 40K - 50K…

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akposani
May 17, 2017 5:45 pm
akposani
Berek
Berek
15 May

Can you change your plans?

Can you change your plans?

Thanks bruce. I often talk to myself, not mad though :-) I figured there are no dimensions (room yes, bench size no) or details with da plans so just want to confirm that is the case.

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Berek
May 15, 2017 9:12 pm
OBehave
OBehave
15 May

What is a good width for a dining verandah?

What is a good width for a dining verandah?

Our west-facing verandah is 3.8m by 8.4m and has ample room for a table/chairs and walking around. If you have the space, 4m or 4.2m would be better as it would allow a…

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OBehave
May 15, 2017 5:42 pm

solar hot water system or rainwater tank?

solar hot water system or rainwater tank?

Have a look at Sanden heat pump hotwater. Not cheap but you can run them from a solar panel or mains(only draw 1kw when heating). Reviews seem to be very good as well.…

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Searching4 knowledge
May 13, 2017 10:13 pm
Searching4 knowledge


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