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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 1:44 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 5:33 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 3:29 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 3:21 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 3:09 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 10:04 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 9:15 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 4:07 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 8:43 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 3:52 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 2:44 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 6:47 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 9:30 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 2:53 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 8:09 pm
Wandin Valley
Wandin Valley
20 June 2013

Anticon for our colorbond roof?

Anticon for our colorbond roof?
1, 2

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 3:49 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 4:54 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 7:40 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 4:03 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 3:53 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 4:36 pm
tezzab
leighton
leighton
7 June 2013

Our build on acreage in Nillumbik VIC

Our build on acreage in Nillumbik VIC

Depending on the BAL rating we open doors inwards so screens can go on the outside. This is an ember attack level thing. cheers

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leighton
Jun 07, 2013 6:48 am
leighton
BradS
BradS
5 June 2013

Owner Builder - Hawkesbury Sydney

Owner Builder - Hawkesbury Sydney

Have you worked out windows yet? Who did you end up going with?

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BradS
Jun 05, 2013 12:34 pm
candycandy
candycandy
4 June 2013

Building Site Signage

Building Site Signage

Just click on the signs themselves. They will open up into a PDF...

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candycandy
Jun 04, 2013 8:16 pm
hsvboy11
hsvboy11
3 June 2013

My custom build in country vic

My custom build in country vic
1, 2, 3

The splashback is a glass tile with a…

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hsvboy11
Jun 03, 2013 7:38 pm
chuth77
chuth77
29 May 2013

Substandard electrical work

Substandard electrical work

Cabling sounds a bit light to be honest... 35mm2 @ 80 Amps with a 5% voltage drop can be run for a maximum of 128 meters... Looks it's not too bad... Just means if when…

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chuth77
May 29, 2013 8:46 am
Twistop
Twistop
28 May 2013

house extention

house extention

Assuming the details are correct, you don't really need an engineer. Just stay with the building code (BCA) or AS1684. But, really I just take the finished plans to a…

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Twistop
May 28, 2013 7:20 pm
dvgreen
dvgreen
28 May 2013

buybuildingsupplies.com.au

buybuildingsupplies.com.au

I've used them on several occasions and give them the thumbs up. Purchased a load of plasterboard, timber and skylights. They have heaps of products listed in the site…

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dvgreen
May 28, 2013 12:08 pm
Perthguy
Perthguy
27 May 2013

Any one here done the owner builder course?

Any one here done the owner builder course?

Cheers guys..some good info.. Going to do the day course on the sat..

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Perthguy
May 27, 2013 7:59 pm
samsoft24
samsoft24
27 May 2013

Private Certifiers for cdc approvals

Private Certifiers for cdc approvals

We live at The Ponds which is northwest of sydney

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samsoft24
May 27, 2013 6:00 pm
samsoft24
advertisingfree
advertisingfree
23 May 2013

How to level a ceramic tile sloped floor?

How to level a ceramic tile sloped floor?

Thanks for your reply. The room is empty and is not being used for anything. I plan to install floating floor (laminate flooring), then put up new plasterboards on walls…

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advertisingfree
May 23, 2013 5:40 pm
Johnson
Johnson
22 May 2013

ideas on bringing in building team from Tas to build in WA

ideas on bringing in building team from Tas to build in WA

This does sound a wee bit crazy (no offense). My builders' rates here in Tassie range from $45 plus GST for carpenters, to $65-$75 plus GST for project managers / leads. …

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Johnson
May 22, 2013 9:57 am
Johnson
jamt007
jamt007
20 May 2013

building to lockup and beyond

building to lockup and beyond

Greetings this is more of an info thing, but I thought I'd share Just got off the phone with ANZ (im in perth if that makes any difference to info) I have a property loan…

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jamt007
May 20, 2013 4:03 pm
building-expert
building-expert
20 May 2013

OBs and contract for labour only

OBs and contract for labour only

The first thing I will say is that if you are using a friend you have common element often found in disputes when the wheels fall off. If you are using a friend assume you…

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building-expert
May 20, 2013 2:07 pm
building-expert
memphis
memphis
19 May 2013

New OB in Perth...double brick or brick veneer

New OB in Perth...double brick or brick veneer

While brick veneer is likely more superior in energy ratings, having anything other than double brick in WA may shoot your re-sale in the future. Brick veneer may also…

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memphis
May 19, 2013 8:14 pm
memphis
fernley
fernley
17 May 2013

Termite Treatment

Termite Treatment

Thanks for the recommendation.

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fernley
May 17, 2013 7:34 pm
Perthguy
Perthguy
16 May 2013

Newbie first OB carport into Hair Salon. Plzzzzzzzzzzzz Help

Newbie first OB carport into Hair Salon. Plzzzzzzzzzzzz Help

Cheers m8, have emailed these last week but still no reply email yet? http://www.saltdamp.com.au/index.htm#intro.html

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Perthguy
May 16, 2013 7:59 pm
Perthguy
Perthguy
14 May 2013

Draftsman reqd Perth, Hamerlsey area?

Draftsman reqd Perth, Hamerlsey area?

Hi there....sorry for the late reply. yes that would be kool. I have been quoted 1500 bucks just for the carport which we a turning into a living room. The issue i…

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Perthguy
May 14, 2013 9:52 pm
Homemade house
Homemade house
12 May 2013

Cost to get one waste pipe put in before slab pour?

Cost to get one waste pipe put in before slab pour?

Hi - we are about to start our new house and I have just one waste pipe that needs to be put in place for the downstairs toilet before the slab pour (all other pipes will…

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Homemade house
May 12, 2013 10:38 am
bashworth
bashworth
10 May 2013

Trenches

Trenches

Have a read of this which offers some good advice. http://www.sawater.com.au/NR/rdonlyres/ ... ions10.pdf

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bashworth
May 10, 2013 9:52 pm
bashworth
cjbarker
cjbarker
9 May 2013

Lockup/OB and ross squires

Lockup/OB and ross squires

Hi Justin, Try going through Neil directly from Frametec. He does all the ross squire stuff anyway take or email the plans to him and he should be able to provide a…

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cjbarker
May 09, 2013 6:05 pm
cjbarker
cjbarker
cjbarker
9 May 2013

Discussion - building from recycled and salvaged materials

Discussion - building from recycled and salvaged materials

I think a design is a must, but all designs transform and evolve as the build progresses. We had many take place. we used a lot of recycled Jarrah as this is hard to get…

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cjbarker
May 09, 2013 5:40 pm
cjbarker
cjbarker
cjbarker
9 May 2013

OB estimators in Perth

OB estimators in Perth

Yep, Jason at West Coast Estimating did ours too, was very helpful and provided support for getting Bank funds at those really necessary points in the project.

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cjbarker
May 09, 2013 4:45 pm
cjbarker
greenify
greenify
8 May 2013

Builder's license?

Builder's license?

I would recommend you engage a project manager or builder for your first project. Stick close to them and learn. If you think building is for you then get your…

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greenify
May 08, 2013 5:43 pm
tezzab
tezzab
8 May 2013

Owner builder courses in Vic

Owner builder courses in Vic

The Gordon. Gordon TAFE, Geelong. Bit of travel though. :cry: T

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tezzab
May 08, 2013 9:30 am
tezzab
melbbuild
melbbuild
6 May 2013

Melbourne owner builder concern - two townhouse OB??

Melbourne owner builder concern - two townhouse OB??

Hi Ell, thanks for your reply I actually submitted the two applications forms in today by mail but I left the "unit number" box blank under Property Details. I also…

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melbbuild
May 06, 2013 11:31 pm
smitho
smitho
27 April 2013

Raised concrete slab questions

Raised concrete slab questions

Hi greenify. Photos would be great! PM them to me if you can. Thanks!

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smitho
Apr 27, 2013 10:40 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
27 April 2013

No Occupancy Certificate

No Occupancy Certificate

I really don't know the legalities, but I would imagine that it wouldn't be up to the agent as such, but I would expect the onus would be on the vendor to disclose it in…

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How Hard Can it Be
Apr 27, 2013 8:18 am


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