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mgilla
mgilla
29 June 2014

Cutting a joist

Cutting a joist

if your only cutting out a single joist you are only spanning 850mm with the intermediate joist you put in. make sure you have good fixing with the new intermediate and…

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mgilla
Jun 29, 2014 12:58 pm
F2014
F2014
25 June 2014

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain Tiles

Thanks everyone for the replies. This is a quote from the company that does tiling for the builder so I guess they are charging a lot. I will be asking them the…

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F2014
Jun 25, 2014 1:06 am
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
24 June 2014

Subfloor joist blocking and sistering

Subfloor joist blocking and sistering

this is what I'm thinking for the partition wall, as they'll be two different floors either side. Looks fine to me. Refer to Stewie's…

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Beetaloo
Jun 24, 2014 3:49 pm
Beetaloo
EmmaM
EmmaM
23 June 2014

Master Bedroom Size - small width

Master Bedroom Size - small width

Hi Everybody!! We are planning a reno/extension and have some concerns about the width of the master bedroom size and would love some feedback. The new master bedroom is…

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EmmaM
Jun 23, 2014 2:02 pm
sliick
sliick
23 June 2014

What is this called?

What is this called?

Looks like a laser cut metal screen Here is a link to a supplier - http://www.urbandesignsystems.com.au/la ...…

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sliick
Jun 23, 2014 9:38 am
sliick
dave2014
dave2014
22 June 2014

Melbourne Builder recommendations for second story extension

Melbourne Builder recommendations for second story extension

Hi, I’m planning for an extension of my house in the eastern suburb of Melbourne. The house is tenanted by a family. I’m planning to add a self-contained extension in…

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dave2014
Jun 22, 2014 3:57 pm

Sorry if this is in the wrong spot, I'm new to forums. Anyways at our house we have had a pergola constructed and we have put trees into a planter box to block the…

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Deanbates
Jun 22, 2014 3:27 pm
MissLotus
MissLotus
21 June 2014

Looking for a builder

Looking for a builder

Thanks for the great advice :) I am from Melbourne. Will update my profile, once I figure out how to

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MissLotus
Jun 22, 2014 12:00 am
B STAR
B STAR
20 June 2014

Reception with metal/colorbond roof

Reception with metal/colorbond roof

Actually we have our TV aerial inside our roof space at the moment, and when it rains I can't get half of the channels, so I guess our absorbant…

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B STAR
Jun 20, 2014 10:02 pm
MissLotus
MissLotus
20 June 2014

Building a second level

Building a second level

We are in the same process now. What I have learnt so far is to go the with a big building companies that has everything in one that will be able to give you a ball park…

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MissLotus
Jun 20, 2014 4:49 pm
qebtel
qebtel
18 June 2014

Do I need permission PIC to replace old sewer pipes and add

Do I need permission PIC to replace old sewer pipes and add

As you said, new work requires a permit. If the sewer pipe is your responsibility (usually that portion that extends beyond the sewer mains stub), then replacing…

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qebtel
Jun 18, 2014 11:24 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 June 2014

Walk in Pantry

Walk in Pantry

Then I'd be tempted to keep it all the same ( brick ) even though timber stud/plasterboard would probably be cheaper and easier. The slab should be able to take any…

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Stewie D
Jun 17, 2014 10:12 pm
zobardi
zobardi
11 June 2014

Another floor - Suspended Concrete Slab

Another floor - Suspended Concrete Slab

Thanks Beetaloo. I did wonder if the thinness of the slab might create issues with sound. Stewie, Of course I need a structural engineer to design the slab - but as…

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zobardi
Jun 11, 2014 12:15 pm
carocaro
carocaro
10 June 2014

Outlets, discount warehouses and value stores in Melbourne

Outlets, discount warehouses and value stores in Melbourne

Here is my list so far of places to get good quality renovation stuff for less: For plumbing products: Gottliebs in Dandenong rd Reece plumbing outlet in footscray E&s…

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carocaro
Jun 10, 2014 7:12 pm
BoutiqueLawyers
BoutiqueLawyers
10 June 2014

Variations and extension of time for building (renovation)

Variations and extension of time for building (renovation)

Hi Kats, This is a typical issue with building, delays! I can help you out..usually an extension of time to be granted to the builder must be granted by the owner and…

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BoutiqueLawyers
Jun 10, 2014 4:34 pm
BoutiqueLawyers
Stewie D
Stewie D
6 June 2014

Constructive Construction Suggestions Pls

Constructive Construction Suggestions Pls

See my comment here regarding copyright... viewtopic.php?f=1&t=71444 You are better off engaging a draftee or building designer yourself then hawking it around…

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Stewie D
Jun 06, 2014 8:05 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
5 June 2014

Wainscote or Dado panels used on House Rules???

Wainscote or Dado panels used on House Rules???

For that look there which just looks like normal pine 150 x 10mm VJ board , I'd be pricing just the pine. I clad dining room walls up to 2100 to line up with the doors…

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Stewie D
Jun 05, 2014 5:52 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 June 2014

polished concrete yes or no?!

polished concrete yes or no?!

Click on this link that is on the bottom of screen7s post above... viewtopic.php?f=53&t=49135 Stewie

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Stewie D
Jun 04, 2014 11:49 pm
brissyguy
brissyguy
4 June 2014

Changing a wall - what contractor types needed?

Changing a wall - what contractor types needed?

Great advice, thank you. We were able to get the builder to do it for us in the end, which we really appreciated. Turns out they were going to hide an a/c duct in part…

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brissyguy
Jun 04, 2014 6:17 pm
davenedy
davenedy
4 June 2014

NSW Fair trading contract vs HIA NSW Residential contract

NSW Fair trading contract vs HIA NSW Residential contract

There was a very good information on building contracts in one of the "Success Packs" purchased through membership of bildn.com.au. I believe it was in the Construction…

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davenedy
Jun 04, 2014 4:39 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
4 June 2014

Extension using recycled/ salvage materials Brisbane

Extension using recycled/ salvage materials Brisbane

Been there , done that for a couple of my clients years ago for a renovation. A lot of the things they got cheaply ended up being more expensive by the time we customised…

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Stewie D
Jun 04, 2014 12:17 pm
Ajs12345
Ajs12345
31 May 2014

ornate windows

ornate windows

Thank you stewie, I just had no idea what they would be called. It is window headers that I'm after http://finishingtouchmouldings.com.au/w ... aders.html These ones…

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Ajs12345
May 31, 2014 1:23 pm
brylz
brylz
27 May 2014

Corner block- council regulations on front set-back

Corner block- council regulations on front set-back

Thank you for your responses Stewie and qebtel. I will look into a town planner and see what the next step will be as I don't want to change all our plans if it is just an…

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brylz
May 27, 2014 6:24 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
27 May 2014

Wall framing / Studwork

Wall framing / Studwork

Back-Blocking of Butt Joints on Walls • Sheet ends should be neatly cut and butted together within 50mm of the centre line between the studs. • Nail strips of …

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Beetaloo
May 27, 2014 2:16 pm
Beetaloo

That is pretty much a standard bathroom situation where the floor waste is not in the centre of the room nor is the shower waste in the centre of the shower area. Because…

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Stewie D
May 23, 2014 9:30 am

Opportunity! Estimating, awkward plan - Advice?

Opportunity! Estimating, awkward plan - Advice?

Yes, depends how many bedrooms you would like to end up with. I like Tjilpil's idea of making the front living/dining into master bed/ensuite. You could then go as far as…

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How Hard Can it Be
May 22, 2014 3:08 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 May 2014

Melbourne Reno - Help!

Melbourne Reno - Help!

Showing where North is and also a site plan would help. Stewie

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Stewie D
May 16, 2014 2:08 pm
t_banning
t_banning
16 May 2014

Concrete driveway & carport slab

Concrete driveway & carport slab

Hi Matthew. Just want to say thanks again for your advice. The driveway looks great and when we get a few days of sunshine I will seal it and send a few photos your way!

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t_banning
May 16, 2014 9:06 am
chippy
chippy
14 May 2014

stay away from James Hardie Scyon Matrix

stay away from James Hardie Scyon Matrix

I agree with both of you. I have used scyon in its various forms and have never seen an issue like that. Modern exterior acrylic paints are very durable when applied…

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chippy
May 14, 2014 9:27 pm
chippy
bpratt
bpratt
12 May 2014

Stinky carpet

Stinky carpet

+1 to the rip up the carpet/underlay, and put up with the bare floors until the painting gets done. It's no good having to take strong medication because your asthma is…

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bpratt
May 12, 2014 11:27 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
9 May 2014

Exterior Paint Colours

Exterior Paint Colours

Are you still talking about externally ? If you are, an external grade acrylic is your best bet but it will also depend on what kind of surface you are painting it…

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Stewie D
May 09, 2014 3:19 pm
Gilly43
Gilly43
7 May 2014

Extending an L Shape House

Extending an L Shape House

It's not quite like that Stewie - both ends of the L are gables, and the laundry/family/B3 are under a skillion. The roof is terracotta tile by the way and on a 30%…

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Gilly43
May 07, 2014 7:44 pm
Greybeard
Greybeard
7 May 2014

Termination of a Cost plus HIA contract

Termination of a Cost plus HIA contract

I am not familiar with the Victorian Contract. HIA Contract I have used before. No one likes cost plus, including builders (or they should not because the admin is huge…

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Greybeard
May 07, 2014 11:58 am
Lourance
Lourance
6 May 2014

uPVC Double Glazing supplier reviews

uPVC Double Glazing supplier reviews

Hi all, I see that you have a problem with…

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Lourance
May 06, 2014 5:07 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
4 May 2014

Walk in pantry

Walk in pantry

a sliding cavity door perhaps ?

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wobbly1
May 04, 2014 7:10 am

Hi All, Newbie here, and wishing I'd found this forum ages ago when I was sending myself crazy looking at our floorplan! :th: I'm sure this is the first of many appeals…

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MLW
May 03, 2014 3:26 pm
33amc
33amc
29 April 2014

Converting a double carport to a master bedroom

Converting a double carport to a master bedroom

If this is slab on ground moving pipes under slab is very costly. Also, is the carport under the main house roof structure? Is the carport slab even a structural slab? If…

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33amc
Apr 29, 2014 10:06 pm
peachland
peachland
27 April 2014

Window colours - help please!

Window colours - help please!

I get a little embarassed about our little shack! I'll see what I can do. :)

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peachland
Apr 27, 2014 12:59 pm
asj25
asj25
25 April 2014

Flooring options

Flooring options

We got the whole house excl wet areas incl bedrooms done - about 130 sq/m. Was under $70 / square mt. They glued it down but only fairly lightly. You can install yourself…

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asj25
Apr 25, 2014 9:20 pm
d@n
d@n
24 April 2014

new roof colour?

new roof colour?

Can you show us a pic of your house?

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d@n
Apr 24, 2014 8:50 pm
dragonchild
dragonchild
24 April 2014

Flooring with paper

Flooring with paper

Reading the link, I'd liken it more to paper-mache; they painted the paper and then soakglued it to a substrate and yes, they put a poly-something coat on at the end. 10…

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dragonchild
Apr 24, 2014 6:42 pm
dragonchild
leni
leni
18 April 2014

Advise Needed on Home Extension -Window Placement/ventilatio

Advise Needed on Home Extension -Window Placement/ventilatio

You could add a window with an awning to shade from the summer afternoon sun. I like the idea of a couple of tall narrow windows too,you could have a third on the narrow…

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leni
Apr 19, 2014 12:36 am
leni
kats_meow
kats_meow
18 April 2014

Should updating existing house be part of our contract?

Should updating existing house be part of our contract?

It might be an idea to contact your Fair Trading or Consumer Affairs for the legal requirements. As the client you should be able to direct the contract to suit what you…

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kats_meow
Apr 18, 2014 7:22 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 April 2014

How to plan costs for this floorplan?

How to plan costs for this floorplan?

I wasn't sure if the forum had strange people coming on here or something Oh we have lots of those here. Lucky I'm not one of them.;-) For…

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Stewie D
Apr 16, 2014 6:43 pm
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
16 April 2014

Ideas on Changing floor plans

Ideas on Changing floor plans
1, 2

We are organising a building inspection. The kitchen floor is a little outdated so we will have to check for floorboards! I love the idea of…

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mynameisjonas
Apr 16, 2014 10:07 am
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
14 April 2014

Potential costs for small 3 metre extension at rear of house

Potential costs for small 3 metre extension at rear of house

Thanks, just coming up with a few ideas myself. 2 options. Can make it more older style - with exposed beams, or just have a high ceiling modern flat roof with some sort…

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mynameisjonas
Apr 15, 2014 12:19 am
Fabio de Azevedo
Fabio de Azevedo
11 April 2014

Joining timber frame to existing masonary pillar

Joining timber frame to existing masonary pillar

Hi Jarvis Just play safe and create an expansion joint then fill it with sikaflex and use an acratex texture and acrashield Regards fabio www.acrylicrender.com.au

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Fabio de Azevedo
Apr 11, 2014 9:10 pm

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