Renovation + Home Improvement
Re: HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB21
Aug 01, 2017 9:55 pm
Oldchippy is right. you will need a permit and a registered builder and HOW insurance if over $16000. Yeah its a pain but that's life.
Your house value in Ringwood has gone through the roof in value so why are you crying poor. It makes sense spending 30-40K to improve your home and if you do it all legit you can sleep easy. One day when you are selling, pre purchase inspector will want to know about the permit, if you don't have it your asking price may take a hit.
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Re: HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB22
Aug 01, 2017 10:43 pm
Hi all, thank you for commenting. It's just stressful and it'll be good if there are recommendations for trustworthy tradies who would do these sort of jobs. As common as it seems, I am having issues finding someone reasonably priced for my job.
Re: HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB23
Aug 02, 2017 11:10 am
Usually when I have had to remove load bearing walls,to give a FREE quote,takes a bit of time.
It involves climbing into the roof space and checking out what members are where and considering the
best approach.After this I can generally provide the client with a fixed price.
If it is excepted I go back into the roof space and plot all the loading members,measure distances of all
structural timbers and take this sketch to an engineer who I tell what my proposed approach to the works are,and he then
calculates what size beams are required.
I have done this all my working life,and would like to know if other builders do the same,or do they mostly just tell the owners
to arrange to have an engineer do the design for them.
I personally like to do it my way because even though it requires calculating of the beam sizes,there still has to be thought given
to how to get the beams into the roof space,( can it be turned around in there,do I go through the roof or through a gable end,can i get it into the house and get it up through a hole cut in the ceiling etc)which engineers have no concern with.
In my experience,engineers are also reluctant to do the climbing and measuring in the roof space that needs to be done to ascertain the
the location of existing structural members, so what approach do other builders generally do in regards to getting engineering for this type of problem?
Re: HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB24
Aug 02, 2017 11:55 am
In our experience, the builders have asked that we engage an engineer to provide the drawing so they can quote. But I can see why your approach can be more economical because builders know various ways to skin the cat, and so, can propose options to the homeowners before the requirements are put forward to the engineers.
Re: HELP! - Legal removal of load bearing walls in MELB25
Sep 07, 2017 3:56 pm
I can't believe it has been so long since I did this.
It’s been around 4 years!!! Can happily confirm that having the right qualified tradesmen are totally worth it.
The renovation turned out great. In the end I found a qualified builder who subcontracted a plasterer and electrician for the whole job.
Total cost for a ready to paint finish was $11k. Had to get a building permit, surveyor, qualified builder, certificates etc.
Also, what a great surprise to see that the forum thread got so much interest.
More than happy to provide my tradies via pm on one condition only. You will have to share yours once the work is finished if they are good or the ones that you have used in the past and would recommend.
Have completed some other bigger projects after this and planning to commence other in the near future. It is not easy to find good qualified tradesmen since they are commonly found by word of mouth.
Can also post some photos if there is interest.
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