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gkx64
gkx64
1 June 2010

OB in S E suburb of Melbourne

OB in S E suburb of Melbourne

Hi Dirk. I am building in the Rowville area, have become OB because builder have dragged on since February, took his advice that I would have the house to lock up stage…

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gkx64
Jun 01, 2010 1:11 am
theyetti
theyetti
4 June 2010

Would you bother washing the frame?

Would you bother washing the frame?

It might be a good idea to check if any corrosion has occurred while the frame was sitting on the ground. Our frame was delivered a week before it was installed but we it…

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theyetti
Jun 04, 2010 10:04 pm

Peg Out Query

Peg Out Query

One thing to be careful about- if you are measuring, make sure the tape is level- as if you measure down a slope the distance will not be correct- and this may be more…

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dennis restoration
Jun 08, 2010 11:00 pm
sonic
sonic
11 June 2010

Discounts from Suppliers & Tradies

Discounts from Suppliers & Tradies

thanks for that Bory, I can see an education coming on! :? Will talk to them again.

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sonic
Jun 11, 2010 6:41 am
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
12 June 2010

After general advice on OB

After general advice on OB

We decided to OB because we couldn't find what we wanted anywhere else (we have a kit with a homestead/heritage style home) and no builder wanted to build anything like…

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Raleighfarm
Jun 12, 2010 10:45 pm
Raleighfarm
noworriesdimi
noworriesdimi
13 June 2010

Buying colourbond facia and gutter

Buying colourbond facia and gutter

thanks! there is one in Sunshine as well, not far from me, I ll try them :)

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noworriesdimi
Jun 13, 2010 11:47 pm
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
15 June 2010

Reasons why I am glad I am OBing!

Reasons why I am glad I am OBing!

I tend to agree with you there kayandandy, our neighbour was telling me their experience with their builder who was charging like a wounded bull for little upgrades. …

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dirkadirk
Jun 15, 2010 8:44 pm
karenr
karenr
15 June 2010

sourcing own materials

sourcing own materials

foc1 - any tips on how you managed to build this for $10k? Would love any advice you have!

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karenr
Jun 15, 2010 9:50 pm
chippy
chippy
17 June 2010

Building License: Need Structural engineer Perth WA

Building License: Need Structural engineer Perth WA

Yes that's them. They were cheaper than my estimate for engineering so I was happy with that. I got one other quote and it was 3 times as much as I paid for Prompot. The…

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chippy
Jun 17, 2010 9:33 pm
chippy
kayandandy
kayandandy
18 June 2010

On the road

On the road

Well things started happening really quickly and now we have one massive wall! I have ordered my double glazed windows and the show is well and truely on the road. We…

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kayandandy
Jun 18, 2010 12:27 am
borg
borg
21 June 2010

Stages of owner building...

Stages of owner building...
1, 2

The trouble with estimates there are always going to be many variables. I think estimates are important however the builder should be researching this. and as an owner…

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borg
Jun 21, 2010 10:53 am
borg
CoNNiE
CoNNiE
23 June 2010

What do I do first?

What do I do first?

My first step was to have a play around and come up with my own plan first. That way, I had gone through all the changes on my own, without having to pay a draftie to make…

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CoNNiE
Jun 23, 2010 4:53 pm
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theyetti
Jun 27, 2010 10:14 am
jazzman1974
jazzman1974
27 June 2010

Poetic Justice!

Poetic Justice!

what was he using power for at night?? weird! glad to hear that some1's karma came back to bite them in the asse! J

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jazzman1974
Jun 27, 2010 10:20 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
1 July 2010

Electrical wiring costs per downlight/powerpoint

Electrical wiring costs per downlight/powerpoint

our electrician charged us all up $6980.00 this includes underground wiring from pit to meterbox,main earth switch, smoke detector,switchboard,wiring to hot water…

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bingoshelley
Jul 01, 2010 12:32 am
jbarrington13
jbarrington13
6 July 2010

Re: Needed : Tiler in Perth with references.

Re: Needed : Tiler in Perth with references.

Hi, I have a house in Balcatta in Perth, WA that needs the laundry tiled. The cabinets are all in and it needs the floor done and also the tiling above the counters. We…

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jbarrington13
Jul 06, 2010 12:25 pm
ring09
ring09
6 July 2010

Melbourne Cabinet makers recommendation help.

Melbourne Cabinet makers recommendation help.

Try 'The Kitchen Company' they are based on Bayswater and I know travel all over metro melbourne, I am sure they will be able to help you.

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ring09
Jul 06, 2010 1:29 pm
ring09
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
8 July 2010

Colorbond roof, Frame & Truss recs Eastern subs melbourne?

Colorbond roof, Frame & Truss recs Eastern subs melbourne?

hi welcome to ob world for trusses and frames try epping timber yard and trusspro ballarat we found these the most competive dont think you have to source suppliers…

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bingoshelley
Jul 08, 2010 12:25 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
11 July 2010

OB course recommendation?

OB course recommendation?

Thanks bingoshelley, having an overwhelming week. Finding the whole OB thing really tough, especially with 5 kids on school holidays! Really need the new house!

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Raleighfarm
Jul 11, 2010 10:38 pm
Raleighfarm
suprok
suprok
12 July 2010

Anyone want to recommend a drafter or Architect in Melbourne

Anyone want to recommend a drafter or Architect in Melbourne

Hi, We are in the same situation - could we get the PMs as well please. Inner west Melbourne. Thanks, Mark.

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suprok
Jul 12, 2010 11:11 pm
Lex
Lex
13 July 2010

Piering in wet weather

Piering in wet weather

No worries kel ... best of luck with the rest of your build!

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Lex
Jul 13, 2010 1:39 pm
Lex
xln747
xln747
25 July 2010

Pad, slab and plumber recommendations perth

Pad, slab and plumber recommendations perth

Thanks kayandandy, any help appreciated, Brickie details would be great too

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xln747
Jul 25, 2010 2:15 pm

Moving this to Coffee Break.... assuming it is legitimate or something? :/

Guest
Jan 01, 1970 10:00 am
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
1 August 2010

Newbie OB - is it worth it ?

Newbie OB - is it worth it ?

Reducing your overall cost is the result. Project management is your purpose in being OB. To do this you need to have a very clear idea of time management in the form of a…

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mrssnowden
Aug 01, 2010 8:19 pm
Leamary
Leamary
1 August 2010

Reports Needed for DA

Reports Needed for DA

Thanks for that, got a few quotes from cheap as chips to half that of the first one. Problem is, they all wanted to include different things. So had a hard time trying…

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Leamary
Aug 01, 2010 9:17 pm
buildme
buildme
1 August 2010

How To Purchase Land.

How To Purchase Land.

Thanks Rowena, When you say building is the cheaper way to go do you mean compared to Renting or actual building yourself & not a kit home ? Cheers, Mick.

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buildme
Aug 01, 2010 10:02 pm
suh
suh
2 August 2010

My dad wants to do things differently.

My dad wants to do things differently.

ooops good point karen was thinking of another site but maybe the mods could add a renovaters section hmmmmmm…

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suh
Aug 02, 2010 4:22 pm
suh
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
9 August 2010

harkaway kit homes

harkaway kit homes

Have a look at my thread and the house that I am building...its design is similar to the nice big white Harkaway design. The Kit place we got ours from has some great…

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Raleighfarm
Aug 09, 2010 11:52 pm
Raleighfarm
kayandandy
kayandandy
12 August 2010

finance

finance

hi there I know this has often been a topic of discussion and with the recent GFC finance is more difficult. Our archtiect told us about htis lot. We have a viridian so…

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kayandandy
Aug 12, 2010 6:41 pm
Ross
Ross
16 August 2010

BlueScope Steel Framing

BlueScope Steel Framing

Could anyone give me their experiences building with Steel framing? It seems to be coming much more popular. I am planning on Owner Building and am much more comfortable…

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Ross
Aug 16, 2010 2:16 pm
TDS
TDS
18 August 2010

Polished concrete - getting access to basement

Polished concrete - getting access to basement

Hi TDS, Building in Newport, Melbourne - won't be starting until after xmas, but need to research 10,000 things since we're owner building & it's…

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TDS
Aug 18, 2010 10:06 pm
vivica7604
vivica7604
27 August 2010

Slab higher than front footpath

Slab higher than front footpath

Thanks everyone my mind is at rest ::smile::

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vivica7604
Aug 27, 2010 7:41 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
28 August 2010

OB in Victoria - Nearly Done!!

OB in Victoria - Nearly Done!!
1, 2, 3

wow katie congrats to you both looking awesome cant wait for final pis with everything in its place. :: :: ::

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bingoshelley
Aug 28, 2010 9:09 pm
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
30 August 2010

auctions in sydney

auctions in sydney

OK I've been to Laws and was incredibly disappointed. The woman working there told me they no longer have a tile auction - which is what I went for. I also needed a door…

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mrssnowden
Aug 30, 2010 8:40 am
kayandandy
kayandandy
1 September 2010

Anyone used a building estimator or project manager before?

Anyone used a building estimator or project manager before?

Sorry to hear your tales of woe. We are OBing but have a project manager and had a professional estimation done too. Our project manager is our architect and it has been…

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kayandandy
Sep 01, 2010 12:41 am
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
1 September 2010

Feet first into OB

Feet first into OB
1, 2, 3

Excellent move...love it.

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Raleighfarm
Sep 01, 2010 12:46 pm
Raleighfarm
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
1 September 2010

Someone give me Advice on being a home owner builder

Someone give me Advice on being a home owner builder

Thanks Richard for that advice. Its just that i am frustrated with builders who i believe charges alot for everything. I am being charged 550k…

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dirkadirk
Sep 01, 2010 8:30 pm
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
2 September 2010

Suspended slab

Suspended slab

Have you not seen a decent sized mix on the floor? WA Marble & Granite have a handful of polished mixes on the floor to view, I think they're roughly 2m x 2m, certainly…

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MrsGreen
Sep 02, 2010 1:43 am
MrsGreen
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
7 September 2010

Extension House Plans - Opinions Needed

Extension House Plans - Opinions Needed

Could you make your main entry point the proposed laundry door? This would give you more space in the front of house to play with and remove the bend in the hallway. You…

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mrssnowden
Sep 07, 2010 2:01 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
7 September 2010

SOG and ONC the Conc!!!!

SOG and ONC the Conc!!!!
1, 2, 3

hahaha ... yeh well try yellow pages :wink:

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onc_artisan
Sep 07, 2010 7:58 pm
onc_artisan
buildme
buildme
9 September 2010

Rammed Earth Strawbale Walls

Rammed Earth Strawbale Walls

Thanks Thirsty :wink: Good luck with your journey into looking into this and thanks for your info. Cheers Arcadia, I thought it might have been a bit of overkill, and thanks…

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buildme
Sep 09, 2010 11:45 am
kexkez
kexkez
11 September 2010

Perth OBers ... roof plumbing recommendations

Perth OBers ... roof plumbing recommendations

HI Kristofw thank you for removing the information yourself. Otherwise I suspect, having not seen the original post, there would have been an official warning and…

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kexkez
Sep 11, 2010 6:05 pm
kexkez
Dinko
Dinko
15 September 2010

Soil test + Site survey + site levels (contour)

Soil test + Site survey + site levels (contour)

ahaa..thanks very much guys..I'll just tell them to do the whole lot when they get in touch to organize the access..thanks for the wise suggestions.. ::

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Dinko
Sep 15, 2010 10:29 pm


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