Owner Builder Forum
chrisandkateHow many alterations to your plans?
15 October 2012
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…
docker_robImporting products for our OB project - Now in Transit
5 October 2012
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 -…
building-expertBuilding permit Question (what now)
25 September 2012
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…
barkersontheblockTrue cost of owner building a kit home
23 September 2012
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…
jodgeBuilding new home in Hills area (First time owner builder)
2 September 2012
Hi tradingplus, there are lots of Hills areas. . . Which one? Sydney?
MJloUpdate contour survey after bulk excavation? Advise please
13 August 2012
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…
TamKWhen to switch from OB Insurance to Building Insurance?
19 July 2012
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…
delatite13Can I build two townhouses as a builder?
15 July 2012
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…
mimi23Help With Window Colour on Beige Rendered House
6 July 2012
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…
nick44Rules regarding a garage attached to a timber clad house ???
30 June 2012
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…
TamKDemolition > Excavation > Footings - Which Tradesmen?
24 June 2012
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…
foc1Material costs for an internal wall and a door.
15 June 2012
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…
djh53DH is a Building Supervisor but should we do it?
12 May 2012
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. …
tristanContract options for getting a builder to complete to lockup
11 May 2012
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…