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21 d21 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Okay, a recap of the time since my last post:
Much as I'd like to blame the plumber for that given some of the quality of his other work, it turns…

21 d21 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Good to see it all coming along well - I'm really looking forward to seeing the final product given the interesting plan you have!

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21 d21 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom 2-storey knockdown rebuild - Canberra

Looking good so far - how have you found dealing with the builder?

21 d21 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Home valuations on new house/land builds

Me providing the lender won't help you (SGB for the record, though) - because it's not the LENDER that determines the value, its the VALUER.
The banks don't do valuations on…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Our KDR Project - Canberra

Looks great! How was the build process for you?

3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon 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

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:
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:
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 2-storey knockdown rebuild - 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?

2 years2 yearsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

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

2 years2 yearsalgernonalgernon 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…

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