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4 h4 halgernonalgernon posted:
Need a house 20-24m wide (including triple garage)

It sounds like a custom design would be best suited to your purposes, especially as you're so clear about what you want and the dimensions of your block. It…

4 h4 halgernonalgernon posted:
Need help choosing a house design

Quite a decent plan, and works much better with your orientation than some of the project plans posted earlier.
GIven their westerly outlook, there's the potential for Bed 4 and the…

17 h17 halgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Yeah, once you step out of the standard (i.e. bog cheap) window ranges, there sometimes seems to be no rhyme or reason to window prices. We've been pleasantly surprised…

18 h18 halgernonalgernon posted:
Need help choosing a house design

Just confirming I understand, North is to the bottom of that plan, right? The street frontage is to the west?

8 d8 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Anyone built using an architect?

kiriray, I'm so sorry to hear what's happened and where you are now. You must be truly devastated. I wish I knew what to say.
Are you really at…

10 d10 dalgernonalgernon posted:
building contract

There's also some companies that provide homebuilder advocate or advisory services, e.g. one I've used is Before You Build (beforeyoubuild.net.au) that specifically provides contract advice (I can't speak for any…

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10 d10 dalgernonalgernon posted:
building contract

Agreed, I was just (trying to anyway, sorry if I sounded like I was disagreeing with you) making it clear to other readers that just because you have a good…

10 d10 dalgernonalgernon posted:
building contract

Noting that it's not just how good your relationship with your builder is now. It's how good your relationship with your builder is throughout the build from start to…

10 d10 dalgernonalgernon posted:
building contract

I've read several threads in this forum from people who ended up wishing that they'd gotten legal advice prior to signing the contract. Trying to save a few hundred…

10 d10 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Personalised Plans - Help - Lower Chittering Build

Maybe you can talk to him about the square house - there's a little bit more work involved with hips/valleys, but it's generally not significant in terms of a house…

11 d11 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Personalised Plans - Help - Lower Chittering Build

Okay, trying to keep this readable without too much quoting, hope this works:
2. Drop zone
You've got a good plan there - there should be enough space for that.
3. Doors
Yes,…

12 d12 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Personalised Plans - Help - Lower Chittering Build

Some initial questions and comments, in no particular order:
Whereabouts in WA are you, i.e. which climate zone are you in? Are you emphasising warming or cooling with your layout? EDIT:…

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13 d13 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Existing site plan - where do u get one?

Council records can be incomplete or out-of-date. Most of the time you'll need to have a site survey that's fairly recent (e.g. within the last 12 months), although requirements…

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14 d14 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Wide frontage Floorplans

A north-facing clerestory would help get sunlight into the main area of the house without compromising privacy (and can also add to kerb appeal). Depending on your slope and…

15 d15 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Wide frontage Floorplans

Yes, a 30x29m block should definitely give you a lot of options and flexibility, and you should definitely use that to your advantage to optimise your orientation for solar efficiency,…

15 d15 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Retrofit tiled roof insulation?

Are you talking about standard roof insulation (that sits on top of the ceiling, i.e. flat), or something like Sisalation (that sits immediately under the tiles, i.e. following the slope…

16 d16 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Existing site plan - where do u get one?

You get a site plan by engaging a registered surveyor to make one - you can organise this yourself yourself or your builder can do it as part of their…

17 d17 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Adv. to having Building + Pest inspection BEFORE offer?

I agree with you, and I'm glad that I've vindicated your position.
I've seen a fair bit of speculation from several people about what would happen if inspections were made mandatory…

18 d18 dalgernonalgernon posted:
CIG gas bottle dumped on our site. HELP

You could also potentially offer it for free via Gumtree or Freecycle. There's probably someone out there who'll take it.

18 d18 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Adv. to having Building + Pest inspection BEFORE offer?

Here in the ACT the vendor has to have a professional building inspection done before a property goes on the market (the report forms part of the contract of sale).…

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18 d18 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Device for checking power, data, tv and phone points

Measuring voltage potentials is easy, measuring amps actually drawn is easy, measuring amps that might be drawn... that's tricky.
Testing the load of a circuit (i.e. measuring amperage capacity) is not…

20 d20 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Final House Inspection

Yes, that too - especially since you're new at this. Having an experienced professional on your side is invaluable.

20 d20 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Final House Inspection

Shout-out to bashworth on these forums... start on his website . I'd highly recommend his (also the rest of his stuff too, actually, but that's the most immediately…

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26 d26 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Street setback on an asymetric front boundary

I can't speak for Blacktown council particularly, but setbacks are usually a line parallel to the boundary (like in Jennifermarie's example). So in your case, the setback would be…

29 d29 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Looks like it's all coming together nicely. Love the Narnia concept! Are they going to be full-height doors in the back of those wardrobes, or something smaller?

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Toilet next to kitchen allowed?

There used to be a 2-door requirement, but that's been removed. I believe that you'll need to make sure that you have a separate wash sink near the toilet…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Here we go again...

Even without any leaks with the screws, condensation is much more of an issue with Colorbond. From the Bluescope Steel site:
"Condensation forms under/on roof sheeting when the sheeting becomes…

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1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
House Valuation

Yep, the bank has already done it's valuation risk assessment off the plans. The final valuation is mostly just for them to check that what's actually been built matches…

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1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Backyard size

Note that when you mark out the dimensions in the park, the area will probably *look* smaller than the finished yard (with fences, house, other objects etc.) will actually appear.…

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