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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
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
suh
suh
28 December 2012

Pictorial of room addition

Pictorial of room addition

Maybe do a search :) I can't personally recall any "pictorials" on this.

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suh
Dec 28, 2012 7:36 pm
suh
jnk40
jnk40
15 December 2012

Kit home - roof insulation

Kit home - roof insulation

Decided to go with the Green Insulation products which can be ordered through Bunnings/Tradelink. http://www.greeninsulation.com.au/easy- ... l-cladding Their Reflecta…

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jnk40
Dec 15, 2012 11:05 am
jnk40
archie1979
archie1979
6 December 2012

Bad paint job

Bad paint job

Hi Brett, I can certainly relate to your problem as I had the same problem with a tiler. I must ere on the side of caution here with you though, just in case you are…

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archie1979
Dec 06, 2012 5:41 pm
sj_peatey
sj_peatey
5 December 2012

quick question - re decking vs concrete patio $$

quick question - re decking vs concrete patio $$

if the decking is on the plans with the house when submitted to council (and not over an easement) then that wouldnt be an issue there right? (its would all be under the…

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sj_peatey
Dec 05, 2012 1:28 pm
cooter1
cooter1
3 December 2012

Woodend Build - Now with Plans, Thoughts..

Woodend Build - Now with Plans, Thoughts..

Thanks for the feedback. Have been getting a few indications of price, anywhere between $1500 and $2250 per square metre.

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cooter1
Dec 03, 2012 2:31 pm
Johnson
Johnson
2 December 2012

Framing nail gun.

Framing nail gun.

Not to hijack the thread, but is there a powered stapler anyone could recommend to go into hardwood (for wall wrap etc). Thanks!

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Johnson
Dec 02, 2012 4:39 pm
Johnson
building-expert
building-expert
12 November 2012

Insulation - Sourcing Online

Insulation - Sourcing Online

No. it's not required. The objective is to insulate external walls and roof space from outside heat loss or gain. There is no point in insulating ground floor from first…

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building-expert
Nov 12, 2012 5:37 am
building-expert
Vess
Vess
8 November 2012

Plasterer

Plasterer

Why don't you call or visit your local Gyprock Trade Centre to see if they can give you some numbers of plasterers.

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Vess
Nov 08, 2012 8:01 pm
kexkez
kexkez
8 November 2012

What finish to concrete floor.

What finish to concrete floor.

years ago a work friend had the concrete in the main living area of the house stained ( like driveway stain) when the slab was laid. they planned to eventually put down…

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kexkez
Nov 08, 2012 9:29 am
kexkez
Jamie P Chandler
Jamie P Chandler
5 November 2012

Flat Pack Kit Homes

Flat Pack Kit Homes

are you talking about http://www.flatpackkithomes.com.au in Marybourough? we are building one of their home at the moment (our design) and…

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Jamie P Chandler
Nov 05, 2012 12:04 pm
B STAR
B STAR
5 November 2012

Becoming an owner builder

Becoming an owner builder

If you have not build a house before I would definitely not recommended, We contemplated on going OB all the way but in the end we hired a…

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B STAR
Nov 05, 2012 7:22 am
MyKitOB
MyKitOB
4 November 2012

Anyone have experience with Duragal (etc) steel subfloors?

Anyone have experience with Duragal (etc) steel subfloors?

Hi Lynny-jane :) Ive poured over your pictures of the Paal steel frames going up - it looks great! Thanks for the advice Stewie…

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MyKitOB
Nov 04, 2012 1:04 pm
Fletch29
Fletch29
29 October 2012

Builder/Chippie Recommendations in Melbourne east

Builder/Chippie Recommendations in Melbourne east

Hi, Just purchased a home and need some advice/quotes on knocking down a load bearing wall. Can anyone recommend a good/reliable/honest builder/chippie around this…

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Fletch29
Oct 29, 2012 8:28 pm
B STAR
B STAR
22 October 2012

Garage doors

Garage doors

We have a Steel-line door. Having had a B & D door in the last house and this is so much better. Mountings are stronger and better placed,…

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B STAR
Oct 22, 2012 8:07 pm
jparrie
jparrie
21 October 2012

packaging upvc windows for import

packaging upvc windows for import

Thanks Ed, I have been duly educated!

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jparrie
Oct 21, 2012 12:19 pm
Emmsiek
Emmsiek
19 October 2012

Brickie Needed

Brickie Needed

Thanks Vess xo. Apparently we have a new brickie starting in 2 weeks but ill keep Ian's details just in case.

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Emmsiek
Oct 19, 2012 11:53 am
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jnk40
Oct 18, 2012 5:11 pm
jnk40
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
15 October 2012

How many alterations to your plans?

How many alterations to your plans?

It took our builder 17 drafts to get it right. They used a 3rd party drafting company that couldn't follow directions or in some cases draw in a CAD program something I…

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chrisandkate
Oct 15, 2012 1:53 pm
travelbug
travelbug
8 October 2012

Interior Designer

Interior Designer

You could use Michelle from this forum. She has a design business. Website:www.denovoconcepts.com Occupation:Interior Decorator

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travelbug
Oct 08, 2012 4:22 pm
donuts9999
donuts9999
7 October 2012

painter&Tiler

painter&Tiler

hi can anyone recommend a good tiler and painter around the south suburbs of melb? its for a new build cheers john

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donuts9999
Oct 07, 2012 9:15 pm
docker_rob
docker_rob
5 October 2012

Importing products for our OB project - Now in Transit

Importing products for our OB project - Now in Transit
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Thanks Rob for all the info you have posted here and on WP, has been the inspiration for me to go the same path & import our kitchen goods -…

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docker_rob
Oct 05, 2012 7:38 pm
docker_rob
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lukele
Oct 04, 2012 6:23 am
Johnson
Johnson
28 September 2012

"Cost plus" contract and builder's margin?

"Cost plus" contract and builder's margin?

Other thing to consider is how things progress Post lockup re some of your Trades. You will need to use his Trades to finish some things they…

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Johnson
Sep 28, 2012 4:25 pm
Johnson
building-expert
building-expert
25 September 2012

Building permit Question (what now)

Building permit Question (what now)

Stewie D is right! As experienced pre purchase property inspector I can tell you that one of the greatest incidences of significant defects is incomplete/illegal building…

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building-expert
Sep 25, 2012 9:01 am
building-expert
barkersontheblock
barkersontheblock
23 September 2012

True cost of owner building a kit home

True cost of owner building a kit home

Hi, I have been owner building for nearly three years now and I must admit I have saved thousands on the build so far but unlike a lot people on this forum I have been…

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barkersontheblock
Sep 23, 2012 1:11 am


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