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9 h9 halexp79alexp79 posted:
Building quality volume vs custom builder

you pay with peanuts, you get monkeys

3 d3 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Custom Floorplan comments and review

Consider something like Speedfloor or Bondek for your suspended slab. You also might be better off with going for Dincel for your garage and retaining walls.
It might be also nice…

3 d3 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Custom Floorplan comments and review

Think twice about concrete flooring throughout. First of all, there is a huge margin of error to make it right, secondly, if you are not putting in hydronic underfloor heating…

4 d4 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Roofing Alternatives

I would be concerned with fire resistant EPS, this usually means they are using some type of chemicals such as bromines HBCD which are highly cancerous.
PIRs should be much…

4 d4 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Roofing Alternatives

Steel is non combustible from what I know. It will melt at higher temperatures though when exposed for long term.

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Query related to Site cut

I would say at least 800 mm if you are doing rafted slab and closer to 1100 mm if you are going for waffle pods

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Query related to Site cut

Yes, so if level is consistent, then my calcs stay the same

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9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Query related to Site cut

I haven't seen your picture (it was not posted), so can't tell wether your current levels are consistent across the site.

70 cm is the difference between 604.25 and 603.56…

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Floorboards or Engineered Timber

I would suggest to go with engineered timber due to better stability to moisture conditions and better maintainability.
And, with the right supplier, you pay 2-3 times less for the…

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9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Query related to Site cut

That means your site will be cut by almost 70 cm plus the depth of your slab (add another 10 cm) and, if you are doing waffle slab, the height…

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Estimating costs

I don't think anyone will be able to do a suspended concrete floor for a timber framed house.
Generally, you would need double brick for that

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Estimating costs

You won't be able to get 400 sqm custom home with suspended concrete slab and double glazing for $850K in Sydney those days.
If you are talking about custom, $850k will…

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling

This is done using two level ceiling concept, where you install a structure of metal profiles and furring channels (in the shape of your ceiling) and then attach gyprock to…

Recessed Curtain Pelmet in the ceiling
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14 d14 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Tapware

Never heard of those

14 d14 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Tapware

Caroma is more or less quality mid-range brand.
If you are going for higher end, then your options will be Grohe, Hansgrohe, Blanco

15 d15 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Hebel vs Brick Veneer (external walls - new custom double s

This only applicable to most of the acrylic renders.
If rendering is done with silicon render, then no paint will be needed as it seals quite well and is not porous.…

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Chosing the Brand (Kitchen Appliances) - New Build

Go for 5, 4 or 6 (in that order).
Siemens and Neff are also decent choices

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Builder’s margin?

Usually they don't specify margin on a contract unless it is a cost plus contract.
Every builder has its own margin.

16 d16 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Thomas Archer WIR depth

At least 60 cm, better 80 cm if you plan to store winter clothes.

19 d19 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Cost of Building house in Sydney

Roughly $3-3.5k+ per sqm for architectured custom house like that, so 45 square will be roughly around $1.3-1.5mm.

20 d20 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Air Conditioning Options

The question to be asked what is your expectation. If you are already investing into Control4 for a 60 sqm house (which is certainly not cheap), then spending extra $20k…

20 d20 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
To Double Glaze or Not

where is the North?
As OzSurferAI has mentioned, double glazing alone won't be as efficient as complex approach to house insulation.
In Melbourne I would start probably start with insulation of…

22 d22 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Problem with roof

So what is exactly the issue? once you install colorbond and tiles you would just need to clad and seal the fronton area between 2 roofs later, as a lot…

25 d25 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Bricks vs Hebel vs Cladding

This would exclude rendering part, certainly

25 d25 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Bricks vs Hebel vs Cladding

How fast is to install let's say 300 sqm of Hebel (+render) vs bricking the same area without render?

30 d30 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Same door height across floors?

Standard internal doors 2.1 m still look and work fine with 2.7 m and even 3 m ceilings (unless you have very tall persons in your family).
But what you…

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double Storey Too Hot Upstairs

Frankly speaking, in a typical house around 30-35% of the energy will be lost through walls and around 25-35% through the windows and doors (depending on glazing ratios). Around 25%…

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
REACTIVE SOILS

Question to be asked why would you do concrete slab for house in the flooding area in the first place?
Stumps with wooden floors is probably a far better (and much…

1 month1 monthalexp79alexp79 posted:
Hollow bricks fine to use for double RBV?

You can insulate RBV better than double brick due to cavity space limitation, plus external bricks collect heat and continue to radiate it through insulation (as well as outside) even…

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