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2 d2 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Brand new home or old one

Considering current property trends, the better question to ask is "how fast the property will depreciate" ;)

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2 d2 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Metricon Vantage 46 - Studio M Upgrades

Why would anyone expect project builder be any cheaper than custom builder (for the similar quality/size house)?
They pay market rates to their trades, but also have to pay for…

2 d2 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
wall basin mixer or regular basin mixer?

It will not only look weird, but will also splash the water around.

4 d4 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
rain shower head

You can a get full shower set including this round head from Aliexpress for less than $200.
The head itself can be found for less than $30.

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Best Sound and Heat Value Material for Wall

Nope, the idea of the green glue is that it comes between two plaster layers, you can't have it with a single plaster.
If you go with Green Glue, just use…

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Best Sound and Heat Value Material for Wall

Double soundcheck is minimal change to STC (e.g. may be +5 max but in reality even less), what makes a significant change (+12-15) is when you attach your plaster to…

5 d5 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Best Sound and Heat Value Material for Wall

You could also add Green Glue between your plaster, this will push walls sound proofing well above 60 STC, however, your windows will still be the weakest link.
Don't go with…

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Demonstrating Natural ventilation through accurate modelling

Ventilated through what? If your house is well insulated, natural ventilation will be more about how breathable are your walls on one side and how wide and for how long…

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Simonds vs Metricon

To compare builders by price, you should be probably comparing 2 fully identical houses with the identical set of finishes and materials.
But price comparison is not everything, the main things…

6 d6 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Timber posts?

Crane, waterproofing, concrete cutting? Also, starter bars should be chemi-achored into the footings too.
Also, engineering needs to be checked.

7 d7 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
External cladding to replace timber - fire safety, insulatio

Well, polysterene itself will not ignite easily as it is generally protected with flame retardants.
But when it and vinyl (PVC) catch fire, the fumes will be extremely poisonous.
Also,…

7 d7 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Importing kitchen from China

There is definitely a lot and most of them are really good as they have to compete between themselves.
Nowadays, they use CNC machines to cut to less than 1 mm…

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Owner Builder - was it worth it?

Well, easiest option - I would simply negotiate with your ex-neighbour or your brother-in-law on a certain margin he gets on top of labor costs for supervising your build and…

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Building contract with Metricon

What do the site costs generally cover to be specific?

8 d8 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Timber posts?

It is probably a 5 minute effort to engineer a concrete post design, they are all pretty standard.
But it will require formwork/lining, steelwork, pump, concrete, etc.
Overall it will be much…

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
HelixSteel - 3D concrete reinforcement

Just ran across those guys.
www.helixsteel.com.au
Looks like a really interesting technology - adding zinc fibers to the concrete mix, it allows you to create much stronger 3D…

9 d9 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Concrete Price per meter cube m3

Sydney currently is $250-260 per m3 for 25 MPA (incl GST)

13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double brick - Internal wall finish

Not a single wet plasterer in Perth can deliver a good quality plaster? Is it really as bad as it reads? Then surely drywall is the only choice. Oh no,…

13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double brick - Internal wall finish

Good quality plaster is always smoother than drywall (aka gyprock), walls are straight and smooth as a mirror. Not to mention all this "hardness" feeling when you touch or hit…

13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Retaining wall/ boundary question

I mean it doesn't look nice aesthetically. Are you planning to keep it like this or put some sort of siding on top?

13 d13 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Retaining wall/ boundary question

I guess it is not only an issue with the neighbor, but your issue too, without proper retaining wall with aggregate drainage, you will likely to have issues with water…

17 d17 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Repairing Double Brick Walls

How would you remove structural wall without removing the roof it supports first?
The external brick layer is also connected with the internal one with the ties.
It will be easier to…

18 d18 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Double brick - Internal wall finish

Plaster walls have a much durable finish than drywall when it sets up and is a higher quality finish.
Better acoustics too.

21 d21 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Land Registration? Kellyville - Balmoral Road Release

$1.45M for 745 sq m battle axe at Bella Vesta?
This is pretty insane especially considering that the prices are goings down. Realistic value is probably well below $1M by 2020.
BTW,…

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23 d23 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
uPVC or Solar - a 10K dilemma!

Double (or tripple glazing, and it doesn't necessarily have to be uPVC) will be also about comfort than just energy savings.
Solar doesn't produce energy during mornings and evenings,…

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27 d27 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
help me with this design

This is a cool product as long as their other products such as their smart bathroom mirrors or bathroom TVs. I don't believe you can rotate this one though, so…

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27 d27 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
wall construction

what about insulation?

27 d27 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Smart home light switches - zigbee?

won't you be better off with Wi-Fi ones? They are more suitable for Alexa/Google Home control and there is tons of them available.

28 d28 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Stacker/Sliding door height - is the price excessive or ok?

You will be much better off sourcing the doors from somewhere else post handover.
From what I see, $4500 for the upgrade of 4.1 m door is way too much. It…

28 d28 dalexp79alexp79 posted:
Employ Builder on Hourly Rate?

StructuralBIMGuy has the point.
You won't be able to properly control what they are doing and how quickly, therefore, hourly rate will be a problem for you.
Also, builders do not…

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