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Mitchandamy
Mitchandamy
8 July 2013

TrevandSam's Renovation thread!

TrevandSam's Renovation thread!

Good on you guys! My hubby and I are in the process of renovating our 1970's house. We too are doing an Ikea kitchen, should be delivered in 2 weeks!

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Mitchandamy
Jul 09, 2013 12:36 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
11 July 2013

Looking for some tiles

Looking for some tiles

reckon we saw some, but not about to go knocking. Why not? Either that or its the long process of visiting every tile place. If you…

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Uncle Arfur
Jul 11, 2013 5:22 pm
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amym
Jul 12, 2013 12:47 pm
backtoblack
backtoblack
13 July 2013

Exterior Colour

Exterior Colour

Hi Anna, I hope you don't me asking for your advice. I love the photo of the guild grey house you posted. I am building a two story home with Barramundi traditional…

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backtoblack
Jul 13, 2013 9:30 am
Bels
Bels
13 July 2013

Storm water drain and run off to neighbours

Storm water drain and run off to neighbours

A few years ago I had a similar problem with my neighbour. Down in Melbourne, we'd only just come out of 10 years of drought and the ground was rock hard and didn't…

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Bels
Jul 13, 2013 11:09 pm
Bels
Bels
13 July 2013

Approximate costing for a knock-down and re-build garage

Approximate costing for a knock-down and re-build garage

Looking at the paperwork from when I purchased my place, I could see that the previous owners had added on a garage attached to the house. They had it priced at ~$12k to…

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Bels
Jul 13, 2013 11:16 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
20 July 2013

Moving Toilet to Bathroom

Moving Toilet to Bathroom

Your bath pipe will more than likely be a 40mm pipe, and that will usually go to a central trap built into the floor waste. I agree and…

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Uncle Arfur
Jul 20, 2013 12:01 pm
scottandkylie
scottandkylie
24 July 2013

My renovation to do list

My renovation to do list

Check out IKEA stores for kitchens, everybody I know who has one is very happy with it. Wont cost you a fortune and looks great with many choices. We went with Masters…

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scottandkylie
Jul 24, 2013 4:09 pm
Danois
Danois
24 July 2013

C band sattelite dish and my home value

C band sattelite dish and my home value

I'd remove it and then tell prospective buyers you do have a satellite dish you can put up if they want it. Seems like that would cater to both types of people.

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Danois
Jul 24, 2013 10:39 pm
The How To Studio
The How To Studio
25 July 2013

Leveling a sunken lounge room

Leveling a sunken lounge room

You need expert advice. You may have to invest in a structural engineer. Or if someone is designing the alterations for you they should take care of all that.

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The How To Studio
Jul 25, 2013 3:40 pm
The How To Studio
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
29 July 2013

What Sort of Professional Would I Need?

What Sort of Professional Would I Need?

You'd be able to rip out the old one Or if the timber ceiling is sound perhaps fix the gyprock over it, but a gyprocker will best advise you

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Uncle Arfur
Jul 29, 2013 9:28 am
travelbug
travelbug
29 July 2013

To render or not to render the house before selling?

To render or not to render the house before selling?

Agree with rendering. Makes a world of difference. With the front fence. Take all the white columns off. Either render and leave it low or put horizontal timbers…

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travelbug
Jul 29, 2013 5:41 pm
PaulMac
PaulMac
2 August 2013

Is this asbestos?

Is this asbestos?

As someone who has accidentally handled the…

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PaulMac
Aug 02, 2013 9:16 pm
KarenSB
KarenSB
2 August 2013

Installing beadboard panelling as wainscotting

Installing beadboard panelling as wainscotting

You're a gem! Thanks very much and have a great day! Karen

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KarenSB
Aug 02, 2013 10:45 pm
MLG
MLG
4 August 2013

painting sandwich panel walls

painting sandwich panel walls

Hello, We did an "extension" in sandwich panel to a house in the countryside. It's much cheaper, very fast and has good insulation. However the look is 'industrial' and I…

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MLG
Aug 04, 2013 10:58 am
33amc
33amc
5 August 2013

Skirting boards on a steel frame

Skirting boards on a steel frame

You can buy hardened finish nails which shoot through the steel. A bead of glue is what I also usually do for good measure aswell, but suit yourself as to what works. The…

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33amc
Aug 05, 2013 7:56 pm
AntOfThy
AntOfThy
6 August 2013

Brisbane - challenging an approved Siting Variation?

Brisbane - challenging an approved Siting Variation?

What was the outcome of your attempt against a sitting variation?

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AntOfThy
Aug 06, 2013 5:35 pm
scottandkylie
scottandkylie
7 August 2013

Engineer Invoice

Engineer Invoice

Thanks guys, it did seem a bit odd to us but we were not sure. It was only a small job, which the engineer was already paid for and we never signed anything as it was all…

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scottandkylie
Aug 07, 2013 5:02 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
7 August 2013

Deck roof cost??

Deck roof cost??

The builder will not do the plumbing work. I have checked where it will come down and it will land almost exactly over the top of an outlet-…

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SaveH2O
Aug 07, 2013 10:27 pm
SaveH2O
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
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


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