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benny black
benny black
26 January

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 8:22 pm
navmuk
navmuk
21 October

Owner Building in Canberra

Owner Building in Canberra

Hi, We are considering Owner Building in Canberra. I haven't found many recent posts here. Does it mean its super risky to do it Canberra? Would you guys be able to…

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navmuk
Oct 21, 2021 4:23 pm

Colorbond excessive noise. New build assistance required.

Colorbond excessive noise. New build assistance required.

Amongst your certified engineering drawings, there should be a wind rating and associated Shear wall and hold down details? I am assuming you are in a high wind load…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 20, 2021 9:29 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Ardo
Ardo
18 October

Builder for lockup only, owner takes over to complete home?

Builder for lockup only, owner takes over to complete home?

I don't think it's unrealistic. Builders are not interested in missing out on margins gained by making other trades do the work. After lockup it's all cream.

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Ardo
Oct 18, 2021 8:23 am
Ardo
Ardo
17 October

Assistance with estimating OB cost items

Assistance with estimating OB cost items

Plasterboard $25m2 this is the actual plasterboard not floor space. That's supply, install and finish. $8 a linear metre for squareset. Roofing is $75m2 for steel…

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Ardo
Oct 17, 2021 6:11 am

It's been a long time coming! Front of the house is pretty much done, just a few small jobs like front door handles, shed door on the left to be hung, and a small panel…

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waxinggibbous
Oct 07, 2021 6:31 pm
waxinggibbous

Does dilapidation report include site survey?

Does dilapidation report include site survey?

Dilapidation report is essentially existing conditions report on the building and site. I have done many prior to land redevelopment. It is to record existing conditions…

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building-expert
Oct 06, 2021 7:39 am
building-expert
Bimbob
Bimbob
4 October

Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling

Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling

the easiest option for you (and cheapest) at this stage is to install it in this fashion. https://www.blindspace.com/recessed-curtain-tracks

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Bimbob
Oct 04, 2021 8:01 am
Bimbob
Bimbob
3 October

Builder to Assist OB Perth

Builder to Assist OB Perth

PM me your details and I’ll have my builder get in touch with you. This is his bread and butter

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Bimbob
Oct 03, 2021 6:29 pm
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
26 September

EcoStay building project

EcoStay building project
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Brilliant! Looks great - looking at all that electronics and circuitry makes my head spin...:shock:

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waxinggibbous
Sep 26, 2021 6:31 pm
waxinggibbous
Postwar9
Postwar9
15 September

Roofind questions

Roofind questions

Hi All, First post and hoping for some input from my fellow 'Home-oners'. We are currently renovating and extending a recently purchased post war home and were asking…

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Postwar9
Sep 15, 2021 8:16 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
12 September

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China
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Well did you guess that I would not receive an email?

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ECOECO
Sep 12, 2021 12:04 pm
ECOECO
bashworth
bashworth
24 August

Certificate of Occupancy Victoria

Certificate of Occupancy Victoria

The only thing that I thnk could be an issue is the showerscreen if the waterproofing in the bathroom was limited to the shower area. There is some more info here…

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bashworth
Aug 24, 2021 6:32 pm
bashworth
MOREID
MOREID
21 August

Townhouse Owner Builder

Townhouse Owner Builder

Hi Fellow Owner Builders I have completed one owner builder renovation and now some eight years later I am downsizing into a townhouse where I would like to add a small…

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MOREID
Aug 21, 2021 3:19 pm
Lornarob
Lornarob
19 August

Differing soil reports

Differing soil reports

Thanks for you advise

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Lornarob
Aug 19, 2021 9:05 pm

Terminating contract

Terminating contract

Three issues here If you have signed domestic Building contract and paid the full deposit then you are bound by the contract. However if you only signed a preliminary…

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building-expert
Aug 18, 2021 8:09 pm
building-expert
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 August

Bottom of Weep holes not 75mm above ground.

Bottom of Weep holes not 75mm above ground.

Yep, the regs are 75mm in your area. Plenty of houses fail to meet the reg and provided the weep holes are not critically low, water doesn't pool against the house and…

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SaveH2O
Aug 13, 2021 7:13 pm
SaveH2O
dju
dju
29 July

Weep Holes

Weep Holes

We are trying to get our Certificate of Occupancy and find that there are no Weep Holes in the Building - We have a two story home built in Sandstone. Is there an…

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dju
Jul 29, 2021 5:12 pm
kazzy
kazzy
26 July

How much does a besser block wall cost?

How much does a besser block wall cost?

Hey thanks, we'll make sure that everything is according to council regulations. I'm after a ballpark figure for the wall/ construction work itself. How much does it…

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kazzy
Jul 26, 2021 1:34 pm

Some photos of recent work. The outdoor area wall completed. Still some minor flashing work to do (see the intersection of high roof on right and lower roof - a temporary…

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powerd
Jul 24, 2021 9:40 am

OB course - WA

OB course - WA

Hi, You can try an inquire from our official partner in OB courses provider, ABED. They offer a wide range of courses and you can take from the comfort of your own home…

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Intellichoice
Jul 20, 2021 2:03 am
Intellichoice
vjassi
vjassi
12 July

Owner builder certificate Vic

Owner builder certificate Vic

So besides slab cost you also need to consider the piers that you will requiring before concret slab is poured over.

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vjassi
Jul 12, 2021 3:01 pm
aussieta
aussieta
11 July

hydronic underfloor heating

hydronic underfloor heating

just curious in victoria is it legal for owner builder to install underfloor hydronic pex tubing in timber subfloor and then have plumber make final connection to…

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aussieta
Jul 11, 2021 10:38 am
aussieta
aussieta
aussieta
19 June

HELP I NEED TRUSSES

HELP I NEED TRUSSES

unfortunately with the timber shortage and boom in building this will be a problem i have heard rumours that it is expected to improve near the end of the year

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aussieta
Jun 19, 2021 9:00 am
aussieta
SandyKS
SandyKS
8 June

Invasion of privacy WA

Invasion of privacy WA

I have to change to translucent glass for my staircase window as I have a small study nook at the top floor. My neighbour has a huge glass staircase window and council…

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SandyKS
Jun 08, 2021 12:16 am
Berek
Berek
12 April

Owner builder insurance

Owner builder insurance

OB insurance is a state requirement not council (as your license is governed by the state’s building authority). It is definitely required where I am. Theft on my vero…

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Berek
Apr 12, 2021 7:51 pm

Hi all, I'm hoping to hear from building surveyor and glazier next week, but someone here might be able to help in the mean time. I'm building a new extension and hope I…

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leisad
Apr 04, 2021 11:04 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 April

Macleay Island 7 Star

Macleay Island 7 Star

So, I am intrigued with your battle getting the certificates. How was this resolved? Stewie

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Stewie D
Apr 04, 2021 7:25 am
Thylacene
Thylacene
1 April

Estimating an OB in Adelaide

Estimating an OB in Adelaide

129m² house 56m² deck 40m² of open lower story on slab that is engineered to be built in if required 10k site costs 40k to floor level 30k steel frames & trusses,…

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Thylacene
Apr 01, 2021 9:36 pm
dachopper
dachopper
18 March

Insulated Cladding

Insulated Cladding

Hey guys, does anyone have any experience with Smart Stone systems here https://www.smartstonesystems.com/ I'm contemplating using them in my tilt panel project as a…

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dachopper
Mar 18, 2021 1:16 am

Would you use an unbias owner builder consultant?

Would you use an unbias owner builder consultant?

Since getting a licensed consultant is this difficult, I'll advise you just look for a builder or an architect who has experience supervising this kind of project and seek…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Mar 16, 2021 4:07 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Temporary Site Toilet

Temporary Site Toilet

Hi.! Did you still have this available.? If so, how much are you selling it for.?

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What have we done
Mar 14, 2021 12:49 pm
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Bimbob
Feb 14, 2021 3:25 pm
Bimbob
Bimbob
14 February

Tilt Panel experts

Tilt Panel experts

Both , floor and/or roof

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Bimbob
Feb 14, 2021 3:22 pm
Rafay
Rafay
3 February

Hebel panels

Hebel panels

Oh ok, didn't know that. Do you live in Perth? I got these prices for Hebel panels, sound cheap. But you're right, they charge a lot to mount them. Wish I was a chippy…

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Rafay
Feb 03, 2021 6:10 pm
benny black
benny black
26 January

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 8:27 pm
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 11:40 am

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 10:15 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 1:33 pm
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 7:25 pm
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Rafay
Jan 03, 2021 4:13 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 11:49 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 11:54 am
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 3:06 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 7:11 pm
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 6:27 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 5:00 pm
twylamc
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 4:03 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 10:46 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 9:59 pm

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