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benny black
benny black
26 January 2021

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
Bailey67
Bailey67
Yesterday

Shed conversion

Shed conversion

Because it only states 90mm not if it’s 45mm or 35mm and yes I do have the plans my question was specifically since it’s not the structural value and only to hold…

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Bailey67
Feb 27, 2024 6:31 pm

My Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair has found its rightful place now the bedrooms have their carpet. By no means an adventurous choice, the 'Peppered Borneo' (truly - that's its…

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waxinggibbous
Feb 10, 2024 8:25 pm
waxinggibbous
building-expert
building-expert
8 February

Is this a terrible reason to owner build...

Is this a terrible reason to owner build...

Waiting for the interest rates to go down is also waiting for the building prices to go up, you will likely lose. Perhaps you can get the builder to lock up stage, but…

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building-expert
Feb 08, 2024 12:38 pm
building-expert
OBI1canobeans
OBI1canobeans
25 January

My granny flat build journey

My granny flat build journey

Any advice on how to ensure the kit home granny flat that im thinking of buying will get council approval. The kit home companys wont release plans without a deposit and…

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OBI1canobeans
Jan 25, 2024 12:41 am
mmsa
mmsa
19 January

owner builder

owner builder

Does anyone know whether I can rent out an owner built house (in Victoria) after living in it for 2 yrs? Or I can't rent it out under any circumstances? TIA

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mmsa
Jan 19, 2024 1:55 pm
OBI1canobeans
OBI1canobeans
18 January

Best window for FZ

Best window for FZ

Hi im new to this forum. What a terrific site! Im planning to put a granny flat in my back yard. I'm in a Fire Zone and wondering what the most efficient fireproof…

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OBI1canobeans
Jan 18, 2024 3:14 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
16 January

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China
1 ... 10, 11, 12

They removed their comment and I heard no more.

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ECOECO
Jan 16, 2024 11:43 am
ECOECO
kishan6693
kishan6693
28 December 2023

New Flame Zone Build

New Flame Zone Build

Hi Brian, Iam new to forum, pls accept my apologies in advance if any of the below queries makes you uncomfortable. Congratulations and hope you are almost moved in to…

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kishan6693
Dec 28, 2023 2:11 am
Mowessis
Mowessis
6 December 2023

Anyone got owner builder permit to build a duplex in NSW ?

Anyone got owner builder permit to build a duplex in NSW ?

If so what were the "special circumstances" under which it was granted? "Note: If the development consent is for 'dual occupancy' an owner-builder permit can only be…

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Mowessis
Dec 06, 2023 9:11 pm
Ohbee1
Ohbee1
23 November 2023

Owner builder certificate Vic

Owner builder certificate Vic

We are just about ready to OB an extension in the New Year. Small regional town Victoria. Took 12 months to get planning permit. Had to get Land Capability Report, soil…

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Ohbee1
Nov 23, 2023 6:41 pm
Vince10
Vince10
6 November 2023

Project Manager Recommendation

Project Manager Recommendation

If you need to pay for a project manager you would be well advised to just engage a builder who would take full responsibility for the build. As opposed to you OB where…

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Vince10
Nov 06, 2023 9:25 am
Vince10
Vince10
6 November 2023

Vacant block surveying - what should I ask for?

Vacant block surveying - what should I ask for?

Your kinda doing this arse about. Engage in a draftsman/architect first. They will guide you on what you need to do. You risk soil test being done in the wrong location…

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Vince10
Nov 06, 2023 9:05 am
ShedOB
ShedOB
5 October 2023

OB large shed

OB large shed

Looking for recommendations for structural engineer that isn't likely to over engineer....as I've read a few posts. 9x7m shed Site class "p" Area is in northern Grampians…

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ShedOB
Oct 05, 2023 2:18 pm
Ash19
Ash19
15 September 2023

cancel old building application

cancel old building application

Hi All, Hope you are well! Does anyone know the process for an owner to cancel building application (with Brisbane City Council) on their block in case of dispute with the…

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Ash19
Sep 15, 2023 10:16 am
Ardo
Ardo
24 August 2023

Architraves

Architraves

I do like the CA glue and activator idea but like you said, working time in non existent. I use the sika PU glue but it needs to be clamped firm. I had a joint move…

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Ardo
Aug 24, 2023 11:39 am
ML24WA
ML24WA
20 August 2023

OB course - WA

OB course - WA

Just getting back to this. So because we are part cash part finance, doing the OB route is looking near on impossible. When we got some quotes from builders last year,…

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ML24WA
Aug 20, 2023 1:26 pm

Thanks for all replies. I just noticed now the pictures I added to post right on top of page were wrong. I attached pictures showing "current" and my "suggested" floor…

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djhosken
Aug 14, 2023 2:34 pm
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ponzutwo
Aug 07, 2023 11:51 am
bdl
bdl
5 August 2023

Purpose of site survey: boundaries, slope, trees? what else?

Purpose of site survey: boundaries, slope, trees? what else?

I'm wondering what a site survey includes, and whether I need one in preparation for planning a house on a 3 ha "semi rural" property in SE NSW. The site boundaries are…

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bdl
Aug 05, 2023 10:02 pm
jas25t
jas25t
4 August 2023

Floor Joist direction given by Structural Engineering

Floor Joist direction given by Structural Engineering

Assuming you've modelled the TB8, TB10, TB12, TB2 & J1 joists/LVLs there, it appears as per drawing to me. There maybe should be an additional J1 between TB10 and T12 if…

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jas25t
Aug 04, 2023 2:29 pm
ponzutwo
ponzutwo
2 August 2023

Owner Builder : Need some help

Owner Builder : Need some help

you already got the opinion of those on this path. They are telling you you dont have the requisite knowledge or time to make this work. Its quite obvious to me that as…

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ponzutwo
Aug 02, 2023 11:32 am
haba
haba
15 June 2023

Internal sheeting of shed

Internal sheeting of shed

Thanks. Yeh ideally that would have been good, but have progressed too far now. Hoping some well placed internal walls fixed up into the battens will provide some…

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haba
Jun 15, 2023 7:44 pm
optimism
optimism
5 June 2023

OB in SA: Do you need a permit? recommendations

OB in SA: Do you need a permit? recommendations

Looking to start the journey of becoming an owner builder in SA. Feeling pretty (overly) confident on the building and construction details, but really struggling to find…

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optimism
Jun 05, 2023 2:47 am
building-expert
building-expert
31 May 2023

Works Contracts

Works Contracts

MBA and HIA both have sub contract agreements, check them out

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building-expert
May 31, 2023 1:54 pm
building-expert
suzyr
suzyr
20 May 2023

3mths in

3mths in

Make a list of anything and everything you are not happy with. You have twelve months for maintenance but I would get a starting list to the builder asap....you can…

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suzyr
May 20, 2023 9:32 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
1 May 2023

Concreter in Sydney area

Concreter in Sydney area

Just checked the list of the forum's concreting pros and found it strange that there are numerous from Melbourne but few from anywhere else. You could take a walk (or a…

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SaveH2O
May 01, 2023 10:42 am
SaveH2O
Ash19
Ash19
26 April 2023

technical build question

technical build question

thank you! do we need to get this or our builder before we commence new build on the block?

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Ash19
Apr 26, 2023 11:29 pm
Ardo
Ardo
15 April 2023

Would you use an unbias owner builder consultant?

Would you use an unbias owner builder consultant?

At the end of the day building a house is an individual thing. No builder or carpenter is across every product available, knows best use, design and how to best installent…

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Ardo
Apr 15, 2023 8:09 pm
Jack75
Jack75
15 April 2023

owner builder application in Victoria (VBA) - waiting time

owner builder application in Victoria (VBA) - waiting time

Hi folks, Victoria resident here. I've submitted my owner builder application to the VBA. I thought I'd share my experience so far. I submitted my application…

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Jack75
Apr 15, 2023 6:31 pm
Benny123
Benny123
10 April 2023

Insurance for owner supplied items under construction house

Insurance for owner supplied items under construction house

No, you can not insure them until you have the certificate of occupancy. Insurance Broker of 20+ years.

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Benny123
Apr 11, 2023 12:25 am
GC2233
GC2233
23 March 2023

Vergola - bolt to house wall or fix to rafter brackets?

Vergola - bolt to house wall or fix to rafter brackets?

Hi there, not sure if you have resolved this already. both are suitable options and depend upon on your preference. Fascia brackets generally carry the same height as your…

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GC2233
Mar 23, 2023 9:54 pm
JB1
JB1
1 March 2023

Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling

Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling

See this photo https://trowelcraft.com.au/wp-content/u ... 24x768.jpg You can put lighting behind or under the bulkhead You could make the bulkhead wider and place…

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JB1
Mar 01, 2023 12:06 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
20 February 2023

Cost to build a double brick shed

Cost to build a double brick shed

I'm wondering about the costs to build a double brick walled shed rather than the common steel sheet. A couple of quotes to supply and build a steel shed 10mx6mx3mhigh…

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gommeqld
Feb 20, 2023 6:13 pm
dreambuildguy
dreambuildguy
19 January 2023

Concrete slab

Concrete slab

Who did you end up going with?

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dreambuildguy
Jan 19, 2023 11:46 am
aussieta
aussieta
1 January 2023

Wooden door width

Wooden door width

the 2 doors do not need to be equal in size

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aussieta
Jan 01, 2023 2:37 pm
aussieta
mick82
mick82
2 November 2022

Structural Modifications - Trade list help

Structural Modifications - Trade list help

Thanks Alexp79. I have not considered Steel frame so far. Will get a quote and see how steel option work/cost. Will be interesting to see if they will help install…

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mick82
Nov 02, 2022 5:05 pm
judefer
judefer
19 October 2022

Macleay Island 7 Star

Macleay Island 7 Star
1, 2

I am posting some photos of my off grid battery setup. I do not know why the BMS failed. I have simply decided to run without a Battery Management System from now on. In…

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judefer
Oct 19, 2022 11:33 am
nivanova
nivanova
13 October 2022

replaced existing shed

replaced existing shed

Hi We live on acreage in rural SA; the property had multiple old sheds - none of which were listed on the title search. We kept two of the more stable sheds and last year…

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nivanova
Oct 13, 2022 9:07 pm
Ardo
Ardo
13 October 2022

Additional costs associated with 3m high ceilings (vs 2.7m)

Additional costs associated with 3m high ceilings (vs 2.7m)

Also longer studs, bracing, bulk heads and transport for frames will add to cost. Working higher, might incur additional costs.

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Ardo
Oct 13, 2022 8:40 pm
home2023
home2023
11 October 2022

Prescribed payments requirement

Prescribed payments requirement

Can someone explain to me what this refers to and is it necessary? The owner builder must register with the tax office as an owner builder under the 'prescribed…

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home2023
Oct 11, 2022 7:41 pm
chippy
chippy
26 August 2022

Owner builder insurance pre application

Owner builder insurance pre application

Just google "owner builder construction and liability insurance." There are many that do it. When I OB a few years back I used a broker called Allrisk. It was simple…

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chippy
Aug 26, 2022 10:10 am
chippy
J_Cammaz
J_Cammaz
19 August 2022

Has anyone Built with a "Prestige Kit Home"?

Has anyone Built with a "Prestige Kit Home"?

We are going through prestige kit homes and I’d be very careful with them. We signed a contract and everything was fine until they are now trying to charge us extra…

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J_Cammaz
Aug 19, 2022 6:50 pm
storewallAU
storewallAU
11 August 2022

Certificate of Occupancy Victoria

Certificate of Occupancy Victoria

My inspector's feedback was: Waterproofing Smoke alarms Rain run-off needs to away from…

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storewallAU
Aug 11, 2022 5:02 pm
storewallAU
storewallAU
storewallAU
11 August 2022

OB Building Permit query Victoria

OB Building Permit query Victoria

As the owner builder you can subcontract work to a builder who can take you part or all of the way. Ultimately all permits and responsibility are yours.

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storewallAU
Aug 11, 2022 4:58 pm
storewallAU
waterproof
waterproof
4 August 2022

QLD Owner Builder course recommendations please

QLD Owner Builder course recommendations please

Hello, I am looking for an online owner builder course for Queensland. Some of the online sites I have visited have closed, some seem a bit dodge. Does anyone have a…

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waterproof
Aug 04, 2022 11:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
31 July 2022

Online resources for Owner Builders

Online resources for Owner Builders

Here's another resource Siemens -> parasolid engineering Bim technologies moves to shore up data/proofs and certifications along the supply chains hth

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 31, 2022 10:14 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
27 June 2022

Owner builder project management software ?

Owner builder project management software ?

Seen quite a few apps spruiking build/trade project pricing lately. It's true, trades are too busy atm to visit/quote jobs and the estimates battlers get are highly…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 27, 2022 11:53 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Budapest
Budapest
23 June 2022

Designing an extension

Designing an extension

Agreed on pricing - we are in Perth and we paid a touch more. Overall it would have been cheaper if we had a more straight forward block and design. …

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Budapest
Jun 23, 2022 3:20 pm
rainbris
rainbris
23 June 2022

Amending the Owner Builder Permit (for value and scope)

Amending the Owner Builder Permit (for value and scope)

Has anyone amended a QBCC Owner Builder Permit before? I have downloaded the form but am quite concerned that there will be a rejection or something as we pretty much…

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rainbris
Jun 23, 2022 12:08 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
7 June 2022

New home build - gutters first or cladding first

New home build - gutters first or cladding first

Hey @imnurlins Reach out to the experts on this forum, A word or warning internet searches will link you to uncertified Russian generic Stock Photos, Details and possibly…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 07, 2022 10:53 am
StructuralBIMGuy

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