Owner Builder Forum
HomeAngelsWhat I can and can't do legally as an OB
29 March 2016
We are in Victoria and we could build our own retaining wall. We had plans and engineering done. It had to be inspected at certain stages, footings and completion from memory.
kim2structural engineering drawing interpreting
26 March 2016
I am looking for information on interpreting my engineers drawings ie the acronyms and terminology. I find draftsman concepts or WD's and engineers civils quite straight…
Stewie DCost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSW
26 March 2016
Some of the costs sure moa but for the rest you are wrong unless you are building from a cookie cutter design. Our council won't process a DA unless it is all to AHD and a…
tezzabTrades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)
24 March 2016
Haha how funny! Rob & Mick have recently done some work in our outdoor area and are fantastic! Rob is a friend and they will hopefully be doing most of the chippy work but…
Stewie DHow difficult to build a DIY kit home?
16 March 2016
We looked at Zego as an alternative to Besser blocks for our lower storey after a client told me that they had considered it for their build. I still get emails from the…
snowingQuestion for Owner Builders? Do you have engineer's report?
23 February 2016
Yes. It does. As fr as I know Schedule 19A is within 83AB (Statement of Compliance)
StructuralBIMGuyBAL Bushfire Attack Level Ratings - anyone with experience?
21 February 2016
My advice is to get an all inclusive service that includes, design, simulations, engineering and all certificates.. ie, AS & NCC Code compliance, Energy, Structurals and…
efficient designSTRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) Owner Builder friendly
13 February 2016
Superior Walls would like to introduce their MgO SIPS wall kitset system to the Owner Builder Forum:- www.superiorwall.com.au The advantages of SIPS to the OB are…
efficient designStructural insulated panel (SIP) supplier or designer in QLD
13 February 2016
Hi gommeqld.....this is Superior Walls. www.superiorwalls.com.au Please send me an email with contact details to the above website. I don't believe I have received an…
tezzabNew slab measure before ordering prefabricated walls.
7 February 2016
A lot depends on how soon you want to do your framing, and how you plan to cure your slab. While commercial builders start within days, there are benefits in giving the…
building-expertPics of building Our Shipping Container Home
10 January 2016
Great point! But if it is not a question of economics then it must be a question of taste and aesthetics or perhaps just breaking new ground with something…
manofausHow do I get engineering sign off on a deck? (Perth)
12 December 2015
Download a copy of the BCA 2015. It is free. It will tell you what you need to design to. All you need to do is show the council how you came to select the materials you…
kiwiinmelbourneReccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern Suburb
20 November 2015
Highly recommend Graeme Bicknell and associates. They designed our last place. They were recommended to me by a builder we had hunted down after seeing his previous work.
bprattOwner Builder licence time frame to complete works?
17 November 2015
I guess I'll just apply to OB the whole project and then decide whether or not to OB the house when I get to that point. Assuming I can do it…
LorriRecommend An Architect/Designer/Draftperson in Hobart
1 November 2015
Hi did you find anyone yet? Cheers Lorri
stukaTypical Hours To Expect On Site for Project Manager
30 September 2015
It depends on the way you employ the trades. Full contract price for each job or an hourly rate. Just note with an hourly rate tradies like to…
JB1Thoughts on owner building around the gold coast
27 September 2015
Go and do it. Fortunately one every 3 years in Vic. I'll hopefully be doing my 2nd one sooner rather than later. Why wouldn't you work with family? If they are good…
bobbylove_1Going from bad to worse, aggressive builder.
18 September 2015
Thanks for the advice. We are in NSW. We are getting on with our lives and not dwelling on it too much. We are crossing our fingers that the NSW Fair Trading Inspector has…