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With the help of a friend, I put up the carport beams yesterday. The beams are 300x60 treated LVLs which I stained white. My work with the carport is finished. Just…

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kasra nedlands
Apr 17, 2017 2:49 pm
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sparky_JsP
15 April
Owner Building in PerthOwner Building in Perth
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Ha Ha, just realised you sent this a year ago! Sorry, haven't had much to do with this forum for a while, re-jigging things!

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sparky_JsP
Apr 15, 2017 10:33 pm
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cat_dunc
Apr 10, 2017 4:22 pm
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NADT
29 January
Modified Camden supplied by PAAL homesModified Camden supplied by PAAL homes
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Congratulations on moving into your beautiful home! What an amazing job you've done. We've looked through your posts quickly and great photos. Just one question ( and…

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NADT
Jan 29, 2017 8:21 am
Builtbyjane
16 January
Building Owner Builder in South Western AustraliaBuilding Owner Builder in South Western Australia

Hey just wondering how your project went/ is going? I'll be starting a owner build in Bridgetown this year, first time! Any local recommendations? Anyone to steer clear of? TIA

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Builtbyjane
Jan 16, 2017 11:47 am
JB1
6 January
Owner Builder InsuranceOwner Builder Insurance

Concreters poured water that contained some concrete into my storm water drain. It blocked my 200mm pvc pipe. It wasn't solid concrete but hard enough to block it. It…

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JB1
Jan 06, 2017 9:32 pm
RuffTuff
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27 November 2016
Studio (fancy shed) buildStudio (fancy shed) build
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Well, we finally got our full council approval! We already had a 10a approval but then we started running art classes and the authorities deemed we now had to reclassify…

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RuffTuff
Nov 27, 2016 9:04 am
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GabrielleRenee
9 October 2016
Tradie recommendations Perth HillsTradie recommendations Perth Hills

Hey there, My partner is a quailed plumbing contractor, We recently started our own business called Banrock Pluming based out of Ellenbrook We should be able to help you…

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GabrielleRenee
Oct 09, 2016 6:31 pm
RuffTuff
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9 October 2016
EcoStay building projectEcoStay building project

The optimistic version is "a few weeks" but the pessimistic version is "probably this year". So, I guess it's somewhere between the two.

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RuffTuff
Oct 09, 2016 10:31 am
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James Austin
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5 August 2016
Owner Builder insuranceOwner Builder insurance

I've been speaking with all risk, easy to deal with and the policy looks good, when compared to others i've been researching .....but you never really know until you make a claim

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James Austin
Aug 05, 2016 10:55 am
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OBExplorer
2 August 2016
OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)OB vs Builder for extension (in WA)

Hi - I need some advice specifically in context of an extension, not complete new build. I see plenty of posts re: pros & cons of OB vs project builder for a new build but…

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OBExplorer
Aug 02, 2016 1:51 am
manofaus
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10 June 2016
Guidance with schedule of work!Guidance with schedule of work!

Most of the house: plumbing, electrical, airconditioning, vacuum rough in. insulation and linings. Again mark out fixtures and document. Paint out. Electrical fit out.…

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manofaus
Jun 10, 2016 5:53 pm
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browne
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4 May 2016
Looking for supervisor for owner-builder projectLooking for supervisor for owner-builder project

Hi All, We have decided to go down the OB route for our renovation and extension - 1905 house front remaining with modern extension on a western suburbs block. We have a…

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browne
May 04, 2016 2:44 pm
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Bigblock7
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25 April 2016
Energy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rulesEnergy Rating exceptions and flexibility of rules

Have you considered something that is portable? Like a tiny home on skids or trailer?

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Bigblock7
Apr 25, 2016 6:57 pm
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BooY
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16 April 2016
How May lights ?How May lights ?

How many is completely dependent on the area usage and type of lights you want to you. a standard bedroom for eg, could be 1x batten holder or 1x high output LED Downlgiht…

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BooY
Apr 16, 2016 5:49 pm
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Stewie D
4 April 2016
Which local Council is right?Which local Council is right?

All that is Ok for small works where the difference in council fees for a job at $10,000 that someone basically works out at labour only and is only slightly smaller in…

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Stewie D
Apr 04, 2016 9:57 am
Stewie D
2 March 2016
Structural Engineering and Energy Assess - PerthStructural Engineering and Energy Assess - Perth

StructuralBimGuy is on these forums and in Perth. I'm sure he'd be able to help you. Stewie

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Stewie D
Mar 02, 2016 5:10 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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21 February 2016
BAL Bushfire Attack Level Ratings - anyone with experience?BAL Bushfire Attack Level Ratings - anyone with experience?
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My advice is to get an all inclusive service that includes, design, simulations, engineering and all certificates.. ie, AS & NCC Code compliance, Energy, Structurals and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 21, 2016 10:10 am
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sam001
21 February 2016
residential earthworks Perthresidential earthworks Perth

professional earth moving.

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sam001
Feb 20, 2016 11:28 pm
manofaus
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12 December 2015
How do I get engineering sign off on a deck? (Perth)How do I get engineering sign off on a deck? (Perth)

Download a copy of the BCA 2015. It is free. It will tell you what you need to design to. All you need to do is show the council how you came to select the materials you…

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manofaus
Dec 12, 2015 2:54 pm
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SaveH2O
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18 September 2015
Price for plumbing-new housePrice for plumbing-new house

Can someone enlighten me how plumbers do their quotes. I got quote for 15 000$ just end price no breakdown. It seems excessive for me.…

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SaveH2O
Sep 18, 2015 5:50 pm
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dbenz
10 September 2015
concrete formworkconcrete formwork

It will be fine don't worry.

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dbenz
Sep 10, 2015 9:37 pm
qebtel
3 August 2015
Living in a caravan on site - Perth WALiving in a caravan on site - Perth WA

Agree with Beetaloo. Dont do anything to set off your neighbours and keep certain activities out of sight, and you should be right. Many councils have rules about living…

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qebtel
Aug 03, 2015 2:25 pm
Alan62
24 July 2015
Steel & timber staircaseSteel & timber staircase

No he is in Bomaderry NSW. When designing your stairs you have to think about your floor covering, for example if you are having tiles, doing direct stick method, you need…

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Alan62
Jul 24, 2015 11:05 am
chalky
19 July 2015
Brickies Perth HillsBrickies Perth Hills

Can anyone recommend quality brickies in Perth Hills. I'm in Parkerville.

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chalky
Jul 19, 2015 11:05 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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1 July 2015
Do awning windows for BAL 19 have to be toughened?Do awning windows for BAL 19 have to be toughened?

You also might want to check with the Insurance Council of Aust They have a big say along with engineers australia, in setting standards.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 01, 2015 9:18 am
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StructuralBIMGuy
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14 May 2015
Draftsperon recommendations - Perth WADraftsperon recommendations - Perth WA

Shouldnt be too difficult if designed correctly. For…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 14, 2015 8:26 am
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bashworth
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1 May 2015
Who and how is a slab laidWho and how is a slab laid

Previously in NSW all you needed was a reference from a licensed builder or concreter to say you had more than 1 year of experience in the…

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bashworth
May 01, 2015 6:07 pm
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Beetaloo
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25 April 2015
Steel frame or wood frame roof truss costSteel frame or wood frame roof truss cost

On my build, the supply cost of the roof trusses (timber) was insignificant in the overall build cost. i.e. $20/m2. I would choose the type of roof truss that best suits…

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Beetaloo
Apr 25, 2015 6:53 pm
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chippy
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20 March 2015
cabinet maker constantly cancellingcabinet maker constantly cancelling
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Hi qebetl. Problem is, as a business owner, you have far more chance of a client not paying than a business going broke. I would never build a kitchen for a client without…

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chippy
Mar 20, 2015 4:31 pm
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kasra nedlands
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13 March 2015
demolition of sleep outdemolition of sleep out

Hi everyone, Can anyone in Perth recommend a demolition crew they have used. Our OB renovation/addition requires then removal of the sleep out and 2 other brick walls.…

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kasra nedlands
Mar 13, 2015 10:42 pm
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barkersontheblock
1 March 2015
Anyone purchased timber flooring direct from the mill?Anyone purchased timber flooring direct from the mill?

Hey Trixee I purchased some jarrah tongue and groove from a mill down south which I found to be better than what all the flooring places in Perth where trying to sell me…

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barkersontheblock
Mar 01, 2015 1:26 am
builder777
29 January 2015
Post construction site clean upPost construction site clean up

Got 1.5 tonne bulk bags from http://bulkbags.com.au. It will do the job - thanks for replies everyone.

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builder777
Jan 29, 2015 2:50 pm
Stewie D
31 October 2014
Architect or draftsmanArchitect or draftsman

If you know what you want then a competent draftie is what you need . They may be able to make some suggestions as well. Here's a few threads on this subject...

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Stewie D
Oct 31, 2014 5:32 pm
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mossydots
Oct 31, 2014 5:28 pm
Wonkywalker
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30 October 2014
Perth Hills, Gidgegannup - Our Owner-build JourneyPerth Hills, Gidgegannup - Our Owner-build Journey
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Love your ensuite design and colours - the stepped bath is gorgeous!

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Wonkywalker
Oct 30, 2014 5:03 pm
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chalky
22 October 2014
Electronic SpreadsheetsElectronic Spreadsheets

Thankyou for your suggestions. I was hoping someone had set up an EXCEL spreadsheet so as to save time. ;0)

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chalky
Oct 22, 2014 10:55 pm
mgilla
17 October 2014
DIY internal plasteringDIY internal plastering

Would definitely use a bagged render product. Shop round there's a few different ones available, the bigger paint suppliers have one as well as bunnings. Look on youtube…

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mgilla
Oct 17, 2014 8:09 pm
BUTCH9980
9 October 2014
Any ICF Owner Builders Here?Any ICF Owner Builders Here?

You will not be un-happy with an ICF home. You will find it warm in winter and cool in summer. Cost wise, the savings will be around 10% on a DIY brick and stick build.…

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BUTCH9980
Oct 09, 2014 10:56 am
enaj80
3 October 2014
OB in PerthOB in Perth
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Hi great pics so far, I bet it's changed a lot now though. We are owner building in perth too, although we have just hit the two yr mark after first slab down ! And still…

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enaj80
Oct 03, 2014 8:13 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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25 September 2014
New OB build in Stirling WANew OB build in Stirling WA
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We stockpile...its more to do with logistics and cheap material I would think?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 25, 2014 8:18 am
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barkersontheblock
10 September 2014
Marking out footings for a pole home on a sloping blockMarking out footings for a pole home on a sloping block

Hey Paul, Best get someone in to clear and level out you lumpy bits my block was the same as it sloped in two directions and I started with one corner and worked from…

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barkersontheblock
Sep 10, 2014 1:35 am
jamesbp
9 September 2014
Owner builder insuranceOwner builder insurance

I called AOBIS today, and it seems they do not sell the insurance directly to Owner builders and they referred me to FDBeck and Buildsafe to get the insurance. Anyone get…

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jamesbp
Sep 09, 2014 10:04 pm
RuffTuff
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8 August 2014
Owner Builder - The RequirementsOwner Builder - The Requirements

The information you require can be found here. https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/building-commission/building-or-renovating-your-home Also a…

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RuffTuff
Aug 08, 2014 5:59 am
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trixee
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5 July 2014
Modernising an Old Girl - We won a Heritage Award!Modernising an Old Girl - We won a Heritage Award!
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If You need Retaining Walls, Water Tanks & Garden Beds Check out Our Products below; Retaining walls and front fences that…

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trixee
Jul 05, 2014 12:52 am
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Beetaloo
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27 June 2014
Central Wheatbelt WA buildersCentral Wheatbelt WA builders

You need to talk to your neighbours. They must live in houses built by someone. In the country local builders often rely on word of mouth for work. Typically they do…

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Beetaloo
Jun 27, 2014 9:25 pm
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perthbud
25 June 2014
Load baring internal bricks on footing or slab?Load baring internal bricks on footing or slab?

yes m8, i can see the existing slab. I am drilling in some rebar into this today between new footing and existing slab. Will pour the footings today and have a think. cheers ..

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perthbud
Jun 25, 2014 9:09 am



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