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Matergabiae
Matergabiae
6 November 2013

Best way to get quotes: Site clear, prep, cut and fill...

Best way to get quotes: Site clear, prep, cut and fill...

Waffle is a valid way to build on soil that may incur too many difficulties with excavation. This method got a bad name early on, as a few of them were badly executed,…

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Matergabiae
Nov 06, 2013 10:21 am
Matergabiae
Phil1
Phil1
2 November 2013

Perth Designer and Survey Costs

Perth Designer and Survey Costs

I just had another thought...you would also need an energy efficiency report and engineers report before you get the final building permit. That cost us about $500 and…

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Phil1
Nov 02, 2013 2:11 pm
building-expert
building-expert
2 November 2013

Owner Build - Inspection Report Issues

Owner Build - Inspection Report Issues
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Don't forget defective ceiling insulation, illegal additions and poor swimming pool safety

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building-expert
Nov 02, 2013 1:24 pm
building-expert
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
1 November 2013

Comments on design please

Comments on design please

Hello Manofaus, I love your concept of a country farmhouse.....I'm a great fan of verandas and we have three on our house (one facing north, one west and one east) - we…

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lynny-jane
Nov 01, 2013 10:52 am
lynny-jane
JB1
JB1
25 October 2013

Owner builder insurance - part-way through a build?

Owner builder insurance - part-way through a build?

Pretty damn cheap for a construction that had commenced. I paid much more (annualized) to extend my policy by 2 months

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JB1
Oct 25, 2013 6:10 pm
1800shademaster
1800shademaster
24 October 2013

Builders Cost to Build a Kit Home???

Builders Cost to Build a Kit Home???

We are currently researching which is the best way to build, a kit home with a builder or a transportable home. We are looking at Paal, Stone…

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1800shademaster
Oct 24, 2013 6:25 pm
1800shademaster
AKB
AKB
20 October 2013

Change from Tiles to Colourbond...Good Idea?

Change from Tiles to Colourbond...Good Idea?

Your under control then he explained to us that with tiles the framework is all about being strong enough to keep the tiles up but with tin it's about having enough…

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AKB
Oct 20, 2013 1:32 pm
AKB
JB1
JB1
19 October 2013

can you live in a house without floor covering?

can you live in a house without floor covering?

I can't see that happening. My surveyor wouldn't pass me without caulking in all the bathroom. But ask yours.

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JB1
Oct 19, 2013 11:11 pm
robbie55
robbie55
17 October 2013

shampoo niche, what to put for backing support

shampoo niche, what to put for backing support

I'll say first up that I'm not a builer etc but Yep you could do it that way might actually be stronger, in that situation I would use screws. I was suggesting you could…

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robbie55
Oct 17, 2013 12:33 pm
robbie55
AKB
AKB
15 October 2013

Owner Builder - who's best to insure with cost v claims

Owner Builder - who's best to insure with cost v claims

Hi Guys We went with Insurance Brokers mentioned on another thread. Our normal insurance company refused to cover the house whilst we were owner building. 12 months…

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AKB
Oct 15, 2013 5:40 pm
AKB
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qebtel
Oct 14, 2013 1:48 pm
rusabd
rusabd
10 October 2013

engineers in Far North QLD

engineers in Far North QLD

Somebody builds in Mareeba, so cool! I am thinking about moving in that area and build a house soon.

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rusabd
Oct 10, 2013 1:32 pm
Nelso
Nelso
4 October 2013

How much do brick layer charge?

How much do brick layer charge?

We have just negotiated $1 per brick for ground floor and 1st floor including cavity insulation install. Seems this may be a good price.

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Nelso
Oct 04, 2013 7:22 pm
Johnson
Johnson
2 October 2013

Project Manager or not???

Project Manager or not???

I think that's what it all comes down to: can you source contractors that 1) can do a good job; and 2) are motivated to do a good (and timely!) job for you. If you're not…

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Johnson
Oct 02, 2013 6:39 pm
Johnson
Grasha
Grasha
30 September 2013

wide span sheds country home kit plan 3, how much to finish

wide span sheds country home kit plan 3, how much to finish

We are considering a double storey steel kit home. Just wondering if there are any more updates on how some of the builds went. Like to know about the service and costs? Thanks

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Grasha
Sep 30, 2013 9:32 pm
Mac25
Mac25
21 September 2013

Owner Builder Insurance - Swimming Pool Installation

Owner Builder Insurance - Swimming Pool Installation

I have a query with regards to insurance for the installation of a fibre glass pool. We are doing it as owner builders and have had a quote for construction/liability…

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Mac25
Sep 21, 2013 7:56 am
Bam
Bam
14 September 2013

Owner builders who have moved in...

Owner builders who have moved in...

I won't say "finished" as I believe there are always things that need doing to a home, owner built or not :wink: How are you liking your new home? Is it everything you…

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Bam
Sep 14, 2013 12:48 pm
Bam
JB1
JB1
13 September 2013

OWNER BUILD OR BUILDER

OWNER BUILD OR BUILDER

What rudeness? just because someone disagrees with you? Bit childish I would…

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JB1
Sep 13, 2013 6:31 pm
ovaxitd
ovaxitd
13 September 2013

Structural engineer and sustainability consultant in Perth

Structural engineer and sustainability consultant in Perth

just had a quote for engineering of plans @ 2350inc for a standard house on a property they had already site tested 4 years go... nothing changed... Wouldnt nego or…

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ovaxitd
Sep 13, 2013 2:50 am
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qebtel
Sep 10, 2013 11:28 am
dream_home93
dream_home93
31 August 2013

Owner Bulider at Muloga Rise

Owner Bulider at Muloga Rise

Hi PaulZ, How did you find going through the design guidelines and getting them through the developer? I have started a thread for Mulgoa Rise if you want to join us. I…

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dream_home93
Aug 31, 2013 8:14 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
30 August 2013

Timber flooring - Secret nail gun

Timber flooring - Secret nail gun

The pneumatic ones are as you guessed powered by a compressor and the manual ones are powered by whacking the end with a hammer. The good thing about the latter is that as…

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Stewie D
Aug 30, 2013 11:00 am
manofaus
manofaus
27 August 2013

$100k down up to the slab

$100k down up to the slab

It actually reads like you have some kind of retaining wall in there. Blocks, core fill, rebates, foundation bracing, dig and fill jelly and your engineering cost tell me…

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manofaus
Aug 27, 2013 11:46 pm
manofaus
Danette
Danette
27 August 2013

Building a Kit Home

Building a Kit Home

We are currently researching which is the best way to do, kit home with a builder to build it or a transportable home. We are looking at Paal, Stone Homes, Riverbuilt…

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Danette
Aug 27, 2013 3:34 pm
Danette

Brickies been working this week on the garage wall which is 3.1m high, garage door opening is 2.53m high :) great for my 4wdrives with loaded roof racks. Will have laid…

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Swerve
Aug 21, 2013 12:05 pm
fortheloveofhouses
fortheloveofhouses
15 August 2013

Colour help - Grey Walls

Colour help - Grey Walls

Of course you know this already - sample! My parents are renovating their house and they have chosen 4 colours and the 2 colours so far that they have put on their walls…

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fortheloveofhouses
Aug 15, 2013 2:44 pm
squarepeg
squarepeg
14 August 2013

Costs of building 150 SQM, 2 story home in Sydney

Costs of building 150 SQM, 2 story home in Sydney

Hi Seano The 100m2 includes garage, storage area, entry etc. Total floor area for living areas is 150m2, roughly split half half between upstairs and downstairs. Access…

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squarepeg
Aug 14, 2013 6:33 pm
SammySmithy
SammySmithy
6 August 2013

Regarding owner builder insurance

Regarding owner builder insurance

Speak to The Builders Insurance Broker - they handle all kinds of insurance, and helped me out a lot!

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SammySmithy
Aug 06, 2013 4:29 pm
SammySmithy
SammySmithy
6 August 2013

Home Warranty - NOT WHEN SELLING

Home Warranty - NOT WHEN SELLING

You can also speak to the Builders Insurance Broker regarding this, if you need any more information. They were really helpful when I had the same problems earlier this year!

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SammySmithy
Aug 06, 2013 4:21 pm
SammySmithy
SammySmithy
6 August 2013

Owner Builder Checklist

Owner Builder Checklist

It's really great you've thought of insurance! Have you gone ahead and started your project yet? If you're still looking for insurance, you should look at The Builders…

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SammySmithy
Aug 06, 2013 4:09 pm
Perthguy
Perthguy
5 August 2013

Asbestos help please?

Asbestos help please?

Cheers for the info guys... Think if i didnt have my 2 small kids in the house then i would do this myself....pay just pay some for this reason only.. Thanks again..

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Perthguy
Aug 05, 2013 11:04 pm
qebtel
qebtel
26 July 2013

Waterproofing - do I need a certificate?

Waterproofing - do I need a certificate?

Waterproofing does require a certificate of compliance for works carried out in Victoria. A Building Surveyor may approve you to do it…

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qebtel
Jul 26, 2013 10:15 am
tama11
tama11
26 July 2013

convert deck to rumpus room

convert deck to rumpus room

Hi Bels lots of good work you did there, particularly your roofing and guttering. i think i may need to reinforce my roof too. thanks for posting that, i might get a…

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tama11
Jul 26, 2013 5:07 am
Homemade house2013
Homemade house2013
23 July 2013

Harkaway home

Harkaway home

Well you know what Judyg? We are no tradespeople at all! But the support has been amazing, more like having training wheels on as owner builders rather than some of the…

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Homemade house2013
Jul 23, 2013 9:43 pm
michelleha
michelleha
16 July 2013

Better Extensions reviews or feedback

Better Extensions reviews or feedback

Hi All, New to the forum and wanted to join as we have just finished renovating a 107year old house in Melbourne - in VERY original condition!. We are now at the stage of…

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michelleha
Jul 16, 2013 4:52 pm
tgilbert
tgilbert
14 July 2013

Anyone used Sarwood ShedsnHomes?

Anyone used Sarwood ShedsnHomes?

Hi all, we are prospective first-time kit home builders and looking around at various options. One that's caught our eye is sarwood.com.au who trade as ShedsnHomes. Seem…

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tgilbert
Jul 14, 2013 3:44 pm
escoworx
escoworx
6 July 2013

Break-down Estimates/Quotes for Bank when applying for loan

Break-down Estimates/Quotes for Bank when applying for loan

thanks again. I've made a use of the template, and i also found mate who had his completed a year ago. So i was able to work of his figures a little. However in the end i…

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escoworx
Jul 06, 2013 7:47 pm
Nika25
Nika25
6 July 2013

The cost of building

The cost of building

Must ask Nika25, who did the electrical, and plumbing etc which have to be signed off on if your hubby did nearly all the work. I assume this…

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Nika25
Jul 06, 2013 10:30 am
Nika25
Dims
Dims
1 July 2013

Geo tech survey

Geo tech survey

Hi All, Can anyone recomend a company for Geotech Survey in Perth, have had one quote for between $2500-$3000? Do we really need one?, we know there might be rock there…

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Dims
Jul 01, 2013 3:53 pm
DefenderOwner
DefenderOwner
24 June 2013

Brickie Geelong/Werribee area..

Brickie Geelong/Werribee area..

Hi, I am after recommendations for a good quality Brickie, I am building in the Bannockburn area, North of Geelong. So if anyone knows anyone who's good from…

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DefenderOwner
Jun 24, 2013 9:09 pm
Wandin Valley
Wandin Valley
20 June 2013

Anticon for our colorbond roof?

Anticon for our colorbond roof?
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I'd take that pdf with a grain of salt WV. In my experience as a builder and with all the research I've done in preparation for our upcoming…

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Wandin Valley
Jun 20, 2013 4:49 am
Wandin Valley
dvestate
dvestate
19 June 2013

Champion Homes at Oran Park - the worst customer exper. ever

Champion Homes at Oran Park - the worst customer exper. ever

Nice to see an old thread dragged up for a minor matter. In defence of the nappy change 9 out of 10 times the toilets at the Oran Park display village were locked. I…

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dvestate
Jun 19, 2013 5:54 pm
ardy
ardy
14 June 2013

Metal Roofing cost per sq m

Metal Roofing cost per sq m

Thanks dnawa - how frustrating. I am currently looking for someone to install the roof and I will supply the materials. I cannot get a written quote for less than $70 for…

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ardy
Jun 14, 2013 8:40 am
cjbarker
cjbarker
11 June 2013

Owner Builder using Steel Frames

Owner Builder using Steel Frames

We had to alter a few frames as our rammed earth guys measured off the plan, duh....and of course some openings were out so we had to move and shorten some frames and…

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cjbarker
Jun 11, 2013 5:03 pm
cjbarker
cjbarker
cjbarker
11 June 2013

Where can i get my Owner Builder Licence from Perth?

Where can i get my Owner Builder Licence from Perth?

Thee are lots of posts on this one search for owner builder licence there are a couple of courses available in Perth but the application for an owner builder licence…

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cjbarker
Jun 11, 2013 4:53 pm
cjbarker
tezzab
tezzab
9 June 2013

Our Owner Build in Country Victoria.

Our Owner Build in Country Victoria.

Welcome to OB'ing. I don't have advice from having been there, but am going to follow your thread in prep for my build. You seem to have much covered, and am sure experts…

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tezzab
Jun 09, 2013 5:36 pm
tezzab


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