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Dave and Kate
Dave and Kate
26 April 2013

Hey am after quotes for the following trades

Hey am after quotes for the following trades

Thanks Greenify much appreciated. Hubby been in the building industry for years but there is only so much he can do :(

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Dave and Kate
Apr 26, 2013 3:39 pm
Dave and Kate
Dave and Kate
26 April 2013

Buying house from China for Perth

Buying house from China for Perth

THanks everyone for ur replies. After talking to some local builders that deal with kit homes they said dont touch them. THey even have major problems with Australian…

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Dave and Kate
Apr 26, 2013 3:32 pm
pauljygrant
pauljygrant
25 April 2013

Any decent Footings contractors in Adelaide?

Any decent Footings contractors in Adelaide?

Hi, I am looking for contractors to do the concrete footings for my new house. Are there any decent contractors in…

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pauljygrant
Apr 25, 2013 9:45 pm
How Hard Can it Be
How Hard Can it Be
23 April 2013

Considering OB'ing our small extension

Considering OB'ing our small extension
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After my initial 'enthusiasm', I've been a bit quiet in here of late. Two reasons, one is that we mainly now just need to think about it all and decide which way to go -…

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How Hard Can it Be
Apr 23, 2013 5:47 pm
genpk
genpk
21 April 2013

old wall stud sizes

old wall stud sizes

Had the meetings with the engineer. Was really interesting.He is an older engineer and had span tables going back years for jarrah etc. Reckons the studs are fine as AS…

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genpk
Apr 21, 2013 7:49 am
TinaG
TinaG
16 April 2013

Final cost of off-grid infrastructure - our breakdown.

Final cost of off-grid infrastructure - our breakdown.

Interesting, thanks for sharing. So you have a PV system with batteries, is that correct?

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TinaG
Apr 16, 2013 3:49 pm
Marmalade
Marmalade
15 April 2013

Is cost over run normal ?

Is cost over run normal ?

looks great JB1, very nice choice of tiles too!

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Marmalade
Apr 15, 2013 7:51 am
DefenderOwner
DefenderOwner
14 April 2013

Draughts person recommendations.

Draughts person recommendations.

Can anyone recommend a good Draughtsman in Geelong or Melbourne. How long would it generally take a Draughtsperson to draw up all your plans if you were basically giving…

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DefenderOwner
Apr 14, 2013 1:18 pm
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Bella
Apr 12, 2013 6:54 pm
Bella
DefenderOwner
DefenderOwner
12 April 2013

Melbourne Elictrician anyone? This one's a rippa!!

Melbourne Elictrician anyone? This one's a rippa!!

When we owner built last year we used the company that this guy worked for but he did the complete job himself. He came anytime, anyday we…

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DefenderOwner
Apr 12, 2013 5:23 pm
fernley
fernley
12 April 2013

First Time Owner Builder

First Time Owner Builder

@JB1 Can you please share with me your trade contact details that you would recommend. I'm going to be OB for my build and it would help greatly. Please PM me if it is…

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fernley
Apr 12, 2013 12:13 am
tezzab
tezzab
7 April 2013

The Complete Plumber

The Complete Plumber

Thanks JB1, Building in a rural area, and from a few checks have found several mobs that do employ all the varieties of plumbers as staff, not contract them in. Same…

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tezzab
Apr 07, 2013 9:10 pm
tezzab
tezzab
tezzab
7 April 2013

how about me a newowner builder with help of a site manager?

how about me a newowner builder with help of a site manager?

Strongly agree with bashworth on all points. An OB may save $$ IF they themselves properly manage the project. Employing a Site Manager is an additional cost factor, with…

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tezzab
Apr 07, 2013 6:34 pm
tezzab
RocksInHead
RocksInHead
7 April 2013

Temporary occupancy rules (VIC) for a new build

Temporary occupancy rules (VIC) for a new build

Thanks Shelley. According to our builder, the private inspector is a bit a of a stickler so I will wait and see how the builder gets on with him before raising the temp.…

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RocksInHead
Apr 07, 2013 2:41 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
7 April 2013

owner builder buying merterial question

owner builder buying merterial question

what do u mean by "Trust them, but also watch their mark-ups (ask them how they cost the materials beforehand -- an 18-20% "builder's margin" is…

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bingoshelley
Apr 07, 2013 2:46 am
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
5 April 2013

1st time ob what a ride

1st time ob what a ride
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thanks fairy and nez we are very proud ,although im pretty picky now its done, and can see where we could have done way better, but no-one else even notices it. we were…

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bingoshelley
Apr 05, 2013 12:31 am
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Room2Breathe
Apr 01, 2013 4:36 pm
tezzab
tezzab
20 March 2013

CFA Spec Driveway

CFA Spec Driveway

Thanks Smootdee, Definitely on a "hill", running down over 1.5metres for 60 metres, then I plan to drop down to finished floor level of house, so a 2 metre drop over 20…

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tezzab
Mar 20, 2013 9:48 pm
tezzab
lloydyboy
lloydyboy
19 March 2013

newby owner builder

newby owner builder

Hi We are looking at owner building a two storey house in the northern suburbs of Perth. We've never done anything like this before, but I am a carpenter and would like to…

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lloydyboy
Mar 19, 2013 3:14 pm
energylab
energylab
19 March 2013

6 Star Energy Rating WA

6 Star Energy Rating WA
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Forget the BCA approach from the begining. If you think your window specification is over the top now then using the ABCB glazing calculator is going to frighten you…

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energylab
Mar 19, 2013 10:47 am
Steve
Steve
6 March 2013

Owner Builder In Canberra

Owner Builder In Canberra

Twice as long as half it's length I believe :) . I am not convinced you save a lot of $$ by owner…

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Steve
Mar 06, 2013 1:06 pm
Steve
Steve
Steve
6 March 2013

Shed-itecture - a studio project on Hill House Farm

Shed-itecture - a studio project on Hill House Farm

It has worked out really well. I no longer work in it (had a career change) so we have turned it into a self contained studio for WOOFERS ,visiters, artist retreat etc…

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Steve
Mar 06, 2013 12:26 pm
Steve
Johnson
Johnson
5 March 2013

owner/builder finance

owner/builder finance

My finance is through NAB -- 60% of the finished value only, and there were a heap of hoops to jump through. Plus a higher interest rate, which I hope to rectify once the…

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Johnson
Mar 05, 2013 2:12 pm
Johnson
rckkrgrd
rckkrgrd
3 March 2013

The other side of the world

The other side of the world

I find this forum interesting. If you would like some ideas from the other side of the world visit my blog. http://boardsandbricks.com I am building my second retirement…

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rckkrgrd
Mar 03, 2013 5:18 am
cjbarker
cjbarker
1 March 2013

Owner builder in Perth hills rammed earth

Owner builder in Perth hills rammed earth

Is it cheaper or more expensive to use recycled materials? I love the idea of rammed earth, my aunty built a house in Glen Forrest with it.…

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cjbarker
Mar 01, 2013 3:46 pm
cjbarker
greenify
greenify
28 February 2013

Spread Sheet break down ?

Spread Sheet break down ?

I have a current ine available on my website. Download it and fill in your own prices

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greenify
Feb 28, 2013 11:57 am
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greenify
Feb 26, 2013 5:31 pm
AussieHarmony
AussieHarmony
26 February 2013

Owner build kit home

Owner build kit home

We built a PAAL kit home about 12 years ago and lived in it for 10 years. It was very well made. Probably the best made home we have ever lived in. The instructions…

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AussieHarmony
Feb 26, 2013 2:28 pm
rusty69911
rusty69911
25 February 2013

Engineering costs

Engineering costs

thanks for the input guys an gals, we have had quotes as high as 12k and as low as $1800, and the lowest quote seem the best guy to deal with, he is switched on and very…

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rusty69911
Feb 25, 2013 5:14 pm

Ok, now I understand what you mean. More so like this is our initial plan...with…

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ScottsRx
Feb 24, 2013 5:31 pm
JB1
JB1
24 February 2013

Owner Builder Requirements in WA

Owner Builder Requirements in WA

I'm owner building a townhouse behind my existing house at the moment. Banks wouldn't lend to me. Owner building and dual occupancy (can only subdivide once house AND…

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JB1
Feb 24, 2013 9:21 am
escoworx
escoworx
18 February 2013

So I dont want them to laugh in our faces...cost ?

So I dont want them to laugh in our faces...cost ?

Thanks delatite13/JB1, The way I see it, the Building Commission is different to the Council. If I apply to Council to add my Partner under the Spouse Exemption to the…

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escoworx
Feb 18, 2013 11:51 am
Vess
Vess
17 February 2013

New project in the Hawkesbury

New project in the Hawkesbury
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Hey Emms, I keep checking in for an update on your project. How's it all going?

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Vess
Feb 17, 2013 7:43 pm
suemaruk
suemaruk
15 February 2013

Concrete Panel Design

Concrete Panel Design

Thanks guys much appreciated. Need to weigh up the cost benefits of using ICP or SIP. Cheers

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suemaruk
Feb 15, 2013 3:01 pm
tezzab
tezzab
14 February 2013

OB a shed Home

OB a shed Home

Seems like no responses, so my 5 cents worth. A lot depends on how complete and detailed the components in the kit are. Second storey will complicate erection with OHS…

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tezzab
Feb 14, 2013 10:39 pm
tezzab
waynen001
waynen001
14 February 2013

Perth Sand Penetrometer - Hiring

Perth Sand Penetrometer - Hiring

So, the places I found so far are - Belmont Hire @ $25 24 hrs The Hire Guys, Bibra Lake @ $33 / 24 hrs Hoping this helps any others looking for same... Wayne

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waynen001
Feb 14, 2013 5:34 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
11 February 2013

submitting planning approval

submitting planning approval

You don't say where you are nor the council involved . As per Johnsons advice above, all councils have different rules so speak to them first. Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 11, 2013 12:48 pm
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Perthguy
Jan 29, 2013 7:48 pm
LoriDragon
LoriDragon
29 January 2013

Frosty's GSB - Bricks are up!!!! Pics page 6

Frosty's GSB - Bricks are up!!!! Pics page 6
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Hi Myself and my partner are looking at doing this and we wanted to know what happened with your home. is if finished are you still working on it??? over all was it…

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LoriDragon
Jan 29, 2013 7:45 pm
escoworx
escoworx
29 January 2013

Project Plan (Microsoft Project) or Step-by-Step guide?

Project Plan (Microsoft Project) or Step-by-Step guide?

Guys.... you are amazing, thank you very much. @Stewie.. I'm just looking at those excel sheets, they look exactly what I'm after. @Large, it makes perfect sense, I come…

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escoworx
Jan 29, 2013 3:07 pm
rusty69911
rusty69911
29 January 2013

OB in Albany WA the Mc mansion

OB in Albany WA the Mc mansion

we are still at the planning stage, we will be importing appliances etc, I have done lots of importing with my car projects, kitchen is from a local supplier ,flat packed,…

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rusty69911
Jan 29, 2013 3:05 pm
Delton05
Delton05
27 January 2013

OB Timber Framed House - How waterproof does it have to be?

OB Timber Framed House - How waterproof does it have to be?

I have my owner-built my house to lockup stage and the house is currently being water blasted by ex-cyclone Oswald in Brisbane. Although the house is withstanding the…

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Delton05
Jan 27, 2013 5:04 pm
Millybella
Millybella
27 January 2013

Ned's Shed - B&B Huonvalley Tasmania

Ned's Shed - B&B Huonvalley Tasmania

Hi Ned Wow you are very brave. Looks great. We are doing something similar in Huon Valley Shire - how did you go with the council? Where do we find information about…

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Millybella
Jan 27, 2013 12:59 pm
Johnson
Johnson
27 January 2013

The beginning of the beginning

The beginning of the beginning

In the scheme of things, $7000 sounds extremely cheap (especially if your architect is paying for all the Council costs). For my reasonably modest home here in Hobart,…

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Johnson
Jan 27, 2013 9:34 am
Johnson
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bradster181
Jan 23, 2013 11:55 pm
bradster181
escoworx
escoworx
23 January 2013

rendering access space

rendering access space

Hey there, hard to make picture out what you said above. But a renderer generally requires just enough space to move freely in the space in order to render it. e.g. if he…

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escoworx
Jan 23, 2013 10:52 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 January 2013

Bad Roof Job

Bad Roof Job

If they have used long enough screws ( 50mm if they are going into softwood or unless you are in a high wind area ) into the battens then this shouldn't be a…

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Stewie D
Jan 21, 2013 11:59 am
G-Thorpe
G-Thorpe
10 January 2013

Drafting quote?

Drafting quote?
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It's interesting to read posts where people are comparing Architects with Draftspersons. Basically, the former takes a commission to take a design thru to completion. The…

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G-Thorpe
Jan 10, 2013 7:40 pm
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Vess
Jan 05, 2013 12:04 pm


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