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Beetaloo
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28 April
signage outside fence for OB in Victoriasignage outside fence for OB in Victoria

I built in SA. I put up a sign with my name, phone number and site address. This makes it easier for deliveries to be left at the correct site.

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Beetaloo
Apr 28, 2017 12:55 pm
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chenlocus
21 April
should I apply for building permit with a private building sshould I apply for building permit with a private building s

People said local council is more responsible than private building surveyor, and more cost reduction, is that true? I am concerned that there are several points which…

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chenlocus
Apr 21, 2017 4:08 pm
qebtel
13 April
do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?do I need any permission to remove my roof and some walls?

He can start on whats existing, just not on the extension part until permit is given..

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qebtel
Apr 13, 2017 7:55 pm
Bricklayer - MelbourneBricklayer - Melbourne

@Random111 Those pay scale rates are rubbish mate they are out by 50% for AEC BTW Thanks for the link

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 11, 2017 12:47 pm
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cat_dunc
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10 April
OB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavyOB in Hume area - VIC. Fast forwarded + photo heavy
1 ... 15, 16, 17

Please post/update here when you post more pictures to page 16 :) (so it comes up on my feed). Looking forward to seeing more!

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cat_dunc
Apr 10, 2017 9:11 pm
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Cost of Suspended Slab - MelbourneCost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

The ribs provide minimal one-way sagging reinforcement you still require additional bottom reinforcement depending on your design? The formwork may require a day to put…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 09, 2017 7:31 pm
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Berek
21 March
From Owner Builder to Licensed BuilderFrom Owner Builder to Licensed Builder

An owner builder can only construct 1 home every 5 years (2 per 10 in tassie). Some states require warranty insurance too when you sell. How much you save depends entirely…

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Berek
Mar 21, 2017 8:47 pm
Beetaloo
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3 March
Concrete Raft Slab MelbourneConcrete Raft Slab Melbourne

Actual costs were more than I had hoped for (about double). I did not get discounts on quarry products or concrete. I also had not factored in excess delivery charges for…

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Beetaloo
Mar 03, 2017 9:52 am
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davisshannon
28 February
OB tradie recommendations MelbourneOB tradie recommendations Melbourne
1, 2, 3, 4

I figured as I asked for recommendations a while back, I'd give some of my own. We're still trying to find a concreter (I've made another post about that), but we've had…

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davisshannon
Feb 28, 2017 8:15 pm
manofaus
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24 February
Septic tank questionSeptic tank question

sorry not very helpful that last post, but I am having the same ideas about my build, but in the end I am going to need a plumber and other trades to sign off on what I…

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manofaus
Feb 24, 2017 8:17 pm
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Gtree
21 December 2016
unregistered builderunregistered builder

thanks everyone. i've been quoted $35k from an registered carpenter. will buy building insurance before.work starts cheers

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Gtree
Dec 21, 2016 3:23 pm
sharyn123
20 December 2016
New home with GrolloNew home with Grollo

Hello, I am new to this site. I am thinking of using Grollo Homes to build a new house on a slopping block. Has anyone used Grollo Homes in the last 12 months. I'd like…

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sharyn123
Dec 20, 2016 8:48 am
Allrisk
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8 December 2016
OB initial stagesOB initial stages

Hi, for Victoria owner-builders, the VBA have added a quite detailed process here : http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders You can also contact them on 1300…

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Allrisk
Dec 08, 2016 6:19 pm
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boloty
7 December 2016
Building a new house in Melbourne North _ OBBuilding a new house in Melbourne North _ OB

Hi, greeting! It is Silence, my company supplies shipping container house. If any interest plz mail to silencezh@yahoo.com or visit our facebook page

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boloty
Dec 07, 2016 10:01 pm
ausdesign
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16 November 2016
Polycarbonate roofing and BALPolycarbonate roofing and BAL

Kent, as you've discovered polycarbonate type roofing does not meet the current flammability requirements for any designated bushfire prone areas. Nearly all the testing &…

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ausdesign
Nov 16, 2016 6:44 am
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building-expert
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19 October 2016
Extension existing home- insuranceExtension existing home- insurance

You need construction insurance policy and you can try Master Builders Insurance Services. I recently constructed extension In Tassie as OB and went through them.

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building-expert
Oct 19, 2016 5:51 am
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JamesEdwards
17 October 2016
Rocketship's build...Rocketship's build...
1 ... 31, 32, 33

Actually, it is a great thread you've started up here. Thanks a lot for sharing! When you get the chance, do not forget to visit our blog, which can be accessed at…

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JamesEdwards
Oct 17, 2016 8:17 pm
TashPaul
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6 October 2016
Render V Brick FacadeRender V Brick Facade

To be honest I don't know, the builder has an allowance for the bricks in their quote. We paid more (upgrade cost) to be able to get a particular brick but that's all I know.

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TashPaul
Oct 06, 2016 3:39 pm
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bashworth
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28 September 2016
Post & beam ?Post & beam ?

Looking at the photo I would assume that the posts are well sunk into the ground providing a rigid connection instead of bracing. Once the mud brick walls are erected…

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bashworth
Sep 28, 2016 6:28 pm
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davisshannon
28 September 2016
Macedon Ranges Tradie RecommendationsMacedon Ranges Tradie Recommendations

Hi, We are about to start building a single story on acreage in Gisborne South, and I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations for the following? Excavation Concrete…

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davisshannon
Sep 28, 2016 12:15 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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1 September 2016
License Number of the Architectural planLicense Number of the Architectural plan

That's common practice sucking in new home owners with pictures & renderings of what it looks like..which incidentally is worthless without certification & compliance.It…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 01, 2016 8:07 pm
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Bigblock7
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30 August 2016
OB KDR Pseudo French Provincial Style Melb S/E SuburbsOB KDR Pseudo French Provincial Style Melb S/E Suburbs

Very exciting! So looking forward to seeing your plans and build

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Bigblock7
Aug 30, 2016 8:02 am
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Stewie D
2 August 2016
Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..Extending in Paradise & trying not to ruin it..
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Good luck. An interesting scenario and a bit different from the " My bricks look like crap " threads we see on these forums. Stewie

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Stewie D
Aug 02, 2016 8:45 am
alaister
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27 July 2016
More photos of our shipping container houseMore photos of our shipping container house

Wow this is really creative! It's looking great. How many containers are you using?

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alaister
Jul 27, 2016 12:39 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
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26 July 2016
Load bearing beamsLoad bearing beams

You can support a strut over a steel or timber beam or 3D truss though you will need to consider horizontal/axial loads, torsion, deflection in all axis's and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 26, 2016 7:56 pm
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waxinggibbous
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8 July 2016
New Build - South GippslandNew Build - South Gippsland

As well as insulating bedrooms for noise you could also use a noise absorbing plasterboard such as Gyprock Soundchek: …

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waxinggibbous
Jul 08, 2016 7:15 pm
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wil10
4 July 2016
Brighton flooring MelbourneBrighton flooring Melbourne

Hi All, Just want to put it out there that if you are considering Brighton Flooring in Melbourne for supply and install, look somewhere else.

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wil10
Jul 04, 2016 10:30 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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14 June 2016
Temporary Retaining WallsTemporary Retaining Walls

If $500 per pile is a fair price then I assume $1,000 per pile is a little too steep? All things being equal I would say Yes Contact your state suppliers they…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 14, 2016 9:33 am
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kim2
29 May 2016
seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbsseeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs

Hi, Seeking building inspector Melb Eastern suburbs that you have used and would consider recommending. Required for a new build, build permit + the minimum 4…

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kim2
May 29, 2016 6:09 pm
Stewie D
23 May 2016
900mm vs 600mm Eaves900mm vs 600mm Eaves

@NW01. Some of my post went missing. When I said "You also increase the total height of the roof which may or may not be a problem depending on your roof slope." I had…

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Stewie D
May 23, 2016 2:37 pm
SileNceR
15 May 2016
Polished concrete with a volume builderPolished concrete with a volume builder

All concrete has aggregate in it, that's just part of its make up - when people generally speak of adding aggregate it's adding something out of the ordinary for cosmetics…

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SileNceR
May 15, 2016 10:57 am
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Dani84
May 02, 2016 11:48 am
Beetaloo
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11 April 2016
pre fab truss and frame v chippypre fab truss and frame v chippy

I bought pack lots of H2 timber studs (each pack is roughly +200 off 6m H2 studs) and I cut each stud, wall plate & noggin to length on site. The supply cost for the…

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Beetaloo
Apr 11, 2016 8:12 pm
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kim2
26 March 2016
structural engineering drawing interpretingstructural engineering drawing interpreting

I am looking for information on interpreting my engineers drawings ie the acronyms and terminology. I find draftsman concepts or WD's and engineers civils quite straight…

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kim2
Mar 26, 2016 9:10 am
tezzab
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24 March 2016
Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)Trades Recommendations (Gippsland/Traralgon)

Haha how funny! Rob & Mick have recently done some work in our outdoor area and are fantastic! Rob is a friend and they will hopefully be doing most of the chippy work but…

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tezzab
Mar 24, 2016 6:18 pm
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Stewie D
13 February 2016
Starting From ScratchStarting From Scratch

Knowing which state you are in may help. No use someone in NSW giving you advice that may not be compliant in Qld for instance ( put it in your signature ). Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 13, 2016 11:42 am
tezzab
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7 February 2016
New slab measure before ordering prefabricated walls.New slab measure before ordering prefabricated walls.

A lot depends on how soon you want to do your framing, and how you plan to cure your slab. While commercial builders start within days, there are benefits in giving the…

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tezzab
Feb 07, 2016 6:58 pm
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qebtel
20 January 2016
power connection to blockpower connection to block
1, 2

Actually if you crunch the numbers correctly its 54 people per year over the 2009-2014 period. So growth rate of less than 2%, but growth none the less. 11, 42, ?…

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qebtel
Jan 20, 2016 2:01 pm
building-expert
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10 January 2016
Pics of building Our Shipping Container HomePics of building Our Shipping Container Home

Great point! But if it is not a question of economics then it must be a question of taste and aesthetics or perhaps just breaking new ground with something…

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building-expert
Jan 10, 2016 5:52 pm
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civarow
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8 January 2016
Kitchen design help needed!Kitchen design help needed!

".. Because we are owner builders we can move walls, add walls, move, add or delete windows, etc, etc... this is design heaven - go for your life. On the attachment you…

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civarow
Jan 08, 2016 8:45 pm
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kiwiinmelbourne
20 November 2015
Reccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern SuburbReccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern Suburb

Highly recommend Graeme Bicknell and associates. They designed our last place. They were recommended to me by a builder we had hunted down after seeing his previous work.

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kiwiinmelbourne
Nov 20, 2015 12:25 pm
qebtel
6 November 2015
OB - Retaining wall leakingOB - Retaining wall leaking

Pics and a more accurate explanations are required to get help.

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qebtel
Nov 06, 2015 7:26 pm
T&V
18 October 2015
Solid concrete blocks - HELP!Solid concrete blocks - HELP!

Sorry. its a bit late and i'm a very "aged" member a miss a fair bit of the obvious, so have'nt worked out which state ur in, all that aside i know there is a concrete…

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T&V
Oct 18, 2015 11:12 am
jbdave
24 August 2015
Basement drainage requirement in VictoriaBasement drainage requirement in Victoria

You say there is no discharge point in your property ? You can't use neighbour's land, and council have to provide you with a point of discharge. Or are you saying that…

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jbdave
Aug 24, 2015 11:51 am
jamesbp
6 August 2015
Roof Plumbing ComplianceRoof Plumbing Compliance

Hi Guys, OB here, we just completed our build and have troubles contacting my roof plumber to provide a compliance certificate. We checked with VBA, and they have records…

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jamesbp
Aug 06, 2015 12:21 pm
hychong123
21 July 2015
Storm water discharge pointStorm water discharge point

Hi Bashworth, thank you for the information. Contacted the council and looks like I need to have to connect to a legal point 2 properties away. They do not allow discharge…

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hychong123
Jul 21, 2015 4:20 pm
goody59
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20 July 2015
landscapinglandscaping

You will need a retaining wall built on your land. Don't try using the fence for retaining.

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goody59
Jul 20, 2015 1:58 pm
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LyndaW
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15 July 2015
First Home owner OBFirst Home owner OB

Hi Sam In Victoria, the Building Building Authority issues owner-builder permits: http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/consumers/owner-builders The kit is very useful:

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LyndaW
Jul 15, 2015 8:15 pm
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LyndaW
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12 July 2015
Building 101Building 101

Thanks David, these are really good resources. I will share them around as well.

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LyndaW
Jul 12, 2015 2:39 pm
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