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
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie27
Jul 10, 2018 5:35 pm
Oh dear, more delays in keeping you informed. This work thing sure gets in the way of a comfortable retirement and owner building!
Anyway, as agreed, in my absence the sparky, Wayne, got under way with building the power board and assembling the required parts for getting power to the build site. You may recall from earlier posts that the developer had run water pipe, electrical and comms conduits up the drive (all 78m of it) to the edge of the building envelope. The comms cable was already there (yes, copper but that is all that had been installed back to the node in the half-baked NBN - grrr!).
Wayne and I had agred, that, because of the length of the cable runs, he would install 3 phase power not only to the board, but also to the shed, house and flat. The size of cable required to ensure no voltage drop over these lengths in single phase, would be be larger and more expensive. So it wasn't much more to run 4 smaller diameter cables than two larger and the conduit was sufficient size. But he did need to use his ute do pull the cables through up the driveway!!
Here's a pic of the meter box in place temporarily. It is at the top of the driveway, not by the house, in case I later decide to put a fence around the house section. Meter readers can still access it.
As you can see in this photo, things have jumped forward a bit. Just imagine the shed isn't there, ok?
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie28
Jul 10, 2018 6:01 pm
Then Cameron the builder started work in brilliant sunshine. Preparing the site for digging the footings and pouring the slabs, then erecting the shed. Trensching for the water and electrics to the hree buildings. Meantime I have settled into work in Sydney and doing my OB thing by remote control. Sad that I missed see work actually starting, after a year of waiting and hoping and learning and.......well all the other stuff OBs have to do. Like pay money, and look at an empty site and dream of what will be. One day. Some day.
Cameron proved to be very communicative, organised and happy to coordinate with the sparky and plumber Todd. Which saved me a huge amount of worry and probable delays.
In comes Wayne with his team, diggers and stuff. And the ground around the house and flat is really dry, hard and the sides of the footing trenches are pulling in as he digs, which would use up more concrete to fill. So he switches to doing the shed slab, which has been recently cut out from the rear slope and levelled ready for the slab - see the last pic in my post on June 12.
All going great, he preps the shed slab then pours. He gets it finished just as the rain comes.
You can see the piping for the bathroom which will enable cleanup after a hard day building and also later, after working on my two crappy old Jaguars I am dreaming about restoring in my retirement.
BTW, since I am earning money with my contract down in Sydney, I decided I would pay Cameron (who is a house as well as shed builder) to build the bathroom for me. So when I finish the contract and get back in September I will be ready to get stuck into actually building - what excitement!
And then it rains. And rains. And rains some more. Bugger. Work stops, Cameron frustrated. Me, not so much, as I am in my comfortable office or apartment down in Sydney, and have no immediate time concerns other than to get my gear out of storage and stop paying monthly fees. Oh well, no-one said this was going to be easy.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie29
Jul 10, 2018 6:35 pm
And it rains more........ I hear a bloke down the road is building a very big boat and has lots of pairs of animals in his back yard! :-D
So work stops. And Cameron waits, A clearish day and he tries going on with the house footings. But now the ground is so wet that the walls slump in. So he swaps to building the shed and makes good progress. Frames assembled. Then crane in and the frames are put up. Quickly. Woohoo! Walls go on. Next the roof.
In the middle of this, I drive up for the weekend to see progress, chat to my mates the kangaroos and kookaburra and acquaint myself with the mud on the block. Yuck.
Work continues. I have ordered insultation for the roof so that goes on first on wires.And just as the clouds look ominous again, Cameron realises Best Sheds have sent one roll of insulation short. And he can't get another one locally. And the rain's coming. Bugger again!!
So work stops. The footings full of water make the block look more like a rice paddy.
Another clear patch so the insulation and shed roof goes on. Plus
doors, cappings etc and finally it starts to look like a shed. Cameron can now put gear inside the shed and keep dry. Another quick trip up and this is the result - tangible progress above ground!!
A real live shed! And a big one, to fill with tools, toys and all the rubbish a bloke needs. Plus the sum total of my life's possessions once I can get them out of storage. I am pleased.
Re: Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie30
Jul 12, 2018 5:36 pm
So things have been progressing well. Apart from more rain. Which slowed things down a bit. But in between showers, Cameron and the crew were able to keep working and good progress was made.
And that is where things are up to for now. The shed bathroom is being built, the walls, plus plumbing and electrical rough in are done for it, the HWS and tiles are going in tomorrow.
Plan is for the bathroom to be finished next week and site clearup done. Caneron will also do a driveway in crusher dust from the top of the current tarseal driveway, across the building area to the shed with a path to the house front door. And then he is finished.
I can then get all my stuff out of storage and save that cost. I wil start work myself building the Granny Flat in September when I finish the contract in Sydney.
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