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5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
OB Building Permit query Victoria

Since you ask this question, you better do more research first.
To put it in simple answer. No you are the builder and you are going to take all the responsibility…

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2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Building inspector/surveyor change

That is a hard one. But first you will need to find another surveyor who is willing to take up your project. Depending on what your extension consists of, you…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Insurance options to cover damage to neighbouring property?

You will need to check with your insurer. As adjoining property insurance wil require full survey of the adjoining property condition. Both parties will need to agree on all clauses…

3 years3 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
yet another fence dispute

Don't think that you stand a chance in getting anything legally.
To get your neighbour to pay for the half, they have to be presented with the quotes BEFORE fence…

3 years3 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Are you on the tools?

Looks cool! Mine's on post as well.
I was thinking about doing more myself at first, but my build is too challenging. I got a project manager who's also a builder…

3 years3 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
finance as owner builder

It is much harder now. You will need to provide all details in format that the banks want. You will definitely need someone from the industry for help on this…

3 years3 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

It all depends on how much experience and how much time you have, and how hard to try to find bargains.
Labour wise, unless you have existing connections, most likely…

3 years3 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

Thanks for your advise!
My draftsman is in QLD. :) So that makes things harder. I'm sure things will work out.

3 years3 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

Totally agree with this. I am thinking of going this path as well. Any recommendation for a PM?
I do feel that unless you have the time or you can wait,…

4 years4 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Lock up payment

No.. render is not a requirement. Rendered or not does not affect whether the house can be locked up or not.

4 years4 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Is building a home much cheaper than buying in Melbourne?

Suggestion is to make up your mind regarding location first. Price varies a lot around Melbourne.

4 years4 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Owner Builder - was it worth it?

My suggestion is.. to be an owner builder, there is only one thing you need to think thru. TIME.
Either you have a lot of time to attend to…

4 years4 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Building Costs - Your experience

It depends on too many things.
Depends on level of finish, how much things you are going to do yourself, how good you are at for striking bargains.. etc..
Also, site conditions,…

4 years4 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Is a covered rooftop deck a storey?!

Thanks! That's helpful.
It's along the line of my thought as well. So probably a pergola / vergola style covering would be a better choice then. As long as sunshine can…

4 years4 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Is a covered rooftop deck a storey?!

I am in a dilemma regarding location of garage.
If I put the garage in ground floor, then a upper level with rooms and on top of it is a covered…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

That's good. As long as the bore hole is not in middle of your future garden then it is ok.
That's more for rural blocks where no one is around…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

It depends on the size of your block, condition and your house placement.
But minimum would be 2 bore holes within your future house perimeter and especially location where extensive…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Neighbours garage on property line, wants bedroom

Frankly speaking, all your questions are answered on other forum. You won't hear an answer that you prefer to hear.
As other already mention, no matter your neighbour is on boundary…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Program/app for designing home

Home Designer by Chief Architect is a good choice which will cost quite a bit but worth it. You can import CAD drawings as reference to draw up your slope.…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Hebel had no impact on energy rating

Comparing Exsulite with Hebel is really not an apple to apple comparison. Exsulite is just another EPS cladding product, which is why it has a higher insulation rating as it…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

Put it this way, tradies can also choose work they want to do especially the good ones. If you don't have issues with timeframe, you are less likely to encounter…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

It's best to check with your kit home supplier for referrals. Some of them do have builders that can help to build to certain stage.
One thing thou, unless you…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Owner builder permit description query

Have a chat with your council would be a good idea. They can provide you with information if any specific description is needed.

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

I would choose elevation. Not just for view, but also for things storm water drainage etc..
From the look of it, you cut and fill won't be too much... a…

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5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Building code for Container house

The short answer is.. same requirement as normal house. (brick veneer, weatherboard, etc..) It is just another way to build a house.
For container house, you will need to use…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Laundry sink in the kitchen - In Victoria

I don't think it is necessary either. I have definitely seen plans for granny flats and apartments having WM in kitchen without the a laundry sink which some of those…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

:: You will need to keep your dream going all the time. That's the spirit of OB. You will need to work out your limit and…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Double glazed windows - Uw values

Have been researching uPVC for a while. You will need to pick a good manufacturer if you decided to use it. I'm choosing between uPVC and thermally broken aluminium. They…

5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Basix? Have to have Viridian smartglass

If you really want clear glass with no tint or film on it at all, the cheapest way is double glazing. (which is definitely the more expensive option for compliance)

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5 years5 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

Keep it up! As OB, looking for bargains will be something to do for your spare time. :)

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