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Turnerbuild
23 April
OB in South West NSWOB in South West NSW

Next step will be the brick layers coming in to do the ground floor, then framing and windows. We used an engineering firm called DMC Engineering from Narellan, NSW.…

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Turnerbuild
Apr 23, 2017 11:20 am
ddarroch
19 April
What is a good width for a dining verandah?What is a good width for a dining verandah?

I'd recommend NOT having a wide veranda to the north. It will rob your house of daylight throughout the year, making it much darker, & shade direct winter sunlight,…

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ddarroch
Apr 19, 2017 3:30 pm
Bigblock7
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16 April
Tondelver House - Southern HighlandsTondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Lots of progress! Exciting trip too. So you managed to turn the doors by yourself? That's a monumental effort Veg Garden looks fantastic.

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Bigblock7
Apr 16, 2017 6:40 am
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First time owner builderFirst time owner builder
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Hello Henry, the same to you and yours. I didn't know that you might be able to defer the payment and I will look into it... why pay before you have to. In the application…

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 15, 2017 9:54 pm
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Bigblock7
Apr 13, 2017 8:08 pm
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Carpenter recommendations - SydneyCarpenter recommendations - Sydney

@drad81 Sounds like an interesting build, What's your geotech/soil/Contour like? Most people are turned off due to the additional costs involved in the brickwork,Steel…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 8:41 am
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Costing a buildCosting a build

@Searching4 knowledge If you have had the plans designed/modelled in a BIM 3D design software package the designer should be able to extract fairly accurate net quants…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 02, 2017 10:34 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areasAny other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas

Hi Tim, quite a few of my clients are in that area. Did you use Allrisk for your owner-builder insurance? :)

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:10 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
Owner Builders-SydneyOwner Builders-Sydney

Hi Jacky10, I've been doing owner builder insurance for over ten years, if you need any help with that. Most of my clients are in Sydney.

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:06 pm
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Allrisk
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21 March
OWNER BUILDER INSURANCEOWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

Hi Momc, the local councils are really hit and miss, so don't rely on advice there. In my experience they get it wrong at least 80% of the time. Berek's description is…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 3:56 pm
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cross74
6 March
Bricklayer in North-West SydneyBricklayer in North-West Sydney

I'm after recommendations for a Bricklayer in the Hills District of Sydney. First I need an engaged brick pier done then down the track the bricklaying for the extension.…

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cross74
Mar 06, 2017 10:24 am
Tim-
24 February
OB NewcastleOB Newcastle

I did use LVL's and timber smart joists for the upper storey, but decided on the steel for the bottom floor. LVL's would have worked well for the bottom floor also, but…

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Tim-
Feb 24, 2017 6:50 pm
cat_dunc
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21 February
Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter ValleyOwner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley
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Ooh thanks for bringing this thread back to the front Wigman27. How's the house and yard going Lynny-Jane?

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cat_dunc
Feb 21, 2017 7:48 pm
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TomCat
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20 February
Our OB ..SydneyOur OB ..Sydney
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Same! Hope you're all well :)

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TomCat
Feb 19, 2017 11:52 pm
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Beetaloo
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11 February
Convert Garage to Granny FlatConvert Garage to Granny Flat

A couple of items to consider: Was a damp proof membrane put under the garage floor? What, if any termite protection was installed under the garage floor? How high is the…

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Beetaloo
Feb 11, 2017 6:22 pm
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Twinklestarfish
5 February
How much can we do?How much can we do?

Some councils do allow temporary dwellings onsite while building, but they come with their own requirements. Somerset for example has not only minimum requirements for the…

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Twinklestarfish
Feb 05, 2017 10:43 am
bigboytony
20 January
Gladesville - NSWGladesville - NSW
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Hi Turnerbuild, My retaining wall is made of H block work and core fill. My wall is pretty high at around 2.7m so we had to core fill on two separate occasions. Behind…

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bigboytony
Jan 20, 2017 2:21 pm
algernon
24 December 2016
Hebal flooringHebal flooring

We're strongly considering Hebel flooring for our upcoming build too, so I'm also interested in any experiences. About getting hot in summer, Hebel has much more thermal…

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algernon
Dec 24, 2016 10:29 am
Hobbyhouse
21 December 2016
Concreter to place concrete topping for polishingConcreter to place concrete topping for polishing

I'm looking for a concreter in Sydney that is experienced in placing concrete topping for polishing, does anyone have any recommendations? We plan to polish it ourselves…

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Hobbyhouse
Dec 21, 2016 2:37 pm
najjaci31
20 December 2016
Owner Builder Marsden Park / SchofieldsOwner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

You're after a site supervisor for your owner build? If don't intend on supervising your own site it'll probably be cheaper to go with a volume or private builder. On top…

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 5:27 pm
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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 5:22 pm
najjaci31
20 December 2016
Granny Flat Building Cost - Break DownGranny Flat Building Cost - Break Down

Hey mate. I have had a quick look at your floor plan. In my opinion it is a bit expensive if I'm brutally honest with initial analysis coming out to just under $1700/m2.…

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 5:10 pm
snowing
27 November 2016
Question about customising a kit home.Question about customising a kit home.

You are correct with the copyright issue. It really depends on which kit home company you are referring to. If you want you can pm me the name to see if I have dealt with…

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snowing
Nov 27, 2016 10:27 pm
JB1
25 November 2016
Gyprock BulgingGyprock Bulging

You made the right decision. Any reason not to screw every stud?

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JB1
Nov 25, 2016 12:47 am
Thylacene
30 October 2016
New Blog - Owner BuilderNew Blog - Owner Builder

Progress at last, making a mess but moving forward

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Thylacene
Oct 30, 2016 11:30 am
snowing
27 October 2016
My Journey is soon to begin...My Journey is soon to begin...

I'm working on initial plans for my OB home as well. Basically, these are things that I have done which might be useful to you too. - contour survey - site classification…

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snowing
Oct 26, 2016 11:30 pm
Saint Mike
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17 September 2016
Crane Hire and Shipping container move.Crane Hire and Shipping container move.

I remember puting the pool shell in. We needed a crane obviously. Apparently they were all booked, but ... if I paid cash they'd come out on the next Saturday. Rules…

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Saint Mike
Sep 17, 2016 9:11 am
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Stewie D
15 September 2016
bathroomsbathrooms

FIBRE cement sheeting it usually used for the floors ( 15 -18mm thick ) if that's what you mean. Villaboard is better for the walls because of the recessed edges like…

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Stewie D
Sep 15, 2016 8:12 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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11 September 2016
Bearer & Joist Timber SelectionBearer & Joist Timber Selection

I am familiar with sketchup and others..But before you jump in and Model everything here are a few points to consider 1.Modelling software can't do approximations..so the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 11, 2016 11:14 am
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Stewie D
31 August 2016
Owner Builder in Sydney - Double brickOwner Builder in Sydney - Double brick

There are two ways to lodge plans for a house - through the council or though the state. You need to familarise yourself with the constraints from council ie their LEP…

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Stewie D
Aug 31, 2016 2:14 pm
dandelero
25 August 2016
Bitumen DrivewayBitumen Driveway

Mate, go with their price of 2300 if you can't find a tradie out there. You may have better luck finding a concretor, if council will accept concrete.

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dandelero
Aug 25, 2016 7:50 am
qebtel
16 August 2016
CladdingCladding

Bluescope Steel , Acacia Ridge used to be best prices in Brisbane.

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qebtel
Aug 16, 2016 7:47 pm
Stewie D
7 July 2016
Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?Face to Face owner builder courses in Sydney?

Also if anyone is aware of a forum for Sydney owners builders ? Need information like reliable insurance brokers, DA plans.. Depending…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2016 9:44 am
Stewie D
20 June 2016
Finished per sqm costs for OBFinished per sqm costs for OB

Hello John, It sounds like you have a substantial Retaining Wall to complete. I thought I may mention our product that may be of interest. Please see Below.…

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Stewie D
Jun 20, 2016 1:03 pm
manofaus
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17 June 2016
2 OB permits for a 2 stage build - NSW2 OB permits for a 2 stage build - NSW

you can't do that trick anymore. It comes down to the names on the deed. It does state if the permit relates to the same land..... you should be all good.

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manofaus
Jun 17, 2016 8:48 pm
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Stewie D
9 June 2016
Building my first home using ICF SystemBuilding my first home using ICF System

1- I have designed my house already by myself but I still need to find an architecture to modified it according to the council requirements. The…

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Stewie D
Jun 09, 2016 9:08 am
Beetaloo
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4 June 2016
DampcourseDampcourse

A 50m roll of damp proof membrane costs about $14 I would not like thin gauge steel in contact with damp concrete

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Beetaloo
Jun 04, 2016 11:29 am
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Keffufal
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28 April 2016
Owner Builder at Drake NSWOwner Builder at Drake NSW
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Finally an update - we are slowly building our house, just up to the stage where we are putting the floor joists on. We didn't end up doing any prep work to the site…

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Keffufal
Apr 28, 2016 3:05 pm
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waxinggibbous
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14 April 2016
External deck joist hanger nailsExternal deck joist hanger nails

Thanks Beetaloo - I've been trying to find Pryda fastening tables to no avail. Can you direct me?

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waxinggibbous
Apr 14, 2016 9:58 pm
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Stewie D
13 April 2016
certifierscertifiers

Some more info in the same vein... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=80362 Stewie

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Stewie D
Apr 13, 2016 2:28 pm
HomeAngels
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29 March 2016
What I can and can't do legally as an OBWhat I can and can't do legally as an OB

We are in Victoria and we could build our own retaining wall. We had plans and engineering done. It had to be inspected at certain stages, footings and completion from memory.

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HomeAngels
Mar 29, 2016 9:09 pm
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Stewie D
26 March 2016
Cost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSWCost of Drawing & DA/CDC approval - NSW

Some of the costs sure moa but for the rest you are wrong unless you are building from a cookie cutter design. Our council won't process a DA unless it is all to AHD and a…

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Stewie D
Mar 26, 2016 9:01 am
mausam80
11 March 2016
ground diggingground digging

No idea mate, again it would depend on a lot of factors ( site access, etc... ) best to contact a few people and get multiple quotes

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mausam80
Mar 11, 2016 10:46 am
Hyne Timber
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10 March 2016
Treated timber or F8 OregonTreated timber or F8 Oregon

The Oregon would not be termite resistant and is also a visually graded timber grade. Treated timber will be termite resistant for your peace of mind and will be machine…

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Hyne Timber
Mar 10, 2016 2:19 pm
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building-expert
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14 January 2016
skillion roofskillion roof

That depends if there is roof space. If ceiling is fixed to underside of roof frame then you can't do it. If there is space then you have to consider heat loss/gain and…

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building-expert
Jan 14, 2016 10:33 am
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Will_I_Am
9 January 2016
floorfloor

Slab. No constant thumping when you walk through the house or squeaks. Plus as Beetaloo has said its going to be better for thermal properties especially up here it gets…

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Will_I_Am
Jan 09, 2016 1:44 am
qebtel
6 January 2016
permitpermit

Yes.

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qebtel
Jan 06, 2016 7:32 pm
Beetaloo
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6 January 2016
wind ratingwind rating

Stegbar, the window manufacturer, www.stegbar.com.au has a fact sheet on their website which includes extracts from AS 4055 and has just about everything thing you need…

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Beetaloo
Jan 06, 2016 7:15 pm
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Stewie D
5 January 2016
certifiercertifier

Some info here... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=80362 Stewie

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Stewie D
Jan 05, 2016 8:16 am
greenken
4 January 2016
kit homekit home

Has anyone had any dealings with Garage Supermarket at Yandina qld. They can do me a livable kit home at a very good price

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greenken
Jan 04, 2016 2:51 pm



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