Owner Builder Forum
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?
NADTModified Camden supplied by PAAL homes
29 January 2017
Congratulations on moving into your beautiful home! What an amazing job you've done. We've looked through your posts quickly and great photos. Just one question ( and…
BuiltbyjaneBuilding Owner Builder in South Western Australia
16 January 2017
Hey just wondering how your project went/ is going? I'll be starting a owner build in Bridgetown this year, first time! Any local recommendations? Anyone to steer clear of? TIA
HobbyhouseConcreter to place concrete topping for polishing
21 December 2016
I'm looking for a concreter in Sydney that is experienced in placing concrete topping for polishing, does anyone have any recommendations? We plan to polish it ourselves…
najjaci31Granny Flat Building Cost - Break Down
20 December 2016
Hey mate. I have had a quick look at your floor plan. In my opinion it is a bit expensive if I'm brutally honest with initial analysis coming out to just under $1700/m2.…
SoftEngFibre Cement Compressed Sheet - in Wet Areas
12 December 2016
1500 mm by 900mm compressed fibro sheet can be 27 kg or 31 kg per cubic m. Its thickness is only 15mm where as hebel powerfloor is 75 mm almost as thick as a 76mm brick…
AllriskOB initial stages
8 December 2016
Hi, for Victoria owner-builders, the VBA have added a quite detailed process here : http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders You can also contact them on 1300…