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twylamc
Jun 29, 2017 8:49 pm
twylamc
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cat_dunc
Jun 29, 2017 8:16 pm
cat_dunc

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

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Thanks BB7 - I just caught up with your latest post - wonderful pix of the house finished. It looks fantastic you must be thrilled.

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waxinggibbous
Jun 28, 2017 8:57 pm
waxinggibbous
joeletaxi
joeletaxi
Yesterday

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
tradeup
tradeup
25 June

OB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavy

OB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavy
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Gorgeous home Haji, absolutely love every design you have made :) Can I ask please where you bought the Union Hotel clock from and how large it is (if you know)? Thank you

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tradeup
Jun 25, 2017 10:00 am
AKB
AKB
24 June

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

OB Project - "New vs Old" - Nedlands, WA
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That should look lovely - I see you've got some special earthmoving equipment in there helping you with the landscaping :-)

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AKB
Jun 24, 2017 5:20 pm
AKB
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
JB1
JB1
30 May

insulating slab

insulating slab

Thanks algernon I suppose it's a case of builders/concreters not having done it before. It appears beneficial for cold climates. I'm trying to get in contact with my…

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JB1
May 30, 2017 4:44 pm
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darrenma
May 30, 2017 1:22 am
darrenma
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
Berek
Berek
4 May

When is the correct time to start organising trades?

When is the correct time to start organising trades?

Thanks for the info. I'm trying to stay positive and see the long build time as a benefit to tradespeople. They will have a large window... in which to come do stuff as I…

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Berek
May 04, 2017 10:32 pm

Kit Home vs Lockup

Kit Home vs Lockup

I contacted a couple that used a builder to build their kit homes today. They invited meton their home and I was impressed by the quality of the house. You wouldn't think…

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joeletaxi
May 01, 2017 10:24 pm

Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

What about Hebel Powerfloor with steel structure? You get the benefits of concrete (no noise or bounce) and may not require additional insulation. Supposedly lower cost…

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1960sModernistHome
May 01, 2017 8:24 pm
1960sModernistHome

Concrete Raft Slab Melbourne

Concrete Raft Slab Melbourne

While I can't offer anything in the way of advise, It's somewhat comforting to know that I'm not alone in obtaining no, or inflated quotes..

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Chops_47
May 01, 2017 2:57 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
28 April

signage outside fence for OB in Victoria

signage outside fence for OB in Victoria

I built in SA. I put up a sign with my name, phone number and site address. This makes it easier for deliveries to be left at the correct site.

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Beetaloo
Apr 28, 2017 12:55 pm
Beetaloo
scdc
scdc
28 April

Scyon Stria cladding

Scyon Stria cladding

thanks drad appreciated comments

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scdc
Apr 28, 2017 8:17 am
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
28 April

OB in South West NSW

OB in South West NSW
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Glad you got some reprieve in the weather! Everything looks great

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Bigblock7
Apr 28, 2017 6:04 am
Bigblock7
chenlocus
chenlocus
21 April

should I apply for building permit with a private building s

should I apply for building permit with a private building s

People said local council is more responsible than private building surveyor, and more cost reduction, is that true? I am concerned that there are several points which…

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chenlocus
Apr 21, 2017 4:08 pm
Ursh
Ursh
16 April

Floors- cost/m3 to refloor?

Floors- cost/m3 to refloor?

Hey would love your feedback. Ideas We are looking at a house to buy and Reno. The floors are all different levels, due to several add on extensions over time. The…

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Ursh
Apr 16, 2017 4:41 pm

First time owner builder

First time owner builder
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Hello Henry, the same to you and yours. I didn't know that you might be able to defer the payment and I will look into it... why pay before you have to. In the application…

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 15, 2017 9:54 pm
Searching4 knowledge

Bricklayers & wastage of bricks - what's acceptable?

Bricklayers & wastage of bricks - what's acceptable?

That's a quality control issue that need to be taken up by the purchaser with the brick manufacturer.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 14, 2017 10:18 am
StructuralBIMGuy
qebtel
qebtel
13 April

do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?

do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?

He can start on whats existing, just not on the extension part until permit is given..

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qebtel
Apr 13, 2017 7:55 pm
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
13 April

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
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Wall looks fantastic! We haven't rented out using air BnB but have used it loads to book places to stay in. Best to be honest about the different quirks of the place,…

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Bigblock7
Apr 13, 2017 1:15 pm
Bigblock7

Bricklayer - Melbourne

Bricklayer - Melbourne

@Random111 Those pay scale rates are rubbish mate they are out by 50% for AEC BTW Thanks for the link

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 12:47 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Carpenter recommendations - Sydney

Carpenter recommendations - Sydney

@drad81 Sounds like an interesting build, What's your geotech/soil/Contour like? Most people are turned off due to the additional costs involved in the brickwork,Steel…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 8:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Chops_47
Chops_47
9 April

How much basement will cost

How much basement will cost

One extra thing to maintain and that could potentially go wrong. A friend of mine had two apartments with stackers in separate complexes and they were nothing but trouble..

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Chops_47
Apr 09, 2017 3:09 pm

Costing a build

Costing a build

@Searching4 knowledge If you have had the plans designed/modelled in a BIM 3D design software package the designer should be able to extract fairly accurate net quants…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 02, 2017 10:34 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
snowing
snowing
29 March

Is 'package' a thing here?

Is 'package' a thing here?

There are a few around that do kit homes as a package. Depends on which one you choose, some actually include everything including tools that you might need. As you might…

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snowing
Mar 29, 2017 8:04 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
28 March

First timer

First timer

I have gone down the owner builder path twice. Not to save money but because in both cases volume builders would not build on my land (to difficult).

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Beetaloo
Mar 28, 2017 8:58 am
Beetaloo
Berek
Berek
22 March

Town planner

Town planner

Lost in translation maybe? You'd never meet a town planner as they're the ones designing... towns not houses. Maybe a surveyor?

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Berek
Mar 22, 2017 7:54 pm
Berek
Berek
21 March

From Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

From Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

An owner builder can only construct 1 home every 5 years (2 per 10 in tassie). Some states require warranty insurance too when you sell. How much you save depends entirely…

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Berek
Mar 21, 2017 8:47 pm


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