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12 d12 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Engineered slab, flat plate?

Well, ask him what is the thickness of the slab he wants to propose? I haven't seen a flat panel slab thinner than 200 mm and I don't think it…

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12 d12 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Engineered slab, flat plate?

In most cases, flat slab is the best slab you can ever get, as your slab will be acting as one big footing and won't require any piers as it…

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27 d27 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
270 m2 Class A site - Earthworks $11,000 - Is this normal?

How many days of excavation and how many trucks were needed? It is easy to approximate based on this data.

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Durisol Builder in Sydney

2c bricks are cheaper or labour is cheaper?
Why not everyone is using them, then?

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Site costs simonds homes! Help

Check out Cupolex. Heard a lot of good about them and their slabs.

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Durisol Builder in Sydney

Hi Simeon,
My calcs for Rendered Brick Veneer breakdown:
1) $50 per sqm for render (in Sydney I have seen some ppl are asking even more)
2) $2.5 per brick x 52…

2 months2 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing fill - possible to achieve class A site classifica

what is the issue with piering it up?

2 months2 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Insulating between two bedrooms

Brick or Hebel block wall +render would certainly work better than any of the gyprock + insulation based solutions. No matter how many layers of the gyprock you are putting…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
8 star houses in Perth

Not everything is/should be based on the payback, sometimes immaterial things like comfort and air quality matter more and this is why they bring extra surcharge.
On a side note,…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
start up building materials business

those would have to be certified to Australian standards

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
8 star houses in Perth

I am basing mainly that no matter how well your house is insulated, unless you plan to invest into HRV/ERV system, you would still have to ventilate your house, and,…

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4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
8 star houses in Perth

You would still need a smaller system which you will be turning on the evenings of very hot days/hot nights streaks which are happening more often those days due to…

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4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Bathroom Tile Stores

Tile Factory Outlet of course (tfo.com.au)

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Supplied Materials

This will builder, of course. His tradies, specifically, are responsible if materials have failed due to poor workmanship.
But yes, the builders will never agree for that. TS have to do…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Upstairs flooring advice

Engineered timber with caulk underlay will resolve most of the issues. Plus I would specifically invest into 13 mm soundcheck gyprock for ceilings if you ask me (go for 2…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Plasterboard cracks - Builder responsibility

Handyman fixes, but then ground movement (your slab heave) continues and cracks re-appear, then you get your jammed doors, etc.
This is how it starts.
I suggest your rather higher professional building…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Plasterboard cracks - Builder responsibility

if it is slab heave (which is quite likely), then you might be having hard time proving the builder it is not your own fault (e.g. having water around the…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Floating Floors - which direction to lay ?

Or alternatively you could consider glueing in instead of floating.

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Floating Floors - which direction to lay ?

You would just need to calculate the expansion gaps properly based on manufacturer recommendations. I guess they would have to be somewhere around 20 mm for 11 m.

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Floating Floors - which direction to lay ?

The rules of the thumb:
a) towards the main source of light and
b) ALONG the main walking routes, but almost never ACROSS. This will be defining the life for your…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Help with window/door height for 2740 ceiling!

2400x820 internal doors will definitely look disproportionate/clumsy.
You either go full height for hidden architrave-less doors or keep them at standard 2050 or in worst case somewhere in the middle e.g.…

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5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Concrete slab

Are those "all in" costs including earthworks, set out, plumbing?
If it is just for formwork, reo, concrete and finish then probably a bit on a high side.
If it includes…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Concrete slab

What are the prices like?
If you can, go for rafted slab instead of waffle pod.

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double glazed or laminate windows?

Well, see the article below. Physics says that 3 db increase is doubling acoustical energy, but due to the effect you mentioned, actual perceived levels are around 10 db when…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double glazed or laminate windows?

Hey, Ed does 10 db increase makes sound to be perceived as twice as loud?
So you are saying that human ear won't be able to distinguish sound shift until it…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Confused about 3 phase

If you can go 3 phase, better go 3 phase.
Let's say you would consider adding sauna or heated pool in the future.
Plus electric vehicles might be coming much sooner…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
New Build - Need help deciding between flooring options

I would just go with polished concrete looking tiles, if you really want to get an effect. If you look hard enough, you can even find 2400x1200 ones and they…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth

Partially the issue can be addressed if you replace XPS with EPS (which is semi-permeable) or mineral insulation (better).
But I would still be thinking about installing ERV for the…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth

Concrete is generally waterproofed or protected with render or cladding (when outside) if the want is to protect it from water. It becomes impermeable only at very high densities (e.g.…

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