Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie22
Mar 03, 2018 2:11 pm
Is there any chance you could name the Owner Builder's course you used.
I'm doing exactly what you're about to start -- building my own home just outside Sydney.
You can do a search for NSW Owner Builder Course and find various options.
I will try to send you a direct message with the provider I used, alternatively send me one and I will reply.
Best of luck to you too.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie23
Mar 05, 2018 8:44 pm
I have achieved another early milestone. . I have a NSW Owner Builder's permit. I am excited too Woohoo!!!
Also, I sent out my first RFQ on the weekend, and by late Sunday night I had my first response back. This is for construction of my shed - I have bought a Best Sheds kit, a 10.5m x 12m American Barn with three doors. Now I need to find concreters to build the slab first.
Also discussing some earthworks to level where the shed will go - requires cutting into the rear bank and battering the slope. And while he's there, I will get him to do some additional drainage - it rains a lot here. He has already done plenty of work on this block for the developer, and some filling, levelling and drainage works for me. So he knows the site well and he charges reasonably as he is doing other work in this area.
Can't go any further with actual construction though until construction certificate is available. But getting subbies lined up as they are so busy, they are booking way ahead.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie24
Jun 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Sorry I I have been off the air for a while - things have progressed but also there have been a few changes.
Firstly, I received the Construction Certificate from the Council without problems. I have to say, I have been very happy with the Council staff- they have been very helpful and there have been no holdups at their end. The only challenges in getting things done in a timely way have been on the suppliers/consultants' side.It has taken me a year to get to this point, not bad given the design and fire requirments I faced for a completely custom build. Admittedly, nothing particularly difficult, but I have never done this before and the whole building industry is really busy at the moment.
And along the way I was lulled out of my comfortable retirment by the offer of a lucrative contract in Sydney for 4 months - ah, greed trumps good sense! And why can't I work in Sydney and owner build a house at the same time? Life is a challenge, surely? What could go wrong?
So back to getting the build under way. Before I left for Sydney in a bit of a rush, I managed to secure the services of Cameron the builder to do the shed, house and granny flat slabs and also build the shed. I had had orginally contacted Cameron last year when I was getting ready to put in th eplans. At that time he said he would be unavailable until April 18 so I then thought I would not be able to use him. Fast forward to various issues that needed sorting and the stars finally aligned. I received my approved DA and Cameron would become available soon.So pending CC approval, we worked together with his sparky and plumber to get the following quoted and done once the CC was stamped:
So here is a photo of my shed kit arriving on the block - at 8.30 at night!
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie25
Jun 12, 2018 8:37 pm
So progress at last. At this stage, the CC had not been approved but no problems had been encountered either. Being on the north coast, I had to accept the delivery when the truck was coming up, or wait another month.
I had lit up the site with my vehicles but the truck and loader had gret lights anyway - aren't LEDs brilliant!
THe 4WD in the back is sitting in the cut for the shed base.
Here's a pic of that being done earlier. The guy did a great job, cutting in an ag drain behind the shed pad. I got my first chace to don the work boots, flouros and hard hat and do some manual labour. I am now fully qualified laser level stick holder!!
And completed with the pad to the left for the future water tank - about 25,000L
Stay tuned - when I tell you about the first day of real work, which I wasn't there for as I was down in Sydney, and how things stopped, and maybe will restart........
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie26
Jun 13, 2018 3:52 pm
Hi powerD, congratulation on becoming a fully qualified laser level stick holder! lol Interesting plans and certainly interesting human being, life is full of challenges and I like that. By the way, I am about a decade younger than you but have much similar prospective on life. I will follow your build with interest. Henry
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