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Brett J
Brett J
20 November 2008

Owner Builder cheaper than Builder

Owner Builder cheaper than Builder
1, 2, 3

Seems like it. We have a 1500 square metre block so maximum footprint allowed is 600 sq metres so we are doing a 2 storey build. Besser block downstairs and Koolwall up.…

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Brett J
Nov 20, 2008 8:43 pm
zepa
zepa
22 November 2008

Party walls for duplexes

Party walls for duplexes

so does anyone know when is the right time to erect the party wall? Also, are masonry blocks filled with concrete necessary? would it be cheaper to use AAC like hebel?…

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zepa
Nov 22, 2008 11:35 am
laldous
laldous
24 November 2008

Owner Builder Insurance in Queensland

Owner Builder Insurance in Queensland

Hi Lisa, Recently our builder went into voluntary liquidation and our half completed house was left uninsured. No one would give us any insurance as we didn't really…

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laldous
Nov 24, 2008 5:10 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
26 November 2008

Building surveyor prepare & supply building permit - cos

Building surveyor prepare & supply building permit - cos

If I had all the paperwork/copies ready to hand over. The only work required on the surveyor's part was to visit the site for 15mins (less than…

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bingoshelley
Nov 26, 2008 9:14 am
zeke
zeke
26 November 2008

What to Cover in Building Insurances?

What to Cover in Building Insurances?

I've received from our broker a quote/cover note for a contract works policy to cover our build. The broker didn't make any suggestions re the Builder already having a…

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zeke
Nov 26, 2008 8:30 pm
zeke
thlo
thlo
27 November 2008

Finance for building and or owner builder

Finance for building and or owner builder

Owner Builder loans always had a lower Loan to Value Ratio but in the last 12 months they have been reduced even more. What's worse is that you only have a handful of…

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thlo
Nov 27, 2008 4:02 am
thlo
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Southies
Dec 03, 2008 12:48 pm
Southies
Rod1949
Rod1949
8 December 2008

Kool Wall cladding

Kool Wall cladding

I appears to be similar to Rmax which I've clad my house with.

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Rod1949
Dec 08, 2008 3:32 pm
chuth77
chuth77
9 December 2008

Breakdown of construction costs

Breakdown of construction costs

check out http://www.ownerbuilderspage.com.au/ The software is easy to use, and seems quite accurate...

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chuth77
Dec 09, 2008 8:50 pm
kristofw
kristofw
9 December 2008

A Slab Puzzle

A Slab Puzzle

Hi Tony, No island benches, so no problems there. The engineer marked the drop down of 40mm for the wet areas. I'll ask concretors to do additional 20mm for the shower…

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kristofw
Dec 09, 2008 9:37 pm
kristofw
builda
builda
11 December 2008

hanging beam in ceiling

hanging beam in ceiling

Good result, well done George!

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builda
Dec 11, 2008 9:23 pm
builda
Casa2
Casa2
18 December 2008

How do I get the subbies to give out complete quotes?

How do I get the subbies to give out complete quotes?

Quote, Purchase Order or whatever you use (in writing) to commision someone.

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Casa2
Dec 18, 2008 12:24 pm
kristofw
kristofw
23 December 2008

What to do with the blobs ?

What to do with the blobs ?

Hi Nina, It is their mistake. Have you already paid them in full? Yes, I have. Anyway, the fault is at least 50% with me, I should've…

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kristofw
Dec 23, 2008 3:58 pm
kristofw
chuth77
chuth77
4 January 2009

Do Licenced Carpenter's need a Owner builder licence?

Do Licenced Carpenter's need a Owner builder licence?

Best check with the BSA.... I think it will depend on what you want to do... What are the plans? Are they major structural mods? If it's more of a refurb, then you…

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chuth77
Jan 04, 2009 7:04 pm
T&V
T&V
5 January 2009

Building in a Deck (2 new rooms)

Building in a Deck (2 new rooms)

Hi always, i would find it very hard to attempt any assistance without seeing some plans. in WA even renovations/additions need building permits & plans. i'd suggest u see…

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T&V
Jan 05, 2009 1:34 am
builda
builda
9 January 2009

locating experienced Kitome / kit home builders

locating experienced Kitome / kit home builders

Can I ask if you have had any experience in engaging sub-contractors before? As a licensed builder for over 20 years, there are a few rules that need to be followed…

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builda
Jan 09, 2009 6:59 am
builda
kristofw
kristofw
12 January 2009

Things to look out for when doing the slab

Things to look out for when doing the slab

he said fine cracks were shrinkage cracks due to hotter days- when we looked closely we found all the cracks are in the biggest open areas where the floor…

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kristofw
Jan 12, 2009 10:15 am
kristofw
Rod1949
Rod1949
16 January 2009

Looking for OB in our area to share ideas

Looking for OB in our area to share ideas

I'm a nearly finished OB. When I was at the ready to pour the slab stage I was being quoted $60 per cubic metre laid (that labour only to screed off the slab on the day…

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Rod1949
Jan 16, 2009 3:29 pm
PattysArk
PattysArk
16 January 2009

New Decking and verandah planning. Some questions

New Decking and verandah planning. Some questions

Thanks for the info Chuth! This definitely clears up some questions regarding bearers and joists. I certainly will remember to continue the posts up for the verandah.…

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PattysArk
Jan 16, 2009 3:32 pm
BuildingACT
BuildingACT
17 January 2009

Pre-slab checklist - ADVICE PLEASE!!

Pre-slab checklist - ADVICE PLEASE!!

Hey guys Thanks for the replies! :) HellDad: thanks for the the reminder about the island sink!! We are having both our sink and cooktop…

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BuildingACT
Jan 17, 2009 11:15 am
kristofw
kristofw
18 January 2009

Chippies in the West ???

Chippies in the West ???

Ruth, have you tried driving around housing estates Thanks, I'll give it a shot. The only problem is that in Perth framed houses are as…

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kristofw
Jan 18, 2009 9:57 am
kristofw
hunts01
hunts01
20 January 2009

Have I forgotten very much in my plan?

Have I forgotten very much in my plan?

plumber to tap your water, off the top of my head as well as organise temp fencing / toilet etc. Good to see you are on the way our plans are nearly done and ended up…

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hunts01
Jan 20, 2009 8:57 pm
builda
builda
20 January 2009

Carpenter or product seller to install?

Carpenter or product seller to install?

When in doubt, get some quotes to fix the rates down but as stated earlier you must specify exactly what you want done. While this can be a challenge, it is not half as…

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builda
Jan 20, 2009 9:50 pm
builda
builda
builda
20 January 2009

YES or NO?

YES or NO?

Hammerhead, this is a typical construction management type arrangement where the builder actually runs the job for the owner who has registered as an owner…

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builda
Jan 20, 2009 10:09 pm
builda
orange
orange
22 January 2009

Plumber, Drainer, Gasfitter, Roofer - All in one?

Plumber, Drainer, Gasfitter, Roofer - All in one?

Yes, thanks for you response, I too thought it was a good idea, but wasn't sure. I think it is a good idea because: Workflow would run more smoothly from one step…

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orange
Jan 22, 2009 11:28 am
Chris P
Chris P
22 January 2009

Raising & Restumping

Raising & Restumping

Thanks for the replies. The house is a 3 bedroom with an extension across the back end with another living area and bathroom. Also have a small deck on the front. We…

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Chris P
Jan 22, 2009 2:24 pm
donuts
donuts
23 January 2009

Beware of Verandah posts!

Beware of Verandah posts!

that i have bingoshelley! :oops: :lol:

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donuts
Jan 23, 2009 6:54 am
donuts
James Bond
James Bond
27 January 2009

Will this owner builder process work?

Will this owner builder process work?

We will be on steel stumps 80cm up, a steel frame and poly cladding and about the same size…

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James Bond
Jan 27, 2009 2:29 pm
James Bond
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
28 January 2009

How to design landscaping...any good websites about?

How to design landscaping...any good websites about?

hi if your in country vic my best advice is to go to your local nursery as plants that grow in the city areas will never survive in the bush your local nursery will have…

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bingoshelley
Jan 28, 2009 2:56 am
kristofw
kristofw
28 January 2009

Checking Slab Square - Kristof

Checking Slab Square - Kristof

Hi Nina, Looks like I'm not alone in slab woes! This arvo I talked to a tiler bloke, who's a friend of a friend. He recommended scooping those wet areas to the spec…

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kristofw
Jan 28, 2009 7:58 pm
kristofw
builda
builda
1 February 2009

Basics of being an Owner Builder

Basics of being an Owner Builder

Tony, again a great post - honesty can not be understated! The advice line as you suggested is something that I am working on at the moment and want to set up a chat…

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builda
Feb 01, 2009 9:25 pm
builda
ownerbuilder2009
ownerbuilder2009
2 February 2009

Project Manager - SA

Project Manager - SA

Hi all. anyone know of any good Project Managers in SA? I am looking to employ a Project Manager to oversee my build (owner builder) Cheers Peter

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ownerbuilder2009
Feb 02, 2009 5:50 pm
ptw
ptw
8 February 2009

Tradies' rates for framing, plastering & blueboarding?

Tradies' rates for framing, plastering & blueboarding?

Does anyone know the current average tradies' daily rates for framing, hanging plaster sheet, finishing plaster and…

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ptw
Feb 08, 2009 8:40 am
chuth77
chuth77
10 February 2009

Dep. Fair Trading Inspector

Dep. Fair Trading Inspector

I'm with you Minx... As an owner builder, you are responsible for everyone on your site... The buck stops with the Builder/Owner Builder, as it will be you going to…

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chuth77
Feb 10, 2009 8:35 am
Barney
Barney
19 February 2009

Building a 40 square metre deck

Building a 40 square metre deck

You will find that the book is only good for decks < 1m above ground. There is other span tables applicable for decks> 1m above ground and depending on height, do your…

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Barney
Feb 19, 2009 9:43 am
Steve
Steve
23 February 2009

OHS for OBs

OHS for OBs

I agree 100% and I always work on my place in a safe manner obsurving all OH & S guidlines. In the past Owner builder sites were not considered a 'work site' hence were…

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Steve
Feb 23, 2009 9:27 am
Steve
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
23 February 2009

Can you DIY site prep to reduce site costs?

Can you DIY site prep to reduce site costs?

we have done everything except the peg out we got a builder to peg our site for $40.00 we had no experience in building anything let alone a house.however if i had the…

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bingoshelley
Feb 23, 2009 11:35 am
serialstyler
serialstyler
23 February 2009

Talking to kit home provider, any warnings?

Talking to kit home provider, any warnings?

We are actually going for the Aussie Retreat... Plan 2 http://www.sheds.com.au/process/views/c ... oryId=1279 Called Wide-span thismorning & just waiting on an…

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serialstyler
Feb 23, 2009 12:23 pm
serialstyler
rerob1
rerob1
23 February 2009

Specification booklet

Specification booklet

sutto - as wake_me says, the specifications are included as part of your working drawings and in general should be supplied by whoever finalised your plans ( your…

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rerob1
Feb 23, 2009 1:27 pm
rerob1
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
26 February 2009

HELP! RE: Kit Home Stumping

HELP! RE: Kit Home Stumping

thanks for that, great reply!! Probably prefer to use cement posts as the home is steel frame then we won't have to worry about…

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bingoshelley
Feb 26, 2009 6:56 pm
jp006
jp006
1 March 2009

extension nightmare

extension nightmare

Received quote from builder upon initial discussions and decided that as it was within budget, would add an inground pool. Got him to put quote on paper only to see that…

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jp006
Mar 01, 2009 1:11 pm
jp006
jp006
3 March 2009

Extensions

Extensions

Hi. I'm not the expert in renovations as I've posted my own question, however since then, I have had some quotes and based on the squares that I was looking at, approx…

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jp006
Mar 03, 2009 6:49 pm
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Pugs
Mar 03, 2009 7:25 pm
Pugs
kristofw
kristofw
8 March 2009

"shrinkage" cracks in slabs

"shrinkage" cracks in slabs

Great post Tony, very helpful! Here's my 2-pennyworth, learned in a very hard way :(. Slab is probably the most important element of the construction and because of the…

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kristofw
Mar 08, 2009 3:16 pm
kristofw
kristofw
kristofw
13 March 2009

Kitchens in WA

Kitchens in WA

Is sink included in those $20K ? The sum is quite reasonable in my experience. I had an initial chat with one of the top of the range kitchen outfits, they gave me a…

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kristofw
Mar 13, 2009 6:59 pm
kristofw
gettingThere
gettingThere
14 March 2009

Any footing/slab/concrete recommendations in Adelaide?

Any footing/slab/concrete recommendations in Adelaide?

Hi there Well done on making the decision to owner build, in whatever sense that may be (from doing all the work yourself to doing…

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gettingThere
Mar 14, 2009 7:32 pm


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