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1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Sorry for delay in replying - I'm not much on these forums these days!
The build: the structural quality of the build was good, although there were a few minor cosmetic…

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Finally! Congratulations!

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Gas or electric stove top and oven

There are 'adaptors' (not sure what the proper term is) available that enable the use of curved woks (and similar items) on induction cooktops. And cast iron is probably…

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Insulating 7 Start + new house

I'm not sure that that's possible - a thermal break almost by definition involves disrupting the monolith.
Personally, I'd do two separate slabs - an insulated one (including slab-edge insulation, most…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Progress, at last! Hopefully the drama with the utilities is the biggest difficulty you'll face. Will be interesting to see how it all progresses.

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Fingers crossed for you - good luck!

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Thanks! We did put a lot of effort into planning and research - but yes, there's always the "unknown unknowns", and we've had a few of those. Now…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

A quick update on how the winter's gone: we're definitely not getting our money's worth out of the upstairs aircon! (although it'll be used a lot more in summer). We've…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Cladding & insulation

Although there will be some thermal bridging from the nails, the timber studs themselves are a bigger thermal bridging concern (assuming that you're insulating between the studs - timber is…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
gyprock on the skirting not behind.

It'll be tricky getting the Gyprock level and flush and staying that way, especially taking expansion/contraction into account - not impossible, but difficult. Traditional skirting boards can (and do)…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Final Floorplans - Advice & Ideas

For what it's worth, I prefer the new plan - I think that it has a better flow between areas and makes better use of natural light into the main…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Contract signing tips and traps

Engage both an independent building inspector and a solicitor BEFORE contract signing (get the building inspector sorted first, they're usually able to recommend appropriate solicitors).
The building inspector can do a…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom KDR Canberra

Good to see another Canberra build!
I think you've done a good job of capturing the orientation with that plan, although I second ' concerns about those two west-facing windows .…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Our KDR Project - Canberra

Looking a lot better, I think (although I do agree with 's suggestion about the ensuite.
Using the BIR in bed 4 as a noise shield to the PWC is a…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Height compliance questions. Did you encounter this?

One error I can see in your calculations: you're taking 360mm off the height for the cut. That's not consistent with what's on the plan provided, which only has…

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Our KDR Project - Canberra

I was thinking Rumpus > PWC > Bath > Bed 4 > Bed 3, losing the mini-WIR in bed 4 in exchange for a built-in robe along the wall adjoining…

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Understanding mortgage broker calculations?

On the figures provided there, the net proceeds of borrowing (i,e. what goes towards paying for the house) is $296K. On top of that, there's an 'extra' $7.7K added…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Insulating 7 Start + new house

We recently finished our own custom build in Canberra, which is performing well so far this winter (we've even had a couple of times where it's actually overheated and we've…

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Our KDR Project - Canberra

I think the new rumpus/bed 4 layout is better than the original - but on this plan I'd argue for swapping bed 4 and the wet areas, for noise and…

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Lights are looking good, and glad that progress is still being made, albeit slowly.

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Have they forgotten to put bricks on top of the window?

Looks to me like the brickies and the window supplier might have had different ideas about either the correct head height, or the window height - the brickwork, including articulation…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth

Very interesting - why did you decide to go with pre-cast concrete?

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

So sorry to hear about your continuing slow progress. I wish there was something I could say to help... :(

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Okay, its now (almost) a month after move-in. It's been hard to find the time to post with everything going on!
Overall, we're quite pleased with how well the house is…

Canberra custom KDR
1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
(Melb) Anyone have temporary blinds that they no longer need

If you can't find anything, Ikea have some cheap ($5 translucent/$10 blockout) pleated blinds ("Schottis") that are just stick-on (don't need fastening/screws/nails). That's what we're currently using as temporary…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Quiet Step underlay or Regupol cork underlay

I can't speak to the Quiet-Step, but the "Regupol emits noxious chemicals and gases" is rubbish. We've just finished our low-VOC build, and went with Regupol because it's a low-VOC…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Quick update: we've moved in (although we still have a lot of stuff - furniture and other things - in a big pile in the living room that's only gradually…

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1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Services to mark out on plan

Having just finished our custom build, I definitely second the "all of them". So many little things have impacts at various stages of the build that are easily missed,…

1 year1 yearalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

What's been done looks like it's coming together well, and it must be good to hear the feedback about the thermal performance! Sorry to hear about yet more delays…

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