Owner Builder Forum
1. What do you do if you just cant get the revent tradesman to work on your project ( I have tried 6 times to get a plumber to give me a…
New Owner Builder in regional Victoria (west)
We are emabrking on the owner builder journey. I have a plan but need a good, reliable, knowledgable draftsman to draw up.…
Ground Slab vs suspended slab
I would have thought baccman means that he may consider building an elevated house, eg Queenslander type? and therefore wondering about the difference in structure given…
How much do arched windows cost?
We are building our home in Sydney for the very first time and are bit clueless about QUITE a few things:)
We have signed up for the tender and are in the…
Jan 30, 2011 9:15 pm
My 1200mmx2410mm bi-fold window cost me $2780 - not sure what size yours is - so that may be some type of comparison for you?
(this was upgraded before tender and contract stage)
looking for Builder and Draftsman
I'm in Sydney & have used a really good drafty - not sure where he's located - Newcastle way? He didn't have any problems travelling if we needed to. He's…
Here is a pic from the house we were renting last year - it came with a front loader that was siting on some drawers - was very…
Demolition of Suspended Slab - Help
Thanks for your suggestion, in the end we hired a concrete saw and did it in blocks. It was slow work but we got there in the end. We put the blocks into a skip bin so all…
Feb 03, 2011 3:39 pm
what licences do i need ????
The answer varies with the state you are in.
You obviously need a licenced electrician and plumber to sign off on their work, and in SA you would need a licenced…
Feb 07, 2011 1:20 pm
Few Tips for 1st time O/b's
CUTTING ROOF or WALL SHEETS : Helped a friend with a little roofing job today, which involved cutting a colourbond sheet length ways. he was very surprised when he saw how…
Owner Builders Courses
T&V this is our first O/B and it is going to be our dream home. We bought the land a few months ago and planned to use a builder originally, but now we are starting to…
Auctions for Bathrooms and Kitchens
grays in melb have some awesome kitchens at huge savings BUT you need to make sure they will fit the space you have and check all the cupboards and doors as some can be…
looking at owner building
ALWAYS go for 2 smaller tanks rather tha 1 big one - we put in a 90,000 lt rainwater tank attached to shed (& later house) b4 we built the house so we'd have rainwater as…
Help - should I be owner builder
My take on it is that it will be cheaper(initially), because no Home warranty Ins will be needed if you OB, unless you sell the house within 7 yrs (im talking NSW,…
hi from what i understand in victoria if your replacing an old roof like for like you can diy it if its a new roof then you need a plumbing certificate and cant diy it. my…
OB in NSW - new regulations make it hard?
We got in under the old $50 online diy course before the regs changed.
The new courses take more time and can be expensive but are probably still worth it as you could…
Extent of OB work.
Here's our list on a renno:
designed plans ourselves
got draftsman to draw them up
got surveyer in
made DA applicaiton ourselves
got engineer in
go plumber in, will dig…
OHS & Work Cover
I understand that WorkCover has no jurisdiction if you're an OB and living in the place.
WC said I didn't need workers comp if not employing anyone. I just need to…
What's better than hydrochloric acid?
For tools, you might want to try Crete-wash.
For walls, the trick is to scrap off all large lumps. You just want the acid to work on the last thin slice of mortar. Don't…
Feb 21, 2011 9:26 am
Acrows - new or 2nd hand?
I have purchased a couple on ebay second hand, seemed fine.
I noticed in Victoria they seem to sell for more than NSW 2nd hand.
Good idea to buy over hire and should get…
Feb 23, 2011 11:06 am
Feb 23, 2011 10:17 pm
owner build v's local builder
had thought of that, but then again they would probably make more out of it by doing it that way than if the whole thing was done by owner builder. The advantage to them…
Feb 27, 2011 1:51 pm
Where to buy mesh to put on rangehood duct?
if you go to either the heating section or around the roof vent sections they had vent grills. i think everything was cheaper from the heating section. and then i guess if…
The software is punch pro home design. Have to buy it unfortunately. Apart from insulation, polished concrete floors, reverse brick veneer to living areas and the…
Finally a positive update!!!!!
Good on you K. So good to hear a positive you.
That house and possie is going to be reward you many times over. A few months of pain will long forgotten.
Free Owner-Builders Manuals
Hi kristowfw, we are looking at starting some additions later this year and would be keen to get hold of these .pm me and I'll organise pickup.…
New user here, hopefully as they say, "All's well that ends well" ?
But my $0.02 is just to chip in and say that (in SA) you can go to your locksmith and he'll sell you a…
I'm new to these boards (I was directed here from a parenting forum that I frequent ). I wish I'd found it sooner!
My husband & I have just started building our house…
Breez Financial - Owner Builder Finance
sorry for bringing up a post that is a few months old - I was just wondering what you guys ended up doing with regards to finance? Did you end up dealing with this…