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13 years13 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Legal advice

They've tried the Builders Assoc. - who were not interested. They were directed to Attorney Generals (Business & Consumer Affairs) which might be the next port of call.
It's really…

13 years13 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Legal advice

Hi Everyone
My sister in law is having difficulties with her builder. They are near the end of their build, the trades refuse to come back onto site, and…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Final Working Drawings and air transfer systems

Thanks very much for the information Yak_Chat
I understand what you mean and I probably wasn't too clear in my first post :oops:
We have looked…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Final Working Drawings and air transfer systems

Yak_Chat
Yes I understand the hot water bottle theory. However I am not clear how they are generating the cold air i.e. what type of pump.
I am not convinced they…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Final Working Drawings and air transfer systems

Hi Yak_Chat
No offence taken; although I'm not really sure what you mean :?

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Final Working Drawings and air transfer systems

Our builder has completed the working drawings for our new house (monstrous time waster that it is) and we are just about to commence with the engineering. Hopefully the…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Bedroom locations for young children

Ideally we prefer separate areas for kids and adults. Our new house has the adult areas (main bedroom, ensuite and retreat) downstairs at the front of the house, the…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Beetle’s environmentally friendly house

Hi 3xb
No we hadn't considered timbercrete but will look into it. We can live with losing our wooden floors as long as the replacement increases the thermal mass and…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Peoples experiences with architects

Thanks D&B
Lets hope everyone (builder, architect, draftsman, client) continues to play nicely. :wink:

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Beetle’s environmentally friendly house

supa007
ecoarchitect's name mentioned earlier - Energy Architecture and Yak_Chat has recommended Emilis.
I haven't heard of Zego sounds interesting.
Cheers

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Beetle’s environmentally friendly house

Hi Matt
I agree with your wife - it might be ecofriendly but it doesn't tick all the right boxes for me either.
Casa - ceramic tiles are probably ok, John kept…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
another site for concrete floors

Check out this site for polished concrete floors
http://www.concretenetwork.com/photo-ga ... -floors_1/

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Beetle’s environmentally friendly house

Casa
600 eaves on Northern side is probably ok but John recommended none for winter sun and definitely a pergola. We might look into retractable shades or just grow…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Peoples experiences with architects

We put together a rough drawing based on a couple of designs that we liked, took it to a couple of builders and got the best quote (not cheapest). …

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Peoples experiences with architects

I have to agree with you on that one. We sometimes wonder who is running the show; the builder, the draftsman or the architect. The power trips are…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Beetle’s environmentally friendly house

Casa
I'll get back to you with the other questions as we are strapped for time today.
You can contact our eco Architect (Energy Architecture) - John Maitland. I hope it…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Beetle’s environmentally friendly house

casa you're making me blush :oops:
No doubt the build will be a compromise between ecofriendly and cost effective but so far these are the…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Peoples experiences with architects

Hi Casa
Yes it sounds like a similar or the same system as 'earth tubes'. Apparently the cooling unit itself costs about the same as an evap aircon. and will…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Peoples experiences with architects

Hi Casa2
The underfloor cooling system will release dry cool air from under the slab through pipes. The system won't be released until November 07 but we have been told…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Peoples experiences with architects

Hi Casa
Have to agree with Yak_Chat.
We organized for an eco-architect to pass his eyes over our concept plan which was drawn up by a draftsman who works…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Fairview windows

Thanks for the responses.
Casa2 - you have a good point about the passive solar heating which we would possibly reduce with the evergreen product.
Ed - again excellent advice - …

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Fairview windows

We are just about to sign off on the working drawings and wonder if anyone has heard of Fairview windows. We have agreed to semi-commercial aluminium, and wanted…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
What would your 3 most important upgrades be...

1. funky bathtub in the master ensuite, double sink and double shower
2. 2 pack kitchen
3. bigger pantry and linen cupboard
other items such as stone benchtops and…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Open plan bedrooms - are they a fashion fad?

You know you have a point there. If we can afford a really nice bath then I will want to be able to see it. Like a nice…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Open plan bedrooms - are they a fashion fad?

thanks again Michelle for the design options. I love the idea of flowing sheers but maybe shutters would prove to be a good idea if noise is an issue.
I…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Floorboards and Kitchen Cupboards

thanks for the tip on the NSW spotted gum. The wood we have seen comes from WA mills but I'm not sure where it is grown so I will check…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Open plan bedrooms - are they a fashion fad?

I loved the replies :lol: and agree that you can't have too many doors between the bedroom and toilet.
However there is…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Open plan bedrooms - are they a fashion fad?

Yes that would be a problem. However my partner and I share the same work hours, drive together to work and use the ensuite at the same time. …

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
Floorboards and Kitchen Cupboards

Hi stevec
We are also using timber floors (spotted gum or brushbox) in our new build with a white gloss kitchen, pale composite stone benchtop and greenish splashback. We have…

14 years14 yearsBeetleBeetle posted:
What do you think of this?

I love the lime green kitchen.
We used lime (Porters paints) as a feature wall in our daughter's room. It looked fantastic with white and blue and it is amazing…

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