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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 8:22 pm

My granny flat build journey

My granny flat build journey

Hey mate, how's it going with building your granny flat? Did you manage to sort out the BAL FZ issue? I'm going through some interesting stuff with my GF project and…

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Jacktheripper
Jul 09, 2024 1:45 pm
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gommeqld
Jul 01, 2024 5:23 pm

Owner Builder : Need some help

Owner Builder : Need some help

In my opinion there are further obstacles to owner builders. Many experienced trades will not work for owner builders because they literally are blind captains. Many times…

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building-expert
Jul 01, 2024 12:57 pm
building-expert
dotty
dotty
27 June

Building up to Lock up - Owner Builder Permit needed?

Building up to Lock up - Owner Builder Permit needed?

If I went ahead and got a licensed builder to build up to Lock up - do I need to get an Owner Builder Permit to finish the work for OC?

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dotty
Jun 27, 2024 7:03 pm
Bk3064
Bk3064
21 June

Gas abolishment home renovation

Gas abolishment home renovation

Which application did you filled out ? Gas abolishment form has an option to remove meter or abolish connection. It's 92$ to abolish the gas connection in brisbane

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Bk3064
Jun 21, 2024 10:39 am
kakaciii
kakaciii
9 June

Window plaster reveal

Window plaster reveal

How much roughly does a custom builder charge plaster reveal for windows for new houses. Alternatively, how much would it cost to get architrave removed and plasters…

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kakaciii
Jun 09, 2024 10:31 pm

Time for net curtains. NOT, I might add, for privacy! But I've realised that at this time of year, when the sun is lower in the sky, and the days can still be warm - the…

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waxinggibbous
Apr 27, 2024 10:22 am
waxinggibbous
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
25 March

Water retention tank

Water retention tank

You just need the gutter and downpipe sizes to be compliant with the NCC for the roof area harvested and have the downpipes connected to a LPOD. You need to ask your…

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SaveH2O
Mar 25, 2024 6:46 am
SaveH2O
Bimbob
Bimbob
24 March

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

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

A survey must’ve completed by a certified surveyor. This form part of every DA requirement

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Bimbob
Mar 24, 2024 2:11 pm
IMayBeCrasy
IMayBeCrasy
24 March

The Reality of Being an Owner Builder in NSW

The Reality of Being an Owner Builder in NSW

Being an owner builder is no walk in the park. It’s a challenging endeavour that requires dedication and hard…

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IMayBeCrasy
Mar 24, 2024 8:38 am
Ash19
Ash19
5 March

cancel old building application

cancel old building application

Thanks for the response! However, it's have been sorted. But for others benefit here is what we had to do. Unfortunately, it's not straightforward. BCC washed their hands…

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Ash19
Mar 05, 2024 7:41 am
Silver-lift
Silver-lift
28 February

Leak after Concreter poured concrete

Leak after Concreter poured concrete

Hello needing some advice. I was about to build my Alfresco and needed a new slab and remove exisiting slab as its not standard. So they start to excavate and jackhammer…

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Silver-lift
Feb 28, 2024 10:03 pm
Bailey67
Bailey67
27 February

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 5:31 pm
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 11:38 am
building-expert
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 12:55 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 2:14 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
16 January

My experience buying windows in China

My experience buying windows in China
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They removed their comment and I heard no more.

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ECOECO
Jan 16, 2024 10:43 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 1:11 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 8:11 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 5:41 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 8:25 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 8:05 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 1:18 pm
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 10:39 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 12:26 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 1:34 pm
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ponzutwo
Aug 07, 2023 10:51 am
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 1:29 pm
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 6:44 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 1:47 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 12:54 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 8:32 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 9:42 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 10:29 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 7:09 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 5:31 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 10, 2023 11:25 pm
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 8:54 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 11:06 am
dreambuildguy
dreambuildguy
19 January 2023

Concrete slab

Concrete slab

Who did you end up going with?

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dreambuildguy
Jan 19, 2023 10:46 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 1:37 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 4:05 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 10:33 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 8:07 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 7:40 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 6:41 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 9:10 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 5:50 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 4:02 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 3:58 pm
storewallAU

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