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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 3:46 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 1:31 am
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Room2Breathe
Apr 01, 2013 5:36 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 10:48 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 4:14 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 11:47 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 2:06 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 1:26 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 3:12 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 6:18 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 4:46 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 12:57 pm
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greenify
Feb 26, 2013 6:31 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 3:28 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 6:14 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 6:31 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 10:21 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 12:51 pm
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 8:43 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 4:01 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 11:39 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 6:34 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 1:48 pm
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Perthguy
Jan 29, 2013 8:48 pm
LoriDragon
LoriDragon
29 January 2013

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

Frosty's GSB - Bricks are up!!!! Pics page 6
1 ... 4, 5, 6

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 8:45 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 4:07 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 4:05 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 6:04 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 1:59 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 10:34 am
Johnson
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bradster181
Jan 24, 2013 12:55 am
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 11:52 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 12:59 pm
G-Thorpe
G-Thorpe
10 January 2013

Drafting quote?

Drafting quote?
1, 2

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 8:40 pm
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Vess
Jan 05, 2013 1:04 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 8:36 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 12:05 pm
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 6:41 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 2:28 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 3:31 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 5:39 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 6:37 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 9:01 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 10:29 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 1:04 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 8:22 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 2:04 pm


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