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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 11:22 am

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

Hi everyone Where can I get a detailed schedule of trades and tasks or detailed construction sequence for a typical brick house build? I've been able to located plenty…

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mcnugget15
Jan 23, 2018 9:55 am
AKB
AKB
13 h

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

Perth NOR OB on 5 Acres - Kitchen and Pool :-)
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Thanks Bradster - we had a lovely Xmas and as the pool wasn’t finished spoilt ourselves with 3 weeks in Italy. Had the concreter in for some footings for my…

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AKB
Jan 22, 2018 11:54 pm
AKB

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

Brisbane Harkaway Homes

To add to our information- things we needed to do to finalise our plans and get certification were: 1. Soil Survey 2.Contour Survey 3. BAL (Bushfire Attack Level)…

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Pemberley
Jan 22, 2018 11:48 pm
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AKB
Jan 22, 2018 11:48 pm
AKB
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 10:32 pm
chode1984

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

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twylamc
Jan 15, 2018 6:01 am
twylamc

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

Thanks Alex I probably will go with the 2.5, it's only a small extra cost but small things do add up over the build. I agree, installation of the product is the most…

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Searching4 knowledge
Jan 10, 2018 8:40 am
Searching4 knowledge
RDH001
RDH001
9 January

garage house

garage house

Does anyone know of an online resource that I can visit to ask these sorts of questions and other tricky questions ?

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RDH001
Jan 09, 2018 6:10 am
qebtel
qebtel
7 January

Ebay Stores

Ebay Stores

Lol you people talk as though only high end stuff comes non Asian countries. Dont forget Taiwanese was once considered rubbish, they now have a higher standard of living…

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qebtel
Jan 07, 2018 5:05 pm

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 10:27 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 9:35 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 11:46 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 2:44 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 10:54 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 10:34 am
manofaus
frednerd
frednerd
4 December 2017

Owner-builder Course

Owner-builder Course

Thanks Manofaus. All I want from the course is to meet government requirements so that I can get permission to owner-build my house. P.S. Love that word "free".

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frednerd
Dec 04, 2017 7:57 am
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 29, 2017 12:26 am
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 10:01 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 4:13 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 10:46 pm
soot
Ash687
Ash687
19 November 2017

Advice for a steel frame construction [pole house on slope]

Advice for a steel frame construction [pole house on slope]

Pretty sure I have the contact for a Chinese fabricator that one of my clients ordered Steel fabricated windows, frames and doors, just p.m me and i'll give you the…

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Ash687
Nov 19, 2017 2:44 pm
Ash687
Obi
Obi
15 November 2017

Anticon for our colorbond roof?

Anticon for our colorbond roof?
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Thank you. We’re currently nearing lock up stage in our new build. Is this something i should do after or should i expect this from builder?

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Obi
Nov 15, 2017 5:10 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
10 November 2017

Plywood or particle board floor

Plywood or particle board floor

Treated particle board flooring can withstand limited exposure to the weather. Refer to manufacturers tech data sheets. It is typically 4-6 weeks not months/years. If…

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Beetaloo
Nov 10, 2017 6:10 pm
Beetaloo
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
31 October 2017

Concrete slab non conforming

Concrete slab non conforming
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"""Saying that with the specs you stated, I can't see from those pics how that slab couldn't do the job you want it to do, there'd be heaps of houses sitting on a worse…

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Carpentacular
Oct 31, 2017 9:26 pm
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
31 October 2017

Reading the plans - cement render?

Reading the plans - cement render?

On this plan in North elevation, it's in a note with an arrow point to where it should be on the pier.

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Carpentacular
Oct 31, 2017 6:03 am
Carpentacular
Carpentacular
31 October 2017

Slab height and tiling

Slab height and tiling

I'd only do such a thing if I couldn't get the legal room height, I presume by the way you asked the walls are already up as in it's a double brick house?

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Carpentacular
Oct 31, 2017 5:47 am
Pummers_D38
Pummers_D38
28 October 2017

Owner Builders-Sydney

Owner Builders-Sydney

I'm also going to be doing a OB in Riverstone. I have plans before BCC and I'm currently work throught the Engineers objections.

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Pummers_D38
Oct 28, 2017 9:08 pm
manofaus
manofaus
28 October 2017

Installing cedar ceiling lining on steel frame

Installing cedar ceiling lining on steel frame

make sure all the roofing is covered with some sort of barrier to prevent condensation dripping onto the cedar. Its always better to coat the side that goes towards the…

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manofaus
Oct 28, 2017 8:05 pm
manofaus
Allrisk
Allrisk
26 October 2017

Owner Builder Course in VIC

Owner Builder Course in VIC

Hi. In most States an owner-builder licence can only be issued for you to build your primary residence, not a holiday home. Have you checked that aspect already?

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Allrisk
Oct 26, 2017 12:46 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
26 October 2017

Minimalist Owner Build in Hobart - temp power supply decisio

Minimalist Owner Build in Hobart - temp power supply decisio

thanks Beetaloo. I'll be doing a similar project soon, so your advice helps me too.

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Allrisk
Oct 26, 2017 12:43 pm
Allrisk
JB1
JB1
15 October 2017

Melbourne- recommend me a stair case builder

Melbourne- recommend me a stair case builder

The stair case builder I used previously is retiring and won't take on any new jobs. Can someone recommend a reasonably priced stair case builder in Melbourne? I've…

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JB1
Oct 15, 2017 11:33 pm
NSU
NSU
9 October 2017

Infill slab and Bal 29

Infill slab and Bal 29

Thanks for all the replies. Planning to use 20mm gravel as gravel is small in size and it naturally…

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NSU
Oct 09, 2017 8:49 pm
michae
michae
9 October 2017

Building warranty insurance

Building warranty insurance

Well, If the builder is not in administration, seek legal…

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michae
Oct 09, 2017 8:27 pm
michae

The more information you put up the more precise the reply/answer , egs. use Photos, sketches and data (l/m , m2, m3,etc) This information is also used in rule-of-thumb…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 09, 2017 11:05 am
StructuralBIMGuy
NSU
NSU
30 September 2017

Roof Tiler Sydney

Roof Tiler Sydney

Hi All, Can anyone suggest a roof tiler to install on a new house. Thanks

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NSU
Sep 30, 2017 9:32 pm

We are selling Gate and Fencing Hardware/Parts. Our website www.togerlink.com.au About us: We can ship all the product australia wide, just visit our website

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zjackie
Sep 27, 2017 1:42 pm
Buildingourfirstnest
Buildingourfirstnest
23 September 2017

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 1:21 pm
algernon
algernon
19 September 2017

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 10:31 am
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sparky_JsP
Sep 14, 2017 11:13 pm
sparky_JsP
freckles5
freckles5
14 September 2017

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 9:09 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
7 September 2017

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 12:10 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
JB1
JB1
4 September 2017

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 1:33 pm
sweetswisssteel
sweetswisssteel
28 August 2017

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 10:04 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
24 August 2017

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 1:02 pm
dexx
dexx
18 August 2017

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 2:31 pm
Emsy1981
Emsy1981
17 August 2017

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 7:21 pm


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