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Stewie D
Stewie D
31 August 2014

Party wall - legal requirements

Party wall - legal requirements

Your builder is pretty much right. The double brick cavity wall needs to be there for fire separation despite the fact when you extend up there is no adjoining dwelling on…

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Stewie D
Aug 31, 2014 10:31 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
29 August 2014

What colour would you paint this house?

What colour would you paint this house?

What about Flooded Gum (leans slightly to brown)? or Milton Moon? (lighter grey). Also consider the direction your house faces as the lighter colours will "bleach" in a…

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Treeseachanger
Aug 29, 2014 2:49 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 August 2014

Re: A Guide to Measuring Workmanship

Re: A Guide to Measuring Workmanship

To produce work of a superior flawless finish. A flawless finish would be Level 5 but unfortunately qebtel, most project builders seem to…

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Stewie D
Aug 27, 2014 1:42 pm
musicmum
musicmum
26 August 2014

Contracts...what can you reasonably put in?

Contracts...what can you reasonably put in?

I could go the blue smarties... I have drafted the things I want into a contract...we'll see what the builder says.

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musicmum
Aug 26, 2014 5:38 pm
dragonchild
dragonchild
26 August 2014

In floor power/data points

In floor power/data points
1, 2

Sorry but if you have 10 devices streaming HD content over a single wireless network it's not going to…

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dragonchild
Aug 26, 2014 11:10 am
dragonchild
archdad
archdad
26 August 2014

Bamboo floor Installer company in Melbourne

Bamboo floor Installer company in Melbourne

Can you please recommend someone you used already? I'm in the Northern suburbs, thanks archerwinsak.blogspot.com.au

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archdad
Aug 26, 2014 8:39 am
padoo
padoo
25 August 2014

Floor heating in existing rooms

Floor heating in existing rooms

Hi We have just moved in to our newly renovated house and I am kicking myself that I did not put under tile heating in the tiled rooms (Bathroom in particular). There is…

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padoo
Aug 25, 2014 10:24 am
d@n
d@n
23 August 2014

Need help with floor plan

Need help with floor plan

It's an odd layout with bed 1 and 2 via a family room. Do you have enough budget to enclose the verandah?

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d@n
Aug 23, 2014 12:13 pm
JB1
JB1
19 August 2014

Tiling

Tiling

Should be OK if the paint is sound. Flaking or not easily peeled paint- no. Test with masking tape

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JB1
Aug 19, 2014 11:03 pm
Tiiri
Tiiri
19 August 2014

Replacing external walls - Colorbond Sheeting

Replacing external walls - Colorbond Sheeting

Looking for anyone who has previously erected or replaced external walls with colorbond sheeting. Without getting too detailed on the first date, basically we bought a…

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Tiiri
Aug 19, 2014 1:43 am
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
17 August 2014

Retaining Wall - Fall protection

Retaining Wall - Fall protection

i.e. Unless you've got a formal delineated path running alongside the top of the retaining wall, then you're good without a balustrade.

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Bluesuede
Aug 17, 2014 11:59 am
Bluesuede
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
15 August 2014

Adding a loft extension in WA

Adding a loft extension in WA

Hi ByTheSeaSide How old is your House and do you have the Drawings/Structurals, is the roof frame structure Timber or Lightsteel Trusses? In new houses generally internal…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 15, 2014 3:30 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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

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