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EpicDNA
EpicDNA
24 June 2021

Home Renovation Blogs

Home Renovation Blogs
1, 2, 3

About to embark on our first (and hopefully only) renovation of our family home Feel free to pop by and share our advice / knowledge. :)

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EpicDNA
Jun 24, 2021 9:47 pm
EpicDNA

Good day, My house is at the almost lowest point in the area, with two street sides - South and East. Dimension of the land is approx 28m*17m. In the diagram, the black…

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Averell
May 21, 2024 10:56 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
20 May

Detect leaking pvc pipe undergound

Detect leaking pvc pipe undergound

My first suspect area is at the bottom of the harvested downpipe furthest from the tank. PVC downpipes expand and contract with heat and cold, putting pressure on the…

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SaveH2O
May 20, 2024 8:29 pm
SaveH2O
Pulse
Pulse
18 May

structural engineer for load bearing walls / columns

structural engineer for load bearing walls / columns

just ask a carpenter/ builder, if they are unsure they will get the engineer to advise.

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Pulse
May 18, 2024 11:36 pm

Hello everyone, Not sure if I'm posting at the right place. Let me know if I need to move this post to somewhere else, otherwise please help if you can. :) Mirvac built…

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tonycfc
May 13, 2024 11:54 pm

Garage conversion

Garage conversion

I have an early 90’s built home where the garage is connected to the house under the existing roof. The garage already has gyprock ceiling and two windows. Would this be…

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asqproperty
May 03, 2024 9:23 pm
chippy
chippy
2 May

Potential Asbestos?

Potential Asbestos?

That brown colour looks like Masonite or hardboard. Get it checked but typically asbestos was used in wet areas and plaster board or Masonite in other areas

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chippy
May 02, 2024 8:52 pm
chippy
Hello_world
Hello_world
25 April

Renovating Old House Vs Knockdown

Renovating Old House Vs Knockdown

Yep 1.2 plus a contingency of 15%

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Hello_world
Apr 25, 2024 11:35 am
kai1020
kai1020
17 April

Choosing easier lot for extension/renovation.

Choosing easier lot for extension/renovation.

Thanks for the reply. Had a look at the suggested lot and found other problem on easement, which i will asked in separate thread.

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kai1020
Apr 17, 2024 3:12 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
15 April

Pro finish tiling group

Pro finish tiling group

The wallopers will just say it's a civil matter.

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SaveH2O
Apr 15, 2024 1:58 pm
SaveH2O
Budapest
Budapest
9 April

Proposed walk in linen

Proposed walk in linen

Do you really want to accommodate the window? What is on the outside of the window? Do you want to be able to see your towels from outside? I would blank the window from…

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Budapest
Apr 09, 2024 2:56 pm

thought I attached this

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mogli
Apr 06, 2024 9:02 pm

Is this what you talking about

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gemclinton03
Mar 28, 2024 2:26 am
jagberg
jagberg
11 March

Renovation - swapping kitchen and bathroom and other fix ups

Renovation - swapping kitchen and bathroom and other fix ups

I recently went through a similar renovation and move scenario when updating our family home. We also swapped some rooms around and tackled a major…

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jagberg
Mar 11, 2024 10:41 pm
sydney_kings
sydney_kings
10 March

Fittting Lower Ground entry door/landing in 2200mm of FFL

Fittting Lower Ground entry door/landing in 2200mm of FFL

I am looking to design an entry door to a lower ground basement that has 2200mm between the external entry height to FFL of the ground floor. This door will provide an…

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sydney_kings
Mar 10, 2024 10:23 am

Tradie charges to fix his mistake

Tradie charges to fix his mistake

Unless there were unforeseeable issues with the site, I dont think you should have to pay for contractors errors or poor planning. I'd probably try and be reasonable and…

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supersleuth
Mar 07, 2024 3:46 pm
EmmaBarron3
EmmaBarron3
29 February

Home Noise Reduction/Soundproofing

Home Noise Reduction/Soundproofing

Upgrading your windows to soundproof ones, like triple-glazed, can make a significant difference. While changing window…

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EmmaBarron3
Feb 29, 2024 1:10 am
EmmaBarron3

i think option 2 is much better with easy access to the garden without having to walk through the new sunroom which makes it a better room for guests and TV .a simple…

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oklouise
Feb 27, 2024 6:44 pm

Hi there, we have classic cream gutters, fascia’s, roller door and undercover carport. We are are going to paint the roof a terracotta orange colour. After some…

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BenLan
Feb 26, 2024 5:02 pm
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
23 February

Smooth out / remove slate tile fireplace

Smooth out / remove slate tile fireplace

I would probably render it and then paint it as per your other advice, or gyrpock over the top.

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Ashington Homes
Feb 23, 2024 4:05 pm
Ashington Homes
yujingsz1990
yujingsz1990
22 February

roof structural repair

roof structural repair

Thanks for the information.

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yujingsz1990
Feb 22, 2024 8:27 pm
ChrisG777
ChrisG777
8 February

Offset Hinges

Offset Hinges

Yes, I had already tried searching those. In the end I am fabricating my own.

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ChrisG777
Feb 08, 2024 10:37 am
Robert.Clairs
Robert.Clairs
5 February

1st Storey addition vs Lower level excavation

1st Storey addition vs Lower level excavation

Hi there, We’ve recently had plans approved to add a 1st storey addition to our existing house for a growing family in Sydney. With the current cost of building…

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Robert.Clairs
Feb 05, 2024 2:15 pm

Hi everyone, Newbie renovator here, after some advice for combining our family room in the picture and the alfresco and make a larger family room. There is a flush sill…

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Reez
Feb 02, 2024 5:45 pm
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
2 February

Patching Holes in EPS foam walls

Patching Holes in EPS foam walls

Oh no! I would use a can of expandable foam ( there are some that will take render) then cut it back and render over the top

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Ashington Homes
Feb 02, 2024 3:52 pm
Ashington Homes
Pavlo
Pavlo
26 January

Terracotta roof draft issues

Terracotta roof draft issues

Hi everyone I have a terracotta tiles roof When I climb inside the roof cavity I can feel that there is a draft inside the roof as the wind goes through the roof which is…

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Pavlo
Jan 26, 2024 12:11 pm

Hi Would love some advice on a DIY project I've dived into that's now keeping me up at night. We've got a cool 1970's Mid Century style house here in NZ and have always…

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Lukeluke
Jan 23, 2024 6:46 pm

Hi, Apologies - I know there is plenty out there on this but struggling to put together the puzzle. We're planning our garage/external laundry to master bedroom and…

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sejj
Jan 22, 2024 5:38 pm
building-expert
building-expert
20 January

Roof Load Width Needed

Roof Load Width Needed

Any structural alteration to your home requires building permit. Before you get it you will have to supply plans with structural assessment, you will also be removing…

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building-expert
Jan 20, 2024 9:31 pm
building-expert
JayB001
JayB001
20 January

Verandah repair - ledger attached to brick

Verandah repair - ledger attached to brick

Hi, I'll be starting on my verandah repair soon - replace ledger, rafters, roofing iron, flashing etc. (fascia board already done). My question is about the timber ledger…

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JayB001
Jan 20, 2024 12:39 pm
Pulse
Pulse
18 January

Stairs

Stairs

not sure how much but a “repair” should be ok, what ever that is technically

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Pulse
Jan 18, 2024 9:47 pm
building-expert
building-expert
14 January

Framing on floor joists

Framing on floor joists

Houses have been framed on floor joists since settlement, chipboard flooring is only around for 50 years or so, so why would it not be satisfactory? However exercise skill…

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building-expert
Jan 14, 2024 10:24 am
building-expert
wendlle
wendlle
31 December 2023

Backyard retreat or Granny Flat?

Backyard retreat or Granny Flat?

I think I know the answer but just checking to see if anyone has had experience with it. I want to build a small 20 square metre retreat in my backyard, it will have a…

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wendlle
Dec 31, 2023 5:45 pm
wendlle
Pulse
Pulse
21 December 2023

Extension roof and truss layout ideas

Extension roof and truss layout ideas

can’t see the plans

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Pulse
Dec 21, 2023 6:49 pm
Nickmof
Nickmof
15 December 2023

Old historical factory renovation - Damp Proof and Flooring

Old historical factory renovation - Damp Proof and Flooring

Hi all Am new to this forum. I want to get some ideas/info about how to manage an 80 year old factory restoration to convert to a residence. The factory floor is concrete…

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Nickmof
Dec 15, 2023 2:41 pm

Hi, have purchased a house with 2 single garage doors. The Centre pillar one side sits proud to the other. Can I change 2 doors into one. Please see picture.

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Rosie60
Dec 15, 2023 11:28 am
building-expert
building-expert
12 December 2023

Rumpus conversion to a master with ensuite

Rumpus conversion to a master with ensuite

From the information posted it looks to me your rumpus room is nothing more than extended garage. That will present a number of challenges. Single brick wall between…

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building-expert
Dec 12, 2023 9:54 am
building-expert
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chippy
Dec 12, 2023 1:42 am
chippy

1. Roof cleaning and paint - which colour do you recommend? I often see black/ dark grey in use these days but I would prefer…

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sydney01
Dec 03, 2023 12:19 am
ML24WA
ML24WA
29 November 2023

Extension cost - $3500/m2 reasonable?

Extension cost - $3500/m2 reasonable?

Seems good to me. I've been told $4-5k/sqm is reasonable in Perth.

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ML24WA
Nov 29, 2023 8:34 pm
Max23
Max23
20 November 2023

Expertise on keeping large pavers in place driveway

Expertise on keeping large pavers in place driveway

Appreciate that Chippy. I won’t do sand under pavers and will connect all up under pavers, however I was going to do: 1) Roadbase compacted with manual hand tamper 2)…

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Max23
Nov 19, 2023 11:25 pm
Bek.H
Bek.H
18 November 2023

level the ground with self-levelling or yellow tongue PB boa

level the ground with self-levelling or yellow tongue PB boa

Hi guys, I want to do some floor levelling before laying the planks and am considering doing it with self-levelling or yellow tongue PB board. I am wondering which one…

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Bek.H
Nov 18, 2023 3:46 pm
ponzutwo
ponzutwo
13 November 2023

Plumbing variation

Plumbing variation

Thats fine, but he still needs to provide an account of the wroks. otherwise you could judt demand whatever for whatever. Im ptetty sure his lawyer will not progress if…

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ponzutwo
Nov 13, 2023 7:35 am
Kate T
Kate T
12 November 2023

Beginner advice - how can we make this house work for us???

Beginner advice - how can we make this house work for us???

I posted the floorplan on Houzz.com forum and got some really good ideas and advice from people there. Then we reached out to a couple of renovation companies and one…

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Kate T
Nov 12, 2023 9:06 am
Althom
Althom
8 November 2023

Extending already approved patio

Extending already approved patio

If your patio is going to be 35 sqm then that's going to need Council Approval. The fact that they previously approved your 25sqm patio will be irelevant

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Althom
Nov 08, 2023 7:24 pm
Althom
Np1234
Np1234
30 October 2023

Extension cost

Extension cost

Hi Has anyone recently completed an extension in Melbourne. Any idea at what I'd be looking at for an extension of our living room (adding 4mx5m).

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Np1234
Oct 30, 2023 10:28 am
Donagh13
Donagh13
23 October 2023

Alternative to hallway?

Alternative to hallway?

Might cheaper to changer your idea of what makes a home, have you considered building a porch?

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52008
Donagh13
Oct 23, 2023 10:27 pm
oklouise
oklouise
16 October 2023

Newbie to Home renovation: DIY?

Newbie to Home renovation: DIY?

a building inspector should be able to tell you about any major problems but we need a floor plan with dimensions to clarify options for extra bedrooms ... sometime an…

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oklouise
Oct 16, 2023 1:27 pm
building-expert
building-expert
13 October 2023

Renovating new home - Asbestos question

Renovating new home - Asbestos question

What you are looking at is fibrous plaster, true gypsum, it is cast on horizontal beds with fibers included to give strength. I has no Asbestos in it. Houses before 1985…

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building-expert
Oct 13, 2023 8:52 am
building-expert
ponzutwo
ponzutwo
4 October 2023

Sikaflex Pro instead of Window Flashing?

Sikaflex Pro instead of Window Flashing?

AFAIK, flashing is a minimum standard. Out of curiosity is your window glass stamped with AS requirements in any of the corners of each pane? Im almost certan if theyre…

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ponzutwo
Oct 04, 2023 7:43 am

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