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Lodzau
27 December 2016
HomecorpHomecorp

Has anyone heard of or dealt with Homecorp?

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Lodzau
Dec 27, 2016 1:00 pm
algernon
24 December 2016
Hebal flooringHebal flooring

We're strongly considering Hebel flooring for our upcoming build too, so I'm also interested in any experiences. About getting hot in summer, Hebel has much more thermal…

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algernon
Dec 24, 2016 10:29 am
Gtree
21 December 2016
unregistered builderunregistered builder

thanks everyone. i've been quoted $35k from an registered carpenter. will buy building insurance before.work starts cheers

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Gtree
Dec 21, 2016 3:23 pm
Hobbyhouse
21 December 2016
Concreter to place concrete topping for polishingConcreter to place concrete topping for polishing

I'm looking for a concreter in Sydney that is experienced in placing concrete topping for polishing, does anyone have any recommendations? We plan to polish it ourselves…

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Hobbyhouse
Dec 21, 2016 2:37 pm
najjaci31
20 December 2016
Owner Builder Marsden Park / SchofieldsOwner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

You're after a site supervisor for your owner build? If don't intend on supervising your own site it'll probably be cheaper to go with a volume or private builder. On top…

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 5:27 pm
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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 5:22 pm
najjaci31
20 December 2016
Granny Flat Building Cost - Break DownGranny Flat Building Cost - Break Down

Hey mate. 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.…

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 5:10 pm
sharyn123
20 December 2016
New home with GrolloNew 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…

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sharyn123
Dec 20, 2016 8:48 am
SoftEng
12 December 2016
Fibre Cement Compressed Sheet - in Wet AreasFibre Cement Compressed Sheet - in Wet Areas

1500 mm by 900mm compressed fibro sheet can be 27 kg or 31 kg per cubic m. Its thickness is only 15mm where as hebel powerfloor is 75 mm almost as thick as a 76mm brick…

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SoftEng
Dec 12, 2016 10:32 am
Allrisk
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8 December 2016
OB initial stagesOB initial stages

Hi, for Victoria owner-builders, the VBA have added a quite detailed process here : http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders You can also contact them on 1300…

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Allrisk
Dec 08, 2016 6:19 pm
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boloty
7 December 2016
Building a new house in Melbourne North _ OBBuilding a new house in Melbourne North _ OB

Hi, greeting! It is Silence, my company supplies shipping container house. If any interest plz mail to silencezh@yahoo.com or visit our facebook page

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boloty
Dec 07, 2016 10:01 pm
snowing
27 November 2016
Question about customising a kit home.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…

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snowing
Nov 27, 2016 10:27 pm
RuffTuff
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27 November 2016
Studio (fancy shed) buildStudio (fancy shed) build
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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…

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RuffTuff
Nov 27, 2016 9:04 am
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JB1
25 November 2016
Gyprock BulgingGyprock Bulging

You made the right decision. Any reason not to screw every stud?

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JB1
Nov 25, 2016 12:47 am
ausdesign
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16 November 2016
Polycarbonate roofing and BALPolycarbonate 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 &…

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ausdesign
Nov 16, 2016 6:44 am
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hammerhand
10 November 2016
Owner Building Cost Estimates- Am I in the ballpark?Owner Building Cost Estimates- Am I in the ballpark?
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There are some trades where by the time you weigh up cost to hire tools, it is not worth it. You are paying rent while you build your house. If you take twice as long on…

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hammerhand
Nov 10, 2016 12:41 am
kbad
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8 November 2016
HiHi

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…

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kbad
Nov 08, 2016 8:01 am
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monopolyd
7 November 2016
Recommendation for a draftsman - MelbourneRecommendation for a draftsman - Melbourne

I'm a draftsperson from monopoly drafting located in Craigieburn Vic and cover melbourne northern metropolitan suburbs. I can provide new residential dwelling,…

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monopolyd
Nov 07, 2016 2:55 pm
mccjus80
2 November 2016
Considering owner builderConsidering 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…

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mccjus80
Nov 02, 2016 8:23 pm
BareBear
1 November 2016
Canberra OB Reno & extension or KDRCanberra 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,…

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BareBear
Nov 01, 2016 9:53 pm
Thylacene
30 October 2016
New Blog - Owner BuilderNew Blog - Owner Builder

Progress at last, making a mess but moving forward

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Thylacene
Oct 30, 2016 11:30 am
snowing
27 October 2016
My Journey is soon to begin...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…

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snowing
Oct 26, 2016 11:30 pm
building-expert
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19 October 2016
Extension existing home- insuranceExtension 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.

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building-expert
Oct 19, 2016 5:51 am
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JamesEdwards
17 October 2016
Rocketship's build...Rocketship's build...
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Actually, it is a great thread you've started up here. Thanks a lot for sharing! When you get the chance, do not forget to visit our blog, which can be accessed at…

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JamesEdwards
Oct 17, 2016 8:17 pm
GabrielleRenee
9 October 2016
Tradie recommendations Perth HillsTradie recommendations Perth Hills

Hey there, 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…

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GabrielleRenee
Oct 09, 2016 6:31 pm
RuffTuff
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9 October 2016
EcoStay building projectEcoStay building project

The optimistic version is "a few weeks" but the pessimistic version is "probably this year". So, I guess it's somewhere between the two.

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RuffTuff
Oct 09, 2016 10:31 am
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TashPaul
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6 October 2016
Render V Brick FacadeRender 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.

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TashPaul
Oct 06, 2016 3:39 pm
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bashworth
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28 September 2016
Post & beam ?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…

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bashworth
Sep 28, 2016 6:28 pm
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davisshannon
28 September 2016
Macedon Ranges Tradie RecommendationsMacedon Ranges Tradie Recommendations

Hi, 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? Excavation Concrete…

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davisshannon
Sep 28, 2016 12:15 pm
Saint Mike
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17 September 2016
Crane Hire and Shipping container move.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…

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Saint Mike
Sep 17, 2016 9:11 am
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Stewie D
15 September 2016
bathroomsbathrooms

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…

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Stewie D
Sep 15, 2016 8:12 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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11 September 2016
Bearer & Joist Timber SelectionBearer & 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…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 11, 2016 11:14 am
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Altrove
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7 September 2016
What Lenders?What Lenders?

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…

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Altrove
Sep 07, 2016 4:34 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
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1 September 2016
License Number of the Architectural planLicense 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…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 01, 2016 8:07 pm
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Stewie D
31 August 2016
Owner Builder in Sydney - Double brickOwner 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…

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Stewie D
Aug 31, 2016 2:14 pm
Bigblock7
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30 August 2016
OB KDR Pseudo French Provincial Style Melb S/E SuburbsOB KDR Pseudo French Provincial Style Melb S/E Suburbs

Very exciting! So looking forward to seeing your plans and build

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Bigblock7
Aug 30, 2016 8:02 am
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dandelero
25 August 2016
Bitumen DrivewayBitumen Driveway

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.

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dandelero
Aug 25, 2016 7:50 am
qebtel
16 August 2016
CladdingCladding

Bluescope Steel , Acacia Ridge used to be best prices in Brisbane.

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qebtel
Aug 16, 2016 7:47 pm
Poppadoms01235
14 August 2016
Bright homes construction 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…

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Poppadoms01235
Aug 14, 2016 9:30 am
James Austin
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5 August 2016
Owner Builder insuranceOwner 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

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James Austin
Aug 05, 2016 10:55 am
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Stewie D
2 August 2016
Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Good luck. An interesting scenario and a bit different from the " My bricks look like crap " threads we see on these forums. Stewie

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Stewie D
Aug 02, 2016 8:45 am
OBExplorer
2 August 2016
OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)

Hi - I need some advice specifically in context of an extension, not complete new build. I see plenty of posts re: pros & cons of OB vs project builder for a new build but…

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OBExplorer
Aug 02, 2016 1:51 am
alaister
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27 July 2016
More photos of our shipping container houseMore photos of our shipping container house

Wow this is really creative! It's looking great. How many containers are you using?

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alaister
Jul 27, 2016 12:39 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
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26 July 2016
Load bearing beamsLoad bearing beams

You can support a strut over a steel or timber beam or 3D truss though you will need to consider horizontal/axial loads, torsion, deflection in all axis's and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 26, 2016 7:56 pm
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waxinggibbous
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8 July 2016
New Build - South GippslandNew Build - South Gippsland

As well as insulating bedrooms for noise you could also use a noise absorbing plasterboard such as Gyprock Soundchek: …

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waxinggibbous
Jul 08, 2016 7:15 pm
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Stewie D
7 July 2016
Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?

Also if anyone is aware of a forum for Sydney owners builders ? Need information like reliable insurance brokers, DA plans.. Depending…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2016 9:44 am
walks
4 July 2016
Tips for drilling downlight holesTips for drilling downlight holes

Diggin up an old thread i came across. The best way is to measure them with a tape measure and write down on the house plans. I was a sparky 10 years ago and it perfectly…

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walks
Jul 04, 2016 11:49 pm
wil10
4 July 2016
Brighton flooring MelbourneBrighton flooring Melbourne

Hi All, Just want to put it out there that if you are considering Brighton Flooring in Melbourne for supply and install, look somewhere else.

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wil10
Jul 04, 2016 10:30 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
User avatar
29 June 2016
Building a tiny house, need some helpBuilding a tiny house, need some help

Do you care to reference the relevant AS code sections and reduction factors?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 29, 2016 8:27 pm
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