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3 months3 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Use of Structural Insulated Panels

Outside facing Magnesium Oxide panels will have issues with corrosion of nails, screws, etc. unless Magnesium Sulfide panels are used instead.
MGO/MGS panels are one of the most fire proof materials…

3 months3 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Appliance tower - 3 appliances too much?

Built-in appliance branded coffee machines (even the best ones eg Miele) are generally never as good as specialised ones.
What makes sense to have in your appliance tower is a…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Appreciate your comments on the quality of this brickwork (p

Brickwork in the brick veneer house is not really structural to begin with, however, it may still turn into a structural issue when your mortar or even complete bricks will…

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4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Clarendon Boston 35

You can just add additional power points over sink area and install those new cool looking mirrors with built-in far infrared heaters. You can also/or alternatively consider under tile heating…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Cost of building in Tasmania

Some people have kitchens costing more than $285K.
You just can't compare apples to oranges.
Size can't be used all alone to evaluate house construction costs - many other factors…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Non-standard (acrylic) "breathable" paints

One way is to consider silicon render which already has paint in it.
For internal, you can go with clay paints or Keim breathable paint, but a lot will depend on…

4 months4 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
HEBEL help??? Pros and Cons, need to make a decision!!!

if they position themselves as energy efficient community, having Hebel instead of bricks makes a bit more sense

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5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Non compliant cladding crisis

Needs to be rendered with acrylic render, so not so cheap.
Can be easily damaged if installed on the ground floor.
Instead of EPS as a cladding prob. makes more sense to…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

Installation is on top, roughly $40-70 per sqm GST, depending on the method.

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

I guess she meant laminate for $25 per sqm which is doable and it is probably water resistant too (to some extent, but certainly not water proof).
The only really waterproof…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Building at th back side of a street

This kind of block provides you with great levels of privacy as well as luxury of having 2 yards (to the either side of your building), which means you have…

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5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

Interesting, how you still do waffles on E sites "for decades" as it is pretty much prohibited ;)
Also interested to hear how do you generally…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

Well, ask experts on this forum.
I would rather refer to buildinginspector experience, who have inspected tens of thousands of home. Insider above is also an expert on foundations.
Cornell Engineers is…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
What are these GPO and smart light switch? ----installed !!!

SAA switches from Alibaba suppliers need to be tested and evaluated on case by case basis. But most of the latest I have seen are comparable in quality with Clipsal…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

"Waffle slabs are not recommended on highly reactive clay sites (Class H1 and H2) because the requirements for good drainage are almost impossible to achieve."
Just evaluate the odds of getting…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
What are these GPO and smart light switch? ----installed !!!

Outlet looks like Iconic (but they don't seem to have USB one on their Web site), but light switch is smth different (man, those Iconic light switches are really ugly!)
Similar…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
The parties have reached a mutual understanding in resolutio

"Now we are talking!" :)
They have managed to rectify and lock up fairly quickly, from what I see.
Is it Hebel outside?
Will you be able…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

It is NEVER a good idea to have waffle slab for either H1 or H2 soil.
Generally, it is not a good idea to have a waffle slab on any soil…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Build House - Denham Court

I would definitely check your drawings with StructuralBIMGuy or CornellEngineers on this forum.
300 mm wall is certainly good enough and they probably try to use void formers for waterproofing, however,…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Where did you buy affordable price building materials in Syd

Re Chinese windows you would better check/ask in the Windows sub-forum.
For bathware there are many options/sites, e.g.:
https://www.bathwaredirect.com.au
https://www.highgrovebathrooms.com.au

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Build House - Denham Court

Hydrostatic pressure will be coming from the side of the wall, not from the bottom.
1.85 m without proper drainage and waterproofing on the other side is a call for a…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Build House - Denham Court

Sorry, is there an upper level slab at the top of the drop beam (which is in fact is a slab-supported retaining wall)?
I am struggling to understand how exactly it…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Are these frames green or blue?

Those do not look like treated at all.

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Where did you buy affordable price building materials in Syd

Tiles are at
Baths/mixers etc. can be bought from online stores - there are many.
Windows - there are several Chinese window companies agents in Sydney.
But if I were you…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Are these frames green or blue?

Bricks are also sustainable and most brick veneer constructions use them anyway.
Why not to build houses from bricks?
LOSP may not be carcinogenic but certainly are not adding to the health…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Are these frames green or blue?

I always wondered who and why will be building a house made of structural timber in termite infested areas.
This just doesn't seem to be logical, even though the timber…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Builder - Are we crazy?

Unless you have professional building experience and have at least 1M sitting in cash on your bank account, you'd better not follow OB route.
Best option will be to hire…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
The parties have reached a mutual understanding in resolutio

so where live load data is coming from?
So you would need to dismantle upper level and roof framing (lift with crane?), remove panels, buy and install yellow tongue, attach framing…

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
Build Inspection on every stage - worth it and which stages?

The absolute majority of building surveyor inspectors/certifiers are just a bunch of lazy clowns.
Don't expect much from them.

5 months5 monthsalexp79alexp79 posted:
The parties have reached a mutual understanding in resolutio

So the owner was okay that 50 mm 1.1 MPa wall panels were used for the structural flooring and was rather recommending to use better installers?
Correct me if I…

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