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Today we have some good news and some bad news. Such is the life of the owner builder. The good news is that I have bought a tractor! No, I am not a frustrated farmer. It…

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powerd
Mar 17, 2019 10:32 pm
Lee54
Lee54
17 March

Shed to granny flat conversion

Shed to granny flat conversion

Thanks for the responses. I know it's an uphill march to get to class 1, but think I've done my research well in the past few years. I am aware there are things I don't…

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Lee54
Mar 17, 2019 12:38 pm

OB Farmhouse on 90acres, Yamba NSW.

OB Farmhouse on 90acres, Yamba NSW.

Hoping it all goes well for you-pretty exciting getting going after all the research and planning

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Intellichoice
Mar 09, 2019 6:29 am
Intellichoice

Quantity surveyor

Quantity surveyor

Depends-some lenders ask for these and then once you have the QS report-they still wont provide a loan. There are LOTS of variables in securing owner builder loans

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Intellichoice
Mar 09, 2019 6:26 am
Intellichoice
AKB
AKB
25 February

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands

Tondelver House - Southern Highlands
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Omg haven’t been on here for ages. The view through those three windows are gorgeous!!! Anymore updates?

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AKB
Feb 25, 2019 10:35 pm
AKB
AK_
AK_
16 January

Concreter in Sydney area

Concreter in Sydney area

Thanks - I am one stage before you - just setting up a site to being an owner build. Stay in touch!

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AK_
Jan 16, 2019 8:07 am
aussieta
aussieta
17 December 2018

Sub floor insulation

Sub floor insulation

still in the planning stage , but yes timber

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aussieta
Dec 17, 2018 8:35 pm
aussieta
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
23 November 2018

HelixSteel - 3D concrete reinforcement

HelixSteel - 3D concrete reinforcement

Here's the irony, It would be useless alone in a Helix concrete stair case FYI Steel fixers charge $700 per Tonne (Perth) flat slab OT, That is a $1m Staircase in a $25m…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 23, 2018 6:49 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Joker
Joker
11 October 2018

Owner-builder Course

Owner-builder Course

Dude don't reply to my post go away, as if I haven't worked with owner builder who had nothing, in fact most people who work in the building industry don't…

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Joker
Oct 11, 2018 6:49 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
5 October 2018

Owner builder reference materials

Owner builder reference materials

Zebrah The problem with Generic Data, Information, Photos,etc is that " One size doesn't fit all projects and this is old outdated technology" I do recommend 3D BIM…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 05, 2018 8:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy
alexp79
alexp79
27 September 2018

Granno labour - fair rate

Granno labour - fair rate

What is fair rate for granno worker labor those days? 1) for footings - formwork, waterproofing, steelfix, finish (e.g. per cube) 2) for slab - (without formwork), just…

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alexp79
Sep 27, 2018 4:35 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
3 September 2018

Owner Builders-Sydney

Owner Builders-Sydney

Hi Jacky, you can call me on 1300 255 747 in business hours, or at any time of day can get a quote at the link below

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Allrisk
Sep 03, 2018 8:30 pm
Allrisk
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
31 July 2018

Slab and formwork cost

Slab and formwork cost
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LOL Technology has come along way in 120 years, no more so than in [url=@Alex79 I think you will find the pricing more competitive If you group all materials and suppliers…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 31, 2018 9:54 am
StructuralBIMGuy
waxinggibbous
waxinggibbous
29 July 2018

gyprock on the skirting not behind.

gyprock on the skirting not behind.

Thanks algernon - the shadowline skirting is exactly what I'm after! The shadow gap is a nice addition. I was concerned about the butting up of gyprock and timber. This is…

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waxinggibbous
Jul 29, 2018 9:07 pm
waxinggibbous
raelph
raelph
15 July 2018

Insulation Batts

Insulation Batts

thank you for your thoughts Rae

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raelph
Jul 15, 2018 7:12 pm
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alexp79
May 17, 2018 12:33 pm

Building designers

Building designers

edskii Great...Thanks for joining & I look fwd to your posts/contributions I use matrix solvers to start.. then make allowances for variables/alternatives "There's math &…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 01, 2018 6:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy

First time owner builder

First time owner builder
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Hi Henry, I just read back and see your in Bossley Park. Good luck!

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Searching4 knowledge
Apr 23, 2018 9:48 am
Searching4 knowledge
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
20 April 2018

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

Attached granny flat - ROI and approvals?

1. Should read "Get sketch Data, Proofs & Costs" $50K for what ... imo You aren't even close.

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StructuralBIMGuy
Apr 20, 2018 9:47 am
StructuralBIMGuy
PJT318
PJT318
2 February 2018

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

recomendation request for an engineer to report on a slab.

Hi All, we have a home in Weston in the Lower Hunter NSW, we have a large garage on a slab we would like to convert to a GF. We are looking for an engineer to check and…

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PJT318
Feb 02, 2018 4:07 pm
PJT318
manofaus
manofaus
8 December 2017

Sydney North West Owner Builder

Sydney North West Owner Builder

I too would like to know how you get costings from BIM software? How do you get the hourly rate and productiveness from it for people in the area that you live?

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manofaus
Dec 08, 2017 10:34 am
manofaus
alexp79
alexp79
29 November 2017

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Tiling on Steel Bearer/Joist floor

Aren't you supposed to attach OSB to the steel frame first and then attach underlay and tiles to the top? Steel's thermal expansion coefficient is around 2.5 higher than wood/pine.

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alexp79
Nov 29, 2017 12:26 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 November 2017

Owner Builder questions

Owner Builder questions

alexp79 this might sound funny but "it is recommended you know more about your project than the people your hire" so it is advisable that you take steps to prepare…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 25, 2017 10:01 am
StructuralBIMGuy
algernon
algernon
19 September 2017

Hebal flooring

Hebal flooring

Yeah, we're building a passive solar house, and are using the PowerFloor for those reasons (acoustic and rigidity), not for thermal mass (for that, we're increasing the…

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algernon
Sep 19, 2017 10:31 am
freckles5
freckles5
14 September 2017

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

Bricklayer in North-West Sydney

Hi I know it has been a few months since your original post but just wondering if you had any luck with a recommendation or finding a bricklayer to…

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freckles5
Sep 14, 2017 9:09 am
gommeqld
gommeqld
24 August 2017

Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

Nope, cannot agree there. Finding an honest, reliable and sensibly priced tradie in Perth is a nightmare. Always has been. It's no different anywhere else in Australia. I…

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gommeqld
Aug 24, 2017 1:02 pm
Jacky10
Jacky10
8 August 2017

Owner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

Owner Builder Marsden Park / Schofields

Hi Sunil Just checking how are you going with your project ? I am commencing in Riverstone area. Cheers

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Jacky10
Aug 08, 2017 6:31 am
AKB
AKB
3 July 2017

Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*

Acerage 1st Build Southern Highlands *moved in*
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Looks brilliant - I'm glad you had a chance to enjoy it :-)

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AKB
Jul 03, 2017 4:40 pm
AKB
snowing
snowing
28 June 2017

Owner builder permit description query

Owner builder permit description query

Have a chat with your council would be a good idea. They can provide you with information if any specific description is needed.

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snowing
Jun 28, 2017 11:51 pm
alexp79
alexp79
26 June 2017

Site supervisor

Site supervisor

Thanks, for the tips, StructuralBIMGuy. But main question still stays - how and where do I find site supervisors for the owner build and how do I validate their…

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alexp79
Jun 26, 2017 2:33 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
2 June 2017

Owner builder's course

Owner builder's course

Saferite are also very good. We're one of the companies that provide discounts. We're exclusively recommended by both of the training providers mentioned above, and the…

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Allrisk
Jun 02, 2017 12:42 pm
Allrisk

Opps just saw you didn't want a seal along the bottom - sorry

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AKB
May 18, 2017 6:15 pm
AKB
OBehave
OBehave
15 May 2017

What is a good width for a dining verandah?

What is a good width for a dining verandah?

Our west-facing verandah is 3.8m by 8.4m and has ample room for a table/chairs and walking around. If you have the space, 4m or 4.2m would be better as it would allow a…

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OBehave
May 15, 2017 6:42 pm
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
28 April 2017

OB in South West NSW

OB in South West NSW
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Glad you got some reprieve in the weather! Everything looks great

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Bigblock7
Apr 28, 2017 7:04 am
Bigblock7
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
11 April 2017

Carpenter recommendations - Sydney

Carpenter 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 9:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
2 April 2017

Costing a build

Costing 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 11:34 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March 2017

Any other Owner Builders in Newcastle / Hunter areas

Any 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 6:10 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March 2017

OWNER BUILDER INSURANCE

OWNER 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 4:56 pm
Allrisk
Tim-
Tim-
24 February 2017

OB Newcastle

OB 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 7:50 pm
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
21 February 2017

Owner Building a PAAL Camden in the Lower Hunter Valley

Owner 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 8:48 pm
cat_dunc
TomCat
TomCat
20 February 2017

Our OB ..Sydney

Our OB ..Sydney
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Same! Hope you're all well :)

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TomCat
Feb 20, 2017 12:52 am
TomCat
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
11 February 2017

Convert Garage to Granny Flat

Convert 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 7:22 pm
Beetaloo
Twinklestarfish
Twinklestarfish
5 February 2017

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 11:43 am
bigboytony
bigboytony
20 January 2017

Gladesville - NSW

Gladesville - NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

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 3:21 pm
Hobbyhouse
Hobbyhouse
21 December 2016

Concreter to place concrete topping for polishing

Concreter 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 3:37 pm
najjaci31
najjaci31
20 December 2016

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Owner builder cost estimate for granny flat construction

Always makes me happy when I see people helping out with this issue. Keep up the good work!

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najjaci31
Dec 20, 2016 6:22 pm
najjaci31
najjaci31
20 December 2016

Granny Flat Building Cost - Break Down

Granny 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 6:10 pm
snowing
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 11:27 pm

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