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1 month1 monthbashworthbashworth posted:
Recommended soil treatment below deck

When I did this I:
Excavated top soil
Installed foundations
Laid black poly
Covered with gravel
Built deck

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Solar panel

As you get the most power from panels facing North building on a block to the west isn't a huge issue.

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Energy Efficiency Advice

I increased the energy stars by reducing the size of the windows by raising the sill height; which was a zero cost modification.
This can make a big difference if you…

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2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
West-facing block and energy efficiency

Looks like a great orientation to me.
I would tend to build a house on the south half of the block with main rooms facing a garden on the north half.
Should…

2 months2 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
land and soil type

There are a lot of variables so although a test may give an indication no builder will accept that a test from an adjacent lot will be accurate.

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Building an all electric house north of Adelaide

May 2019 we went all electric in our existing house.
We have a Sanden heat pump with a 250L tank (which is a bit big for the two of us).
The heat…

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
How to find missing pegs on the boundary?

Here is a link to understanding title plans:

6 months6 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Sewer line clips the corner of the house - risks?

If the build over was properly dealt with at the time the risk of future pipe breakage is very small.
Also the risk that the sewer may have to be dug…

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7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Slab partial insulation

Extra insulation under the slab is really a bit of a waste.
If you are going to look at slab insulation the edges are more important; (see

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Sewer line clips the corner of the house - risks?

I would have thought there will be a build over agreement in place so the first step is to ask to see that.

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Resurfacing Concrete Driveway

Basically once a concrete slab is cracked there is no way to get rid of the crack.
One repair is a thin layer of asphalt. . . . but after…

7 months7 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Tips for new home inspection

PCI should be2 weeks before handover with a final inspection when issues identified atPCI resolved

8 months8 monthsbashworthbashworth 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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9 months9 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Design our own home plans?

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

9 months9 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…

9 months9 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
Slab

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

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9 months9 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…

9 months9 monthsbashworthbashworth posted:
West facing house, what’s the best way to reduce heat.

A reflective film by itself makes a huge difference.

9 months9 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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9 months9 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…

10 months10 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…

11 months11 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…

11 months11 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 . . . .…

12 months12 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…

12 months12 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…

1 year1 yearbashworthbashworth 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…

1 year1 yearbashworthbashworth posted:
How do you clean gutters ?

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

1 year1 yearbashworthbashworth posted:
start up costs for solar

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

1 year1 yearbashworthbashworth 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…

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