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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 12:32 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 6:22 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 5:39 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 8:32 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 6:56 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 11:48 am
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 5:31 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 1:50 am
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qebtel
Sep 10, 2013 10:28 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 7:14 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 10:00 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 10:46 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 2:34 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 11:05 am
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


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