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qebtel
qebtel
4 January 2016

Dual Occupancy vs Secondary dwelling?

Dual Occupancy vs Secondary dwelling?

A "dual occupancy" is actually whatever the town plan defines it as. The council drafts the town plan, and they also give your DA. But dont expect them to be helpful, let…

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qebtel
Jan 04, 2016 1:47 pm
judefer
judefer
4 January 2016

Macleay Island 7 Star

Macleay Island 7 Star

Thermal and acoustic qualities were considered. Another is that Hebel is completely water and weather resistant and I can slowly work on the framing upstairs without…

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judefer
Jan 04, 2016 9:56 am
oneJohn
oneJohn
4 January 2016

NSW Owner builder regulations????

NSW Owner builder regulations????

Ah, I recall the NSW OB course from many years ago. It was pretty much all and only about "don use an OB permit as just a means to get around the builder needing to get…

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oneJohn
Jan 04, 2016 9:18 am
oneJohn
manofaus
manofaus
12 December 2015

How do I get engineering sign off on a deck? (Perth)

How do I get engineering sign off on a deck? (Perth)

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…

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manofaus
Dec 12, 2015 2:54 pm
manofaus
kiwiinmelbourne
kiwiinmelbourne
20 November 2015

Reccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern Suburb

Reccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern Suburb

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.

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kiwiinmelbourne
Nov 20, 2015 12:25 pm
bpratt
bpratt
17 November 2015

Owner Builder licence time frame to complete works?

Owner Builder licence time frame to complete works?

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…

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bpratt
Nov 17, 2015 10:03 am
jsm009
jsm009
10 November 2015

Frame inspection

Frame inspection

Gvb frame inspection usually happens after roof and brickwork is up

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jsm009
Nov 10, 2015 6:14 pm
qebtel
qebtel
6 November 2015

OB - Retaining wall leaking

OB - Retaining wall leaking

Pics and a more accurate explanations are required to get help.

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qebtel
Nov 06, 2015 7:26 pm
T&V
T&V
18 October 2015

Solid concrete blocks - HELP!

Solid concrete blocks - HELP!

Sorry. its a bit late and i'm a very "aged" member a miss a fair bit of the obvious, so have'nt worked out which state ur in, all that aside i know there is a concrete…

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T&V
Oct 18, 2015 11:12 am
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qebtel
Oct 02, 2015 12:58 pm
stuka
stuka
30 September 2015

Typical Hours To Expect On Site for Project Manager

Typical Hours To Expect On Site for Project Manager

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…

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stuka
Sep 30, 2015 9:03 pm
JB1
JB1
27 September 2015

Thoughts on owner building around the gold coast

Thoughts on owner building around the gold coast

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…

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JB1
Sep 27, 2015 3:31 am
ozmatilda
ozmatilda
24 September 2015

OB Build

OB Build

Hi Rocksteady, Thats great you are getting closer to getting some plans organised. Can't help you much with the plumbing/electrical. Our son is an electrician so that…

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ozmatilda
Sep 24, 2015 8:22 am
ozmatilda
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
18 September 2015

Price for plumbing-new house

Price for plumbing-new house

Can someone enlighten me how plumbers do their quotes. I got quote for 15 000$ just end price no breakdown. It seems excessive for me.…

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SaveH2O
Sep 18, 2015 5:50 pm
SaveH2O
bobbylove_1
bobbylove_1
18 September 2015

Going from bad to worse, aggressive builder.

Going from bad to worse, aggressive builder.

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…

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bobbylove_1
Sep 18, 2015 1:16 pm
dbenz
dbenz
10 September 2015

concrete formwork

concrete formwork

It will be fine don't worry.

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dbenz
Sep 10, 2015 9:37 pm
dbenz
dbenz
10 September 2015

Advice for Owner Builder Finance

Advice for Owner Builder Finance

NAB can give you up to 80%. Westpac up to 60%. Brokers can find you more flexible lander but for higher - up to 10% interest. After completion you can refinance with one…

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dbenz
Sep 10, 2015 9:34 pm
Room2Breathe
Room2Breathe
27 August 2015

Hill House - far south coast

Hill House - far south coast
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Very slow progress but still moving ahead.... :|

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Room2Breathe
Aug 27, 2015 9:20 pm
rand_mark
rand_mark
27 August 2015

Building a kit home?? Storybook designer kit homes

Building a kit home?? Storybook designer kit homes

Hi Lozza we met with Storybook homes about 8 years ago. Didn't really like there attitude wasn't open to any of our ideas and seemed way to arrogant for us. We end up…

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rand_mark
Aug 27, 2015 8:40 am
jbdave
jbdave
24 August 2015

Basement drainage requirement in Victoria

Basement drainage requirement in Victoria

You say there is no discharge point in your property ? You can't use neighbour's land, and council have to provide you with a point of discharge. Or are you saying that…

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jbdave
Aug 24, 2015 11:51 am
bpratt
bpratt
23 August 2015

Owner building in Jimboomba

Owner building in Jimboomba
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Retaining walls and front fences that store rain water - seems impossible doesn't…

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bpratt
Aug 23, 2015 11:20 am
OB_Dean
OB_Dean
18 August 2015

Owner Builder Course Brisbane (Northside)

Owner Builder Course Brisbane (Northside)

Thanks Qebtel, I have now enrolled for the Tafe on line course. All systems go!!

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OB_Dean
Aug 18, 2015 8:47 am
jamesbp
jamesbp
6 August 2015

Roof Plumbing Compliance

Roof Plumbing Compliance

Hi Guys, OB here, we just completed our build and have troubles contacting my roof plumber to provide a compliance certificate. We checked with VBA, and they have records…

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jamesbp
Aug 06, 2015 12:21 pm
Joynz
Joynz
3 August 2015

How to get an ABN

How to get an ABN

Bunnings has a Powerpass card for ABN holders that gives approx 5% off a lot of products. I hear that they have something similar for owner builders - you need to show…

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Joynz
Aug 03, 2015 11:53 pm
qebtel
qebtel
3 August 2015

Living in a caravan on site - Perth WA

Living in a caravan on site - Perth WA

Agree with Beetaloo. Dont do anything to set off your neighbours and keep certain activities out of sight, and you should be right. Many councils have rules about living…

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qebtel
Aug 03, 2015 2:25 pm
kao7ik
kao7ik
29 July 2015

New roof installation owner builder project

New roof installation owner builder project

Thanks all. Yes I've been looking at the monier tiles. Will be visiting the display centre to look at the flat style.

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kao7ik
Jul 29, 2015 9:29 pm
Alan62
Alan62
24 July 2015

Steel & timber staircase

Steel & timber staircase

No he is in Bomaderry NSW. When designing your stairs you have to think about your floor covering, for example if you are having tiles, doing direct stick method, you need…

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Alan62
Jul 24, 2015 11:05 am
hychong123
hychong123
21 July 2015

Storm water discharge point

Storm water discharge point

Hi Bashworth, thank you for the information. Contacted the council and looks like I need to have to connect to a legal point 2 properties away. They do not allow discharge…

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hychong123
Jul 21, 2015 4:20 pm
goody59
goody59
20 July 2015

landscaping

landscaping

You will need a retaining wall built on your land. Don't try using the fence for retaining.

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goody59
Jul 20, 2015 1:58 pm
goody59
chalky
chalky
19 July 2015

Brickies Perth Hills

Brickies Perth Hills

Can anyone recommend quality brickies in Perth Hills. I'm in Parkerville.

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chalky
Jul 19, 2015 11:05 pm
LyndaW
LyndaW
15 July 2015

First Home owner OB

First Home owner OB

Hi Sam In Victoria, the Building Building Authority issues owner-builder permits: http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders The kit is very useful:

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LyndaW
Jul 15, 2015 8:15 pm
LyndaW
LyndaW
LyndaW
12 July 2015

Building 101

Building 101

Thanks David, these are really good resources. I will share them around as well.

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LyndaW
Jul 12, 2015 2:39 pm
LyndaW
AussieMark
AussieMark
12 July 2015

Siteworks

Siteworks

Hi Mark I think these are the guys. http://www.perthearthmoving.com/ I have no connection to them but they were a lot cheaper than the next team. Cheers Mark

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AussieMark
Jul 12, 2015 11:35 am
tigerz
tigerz
10 July 2015

Cost of building house

Cost of building house

My last owner build project i did in sydney cost me $300,000 for a high spec finish. It was a single storey 39sqm total on a flat block of land with no rock or…

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tigerz
Jul 10, 2015 6:56 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
1 July 2015

Do awning windows for BAL 19 have to be toughened?

Do awning windows for BAL 19 have to be toughened?

You also might want to check with the Insurance Council of Aust They have a big say along with engineers australia, in setting standards.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 01, 2015 9:18 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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Dream_Catchers
Jun 26, 2015 11:45 pm
Dream_Catchers
BlueLion
BlueLion
25 June 2015

Any1 built in CRAIGIEBURN? Owner builder that is

Any1 built in CRAIGIEBURN? Owner builder that is

Hello friends, any Owner builder building with ICF? I am at the stage to decide wether I should build my house as owner builder or hire Carlisle as builder, I m looking to…

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BlueLion
Jun 25, 2015 10:26 pm
Freddybare
Freddybare
23 June 2015

Itemised costings list required ?

Itemised costings list required ?
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Another part that the consumer just doesn't understand in relation to variations is that they are a recipe for disaster and mis communication. With…

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Freddybare
Jun 23, 2015 5:46 pm
wct14
wct14
21 June 2015

Polystyrene Wall Thickness and Material Recommendations

Polystyrene Wall Thickness and Material Recommendations
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thanks Stewie - that gives me the info I need to discuss with builder.. much appreciated

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wct14
Jun 21, 2015 3:38 pm
rocksteady
rocksteady
20 June 2015

Shipping Container Build

Shipping Container Build
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If You need Retaining Walls, Water Tanks & Garden Beds Check out Our Products below; Retaining walls and front fences that…

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rocksteady
Jun 20, 2015 5:24 pm
rocksteady

eligibility to work on sub/planning permit project?

eligibility to work on sub/planning permit project?

Thanks Stewie. I am in Victoria and hope different rule applies....think better call VBA for clarification tomorrow.

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too young too simple
Jun 10, 2015 4:30 pm
Joker
Joker
1 June 2015

Labour costs

Labour costs

Do any job that looks as good as a tradies work, too much obvious non high quality work will be obvious, digging, , deliverys; painting if your game; and getting lower…

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Joker
Jun 01, 2015 2:07 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 May 2015

Brick layer Costs and Fees

Brick layer Costs and Fees

I have to agree 33amc. On the Northern Beaches with house prices going nuts there is obviously a glut of reno work and additions for local builders. Some of the guys I've…

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Stewie D
May 28, 2015 9:12 am
fekish
fekish
21 May 2015

Installing wooden beams at pergola

Installing wooden beams at pergola

Hello, we have a veranda that it is in shape 4m x 5m. We have already the structure, i.e. there is a concrete build at the top already around the perimeter of the…

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fekish
May 21, 2015 4:57 pm
fekish
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
14 May 2015

Draftsperon recommendations - Perth WA

Draftsperon recommendations - Perth WA

Shouldnt be too difficult if designed correctly. For…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 14, 2015 8:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy
akapacker
akapacker
7 May 2015

Ace Gutters Colour Chart

Ace Gutters Colour Chart

Sorry, I called up Ace Gutters, and they do have the equivalent Colorbond Colours. It is monolith.

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akapacker
May 07, 2015 12:38 pm
bashworth
bashworth
1 May 2015

Who and how is a slab laid

Who and how is a slab laid

Previously in NSW all you needed was a reference from a licensed builder or concreter to say you had more than 1 year of experience in the…

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bashworth
May 01, 2015 6:07 pm
bashworth
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
29 April 2015

Guide me in the right direction

Guide me in the right direction

Beetaloo and BStar have nailed it - you need to be on site most of the time, even if it's just to keep an eye on contractors. There were many occasions during our build…

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lynny-jane
Apr 29, 2015 11:18 am
lynny-jane
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
25 April 2015

Steel frame or wood frame roof truss cost

Steel frame or wood frame roof truss cost

On my build, the supply cost of the roof trusses (timber) was insignificant in the overall build cost. i.e. $20/m2. I would choose the type of roof truss that best suits…

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Beetaloo
Apr 25, 2015 6:53 pm
Beetaloo


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