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Beetaloo

Rural South Australia
Joined 16 April 2014
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4 d4 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Building a narrow house on a wide land advantages.

It depends where north is. Ideally the main living areas should face north if the block allows it.

6 d6 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner build a solar passive house

On my build I wanted to capture as much heat as possible from the north so I used standard glazing on the north facing windows. My eaves overhand was calculated…

11 d11 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Yes,
AS1684.4 (part 4 is for non-cyclonic areas and includes span tables)
I assume that you are building in a non-cyclonic area.
The NCC National Construction Code for Class 1 buildings…

11 d11 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

I went to my library and searched for books on how to build a house. I only selected books written in Australia so they referred to Australian building regs.
I eventually…

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12 d12 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

I used "Silver Wrap" which has 100's of tiny holes in it to make it breathable as specified in the installation instructions for the Linea Scyon cladding. The manufacturer…

12 d12 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA

I am not a tiler, so I tiled under the kitchen cabinets as this was easier for me.rather than carefully cut the tiles around the cabinets after.
Also there is…

13 d13 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

The internal corners needed extra studs. My external corners already had double studs.
I initially tried Linea AL external Corner Soakers but did not like them so I changed to Linea…

13 d13 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Yes the Linea Scyon boards are all 4.2m lengths but the ends are supplied with tongue and groove. As the end to end joints are made, one fills the…

16 d16 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Choice of anchor into brick?

I don't like plastic plugs as the plastic softens when the wall heats up.
Ue a metal fastener similar to a dyna bolts or better still, chemset anchors..

16 d16 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA

I could not lay those big tiles by myself. I would need someone to help me. I see Hombre has bought 2 tile lifters. Is there something…

24 d24 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Using "C" purlins for a loft floor

I put a mezzanine floor in my shed.
I used 150mm steel floor joists at 450mm centres spanning 4.0 metres.
I did not use "C" sections for the floor joists but…

25 d25 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner build a solar passive house

I designed and Owner built a solar passive house in the Southern Flinders Ranges.
Winter is now nearly here. This will be my first winter with the house 100% complete.
So…

25 d25 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

Winter is now nearly here. This will be my first winter with the house 100% complete.
So far my solar passive design in working really well.
The days…

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26 d26 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA

He will just take them off one by one to paint and put back after.
That is what I ended up doing. I wish I had this advice a year…

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26 d26 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA

I bought my internal doors as a "special order"' from Bunnings. I even used these doors on my built-in cupboards. (Sometimes first time visitors walk into a…

27 d27 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Frames, Timber or Steel ??

I used steel frames on my shack (so I had somewhere to stay whilst building my house).
I regretted using the steel frames. I found them more difficult to use than…

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30 d30 dBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA

I now know where to come to wash my clothes if the sheep beat me to their trough.
Having a country property now for + 10 years I see things a…

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1 month1 monthBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
OB in SA

Your laundry looks great. More like what I see in luxury city apartments.
My humble build does not have a laundry. I will be washing my clothes in the sheep's…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
When is the correct time to start organising trades?

Allow one month min and 2 ~ 3 months max. An issue will be coordinating deliveries with tradies as one does not want materials left out in the open for…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Cost of Suspended Slab - Melbourne

quote "We have three areas that will be exposed to the elements so I'd like to ensure we don't have a situation in winter where heat is being transferred…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
signage outside fence for OB in Victoria

I built in SA. I put up a sign with my name, phone number and site address.
This makes it easier for deliveries to be left at the correct site.
If the…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

thanks for your comments. It has been very difficult building 160km from the nearest hardware store. And my build has been complicated by major bush fires (3 off)…

2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

While I was waiting for the sunset, this is a photo I happened to take of a local bird (I would have thought I would fly better if it used…

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2 months2 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Owner Build in Southern Flinders Ranges- Cert of Occupancy

I am at my country property this Easter. No building work to do. Just splitting some logs for firewood in preparation for winter, and watching this sunset over a…

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3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Bricklayer - Melbourne

Re cleaning of bricks. Cleaning depends on the type of brick. A glazed or hard burnt brick does not soak up mortar stains much and is easily cleaned…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Repairing render on a Hebel Block wall

I don't like the wall being below finished ground level According to Hebel's web site, Hebel PowerBlock must not be used at or below ground level.

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Costing a build

The simplest way is to get a builder or quantity surveyor to prepare a budget cost based on $$ sq/m for standard finishes. A detailed cost breakdown and material…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Bricklayer - Melbourne

If there are any houses being built near you, drive around one working day & if and bricklayers are working, introduce yourself and ask if they would consider doing your…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Reverse Brick Veneer

I can't answer your question re costs in Adelaide as I built as an owner builder in rural South Australia.
My house is solar passive with double brick in living areas…

3 months3 monthsBeetalooBeetaloo posted:
Cupboards Or Drawers?

I have been disappointed with the longevity (or lack of) with my drawers. The runners started failing after only 5 years on the most used drawers and several more…

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