I hope I don't have to get a permit for that wig, Shelly.
Am learning SO much from you guys already! Thanks.
We are in the same boat at the moment. We are looking at a modern homestead but would love to use some corrugated iron and render together somehow.
If anyone has…
Hi, First must say "things may have changed" BUT we renovated our home in Qld some 15 years ago. Took some of the roof off and got hit with a huge storm. Home insurance…
We are not quite into the build stage yet, but it will be in Bicton near Stammers shops. We are still waiting for our engineering drawings so we can go back to Melville…
oh here is the update you need to be a licence waterproofer to do new homes only so looks like my father has been ripped of ,it seems now he has to get other waterproofer…
Jan 16, 2011 8:05 pm
Looking for self-builder blogs
I'm not building an entire house but I am building an extension and garage plus doing a full renovation of an existing house (including re-trussing/replacing the roof). …
Color bond roofing
Interesting Freewill & ours were very close in costing = both around $40 to $45 sq m of roof!! both different sides of Oz but costing sooo close!
Suburb Sucharge from Tradies?
We have experience that, even when looking at builder some put on a premium just because of the suburb we are in, they must think we are all stupid.
Jan 27, 2011 8:25 pm
question on bulding permit plans
point taken on spending my time on other things!! I would have to retrain myself in Architectural Design & Regs of which I have done very little.
1. What do you do if you just cant get the revent tradesman to work on your project ( I have tried 6 times to get a plumber to give me a…
New Owner Builder in regional Victoria (west)
We are emabrking on the owner builder journey. I have a plan but need a good, reliable, knowledgable draftsman to draw up.…
Ground Slab vs suspended slab
I would have thought baccman means that he may consider building an elevated house, eg Queenslander type? and therefore wondering about the difference in structure given…
How much do arched windows cost?
We are building our home in Sydney for the very first time and are bit clueless about QUITE a few things:)
We have signed up for the tender and are in the…
Jan 30, 2011 8:15 pm
My 1200mmx2410mm bi-fold window cost me $2780 - not sure what size yours is - so that may be some type of comparison for you?
(this was upgraded before tender and contract stage)
looking for Builder and Draftsman
I'm in Sydney & have used a really good drafty - not sure where he's located - Newcastle way? He didn't have any problems travelling if we needed to. He's…
Here is a pic from the house we were renting last year - it came with a front loader that was siting on some drawers - was very…
Demolition of Suspended Slab - Help
Thanks for your suggestion, in the end we hired a concrete saw and did it in blocks. It was slow work but we got there in the end. We put the blocks into a skip bin so all…
Feb 03, 2011 2:39 pm
what licences do i need ????
The answer varies with the state you are in.
You obviously need a licenced electrician and plumber to sign off on their work, and in SA you would need a licenced…
Feb 07, 2011 12:20 pm
Few Tips for 1st time O/b's
CUTTING ROOF or WALL SHEETS : Helped a friend with a little roofing job today, which involved cutting a colourbond sheet length ways. he was very surprised when he saw how…
Owner Builders Courses
T&V this is our first O/B and it is going to be our dream home. We bought the land a few months ago and planned to use a builder originally, but now we are starting to…
Auctions for Bathrooms and Kitchens
grays in melb have some awesome kitchens at huge savings BUT you need to make sure they will fit the space you have and check all the cupboards and doors as some can be…
looking at owner building
ALWAYS go for 2 smaller tanks rather tha 1 big one - we put in a 90,000 lt rainwater tank attached to shed (& later house) b4 we built the house so we'd have rainwater as…
Help - should I be owner builder
My take on it is that it will be cheaper(initially), because no Home warranty Ins will be needed if you OB, unless you sell the house within 7 yrs (im talking NSW,…
hi from what i understand in victoria if your replacing an old roof like for like you can diy it if its a new roof then you need a plumbing certificate and cant diy it. my…
OB in NSW - new regulations make it hard?
We got in under the old $50 online diy course before the regs changed.
The new courses take more time and can be expensive but are probably still worth it as you could…
Extent of OB work.
Here's our list on a renno:
designed plans ourselves
got draftsman to draw them up
got surveyer in
made DA applicaiton ourselves
got engineer in
go plumber in, will dig…
OHS & Work Cover
I understand that WorkCover has no jurisdiction if you're an OB and living in the place.
WC said I didn't need workers comp if not employing anyone. I just need to…
What's better than hydrochloric acid?
For tools, you might want to try Crete-wash.
For walls, the trick is to scrap off all large lumps. You just want the acid to work on the last thin slice of mortar. Don't…
Feb 21, 2011 8:26 am
Acrows - new or 2nd hand?
I have purchased a couple on ebay second hand, seemed fine.
I noticed in Victoria they seem to sell for more than NSW 2nd hand.
Good idea to buy over hire and should get…
Feb 23, 2011 10:06 am