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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 1:46 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 9:30 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 2:43 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 3:01 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 8:58 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 12:45 pm
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 7:05 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 11:29 pm
tomandkylie
tomandkylie
19 September 2010

What do you think will be under our 60 yo terrazzo floor?

What do you think will be under our 60 yo terrazzo floor?

Just an update in case anyone is considering doing something similar in the future. We looked at different ways that we could go over the top without removing this floor…

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tomandkylie
Sep 19, 2010 4:13 am
shelwin
shelwin
20 September 2010

New to OB'ing - it's been a while!

New to OB'ing - it's been a while!

Dragging this up from the depths! Things are going slowwwwly. We have decided not to borrow any money from the bank and will save up for the different stages instead,…

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shelwin
Sep 20, 2010 12:16 pm
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
21 September 2010

Rough pricing guide

Rough pricing guide

http://www.archicentre.com.au/pdf/Autumn%20Cost%20Guide_3_10-web.pdf This is what I was after. Hopefully it will assist others. I think…

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mrssnowden
Sep 21, 2010 3:49 pm
hassani
hassani
24 September 2010

Colourbond Roof

Colourbond Roof

Thanks Dirk & Bam. Much appreciated.

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hassani
Sep 24, 2010 12:46 pm
kristofw
kristofw
24 September 2010

Skillion Roof & Solar Panels Question

Skillion Roof & Solar Panels Question

Solar panels work best when set up at an angle that depends on the local latitude. You'll have to either have a bracket on your roof (but that will spoil your house…

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kristofw
Sep 24, 2010 5:36 pm
kristofw
kristofw
kristofw
27 September 2010

Perth OB freebies

Perth OB freebies

Anybody interested in free floor protection, please see http://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=51&t=38940 Chris

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kristofw
Sep 27, 2010 5:25 pm
kristofw
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
4 October 2010

Perth - Need someone to draw plans for council etc

Perth - Need someone to draw plans for council etc

I can probably help you out. Send me a PM of where your located and what your intending to do. Im SOR, cockburn area. Pat.

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Pat the draftie
Oct 04, 2010 10:34 am
Pat the draftie
dirkadirk
dirkadirk
4 October 2010

Colourbond v Tiles, opinions welcome

Colourbond v Tiles, opinions welcome

colorbond for us too with foil blanket insulation underneath. even with the roof not insulated yet we can hardly hear the rain on the roof.

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dirkadirk
Oct 04, 2010 7:39 pm
oldged
oldged
5 October 2010

Who does a site survey?

Who does a site survey?

Unless your block is very flat, which is does not sound like, then get the surveyor to provide contour survey for the area for the house and say 20 metres or so around it.…

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oldged
Oct 05, 2010 10:13 am
talkingdog
talkingdog
7 October 2010

Approx OB cost per square meter?

Approx OB cost per square meter?

facing the same dilema, I called a builder who does double storey narrow block (8metre) wide houses, and he just said $12k per square. Had the plans drawn up, and council…

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talkingdog
Oct 07, 2010 7:06 am
Bam
Bam
7 October 2010

Another OB question

Another OB question

You know what the license is? The payment of an annual fee :sh: And then you get to use their little logo and say your a RBP :: Annnyyyywaaayyyy... B Star is right and it…

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Bam
Oct 07, 2010 9:14 pm
Bam
Bam
Bam
9 October 2010

Hi People need some help with pricing

Hi People need some help with pricing

I meant that you were in NSW but I was in Vic and therefore couldnt help :P But thought Id let people know you where in NSW... yep. One of those nights ::wornout::

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Bam
Oct 09, 2010 10:21 pm
Bam
Bam
Bam
10 October 2010

Stick or Pre nail wall frame

Stick or Pre nail wall frame

I dont actually know what the i-beam system encompasses. But we were told it was the cheapest option for subfloors. For some reason I highly doubt it is actually steel…

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Bam
Oct 10, 2010 2:37 pm
Bam
buildgranny
buildgranny
10 October 2010

Costing for Strip Footings and stumps

Costing for Strip Footings and stumps

Hi Tom and Kylie sounds good and I think it can be done at a lower price I'm in Sydney NSW Kal Hi Kal, Let us know what state you're in and…

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buildgranny
Oct 10, 2010 3:54 pm
lihe1314
lihe1314
12 October 2010

Flood Study Required, When How and How Much

Flood Study Required, When How and How Much

Hi, Did you ever sort out your flood study? I live in Brisbane, and the local council here provide that report to all rate payers free. You can…

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lihe1314
Oct 12, 2010 4:41 pm
TheOK
TheOK
17 October 2010

Hemcrete

Hemcrete

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TheOK
Oct 17, 2010 4:33 pm
TheOK
Heneric
Heneric
18 October 2010

banks don't like owner builders....

banks don't like owner builders....
1, 2

There are only a few lender that lend to owner builders, and there are only a few brokers that actuly take the pain to understand this type of finance. When a friend of…

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Heneric
Oct 18, 2010 3:12 pm
Nathan Peart
Nathan Peart
20 October 2010

the 20k rule

the 20k rule

There are 2 options in WA when building something over the 20k mark. Firstly get a registered builder to build it or secondly the owner obtains an owner builder license…

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Nathan Peart
Oct 20, 2010 11:49 am
chippy
chippy
21 October 2010

Conventionally pitched VS truss roof? Chippies, anyone??

Conventionally pitched VS truss roof? Chippies, anyone??

In WA stick roof construction is still the most common. Roofing carpenters are there own little sub-trade. Trusses (steel and timber) are slowly becoming more popular. In…

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chippy
Oct 21, 2010 1:22 am
chippy
naddis01
naddis01
3 November 2010

How much $ does a Complying Development (CDC) cost in NSW?

How much $ does a Complying Development (CDC) cost in NSW?

I think it depends on your council. Ours was just under $2k for the whole lot, the only thing left to pay is the sewer connection (so that was application, construction…

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naddis01
Nov 03, 2010 2:25 pm
grom40
grom40
8 November 2010

simonds home - 10 years old - where can access plans?

simonds home - 10 years old - where can access plans?

Did you buy from the people who originally built the house? If so maybe they might have a copy of the plans hanging around which they could include in the documents they…

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grom40
Nov 08, 2010 5:08 pm
grom40
TheOK
TheOK
9 November 2010

ADSL Connection

ADSL Connection

in 'Control Panel' , 'Internet Options' , 'Connections' ....check... 'Never dial a connection' .... LAN settings should be blank. ..if that doesn't work call you ISP.

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TheOK
Nov 09, 2010 6:20 pm
TheOK
serialstyler
serialstyler
11 November 2010

Red Tounge Swelling & Internal Framing (Steel)

Red Tounge Swelling & Internal Framing (Steel)

Yes, I think thats what we are going to do. We have been told the outside cladding can go on only after framing inspection because we have bracing & the inspector needs to…

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serialstyler
Nov 11, 2010 7:52 pm
serialstyler
YBBroker
YBBroker
13 November 2010

cladding that doesnt need to be painted

cladding that doesnt need to be painted

Don't use cedar, you'll still have to maintain it otherwise it'll go black. Theres a nice aluminium product called alucobond (do a google search) but it's not cheap -…

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YBBroker
Nov 13, 2010 5:57 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
13 November 2010

show me your plans

show me your plans

Show me your plan,here are mine…

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Raleighfarm
Nov 13, 2010 10:53 pm
Raleighfarm
chippy
chippy
15 November 2010

Perth Utilities Questions

Perth Utilities Questions

If you are OB'ing then get your site workers to do everything for you in one hit. We had them come in with the excavator and dig in the soakwells (1500 and 1800, 3 in…

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chippy
Nov 15, 2010 12:10 am
chippy
kayandandy
kayandandy
16 November 2010

Disaster clearly averted!!!!!!!

Disaster clearly averted!!!!!!!

Promise I will ..... As soon as all the millions of windows have been moved!

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kayandandy
Nov 16, 2010 12:53 am
1sthome
1sthome
19 November 2010

cost of plans

cost of plans
1, 2

We got ours done for $600 by a Draftsman. We already had our sketches with measurements and the full layout planned. Only doing internal changes and adding on 2 rooms for…

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1sthome
Nov 19, 2010 4:00 pm
Bam
Bam
19 November 2010

Finding the right builder for the job - Brunswick Melbourne

Finding the right builder for the job - Brunswick Melbourne

I cant help with the project manager, but if you decide to get individual tradies we have a great excavator!

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Bam
Nov 19, 2010 9:50 pm
Bam
jazzman1974
jazzman1974
20 November 2010

Plumbers in Perth

Plumbers in Perth

thanks Kay we will be building steel frame home, with gyprock and cladding, so wont need a brickie or plasterer. but thanks for the offer!

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jazzman1974
Nov 20, 2010 2:53 pm
Bam
Bam
21 November 2010

Framing/Carpenter Costs

Framing/Carpenter Costs

Our house is 345sqm (37squares) and cost for materials and labour for framing (subfloor, frames and roof) came in at $38,485.23.

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Bam
Nov 21, 2010 7:42 pm
Bam
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
23 November 2010

Interesting article - couple saved 50k

Interesting article - couple saved 50k

I wish I could read the catalogue rofl. That mirrored stuff looks nice :-)

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MrsGreen
Nov 23, 2010 1:48 am
MrsGreen
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
23 November 2010

doors and door handles (internal)

doors and door handles (internal)

Do you have pics in your thread Raleigh.. i've flicked through back to page 30 but have only seen floors :-) Our cabinet maker had a small range…

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Raleighfarm
Nov 23, 2010 10:33 pm
Raleighfarm
xln747
xln747
27 November 2010

Slab cost estimate Perth

Slab cost estimate Perth

Cheers for that Nathan. That comes out at close to 2 x the cubic metre cost at approx $260 per cu m so hopefully I'm not too far off in my estimate.

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xln747
Nov 27, 2010 1:23 am
OSD Construction
OSD Construction
27 November 2010

Onsite Detention Tank

Onsite Detention Tank

Hi, My name is Darren from Osd construction. My company deals with the construction of these tanks. I would be more then happy to assist you if you wish. You can send me…

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OSD Construction
Nov 27, 2010 9:00 am
Kazalenko
Kazalenko
28 November 2010

Building on a very steep slope!

Building on a very steep slope!

We are in a similar situation - very steep site but worth it for the views! We are cutting into the site to build in a basement/garage which will result in high concrete…

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Kazalenko
Nov 28, 2010 10:19 pm
Bam
Bam
29 November 2010

scaffolding dilemma

scaffolding dilemma

What bout looking at hiring just a labourer? Hubby is a cabinet maker (obviously) but was able to help out our chippy heaps. Im sure a labourer would be able to help him…

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Bam
Nov 29, 2010 11:48 am
Bam
henry218
henry218
30 November 2010

what kind of drawing to submit for approval in DONCASTER ?

what kind of drawing to submit for approval in DONCASTER ?

hi all, im new to the forum, been looking around for awhile. Next year we would like to build a new 2 townhouse on our block. our block is in DONCASTER area, we were…

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henry218
Nov 30, 2010 6:49 pm
donR
donR
30 November 2010

Need a good Architectural Design..???

Need a good Architectural Design..???

I have done an owner builder reno and had a great architectural draftsman draw up the plans and submit through council all for a very affordable cash payment. I have a…

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donR
Nov 30, 2010 11:09 pm
donR
donR
30 November 2010

To OB or not to OB...

To OB or not to OB...

I'm also starting a new owner builder project (whole house) and have also hired a project manager who was a previous builder and worked for a few years for one of a…

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donR
Nov 30, 2010 11:18 pm

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