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With our renovation looming, I'm feeling really anxious about submitting our plans. I have been scouring this forum and reading and listening to podcasts on building with…

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Kate_s
Dec 31, 2020 4:34 am
rambler79
rambler79
29 December 2020

Exposed truss v raised ceiling

Exposed truss v raised ceiling

I have recently bought a house and planning a renovation. House is about 190m2 with apex truss roof. I’d love to raise the ceiling in about 40m2 of living space for…

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rambler79
Dec 29, 2020 11:08 am
TheShearers
TheShearers
22 December 2020

Old Brick Home

Old Brick Home

Hi, we are in the process of settling on this place. Its not a 'forever home', but a house we intend to live in/then keep as rental. So we don't want to spend too much on…

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TheShearers
Dec 22, 2020 6:22 pm
acaboi
acaboi
16 December 2020

Floorplan modifications

Floorplan modifications

Existing plan - https://ibb.co/120Gmgh Proposed plan - https://ibb.co/f9vjyQ4 I would like to extend the wall of bed2 by 600mm making the upper lounge 3.8x3.8. Would this…

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acaboi
Dec 16, 2020 9:17 pm
worldofmud
worldofmud
30 November 2020

Ventilation when slab in place

Ventilation when slab in place

Presumably the terrace is contains similar houses with similar construction features. Have you asked the other terrace residents if they have a similar issue and how…

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worldofmud
Nov 30, 2020 8:56 pm
ntafoulis
ntafoulis
11 November 2020

Floor plan remodeling

Floor plan remodeling

Hello all! Can you suggest how to get two bedrooms? Thanks in advance!

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1953
ntafoulis
Nov 11, 2020 6:54 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
25 October 2020

Water leakage into basement

Water leakage into basement

Try searching Please also check with your local Council Building surveyor for guidance on Compliance, Alternate Engineered Solutions & Certification (CAC) OT, As you can…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Oct 25, 2020 8:58 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Hi. I recently bought a very old house and doing some renovation. I've done restumping and 8 x underpinning the house. I still found really big gap between bricks and…

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Kevin Jeong
Sep 13, 2020 2:56 am
Tommw
Tommw
24 August 2020

Old house retire costs

Old house retire costs

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Tommw
Aug 24, 2020 11:52 pm
MJ51
MJ51
17 July 2020

Bagging or render?

Bagging or render?

Hello! We are debating whether to bag or render our single-level 1980s brown brick home. For context, we are near the beach and are going for a tropical resort-style…

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MJ51
Jul 17, 2020 7:02 pm
Dave.
Dave.
11 July 2020

Making an old house airtight and insulating.

Making an old house airtight and insulating.

I live on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. There are a few companies that do spray foam around Melbourne. I have good clearance under the floor for access. I thought…

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Dave.
Jul 11, 2020 1:58 pm
acaboi
acaboi
2 July 2020

Typical life expectancy of a home

Typical life expectancy of a home

Thanks for your inputs. So if the building inspection report comes out OK, and everything else is good, then there's no reason to hesitate in investing more money to…

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acaboi
Jul 02, 2020 9:56 pm
Jesse 1993
Jesse 1993
23 June 2020

Lime based plaster

Lime based plaster

Hi I am looking to lime plaster walls in basement. The building is stone foundations which over the years have had efflorescence build up and mould. My intentions…

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Jesse 1993
Jun 23, 2020 3:16 pm
Debunk
Debunk
22 May 2020

Victorian cottage query

Victorian cottage query

sometimes people panic with old houses and in a misguided attempt to prevent issues such as rising damp they fill the floor with concrete. From what I've read so far this…

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Debunk
May 22, 2020 11:16 am
brett.r
brett.r
17 May 2020

Access to subfloor void

Access to subfloor void

We recently purchased a Federation cottage and there doesn't appear to be any physical access to the sub-floor void. The floors look like they have been worked on at some…

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brett.r
May 17, 2020 10:11 pm
Teachpeach
Teachpeach
17 May 2020

Large crack on the front of house! HELP

Large crack on the front of house! HELP

Hi there not sure if you still have this house or have moved on but I was wondering how you resolved this as I have a similar issue in an old 1840's cottage that has made…

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Teachpeach
May 17, 2020 8:06 pm
Teachpeach

hhGood evening, I'm looking for advice on whether anyone has had to resolve a water issue with a concrete slab driveway touching the external walls of my old 1840's…

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Teachpeach
May 17, 2020 7:59 pm
Teachpeach

Hi I own an old house build c1906 and am trying to restore (not renovate) it to its original state. I know this will take some time, however, I’m a firm believer that,…

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tonyp1964
May 03, 2020 12:37 pm
Althom
Althom
24 April 2020

Possible to retrofit insulation

Possible to retrofit insulation

Thanks for sharing

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Althom
Apr 24, 2020 10:30 am
Althom
MIC Martin
MIC Martin
13 April 2020

Advise for renovating a old home in Sydney

Advise for renovating a old home in Sydney

it's a great plan and a good time to do the renovation now, if you got time, you can do a lot of works by yourself. Before you begin all of these, make sure you have a…

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MIC Martin
Apr 13, 2020 2:18 pm
MIC Martin
Pulse
Pulse
4 April 2020

Can I remove this [stink pipe?]?

Can I remove this [stink pipe?]?

You still need one somewhere, most new houses have internal vents that don’t stick out so much. Discuss with your plumber. cheers Pulse

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Pulse
Apr 04, 2020 6:49 am
M.R
M.R
26 March 2020

Clear Easement

Clear Easement

Hi, We're in the process of seeking council approval for home renovation. The house is 2nd from the corner. House backs onto home from next street. There is a large…

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M.R
Mar 26, 2020 11:44 pm
Ischia1962
Ischia1962
26 January 2020

Locating a discontinued tile

Locating a discontinued tile

Locating a discontinued tile Hello I’m trying to find where I can obtain the above tiles , they are approx 315x315 square , Italian monologica. Can anyone help me…

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Ischia1962
Jan 26, 2020 3:56 pm
Steveg1081
Steveg1081
3 December 2019

Plaster

Plaster

How long does it take one plasterman to square set already hung new plaster wall. See photo

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Steveg1081
Dec 03, 2019 6:51 pm
Meenaneary1
Meenaneary1
29 October 2019

Ability to open previous back of fire

Ability to open previous back of fire

my opinion for you is to buy a new house. IF you want to buy old property you should check the gas, water , electricity, furniture, walls are ok or not. Thanks. you can…

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Meenaneary1
Oct 29, 2019 10:11 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
24 July 2019

buying to renovate - need advice please

buying to renovate - need advice please

Hi UrbanNomad Welcome to the forum This has been discussed many times before and I am just not able to find the exact links ATM. Query the forum for BIM, Data and Reverse…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 24, 2019 10:35 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Merrib
Merrib
21 July 2019

Restumping costs

Restumping costs

Thanks. The contractor has asked for a $800 deposit. He has told me that he is not a builder but a carpenter and that a building permit issued by the council is not…

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Merrib
Jul 21, 2019 2:46 pm

Damp slate slab floors in basement. Property is heritage listed so slate needs to remain, but it’s laid onto sand with no damp proof underneath I’m guessing. Slabs are…

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1056
Bridgetsreno
Jun 18, 2019 11:57 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
7 June 2019

Raising house on concrete slab

Raising house on concrete slab

Ddtheone From an engineering perspective raising the house isn't cost effective There are minimal compliance issues for basements, lol no overlooking issues OT Basement…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 07, 2019 9:00 am
StructuralBIMGuy

Hi There, We have an old (1950s???) family holiday shack which has some aluminium sash windows. Because of their age and some being exposed to the sun, many are starting…

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732
CarlosMcG
Mar 10, 2019 10:28 am
Intellichoice
Intellichoice
3 February 2019

How to find a builder?

How to find a builder?

When you do a renovation to your home and make a house. Find the good builder/contractor for your house, when you meet to contractor's face to face ask their last…

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Intellichoice
Feb 03, 2019 12:52 pm
Intellichoice
kks
kks
31 January 2019

Exterior colour help

Exterior colour help

This is a useful Dulux USA visualisor site to play around. https://www.visualizecolor.com/dulux#/? ... 497221fe49

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kks
Jan 31, 2019 11:23 pm
Lisa12345
Lisa12345
7 October 2018

Car inspection pit or cellar?

Car inspection pit or cellar?

Hi there, I’ve just purchased a 1901 Villa in South Australia and the owners let me know there is a small cellar under some vinyl floors (not larger than a coffee table…

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717
Lisa12345
Oct 07, 2018 8:55 am
Jibberer
Jibberer
29 July 2018

Asbestos shed

Asbestos shed

Hi all, hope someone can help, just wondering if I should be concerned about my neighbours shed thats right up next to my fence. Pretty sure its made of asbestos, but I'm…

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768
Jibberer
Jul 29, 2018 6:15 pm
Sunshine1
Sunshine1
22 April 2018

Drilling 10mm wide hole into thick galvanised metal

Drilling 10mm wide hole into thick galvanised metal

Anyone with extensive metal drilling experience that can help me with some questions below? I’m hanging interior barn style doors. I’m trying to drill 10mm holes into…

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Sunshine1
Apr 22, 2018 7:37 pm
edskii
edskii
10 March 2018

Hills district Reno

Hills district Reno

Hi I'm a newbie here for some constructive advice. We're a family of four with a small brick veneer on a gentle slope 700 sqm block. Current arrangement comprises of 3…

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edskii
Mar 10, 2018 2:49 pm
jane21august
jane21august
28 February 2018

Replace or reuse?

Replace or reuse?

Definitely, reuse them and do not replace them, coat them with old wooden paint as they would look fabulous after coating of paint.

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jane21august
Feb 28, 2018 3:51 pm
jane21august
Steveminmitchell
Steveminmitchell
1 January 2018

Relocating a house

Relocating a house

I have just recently relocated a 1920s Californian bungalow onto my block of land. As the house was given to me by a local hospital and still being used for consulting…

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Steveminmitchell
Jan 01, 2018 4:20 pm
Pjs1201
Pjs1201
31 December 2017

Builder recommendations in Northern Melbourne

Builder recommendations in Northern Melbourne

Hi We have a new Home built in 2013 We are looking to renovate our first floor Plans are Currently being drawn up Anyone recommend a builder ?

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Pjs1201
Dec 31, 2017 9:05 pm

Hi, We are looking to sand/polish our floorboards which have been hidden under carpet. I am told that we need to know if they are Baltic Pine or Radiata species and I…

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Han_mc
Nov 17, 2017 11:39 am
asad ali
asad ali
3 November 2017

Removing old laminate and replacing with new on kitchen

Removing old laminate and replacing with new on kitchen

Hi I'm going to replace the old laminate on my…

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asad ali
Nov 03, 2017 12:40 am
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sam2k
Aug 27, 2017 11:13 am
shoopshoop23
shoopshoop23
29 July 2017

Change floorplan of our house

Change floorplan of our house

Dear All, We are looking to renovate and expand our house. We would like to change the location of our front door. Does anyone know if this is going to be very difficult…

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shoopshoop23
Jul 29, 2017 8:56 pm
jippy
jippy
4 May 2017

Damp prevention

Damp prevention

Hi all - ive just removed an internal brick wall which ended up exposing bricks in between slab on the floor. I want to prevent damp rising through the exposed bricks. Any…

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jippy
May 04, 2017 7:22 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
30 May 2016

We have Stairs!

We have Stairs!

The next episode of the "Small Space Big Build" is out, we have stairs! https://youtu.be/43SD6RKNIdw Getting close now, only a few more episodes until we get carpet…

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Our Build123
May 30, 2016 9:34 pm
Our Build123
Our Build123
Our Build123
14 February 2016

Old Home Restoration / Renovation Topics

Old Home Restoration / Renovation Topics

Hi Mandy, we have been renovating and living here, although we are almost finished stage 1 of the renovations. I have been filming the entire process here - Small Space…

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Our Build123
Feb 14, 2016 9:38 pm
Our Build123
lesley.millett.7
lesley.millett.7
7 July 2015

Kitchen renovation.

Kitchen renovation.

We live in WA and want to move out a kitchen window a whole 60cm to enlarge this area just that little bit. This will extend onto our back patio which is about 3mtrs…

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875
lesley.millett.7
Jul 07, 2015 10:53 pm
Philip_J
Philip_J
23 May 2015

Changing driveway on knockdown corner block

Changing driveway on knockdown corner block

Hi all, As the title suggests, I'm looking at doing a known rebuild on my existing block/house which is a corner block in Knox, Melbourne. Does anyone have any…

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Philip_J
May 23, 2015 4:32 pm

Ended up using 3mm MDF.. Gave the back and sides if it a coating of taubmans 3 in 1 undercoat and a coat of dulax aqaunamel to waterproof it. I'll do the same with the…

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robbie_p
Mar 16, 2015 8:36 am
robbie_p
robbie_p
14 March 2015

Hot pressed vinyl?

Hot pressed vinyl?

Hi all, I am looking at flooring options for my main bedroom. My budget is around $65 per sqm including installation. I have looked at a few laminate options in this…

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robbie_p
Mar 14, 2015 12:46 pm

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