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RuffTuff
RuffTuff
27 November 2016

Studio (fancy shed) build

Studio (fancy shed) build
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Well, we finally got our full council approval! We already had a 10a approval but then we started running art classes and the authorities deemed we now had to reclassify…

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RuffTuff
Nov 27, 2016 9:04 am
RuffTuff
JB1
JB1
25 November 2016

Gyprock Bulging

Gyprock Bulging

You made the right decision. Any reason not to screw every stud?

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JB1
Nov 25, 2016 12:47 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
16 November 2016

Polycarbonate roofing and BAL

Polycarbonate roofing and BAL

Kent, as you've discovered polycarbonate type roofing does not meet the current flammability requirements for any designated bushfire prone areas. Nearly all the testing &…

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ausdesign
Nov 16, 2016 6:44 am
ausdesign
hammerhand
hammerhand
10 November 2016

Owner Building Cost Estimates- Am I in the ballpark?

Owner Building Cost Estimates- Am I in the ballpark?
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There are some trades where by the time you weigh up cost to hire tools, it is not worth it. You are paying rent while you build your house. If you take twice as long on…

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hammerhand
Nov 10, 2016 12:41 am
kbad
kbad
8 November 2016

Hi

Hi

Hi my name is Karl moved back to North Queensland after a long absence in the North and West of Aus, renovated our double brick home south of Perth before selling, have…

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kbad
Nov 08, 2016 8:01 am
kbad
monopolyd
monopolyd
7 November 2016

Recommendation for a draftsman - Melbourne

Recommendation for a draftsman - Melbourne

I'm a draftsperson from monopoly drafting located in Craigieburn Vic and cover melbourne northern metropolitan suburbs. I can provide new residential dwelling,…

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monopolyd
Nov 07, 2016 2:55 pm
mccjus80
mccjus80
2 November 2016

Considering owner builder

Considering owner builder

We are going to embark on doing an OB.. we built 3 times with project builder ...i think it is achievable to OB...within a set budget..eg builder price is what u may pay…

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mccjus80
Nov 02, 2016 8:23 pm
BareBear
BareBear
1 November 2016

Canberra OB Reno & extension or KDR

Canberra OB Reno & extension or KDR

Hi all. First post here, hopefully I can track my journey from a twinkle in my eye until the day we move in. I'm sure many of you have had that gut feeling for years,…

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BareBear
Nov 01, 2016 9:53 pm
Thylacene
Thylacene
30 October 2016

New Blog - Owner Builder

New Blog - Owner Builder

Progress at last, making a mess but moving forward

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Thylacene
Oct 30, 2016 11:30 am
snowing
snowing
27 October 2016

My Journey is soon to begin...

My Journey is soon to begin...

I'm working on initial plans for my OB home as well. Basically, these are things that I have done which might be useful to you too. - contour survey - site classification…

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snowing
Oct 26, 2016 11:30 pm
building-expert
building-expert
19 October 2016

Extension existing home- insurance

Extension existing home- insurance

You need construction insurance policy and you can try Master Builders Insurance Services. I recently constructed extension In Tassie as OB and went through them.

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building-expert
Oct 19, 2016 5:51 am
building-expert
JamesEdwards
JamesEdwards
17 October 2016

Rocketship's build...

Rocketship's build...
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Actually, it is a great thread you've started up here. Thanks a lot for sharing! When you get the chance, do not forget to visit our blog, which can be accessed at…

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JamesEdwards
Oct 17, 2016 8:17 pm
GabrielleRenee
GabrielleRenee
9 October 2016

Tradie recommendations Perth Hills

Tradie recommendations Perth Hills

Hey there, My partner is a quailed plumbing contractor, We recently started our own business called Banrock Pluming based out of Ellenbrook We should be able to help you…

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GabrielleRenee
Oct 09, 2016 6:31 pm
RuffTuff
RuffTuff
9 October 2016

EcoStay building project

EcoStay building project

The optimistic version is "a few weeks" but the pessimistic version is "probably this year". So, I guess it's somewhere between the two.

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RuffTuff
Oct 09, 2016 10:31 am
RuffTuff
TashPaul
TashPaul
6 October 2016

Render V Brick Facade

Render V Brick Facade

To be honest I don't know, the builder has an allowance for the bricks in their quote. We paid more (upgrade cost) to be able to get a particular brick but that's all I know.

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TashPaul
Oct 06, 2016 3:39 pm
TashPaul
bashworth
bashworth
28 September 2016

Post & beam ?

Post & beam ?

Looking at the photo I would assume that the posts are well sunk into the ground providing a rigid connection instead of bracing. Once the mud brick walls are erected…

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bashworth
Sep 28, 2016 6:28 pm
bashworth
davisshannon
davisshannon
28 September 2016

Macedon Ranges Tradie Recommendations

Macedon Ranges Tradie Recommendations

Hi, We are about to start building a single story on acreage in Gisborne South, and I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations for the following? Excavation Concrete…

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davisshannon
Sep 28, 2016 12:15 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
17 September 2016

Crane Hire and Shipping container move.

Crane Hire and Shipping container move.

I remember puting the pool shell in. We needed a crane obviously. Apparently they were all booked, but ... if I paid cash they'd come out on the next Saturday. Rules…

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Saint Mike
Sep 17, 2016 9:11 am
Saint Mike
Stewie D
Stewie D
15 September 2016

bathrooms

bathrooms

FIBRE cement sheeting it usually used for the floors ( 15 -18mm thick ) if that's what you mean. Villaboard is better for the walls because of the recessed edges like…

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Stewie D
Sep 15, 2016 8:12 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
11 September 2016

Bearer & Joist Timber Selection

Bearer & Joist Timber Selection

I am familiar with sketchup and others..But before you jump in and Model everything here are a few points to consider 1.Modelling software can't do approximations..so the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 11, 2016 11:14 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Altrove
Altrove
7 September 2016

What Lenders?

What Lenders?

80% deposit, 20% total cost of the construction to meet cost overruns - Evidence of Savings also required ie. statement showing funds held. If you a Mortgage Broker…

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Altrove
Sep 07, 2016 4:34 pm
Altrove
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
1 September 2016

License Number of the Architectural plan

License Number of the Architectural plan

That's common practice sucking in new home owners with pictures & renderings of what it looks like..which incidentally is worthless without certification & compliance.It…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 01, 2016 8:07 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Stewie D
Stewie D
31 August 2016

Owner Builder in Sydney - Double brick

Owner Builder in Sydney - Double brick

There are two ways to lodge plans for a house - through the council or though the state. You need to familarise yourself with the constraints from council ie their LEP…

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Stewie D
Aug 31, 2016 2:14 pm
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
30 August 2016

OB KDR Pseudo French Provincial Style Melb S/E Suburbs

OB KDR Pseudo French Provincial Style Melb S/E Suburbs

Very exciting! So looking forward to seeing your plans and build

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Bigblock7
Aug 30, 2016 8:02 am
Bigblock7
dandelero
dandelero
25 August 2016

Bitumen Driveway

Bitumen Driveway

Mate, go with their price of 2300 if you can't find a tradie out there. You may have better luck finding a concretor, if council will accept concrete.

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dandelero
Aug 25, 2016 7:50 am
qebtel
qebtel
16 August 2016

Cladding

Cladding

Bluescope Steel , Acacia Ridge used to be best prices in Brisbane.

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qebtel
Aug 16, 2016 7:47 pm
Poppadoms01235
Poppadoms01235
14 August 2016

Bright homes construction

Bright homes construction

Hi Kab11 and B_Cornelius7 Just wondering how the build went/ is still going? Just purchased land and we have gone through so many floor plans etc with different companies…

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Poppadoms01235
Aug 14, 2016 9:30 am
James Austin
James Austin
5 August 2016

Owner Builder insurance

Owner Builder insurance

I've been speaking with all risk, easy to deal with and the policy looks good, when compared to others i've been researching .....but you never really know until you make a claim

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James Austin
Aug 05, 2016 10:55 am
James Austin
Stewie D
Stewie D
2 August 2016

Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..

Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Good luck. An interesting scenario and a bit different from the " My bricks look like crap " threads we see on these forums. Stewie

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Stewie D
Aug 02, 2016 8:45 am
OBExplorer
OBExplorer
2 August 2016

OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)

OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)

Hi - I need some advice specifically in context of an extension, not complete new build. I see plenty of posts re: pros & cons of OB vs project builder for a new build but…

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OBExplorer
Aug 02, 2016 1:51 am
alaister
alaister
27 July 2016

More photos of our shipping container house

More photos of our shipping container house

Wow this is really creative! It's looking great. How many containers are you using?

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alaister
Jul 27, 2016 12:39 pm
alaister
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
26 July 2016

Load bearing beams

Load bearing beams

You can support a strut over a steel or timber beam or 3D truss though you will need to consider horizontal/axial loads, torsion, deflection in all axis's and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 26, 2016 7:56 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
8 July 2016

New Build - South Gippsland

New Build - South Gippsland

As well as insulating bedrooms for noise you could also use a noise absorbing plasterboard such as Gyprock Soundchek: …

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waxinggibbous
Jul 08, 2016 7:15 pm
waxinggibbous
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 July 2016

Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?

Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?

Also if anyone is aware of a forum for Sydney owners builders ? Need information like reliable insurance brokers, DA plans.. Depending…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2016 9:44 am
walks
walks
4 July 2016

Tips for drilling downlight holes

Tips for drilling downlight holes

Diggin up an old thread i came across. The best way is to measure them with a tape measure and write down on the house plans. I was a sparky 10 years ago and it perfectly…

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walks
Jul 04, 2016 11:49 pm
wil10
wil10
4 July 2016

Brighton flooring Melbourne

Brighton flooring Melbourne

Hi All, Just want to put it out there that if you are considering Brighton Flooring in Melbourne for supply and install, look somewhere else.

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wil10
Jul 04, 2016 10:30 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
29 June 2016

Building a tiny house, need some help

Building a tiny house, need some help

Do you care to reference the relevant AS code sections and reduction factors?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 29, 2016 8:27 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Stewie D
Stewie D
20 June 2016

Finished per sqm costs for OB

Finished per sqm costs for OB

Hello John, It sounds like you have a substantial Retaining Wall to complete. I thought I may mention our product that may be of interest. Please see Below.…

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Stewie D
Jun 20, 2016 1:03 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
19 June 2016

Cost estimate for electrical work

Cost estimate for electrical work

Thanks BooY. That's exactly what I'm after and a rough guess is good enough. Like I said, I don't expect people to spend their valuable time in reviewing lots of details…

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gommeqld
Jun 19, 2016 12:06 pm
manofaus
manofaus
17 June 2016

2 OB permits for a 2 stage build - NSW

2 OB permits for a 2 stage build - NSW

you can't do that trick anymore. It comes down to the names on the deed. It does state if the permit relates to the same land..... you should be all good.

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manofaus
Jun 17, 2016 8:48 pm
manofaus
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
14 June 2016

Temporary Retaining Walls

Temporary Retaining Walls

If $500 per pile is a fair price then I assume $1,000 per pile is a little too steep? All things being equal I would say Yes Contact your state suppliers they…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 14, 2016 9:33 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Thanks for the reply bashworth. re C32.3, the all important words are "anything done or not done by the Owner"...... which is all inclusive including weather re C29, I…

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James Austin
Jun 12, 2016 8:59 am
James Austin

Water Tank got installed today, Should be getting water tomorrow or monday morning :)

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BooY
Jun 11, 2016 7:09 pm
BooY
manofaus
manofaus
10 June 2016

Guidance with schedule of work!

Guidance with schedule of work!

Most of the house: plumbing, electrical, airconditioning, vacuum rough in. insulation and linings. Again mark out fixtures and document. Paint out. Electrical fit out.…

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manofaus
Jun 10, 2016 5:53 pm
manofaus
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 June 2016

Building my first home using ICF System

Building my first home using ICF System

1- I have designed my house already by myself but I still need to find an architecture to modified it according to the council requirements. The…

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Stewie D
Jun 09, 2016 9:08 am
bpratt
bpratt
4 June 2016

OB in Logan, Qld. Question regarding Certification

OB in Logan, Qld. Question regarding Certification

I had a certifier from New Beith do mine, no problems at all.

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bpratt
Jun 04, 2016 5:38 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
4 June 2016

Dampcourse

Dampcourse

A 50m roll of damp proof membrane costs about $14 I would not like thin gauge steel in contact with damp concrete

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Beetaloo
Jun 04, 2016 11:29 am
Beetaloo
kim2
kim2
29 May 2016

seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs

seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs

Hi, Seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs that you have used and would consider recommending. Required for a new build, build permit + the minimum 4…

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kim2
May 29, 2016 6:09 pm
mozda
mozda
28 May 2016

Plumbing Question

Plumbing Question

Maybe provide some dimensions so then we know if things will fit if configured differently

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mozda
May 28, 2016 9:46 pm


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