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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 10:22 am
alexp79
alexp79
15 August

Owner Builders-Sydney

Owner Builders-Sydney

Your certifier is talking about construction certificate (CC). But before CC you would need to receive DA or CDC first, which do not require owner builder permit, but do…

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alexp79
Aug 15, 2018 4:26 pm
PeniCain
PeniCain
13 August

FIRST HOME BUYERS

FIRST HOME BUYERS

Hi guys, my wife and I have just got a block of land that was valued at $140k. It is a bank repossession which we got for less than $100k. When the time come to build on…

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PeniCain
Aug 13, 2018 8:24 pm
M575
M575
6 August

Load bearing wall removal / Owner Builder options

Load bearing wall removal / Owner Builder options

Correct, there are no drawings available. That’s one of the steps I need to do. I’ve reached out to some structural engineers and a builder to get an idea of things.

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M575
Aug 06, 2018 1:21 pm

Between winter storms and outside (off property) commitments, work on constructing the retaining walls continues. We're also preparing for the lower level slab to be…

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RuffTuff
Aug 01, 2018 2:31 pm
RuffTuff

Anyone built with shipping containers?

Anyone built with shipping containers?

FayeA Floor Plan & Elevations do help others, checkout 3D Warehouse for and model an initial design You would need to trim around the openings and give consideration to…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 01, 2018 6:51 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Slab and formwork cost

Slab and formwork cost
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LOL Technology has come along way in 120 years, no more so than in [url=@Alex79 I think you will find the pricing more competitive If you group all materials and suppliers…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 31, 2018 8:54 am
StructuralBIMGuy

gyprock on the skirting not behind.

gyprock on the skirting not behind.

Thanks algernon - the shadowline skirting is exactly what I'm after! The shadow gap is a nice addition. I was concerned about the butting up of gyprock and timber. This is…

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waxinggibbous
Jul 29, 2018 8:07 pm
waxinggibbous
fonz_nat
fonz_nat
29 July

Any info on new Basix since July 2017 and using raised floor

Any info on new Basix since July 2017 and using raised floor

Hi all, Currently trying to investigate whether to use a slab or stumps for our house foundation. Have not got soil test complete yet - should this be done first to make…

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fonz_nat
Jul 29, 2018 4:21 pm

Estimating your quantities? we can help =)

Estimating your quantities? we can help =)

Most Builders use BIM as a sales tool aka Design visualisation and to break down component costs but they will never share the breakdown cost with you as it's explicitly…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 28, 2018 7:51 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Owner builder, is it worth it?

Owner builder, is it worth it?

The idea of OB to save is appealing but given that you are a novice you are way behind the starting line. Don't count on friends and favours because it all has to be…

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building-expert
Jul 25, 2018 2:01 pm
building-expert
gommeqld
gommeqld
24 July

OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

Click on my name and you'll get a list of my posts. Read of few of those and you'll get a good idea of my background and intentions. Here's an extract from one of those…

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gommeqld
Jul 24, 2018 4:24 pm

Apologies for lack of updates - year to date: annus horribilis meet Misery Loves Company. (Though health is good - except for a raging toothache ATM on a halfway done root…

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waxinggibbous
Jul 22, 2018 10:23 am
waxinggibbous
raelph
raelph
15 July

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

thank you for your thoughts Rae

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raelph
Jul 15, 2018 6:12 pm

So things have been progressing well. Apart from more rain. Which slowed things down a bit. But in between showers, Cameron and the crew were able to keep working and…

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powerd
Jul 12, 2018 5:36 pm

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Looking for a builder to build our PAAL home

Hi obAnge, Did you end up finding a builder and what area are you in?. We are just about to sign up to PAAL, we will do most of the work but looking at employing some…

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Sunshine841
Jul 05, 2018 10:19 pm
Barold
Barold
26 June

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
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Hi, I'm about to do a new roof, love the profile and colour you've chosen! Can I ask is it a Colorbond roofing sheet or some other make and can I also ask what colour you…

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Barold
Jun 26, 2018 5:53 pm

If you work in the construction and building industry, then you know that your equipment and…

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perfecthire
Jun 12, 2018 1:25 pm
perfecthire

I'm about to owner build myself. I kept an eye out on gumtree and Facebook marketing place for second hand fencing, however, I also bought a Ute for the build so I was…

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Searching4 knowledge
Jun 10, 2018 7:43 am
Searching4 knowledge

Slab for garage - is engineer over engineering it?

Slab for garage - is engineer over engineering it?

I never take things personally mate, "...there is Math (proofs) & everything else is spin (debatable)"

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 10, 2018 6:36 am
StructuralBIMGuy
NSU
NSU
7 June

Front door size

Front door size

Should explain a bit further. From the lentil to the top of the jamb 5mm gap For the side 10mm each side. Using 22mm door jamb. opening 2310 H 1095W H=2310-(22mm jamb)…

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NSU
Jun 07, 2018 7:36 pm
NSU
NSU
29 May

Sand and cement before waterproofing

Sand and cement before waterproofing

About to start on the bathroom floor. Thinking of doing sand and cement the floor before waterproofing. Does anyone see a problem with that approach? Thanks

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NSU
May 29, 2018 5:12 pm
grinder
grinder
25 May

Knauf gyprock

Knauf gyprock

knauf is fairly price competitive, and has access to quite a big supply of gypsum - which they make plasterboard.

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grinder
May 25, 2018 9:13 am
grinder

Roof truss and internal walls

Roof truss and internal walls

NSU Apart from the expense of Ceiling battens & Double sheeting 50mm will pronounce any movement->cracking at the wall ceiling joins?

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 22, 2018 8:27 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Owner builder process

Owner builder process

easiest path is for draftsman to take you to DA approval, and get you a construction certificate. here in sydney you can find some draftman who can do this for under 10k.

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 19, 2018 3:15 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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alexp79
May 17, 2018 11:33 am
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
14 May

"Cottage", Tiny house build.

"Cottage", Tiny house build.

Yes, I will use oversized timbers. Where a 150mm floor joist in MGP10 or 12 might be required I will go with 175mm or 200mm seasoned jarrah which would probably be graded…

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RuffTuff
May 14, 2018 9:24 pm
RuffTuff
manofaus
manofaus
13 May

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

Site set out on home extension-Melbourne

No much bias there. I have found that the concreters that I have engaged to do set out of form are relatively good at what they do. I run around and check with a water…

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manofaus
May 13, 2018 10:12 pm
manofaus
manofaus
manofaus
13 May

OB for load bearing wall removal

OB for load bearing wall removal

Not necessarily true with engineers and surveyors. Friend has take a volume builder to court over unsound foundation. Volume builder immediately deflected it to the…

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manofaus
May 13, 2018 9:55 pm
manofaus
twylamc
twylamc
6 May

OB in SA - The "Fun Stuff" Stage

OB in SA - The "Fun Stuff" Stage
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Hi! This was from Beacon Lighting and is called Ledlux Strix II I think.

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twylamc
May 06, 2018 10:42 pm
twylamc

Long time absent from the forum. The house build has hit a major hurdle in the form of two former Redland City Council Building Inspectors. One being the Private Building…

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judefer
May 06, 2018 1:38 pm

VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

karen5784 Your Carpenter should have Worker comp Insurance Make sure you check their insurance details are current and whats included. Also Fence off access to the build…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 04, 2018 9:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Dims
Dims
3 May

Skillion Roof Insulation

Skillion Roof Insulation

Thanks for your input Building -expert and Dr Buildwell, I will contact Foilboard and discuss. Cheers Colin

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Dims
May 03, 2018 9:33 am
chann
chann
2 May

Ballpark costs for building

Ballpark costs for building

Look at "Rawlinsons-Construction Cost Guide" for the area you intend to build. There is a section for building cost per sq meter- that would be a rough guide. Do a…

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chann
May 02, 2018 10:30 am

Building designers

Building designers

edskii Great...Thanks for joining & I look fwd to your posts/contributions I use matrix solvers to start.. then make allowances for variables/alternatives "There's math &…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 01, 2018 5:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:33 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Concrete slab non conforming

Concrete slab non conforming
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all liability falls squarely on the builder , well at least here in vic anyway.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:06 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Plywood or particle board floor

Plywood or particle board floor

do not do this you will get mould , in 18 years as a carpenter i have never seen this done , black poly and weather around timber equals mould mould mould

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 10:02 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

Detailed sequence of trades and tasks for new owner builder

sounds like you're out of your league .. by the sounds of this post you might be better off hiring a builder

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:26 pm
Dr.Buildwell
Dr.Buildwell
25 April

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

Warranties for basic lock up and builders doing a little.

best advice . if you have to question it , then you don't know what your'e doing. get a professional. if your'e worried about the cost , then you can't afford it yet.

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Dr.Buildwell
Apr 25, 2018 9:14 pm

Thanks for the reply mate. No it's all good, the posts are where they should be despite looking a bit strangely placed in pics. The ones you can see running down the side…

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chode1984
Apr 25, 2018 12:37 pm
chode1984

First time owner builder

First time owner builder
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Hi Henry, I just read back and see your in Bossley Park. Good luck!

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 23, 2018 8:48 am
Searching4 knowledge

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

1. Should read "Get sketch Data, Proofs & Costs" $50K for what ... imo You aren't even close.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 20, 2018 8:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
karen5784
karen5784
16 April

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

wall framing and roof trusses company -VIC

Thank you very much for your information. Cheers Karen

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karen5784
Apr 16, 2018 12:12 pm
Chops_47
Chops_47
2 April

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne
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Firstly, thanks to the OP for this thread - has been most helpful to have a list of trades that have proven to deliver the goods! In regards to PM's we were looking at…

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Chops_47
Apr 02, 2018 8:15 pm

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