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2 d2 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Wincrest are threatening to sue for defamation

You may find the following link of interest Particularly the update in regards to 101 builders in Perth

3 d3 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Stormwater Easement - How far from pool?

The key thing is where the pipe is in the easement.
You can build up to the edge of the easement as long as the bottom of the pool is below…

14 d14 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Is the Tender fee refundable if accepted?

It really depends on what you signed, but tender fees are often in the form of a non refundable deposit

20 d20 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Energy Report re: Glazing section

One thought is can you reduce the size of some of the windows?
I see plenty of houses with a window down to the floor that has a view of fence…

25 d25 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Building with Metricon - Driveway for PCI

PCI is really identifying the main defects before handover.
You will need to check the items carefully before the Handover.
It is very common to not fit appliances until handover day…

25 d25 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Timber sleeper wall

I would see no reason why you couldn't have a timber sleeper wall 2m or even higher.
The height only becomes an issue if you using it as a retaining wall.
The…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Walling over windows

I don't see why not although I vapour barrier behind the internal cladding may be a good idea otherwise you welll get moisture on the glass which can be a…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Hot water systems? Is LPG an affordable option?

LPG is the most expensive way to heat anything.
For a new house I would be going for a heat pump, but probably not Dux.
For some independent advice check out Renew…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Ducted reverse cycle air con, is it worth it?

We have had reverse cycle split systems in our last three houses.
Effective cooling and inexpensive heating in winter (cheaper than gas) we wouldn't have any other system
In our last house…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Waffle pod

It's not normal as the slab will have been laid directly on a base.
I can think of a few reasons why this has occurred so you need to get a…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Opening up roof and sarking for wiring: common practice?

Going through the roof is pretty common.
For running cables down outside walls it's often the only way it can be done as there isn't enough height to get to the…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Insulating Garage Door

Below is a link to how I insulated my garage door which proved very effective, particularly in keeping the afternoon summer heat out as the door faced west.

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

Good luck with the blog. . . . that's how I started mine.

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Is building a home much cheaper than buying in Melbourne?

It's hard to say . . . . but buying an existing house you know the final price.
With new houses there are a lot of extra costs.
This link is…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Calculation of liquidated damages

If you have got a standard HIA contract the days are the total days for the contract.
The builder doesn't get additional days for anything that he could reasonably expect such…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Leaky service trench

Basically you have got it correct in that you dig a slot across the service trench line and then fill it with concrete. the slot only needs to be a…

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3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Very high electricity consumption

Another check is assuming you have a smart meter you should be able to log on to your suppliers website and check on your use over 24 hours. High usage…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Unconditonal house and land package

Read the contract you have signed carefully.
It depends on how far along you have got.
You are probably going to lose the deposit.

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
pivot Doors - Yeaaa or Nayyy?

Wide doors can look good (and IMHO look better than double doors as a front door). . . . . but wide doors are very difficult to hang as a…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Fencing dispute.

Serve a fencing notice

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3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Changing late completion clause in contract

You can try, however from the builders point of view increasing the amount increases the risk so they might want to increase the overall price, or extend the contract period.

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Container Foundations

I think it does answer your question as what I am suggesting is 3 strips of concrete about 2.5m long and about 600mm wide for a 40foot container. For…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Container Foundations

Some of the containers I have seen have a couple of longitudinal beams under the floor.
That makes me think that a strip foundation at each end, and the middle, might…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Changing/fixing contract before signing

The contract is their offer to build your house.
If you are not happy you have every right to ask for changes.
Your offer is to pay them to build the house…

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4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Retaining wall/ boundary question

Can't really answer without understanding your contract and what the builder signed up to do.
My experience relates to a house I had built in 2005.
In that case the potential for…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Retaining wall/ boundary question

You, via your builder, has a responsibility to ensure that the natural surface of the land above you is retained.
Putting 200mm bacfill doesn't seem enough to achieve that.
It won't affect…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Stormwater inspection pipe.

Sounds like a blockage to me.

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Bare Minimum Electrical during Build

Batten Fittings (not bayonet) works well as lights for most rooms. I used oyster fittings afterwards which are fairly cheap.
Most builders standard power outlets are fairly basic so not much…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Water Leakage

It would have to be a lot of water to be a foundation problem.

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
How to move a fridge

Unplug the fridge a few hours before you move.
Hire a large appliance moving trolley.(In my opinion well worth the money)

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