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5 h5 halexp79alexp79 posted:
8Homes vs Burbank?

Design your own home and build it with a custom builder.
All project builders suck more or less when it gets to quality and customisations and in the end, you will…

6 h6 halexp79alexp79 posted:
Slab Issues

overall the work is subpar and not only because the pipes.

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
No space on slab for bricks??

What also worries me on that picture is this broken/chipped slab on the right. Are they doing anything to rectify this?

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Our Bordeaux 56 Build in Sydney

Hi Rajat,
What is your block positioning like? Where is the North?
Also, how much extra have you paid for double glazing?

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Understairs storage

Just bring the storage space wall closer to the staircase entrance, to make the door & storage space higher, but also to allow more storage space. A lot of space…

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
EcoStay building project

Interesting project!
Few questions to you:
1) How are you planning to insulate those walls?
2) How are you handling the blocks when it gets to door/window openings? Besser blocks are not…

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Building using overseas kit home (steel frame)

You may not be allowed to do so as steel frame would have to be compatible with Australian regulations.
It will be a problem finding/persuading installers too.

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Block wall cost

Generally engineering certification is required if the wall is above 1 m.
But Besser blocks reinforcement + footings reinforcement needs to be specified.
The footings will be likely be 1000…

17 d17 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Block wall cost

Besser blocks S&I (with reinforcement and concrete pour) - $180-200 per sqm (+GST) without render.
Footings - roughly 250x600x15m=2.25 cu*$260=~$600 for concrete, $300 for reo and around $1000 for labour including…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Electricity Bill While building a house???

Did it hit into TV antennae or what?

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
water heat

$5 bucks on Aliexpress

water heat
18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Dispute with Metricon

If paver is only 50x70 cm, why don't you just lift it with the help of couple of mates or with a leverage, find where the leakage is and close…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Low-E, Double Glazing, uPVC, Aluminium, U-values, SHGC

It is not only spacer, but overall profile itself. For example, this is how one of the best thermally performing profiles in the world look like - you can see…

Low-E, Double Glazing, uPVC, Aluminium, U-values, SHGC
18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Insulation in new house

Reflective insulation is highly important for lightweight construction.
It not only provides a (minor though) thermal break for your studs but also creates a vapour permeable moisture barrier as your stud…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Insulation in new house

What is your construction system?

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Gas or electric stove top and oven

Okay, induction pots are made from special material and come with a flat bottom.
Certain meals can not be properly cooked on dishes with the flat bottom or require dishes made…

19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Gas or electric stove top and oven

Appliances are completely up to you.
You can build a house without them and install the once you like later.
It is very stupid of a builder to limit your…

19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Large gap between window frame & exterior wall - what to do?

Something like that:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/sika-750ml- ... m_p1210284
It is self expanding foam, just needs to be sprayed in the cavity.

19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Large gap between window frame & exterior wall - what to do?

PU foam will be probably the cheapest option.

19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Insulating 7 Start + new house

BTW, I am really not convinced that doing two slabs should be more expensive than doing a bigger one (if the area is the same).
$10K difference is outrageous, the…

19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double glazed tilt and turn windows

Looks like they are importing high quality windows. What is their $ per sqm range I wonder (e.g. for tripple glazed timber + aluminium)?

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Has anybody had to rebrick their new house? Advice?

Guys, with all due respect, we are talking about brick veneer here. The bricks do not play any role other than decorative with may be some very minor weather protection.…

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Occupancy certificate

Hi bashworth,
What about lights, electrical sockets, etc.?
Are they required for OC or not?
Thanks

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Has anybody had to rebrick their new house? Advice?

Ah, just render them. It will be MUCH cheaper then to re-brick. At builder's expense, of course.

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Pre wire for solar panels and Roof supporting solar panels.

Yes, roof frames are generally designed to handle snow load, and foot of snow weights around 100 kg per sq m.

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Help needed with lightings location please.

My advice would be just ask electrician to put conduits and pre-wire them where ever you plan to have lights and switches in the future, but do not want to…

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Zero Boundary - Drainage

Can you backfill your footings the way there is an incline from the wall towards the adjacent property boundary?

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