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jemsaf
jemsaf
10 February 2012

Finishing documentation for Building permit.

Finishing documentation for Building permit.

Ok so we have most things ready for our building permit but my question is did your draftsman/architect provide you with; - project specifications, - computation and…

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jemsaf
Feb 10, 2012 10:41 am
Delton05
Delton05
10 February 2012

Estimating-Temp Power, Fencing, & Loo

Estimating-Temp Power, Fencing, & Loo

No. I'm not after that type of large-holed barrier.... though the price is right. What I've seen on building sites is a green, shadecloth-like, tightly weaved barrier…

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Delton05
Feb 09, 2012 11:00 pm
JMAP
JMAP
9 February 2012

Is there a Checklist for Certificate For Occupancy????

Is there a Checklist for Certificate For Occupancy????
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Same situation here... Just spoke to my council (Fairfield, NSW) and even they are not 100% clear. Initially the girl on the phone said it has to be built to spec of the…

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JMAP
Feb 09, 2012 1:12 pm
tilley
tilley
8 February 2012

Render colour help

Render colour help

Hi great site found loads of helpful stuff .Now can anyone help me what colour do you think works best as a render Spanish white or Pollinate half or Buff it with Merino…

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tilley
Feb 08, 2012 8:44 pm
Leighlou
Leighlou
29 January 2012

Help with Render Colour selection

Help with Render Colour selection

Hi rocketship and D@n! Thanks for your input, it's very much appreciated. We ARE building in a beach suburb in Perth called Iluka (I am pleased the design appears to…

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Leighlou
Jan 29, 2012 8:46 pm
Philby17
Philby17
29 January 2012

First Home Owner's Bonus

First Home Owner's Bonus

Thanks Pauankim - it sounds like good advice. The only thing about that is that among the documents you must submit with an owner/builder application are evidence of the…

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Philby17
Jan 29, 2012 3:52 pm
rocketship
rocketship
28 January 2012

Trade price for owner builders in melbourne

Trade price for owner builders in melbourne

Hi donuts9999, I can't help with specific places to shop but as an owner/builder the best way to get good prices is to do your homework, shop around and bargain with all…

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rocketship
Jan 28, 2012 7:19 am
samjesse
samjesse
25 January 2012

building a second floor on a current office

building a second floor on a current office

Hi I have an 100m ground floor office. brick wall with steel bar roof covered with metal sheets, located in Liverpool Sydney. it is part of a strata. The office opens up…

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samjesse
Jan 25, 2012 8:12 am
jemsaf
jemsaf
22 January 2012

Sourcing materials - Recycled Bricks

Sourcing materials - Recycled Bricks

We've had one quote for $0.796 plus GST each so $7442.60 all up for 8500 but we're trying to reduce costs as much as we can. :)

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jemsaf
Jan 22, 2012 6:10 pm
Delton05
Delton05
16 January 2012

Website/s where suppliers can bid for OB listings?

Website/s where suppliers can bid for OB listings?

Fortunately for the consumer, the retail front model that has made him $1B+ off the toil of hardworking Aussies is fast going the way of the dinosaurs ... no wonder he is…

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Delton05
Jan 16, 2012 8:35 pm
bashworth
bashworth
16 January 2012

Questions about Wall and Roof Insulation - Batts, Sarking et

Questions about Wall and Roof Insulation - Batts, Sarking et

There are a few of different materials you are talking about. Basically a building wrap keeps the rain out of the building and keeps the insulation in the proper place(…

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bashworth
Jan 16, 2012 2:23 pm
bashworth
princemyheart
princemyheart
15 January 2012

When is a kit home....not....?

When is a kit home....not....?

So I bought a lovely kit home. They were great about reconfiguring to suit us. I have a fantastic solar passive, open plan kit home half built. This kit consists of…

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princemyheart
Jan 15, 2012 4:31 pm
tristan
tristan
11 January 2012

Discount Card for OB's

Discount Card for OB's

LOL Bunnings. Since receiving my OB card i have received a total discount of $2 and spent over 1k..... It is a joke, but every dollar saved is a dollar saved. I have…

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tristan
Jan 11, 2012 4:27 pm
tristan
flawboards
flawboards
11 January 2012

polycarbonate roofing

polycarbonate roofing

I have built a verandah and am about to cover it in polycarbonate roofing. I have a choice between suntuf and laserlite 2000 products. Has anyone any feedback about the…

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flawboards
Jan 11, 2012 9:27 am
MissyP
MissyP
8 January 2012

Owner Builder Friendly Estimator, do they exist?

Owner Builder Friendly Estimator, do they exist?

Just stumbled upon this thread. Thanks NickS for this information and your time, I am seriously considering using this mob. They sound great.

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MissyP
Jan 08, 2012 12:11 am
MissyP
Escape2country
Escape2country
23 December 2011

Buying Land, traps and tricks?

Buying Land, traps and tricks?
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Depending on your slope and exact layering of subsoil, you may not even need piers. That will depend on what the engineer comes up with , not…

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Escape2country
Dec 23, 2011 7:38 pm
Eiffel
Eiffel
17 December 2011

Chippy's Build. We're in! Not finished, but almost.

Chippy's Build. We're in! Not finished, but almost.
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Hi Chippy - hope you are still around?? Just came across your thread and was hoping you may have a picture of your kitchen bench/upstand all…

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Eiffel
Dec 17, 2011 1:39 pm
Eiffel
billyz
billyz
15 December 2011

concreter needed, Melbourne Northern Subs......please!

concreter needed, Melbourne Northern Subs......please!

hi lisa give SA Concrete a call on 0418 126 945 (Shannon) he did a bit of concrete work around our house including an amazing exposed aggregate driveway his from dooreen

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billyz
Dec 15, 2011 2:22 pm
Steve
Steve
12 December 2011

Feature posts

Feature posts

a) Yes it is possible. You could treat them and put them inground (ie traditional post and beam style) or you could pour concret pad footings and attach the posts to them…

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Steve
Dec 12, 2011 10:42 am
Steve
Stewie D
Stewie D
1 December 2011

mixing concrete for footings

mixing concrete for footings

They ( either the certifier or the engineer ) won't test it but usually the engineer wants to have a look at the footing steel in place before the concrete pour and…

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Stewie D
Nov 30, 2011 11:12 pm
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
22 November 2011

DIY kitchen

DIY kitchen

I was going to get the integration kit and yes put them each behind a door. I will see if our builder/carpenter will return to help us with this as I found the specs a bit…

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mrssnowden
Nov 22, 2011 8:47 am
MissVintage
MissVintage
17 November 2011

Schloss am Meer .... ten weeks in!

Schloss am Meer .... ten weeks in!
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Hey K - I cant believe you have been in for 10 weeks. That is so so great, you must be happy with that. I cant wait to come round and have a look, your decoration ideas…

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MissVintage
Nov 17, 2011 5:47 pm
MissVintage
Flatlined
Flatlined
15 November 2011

How to build stud walls within existing sloped ceiling?

How to build stud walls within existing sloped ceiling?

Wow. Thanks very much for the answers. In my diagram I tried to show a wall in the centre of the room (coming towards us in my picture in the…

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Flatlined
Nov 15, 2011 9:36 am
Flatlined
chippy
chippy
7 November 2011

2nd Fix Questions

2nd Fix Questions

Hi Yetti. I assume you mean Hardi sheet not hardiplank for your eaves. The usual way to fix the eaves lining isn't as you have described. The sheet fits into a groove in…

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chippy
Nov 07, 2011 9:55 am
chippy
veseli
veseli
3 November 2011

Owner builder project management software ?

Owner builder project management software ?

The best one is Microsoft Project. All others are just copies. As someone mentioned no software will tell you how long it will take one plumber to install pipes, unless…

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veseli
Nov 03, 2011 8:47 pm
Nika25
Nika25
31 October 2011

House drawings

House drawings

We needed the same for our 26sq double-storey house. As I mentioned before in other topic we found very good draftsman, who did it for only $2k, including land surveying,…

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Nika25
Oct 31, 2011 9:05 am
Nika25
amgsl55
amgsl55
28 October 2011

Good Plumbers in Adelaide?

Good Plumbers in Adelaide?

All Works Plumbing, they live up that side of town. Have an excellent reputation in Adelaide - speak to Gabor

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amgsl55
Oct 28, 2011 3:01 pm
newob2011
newob2011
25 October 2011

Recommendations for Southern Sydney

Recommendations for Southern Sydney

I am a new Owner Builder and about to embark on a major brick veneer extension and other modifications to my house in the St George/Sutherland area. With work commitments…

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newob2011
Oct 25, 2011 7:38 pm
Ballabil
Ballabil
24 October 2011

glass balustrading

glass balustrading

Hi Ed thanks again for your reply . I will start my description again and I will post a pic . We have several decks the one in question is upstairs. As a balustrading we…

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Ballabil
Oct 24, 2011 3:02 pm
veryupset
veryupset
19 October 2011

Tiler & painting quotes?

Tiler & painting quotes?

My parents have just been ripped off by a con man who while a licenced painter has taken advantage of their old age. The house looks awful. I wish I was allowed to put…

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veryupset
Oct 19, 2011 12:35 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 October 2011

Owner Builder Loan - Independent Advice Report Builder Recom

Owner Builder Loan - Independent Advice Report Builder Recom

I'd still approach a couple of builders rather than anyone else for this and pay them for their time as you already mention. Probably quicker and cheaper. Stewie

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Stewie D
Oct 19, 2011 8:14 am
B STAR
B STAR
17 October 2011

locked up stage

locked up stage

Generally lock up will be about 60% of the final cost of a house but this could vary by +/- 10%.depending on the level of…

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B STAR
Oct 17, 2011 10:28 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 October 2011

Your Home

Your Home
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My comments about sustainable features adding costs to a build were concerning mostly solar power and water tanks. All the other things already mentioned like orientation…

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Stewie D
Oct 17, 2011 8:33 am
Victoria_g06
Victoria_g06
17 October 2011

PLEASE COMMENT- poured concrete (colured) ‘installed’

PLEASE COMMENT- poured concrete (colured) ‘installed’

I that happened on the renovators.. I think they had to repour the top layer because the rain weakened the top layer. ( I think he had to scrape some off) It was keenan…

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Victoria_g06
Oct 17, 2011 5:56 am
Victoria_g06
Art
Art
14 October 2011

What parts of the build did the budget blowout during OB'ing

What parts of the build did the budget blowout during OB'ing

This is where we blew out * bathroom fixtures and fittings * cabinetry * tiling This was because I chose rectified tiles and had them done…

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Art
Oct 14, 2011 3:01 pm
docker_rob
docker_rob
14 October 2011

pad footings size

pad footings size

Footings size, type of cement mix, and steel within - should all be determined by an Engineer I know Clay footings are different to sand footings and even then different…

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docker_rob
Oct 14, 2011 6:50 am
docker_rob
chatterbox
chatterbox
11 October 2011

what happens at a house final??

what happens at a house final??

Hi, Can anyone tell me what actually happens when the person comes around to give you the house final?? I know they will want to see the various certificates -…

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chatterbox
Oct 11, 2011 6:40 pm
Fitzyplumber
Fitzyplumber
9 October 2011

Plumber - Hourly Rate or quote?

Plumber - Hourly Rate or quote?

you get what you pay for if you dont know how fast they work the $88 plumber could be slow but the $65 could be fast if un sure just stick with the quote (its safe) but…

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Fitzyplumber
Oct 09, 2011 9:32 pm
Fitzyplumber
Fitzyplumber
9 October 2011

Estimating cost of Steel Frame Kit Home

Estimating cost of Steel Frame Kit Home

Hi massa i am just about to do the same i do have a size house in my head but want to know how much it will roughly cost if what i think is cheap i will upsize the house…

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Fitzyplumber
Oct 09, 2011 9:04 pm
fireflies
fireflies
7 October 2011

Downlights - what should I look for?

Downlights - what should I look for?

Hi there, I've been looking at downlights on Ebay and wondering what sort of things I should be looking for? I would like LED ldownlights but I am…

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fireflies
Oct 07, 2011 9:51 pm
fairy blue
fairy blue
6 October 2011

BUDGET - What did you forget?

BUDGET - What did you forget?

No worries, gotta fill my school holidays some how!

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fairy blue
Oct 06, 2011 5:11 pm
fairy blue
chardy
chardy
1 October 2011

Owner build granny in light steel - Any advice?

Owner build granny in light steel - Any advice?

Thanks Fireflies. Very happy with comfort, the whole house heat recovery ventilation is essential though as it is quite an airtight construction. No problems with…

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chardy
Oct 01, 2011 2:13 am
chardy
Hills Guy
Hills Guy
29 September 2011

Price of Steel Framed Kit Homes

Price of Steel Framed Kit Homes

I built with Nu-steel homes and found the cost to get their guys to do some of the work was excessive. I have since heard that the manager at the time was getting quotes…

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Hills Guy
Sep 29, 2011 11:31 pm
Leamary
Leamary
25 September 2011

Round or Square Holes for Foundations

Round or Square Holes for Foundations

Thanks for all the advice everyone. The holes are actually 600mm deep so will do some test digging by hand anyway - luckily it's a sandy loam which, being a gardener as…

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Leamary
Sep 25, 2011 2:59 pm
piscean
piscean
24 September 2011

To Use a Site Supervisor or Not!!

To Use a Site Supervisor or Not!!

this just sounds like miscommunication, because he quoted you on arranging the tradies and materials initially, he only added on the extra when you also asked him to also…

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piscean
Sep 24, 2011 4:18 pm
lowau
lowau
23 September 2011

Two storey houses and scaffolding

Two storey houses and scaffolding

Shop around for scaffolding. I got quotes ranging from $8800 for 4 weeks, $450 per week afterwards to $4500 for 4 weeks and $250 after. This was all up for two town…

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lowau
Sep 23, 2011 3:50 pm


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