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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
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
1, 2

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
1 ... 18, 19, 20

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
1, 2

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
1, 2, 3, 4

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


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