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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
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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
Vess
Vess
20 September 2012

New Owner Builder

New Owner Builder

checkout this thread for recommendations for frames and plasterboard viewtopic.php?f=38&t=58734 colourbond roof - call Darren Oakes Roof Plumbing on 0413 836 198

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Vess
Sep 20, 2012 12:11 pm
tengals
tengals
15 September 2012

Owner Build Fibreglass pool

Owner Build Fibreglass pool

looking to do this myself

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tengals
Sep 15, 2012 2:09 pm
dlvb19
dlvb19
8 September 2012

Ballarat OB - Strawbale

Ballarat OB - Strawbale

If anybody here has build a strawbale / cob / rammed earth home i would love to know where you obtained your clay from. I know you can get it from some hardware in 20kg…

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dlvb19
Sep 08, 2012 3:16 pm
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
5 September 2012

need a plaster for south east melb

need a plaster for south east melb

Hi John, Try Paul White, he does a lot of our work for us. His number is 0408 758607. He's based on the peninsula too. Tell him that I gave you his number. Good Luck Dirk

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dirkadirk
Sep 05, 2012 9:12 pm
JB1
JB1
4 September 2012

scaffold hire south east MELB

scaffold hire south east MELB

I also need some scaffolding for your purpose. Who did you end up using?

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JB1
Sep 04, 2012 11:36 am
jodge
jodge
2 September 2012

Building new home in Hills area (First time owner builder)

Building new home in Hills area (First time owner builder)

Hi tradingplus, there are lots of Hills areas. . . Which one? Sydney?

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jodge
Sep 02, 2012 9:37 am
jodge
CaptAmer
CaptAmer
26 August 2012

Saddlers Ridge

Saddlers Ridge

My wife and I just purchased our block at Saddlers Ridge and have selcted the Claremont design. Can anyone give us some feedback on how your build went with Mirvac.

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CaptAmer
Aug 26, 2012 1:11 pm
TamK
TamK
22 August 2012

First time OB

First time OB

Hi Iain, Good luck with your build, whichever way you go. I just thought I'd add my perspective on the time line for the build. From our experience, we found it…

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TamK
Aug 22, 2012 10:45 pm
MJlo
MJlo
13 August 2012

Update contour survey after bulk excavation? Advise please

Update contour survey after bulk excavation? Advise please

The house being built is part of approved DA for land subdivision to build two detached houses A & B. I designed and drafted both houses plans and a draftsman drawn…

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MJlo
Aug 13, 2012 1:27 am
Deemaree
Deemaree
12 August 2012

block of land facing north ?

block of land facing north ?

Mr_Chook-as you have posted numerous times on this topic I shall be locking a few of the threads you have started. Answers and discussions on this topic for Mr_Chook can…

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Deemaree
Aug 12, 2012 9:12 pm
Deemaree
Bam
Bam
6 August 2012

Doors in Melbourne

Doors in Melbourne

Doors A Plenty on Plenty Road

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Bam
Aug 06, 2012 10:15 pm
Bam
docker_rob
docker_rob
5 August 2012

wakaflex

wakaflex

Hi John, I have used it and yes its a good product. Not sure if it will do what you want but can vouch that it works well. Added bonus over lead is you can get it in…

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docker_rob
Aug 05, 2012 8:50 pm
docker_rob
candykane
candykane
2 August 2012

Owner Build Extension - suburban Melbourne

Owner Build Extension - suburban Melbourne

There is a family/meals room, but the main living room is the one labelled rumpus.

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candykane
Aug 02, 2012 9:06 pm
Deemaree
Deemaree
26 July 2012

Trespass

Trespass
1, 2

Humble-PM sent. :)

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Deemaree
Jul 26, 2012 4:10 pm
Deemaree
dsiroky
dsiroky
25 July 2012

Advice on glass ballustrading

Advice on glass ballustrading

You can buy glass balustrading (pool style and frameless) from Masters. That's probably the most cost effective way. My place I couldn't use their product because the…

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dsiroky
Jul 25, 2012 11:17 pm
TamK
TamK
19 July 2012

When to switch from OB Insurance to Building Insurance?

When to switch from OB Insurance to Building Insurance?

Hi Rob, We're in Perth and yep, you're right about not needing a Certificate of Occupancy. Things have changed since the new building licence legislation when through but…

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TamK
Jul 19, 2012 1:31 pm
delatite13
delatite13
15 July 2012

Can I build two townhouses as a builder?

Can I build two townhouses as a builder?

I think JB1 is on the right track, the only thing I can think of is that one of the requirements of an O/B is that you must actually live in the house. So if it is 2…

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delatite13
Jul 15, 2012 9:08 pm
delatite13
delatite13
delatite13
13 July 2012

Paying deposits to companies - Any safeguards?

Paying deposits to companies - Any safeguards?

Unless they can offer some form of guarantees etc I wouldn't pay more than the usual 10% unless they can justify some very good reasons.

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delatite13
Jul 13, 2012 9:35 pm
delatite13
David Fisher
David Fisher
11 July 2012

Importing Double Glazing

Importing Double Glazing
1, 2

We are starting the process of having a house built. We would love to have upvc double glazing but I'm told its very expensive over here. Has…

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David Fisher
Jul 11, 2012 12:00 pm
JMAP
JMAP
10 July 2012

Non-Slab concreting costs

Non-Slab concreting costs

All, Just wondering what some people have paid for driveway/footpaths/Entertainment area slabs? What im looking for is a rough p/sqm cost if possible including all…

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JMAP
Jul 10, 2012 11:04 pm
BradS
BradS
9 July 2012

Keeping kids out of building site

Keeping kids out of building site

The unfortunate truth of it all is that if these kids hurt themselves, even if they have climbed the fence, the builder would still get sued and find himself in court.…

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BradS
Jul 09, 2012 10:01 am
mimi23
mimi23
6 July 2012

Help With Window Colour on Beige Rendered House

Help With Window Colour on Beige Rendered House

What colour are your gutters, fascia, garage door and front door? You could either match the windows to your gutters and/or fascia or match them to your garage door. I…

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mimi23
Jul 06, 2012 2:14 pm
mimi23
Mclaren
Mclaren
5 July 2012

Our Kitome Glenbrook - Garage Roof On

Our Kitome Glenbrook - Garage Roof On
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Congratulations ... what a driveway!! :: :: Place is looking great ... ::lol::

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Mclaren
Jul 05, 2012 11:37 am
Mclaren
owaaco
owaaco
2 July 2012

Employing family and friends on an owner build

Employing family and friends on an owner build

Dear JMAP, Thank you also for how much you have said. This is exactly what I was looking for.

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owaaco
Jul 02, 2012 1:42 pm
nick44
nick44
30 June 2012

Rules regarding a garage attached to a timber clad house ???

Rules regarding a garage attached to a timber clad house ???

Hi ... can anyone tell me what the regulations in Vic are regarding a garage connected to a new timber clad house. Can the garage be a continuation of the timber house or…

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nick44
Jun 30, 2012 3:17 pm
JB1
JB1
29 June 2012

stair case

stair case

Looks like a very stylish stair case, well done!

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JB1
Jun 29, 2012 2:49 pm
JB1
JB1
29 June 2012

Plumber Quotes

Plumber Quotes

Townhouse... 2 bathrooms 3 toilets 3 gas points connection of water tank to toilets. downpipes etc.. $10k. Now, drainage plumber for storm water and sewerage, I rather…

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JB1
Jun 29, 2012 2:48 pm
TamK
TamK
24 June 2012

Demolition > Excavation > Footings - Which Tradesmen?

Demolition > Excavation > Footings - Which Tradesmen?

Where abouts are you? I'm in Perth so we may do things differently here. We used separate earthworks contractors to excavate and do the sand pad. After we'd got the…

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TamK
Jun 24, 2012 8:39 pm
foc1
foc1
15 June 2012

Material costs for an internal wall and a door.

Material costs for an internal wall and a door.

Timber studs should be around 450mm apart plus noggings pine is around $1.10 pm, then plaster around $12 per 1200x2400 sheet, dont forget finishing plaster for joins…

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foc1
Jun 15, 2012 10:27 am
PaulMac
PaulMac
14 June 2012

Roofing over the top of an old roof

Roofing over the top of an old roof

You can't lay Zinc over Gal, it will cause galvanic corrosion....

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PaulMac
Jun 14, 2012 9:29 pm

Still not sure where my photos have gone to. Gotta love the digital world. :) Timber been Delivered.…

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tristan
Jun 02, 2012 11:29 pm
tristan
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rnb design
Jun 01, 2012 6:34 pm
4drake9
4drake9
29 May 2012

cost to finish from lock up

cost to finish from lock up

Yep builderforlife is on it. Most of whats left should be realitivly easy to estimate. Drop you plans off to your local guy at home timber or mitre 10 one of those and he…

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4drake9
May 29, 2012 4:25 pm
Brett854
Brett854
27 May 2012

Roofing Problems help

Roofing Problems help

Hi, I'm not a qualified roof plumber but i do sell Colorbond roofing so i have a fair knowledge of all things roofing. Firstly you obviously have a very poorly installed…

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Brett854
May 27, 2012 9:41 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
26 May 2012

Curious about owner builder

Curious about owner builder

go for it youve got way more experience then we started with and even builders make mistakes you also have time on your side to actually research each stage and build it…

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bingoshelley
May 26, 2012 11:50 pm
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Bam
May 14, 2012 10:36 pm
Bam
djh53
djh53
12 May 2012

DH is a Building Supervisor but should we do it?

DH is a Building Supervisor but should we do it?

Tough one. Our kids were 3, 1 and one on the way when we built our place. We went OB because my wife had an unusual design, but we both found the experience stressful. …

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djh53
May 12, 2012 11:59 am
tristan
tristan
11 May 2012

Contract options for getting a builder to complete to lockup

Contract options for getting a builder to complete to lockup

Hi RiH, You will love it. I decided not to use a builder because i wanted to be the owner builder. but have some thoughts for you. :) If you are having a building…

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tristan
May 11, 2012 9:39 pm
tristan

Hi Our kit home supplier originally specified water resistant plasterboard for the alfresco and verandah linings. We are in a cold climate where we get a lot of fog and…

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paulw11
May 09, 2012 3:54 pm

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