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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Finally! Congratulations!

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon 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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3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom build Sydney Hills 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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3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Fingers crossed for you - good luck!

3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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)…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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 .…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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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4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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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4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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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4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon 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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4 months4 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

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

5 months5 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

5 months5 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth

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

5 months5 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

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

5 months5 monthsalgernonalgernon 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
5 months5 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

6 months6 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

6 months6 monthsalgernonalgernon 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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6 months6 monthsalgernonalgernon 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,…

6 months6 monthsalgernonalgernon 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…

6 months6 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Which side of block will receive more sunlight

Yep, definitely go with block B. North-to-rear is much better than north-to-street.

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