Owner Builder Forum
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homes
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…
Gladesville - NSW
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.
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…
Has anyone heard of or dealt with Homecorp?
thanks everyone. i've been quoted ＄35k from an registered carpenter. will buy building insurance before.work starts
Dec 21, 2016 3:23 pm
Granny Flat Building Cost - Break Down
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.…
New home with Grollo
Hello, I am new to this site. I am thinking of using Grollo Homes to build a new house on a slopping block. Has anyone used Grollo Homes in the last 12 months. I'd like…
Question about customising a kit home.
You are correct with the copyright issue. It really depends on which kit home company you are referring to. If you want you can pm me the name to see if I have dealt with…
Studio (fancy shed) build
Well, we finally got our full council approval!
We already had a 10a approval but then we started running art classes and the authorities deemed we now had to reclassify…
You made the right decision.
Any reason not to screw every stud?
Polycarbonate roofing and BAL
Kent, as you've discovered polycarbonate type roofing does not meet the current flammability requirements for any designated bushfire prone areas. Nearly all the testing &…
Hi my name is Karl moved back to North Queensland after a long absence in the North and West of Aus, renovated our double brick home south of Perth before selling, have…
Considering owner builder
We are going to embark on doing an OB.. we built 3 times with project builder ...i think it is achievable to OB...within a set budget..eg builder price is what u may pay…
Canberra OB Reno & extension or KDR
Hi all. First post here, hopefully I can track my journey from a twinkle in my eye until the day we move in.
I'm sure many of you have had that gut feeling for years,…
My Journey is soon to begin...
I'm working on initial plans for my OB home as well. Basically, these are things that I have done which might be useful to you too.
- contour survey
- site classification…
Extension existing home- insurance
You need construction insurance policy and you can try Master Builders Insurance Services. I recently constructed extension In Tassie as OB and went through them.
Render V Brick Facade
To be honest I don't know, the builder has an allowance for the bricks in their quote. We paid more (upgrade cost) to be able to get a particular brick but that's all I know.
Post & beam ?
Looking at the photo I would assume that the posts are well sunk into the ground providing a rigid connection instead of bracing.
Once the mud brick walls are erected…
Macedon Ranges Tradie Recommendations
We are about to start building a single story on acreage in Gisborne South, and I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations for the following?
Tradie recommendations Perth Hills
My partner is a quailed plumbing contractor,
We recently started our own business called
Banrock Pluming based out of Ellenbrook
We should be able to help you…
Crane Hire and Shipping container move.
I remember puting the pool shell in. We needed a crane obviously.
Apparently they were all booked, but ... if I paid cash they'd come out on the next Saturday. Rules…
FIBRE cement sheeting it usually used for the floors ( 15 -18mm thick ) if that's what you mean.
Villaboard is better for the walls because of the recessed edges like…
Bearer & Joist Timber Selection
I am familiar with sketchup and others..But before you jump in and Model everything here are a few points to consider
1.Modelling software can't do approximations..so the…
80% deposit, 20% total cost of the construction to meet cost overruns - Evidence of Savings also required ie. statement showing funds held.
If you a Mortgage Broker…
Sep 06, 2016 9:47 pm
License Number of the Architectural plan
That's common practice sucking in new home owners with pictures & renderings of what it looks like..which incidentally is worthless without certification & compliance.It…
Owner Builder in Sydney - Double brick
There are two ways to lodge plans for a house - through the council or though the state.
You need to familarise yourself with the constraints from council ie their LEP…
Mate, go with their price of 2300 if you can't find a tradie out there.
You may have better luck finding a concretor, if council will accept concrete.
Bluescope Steel , Acacia Ridge used to be best prices in Brisbane.
Bright homes construction
Hi Kab11 and B_Cornelius7
Just wondering how the build went/ is still going?
Just purchased land and we have gone through so many floor plans etc with different companies…
Owner Builder insurance
I've been speaking with all risk, easy to deal with and the policy looks good, when compared to others i've been researching
.....but you never really know until you make a claim