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CC101
CC101
14 August 2014

Retaining walls

Retaining walls

I am in wa - looking for retaining wall options.

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CC101
Aug 14, 2014 9:40 pm
DLO33
DLO33
14 August 2014

Installing skirting boards without bottom pulling in

Installing skirting boards without bottom pulling in

Thanks to all that replied. We went with the clout method and it works beautifully. Just a bit of background; We put the gyprock 10mm off the ground as it's an existing…

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DLO33
Aug 14, 2014 8:55 pm
AJW
AJW
14 August 2014

A Guide to Renovating a Bathroom or Ensuite

A Guide to Renovating a Bathroom or Ensuite

Good guide, but maybe in the demolition section you should add a paragraph talking about the dangers of asbestos, which is quite common in bathrooms of older houses. In…

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AJW
Aug 14, 2014 5:32 pm
wobbly1
wobbly1
14 August 2014

Bearers and joist for decking extension and studio room

Bearers and joist for decking extension and studio room

My draftsman kept repeating the phrase- You can always overbuild So going larger beam and section sizes is a good thing if money/ budget permits

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wobbly1
Aug 14, 2014 5:53 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 August 2014

Mystery holes in GIB/Drywall

Mystery holes in GIB/Drywall

Looks like the wall has been patched with something oil based ? Stewie

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Stewie D
Aug 12, 2014 4:47 pm
travelbug
travelbug
10 August 2014

How do you know

How do you know

Look at similar houses with a reno and without a reno and find the difference in price. Then work out how much it will cost you to get yours to the reno'd house level. If…

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travelbug
Aug 10, 2014 1:21 pm

Rack201 - click on the "links to to share this photo" then click on the IMG code which will turn yellow and say "copied". Then just paste that code into your post…

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Stewie D
Aug 10, 2014 8:53 am
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
7 August 2014

Rendering between garages

Rendering between garages

If the neighbours garage is already built then no you won't be able to render the garage wall. If your neighbour has not yet started building their garage you can render…

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Burnsfirsttime
Aug 07, 2014 9:49 am
Burnsfirsttime
mgilla
mgilla
3 August 2014

Will an architect save $ on a large renovation?

Will an architect save $ on a large renovation?

You may consider looking for a builder who as in house design and drafting, that way there is never a blame game between builder and architect. Most Architects are very…

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mgilla
Aug 03, 2014 5:42 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
3 August 2014

rendering an extension, some colour advice??

rendering an extension, some colour advice??

Yes - some bushes/shrubs would go well - in looks and control heat.

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Saint Mike
Aug 03, 2014 7:46 am
Saint Mike
Danette
Danette
1 August 2014

Anyone used Tile Paint???

Anyone used Tile Paint???

Thanks so much fortunerestoration and TomCat for your replies, much appreciated and glad to hear it works well.

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Danette
Aug 01, 2014 4:20 pm
Danette
ilovebighouse2014
ilovebighouse2014
30 July 2014

Works cost for a rumpus room and an ensuite wir bedroom with

Works cost for a rumpus room and an ensuite wir bedroom with

toilet Does anybody know who would be doing this. I am looking for cost of entire project this also included architecture cost, designs/plans and actual construction…

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ilovebighouse2014
Jul 30, 2014 9:38 am
ilovebighouse2014
ilovebighouse2014
30 July 2014

Constructing a double secured garage

Constructing a double secured garage

Hi Guys, Does anybody know or could help me in building a secured double garage? There is an existing car port which can be converted into a double garage or a garage…

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ilovebighouse2014
Jul 30, 2014 9:37 am
qebtel
qebtel
28 July 2014

Recommendation for interior designer for period home renovat

Recommendation for interior designer for period home renovat

if you want to spend the money get one, although I cant recommend a designer. You can subscribe to a magazine that specialises in this most likely, and you'll get some…

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qebtel
Jul 28, 2014 10:11 am
kats_meow
kats_meow
25 July 2014

House Extension - Process

House Extension - Process

It might be a good idea to have a chat with your council's planning department to understand building applications and permits and how those processes work. There may be a…

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kats_meow
Jul 25, 2014 7:55 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 July 2014

Exposed dirt

Exposed dirt

Photos would help us comment easier. Stewie

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Stewie D
Jul 24, 2014 11:06 pm
Bella
Bella
24 July 2014

Choosing between adding a 4th bedroom OR an ensuite and WIW

Choosing between adding a 4th bedroom OR an ensuite and WIW

Actually we will be building our ensuite over our sewer. It means we have to build on stumps that go down lower than the sewer. I think 2 toilets is a great feature for a…

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Bella
Jul 24, 2014 9:57 pm
Bella
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qsand
Jul 24, 2014 3:17 pm
qsand
Marmalade
Marmalade
23 July 2014

Paint eaves and gutters yourself!

Paint eaves and gutters yourself!

having very recently painted our entire gutters, fascias and eaves I'd can attest that no matter how well a paintbrush is held on the end of a pole, results are far more…

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Marmalade
Jul 23, 2014 10:08 pm
girlfriday
girlfriday
23 July 2014

House Painter recommendations for Manly Area, Sydney

House Painter recommendations for Manly Area, Sydney

hi there yes, I have used them in the past for other jobs at my previous unit with less than stellar results/satisfaction with the finished result so thought to throw it…

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girlfriday
Jul 23, 2014 3:34 pm
CH2012
CH2012
21 July 2014

Help with Qlder Raise in Brisbane - Newbie

Help with Qlder Raise in Brisbane - Newbie

Not sure about all the figures, but we are doing ours in stages. Had the plans done and certified for the raise and build underneath right at the outset. Raise &…

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CH2012
Jul 21, 2014 4:45 pm
suti1
suti1
21 July 2014

NSW Building Licencing

NSW Building Licencing

In NSW - anything over $1000 requires a contract and therefore requires the name of the builder/company on the contract, but the insurance requirement is above 20k.

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suti1
Jul 21, 2014 12:35 pm
constructor1234
constructor1234
21 July 2014

the good the bad and the downright ugly

the good the bad and the downright ugly

I have had dealings with the bcra and to be honest it is full of a lot of damaged souls. They really do have their heart in the right place but quickly spin off into crack…

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constructor1234
Jul 21, 2014 12:27 pm
Bella
Bella
20 July 2014

Building upstairs - but inwards

Building upstairs - but inwards

We had to step our top level inwards due to overlooking issues. Can't see why that would cost less. We also canterlevered the back out over the backyard to give extra room…

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Bella
Jul 20, 2014 9:42 pm
Bella
Bella
Bella
20 July 2014

Removing Old Brick Fireplace

Removing Old Brick Fireplace

We took ours down. Started on the roof and removed it brick by brick then patched up the roof and replastered the walls.

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Bella
Jul 20, 2014 9:40 pm
Bella
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
20 July 2014

Shower Base, whos responsible

Shower Base, whos responsible

If you employed a builder for the job and he contracted the various trades then regardless of the source of the issue it is the builder you should be contacting to arrange…

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Bluesuede
Jul 20, 2014 9:50 am
Bluesuede
nectar
nectar
18 July 2014

Quality Reliable energy efficent LED lights

Quality Reliable energy efficent LED lights

Good to know, thanks :) We installed a strip of them in a glass brick feature. It was beautiful until the lights yellowed and then clusters of 3/4 globes went...no way of…

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nectar
Jul 18, 2014 7:07 pm
Agent_009
Agent_009
16 July 2014

Changing Roof Tiles (colour)

Changing Roof Tiles (colour)

I've got two quotes so far. One $4800 and the other $4500. Both said they can offer a bit cheaper if I pay cash (which I will be). If I can get under $4000 it sounds like…

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Agent_009
Jul 16, 2014 3:43 pm
Agent_009
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 July 2014

renovators

renovators

I would like to do some extension to my house and i was wondering if anyone here has any recommendations, I live in…

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Stewie D
Jul 14, 2014 1:03 pm
Noobonthedeck
Noobonthedeck
12 July 2014

Renovation steps & resources

Renovation steps & resources

Thanks all for your responses. I'll have to think about what we want before I get into any sort of architects/draftsmen engaged.

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Noobonthedeck
Jul 12, 2014 7:31 pm
redb
redb
12 July 2014

Load bearing wall

Load bearing wall

Gotcha. So I'll remove the plasterboard from the entire wall and run new bracing top to bottom on both sides of my new opening. Thanks heaps

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redb
Jul 12, 2014 1:55 pm
Spong
Spong
9 July 2014

Asbestos

Asbestos

Yeah look, i agree with the tradies/ builders views on it. I reckon we get complacent because we are regularly exposed (well we see it more). i just think Joe public…

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Spong
Jul 09, 2014 9:24 pm

This is the code you need to copy for us to see in this forum directly... not the html or other "IMG Code for Forums & Message…

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Stewie D
Jul 07, 2014 10:44 am
juju
juju
3 July 2014

Tiling Sunken lounge what to do around bottom of walls?

Tiling Sunken lounge what to do around bottom of walls?

its 30 cm's not mm sorry for the mixup.... I am thinking I wont tile up the wall but instead extend the plaster board wall down to meet the floor might look better in the long run

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juju
Jul 03, 2014 4:38 pm
juju
bpratt
bpratt
3 July 2014

Recolouring PanelLift Garage Door

Recolouring PanelLift Garage Door

If your garage door faces north, you might like to consider whilst working on the door, a after market insulation material to insulate the door. It should make a…

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bpratt
Jul 03, 2014 8:53 am
LegendLength
LegendLength
2 July 2014

Acrylic instead of glass for conservatory roof

Acrylic instead of glass for conservatory roof

Thanks steve do you know any details like minimum thickness or other legal requirements?

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LegendLength
Jul 02, 2014 10:10 pm
gcm2014
gcm2014
1 July 2014

Flooring options to compliment existing slate

Flooring options to compliment existing slate

We are renovating a house with existing dark grey/almost black slate with a slight red slash through it. We have removed the carpet from the living/dining area and need…

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gcm2014
Jul 01, 2014 9:16 pm
bpratt
bpratt
30 June 2014

Builder’s Margin/Organising Trades Ourself?

Builder’s Margin/Organising Trades Ourself?

+1 to what Steve said. I'm OB and have found that getting referrals is the best way. I did go down the way of these service seeking and other similar sites, and all I…

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bpratt
Jun 30, 2014 9:08 am
SteveD
SteveD
30 June 2014

Help with roof design

Help with roof design

I work with roof designs all day, every day. I am very impressed stewie, well done...

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SteveD
Jun 30, 2014 6:31 am
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 11:58 am
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 12:06 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 2:49 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 1:02 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 8:38 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 2:57 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 2:27 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 21, 2014 11:00 pm
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 9:02 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 3:49 pm


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