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PrincessB
PrincessB
28 July 2008

helpful for costing

helpful for costing

Thanks Jo, that was really helpful and interesting :D cheers

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PrincessB
Jul 28, 2008 11:56 am
rosieb
rosieb
10 August 2008

cost

cost

Hi Sorry about being so ambiguous. I dont find the quoted costs on the site necessarily high. What I mean is, I dont intend to be an owner builder; the house Im…

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rosieb
Aug 10, 2008 9:09 am
'chelle
'chelle
26 August 2008

Recommended subcontractors in southern Tasmania?

Recommended subcontractors in southern Tasmania?

Hi Johnson, Unfortunately, there don't appear too be many Tasmanians on the forum. Cabinfever and myself seem to be the only regular contributors (sorry if there are…

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'chelle
Aug 26, 2008 2:28 pm
'chelle
rerob1
rerob1
1 September 2008

fixing my paper work stuff ups a log.

fixing my paper work stuff ups a log.

Hi Sirgoat, lucky its only a few access holes which can be fixed! And if it means you can sell the place, all the better! Hope it all goes well! Cheers Ruth

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rerob1
Sep 01, 2008 7:52 pm
rerob1
pumpkinbum
pumpkinbum
15 September 2008

is this owner-builder??

is this owner-builder??

great - thanks for the clearing that up!

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pumpkinbum
Sep 15, 2008 4:30 pm
C&D
C&D
18 September 2008

Ready Made Plans

Ready Made Plans

Plantation (in Qld) don't sell their designs, we asked. We found a website that sell plans quite cheap I can't find it now, but it was an Australian site google house…

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C&D
Sep 18, 2008 3:57 pm
piranha
piranha
3 October 2008

My ambitious owner builder project brookwater qld

My ambitious owner builder project brookwater qld

thanks tony I might have a word with some of the tradies at the sites across the road. dropped edge beams?? what you mean?

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piranha
Oct 03, 2008 12:13 am
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
11 October 2008

Am I the only one...

Am I the only one...

The latest...I've now had to apply for a "driveway crossing permit", a tiny bit of concrete that goes from my garage door to the road, a huge…

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bingoshelley
Oct 11, 2008 12:15 am
noidea
noidea
24 October 2008

Project management/building supervisor

Project management/building supervisor
1, 2

well, if he ask for 10% just tell him that you only want his services until the roof cover and that's it. U can finished off the rest yourself.

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noidea
Oct 24, 2008 10:41 am
Draconis
Draconis
24 October 2008

Building Specification Checklist

Building Specification Checklist

Hi Mike, My advice would be to research alot into the building side of things (I don't know if you have any industry experiance but it can make things a little…

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Draconis
Oct 24, 2008 10:19 pm
Draconis
Minx
Minx
25 October 2008

Project manager Melbourne Eastern Suburbs

Project manager Melbourne Eastern Suburbs

There are lots of traps in this game and they all cost money so please ask as many questions as you can before getting too stressed about it…

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Minx
Oct 25, 2008 8:11 am
Smudge78
Smudge78
27 October 2008

TV program looking for owner builders and other projects

TV program looking for owner builders and other projects

Hi Natalia We may just be able to help! My partner and I are owner building our house in Perth Western Australia. So far we have our development approval and our…

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Smudge78
Oct 27, 2008 5:12 pm
chuth77
chuth77
30 October 2008

Embarking on an owner builder project

Embarking on an owner builder project

$50k better in your pocket than the builders!!!

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chuth77
Oct 30, 2008 5:55 pm
I_BUILD
I_BUILD
2 November 2008

framing and roofing

framing and roofing

Hi all, Should I get a carpenter in and see if I can help him with the job to keep costs down? If I get prefabricated framing would this…

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I_BUILD
Nov 02, 2008 12:23 am
I_BUILD
T&V
T&V
5 November 2008

Cost of materials? + Anywhere else to get them from?

Cost of materials? + Anywhere else to get them from?

Hi Orange, im on the other side of Oz, so can't help u with building supplies, other than to repeat my usual advice, if ur owner building, try to drive around areas where…

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T&V
Nov 05, 2008 12:01 am
James Bond
James Bond
10 November 2008

Do we have to have a temporary fence on our block?

Do we have to have a temporary fence on our block?

Thanks for the advice guys - looks like we will be able to save some money on a fence then!

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James Bond
Nov 10, 2008 5:03 pm
James Bond
rock_paper
rock_paper
12 November 2008

In the very early stages

In the very early stages

C & S in Cheltenham http://www.candslightweight.com.au/contact.html Will supply hebel wall panels for $38-40/sqm, supply and install for…

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rock_paper
Nov 12, 2008 11:04 am
orange
orange
15 November 2008

Electrician - tel + ADSL Connections - Can't explain clearly

Electrician - tel + ADSL Connections - Can't explain clearly

I already decided. 6 would be good. Each level to have 3 connections. One in the computer room, one in the tv room (for internet tv with another computer attached to…

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orange
Nov 15, 2008 2:50 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
15 November 2008

reno with photos

reno with photos

hey hatsi we were quoted $700 per 1000 bricks layed so yours sounds expensive but keep in mind at only 2000+ bricks its not a big job so you will pay for it

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bingoshelley
Nov 15, 2008 7:49 pm
James Bond
James Bond
18 November 2008

Scaffolding and roofing

Scaffolding and roofing

Yes. I am taking time…

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James Bond
Nov 18, 2008 6:06 am
James Bond
orange
orange
19 November 2008

Electricians - Quote - What does it include?

Electricians - Quote - What does it include?

Oh, I get what you mean. "Supply and Install". If it doesn't have the word "supply", the materials are not part of the cost. Sometimes the quotes can be quite vague in…

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orange
Nov 19, 2008 7:03 pm
orange
orange
20 November 2008

Excavation + demolition together? + Buy supplies from subby?

Excavation + demolition together? + Buy supplies from subby?

I understand now. The advertisements they show might not be exactly what you think you are getting, (i.e a single subcontractor doing both - That may, or may not be the…

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orange
Nov 20, 2008 7:20 pm
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 7:43 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 10:35 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 4:10 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 8:14 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 7:30 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 3:02 am
thlo
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Southies
Dec 03, 2008 11:48 am
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 2:32 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 7:50 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 8:37 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 8:23 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 11:24 am
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 2:58 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 6:04 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 12:34 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 5:59 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 9:15 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 2:29 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 2:32 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 10:15 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 8:57 am
kristofw


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