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Building Healthy Buildings

Building Healthy Buildings

I recently ran across a book called "Breathing Walls: A Biological Approach to Healthy Building Envelope Design And Construction" (

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alexp79
Feb 16, 2019 6:17 pm

Must final payment be paid before handover?

Must final payment be paid before handover?

This is the issues I concern although the site manager claimed all defects are done. The site manger refused my request to have the pre-handover inspection on 22nd…

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westbourne
Feb 16, 2019 5:35 pm

Progress update. This is the easy part just about done. From here on up we're going to be working on…

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RuffTuff
Feb 16, 2019 5:33 pm
RuffTuff

Week 29 We managed to pick a time to visit today when the tradies were still on site and happy for us to come in. Paint is 90% done, just some…

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Clareymoo
Feb 16, 2019 5:22 pm

Metricon Winchester 28- Landscaping

Metricon Winchester 28- Landscaping
VIC
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It was pretty quick. They don't replace the exhausts as they're different shapes. Only one power point resulted in some paint being removed, just added it to the defect list.

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blackcat20
Feb 16, 2019 5:12 pm
blackcat20

Anyone built with format or dechellis in sa?

Anyone built with format or dechellis in sa?

As the thread title says. Lots of reviews online, less so for format, and both seem pretty reasonable. Looks like format is slightly more expensive. I'm planning on a…

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Ezuku
Feb 16, 2019 4:33 pm

Building with Wisdom Homes

Building with Wisdom Homes
NSW
1 ... 707, 708, 709

Hi All, We are very close to PCI since December 15th, 2018. My SS has been very good in giving updates every weekend. But since after the holidays when…

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spk_homebuild
Feb 16, 2019 4:06 pm
spk_homebuild

Building with Metricon

Building with Metricon
NSW
1 ... 414, 415, 416

Hi, has anyone building with M in Melbourne had a site supervisor with initials MC? Please let me know so I can pm you. Thanks!

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shokel1975
Feb 16, 2019 3:16 pm
shokel1975

Survey Peg removed

Survey Peg removed

Ouch! Good luck trying to recoup the costs

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 16, 2019 1:14 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Recent Vergola Reviews?

Recent Vergola Reviews?

Hi, I’m looking to get a Vergola installed over my outdoor kitchen area. Not that big a apace - 4.5 x 2m but big price! Looking for recent feedback or comparisons…

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esanto1
Feb 16, 2019 12:52 pm

FIRST HOME – METRICON WINCHESTER 28

FIRST HOME – METRICON WINCHESTER 28
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Thanks! Yes. They look beautiful especially if you have seen the before picture

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Kimmykim
Feb 16, 2019 11:54 am

Should the free standing cooker be higher than the bench top

Should the free standing cooker be higher than the bench top

There will always be gaps. Smaller ones probably cause even more headaches. Larger ones as least u can have some stick to get things out. Regardless a lesson to…

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MyFirst
Feb 16, 2019 10:48 am

Eave Vents

Eave Vents

Also, the solar ark installed did eave vents pretty cheap so I got a bunch of them installed too.

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esanto1
Feb 16, 2019 10:30 am
r_13
r_13
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Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne

Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne
QLD
1, 2

Thank for your reply SaveH2O - your questions are on point, and I'm glad to answer: We are indeed planning to have retaining walls, and I had not previously seen the…

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r_13
Feb 16, 2019 9:22 am
r_13

Surprise surprise, the painter never showed today to finish the job! Was meant to be here at 8 and never even bothered letting us know he's no longer coming... No doubt…

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bumblebee1985
Feb 16, 2019 9:02 am
FIH
FIH
9 h

Prelim deposit

Prelim deposit

How many copies of plans isn’t the problem. I drew the plans and made the house fit on the block. From there the builder gave them to their draftsmen and they came back…

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FIH
Feb 16, 2019 8:53 am

Been playing with the austral visualizer, really happy with how our colours work together. Plans being submited to be certified Monday!!!

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alymei
Feb 16, 2019 8:47 am

Outdoor Kitchen & Glass Balcony

Outdoor Kitchen & Glass Balcony

Not sure one on wheels is an option as my wife has her sights set on a particular outdoor kitchen. That being the case, maybe we should just stop the glass at each side of…

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esanto1
Feb 16, 2019 8:39 am

Building costs - your experience

Building costs - your experience

@@rkae Start with your design, own copyright and know whats involved in your build BIM Software should be able to break building components down and help visualise the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 16, 2019 8:34 am
StructuralBIMGuy
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Tash801
Feb 16, 2019 7:18 am
meowys
meowys
18 h

Arranging demolition in advance

Arranging demolition in advance

Thanks for all your input. We current have tenants, however they will vacate late March, hence deciding to take advantage and demo in April (hopefully). In that case, I'll…

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meowys
Feb 15, 2019 11:50 pm

How to pave / drain down the side of my house???

How to pave / drain down the side of my house???

It's a tricky problem - i'm facing the same issue. I've got about 1.6m between the retaining wall and my house. My plans is to run an 80cm wide concrete path out from the…

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KingTaco
Feb 15, 2019 10:49 pm
KingTaco

Kitchen island.....waterfall or not?

Kitchen island.....waterfall or not?

Also I am always thinking of what might happen if little children are slipping on the wet floor and running into waterfalls. On a good side though, extra stone provides…

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alexp79
Feb 15, 2019 10:39 pm

Footing cost Variation 10 grand .... plz help

Footing cost Variation 10 grand .... plz help

Hi i think i calculated it wrong , can u plz tell me how too delete d post plz

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Ginzsidhu
Feb 15, 2019 10:00 pm

Exciting times! I went to visit the site on Thursday and they had started the frame - just the kitchen and part of the back wall were up but good to see. We went out…

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KingTaco
Feb 15, 2019 9:39 pm
KingTaco

DPC for rendered brick veneer house

DPC for rendered brick veneer house

As per Australian Standard “AS 4773.2-2010 Masonry in small buildings Part 2: Construction.” Section 9 Masonry Veneer Walls at part 9.6 “Damp-Proof Courses,…

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sanjcrsta
Feb 15, 2019 9:07 pm

indoor gas point and electrical points advice

indoor gas point and electrical points advice

What are you planning to fit to the gas point and where will it go? If you are looking to install a gas fireplace or the like, there are minimum clearances and you can't…

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Possums
Feb 15, 2019 8:20 pm

Building in Crystal Waters, North Kellyville

Building in Crystal Waters, North Kellyville
NSW
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Hi there, For those already purchased in crystal waters, could you please clarify what the costs are per quarter or if per annum? is ongoing for the duration of you…

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Dee_0301
Feb 15, 2019 8:17 pm

Anyone building Pemberton JG King?

Anyone building Pemberton JG King?
VIC

would love to know if you started this build? We are also looking at this design

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Lksinnott
Feb 15, 2019 8:16 pm

KDR - Allcastle Homes Grandworth 45 MK2

KDR - Allcastle Homes Grandworth 45 MK2
NSW
1 ... 8, 9, 10

we went though da, so will need to check if we need to do landscape or not, but either way we will be doing it asap

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ymiao4398
Feb 15, 2019 8:06 pm
Melos
Melos
Yesterday

Building with Metricon - Gap between brick and window frame

Building with Metricon - Gap between brick and window frame

The fill it with foal insulation and then add a strip of aluminium the same colour as your windows. Ours is the same. But they have just finished a few and we have a few to go

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Melos
Feb 15, 2019 5:16 pm
krishna85
krishna85
Yesterday

Fairhaven Riverview 266 with Surfcoast facade

Fairhaven Riverview 266 with Surfcoast facade
VIC

Hi Emmak8, How are you? All the best for your home construction. Can you please let me know how much did you pay for riverview facade?

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krishna85
Feb 15, 2019 5:14 pm
pandibabi
pandibabi
Yesterday

G.J Gardner build - Week 20 - Fitoff

G.J Gardner build - Week 20 - Fitoff
QLD
1 ... 15, 16, 17

Shoot you serious?! thank god no structural damage? I just got concrete footpaths and extended my alfresco another 6m.. im out of cash tho :( haha so still got outside…

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pandibabi
Feb 15, 2019 4:46 pm
pandibabi
jimbob73
jimbob73
Yesterday

noise coming from roof area

noise coming from roof area

Hi my house is 7 years old, wooden frame with vinyl cladding and steel roof. Recently a few times a day l hear a loud thump noise coming from inside the the roof area on…

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jimbob73
Feb 15, 2019 3:36 pm
alexp79
alexp79
Yesterday

FREE SPECIALIST ADVICE FOR LOW ENERGY & PREFAB/MODULAR BLD

FREE SPECIALIST ADVICE FOR LOW ENERGY & PREFAB/MODULAR BLD

Welcome! Will be always interesting to learn about better/new technologies. Which prefab/modular systems would you recommend and why?

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alexp79
Feb 15, 2019 2:24 pm
reps
reps
Yesterday

KDRB Bentley Homes Kyalami 370

KDRB Bentley Homes Kyalami 370
VIC
1, 2

Hi. I'll be building the Kyalami 34 soon (hopefully June-ish) in Mernda. How is the house so far now that you've lived in it? Were there any problems to do after you…

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reps
Feb 15, 2019 1:09 pm
manofaus
manofaus
Yesterday

Building Costs - Your experience

Building Costs - Your experience

Having said that we still talk about squares and acres

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manofaus
Feb 15, 2019 12:31 pm
manofaus
Rhani89
Rhani89
Yesterday

evening haze colourbond

evening haze colourbond

Can anyone who has built a home with evening haze colourbond roof upload some photos please :)

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Rhani89
Feb 15, 2019 11:54 am
Drew01
Drew01
Yesterday

Building Bayside : Our Glendale 45

Building Bayside : Our Glendale 45
VIC
1 ... 22, 23, 24

Asset protection is a bond, not an insurance policy. Some builders make good, Metricon don't

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Drew01
Feb 15, 2019 11:40 am
Drew01

Quick update from last week Locks changed Pest control done Some of the blinds got done....still waiting for the rest to be installed. The tiles are not cleaned properly…

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excited_builders
Feb 15, 2019 11:04 am
NicolleAW
NicolleAW
Yesterday

Two Wells Dechellis Build

Two Wells Dechellis Build
SA
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Its in our retreat and the angle points towards the hallway so its in a good spot.

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NicolleAW
Feb 15, 2019 10:37 am
Charmzy
Charmzy
Yesterday

Restaining a timber door? Help!

Restaining a timber door? Help!

I have been sanding back a timber entrance door (nearly done one side). I watched a few videos before commencing which state to sand the varnish back to the original wood,…

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Charmzy
Feb 15, 2019 9:00 am
aphsta
aphsta
Yesterday

Anyone building with Allworth Homes - Viva Plan ( Single Sto

Anyone building with Allworth Homes - Viva Plan ( Single Sto

I built with Allworth last year. Admin was fine, long and annoying but it’s the same with all builders. We had one major problem during our build, they missed our…

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aphsta
Feb 15, 2019 8:38 am

We had to remove the pantry door handle so it didnt destroy our new fridge.

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Hailsm
Feb 15, 2019 8:07 am
Hailsm
Country Home
Country Home
Yesterday

Longreach 33- Our country home

Longreach 33- Our country home
1, 2

Thanks We actually upgraded the stacker sliders in the living room to a wider door for more natural light. I was actually very surprised now the gyprock is in how…

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Country Home
Feb 15, 2019 7:21 am

After building the granny flat and moving on site we used the brick shed to prefabricate the steel post that the house will sit on. We are trying to use a lot of reclaimed…

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Dougp
Feb 15, 2019 6:21 am

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