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Allrisk
Allrisk
2 June 2017

Owner builder's course

Owner builder's course

Saferite are also very good. We're one of the companies that provide discounts. We're exclusively recommended by both of the training providers mentioned above, and the…

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Allrisk
Jun 02, 2017 12:42 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
1 June 2017

2 nd owner builder application within 5 years

2 nd owner builder application within 5 years

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…

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Allrisk
Jun 01, 2017 6:20 pm
Allrisk
snowing
snowing
24 May 2017

have you ever heard 'timber truss solution' in Melbourne

have you ever heard 'timber truss solution' in Melbourne

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…

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snowing
May 24, 2017 9:23 pm
marc
marc
19 May 2017

working drawings recommendation. Building melbourne.

working drawings recommendation. Building melbourne.

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.

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marc
May 19, 2017 1:11 pm

Opps just saw you didn't want a seal along the bottom - sorry

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AKB
May 18, 2017 6:15 pm
AKB
akposani
akposani
17 May 2017

Acreage Cabin on Skids

Acreage Cabin on Skids

Found a place called I Build out of Brisbane that have some nice kits. There are also a few Byron retailers I am checking out. Most seem to cost around 40K - 50K…

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akposani
May 17, 2017 6:45 pm
akposani
Berek
Berek
15 May 2017

Can you change your plans?

Can you change your plans?

Thanks bruce. I often talk to myself, not mad though :-) I figured there are no dimensions (room yes, bench size no) or details with da plans so just want to confirm that is the case.

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Berek
May 15, 2017 10:12 pm
OBehave
OBehave
15 May 2017

What is a good width for a dining verandah?

What is a good width for a dining verandah?

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…

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OBehave
May 15, 2017 6:42 pm

solar hot water system or rainwater tank?

solar hot water system or rainwater tank?

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.…

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Searching4 knowledge
May 13, 2017 11:13 pm
Searching4 knowledge
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joeletaxi
May 11, 2017 7:02 pm
Berek
Berek
4 May 2017

When is the correct time to start organising trades?

When is the correct time to start organising trades?

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…

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Berek
May 04, 2017 11:32 pm
joeletaxi
joeletaxi
1 May 2017

Kit Home vs Lockup

Kit Home vs Lockup

I contacted a couple that used a builder to build their kit homes today. They invited meton their home and I was impressed by the quality of the house. You wouldn't think…

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joeletaxi
May 01, 2017 11:24 pm

Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

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…

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1960sModernistHome
May 01, 2017 9:24 pm
1960sModernistHome
Chops_47
Chops_47
1 May 2017

Concrete Raft Slab Melbourne

Concrete Raft Slab Melbourne

While I can't offer anything in the way of advise, It's somewhat comforting to know that I'm not alone in obtaining no, or inflated quotes..

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Chops_47
May 01, 2017 3:57 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
28 April 2017

signage outside fence for OB in Victoria

signage outside fence for OB in Victoria

I built in SA. I put up a sign with my name, phone number and site address. This makes it easier for deliveries to be left at the correct site.

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Beetaloo
Apr 28, 2017 1:55 pm
Beetaloo
scdc
scdc
28 April 2017

Scyon Stria cladding

Scyon Stria cladding

thanks drad appreciated comments

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scdc
Apr 28, 2017 9:17 am
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
28 April 2017

OB in South West NSW

OB in South West NSW
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Glad you got some reprieve in the weather! Everything looks great

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Bigblock7
Apr 28, 2017 7:04 am
Bigblock7
chenlocus
chenlocus
21 April 2017

should I apply for building permit with a private building s

should I apply for building permit with a private building s

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…

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chenlocus
Apr 21, 2017 5:08 pm
Ursh
Ursh
16 April 2017

Floors- cost/m3 to refloor?

Floors- cost/m3 to refloor?

Hey would love your feedback. Ideas We are looking at a house to buy and Reno. The floors are all different levels, due to several add on extensions over time. The…

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Ursh
Apr 16, 2017 5:41 pm
qebtel
qebtel
13 April 2017

do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?

do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?

He can start on whats existing, just not on the extension part until permit is given..

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qebtel
Apr 13, 2017 8:55 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
11 April 2017

Bricklayer - Melbourne

Bricklayer - Melbourne

@Random111 Those pay scale rates are rubbish mate they are out by 50% for AEC BTW Thanks for the link

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 1:47 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
11 April 2017

Carpenter recommendations - Sydney

Carpenter recommendations - Sydney

@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…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 9:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Chops_47
Chops_47
9 April 2017

How much basement will cost

How much basement will cost

One extra thing to maintain and that could potentially go wrong. A friend of mine had two apartments with stackers in separate complexes and they were nothing but trouble..

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Chops_47
Apr 09, 2017 4:09 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
2 April 2017

Costing a build

Costing a build

@Searching4 knowledge If you have had the plans designed/modelled in a BIM 3D design software package the designer should be able to extract fairly accurate net quants…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 02, 2017 11:34 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
snowing
snowing
29 March 2017

Is 'package' a thing here?

Is 'package' a thing here?

There are a few around that do kit homes as a package. Depends on which one you choose, some actually include everything including tools that you might need. As you might…

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snowing
Mar 29, 2017 9:04 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
28 March 2017

First timer

First timer

I have gone down the owner builder path twice. Not to save money but because in both cases volume builders would not build on my land (to difficult).

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Beetaloo
Mar 28, 2017 9:58 am
Beetaloo
Berek
Berek
22 March 2017

Town planner

Town planner

Lost in translation maybe? You'd never meet a town planner as they're the ones designing... towns not houses. Maybe a surveyor?

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Berek
Mar 22, 2017 8:54 pm
Berek
Berek
21 March 2017

From Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

From Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

An owner builder can only construct 1 home every 5 years (2 per 10 in tassie). Some states require warranty insurance too when you sell. How much you save depends entirely…

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Berek
Mar 21, 2017 9:47 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March 2017

Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas

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? :)

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 6:10 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March 2017

Extending as an Owner Builder in Victoria

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…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:11 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March 2017

OWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

OWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

Hi Momc, the local councils are really hit and miss, so don't rely on advice there. In my experience they get it wrong at least 80% of the time. Berek's description is…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 4:56 pm
Allrisk
dutchie1961
dutchie1961
21 March 2017

Owner Builder within 5 years special circumstances

Owner Builder within 5 years special circumstances

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…

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dutchie1961
Mar 21, 2017 4:26 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
20 March 2017

Owner building out of surburbia, need help

Owner building out of surburbia, need help

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…

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gommeqld
Mar 20, 2017 12:34 am
manofaus
manofaus
24 February 2017

Septic tank question

Septic tank question

sorry not very helpful that last post, but I am having the same ideas about my build, but in the end I am going to need a plumber and other trades to sign off on what I…

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manofaus
Feb 24, 2017 9:17 pm
manofaus
Tim-
Tim-
24 February 2017

OB Newcastle

OB Newcastle

I did use LVL's and timber smart joists for the upper storey, but decided on the steel for the bottom floor. LVL's would have worked well for the bottom floor also, but…

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Tim-
Feb 24, 2017 7:50 pm
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
21 February 2017

Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley

Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley
1 ... 9, 10, 11

Ooh thanks for bringing this thread back to the front Wigman27. How's the house and yard going Lynny-Jane?

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cat_dunc
Feb 21, 2017 8:48 pm
cat_dunc
TomCat
TomCat
20 February 2017

Our OB ..Sydney

Our OB ..Sydney
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Same! Hope you're all well :)

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TomCat
Feb 20, 2017 12:52 am
TomCat
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
11 February 2017

Convert Garage to Granny Flat

Convert Garage to Granny Flat

A couple of items to consider: Was a damp proof membrane put under the garage floor? What, if any termite protection was installed under the garage floor? How high is the…

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Beetaloo
Feb 11, 2017 7:22 pm
Beetaloo
Twinklestarfish
Twinklestarfish
5 February 2017

How much can we do?

How much can we do?

Some councils do allow temporary dwellings onsite while building, but they come with their own requirements. Somerset for example has not only minimum requirements for the…

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 05, 2017 11:43 am
Twinklestarfish
Twinklestarfish
4 February 2017

Total Beginner: Where To Start?

Total Beginner: Where To Start?

Thanks for the reply :) we did get a little info from the estate agents in the area, and hoping for a reply from the council next week.

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 04, 2017 11:19 am
building-expert
building-expert
4 February 2017

Getting an occupancy certificate

Getting an occupancy certificate

Try fishing or restoring an old boat or better still head first into another build job

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building-expert
Feb 04, 2017 8:14 am
building-expert
NADT
NADT
29 January 2017

Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homes

Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homes
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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…

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NADT
Jan 29, 2017 9:21 am
NADT
bigboytony
bigboytony
20 January 2017

Gladesville - NSW

Gladesville - NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

Hi Turnerbuild, My retaining wall is made of H block work and core fill. My wall is pretty high at around 2.7m so we had to core fill on two separate occasions. Behind…

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bigboytony
Jan 20, 2017 3:21 pm
Builtbyjane
Builtbyjane
16 January 2017

Building Owner Builder in South Western Australia

Building Owner Builder in South Western Australia

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

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Builtbyjane
Jan 16, 2017 12:47 pm
JB1
JB1
6 January 2017

Owner Builder Insurance

Owner Builder Insurance

Concreters poured water that contained some concrete into my storm water drain. It blocked my 200mm pvc pipe. It wasn't solid concrete but hard enough to block it. It…

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JB1
Jan 06, 2017 10:32 pm
Lodzau
Lodzau
27 December 2016

Homecorp

Homecorp

Has anyone heard of or dealt with Homecorp?

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Lodzau
Dec 27, 2016 2:00 pm
Gtree
Gtree
21 December 2016

unregistered builder

unregistered builder

thanks everyone. i've been quoted $35k from an registered carpenter. will buy building insurance before.work starts cheers

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Gtree
Dec 21, 2016 4:23 pm
Hobbyhouse
Hobbyhouse
21 December 2016

Concreter to place concrete topping for polishing

Concreter to place concrete topping for polishing

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…

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Hobbyhouse
Dec 21, 2016 3:37 pm
najjaci31
najjaci31
20 December 2016

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Always makes me happy when I see people helping out with this issue. Keep up the good work!

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 6:22 pm
najjaci31
najjaci31
20 December 2016

Granny Flat Building Cost - Break Down

Granny Flat Building Cost - Break Down

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.…

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 6:10 pm

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