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20 d20 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Hi Jess,
I think you've got some good ideas there considering the constraints of the block. Some thoughts:
Consider moving the downstairs living areas around so that the playroom is to…

23 d23 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Floor Plan Advice Please :-)

Oh, some last-minute thoughts re bed 2. It's going to be a bit of a squeeze to fit a double bed with bedside tables there with the robe where…

23 d23 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Floor Plan Advice Please :-)

Just some general thoughts at first glance:
Having the alfresco across most of your northern side is going to rob you of nice northern light. There is the potential…

23 d23 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Floor Plan Advice Please :-)

The most important question: which way's north on those plans?

26 d26 dalgernonalgernon posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

Those are pretty impressive secondary bedrooms at that size! We'd never see the kids again.. hmm.... maybe there's a big advantage there :-D
Our master…

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26 d26 dalgernonalgernon posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

Ah, the joy of trying to apply the regulations! We're building on a battleaxe block, and it was only picked up at the last minute that what we (and…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

I hadn't even considered the acoustic qualities of the straw bales. Was that a feature for you or just a side-effect?

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Looking really good!

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Following a minor regulatory hiccup and consultation with neighbours, a revised plan (losing a little width and gaining a little depth:


Ended up being a little more house than we were…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
building timeline and tips for those starting out

Thank you for taking your obviously painful build experience and doing something positive with it, in this case helping others learn.

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

Personally, I'd prefer elevation. I don't know what your views there are, but it's amazing the difference that even 50cm extra elevation relative to surrounding houses can make. …

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Well, every bit of progress is a move in the right direction, and probably the most important bits to get right are the parts you can't easily see. A…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

Great to see another Canberra build! Do you have a builder lined up yet?

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
insulating slab

I know a few people who have done it, and we'll be doing it ourselves. Several of the builders that we've spoken to recently say that it's become much…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Bedroom sizes

We currently have two bedrooms of similar size to your proposed beds 2 and 3, and quite frankly, the sizes of those bedrooms is one of the reasons that we're…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Good timing for the roof completion given all the rain last night! Do you have good slope and drainage away from the house?

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
True or Magnetic North ????

Every survey and plan I've ever seen references grid north (close to, if not exactly on, true north).
I've never seen magnetic north used, and can't think of any reason why…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Trying to choose between Hebel Powerwall and Foam Cladding

We had the same question, and some concerns about the strength of foam vs Hebel (noting that in Australia we've also had experience of people saying not to use Hebel…

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
N-W vs S-E orientation of house/ backyard

You definitely want the backyard to the north. That's where all the sun is, so you can have the sun-filled (and warmed) living areas opening onto your private space.
That…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Double storey base price

Based on the info provided and the calculators I normally use I'd say that you're looking at a bare minimum of $300K (note that when you're looking at the bottom…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Curtains and Blinds for Tilt and Turn Windows

We went with two layers of blinds for a couple of reasons. We wanted translucent blinds to let light through while still providing privacy - these are the honeycomb…

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Double storey base price

Project builder? Custom builder? Architect design? Owner builder?
What location? Which state? Suburban, outer urban, acreage or rural?
What size second floor compared to the first?
How many wet areas, and on which…

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Nice! What's your modelled energy rating?

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Facade Visualizers and Product Info.

Ideally, you'd also be able to visualise what it looks like at several times of day - at least midday and morning/afternoon. At least have a bright sunshine/shadow option.

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Looking good! What's the R-value of that insulation?

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Facade Visualizers and Product Info.

I feel your pain with the lack of decent visualisers - I hope this works out!
What I'd like to see is a visualiser that allows you to not have any…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Curtains and Blinds for Tilt and Turn Windows

We don't have Tilt and Turn windows yet, but are getting them in our new build, and went through this dilemma ourselves a month or two ago. After researching…

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Building inspector(s) in the ACT?

Does anyone have any recommendations (or otherwise) or experience with any new home construction building inspectors in Canberra? Looking for multiple stage inspections, and ideally contract/specifications review prior to…

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2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom/special conditions in building contracts?

I've got a copy of the ACT MBA standard contract, which is used by our currently preferred builder (a custom builder). This is the first time that I've built,…

3 months3 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Advice required: rear setback vs my boundary vs estate fence

We have a slightly similar situation, although in our case its the two side boundary fences (between us and neighbours) that are set slightly off the boundary (about half a…

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