Owner Builder Forum
joeletaxiThe Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block
28 June 2017
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…
twylamcOwner build-Kareen Hills..slowly landscaping continues :)
6 June 2017
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…
@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…
Allrisk2 nd owner builder application within 5 years
1 June 2017
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…
snowinghave you ever heard 'timber truss solution' in Melbourne
24 May 2017
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…
marcworking drawings recommendation. Building melbourne.
19 May 2017
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.
OBehaveWhat is a good width for a dining verandah?
15 May 2017
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…
Searching4 knowledgesolar hot water system or rainwater tank?
13 May 2017
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.…
BerekWhen is the correct time to start organising trades?
4 May 2017
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…
1960sModernistHomeCost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne
1 May 2017
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…
chenlocusshould I apply for building permit with a private building s
21 April 2017
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…
StructuralBIMGuyBricklayers & wastage of bricks - what's acceptable?
14 April 2017
That's a quality control issue that need to be taken up by the purchaser with the brick manufacturer.
qebteldo I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?
13 April 2017
He can start on whats existing, just not on the extension part until permit is given..
Bigblock7My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
13 April 2017
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,…
StructuralBIMGuyCarpenter recommendations - Sydney
11 April 2017
@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…
Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas
Hi Tim, quite a few of my clients are in that area. Did you use Allrisk for your owner-builder insurance?
Extending as an Owner Builder in Victoria
Hi Lori, using a registered builder, while yourself being an owner-builder is a great way to retain the flexibility to do what you can do yourself. Some owner builders…
dutchie1961Owner Builder within 5 years special circumstances
21 March 2017
Hi all, here is what I have on my mind; we have converted a triple garage into teenage retreat as owner builder on our both names. Unfortunately my husband got made…
gommeqldOwner building out of surburbia, need help
20 March 2017
We currently use only tank water, have a septic, use a wood fired heater and use LPG for gas and HWS. LPG costs increase all the time as does electricity. Our next house…
cat_duncOwner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley
21 February 2017
Ooh thanks for bringing this thread back to the front Wigman27. How's the house and yard going Lynny-Jane?