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9 h9 hbashworthbashworth posted:
Feedback on Land Contours

With that sort of slope you are going to need a Drop Edge Beam (see http://anewhouse.com.au/2013/07/drop-edge-beams/)
That's could add around $20,000 to the site costs.

2 d2 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Evaporative cooling

I've owned investment properties with them and stayed in rental houses with them in the past.
No more!
Reverse cycle is the way to go these days,,,, real cooling + very efficient…

5 d5 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Batter on land

It's usually be best to be above the road then below it for drainage purposes.
1:4 should be a stable slope if you plant grass, but a bit awkward to mow.

10 d10 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Negotiating with builders before contract signature

This is a question that seems to get asked a lot with various variations.
Most builders base their standard price on you accepting the standard HIA or Master Builders Contract so…

14 d14 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Double driveway width

I wouldn't go narrower than 5m, even then the doors will open over the garden......a typical parking bay is 2.5m wide

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20 d20 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Building Lawyer

Most building contracts in Victoria will be either HIA, or Master Builders, Standard Contracts.
You will find that the builders will be unlikely to accept any significant changes.
The area of the…

22 d22 dbashworthbashworth posted:
potential Adverse possession issue?

There is a quick guide to adverse possession at this link:
http://anewhouse.com.au/2013/12/how-adv ... g-a-block/

22 d22 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Ensuite/WIR layout

I would agree about the moisture and clothes,
In a similar layout we had the WIR access from the bedroom

30 d30 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Opinions on down pipe placement please

It would be less noticeable if a brick pier was used rather than a post.
I would suspect that the right side of the garage door could also be possible.

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
New in Australia little bit confusing about owner builder ru

No If you do that you will still need an owner builder licence, and have to insure the entire house.
Constructing a roof for a house is also a licensed trade…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
New in Australia little bit confusing about owner builder ru

You will need to use a licensed plumber to install all plumbing and a licensed electrician for all electrical installations.
When I have built (twice in Australia) I have had a…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
How much garden soil ?

Last time I built I rotavated the garden and spread about 150mm of soil.
When I planted a made sure that the soil in the hole was well mixed.
It worked for…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Soundproof windows

You can find some advice at this link:

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Cost of Documentation - Advice Please

If their is an existing property and no subdivision than the existing DA still applies.
Want a larger area ground floor you may need a hydraulic analysis depending on the local…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Standing water in stormwater drain. Normal?

Looks more like an Overflow Relief Gully (ORG) which would have a water seal to stop the smell from the sewer.
Check this link for more: http://anewhouse.com.au/2013/08/overflow-relief-gulley/

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Floor waste in bathroom and laundry

Could be something to do with its a bit harder for him.
As far as responsibility for future problems I would say that as long as their work meets the codes…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
How to connect drain hose of washing machine

Just drill out that connection on the right, push the hose on, and tighten a hose grip to make sure it doesn't come off.

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Variations invoice 8 months after completion

I am away from home so can't check my copy of the master builders contract but most contracts i have seen require a consent from you before variation work is…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
worth delaying concrete paths till after winter

Best for concreting is to avoid extremes of weather.
That includes both frosts, and hot dry periods, so autumn or spring are going to be the best times.

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
what are the steps to building

Deciding how much you can afford is definitely the first step.
The block plus the initial house price should be considerably less than you budget. see
The next decision is whether…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Can you identify this?

Looks like 'Stucco', a cement plaster used to produce decorative surfaces rather than flat renders.

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Program/app for designing home

The trouble with computer programs is they can 'lock you in' to a layout before you have thought through some of the issues.
It is often best to start with a…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
First Home - Play it safe of stretch the budget?

I wouldn't be planning to stretch until you understand some of the additional costs.
There is a link below that shows the additional costs for a house in the Werribee area…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:

There are a few different options at this link . . . but also keep an eye on the build yourself and if anything looks wrong ask the question.

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Drying Cupboards

In the UK they are normally called 'Airing cupboards'
The majority of UK homes have an indoor electrical hot water service and the cupboard this lives in is equipped with…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Ramp/Driveway slope to a basement garage.

Normally the steepest allowable driveway is 1 in 4 (25% or 250mm per metre) so you can go down 2.5m in 10m.
There is one big but . .…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Covering Storm Water Pit

A photo might help

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Buying / Landscaping a Sloping Block

A few thoughts
At the back of the house you need to be sure that for at least 1m the surface slopes away from the house and that the area is…

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