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Bigblock7
Bigblock7
13 April

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania

My new house at Fern Tree, Tasmania
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Wall looks fantastic! We haven't rented out using air BnB but have used it loads to book places to stay in. Best to be honest about the different quirks of the place,…

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Bigblock7
Apr 13, 2017 1:15 pm
Bigblock7

Bricklayer - Melbourne

Bricklayer - Melbourne

@Random111 Those pay scale rates are rubbish mate they are out by 50% for AEC BTW Thanks for the link

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 12:47 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Carpenter recommendations - Sydney

Carpenter recommendations - Sydney

@drad81 Sounds like an interesting build, What's your geotech/soil/Contour like? Most people are turned off due to the additional costs involved in the brickwork,Steel…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 8:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Chops_47
Chops_47
9 April

How much basement will cost

How much basement will cost

One extra thing to maintain and that could potentially go wrong. A friend of mine had two apartments with stackers in separate complexes and they were nothing but trouble..

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Chops_47
Apr 09, 2017 3:09 pm

Costing a build

Costing a build

@Searching4 knowledge If you have had the plans designed/modelled in a BIM 3D design software package the designer should be able to extract fairly accurate net quants…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 02, 2017 10:34 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
snowing
snowing
29 March

Is 'package' a thing here?

Is 'package' a thing here?

There are a few around that do kit homes as a package. Depends on which one you choose, some actually include everything including tools that you might need. As you might…

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snowing
Mar 29, 2017 8:04 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
28 March

First timer

First timer

I have gone down the owner builder path twice. Not to save money but because in both cases volume builders would not build on my land (to difficult).

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Beetaloo
Mar 28, 2017 8:58 am
Beetaloo
Berek
Berek
22 March

Town planner

Town planner

Lost in translation maybe? You'd never meet a town planner as they're the ones designing... towns not houses. Maybe a surveyor?

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Berek
Mar 22, 2017 7:54 pm
Berek
Berek
21 March

From Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

From Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

An owner builder can only construct 1 home every 5 years (2 per 10 in tassie). Some states require warranty insurance too when you sell. How much you save depends entirely…

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Berek
Mar 21, 2017 8:47 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March

Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas

Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas

Hi Tim, quite a few of my clients are in that area. Did you use Allrisk for your owner-builder insurance? :)

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:10 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March

Owner Builders-Sydney

Owner Builders-Sydney

Hi Jacky10, I've been doing owner builder insurance for over ten years, if you need any help with that. Most of my clients are in Sydney.

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:06 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March

Extending as an Owner Builder in Victoria

Extending as an Owner Builder in Victoria

Hi Lori, using a registered builder, while yourself being an owner-builder is a great way to retain the flexibility to do what you can do yourself. Some owner builders…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 4:11 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March

OWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

OWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

Hi Momc, the local councils are really hit and miss, so don't rely on advice there. In my experience they get it wrong at least 80% of the time. Berek's description is…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 3:56 pm
Allrisk
dutchie1961
dutchie1961
21 March

Owner Builder within 5 years special circumstances

Owner Builder within 5 years special circumstances

Hi all, here is what I have on my mind; we have converted a triple garage into teenage retreat as owner builder on our both names. Unfortunately my husband got made…

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dutchie1961
Mar 21, 2017 3:26 pm
gommeqld
gommeqld
20 March

Owner building out of surburbia, need help

Owner building out of surburbia, need help

We currently use only tank water, have a septic, use a wood fired heater and use LPG for gas and HWS. LPG costs increase all the time as does electricity. Our next house…

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gommeqld
Mar 19, 2017 11:34 pm
cross74
cross74
6 March

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

I'm after recommendations for a Bricklayer in the Hills District of Sydney. First I need an engaged brick pier done then down the track the bricklaying for the extension.…

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cross74
Mar 06, 2017 10:24 am
davisshannon
davisshannon
28 February

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne

OB tradie recommendations Melbourne
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I figured as I asked for recommendations a while back, I'd give some of my own. We're still trying to find a concreter (I've made another post about that), but we've had…

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davisshannon
Feb 28, 2017 8:15 pm
manofaus
manofaus
24 February

Septic tank question

Septic tank question

sorry not very helpful that last post, but I am having the same ideas about my build, but in the end I am going to need a plumber and other trades to sign off on what I…

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manofaus
Feb 24, 2017 8:17 pm
manofaus
Tim-
Tim-
24 February

OB Newcastle

OB Newcastle

I did use LVL's and timber smart joists for the upper storey, but decided on the steel for the bottom floor. LVL's would have worked well for the bottom floor also, but…

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Tim-
Feb 24, 2017 6:50 pm
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
21 February

Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley

Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley
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Ooh thanks for bringing this thread back to the front Wigman27. How's the house and yard going Lynny-Jane?

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cat_dunc
Feb 21, 2017 7:48 pm
cat_dunc
TomCat
TomCat
20 February

Our OB ..Sydney

Our OB ..Sydney
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Same! Hope you're all well :)

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TomCat
Feb 19, 2017 11:52 pm
TomCat
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
11 February

Convert Garage to Granny Flat

Convert Garage to Granny Flat

A couple of items to consider: Was a damp proof membrane put under the garage floor? What, if any termite protection was installed under the garage floor? How high is the…

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Beetaloo
Feb 11, 2017 6:22 pm
Beetaloo
Twinklestarfish
Twinklestarfish
5 February

How much can we do?

How much can we do?

Some councils do allow temporary dwellings onsite while building, but they come with their own requirements. Somerset for example has not only minimum requirements for the…

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 05, 2017 10:43 am
Twinklestarfish
Twinklestarfish
4 February

Total Beginner: Where To Start?

Total Beginner: Where To Start?

Thanks for the reply :) we did get a little info from the estate agents in the area, and hoping for a reply from the council next week.

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 04, 2017 10:19 am
building-expert
building-expert
4 February

Getting an occupancy certificate

Getting an occupancy certificate

Try fishing or restoring an old boat or better still head first into another build job

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building-expert
Feb 04, 2017 7:14 am
building-expert
NADT
NADT
29 January

Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homes

Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homes
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Congratulations on moving into your beautiful home! What an amazing job you've done. We've looked through your posts quickly and great photos. Just one question ( and…

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NADT
Jan 29, 2017 8:21 am
NADT
bigboytony
bigboytony
20 January

Gladesville - NSW

Gladesville - NSW
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Hi Turnerbuild, My retaining wall is made of H block work and core fill. My wall is pretty high at around 2.7m so we had to core fill on two separate occasions. Behind…

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bigboytony
Jan 20, 2017 2:21 pm
Builtbyjane
Builtbyjane
16 January

Building Owner Builder in South Western Australia

Building Owner Builder in South Western Australia

Hey just wondering how your project went/ is going? I'll be starting a owner build in Bridgetown this year, first time! Any local recommendations? Anyone to steer clear of? TIA

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Builtbyjane
Jan 16, 2017 11:47 am
JB1
JB1
6 January

Owner Builder Insurance

Owner Builder Insurance

Concreters poured water that contained some concrete into my storm water drain. It blocked my 200mm pvc pipe. It wasn't solid concrete but hard enough to block it. It…

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JB1
Jan 06, 2017 9:32 pm
Lodzau
Lodzau
27 December 2016

Homecorp

Homecorp

Has anyone heard of or dealt with Homecorp?

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

Hebal flooring

Hebal 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
Gtree
21 December 2016

unregistered builder

unregistered 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
Hobbyhouse
21 December 2016

Concreter to place concrete topping for polishing

Concreter 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
najjaci31
20 December 2016

Owner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

Owner 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
najjaci31
20 December 2016

Granny Flat Building Cost - Break Down

Granny 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
sharyn123
20 December 2016

New home with Grollo

New 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
SoftEng
12 December 2016

Fibre Cement Compressed Sheet - in Wet Areas

Fibre 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
Allrisk
8 December 2016

OB initial stages

OB 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
Allrisk
boloty
boloty
7 December 2016

Building a new house in Melbourne North _ OB

Building 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
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
RuffTuff
27 November 2016

Studio (fancy shed) build

Studio (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
RuffTuff
JB1
JB1
25 November 2016

Gyprock Bulging

Gyprock 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
ausdesign
16 November 2016

Polycarbonate roofing and BAL

Polycarbonate 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
ausdesign
hammerhand
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
kbad
8 November 2016

Hi

Hi

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
kbad
monopolyd
monopolyd
7 November 2016

Recommendation for a draftsman - Melbourne

Recommendation 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
mccjus80
2 November 2016

Considering owner builder

Considering 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
BareBear
1 November 2016

Canberra OB Reno & extension or KDR

Canberra 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
Thylacene
30 October 2016

New Blog - Owner Builder

New Blog - Owner Builder

Progress at last, making a mess but moving forward

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Thylacene
Oct 30, 2016 11:30 am


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