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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Third party inspection

Not a good sign!

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3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Electrical and Networking Advice - Power User

I always at least double the GPOs.
One double in the corner of each room is good.

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3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Land fall - Help please!

Basically its 0.6m sloping from the front to the back.

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Land fall - Help please!

There is not enough information from this plan.
If each block was surveyed the normal contour internval is 0.2m but the contours shown on your plan might by the developers survey…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Heating and cooling option for the new build

Never bult 2 storey house in Australia, but owned Australian homes with all the above options.
Current home has Daiken reverse cycle units, which I believe is the only way to…

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4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Asking about a soil test report

H means: Highly reactive clay sites. Can experience high ground movement from moisture changes.
The presence of trees can make the moisture changes more dramatic so more compaction isn't going to…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
What happens when land appreciates?

Just be careful getting your hopes up.
Some developers see increasing values as an opportunity to cancel contracts and resell the land at a higher price.
Unethical! but some developer chase every…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Stormwater pipe material, how long do they last?

It's not usually the pipes that are the problem they should last another 100 years.
The issue is the joints.
If they have repaired the joints properly those joints shouldn't allow…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
3.2m ceiling and the height of the top of the window

There are two things to consider with appearance:
Inside view: I always think the closer to the ceiling of the window head, the classier it looks.
Outside view: What is the builder…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Framing Clarification

I can't see your photos but with prefabricated frames if a mistake has been made the frame can be bigger than the slab and the guys erecting the frame won't…

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
VICTORIA - All electric house

I think someone might be telling you a story.
In my existing home we did have a gas service but we had it removed two years ago without any legal issues.
In…

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Fall calculate

Not all title plans provide levels so often the only accurate way of assessing fall is a proper survey.
Here is a link to understanding survey plans https://anewhouse.com.au/2012/05/understanding-your-survey-plan

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5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
House plans

I think the corridors are a but narrow, in front of the linen cupboard, but particularly the one leading to the bedroom. I would think it would be better at…

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Help identifying grass type

Looks like a Kikuya type grass.
A drought resistant, hard wearing grass.

5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
ACD driveways

Most small construction companies are closed for at least 2 weeks from Christmas, and maybe longer!

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5 months5 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Hot water system choice for new build

I've previously had solar systems but not found them that good.
We have previously also had bottled gas which was super expensive and inconveniant.
At the moment I have had a heat…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
DIY Retailing Wall

Low retaining walls are quite possible for DIY once you have got an approval.
For a long life I would be going for Galvanised steel posts.
There is some advice about construction…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Opinion - Overhanging brick

Overhanging brickwork is unfortunatly too common.
As Noname says 15mm is the building code limit.
There is a bit more information at this link https://anewhouse.com.au/2014/02/overhanging-brickwork/

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Robust towel rails?

We use grab/handrails in our bathroom for towel rails, which are availble in lenths of up to 1m.
Very robust!
This link will show you some examples:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/products/ba ...…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Building new

I like to find the land before I get serious about talking to builders.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't visit a few show homes first to get an idea of what…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Building inspection stages

The PCI Inspection really is more about picking up finishing quality issues than structural issues.
There is some advice about different options for inspections at this link :

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6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Definition of “completion” of build

No experience of that.
Normally it has taken no more than a couple of weeks before you can move.
There is normally a clause for them to make repairs after you…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Definition of “completion” of build

Builders will often try and bluff about anything and everything.
Last time I built I warned them that I was experienced in construction but they still tried it on twice on…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Theft

You are probably suffering a 'loss' of a few dollars.
A short conversation with a lawyer will cost you around 10 times the value of the water.
I'd take the attitude…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Definition of “completion” of build

Completion is when the Building is ready for handover.
is just a step to ensure defects are identified and hopefully fixed before handover.
is still a way off completion. I…

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7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Exact Location of Dwelling to be Pegged by Owner

It is the landowners (your) responsibiulity to provide information about the boundary locations (usually marked by Boundary Pegs)
My advice is related to finding boundary pegs which may still be there…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Exact Location of Dwelling to be Pegged by Owner

Often its possible to find the pegs and save the money.
Here is a link to how I did it: https://anewhouse.com.au/2020/08/block-boundary-pegs

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Hand tamping grade around slab edge.

I would be using builders plastic rather than a geofabric and then stabiised sand (1 part cement to 20 parts sand)

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Which Home Builder provides best value & flexibility?

I think inclusions are all of really similar value and if you don't like a particular inclusion wait a few weeks and it will all change.
You can also get caught…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Current timber wait time

I was in my local Bunnings last week and they didn't have a single stick of 70 x 35 framing timber in stock longer than 900mm.

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