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3 d3 dbashworthbashworth posted:

i found the price for outside lights was fairly reasonable.
I wouldn't have floodlights though.
See this link to find out more: http://anewhouse.com.au/2017/01/outside-lighting/

5 d5 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Sewerage smell from downstairs shower drainage

Do you use the shower often?
The usual cause of this is the trap in the shower, and/or the trap in the floor drain, drying out through not being used for…

6 d6 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Building Quality Standards / Tolerances

This is a Victorian document but is probably a guide to minimum standards for other states.
http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/assets ... s-2015.pdf

6 d6 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Building permit required to provide water meter/tap to vacan

I've never heard of a building permit being required.

14 d14 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Outdoor shower

It's probably best to discuss it at prestart even if to get some plumbing in.

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15 d15 dbashworthbashworth posted:

Waffle slab is just one sort of raft slab. here is a link that explains about a Waffle Pod Slab https://anewhouse.com.au/2012/09/waffle-pod-raft-slab/ you will also find a link…

19 d19 dbashworthbashworth posted:
EZ Roll Gravel Pavers?

Surepave. . .you can buy it at Bunnings. . . . around $40/m2

28 d28 dbashworthbashworth posted:
cloverlea retaining walls

If the builder is responsible for the retaining wall he can ensure that the wall is appropriately designed for the building to be close,
If the wall is already there its…

29 d29 dbashworthbashworth posted:
Stormwater pipes in driveway/concretes paths

I would be quite happy to see them packed around with aggregate.

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Concrete Reinforcement

Reinforcement isn't necessary as long as all the other elements of good design and quality control are followed.
I've designed unreinforced concrete paving that has been used for Jumbo Jets for…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Concrete slab over deck footings (pour at same time)

I don't really see why you need footings and a slab.
If it were me I would
Forget the three footings holes on the left
Leave the slab where it is.
Fix the…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
What is with the upgrade of doors ?

In practically every business the bigger margins are on upgrades.
That applies to MacDonalds -Upsize your meal and you will pay a dollar or more for what costs them.
Buying a car…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Owner building out of surburbia, need help

Bottled gas is about the most expensive and least efficient fuels in Australia. Check out this link:
In your situation I would go for electic, Possibly solar if the cost…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Final Inspection: is handovers.com good?

Anyone who is paid for by your builder isn't independent.
They may be a separate company but they aren't going to argue on your behalf against the guys that send them…

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1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Electrical Appointment - What Would You Do?

There is quite a lot of advice at this link:

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Which upgrades decrease new home value?

Rather than look at individual items find out what the average sale price of a property in your area is.
Anything that takes you over that price is unlikely to add…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Swimming Pool construction in Sydney prior building construc

I recently posted about this on my blog at :

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
How much emphasis should you put into your R Value?

probably the biggest change for me has been to limit the window sizes. This was a no cost change and increased my last house by almost a one star rating.

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Heating a 7 star house

I would be going for the RC heating as its about 3 times as efficient as electric in slab.
On sunny days you will get sun warming the slab, and running…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Difference in advertisement and inclusions

If they are dishonest at this stage, and you get into a legal situation as soon as as you have paid the deposit then I can't see the build going…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
new home

Well I have had 3 new houses over the time and found it worthwhile.
Each time I have looked at existing houses but in the end found all the ones I…

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
PCI inspection Perth

Its your house that you have paid a lot for so you are in your rights to inspect whatever you want.
I can't help you with recommendations of Perth Inspectors but…

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Solar Power Energy

I have just installed a solar power system and written about it at this link
On the page there is also a Link to Solar Quotes who have a…

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Builder GJ Logan busted - going through QBCC

There is a series of posts about builders going bust at this link:

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Stormwater pit in new estate

You need to talk to the council (the drainage authority) who will be the owners of the pit.

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
What is the best window covering to protect your bedroom?

Probably a shade sail in front of window. Could be less than $100 including fixing for a large window
Or reflective window film see link for price https://www.bunnings.com.au/pillar-prod…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
First time building, suspicious prestart quotes

Basically the builders keeps the basic price of the house down, but then want to make a profit on the upgrades.
Typically they charge a higher price then put something in…

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Provisional Allowances

There is a guide to provisional sums at this link:



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