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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
Berek
Berek
13 h

Tondelver House - Shipping Container Build

Tondelver House - Shipping Container Build
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Yep looks good. So satisfying when the final coat goes on. It is, as you said, no more looking at it as something that still needs doing.

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Berek
Jan 22, 2022 1:32 pm
buildone
buildone
21 January

weep holes

weep holes

whoever put the concrete for you should have known that. They did not excavate for you. Thus, when you are Owner Builder, just don't look for cheaper tradies. It is very…

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buildone
Jan 21, 2022 12:25 am
MAX DIY Builder
MAX DIY Builder
18 January

Does a construction certificate expire?

Does a construction certificate expire?

As a retired longtime tradesman myself , I can read and comprehend a court decision which shows the error of your original response . As to your extensive list of trade as…

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MAX DIY Builder
Jan 18, 2022 11:23 am

Owner builder insurance ran out

Owner builder insurance ran out

You can't have two policies for one item! Just talk to you insurer about the options of extending or renewing, but don't wait till the last minute

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BuildingandLegal
Jan 11, 2022 4:34 pm
jj_jackson
jj_jackson
8 January

OB - Retaining wall leaking

OB - Retaining wall leaking

Hi there, I have a similar issue. Did you ever find a solution to this?

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jj_jackson
Jan 08, 2022 11:48 pm
Super Cubes
Super Cubes
8 January

Shipping container home

Shipping container home

I sell and modify containers. Maybe I can help. Can you explain more about what you have in mind?

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Super Cubes
Jan 08, 2022 9:45 am
llundberg
llundberg
23 December 2021

Windows from China - a true story

Windows from China - a true story

There is just too much ridiculous red tape in Australia. If I want something from overseas, I will just order it and install it myself.

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llundberg
Dec 23, 2021 4:27 pm
vakman
vakman
17 December 2021

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China
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What’s the issue? Are they fake or similar?

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vakman
Dec 17, 2021 2:01 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
17 December 2021

Caveat Emptor

Caveat Emptor

If you follow certain posts you will find my comments to the posters when I know they are fibbing. Well it's back on again... if it's about windows, ask someone first,…

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ECOECO
Dec 17, 2021 1:44 pm
ECOECO
bashworth
bashworth
28 November 2021

Building new

Building new

I like to find the land before I get serious about talking to builders. That doesn't mean you shouldn't visit a few show homes first to get an idea of what you want and…

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bashworth
Nov 28, 2021 7:00 pm
bashworth
JB1
JB1
22 November 2021

Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling

Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling

I have them. Recessed so they go into the ceiling space. Note, you likely need to design it at engineering stage as your roof or posi truss will get in way.

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JB1
Nov 22, 2021 6:50 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
19 November 2021

Roofind questions

Roofind questions

You are right, the designer should have given the client a coloured rendered Image with material options first before they get the $ticker$hock (humour)

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 19, 2021 9:11 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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Bimbob
Nov 19, 2021 7:45 am
Bimbob
Bimbob
19 November 2021

Owner Building in Canberra

Owner Building in Canberra

Navmuk, the best place to start is with you budget. Determine your requirements and your budget. If the requirements don’t fit within the budget of a builder OB may…

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Bimbob
Nov 19, 2021 7:43 am
Bimbob
Bimbob
19 November 2021

Build does not meet cdc

Build does not meet cdc

Go DA.

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Bimbob
Nov 19, 2021 7:38 am
Ardo
Ardo
18 October 2021

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 9:23 am
Ardo
Ardo
17 October 2021

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 7:11 am
building-expert
building-expert
6 October 2021

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 8:39 am
building-expert
Bimbob
Bimbob
3 October 2021

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 7:29 pm
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
26 September 2021

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 7:31 pm
waxinggibbous
bashworth
bashworth
24 August 2021

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 7:32 pm
bashworth
MOREID
MOREID
21 August 2021

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 4:19 pm
Lornarob
Lornarob
19 August 2021

Differing soil reports

Differing soil reports

Thanks for you advise

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Lornarob
Aug 19, 2021 10:05 pm
building-expert
building-expert
18 August 2021

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 9:09 pm
building-expert
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
13 August 2021

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 8:13 pm
SaveH2O
dju
dju
29 July 2021

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 6:12 pm
kazzy
kazzy
26 July 2021

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 2:34 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 10:40 am
Intellichoice
Intellichoice
20 July 2021

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 3:03 am
Intellichoice
vjassi
vjassi
12 July 2021

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 4:01 pm
aussieta
aussieta
11 July 2021

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 11:38 am
aussieta
aussieta
aussieta
19 June 2021

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 10:00 am
aussieta
SandyKS
SandyKS
8 June 2021

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 1:16 am
Berek
Berek
12 April 2021

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 8:51 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 12:04 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 April 2021

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 8:25 am
Thylacene
Thylacene
1 April 2021

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 10:36 pm
dachopper
dachopper
18 March 2021

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 2:16 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
16 March 2021

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 5:07 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
What have we done
What have we done
14 March 2021

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 1:49 pm
Bimbob
Bimbob
14 February 2021

Polished Concrete instead of tiles

Polished Concrete instead of tiles

yes you can

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Bimbob
Feb 14, 2021 4:25 pm
Bimbob
Bimbob
14 February 2021

Tilt Panel experts

Tilt Panel experts

Both , floor and/or roof

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Bimbob
Feb 14, 2021 4:22 pm
Rafay
Rafay
3 February 2021

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 7:10 pm
benny black
benny black
26 January 2021

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 9:27 pm
moudzj
moudzj
24 January 2021

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 12:40 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
15 January 2021

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 2:33 pm
Anna567
Anna567
4 January 2021

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 8:25 pm
Rafay
Rafay
3 January 2021

OB in perth- steel type and cost for a class 3 building

OB in perth- steel type and cost for a class 3 building

Yes, they will be on separate properties

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Rafay
Jan 03, 2021 5:13 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 12:49 pm

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