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Joined 4 May 2017
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4 d4 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Sink in seperate toilet or combine with main bathroom?

Well, considering there is some reason why you make your toilet separate with the separate entrance, it definitely makes sense to put in a small sink there.
Otherwise, someone who…

4 d4 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Glazing to Mass ratio for a U shaped house

Take a look at Vergola's or Lourvetec - you will probably end up quite well with a similar solution instead of cutting a hole in the alfresco - I don't…

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Opinion hydronic slab heating with engineered floorboards

Hmm... Hardwood engineered floors supply are generally below $100/per sqm, you can find some options for $60/per sqm.
Although hardwood is not the worst insulator, as long as it not very…

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing Light switches

My understanding that SAA approval can only be done by the manufacturer or distributor and it will require a lot of detailed technical documentation and extensive laboratory testing of the…

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6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Glazing to Mass ratio for a U shaped house

I believe starting with a shadow diagrams will help a lot here.
From what I see, the northern part of the building will be dropping almost constant shadow on to the…

10 d10 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing Light switches

If it is SAA cleared/approved, there should be no issue. I would assume that 80%+ of electricals/appliances in Australian houses are imported.

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
good and affordable builder in sydney; not project home!

Hi Jacqui1.
Can you please provide a bit more insight on Buildcarp?
How was their pricing and quality? Did you hire independent building inspector for the build and how many issues/problems were…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing Light switches

There is also http://ship-your-reno.com/ service available in Brisbane/GC area, but they ask $2K to be paid to them before they introduce you to their suppliers. If it…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing Light switches

Clipsal seems to be a monopolist on "anything-other-than-plain" market.
I agree, you would need SAA approval for all imported electrical products and therefore, have to carefully select the vendors and…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing Light switches

Yes, everything. You can get dimming switches at about US$10 on average + shipping.
Here is an example:
https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/ ... 79a1dGavHi

12 d12 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Initial Builders Meetings - Why so secret? (1st timer)

Isn't it the builder's margin supposed to be only 20% tops (on top of wholesale price of course, who cares about RRP)?

15 d15 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
First home buyer- over committing on finance?

Do you have to pay full $685k at the settlement or not?
What is the payment schedule like?
Any other assets you have which you can quickly sell and top up…

15 d15 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Drafting a plan

But kitchen is on the right?
Are bed 3 and bed 4 windows west facing?
Generally putting covered alfresco to the north gives a lot of over-shading which blocks sunlight during winter,…

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Bigger home Vs Ducted Reverse A/C

I don't see any issue for builder to bring in/install this duct grills/openings for your future ducted aircon (an extra cost will be cost of grills and in-plaster installation job).…

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
New here we are building the Doulton 56 with extension

Huge! Looks more like a vertical 2 family duplex to me :)

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
New here we are building the Doulton 56 with extension

This is really huge house you have. What is the total internal area ex garage?

17 d17 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Actron Ducted Air Conditioning

So what is the warranty that I won't run into another cowboy by paying twice/thrice more for the same job?

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Actron Ducted Air Conditioning

The cost of ductwork, vents, zone controllers, control panels all together sum up to let's say another $2K for the 2 storey house with 8 zones.
12 hours of work by…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Actron Ducted Air Conditioning

Hi Lurgen,
Thanks for the info.
But as I had mentioned above, DUCTED system costs $6K in supply.
I wonder how much does ducted installation labour costs for a 2 storey house.
But certainly…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Actron Ducted Air Conditioning

Can someone guide me how come people are getting charged $20K+ for their ducted aircons, when the top model aircon itself costs less than $6K? e.g. https://www.airconditioning-online.com.au/daikin/ducted
Am…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

If you plan to install motorised curtains (which I believe is an absolute must for any curtains wider than 3 m), make sure you rough in power connection for the…

19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Building with Metricon

In fact, Hebel PowerPanels retail for $55 per sq m (e.g. http://www.bricksblockspaversonline.com ... 75mm-p875/), which is rough equivalent of $1 bricks.
Most people select $2+/brick face bricks…

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19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Building with Metricon

I am still surprised to see that M is charging extra for Hebel vs brick.
Hebel is generally much cheaper on labor costs and costs less as material, only rendering adds…

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Plantation shutters how much?

And what if it doesn't?
They offer warranty, too, you only pay for some extra logistics.
But considering 4x savings, it makes a lot of sense.

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Our First Home - Ballarat - Take 2 :)

My logics here is quite straightforward, if the bank thinks that build costs $46K less, than you would have to come back to the builder and ask them to reduce…

24 d24 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Builder stuffed up - irreversible mistake - what can we do?

Hmm. You can certainly ask them to pour a thin concrete pad overlay over the existing floors.
You also have a leverage over the builder - tell them you don't pay…

24 d24 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Ceiling Height - 2750mm

The calculation is pretty much straightforward, but what makes sense is to ask your builder for the breakdown to see what he actually means.
Also, depends a lot on what…

29 d29 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Build price based on suburb

I guess only material delivery fees may vary, so the changes should be insignificant.
If doubt, why not to ask your builder to provide complete breakdown of the costs and…

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Hebal flooring

You would need to ventilate your rooms during night time in order to cool down thermal mass.
Also, if Hebel is covered with insulating floor coverings (such as carpets or hardwood),…

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