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DANDENONG VIC
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1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
how many tenders does it take... to get to the winner?

Once you get more prices than around 5 it gets the less likely that builders will be giving a keen price.
It cost them to prepare a firm price.
If they have…

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Design our own home plans?

My prices are 25 years out of date. . . But the house probably only cost 10% extra.

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
New build what do with front and back garden

Depends on how much money you have got left and how much time.
Seed is cheapest but most involved.
Turf is more expensive and still involves some effort on preparation.
Landscaper is no…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Slab

One week is plenty.
Small amount of puddling is no issue.

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Design our own home plans?

Standard Builders don't want to do much more than vary one of their standard plans.
When I wanted to build a house to my design I engaged a building designer/draftie rather…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
West facing house, what’s the best way to reduce heat.

A reflective film by itself makes a huge difference.

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
West Facing Window

Getting a highly reflective window film (Not a Tint) can make a huge difference to the heat gain from a west facing window.

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Dennis Family Homes Don't Allow You To Use Your Own BS

On my builds I've always taken a lot of interest in the initial plumbing.
If this looks good it gives an indication the builder is interested in quality.
If it looks bad…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
House Orientation and Passive Heating

Any West facing windows (or East facing)will get minimal passive heating in winter, but massive solar overheating in summer.
The only way I have ever hadcomfortable summer afternoon/evening conditions in rooms…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Concrete encasement

It is very unlikely to be concrete encased.
Concrete encasement is only normally done if there are plans to build within the easement before the construction is started.
If you want to…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Marble kitchen benchtops

Looks nice but to look really classy you need the thicker benchtop.
Problems are its hard to put something down quietly, and don't drop china or glasses . . . .…

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Sewer repair options - relining?

CIPP lines are effective and minimise the loss in diameter of the pipe.
As most pipes are 90-100mm dia that is fairly important.
Its a technique that's used by most water…

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Slab for sloping block

If you are going to use tradies for the slab its going to be easiest, quickest, and cheapest, to engage someone to do steel fixing , form work and concreting…

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
How do you clean gutters ?

If you have a pressure washer these are a couple of attachments that will clean the leaves out.
Would need to be used with care as
you don't want to be…

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
How do you clean gutters ?

I would be going for gutter guards to avoid the cleaning.

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
start up costs for solar

The cost really depends on what quality you want.
I have found the solar quotes website good value . . .

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
6 star rating on this floor plan

I built a single storey house with windows facing north, rather than south, and got 6 stars.
The only other change I made was as they originally went down to…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Hot water System on LPG bottled GAS

Its not efficiency that the concern (although the best LPG unit are around 90%) with LPG, its fuel costs.
LPG is the most expensive form of heating anything, especially with bottles…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Electrical Plan Comments / Suggestions

Power outlet in garage ceiling for powered door.
Hall Light switch next to connecting door from garage.
If you ever want one of those spray toilet seats (Might be useful at the…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Repairing small holes and cracks in concrete patio

Mortar has lime which improves the workability for bricklaying but reduces the final strength compared with concrete.
Concrete is cement and aggregate . . . . For normal concrete you use…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Minimum Laundry room requirement

If you are still early in the process there are 3 posts on my website that describes how we planned the layout of our first Australian house (The one with…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Minimum Laundry room requirement

Just too small.
We came from UK where people have laundry appliances in the kitchen so thought the smaller the better.
Its good to have some space for
Laundry baskets a
Ability to…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Repairing small holes and cracks in concrete patio

Probably a good method would be:
Keep wet overnight.
Prime with a cement slurry
Fill with sand and cement mix (absolutely not a bricklaying mortar)

Should work for holes but crack repair will not…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Minimum Laundry room requirement

Yes you could . . . . ;. but I made that sort of mistake once, so I wouldn't recommend it.

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6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Australia lockdown

The problem is going to be supply of imported fittings.
I ordered 20 special plumbing fittings early February normally available in a week, but told would be delivered by the end…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Electrical plan

Seems like plenty of lights but nowhere near enough power sockets.
Unless you want power boards and extension leads all round the house you probably need 2-3 times as many double…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Vertical wood fence no rails- how to build?

I would be using rapid set concrete.

8 months8 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Paving around house

Here is some information about why foundations on some soils need to kept dry.

9 months9 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Setting steel house posts in deep concrete footings

The way I have done this in the past is hang the posts of the horizontal bearers which themselves are supported at the finished level.
The holes can then be filled…

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