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Flehrad
Flehrad
18 March 2014

Building a raised feature floor/stage - complete newbie!

Building a raised feature floor/stage - complete newbie!

Nothing to declutter, totally empty apartment! My wife is 150cm, the roof height coming down 40cm isn't going to bother her one bit, and the space is going to be mostly…

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Flehrad
Mar 18, 2014 4:31 pm
MMads
MMads
17 March 2014

Renovating in Adelaide

Renovating in Adelaide

Hi. We are looking to renovate and extend with Adelaide Home Improvements. Has anyone used them? What did you think? If not, can anyone direct me to a good website for reviews?

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MMads
Mar 17, 2014 2:28 pm
GrahamSteve
GrahamSteve
13 March 2014

Need a little help !

Need a little help !

Well I am looking for a to renovate me old home. The marble of my…

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GrahamSteve
Mar 13, 2014 9:15 pm
GrahamSteve
EandM
EandM
13 March 2014

HELP -- Starting an extension - Draftsman VS Archtect

HELP -- Starting an extension - Draftsman VS Archtect

And just make sure that your designer signs a clause in the contract that states that the proposed building works must fall inside your quoted building budget. No point…

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EandM
Mar 13, 2014 8:20 pm
fortunerestoration
fortunerestoration
13 March 2014

My re-flooring journey...

My re-flooring journey...

Re-flooring is a tough job but I am really glad to see this beautiful work. Your hard work is visible. After all the hustle, the end results are marvelous. Concreting the…

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fortunerestoration
Mar 13, 2014 3:01 pm
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carocaro
Mar 12, 2014 2:56 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 March 2014

hi all- an old apartment of the '60s in Milan

hi all- an old apartment of the '60s in Milan

There is nothing wrong with posting those links here - it gives us an idea of what you are aiming for. I agree with Robbie 55 though, showing us a floorplan would help us…

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Stewie D
Mar 12, 2014 8:39 am
maxibon
maxibon
11 March 2014

Cost to excavate double garage through sandstone

Cost to excavate double garage through sandstone

Thanks, Stewie, no I haven't checked yet. I was thinking of weighing up costs of several options before contacting council. Our other option is retaining the double garage…

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maxibon
Mar 11, 2014 6:13 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
10 March 2014

Sliding door to bedroom

Sliding door to bedroom

Noise would be my thing too. But - if its away from main traffic area may not be an issue. You say next to kitchen - but is kitchen busy during night ? If it is guest…

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Saint Mike
Mar 10, 2014 6:08 pm
Saint Mike
homeforum123
homeforum123
8 March 2014

Detailed design drawings

Detailed design drawings

Yes I agree with Stewie D. If you were in Melbourne I would recommend contacting RFT Solutions who will monitor your budget during the design stage to prevent budget…

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homeforum123
Mar 08, 2014 12:54 pm
Brownie1980
Brownie1980
4 March 2014

Expertise needed to advise recommended reno order of work

Expertise needed to advise recommended reno order of work

Hi All, I am a first time renovator and need to please seek your advise on what you would recommend on the order of works for a 1940's brick veneer bungalow we are…

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Brownie1980
Mar 04, 2014 9:34 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
27 February 2014

FIRE FIRE FIRE ..reqirements for bush fire prone areas

FIRE FIRE FIRE ..reqirements for bush fire prone areas

In general the top of a hill is the most dangerous as fires (depending upon ground fuel) increase in activity and ferocity on upslopes in part due to convection. I would…

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ausdesign
Feb 27, 2014 8:30 am
ausdesign

Hi all, hope someone from Perth can give me a rough guide or approx cost to renovate my current home with 3x1 double carport to a 4x2 with double garage. I'm would like…

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at10
Feb 26, 2014 11:14 am
builditupandunder
builditupandunder
24 February 2014

Blueboard Vs MGO Board !

Blueboard Vs MGO Board !

I just posted a little rely to a problem with cracking of blueboard once rendered. which got me really thinking ......... what are the positive and negatives to using…

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builditupandunder
Feb 24, 2014 10:31 am
builditupandunder
maximus
maximus
23 February 2014

Project managing apps?

Project managing apps?

There is a companion app called Skitch which is useful for quickly highlighting / commenting / marking up plans and photos. It can handle images and PDFs.

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maximus
Feb 23, 2014 7:13 pm
maximus
AussieMark
AussieMark
22 February 2014

6 star rating WA

6 star rating WA

Brad I think the ratings are in play however they are not retrospective. If all houses had to comply it would be a nightmare to administer and police plus the costs would…

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AussieMark
Feb 22, 2014 1:41 pm
Tony_63
Tony_63
21 February 2014

Examples of tender document

Examples of tender document

Mate Google something up There are heap of invitation to tender documents available on the web Not necessarily home renovations but alterations and additions to commercial…

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Tony_63
Feb 21, 2014 11:38 pm
beechworth
beechworth
21 February 2014

PFC Beam Question

PFC Beam Question

Excellent - many thanks.

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beechworth
Feb 21, 2014 8:47 pm
HN Flooring Team
HN Flooring Team
21 February 2014

Carpet for 3 bedrooms

Carpet for 3 bedrooms

A "standard" bedroom will be anywhere from around $350 say up to $1,000 depending on what quality you like. A "master" bedroom will depend on if it has a wir, but would be…

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HN Flooring Team
Feb 21, 2014 5:33 pm
HN Flooring Team
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 February 2014

Moving hallway entrance

Moving hallway entrance

I'd look at soundproofing the walls of those rooms instead. It would probably work out more effective for just a little bit more money. And yes I agree with Jena - a…

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Stewie D
Feb 21, 2014 9:17 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
14 February 2014

Renovating with no roof/ceiling space - DEAR GOD HELP

Renovating with no roof/ceiling space - DEAR GOD HELP

As the others have said and I'll add that you can remove some of the sheets to let the sparky do his stuff beforehand. Most sheets have 10-15 screws holding them down so…

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Stewie D
Feb 14, 2014 11:52 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
13 February 2014

Making the garage door Wider, what cost to expect

Making the garage door Wider, what cost to expect

I'm with bpratt on this one. I'd rip out the central pier and make it one big ( good quality ) door too just for ease of access. There is also this thread further down the…

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Stewie D
Feb 13, 2014 11:01 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 February 2014

Skirting

Skirting

Not much difference really although the pine should be more expensive and as long as both are kept away from water they'll both last a long time. Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 12, 2014 10:35 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 February 2014

Repoint pre or post renovation

Repoint pre or post renovation

What is the condition of the existing brickwork? If it's generally OK and the pointing is mostly cosmetic, Id say do the pointing after the reno but before you have any…

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Stewie D
Feb 12, 2014 10:31 pm
t_banning
t_banning
10 February 2014

Cost of re roofing 3 bedroom house in colorbond?

Cost of re roofing 3 bedroom house in colorbond?

We just re-roofed in Colorbond for $16k including fascia, gutters, downpipes and insulation etc. The house is 120sqm floor area and the roof has a number of ridges and…

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t_banning
Feb 10, 2014 9:31 pm
EandM
EandM
9 February 2014

Home renovation, where to start???

Home renovation, where to start???

Absolutely start with the architect/building designer. But also have a budget and know what you are trying to do. You may find - as we did - that renovation quotes are…

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EandM
Feb 09, 2014 8:39 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
7 February 2014

Building an extra bedroom

Building an extra bedroom

Don't forget - a small ensuite might be quite cheap too .... as part of the build. Its amazing how easily it can be done. Would make the room quite useful.

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Saint Mike
Feb 07, 2014 8:13 am
Saint Mike
tradeup
tradeup
5 February 2014

What was the most expensive part of your house extension?

What was the most expensive part of your house extension?

Much appreciated, thanks Pellana. The house is solid (double) brick so we are hoping that the footings are strong enough. In any case we would look at getting light…

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tradeup
Feb 05, 2014 12:39 pm
andymukherji
andymukherji
4 February 2014

Building under the back half of my Queenslander -Woodend QLD

Building under the back half of my Queenslander -Woodend QLD

Hi mate. Hope your plans are going well. I came across your message and realised that I am wanting to embark on doing something similar to my Queenslander in Norman…

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andymukherji
Feb 04, 2014 9:50 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
1 February 2014

En-suite/ Second Bathroom Configuration

En-suite/ Second Bathroom Configuration

I think that looks much better - especially the shower.

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Saint Mike
Feb 01, 2014 10:33 am
Saint Mike
bluey73
bluey73
31 January 2014

Design/Construct/Builders - Melbourne Recommendations

Design/Construct/Builders - Melbourne Recommendations

Wow...thanks for such a detailed and informative reply kats_meow. I really appreciate the time you've taken. I have my first appointment with one next week. We will do…

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bluey73
Jan 31, 2014 2:01 pm
DLO33
DLO33
30 January 2014

Recessed shaving cabinet - Bathroom

Recessed shaving cabinet - Bathroom

Thanks Stewie, that information is very useful. As it is an internal wall we are going to batten the wall behind the bathroom as it is a WIR and we are not hanging…

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DLO33
Jan 30, 2014 10:20 pm
spamjam
spamjam
30 January 2014

Approximate cost for garage and bedroom extension?

Approximate cost for garage and bedroom extension?

Thanks greenify and wood bang for your input, 1500 per square metre sounds ok but I will take a look at the cost calculator too and see if I can work out a rough ballpark…

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spamjam
Jan 30, 2014 8:45 am
Trish
Trish
29 January 2014

"Ducted Pressure-Washer"

"Ducted Pressure-Washer"

Hey everybody, we plan on renovating a house or maybe even buy a new one - our recent home is too small... As we are big supporters of…

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Trish
Jan 29, 2014 10:55 am
Trish
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 January 2014

stair bullnose

stair bullnose

Well when I was building I remember doing a few add-ons to steps usually as part of a reno for split level homes so there were three to four steps. We bullnosed a piece of…

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Stewie D
Jan 27, 2014 2:52 pm
t_banning
t_banning
26 January 2014

Help with levels

Help with levels

Thanks for the thoughts. Just wanted to report back that we lowered the extension (me with a brick saw, cutting a course of each pier) so that our steps are a much nicer…

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t_banning
Jan 26, 2014 3:29 pm
sunnyco1
sunnyco1
26 January 2014

How to fill gap between tile underlay and plaster wall

How to fill gap between tile underlay and plaster wall

Hi, Yes all of the above Plus I would also fill the 2cm gap with something suitable even silicone if that,s the only thing available

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sunnyco1
Jan 26, 2014 9:36 am
sunnyco1
Stewie D
Stewie D
26 January 2014

Converting two door garage to single door

Converting two door garage to single door

Steel posts ? Any engineers in the past that we've worked under would just tell us to rest the beam on the brickwork at each end 150mm min or if it's resting on the…

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Stewie D
Jan 26, 2014 8:50 am
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Sydney-build
Jan 26, 2014 6:23 am
Sydney-build
ruby83
ruby83
24 January 2014

Renovating/ Extending our Californian Bungalow

Renovating/ Extending our Californian Bungalow

Hi guys, I just did a blog post of our renovation/ extension with floor plans and some photos included. Would love to hear from other people that have finished or are in…

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ruby83
Jan 24, 2014 5:02 pm
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
24 January 2014

Our DIY Dream Renovation

Our DIY Dream Renovation

Beautiful job, I love it! :: I'm going to read your blog. When I realised this thread is almost a year old I wondered if its there but I clicked on the link and it still works. :z:

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JazzyJess
Jan 24, 2014 1:58 pm
ruby83
ruby83
20 January 2014

Extensions adding value to property

Extensions adding value to property

I hope so anyway! We are in the process of gutting our californian bungalow and building a double storey extension. I think it depends on the style of the house and the…

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ruby83
Jan 20, 2014 8:39 am
spamjam
spamjam
14 January 2014

Painted vs coloured render?

Painted vs coloured render?

Hi Travelbug, thanks, that's good to know - glad you liked your shiny new painted render! :-) I've not had a rendered house before and so good to know the options as many …

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spamjam
Jan 14, 2014 8:41 pm
robbie55
robbie55
14 January 2014

Independent review of completed (incomplete) building works

Independent review of completed (incomplete) building works

We haven't started our build yet but have been referred to these guys from other posters: http://www.hnkryan.com Are you sure your builder has gone AWOL and not just on break?

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robbie55
Jan 14, 2014 8:42 am
robbie55
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Stewie D
Jan 10, 2014 10:48 pm
EmyN
EmyN
6 January 2014

paint colours

paint colours

Pictures would help get more replies. People have to be motivated to google what rivergum paint looks like etc to be able help you.

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EmyN
Jan 06, 2014 10:02 pm
EmyN
mynameisjonas
mynameisjonas
4 January 2014

3metre extension to back living area only - is it worth it?

3metre extension to back living area only - is it worth it?

Thanks D@n, Floor vent is very strange, I think the previous owners got heating put in, but it was rented out for 20 years. In relatively good condition considering, but…

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mynameisjonas
Jan 04, 2014 11:50 am
Danryan75
Danryan75
29 December 2013

Help with facia renovation

Help with facia renovation

Having a bit of trouble coming up with ideas to brighten up out existing facia. At the moment there is a timber deck in dire need of an oil, light green guttering on the…

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Danryan75
Dec 29, 2013 6:34 pm


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