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Rainbird
Rainbird
9 August 2013

Feasibility of Renovating Old Rural House

Feasibility of Renovating Old Rural House

Hubby finally got it last night after 20 years of disagreeing. He sees I can't care for the land if he had an illness or injury. He realises it's our age, building…

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Rainbird
Aug 09, 2013 1:31 pm
kexkez
kexkez
10 August 2013

WORST OF THE WORST AND HOW TO AVOID RENOVATION HELL

WORST OF THE WORST AND HOW TO AVOID RENOVATION HELL

At this stage I see no issue with this thread. Mind you it is not even 6am here I might not be fully alert yet and other Support as they see the thread may think…

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kexkez
Aug 10, 2013 8:42 am
kexkez
belichun
belichun
15 August 2013

Hiring a structural engineer - what do you look for?

Hiring a structural engineer - what do you look for?

Thanks Bashworth. Our Architect did recommend someone but they have not been too responsive asked for a quote over two weeks ago and have heard nothing. So have started…

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belichun
Aug 15, 2013 2:45 pm
Bels
Bels
15 August 2013

Backyard cabin: dig electrical trench before or after?

Backyard cabin: dig electrical trench before or after?

Hi clever d!ck for your trench, find someone that operates a dingo or hire one yourself. It's much smaller than a bobcat but for your purpose should be more than…

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Bels
Aug 15, 2013 9:08 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
16 August 2013

Resurfacing exposed brick walls

Resurfacing exposed brick walls

Depending on what you have, if you go the plasterboard route you will need to replace the skirtings, architraves and cornices. With the skim coat - if they can get it to…

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Stewie D
Aug 16, 2013 10:51 am
angierain
angierain
17 August 2013

office building energy retrofiz

office building energy retrofiz

Dear all, I am here to ask for help with a case study of an office building energy retrofit, specifically in Germany. Does any one happen to know one? I need this to…

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angierain
Aug 18, 2013 12:08 am
rusty_spoon
rusty_spoon
18 August 2013

Roof restoration Adelaide

Roof restoration Adelaide

Can anyone recommend a good roof restorer in Adelaide? Cheers

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rusty_spoon
Aug 18, 2013 11:23 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
19 August 2013

Cost per meter squared free standing room or extension

Cost per meter squared free standing room or extension

renovation due to the inefficiency of a reno compared to new build It isn't the inefficiency of the reno work done by small builders…

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Stewie D
Aug 19, 2013 9:00 pm
fortheloveofhouses
fortheloveofhouses
20 August 2013

Advice on Facade Beautification

Advice on Facade Beautification

Id love to see what you choose to do with the facade! I would probably go with a darker colour on the front U-shape because I think painting it a lighter colour will only…

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fortheloveofhouses
Aug 20, 2013 9:30 am
OurLindrum52
OurLindrum52
23 August 2013

Intro and Federation Reno in Perth

Intro and Federation Reno in Perth

Spectacular looking plans but still sympathetic to the original house. I like the separation of the minor bedrooms and master suite too, each with their own stairs. My…

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OurLindrum52
Aug 23, 2013 11:46 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 August 2013

New to Old - What to clad the exterior in

New to Old - What to clad the exterior in

Seeing some pictures of your existing house so we can see the aspect, the style, what it looks like from the front and rear would help a lot. Stewie

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Stewie D
Aug 24, 2013 3:22 pm
Matymoo
Matymoo
25 August 2013

Blind Suppliers

Blind Suppliers

Cheers all. I think blinds online seems to be the go.

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Matymoo
Aug 25, 2013 4:45 pm
Matymoo
Michael Tiemens
Michael Tiemens
26 August 2013

Have you recently completed a cosmetic renovation?

Have you recently completed a cosmetic renovation?

Hi there, I am looking to interact with people (individuals/couples) who have recently completed a residential cosmetic renovation. I would love to learn about what you…

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Michael Tiemens
Aug 26, 2013 3:02 pm
Michael Tiemens
Michael Tiemens
Michael Tiemens
26 August 2013

How much should a draftsman cost in northern melbourne? 20k?

How much should a draftsman cost in northern melbourne? 20k?

Hi there, If you are being quoted for soil tests, engineering etc. I'm assuming that this includes hydraulic and structural engineering then it seems as though they are…

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Michael Tiemens
Aug 26, 2013 3:07 pm
Michael Tiemens
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
28 August 2013

Patio design help, termites, water etc

Patio design help, termites, water etc

With due respect Saint Mike I am professionally qualified, accredited and experienced timber pest inspector as you would have found out…

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Saint Mike
Aug 28, 2013 8:04 am
Saint Mike
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 August 2013

House extension - Drainage Gutter question

House extension - Drainage Gutter question

We've installed quite a few over the years that were designed by either an architect or someone with hydraulics knowledge in the structural engineers group. We've never…

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Stewie D
Aug 28, 2013 8:43 am
adamsutton
adamsutton
28 August 2013

The value of appraisal during renovation

The value of appraisal during renovation

People renovate their homes for two reasons: to make the home easier to sell or to improve their own comfort. In either case, it’s a good idea to get an appraiser’s…

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adamsutton
Aug 28, 2013 5:09 pm
bennosly
bennosly
29 August 2013

What can be done to modernize this kitchen?

What can be done to modernize this kitchen?

I personally would remove the little section of wall between the window and arched doorway completely to open the whole space up. Then bring it down to bench level as…

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bennosly
Aug 29, 2013 11:05 pm
bennosly
bennosly
29 August 2013

Load bearing walls

Load bearing walls

You are carrying out structural alterations, so you will definitely need a building permit. Thus you will need it to be designed and signed off by an engineer and include…

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bennosly
Aug 29, 2013 11:32 pm
chicken
chicken
6 September 2013

colour update for spanish style house

colour update for spanish style house

Thanks Stewie. I'm finding that even before printing, the colour sample in the visualisation program looks totally different on the screen image of my house. I will be…

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chicken
Sep 06, 2013 12:06 pm
roba
roba
6 September 2013

Extension - Floorplan Advice

Extension - Floorplan Advice

I'd recommend reading up on your Councils DCP. It is most likely on their website (I know Lane Cove is). Then you'll know what exactly is and isn't allowed. The…

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roba
Sep 06, 2013 2:56 pm
vk12
vk12
7 September 2013

Piering cost question for retaining wall

Piering cost question for retaining wall

Thanks. We can get our builder to take down the fence first so they have 5 metre wide access so it's easier to bring vechiles to.

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vk12
Sep 07, 2013 10:35 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
8 September 2013

Cost for lower ground floor extension

Cost for lower ground floor extension

I usually tell my clients ( Northern Beaches mostly ) to allow $2500+ for extensions and renos per sq m. That is basically just to build the new part - floor, walls roof…

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Stewie D
Sep 08, 2013 3:15 pm
RenovationsGalore
RenovationsGalore
9 September 2013

Re-Roofing Project

Re-Roofing Project

Hi Greg. Thanks for the pics and contact- we will likely have to replace the roof of a place we just bought. Cheers Tim My pleasure mate. Hope your…

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RenovationsGalore
Sep 09, 2013 9:10 pm
RenovationsGalore
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
11 September 2013

Roller Shutter Prices?

Roller Shutter Prices?

Beware of MODERN. Plenty of threads on Whirlpool about them! http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/?a ... n+shutters

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SaveH2O
Sep 11, 2013 7:45 pm
SaveH2O
didibabawu
didibabawu
11 September 2013

Home Renovation - One Builder or Small Contractors?

Home Renovation - One Builder or Small Contractors?

thanks for your advice travelbug. My biggest concern is wall insulation. It is a 2 storey 4 bed room brick veneer house with no insulation in walls. Is this going to be a…

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didibabawu
Sep 11, 2013 11:42 pm
nrh157
nrh157
12 September 2013

Ataching a gate to brick wall

Ataching a gate to brick wall

Didn't really have "trouble" as it was stainless & it is tougher than normal steel. Is it really such a biggie to beg/borrow/?? an angle grinder & have it off in 60…

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nrh157
Sep 12, 2013 8:31 am
nrh157
ahouseforahome
ahouseforahome
12 September 2013

Renovation Alteration & Addition Schedule

Renovation Alteration & Addition Schedule

Im not sure if you can do it yourself, however if you have engaged an architect to design your new dream home, then I would pay the extra to ensure the architect can…

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ahouseforahome
Sep 12, 2013 10:43 am
FionaT
FionaT
15 September 2013

ironstone / Monument / Ebony colour scheme

ironstone / Monument / Ebony colour scheme

We used ironstone for our roof,ironstone for gutters and evening haze for our fascias.our garage door will be ironstone as well,I think it looks good to have to roof and…

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FionaT
Sep 16, 2013 12:11 am
cornellengineers
cornellengineers
16 September 2013

Protecting balcony vertical support beams when cladding

Protecting balcony vertical support beams when cladding

Hi Strawbs I'm a bit confused by your terminology - and perhaps the others who viewed your post are too because no one has answered your fairly simple question. Are the…

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cornellengineers
Sep 16, 2013 4:45 pm
cornellengineers
giacomob
giacomob
17 September 2013

House facade, colours, materials etc! HELP!

House facade, colours, materials etc! HELP!

Hi Shani, you could apply porcelain stonewares of two different kinds: - this and - this…

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giacomob
Sep 17, 2013 9:50 pm
whikey
whikey
19 September 2013

BBC Bathroom Centre - The Shire

BBC Bathroom Centre - The Shire

Lodged a complaint to Dept of Fair Trading shop owner and supplier will not replace the mirror. Just be aware where you buy your accessories as you don't want to change…

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whikey
Sep 19, 2013 2:59 pm
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
22 September 2013

section 94a contributions NSW

section 94a contributions NSW

Just to update if anyone else may be interested... We had to pay the fee but were then advised that we may apply for exemption. Application must be in writing to present…

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mrssnowden
Sep 22, 2013 9:56 pm
jeziyou
jeziyou
25 September 2013

Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations @ Melbourne

Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations @ Melbourne

Over 30 years experience in Bathroom & Kitchen Renovations  Glass Mosaic & Ceramic Tiles  Marble…

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jeziyou
Sep 25, 2013 6:01 pm
33amc
33amc
27 September 2013

Outdoor Roof

Outdoor Roof

More info needed.... as Stewie said, what is the span of the rafters, also, how far between the posts. Also, what is the pitch? keep in mind that CGI has a minimum pitch…

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33amc
Sep 27, 2013 9:17 pm
steveandmary
steveandmary
28 September 2013

Cost of rendering a front fence

Cost of rendering a front fence

Hi, just wondering what we should expect to pay (roughly) for rendering a front fence... We got a quote for a base render but it seems kind of high. Its one of those…

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steveandmary
Sep 28, 2013 11:19 pm
EmyN
EmyN
29 September 2013

Advice on Facade Facelift for Newbie

Advice on Facade Facelift for Newbie

Yes obviously there's a massive cost difference but what I'm saying is, why would you renovate at all for 100k if you think in 10 year you'll be knocking it down?? You'd…

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EmyN
Sep 29, 2013 3:54 pm
EmyN
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
29 September 2013

Home Extension Builders South East Suburbs Melbourne

Home Extension Builders South East Suburbs Melbourne

mummy2two, Look for a qualified, reputable and honest no nonsense building inspector and speak to them first. They have seen it all and know who to avoid and who is good.…

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SaveH2O
Sep 29, 2013 7:08 pm
SaveH2O
scottandkylie
scottandkylie
1 October 2013

Mitch and Amy's 1970's Reno

Mitch and Amy's 1970's Reno
1, 2

Hows the reno coming along guys? :)

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scottandkylie
Oct 01, 2013 2:32 pm
travelbug
travelbug
3 October 2013

First time Renovating- TIPS and any advice!

First time Renovating- TIPS and any advice!

What type of info are you after? We have used these guys. Asbestos and Demolition Specialists. Ring Shane on 0428600122 Why do you have a need to remove all the…

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travelbug
Oct 03, 2013 1:19 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
7 October 2013

Colorbond colour schemes - HELP!!!

Colorbond colour schemes - HELP!!!

^^ A sign of modern times unfortunately RG. One thing that is a consolation though is that with some threads there may be very few replies but sometimes lots of people…

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Stewie D
Oct 07, 2013 10:01 am
RenovationsGalore
RenovationsGalore
8 October 2013

Sound Proofing / Deadening

Sound Proofing / Deadening

Sounds like you are on the right path. Just be mindful that leaking sound is like a leaking bucket of water. You need to plug all the holes. Sound will also travel through…

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RenovationsGalore
Oct 08, 2013 6:18 pm
RenovationsGalore
Michelle
Michelle
10 October 2013

Adelaide - 1950's reno project

Adelaide - 1950's reno project

My ex husband and I did up a house that was in worse condition than yours, it turned out great. BUT.....he was a builder. Its hard work but if your prepared to put in the…

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Michelle
Oct 10, 2013 6:23 am
Michelle
Adam.M
Adam.M
10 October 2013

Looking for reasonable ceaserstone supplier vic

Looking for reasonable ceaserstone supplier vic

Hi Pennyc73, Classique Stone in Clayton South (9562 8150) sells offcuts of stone at a heavily reduced price as well as fabrication. Lots to choose from. Talk to Krzysztof.

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Adam.M
Oct 10, 2013 9:51 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
12 October 2013

Advice on installing flooring in roof for attic storage

Advice on installing flooring in roof for attic storage

Define shove some cardboard boxes up there ? The weight of two or three sheets of ply up there adds another 60kg of load to your ceiling…

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Stewie D
Oct 12, 2013 6:57 am
GeoffW1
GeoffW1
14 October 2013

Demolishing masonry wall

Demolishing masonry wall

Hi, I think "free standing" probably implies it is not. In that case a lump hammer would…

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GeoffW1
Oct 14, 2013 7:15 pm
GeoffW1
OurLindrum52
OurLindrum52
15 October 2013

Relocating power points on new wall - help!

Relocating power points on new wall - help!

Being on an outside wall, you have a cavity between the external bricks and internal brick wall. You can run the new power down the wall cavity from above by removing a…

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OurLindrum52
Oct 15, 2013 11:07 am
kittyranch
kittyranch
16 October 2013

Polished Concrete floors

Polished Concrete floors

We are getting it in our new home but in researching it there are lots of examples of it being done in existing homes. Your slab might be patchy, an unattractive colour…

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kittyranch
Oct 16, 2013 7:03 pm


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