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hi all Ive never done an extension or any major renovations for a home but am in the market to buy a family home at the moment and have seen plenty of houses that are a…

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cbarre
May 29, 2017 1:15 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
24 May 2017

Architect Cost What is Reasonable?

Architect Cost What is Reasonable?
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@vinothkumar It doesn't matter how much Architecture costs wherever it comes from.. you can give it away for free if you wish? but If the engineering and construction is…

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 24, 2017 10:22 am
StructuralBIMGuy
arcadelt
arcadelt
22 May 2017

Extending a home with 2.4m ceiling: New section 2.7m or 3m?

Extending a home with 2.4m ceiling: New section 2.7m or 3m?

I think it depends on the size of the rooms. In smaller rooms 2.7 would feel more proportionate, but in larger rooms you could get away with 3.0 or even higher.

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arcadelt
May 22, 2017 10:08 am
albertsean
albertsean
18 May 2017

Can anyone please tell me best company for kitchen respray i

Can anyone please tell me best company for kitchen respray i

Hello friends, please help me to choose the best company for respraying my kitchen cabinet...

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albertsean
May 18, 2017 6:45 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
18 May 2017

Trying to choose between Hebel Powerwall and Foam Cladding

Trying to choose between Hebel Powerwall and Foam Cladding

Straw has great thermal properties as well as Foam..But most remember the Story of the "The Three Little Pigs" who built from Brick, Sticks & Straw

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StructuralBIMGuy
May 18, 2017 12:06 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Hi Everyone, I am currently doing an owner build and stuck on what I should be doing under the decking of our alfresco. Should I be laying Scyon sheeting, battens and…

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Turnerbuild
May 11, 2017 7:23 am
arcadelt
arcadelt
10 May 2017

Tiling in herringbone style

Tiling in herringbone style

It's a very fiddly pattern, because every edge tile needs to be cut, which is not always the case with brick or stack pattern. Unfortunately, if that is what your tiler…

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arcadelt
May 10, 2017 11:39 am
nickcampbel
nickcampbel
1 May 2017

NEED HELP HOME ADDITION

NEED HELP HOME ADDITION

hi friend , look at this website you can find a lot of items that you need :) http://www.artisanbazzarts.com/moroccan-artisanat/

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nickcampbel
May 01, 2017 7:23 pm

Got talked into removing the sills and I hate the outcome. The style is Hamptons/Queenslander/Colonial and the modern sills do not look right. If you did the same what did…

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ideaswoman
Apr 25, 2017 5:46 pm
ideaswoman
ecnal
ecnal
25 April 2017

Renovation rip off

Renovation rip off

In our last house I built the basement myself. I bought a book at Home Depot called "how to build a basement" which became my…

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ecnal
Apr 25, 2017 4:05 pm
banu
banu
21 April 2017

Recommendations - renos on turn of century homes

Recommendations - renos on turn of century homes

A Coffee Finish Wallclock would look great on a turn of the century home. I bought one ( ) for $48 when I was having my house renovated. While doing the reno you might…

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banu
Apr 21, 2017 3:14 pm
banu
banu
21 April 2017

How to remove spray paint from floor

How to remove spray paint from floor

If the paint is dry you could saturate a clean rag in rubbing alcohol, then remove the rubbing alcohol with a clean, soapy cloth.

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banu
Apr 21, 2017 3:03 pm

Hi, I just had a question - would we need council approval (we are City of Wanneroo, WA) for a feature wall similar to the attached. It would be inside the fence line and…

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hwearing
Apr 19, 2017 6:53 pm
hwearing
strongandbold
strongandbold
17 April 2017

Weatherboad cladding for a orange brick veneer home

Weatherboad cladding for a orange brick veneer home

Hi guys, I am thinking about cladding my 1960's orange brick veneer home with weatherboard cladding and replacing the steel windows (in bad condition ) with chunky timber…

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strongandbold
Apr 17, 2017 3:45 pm
wildcatwoody
wildcatwoody
15 April 2017

External door openings

External door openings

Hi guys, Based on gold coast, keen to know what the laws are in creating extra external openings in my house? I have created a granny flat internally so want to remove a…

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wildcatwoody
Apr 15, 2017 8:09 pm
grinder
grinder
14 April 2017

Insulating Raked Ceiling

Insulating Raked Ceiling

Probably you mean joist the space between them is 40 or 60 batts can be bought either siizes I have recently installed R6 gold batts so if you have roof space then go for…

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grinder
Apr 15, 2017 12:32 am
grinder
drad81
drad81
11 April 2017

excavation - Sydney sandstone

excavation - Sydney sandstone

Hi Adam, As a point of reference I was quoted $35,000 to excavate 400sqm of clay from a Sydney job. That's bulk excavation without detail.

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drad81
Apr 11, 2017 4:51 pm
theriver
theriver
31 March 2017

Steps/stairs for residential property

Steps/stairs for residential property

That's great to hear. I don't quite know though if it was originally built like that, or whether it was later extended by the previous owners, as the property looks like a…

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theriver
Mar 31, 2017 6:30 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
31 March 2017

interior designer cost ?

interior designer cost ?

It depends on how many works can the same employee do, but having always the truth about his/her professionality on it. Try to find some company that can do all the jobs…

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SaveH2O
Mar 31, 2017 12:10 am
SaveH2O
mick1990
mick1990
30 March 2017

extension on top of Garage with a shared wall?

extension on top of Garage with a shared wall?

You'll definitely need approval from the council and from your neighbours - had a mate that made an extension on a shared wall and he had some issues getting the wiring…

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mick1990
Mar 30, 2017 11:52 am
mick1990
mick1990
30 March 2017

Trying to strip wallpaper over woodpaneling

Trying to strip wallpaper over woodpaneling

Hi guys, For whatever reason the previous owners used wallpaper over some nice wood pannelled walls in the rumpus. I'm trying to figure out how to get rid of it without a…

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mick1990
Mar 30, 2017 11:48 am
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buildX
Mar 30, 2017 10:30 am
buildX
rvrolla
rvrolla
28 March 2017

Uneven tongue and groove flooring

Uneven tongue and groove flooring

I would be more concerned in repairing what had caused the drop - do you have any ideas?

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rvrolla
Mar 28, 2017 9:28 am
bryn
bryn
24 March 2017

Renovation - new floorboards - staircase?

Renovation - new floorboards - staircase?

Yes, a number of the better floating floor systems have stair nosing as a product, so you use the nosing piece as the edge and then standard boards for the tread & riser.…

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bryn
Mar 24, 2017 12:10 pm
Allrisk
Allrisk
21 March 2017

Owner Builder Insurance

Owner Builder Insurance

Hi Debshere, I know this is a late reply, but we are still around (thanks for the mention Beetaloo). It's been a while since we were affiliated with Westcourt though. Now…

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Allrisk
Mar 21, 2017 5:01 pm
Allrisk
Our Build123
Our Build123
20 March 2017

Quoting for a renovation?

Quoting for a renovation?

It really comes down to what your time is worth. Have decided on your hourly rate and laid out an estimate of time for each task? Generally if it's labour only I'd calc…

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Our Build123
Mar 20, 2017 1:41 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
Our Build123
15 March 2017

Removing brick internal walls - Californian bungalow Sydney

Removing brick internal walls - Californian bungalow Sydney

It's hard to say a ball park cost without seeing a rough plan or photos, feel free to upload some. https://youtu.be/_DlwtgzXVQw Kind Regards James Mason - Our Build.

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Our Build123
Mar 15, 2017 11:00 am
Our Build123

Hi all I have an old brick and tile house, 1940s, and in the original part of home the walls have a textured paint finish to them - see below I would like to smooth…

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f1jez1980
Mar 13, 2017 8:43 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
10 March 2017

Structural Wall?

Structural Wall?

Hey mate Thanks for the pictures, it's a little hard to tell unfortunately. That short wall may take a beam that divides the span of the room. Best bet would be to…

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Our Build123
Mar 10, 2017 7:40 pm
Our Build123
farmmum96
farmmum96
7 March 2017

Master Bedroom Help!

Master Bedroom Help!

What are the dimensions? I'm assuming if it was a single car garage it was minimum of 3.5 metres, possibly 4m wide? The master bedroom in my house is only 3.5m wide…

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farmmum96
Mar 07, 2017 11:32 pm
farmmum96
farmmum96
7 March 2017

Sound proofing between granny flat and house

Sound proofing between granny flat and house

The door is not on that wall (it's a 4.8 metre straight wall with no windows or doors etc), however both the adjoining bedroom and the studio have doors opening onto a…

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farmmum96
Mar 07, 2017 2:27 pm
bryn
bryn
6 March 2017

Flooring - Tiles next to Engineered Timber

Flooring - Tiles next to Engineered Timber

Under floorboards you would use masonite not cement sheet generally, but yes it adds up. Whats the existing surface- if its concrete you wont need a cement sheet under…

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bryn
Mar 06, 2017 4:47 pm
bryn
bryn
6 March 2017

Flat roof -

Flat roof -

Why do you want a flat roof? How flat is "flat"? Colourbond can do 5% fall in some profiles. SIPS can do the same. Hebel could possibly do less with a waterproofing…

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bryn
Mar 06, 2017 4:44 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
4 March 2017

Apartment Bathroom Renovation

Apartment Bathroom Renovation

Hi @kitty1 if you are looking for renovation products for your apartment's bathroom, try dropping by to Renovation Kingdom in 9 Barney St North Parramatta or just…

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Our Build123
Mar 04, 2017 9:26 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
Our Build123
4 March 2017

Mold in wall and door architrave

Mold in wall and door architrave

Trust your gut, if they have to do some repairs in that a anyway, then they can fix whatever you remove to satisfy your own interests. Kind Regards James Mason - Our…

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Our Build123
Mar 04, 2017 9:30 am
Our Build123
qebtel
qebtel
28 February 2017

Villaboard vs tile underlay

Villaboard vs tile underlay

Villaboard is impact & water resistant. Drill it and you'll find out. Tile underlay is not water resistant, you cannot use it to sheet a wall in a wet area, but you…

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qebtel
Feb 28, 2017 2:32 pm
tfosydney
tfosydney
27 February 2017

External brickwall tiling

External brickwall tiling

Hi there, It really depends on how uneven your brick work is, if it is only…

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tfosydney
Feb 27, 2017 1:41 pm
tfosydney
buildX
buildX
24 February 2017

How to save money on renovations

How to save money on renovations

One great way to save even for future home improvements is by maintaining your electrical wires working at its best state. Because keeping them in good condition could…

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buildX
Feb 24, 2017 1:51 pm
buildX
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Berek
Feb 21, 2017 8:46 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
21 February 2017

Structural engineer - looking at foundations for extension

Structural engineer - looking at foundations for extension

Hi Loadchaos Your existing footings will need to conform with current Codes & Aust Standards eg. AS2870 residential footings, etc I suggest you sort ot you Plans &…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 21, 2017 6:04 pm
StructuralBIMGuy

Hi - this is a picture of our house before we started renovations. Attached are elevations to give idea of what it will like when finished along with suggested colour…

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Nixy
Feb 18, 2017 7:27 am
Lotti
Lotti
14 February 2017

suggest me some low budget roofing solutions .

suggest me some low budget roofing solutions .

I agree with Willey. We have an asphalt shingle roofing and it was installed by a…

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Lotti
Feb 14, 2017 10:42 am
DU86
DU86
9 February 2017

SMALL EXTENSION TO BLUEBOARD HOUSE

SMALL EXTENSION TO BLUEBOARD HOUSE

i can give more details... what do you want to know... there is a sloping roof over the back part of house please see floorplans attached

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DU86
Feb 09, 2017 3:10 pm
Festivusoz
Festivusoz
8 February 2017

Retrofit wall insulation - weatherboard home

Retrofit wall insulation - weatherboard home

Thanks James for your feedback. I am looking into retrofitting sisilation as a u-shape between the studs. Then putting in some insulation. I think the batts are a little…

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Festivusoz
Feb 08, 2017 11:39 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
6 February 2017

Renovating attic space above garage

Renovating attic space above garage

Agreed with first comment, consultant a structural engineer. Kind Regards James Mason - Our Build. www.renovationjunkies.com.au www.ourbuildhandyman.com.au

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Our Build123
Feb 06, 2017 8:48 pm
Our Build123
Vdubbed 12
Vdubbed 12
6 February 2017

Subfloor supports: what are they used for?

Subfloor supports: what are they used for?

Thank you both for your advice. My brother was given a time to put in an offer and he was just speculating I guess, from his very recent experience where the work done on…

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Vdubbed 12
Feb 06, 2017 12:21 pm
D101
D101
3 February 2017

Extensions using a one stop shop vs own builders, architects

Extensions using a one stop shop vs own builders, architects

We are looking to extend our house and are having to choose between going to a major builder and getting them to do everything vs going to our own architect, getting them…

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D101
Feb 03, 2017 7:59 pm

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