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algernon

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2 d2 dalgernonalgernon 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…

3 d3 dalgernonalgernon 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 .…

5 d5 dalgernonalgernon 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…

6 d6 dalgernonalgernon 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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9 d9 dalgernonalgernon 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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11 d11 dalgernonalgernon 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…

11 d11 dalgernonalgernon 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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12 d12 dalgernonalgernon 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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13 d13 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

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

20 d20 dalgernonalgernon 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…

25 d25 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Pre-cast Concrete House Build Perth

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

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

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

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon 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 month1 monthalgernonalgernon 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…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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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2 months2 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,…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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.

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

And now, the first greenery:
Just a potted dwarf lemon tree, which probably won't be staying there. We've got a few fruit tree saplings that we've been growing in pots…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Thanks! I've learned a lot from these (and other) forums, and hopefully my contributions will be as useful to future builders.
The laundry chute really was easier than I was…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

I look forward to seeing how you're going! Are you using EPS cladding too, or another wall system?
I still think Home Designer is a good product, if a little…

Canberra custom KDR
2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Thanks! We're certainly looking forward to getting into the kitchen, and everyone's been commenting on the stairs as well.
For the laundry chute, the "frame" of the chute as it…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

I'm hoping to get together a full list once things settled down, but there's a few things that come to mind.
Overall, happy with the plan. There's a couple of…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

Quick update: handover went well, although some subsequent dramas about getting our telecoms hooked up (hopefully done by now). Our vinyl flooring is going in, and we've started moving…

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Sarking - to sark or not to sark?

Batts and wall wraps have different purposes, and it should never be one or the other, but both. Wrapping protects your frame from water ingress and reduces air leakage…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Vinyl Plank Flooring Questions Answered

Sorry, but that statement is incorrect. Natural timber itself does contain measurable levels of formaldehyde.
Engineered wood and laminates do indeed contain much more formaldehyde than pure natural timbers due…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Vinyl Plank Flooring Questions Answered

Good vinyl planks do not contain phthalates (instead they use alternatives such as bio-plasticisers), nor any of the other controversial PVC additives.
Look for vinyls which have independent environmental certification, e.g.…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
advise needed to improve view

A local builder's display home had a very similar setup; they installed a frame inside the fence to mount a forest picture print. We saw it in person a…

3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Canberra custom KDR

It's amazing how much having lighting working inside makes a difference. I can actually take a photo that shows a a vaguely realistic colour for the kitchen upper cabinets:

(There's…

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