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bashworth

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1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Buying Titled Land

I like titled blocks because you can start building straight away.
The question is why is the block left?
Is it a bad shape, poor orientation (see ) or has it got…

1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Buying land - what to watch out for

North facing blocks are the least attractive for a home.
Check out

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Land Evaluation

The thing to understand about house and land packages are
The blocks are often used as a way of selling the least attractive blocks on an development. For instance the…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Best kelvin and watts for our bedrooms?

Down lights are completely different in the way that they light a room compared with the fittings you previously mentioned.
For down lights you would probably be looking at least 9…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Best kelvin and watts for our bedrooms?

It's not watts you should be thinking about but Lumens.
A LED provides around 80-100 lumens per watt and you should be aiming for around 20-50 lumens/m2.
50 if you read in…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Off the plan nightmare

The best advice I can give is read your contract.
Generally it is up to the entity that you signed the contract to buy the unit from is who is responsible…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Structural Plans information please

You have found an error.
Whether it is relevant would depend on the original calculations, and what was constructed.
Generally the groundworkers who construct the pier would take the dimensions for the…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
west facing windows in Perth and the heat

works really well at keeping the sun out.
Do you really need floor to ceiling windows if you want to see the sunset? . . . . you will looking at…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Acid washing brick but not killing the garden

I would be going for Garden Lime.
Around $12 for a 10kg bag at Bunnings

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Storm water bore hole.

There is something called a Soak Well which can be used in certain conditions.
They are very popular in WA where they work very well on sandy soils.
To find out more…

3 months3 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Hot water system - heat pump vs continuous flow vs solar

Heat pumps are better than 300% efficient depending on the model.
We only run ours for a couple of hours in the afternoon and get all the hot water we need.…

4 months4 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Orientation of lot

It really depends on the size of the block.
Generally for a wide block south facing is good
A block facing west can be better if all the blocks are…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
overhanging masonary and mortar defects

Check this link for the overhanging brickwork:

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Wrong orientation

About the only things I can suggest is
Keeping the afternoon sun out of the Northwest facing windows using reflective film.
Putting plenty of solar panels on what is probably a large…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Concrete

Some cracking in large concrete slabs can be expected.
Follow this link for more information:

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Drainage issues - Can someone please help....

You don't say if the area is old or new.
If it is a well established area its probably likely that either; the council owned surface water pipes are either blocked…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Floor Plan Feedback

On orientation it seems to work quite well but I would look to reduce the amount of glass facing west on the ground floor.
It will keep the living area much…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Floor Plan Feedback

Orientation has a huge effect so a North point would help.

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7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Yellow tap water for first 2 seconds every morning

This is a link to one of the Melbourne Water Authorities web site about this kind of problem

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Exhaust fan

When you take air out of a room it has to be replaced from somewhere.
If the bathroom window is not open the next nearest place is the probably the fan…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Need feedback on our floor plan

Size can vary depending on how it is worked out.....see the following link to see what the differences are:

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Need feedback on our floor plan

I would be removing that west facing window in the master bedroom and make the north facing one bigger otherwise the room will overheat badly in the summer.
The east facing…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Crack in slab

Most slabs would develop very fine cracks like this.
It wouldn't worry me.

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Need feedback on our floor plan

How the sun affects the house is something that really affects how the house feels so it would be good if you could show North.

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
2 years after a new build, general checklist, whats covered?

Warranties do vary but the following link shows a typical list of coverage.
http://anewhouse.com.au/2016/10/what-do ... ies-cover/

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Cut over the easement (Drain Water) to level the backyard

You can normally cut over the easement as long as any pipes still have plenty of cover (say at least 1m)
Building a retaining wall is a bit more problematic and…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
cracking thumping noise from inside roof

Steel and wood do expand and contract at different rates so I would expect some noise at times.

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Carpentry Apprentice - Pre Fab or Cut on Site?

I would have thought erecting prefabricated frames would be fairly limiting.
You would miss out on ,building frames from scratch, and finishing carpentry.
Having said that it does seem the way that…

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