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EpicDNA
EpicDNA
24 June

Home Renovation Blogs

Home Renovation Blogs
1, 2, 3

Australia is known to be a nation of renovators. Everyone wants to improve their living environment. So I write blog on What is the difference between Restoration and…

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EpicDNA
Jun 24, 2021 10:47 pm
EpicDNA

Damage to flooring - liabilities and costs

Damage to flooring - liabilities and costs

Firstly, I doubt that would be the case if it can be proven they were fully informed and signed the contract understanding what they were signing. Secondly, legal action…

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arcadelt
Dec 06, 2021 6:17 pm
oklouise
oklouise
1 December

Need help with Staircase location

Need help with Staircase location
1, 2

most of the upstairs living areas is for walkways between the stairs, bedrooms and bathrooms so attempting to make the kids bedrooms bigger by changing the upstairs…

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oklouise
Dec 01, 2021 9:14 pm
Ashington Homes
Ashington Homes
1 December

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

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
orp23
orp23
25 November

Weatherboard Repair v. Cladding Upgrade (VIC)

Weatherboard Repair v. Cladding Upgrade (VIC)

We have a 40-year old 2nd storey extension with weatherboard that is showing signs of peel/rot on some panels. Initially, we just wanted to repaint and repair affected…

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orp23
Nov 25, 2021 7:20 pm
Kassyn
Kassyn
20 November

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

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

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

first you need an accurate plan of the existing house and a list of what you want to achieve...eg how many bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas do you need and what do…

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oklouise
Nov 11, 2021 9:48 am
jake_paul
jake_paul
10 November

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

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

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

My home is ready in 3 weeks, I have a 3.7M side, mostly easement though in process of getting permit for second driveway. I'm undecided of what will add more value and…

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House101
Nov 05, 2021 12:27 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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Noname
Noname
8 October

Process to build and approve a dividing wall to AS 1684

Process to build and approve a dividing wall to AS 1684

You generally don't need Council approval for non structural changes that are under the cost threshold. This is common across…

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Noname
Oct 08, 2021 10:24 am

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

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
jabbawoki
jabbawoki
30 September

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And we planning to have the extension in this position if we can. Or if you have any better ideas please share with me.

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vov
Sep 25, 2021 10:39 pm
MelBr
MelBr
23 September

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
skylights
skylights
14 September

AirConditioner quandary

AirConditioner quandary

I currently have a single storey ground floor house with a ducted reverse cycle system and an outside wall unit. I have plans in to add an upstairs addition. The builder…

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skylights
Sep 14, 2021 2:51 pm
arcadelt
arcadelt
5 September

Can someone help me with identifying these render colours pl

Can someone help me with identifying these render colours pl

Might be Colorbond Monument, but hard to tell without a sample chip up against the wall.

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arcadelt
Sep 05, 2021 5:53 pm
Noname
Noname
31 August

Noggings required

Noggings required

yeah because it doesnt look like theres any room to attach something to the back and ensure the board is waterproofed or sealed in some way. I assumed the stud walls…

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Noname
Aug 31, 2021 4:33 pm
oklouise
oklouise
29 August

First time home owner wanting to extend

First time home owner wanting to extend

no point making plans unless you know what you can spend so start with the bank and a builder will be reluctant top quote without a rough plan and a designer will be…

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oklouise
Aug 29, 2021 9:18 am
dannyboy92
dannyboy92
27 August

Floor Plan Reconfiguration- Advice Needed

Floor Plan Reconfiguration- Advice Needed

While it is a large block it looks like the back part has already been extended. I don't know if there is much scope for further extension without losing the backyard. The…

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dannyboy92
Aug 27, 2021 9:10 am
Robert2043
Robert2043
21 August

Skirting board dilemma

Skirting board dilemma

Hi Chippy, The floor has probably been like this for quite some time. There are probably a few causes for the movement. - The corner near the window had seen some water…

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Robert2043
Aug 21, 2021 10:35 pm

Playing around with some toilet-in-bath ideas here... I think I like option B best: best privacy for toilet and shower, best amount of room and privacy (assuming door is…

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damienh7
Aug 16, 2021 12:31 pm

Hi, I have had a window removed and replaced with brick. Due to the workmanship (massive variation in perpend thickness, bricks are more than 2mm out of step and the…

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Richo11ty
Aug 15, 2021 3:51 pm
chippy
chippy
14 August

Constructing an exterior stud wall

Constructing an exterior stud wall

There is only one simple way I can think of that would work although as I stated above it's not really ideal. Are you planning on installing a door to the outside in the…

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chippy
Aug 14, 2021 4:43 pm
chippy
ChrisBirmele
ChrisBirmele
14 August

Section 4.55 Alteration - Do I need one?

Section 4.55 Alteration - Do I need one?

We have DA approval for a renovation project but haven't started yet. We are considering a few alterations to our original plan but I can't determine if I require a…

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ChrisBirmele
Aug 14, 2021 12:00 pm

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