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leighton
leighton
5 February 2013

Advise on removing Chimney from Kitchen

Advise on removing Chimney from Kitchen

To me, it is a job for a carpenter. He can remove the bricks and ensure that the frame is safe. Pulling the bricks out is just a dirty job. A good chance nil asbestos. The…

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leighton
Feb 05, 2013 5:09 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
5 February 2013

Creaking floors question?

Creaking floors question?

Most of those houses had kiln dried hardwood strip flooring. Likely something has happened to bearers and joists. I agree more creaking with particleboard and I am taking…

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leighton
Feb 05, 2013 5:15 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
5 February 2013

Recommendation for wardrobe fitouts in Vic?

Recommendation for wardrobe fitouts in Vic?

we are using our kitchen cabinet manufacturer to do some more fancy wardrobes and the cost is in the vicinity of $3000 for the full width robe and drawers. Might be worth…

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leighton
Feb 05, 2013 5:30 am
leighton
Evelin
Evelin
6 February 2013

Cost of staircase

Cost of staircase

Gosh not sure, but the staircase we put in our house which had 16 steps cost us $25k. Our steps when they are finished will have wooden treads…

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Evelin
Feb 06, 2013 11:56 am
SoozyStyle
SoozyStyle
6 February 2013

Subfloor that's soft and crumbly

Subfloor that's soft and crumbly

Hello I'm about to install a floating floor into a 1967 apartment in Sydney. After removing the carpet and underlay I found a sub floor (on top of the concrete slab) that…

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SoozyStyle
Feb 06, 2013 7:42 pm
knb
knb
7 February 2013

question -which paint colour for bedroom

question -which paint colour for bedroom

Ive also used white duck full and 1/4 strength and love both! A great grey and nice alternative to plain white or beige. Good choice :)

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knb
Feb 07, 2013 7:41 am
Mammosgrub
Mammosgrub
7 February 2013

Choosing house render colour to match exisiting roof tiles??

Choosing house render colour to match exisiting roof tiles??

Great - thank you! that is very close to what i have in mind. Will keep you posted!

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Mammosgrub
Feb 07, 2013 1:03 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 February 2013

New build and we're renovating 2 years later!!

New build and we're renovating 2 years later!!

It's the same number of steps so it's not less fiddly. I've attached photos on this forum using both IS and PB but I just prefer PB. Unless you can show me what I'm doing…

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Stewie D
Feb 08, 2013 7:09 am
tim_k
tim_k
9 February 2013

Staircase company recommendation

Staircase company recommendation

I've used stallion before- zero complaints.

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tim_k
Feb 09, 2013 10:17 pm
gascha
gascha
12 February 2013

Opinion on workmanship sought...

Opinion on workmanship sought...

Hi, sorry I didn't get back to this post earlier, was too busy. Thanks everyone for their opinion. I'm glad I wasn't alone with my opinion that this was bad.... After…

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gascha
Feb 12, 2013 2:58 pm

Check out the inovar range of floors... They are a timber laminate... But they have a few different types in the range.. We are putting them in our new build, and they are…

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benblinkau
Feb 13, 2013 8:56 pm
benblinkau
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HowieB
Feb 16, 2013 5:05 pm
bkm2009
bkm2009
17 February 2013

Parapet Wall Construction-HELP

Parapet Wall Construction-HELP

Can be a single leaf wall, with a fire proof flashing installed under the boundary gutter. Pm if you want any more info, can give you a more detailed drawing if need be.

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bkm2009
Feb 17, 2013 2:15 am
bkm2009
BelindaBraid
BelindaBraid
18 February 2013

Planning Timeframe

Planning Timeframe

Hello, can anyone offer any advise to me. We are planning on a three room extenstion on our house - nothing major only basic - it has taken approximately 10 months to have…

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BelindaBraid
Feb 18, 2013 9:28 am
E1109
E1109
18 February 2013

Light Switch Height

Light Switch Height

Ours are at approx 1200mm to centre of plate.

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E1109
Feb 18, 2013 10:25 pm
E1109
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
26 February 2013

New Opening Through Brick Wall

New Opening Through Brick Wall

In multi-storey apartment blocks of that age units are mostly of the same/similar design consequently the walls would be load bearing, however once you get serious about…

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Uncle Arfur
Feb 26, 2013 8:33 pm
travelbug
travelbug
27 February 2013

Installing second hand panel lift door

Installing second hand panel lift door

Ring a few handymen (local paper?). Do you have one already that you are replacing? If so should be pretty easy.

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travelbug
Feb 27, 2013 3:54 pm
Jeb1
Jeb1
28 February 2013

Exterior colour advice

Exterior colour advice

all the jail bars are gone now!

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Jeb1
Feb 28, 2013 11:06 am
jessiestout
jessiestout
1 March 2013

Attic Ledge / Sunbed

Attic Ledge / Sunbed

Thanks for your reply Stewie. Unfortunately I can't get into the ceiling space - as to the left of the building is another terrace, and to the right and behind is…

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jessiestout
Mar 01, 2013 11:45 am
MelissaN
MelissaN
4 March 2013

Colours... I'm at a loss....

Colours... I'm at a loss....

Nice sandstone windowsills....I'd be making them a feature. You said no grey, why?. It would be perfect here, look great with your white gutters/downpipes and really set…

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MelissaN
Mar 04, 2013 10:48 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 March 2013

Involve architect or not?

Involve architect or not?

I'd get a rough floorplan and a couple of elevations drawn up by a draftsman. Neither have to be in great detail as you are only changing your roof but a few arrows and…

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Stewie D
Mar 05, 2013 9:22 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
6 March 2013

Second storey below

Second storey below

Our house is fully accessible underneath (it is bricks on a sandstone base), however it is completely enclose except for one small doorway and is…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 06, 2013 10:23 am
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
8 March 2013

Bar, keep or remove

Bar, keep or remove

I'm going to add my agreement here. Rip it out. I've never seen the attraction in them. Always so tacky. Seriously - do people like to imagine they are a bartender and…

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Bluesuede
Mar 08, 2013 8:39 pm
Bluesuede
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 March 2013

How much floorspace does a set of stairs take

How much floorspace does a set of stairs take

I always recommend that the stair width should be a minimum of 1m wide - more if possible. That being the case you would lose just over 4sq m for a 2400mm high ceiling.…

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Stewie D
Mar 08, 2013 10:28 pm

Made this thread a while ago, just thought id throw up a pic of the finished product, this is my first attempt at renovating, room was finished mid last…

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ofnder
Mar 09, 2013 6:41 pm
meowsy
meowsy
11 March 2013

Paint the fence same colour as the house (Woodland Grey)?

Paint the fence same colour as the house (Woodland Grey)?

thought it might be the case.. I would lean towards a paler colour, to match whatever the roof would be. It might be too much grey otherwise?

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meowsy
Mar 11, 2013 3:11 pm
meowsy
leni
leni
12 March 2013

Hoe much to build a Double Garage.????

Hoe much to build a Double Garage.????

Garages often have bigger setback regulations compared to, say, carports, too. An alternative might be carport + shed?

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leni
Mar 12, 2013 1:30 am
leni
d@n
d@n
12 March 2013

Help - exterior house colour - cannot decide on windows

Help - exterior house colour - cannot decide on windows

That's quite a slope you got there. Black frames would provide better contrast but since you have a few timber features, jasper might be the better choice.

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d@n
Mar 12, 2013 6:27 am
bashworth
bashworth
12 March 2013

Rebuilding retaining wall

Rebuilding retaining wall

There is a lot to retaining walls which is why a lot of people get them wrong (http://www.anewhouse.com.au/?p=1585) If the final wall is going to be over 900mm high it…

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bashworth
Mar 12, 2013 3:48 pm
bashworth
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
12 March 2013

Ugly faux wood panel- reno

Ugly faux wood panel- reno

Cut out the cornice carefully, plasterboard over the top of the crappy timber panelling, replace cornice, paint. We had the same problem in our last house - a 70's museum…

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Bluesuede
Mar 12, 2013 7:38 pm
Bluesuede
colebatchd
colebatchd
13 March 2013

Ceiling options

Ceiling options

G'day, All good, have spoken with builder, architect, and wife today, no tears, all agreements. We're going with the double gable, but have removed what we had before of…

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colebatchd
Mar 13, 2013 8:58 pm
colebatchd
colebatchd
14 March 2013

Redoing a roof...

Redoing a roof...

Thanks, helps to collect prices at this stage!

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colebatchd
Mar 14, 2013 11:19 am
tradeup
tradeup
15 March 2013

Cost breakdown

Cost breakdown

yes we will be owner building it

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tradeup
Mar 15, 2013 3:30 pm
rs2000
rs2000
19 March 2013

How big should a garage be?

How big should a garage be?

bigger the better....7.2m x 7.2m at our place with a 6.0m sectional front door and single roller door at the rear.

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rs2000
Mar 19, 2013 9:35 pm
D101
D101
20 March 2013

Car port not blocking natural light

Car port not blocking natural light

Do those clear sheets look OK? Are there different types/brands? Every one of these that I have seen tend to look tacky, stained and green after only a short time.

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D101
Mar 20, 2013 12:50 pm
sabrelli
sabrelli
20 March 2013

Cost of Exterior Balcony/deck

Cost of Exterior Balcony/deck

Thanks for the prompt response and advice. :D Yup!i plan to ask for some references so I can check out the quality of their work. Ive got another quote coming in so i can…

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sabrelli
Mar 20, 2013 2:56 pm
Splashers
Splashers
20 March 2013

Kitchen Reno please HELP!

Kitchen Reno please HELP!

Try calling Granite Transformations, they have a 6mm stone that will go over existing benchtops without the need to remove anything.

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Splashers
Mar 20, 2013 10:45 pm
Splashers
munit
munit
21 March 2013

Adding bedroom and BMO

Adding bedroom and BMO

Hi, I have a very small house, which I wish to add a bedroom to. However, we are in a BMO area, with a rating of potentially FZ, although we don't know for sure…

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munit
Mar 21, 2013 9:34 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
22 March 2013

Rooms below the ground

Rooms below the ground

Ag drains and all these methods are great - but water often finds a way. Capilary action is a funny thing too. I've got a friend who had it all done and his…

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Saint Mike
Mar 22, 2013 9:42 am
Saint Mike
PossumTwo
PossumTwo
24 March 2013

Help - need to choose a colorbond roof colour by Monday

Help - need to choose a colorbond roof colour by Monday

Try to choose a light colour to reflect the heat from the sun as well. Dark colours can increase the temperature inside the roof by up to 10 degrees. Alternatively,…

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PossumTwo
Mar 24, 2013 11:08 am
JoeyJoeJoe
JoeyJoeJoe
24 March 2013

Cost to Renovate Fire Damaged property

Cost to Renovate Fire Damaged property

Apologies if this is the wrong section, been recommended by a friend about this site, Basically in a nutshell, there is a fire damaged old comission house, that im…

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JoeyJoeJoe
Mar 24, 2013 5:42 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
25 March 2013

Composite Decking

Composite Decking

A friend of mine installed a couple of square metres of Modwood four years back and to install was just as easy as timber. The little side clips were a bit fiddly but you…

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Stewie D
Mar 25, 2013 8:40 am
Mrsperfect
Mrsperfect
25 March 2013

Purchasing Materials: Builder or Homeowner

Purchasing Materials: Builder or Homeowner

Any discounts received by builders for purchasing materials NEVER get passed on to the customer! (Dennis said it!) If you think about it, why should it? They have the…

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Mrsperfect
Mar 25, 2013 10:52 am
p4ulberm
p4ulberm
25 March 2013

Cost of plans?

Cost of plans?

Hi Rebecca, The costs to get your plans drawn up could vary a fair bit depending on whether you are looking for an architect to design your extension or already know what…

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p4ulberm
Mar 25, 2013 9:31 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
27 March 2013

Fixing Wooden Bearers to Steel Posts

Fixing Wooden Bearers to Steel Posts

Personally I would bolt the bearers through the steel posts, but as you say you dont have a lot of timber to work with on the bearer joins so I would weld a 50mm x 6 mm…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 27, 2013 11:37 am
joles
joles
27 March 2013

Replacing tiles with Colourbond roof DIY

Replacing tiles with Colourbond roof DIY

No help with replacing the roof, but don't just dump the roof tiles no matter how ugly they are. If they are terracotta you'll be able to sell them. People are always…

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joles
Mar 27, 2013 11:48 am
joles

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