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2 h2 halexp79alexp79 posted:
Walling over windows

But be careful that this vapour barrier is not punctured sometimes later.
In your case it is just one wall, so it is okay, but I am really against internal vapour…

3 h3 halexp79alexp79 posted:
Exposed waffle pod after slab pour?

Agree, this is possible option. Closer/better quality photo would definitely be helpful here.

9 h9 halexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing kitchen from China

Not ordered yet as waiting for the walls to be built up first, so I can run the exact measurements.
I done designs and asked for quotations from Foshan Ais…

2 d2 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Which Slab is Better? Waffle Pod or Raft Concrete Slab???

Most of the builders go for waffle pods because they can save some $$ on earthworks.
However, good drainage and maintenance/prevention of water access is paramount for waffle pods, especially…

2 d2 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Exposed waffle pod after slab pour?

CornellEngineering can also provide a good advice.
The main issue with waffle pods is good drainage.
This doesn't look right at all, the edge beam should be there and pods should never…

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3 d3 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Has anyone rectified slab heave successfully

If there is slab heave, you should be able to see it with naked eye as well as confirm with levels.

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Costs for house plans

Not sure what kind of engineering you can do for 400-650, I would say $1.5K will be a starting mark for a good quality engineering (and can go all way…

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Using exposed brick for a feature wall

You should be looking into $175-200 per sqm max (bricks + labor).

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Concreter in Sydney area

My build is got a bit delayed, so not yet.
I have a good concreter recommended by friends and planning to try him out next month.
If he proves to be…

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
New Home on Block with 2.5m fall

I am simply asking on how you plan to put a flat slab on your site?
The site itself is not flat and even if you make it flat via…

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Best block orientation for forever home

Ideally you would want your living spaces facing North and your bedrooms facing South.

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
New Home on Block with 2.5m fall

It can be true for a flat block, the only problem is that you DO NOT have flat block.
Normal home on your block will be extremely problematic to put in…

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
New Home on Block with 2.5m fall

The problem with flat is that one side of the house will be sitting on almost 2 m high retaining wall - this will require some hard core engineering, compaction…

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
New Home on Block with 2.5m fall

I have similar fall and a split level design.
With regards to the site costs, a lot depends on your soil/geo-tech.

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Home Design Software

I like Planner5D.com
You can also try Sketch Up Make

10 d10 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Building a new home with Rammed Earth - Experiences

I guess this one will be helpful:
http://www.yourhome.gov.au/materials/rammed-earth
The main problems:
1) looks. Certainly not for everyone.
2) high thermal mass but not very good insulation (R value of 30…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Charleston Homes - anyone worked with them?

Manishq, how big is the house? $1.6M is a lot of money, especially, when building industry in NSW is about start its downfall (and probably within 6-12 months you will…

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11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Ducted reverse cycle air con, is it worth it?

Multi-splits are much more efficient than zoned ducted systems, easier to install too, save some roof and storage space (if double storey). Multi-split units can also be ducted (e.g. in…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Stylemaster

Is this the same tile or from different vendor?
What is the cost of tile itself?
It will cost probably $10 per sqm more to lay 600x300 when comparing 300x300, but…

11 d11 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Reasonable Insulation Requirements KDRB

Well, from my point of view, it is better to invest in better things when you build the house.
Double glazed windows will increase thermal comfort in the house, acoustics and…

12 d12 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Reasonable Insulation Requirements KDRB

Well, U=2.9 is not that crazy for standard double glazed set ups.
R6 in ceiling is well above minimum recommended values for your climate zone (which is 4.1), but probably has…

13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Edge beam on rolled fill?

Well, considering that footing are on ground and you have a lot of moisture and reactive clay, waffle pod itself can easily be a problem as when your soil gets…

13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Waffle pod

This is beam itself, waffle pod doesn't have any footings, it sits on ground itself.
But it really sucks that the soil has moved under your beam. If the water…

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13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Edge beam on rolled fill?

What is your soil type?

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner/ Builder -Architect Build PM'd by Rehaan Builders

Agree, this was rude and I apologise for my subjective opinion.
Happy owner is only one part of the equation, but only as long as council approves this for the looks…

17 d17 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner/ Builder -Architect Build PM'd by Rehaan Builders

Thermal mass only makes sense if it is well insulated from the outside, otherwise it is rather a burden, e.g. effect is very similar to solid brick walls in old…

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17 d17 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Recommend security cameras + supporting system

You will be surprised, but most of them do.
In fact, it is harder to find the ones which DO NOT.

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Pier depth for cut and fill site

I wouldn't risk as builders generally have no idea of what good drainage on clay means.
Especially I would never go for waffles in cut and fill scenarios on reactive…

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18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner/ Builder -Architect Build PM'd by Rehaan Builders

Geez, this wall is really ugly.
I should consider doing something about its external looks as otherwise everyone will be thinking that your house has just been on fire.

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
EPS Foam and Rockote

Much cheaper option will be to blow in insulation into your frame.
If you decide to proceed with EPS, ensure that EPS you are using does not contain any HBCD…

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