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13 years13 yearsArcArc posted:
Harmony vinyl tiles by Kenbrock (from Carpet Court)

Does anyone have any experience with this flooring? I was looking at Karndean and this Kenbrock flooring looks very similar. I'm suspicious it might even be from the same factory…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Wood Flooring

Good quality bamboo (the stranded type) isn't cheap, you can get some hardwoods for a similar price. I'm still stuck on what flooring to put down myself, a guy at…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
For those who had Inspection done: are these defects?

My builder redid some external window sills for me which now look much better but I also noticed a few similar gaps left in the mortar at the window frame.…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Wooden panels on wall

Bunnings also sell (or at least did some time ago) a limited selection of ready made wall panels.

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
poor brick work.. PLEASE HELP!!! WE HAVE RESULTS!!! THANKS!

Seriously consider getting a building inspector in. They can tell you exactly what is acceptable and what is not under any official standards. The sooner you do this the better.…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Appreciate advice on security surveillance companies

A few suggestions;
1. As mentioned above, have the system ring you.
2. Be careful about telling your insurance company you have an alarm. The discount is small and if you forget…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Ventex - anyone?

I'm interested in the Ventex venetians as well but have not been able to find anyone who has had any experience with them. Interestingly these venetians are made by Mardo…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Cast Iron vs Enamel trivets

I think cast iron also has a courser surface and cookware is less likely to slide around. I upgraded to the top end Westinghouse gas stove for safety reasons (it…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Down-lights or NOT?

You might want to consider using pendant lights over the island bench, this is pretty common in display homes. There are lots of varieties and they can make a…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Hinged Door or Pivot Door for Main Entrance

What is a pivot door? I don't think I've seen anything but hinged doors in WA display homes, certainly nothing that stood out at least...

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Roof Tiles or Colorbond?

Also consider security, it's much easier to pull off some tiles than remove a steel sheet. Although if you have a habit of locking yourself out tiles might be better,…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
How NOT to kill mould

There was a show on ABC about six months ago, β€œIs your house killing you?” and the presenters said the same thing; Use vinegar not bleach. They claimed the vinegar…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Insulation q's

You also need to consider your windows for noise and thermal insulation. Look into laminated and/or double glazed, neither are cheap though you can do only select windows, such as…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
1500 for 1500 Solar Challenge (Perth)

A good opportunity for anyone considering solar power in Perth.
http://www.renewablelogic.com.au

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

The builder has added some additional timber 'struts' at each end of the beam where the bricks are which I believe should prevent any lateral movement of the beam itself…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Try saying that fast ;)
I also sent a query to Archicentre (who provide free qualified architectural advice) a few days ago about this and they have…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Good news (I hope), after appealing to my builder they've agreed to add additional support to the beam. Exactly what this means I'm not sure yet but I'll be pleased…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Shower Tiles - Can never stay clean

I'm probably try this stuff before I move in; http://www.ezicleen.com.au

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Any knowledge of Plunket Homes here in WA

Not personal experience but I asked someone who has built with them (he moved in last year) if he would do so again and he gave an emphatic no. It…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Another one about toilet/bathroom split

With the ground floor I would not want the toilet against the living area wall. Even with brick wall construction here in WA you would be able to hear people…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Thanks Cabinfever, no I don't mind and welcome any input. How would they use a concrete padstone for a beam sitting on top of the brick walls though? Of course,…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

I'm still not happy with it but there doesn't appear to be anything I can do about it :( No doubt there are a lot of…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

When I raised my concern on those stacked bricks and what would happen with an earthquake the guy essentially said not to worry because all of the steel beams would…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Gaps at sides of wooden venitian blinds

A mate bought a renovated place a while ago and the blinds that were already fitted have that gap down the sides and he's not happy with it. I guess…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Update;
I had a building inspector out today to discuss this steel beam and brick issue and also check everything over. Unfortunately, he did not consider the stack of four bricks…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

The single brick to prop up the steel beams is very common and I can confirm is apparently within 'standards' since someone I know had this independently checked and passed.…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Well, as suspected, my builder has advised that this is normal practice and nothing to worry about.
I'm confused as I really have trouble believing this is acceptable yet numerous people…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Just to clarify, the photo showing a single brick is an example of how all the other steel beams are mounted (there are five beams mounted this way). The two…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Appreciate the feedback, I've emailed the builder and will see what they say, they've been pretty good so far. If they tell me this is fine then I'll probably get…

14 years14 yearsArcArc posted:
Games played to avoid liquidated damages

I've made two progress payments so far, in each case the builder gave me 10 working days from the date the stage was to be completed. The first invoice I…

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