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Chesterbo
Chesterbo
26 December 2021

Home Renovation Blogs

Home Renovation Blogs
1, 2, 3

We will be doing a renovation shortly on a friend's apartment early in 2022 and going to be using a few different contractors who seem to know what they are doing - | |…

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Chesterbo
Dec 26, 2021 9:34 pm

Should we go ahead with double story extension on top of waf

Should we go ahead with double story extension on top of waf

Thanks for sending that through. The proposed plan seems functional but the budget may end up being quite tight. The issue with working with existing building is that…

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Homebuildguide-Colin
Jan 23, 2022 4:57 pm
Homebuildguide-Colin

Extensions - suggestions and advice welcome

Extensions - suggestions and advice welcome

Hey melandBlitz Good luck with your project. that gives details about the different stages of a custom home build. Extensions follow a similar process. These are the…

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Homebuildguide-Colin
Jan 23, 2022 12:25 pm
Homebuildguide-Colin
buildone
buildone
22 January

Concrete substitute for driveway

Concrete substitute for driveway

Spot on Chris. The only problem with pavers is its moving capabilities and if one paver moves then the rest will follow.

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buildone
Jan 22, 2022 12:18 am
ChrisBirmele
ChrisBirmele
16 January

Manually operatable BAL-FZ Fire Shutters?

Manually operatable BAL-FZ Fire Shutters?

I am well versed with the regulation, the Warrior-FZ products and the difficulty of finding a supplier. Obviously you don't know either, thanks for your effort but it…

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ChrisBirmele
Jan 16, 2022 7:13 pm
misssally2022
misssally2022
14 January

Taubmans exterior + dulux interior

Taubmans exterior + dulux interior

I have picked some Taubmans colours for my external paint... Can I then use Dulux colours inside or will it look funny?

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misssally2022
Jan 14, 2022 6:48 pm
Noname
Noname
12 January

Process to build and approve a dividing wall to AS 1684

Process to build and approve a dividing wall to AS 1684

We know these things, hence told you it was fine already 🙄

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Noname
Jan 12, 2022 7:55 am
chippy
chippy
11 January

How to render my facade and have all bricks flush?

How to render my facade and have all bricks flush?

I'd use a saw (angle grinder or quick cut) to put some vertical cuts in the raised section of bricks. Then I'd use a small jackhammer to knock the bricks off. Half the…

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chippy
Jan 11, 2022 3:19 pm
chippy
Jaimeteddy
Jaimeteddy
9 January

Reducing road noise

Reducing road noise

I am looking for ways to reduce the noise before building my dream house, because in front of the land that I plan to build is a big road with many cars passing every day,…

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Jaimeteddy
Jan 09, 2022 8:25 pm
Jaimeteddy
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Tracyj323
Jan 07, 2022 10:41 am

Damage to flooring - liabilities and costs

Damage to flooring - liabilities and costs

You have the right to use your own preferred installer rather than the clients, you did the damage you have the right to repair. If there was a dispute over the quality…

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BuildingandLegal
Jan 04, 2022 6:38 pm

Flame Zone Renovations - Joining New to Old

Flame Zone Renovations - Joining New to Old

Aussieta is correct, AS3959 and the NCC-BCA relate to "NEW WORK" so if you're renovating only the new works are required to meet the standards. If they take the cladding…

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BuildingandLegal
Jan 04, 2022 6:27 pm
aferraro
aferraro
2 January

Franchise extension and renovation companies

Franchise extension and renovation companies

There seems to be plenty of franchise building companies that do new builds (eg GJ Gardner, Metricon, Stroud, etc) but I've only noticed two companies that are in the…

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aferraro
Jan 02, 2022 6:00 pm
vin83
vin83
2 January

Building internal slatted wall

Building internal slatted wall

Thanks a lot Chippy. This will help a lot. Will share photos once I complete the wall Cheers

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vin83
Jan 02, 2022 12:30 pm
vin83
oklouise
oklouise
16 December 2021

Need help with Staircase location

Need help with Staircase location
1, 2

looks good but is much bigger than your original ideas so hope it's within budget

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oklouise
Dec 16, 2021 2:27 pm

Hi guy! First home owners here...we have just bought a house with an entertainment wall unit (see pic, unit on the right). The middle of the unit is too small to fit our…

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sclatte
Dec 11, 2021 1:20 pm
ChantalCameron
ChantalCameron
7 December 2021

Weatherboard Repair v. Cladding Upgrade (VIC)

Weatherboard Repair v. Cladding Upgrade (VIC)

Hey, Yes check out https://eurowood.com.au/aluminium-fabri ... -cladding/ they offer lightweight aluminium cladding panels in a variety of applications and colours…

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ChantalCameron
Dec 07, 2021 4:58 pm
ChantalCameron
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
1 December 2021

Strata reno - non-structural wall

Strata reno - non-structural wall

Bobby As Stewie says it really comes down to your body corporate rules. We just did a full reno on an apartment in lane cove ( including removing a structural wall) and…

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Ashington Homes
Dec 01, 2021 7:25 pm
Ashington Homes
Althom
Althom
26 November 2021

repainting interior walls - low sheen vs matt

repainting interior walls - low sheen vs matt

Have to agree. Not just kids. Clumsy adults as well. Cleaning matt paint walls always seems to result in shiny patches that need repainting.

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Althom
Nov 26, 2021 10:38 am
Althom
Kassyn
Kassyn
20 November 2021

Extension and side setback

Extension and side setback

Wow, thanks so much for that aussieta! Really helpful. Are dimensions reasonably accurate? Looks like the garden bed outside the compound wall is on title as per…

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Kassyn
Nov 20, 2021 9:54 am
robfarago
robfarago
19 November 2021

Do I really need to cover my solar inverter?

Do I really need to cover my solar inverter?

You can also see some solar inverter covers and even battery covers of various colour and sizes here https://www.simplycovers.com.au/

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robfarago
Nov 19, 2021 2:44 pm
arcadelt
arcadelt
18 November 2021

Suggestions for Home Extension

Suggestions for Home Extension

The bottom line is that it is a transference of risk, responsibility and workload from the builder to you. I did all of the project management for our custom home build,…

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arcadelt
Nov 18, 2021 9:01 am

Hello everyone. This is my first post and the reason for signing up. I'm looking to fill the gap between a brick fireplace and a plasterboard wall before adding trim.…

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Edward_D_Oggface
Nov 16, 2021 2:10 pm
jake_paul
jake_paul
10 November 2021

Need help finding Builders

Need help finding Builders

welcome brother

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jake_paul
Nov 10, 2021 10:18 pm
Noname
Noname
5 November 2021

Updating a dated facade- advice needed

Updating a dated facade- advice needed

You could render it yourselves. Rendering is pretty easy. the other suggestions you've made arent going to update it in any meaningfull way.

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Noname
Nov 05, 2021 9:51 pm
Ren25
Ren25
5 November 2021

Rotten fascias, asbestos roof replacement with colorbond

Rotten fascias, asbestos roof replacement with colorbond

Hi im about to get my asbestos roof and ceilings removed and replaced with trimdeck ( thru insurance) My fascias are rotten and when I asked do they replace them they said…

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Ren25
Nov 05, 2021 8:53 am

Hey Buildone Welcome to the forum Assuming you'll be placing structural lintels, then yes you will, best to give the council a call The problem with 2D footing plans is…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Nov 01, 2021 11:04 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Hi all, Was just hoping to get some advice on our patio slab for our house we moved into 4 months ago. There was a major extension by the previous owners in 2018 which…

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thomaswaters7
Oct 28, 2021 7:15 pm
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
24 October 2021

Recommended Windows Supplier? (Sydney - Northshore)

Recommended Windows Supplier? (Sydney - Northshore)

Chris, What style of windows do you want? I have a great supplier in Bankstown that does wholesale but on Aluminium frames, rather than timber. cheers Simeon

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Ashington Homes
Oct 24, 2021 11:00 am
Ashington Homes
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 October 2021

Painting exterior old (lead) chalking paint

Painting exterior old (lead) chalking paint

You need to get as much of the original paint off as possible. I'd be using a hose, a stiff brush ( probably not a wire brush though ) and some rough wet and dry…

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Stewie D
Oct 24, 2021 8:07 am

Hey everyone I haven't posted in a few years, but thought I'd ask a question. In our current house some of the outside rendered wall is flaking off. I am thinking of…

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sashatheman
Oct 20, 2021 2:15 pm
sashatheman

Hi Ecoeco, What do you think about the material of the facade we should go with? Render or weatherboard? And what color do you think it will make a nice standout with…

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vov
Oct 16, 2021 9:43 am
vongole83
vongole83
15 October 2021

2nd Storey & Setbacks (Melbourne)

2nd Storey & Setbacks (Melbourne)

Hi All We are looking at buying a property with a…

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vongole83
Oct 15, 2021 10:32 am

Hi all, I'd like to build a seemingly simple portico over our front door, but struggling to find any good examples online with working drawings showing best way to build…

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damienh7
Oct 13, 2021 2:57 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
12 October 2021

Advice for Double story extension on waffle pod base please

Advice for Double story extension on waffle pod base please

Hey vov You are missing/ haven't put up the engineering Plan showing the waffle grid rib locations? Those internal Light frame walls now become load bearing with the…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 12, 2021 12:35 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
fiona32
fiona32
11 October 2021

Concealed gutter conversion

Concealed gutter conversion

Hi Jozzsef, I was just reading tour comment from a year ago that you replaced your concealed gutters to exposed yourself. Do you have the time to explain the process and…

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fiona32
Oct 11, 2021 10:24 pm

Your backyard is facing south, so building a sunroom is useless because there won't be much sun during the colder months. Your option 1 is probably the easier and cheaper…

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Jason526
Oct 11, 2021 11:55 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
8 October 2021

new second storey over existing double brick house

new second storey over existing double brick house

Again you need a local engineer to inspect the brickwork Assuming your build uses old lime mortar brickwork there should be adequate capacity in compression, for light…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 08, 2021 2:50 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
6 October 2021

Wet subfloor

Wet subfloor

Search best to contact a local design engineer, they should do a site visit, geotech assessment, Sump design and detail, compliance/certification , etc, etc. It's always…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 06, 2021 10:37 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
nref81
nref81
6 October 2021

Stratco or Shademaster?

Stratco or Shademaster?

Hi there, i am having the exact dilemma..can you please share which one did you eventually go with? Stratco or Shademaster? Thanks!

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nref81
Oct 06, 2021 8:17 pm
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tobehomeowner
Oct 06, 2021 2:39 pm
jabbawoki
jabbawoki
30 September 2021

Advise needed staircase

Advise needed staircase

Just after advise on the way staircase is framed up where its finished on landing. The lip of the side staircase i thought should be wider then 5-10mm where it finishes…

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jabbawoki
Sep 30, 2021 10:44 pm
GemzC
GemzC
30 September 2021

House Exterior colour scheme

House Exterior colour scheme

Completely agree, which is why we plan to remove the fence and have the windows painted. Think the previous owners/builders were possibly colour blind : )

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GemzC
Sep 30, 2021 4:12 pm
neelamegam
neelamegam
30 September 2021

2ND Storey Extension - Point cook ,Victoria

2ND Storey Extension - Point cook ,Victoria

Hi, I am living in a single storey house and would like to convert my existing bedrooms as living areas in the ground floor and would like to extend Second storey and…

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neelamegam
Sep 30, 2021 12:47 pm
Noname
Noname
29 September 2021

Structural advice - crooked stumps, minor brick cracks etc

Structural advice - crooked stumps, minor brick cracks etc

Start with a structural engineer that has experience with residential. A quick google search will return several firms in your area. Somone here may be able to provide a…

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Noname
Sep 29, 2021 3:24 pm
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
29 September 2021

Cathedral ceiling v flat ceiling

Cathedral ceiling v flat ceiling

Blazeitup That's a fair question, and I don't mean to dodge it, but I have to at the moment based on the lack of timber supply in different categories at any one given…

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Ashington Homes
Sep 29, 2021 5:45 am
Ashington Homes
faykis
faykis
28 September 2021

Converting alfresco to living room

Converting alfresco to living room

Hi Abbie I am really interested to know what did you end up doing to your alfresco? Did you need council approval? what did you do with the floors? Please share your…

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faykis
Sep 28, 2021 3:42 pm
faykis
mike1966
mike1966
26 September 2021

Bathroom window regulations

Bathroom window regulations

I'm renovating a bathroom and am trying to find clarification of the rules around windows in terms of privacy. I'm not sure if I need to be looking at the council DCP or…

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mike1966
Sep 26, 2021 2:03 pm
MelBr
MelBr
23 September 2021

Building Permit Application for Batten Screen

Building Permit Application for Batten Screen

We are looking at installing a 2.7 metre tall Merbau Batten Screen that will be 12 metres long, and I am currently putting together a building permit application for…

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MelBr
Sep 23, 2021 12:32 pm

Hi oklouise, thanks so much they are great suggestions! We are meeting with the builder on Tuesday so will run through these options. Agree on single vanity and laundry…

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dylydyly
Sep 17, 2021 12:45 pm

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