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Joined 20 June 2017
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1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Staircase support

Thanks for the replies.
The builder I'm using uses the company http://www.stairmaster.com.au/ to make their staircases, so maybe I should ask them directly if they can engineer…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Kitchen layout help

I'm a bit confused as to where the door to this space is. In the original drawing it looks like you have two doors, but in the new ones you…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Staircase support

We're hoping to build a switchback staircase similar to this in our house, where it goes up half a flight of stairs to a small landing, and then turns around…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Can you recommend a handheld vacumme?

Just want to add that the new Dysons and not compatible with the old Dysons.
I had an old one, DC35 I think. Worked fine, yes a bit expensive for what…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Flooring direction

Thanks for your opinions arcadelt and TashPaul.
I'm glad that there are others who have had flooring running parallel to the front door and have had no issues with it. I…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Flooring direction

We're currently deciding on the flooring for the ground floor. The ground floor is as above, with the house being wider than it is deep. We're keen on wooden floors.
Normally,…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
One place for all quotes

Airtasker, Serviceseeking, Hi pages all have something similar to what you need.
Most of the trades on there are above board and good, but beware, as seen in the news recently,…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Low ceiling and pendant lights

1.4m high? That's like the 7 1/2 floor in the film Being John Malkovich!
Or do you mean 2.4m? If so, pendants over the island will be fine, because you're not…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Silicone between floor tile and skirting board

The standard nowadays seems to be putting down the skirting first, and then the flooring afterwards, which kinda makes no sense (other than it is cheaper to do so). I…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Site Works and Preliminary Cost Estimates

Thanks for the advice StructuralBIMGuy.
I'll take it on board. I think I'll initially leave it to the builder, but if they quote me something that just doesn't sound right…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Site Works and Preliminary Cost Estimates

I asked him why the site costs were so high, and he said the concrete prices are very high at the moment LOL!
My service connections are very close by. Indeed,…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Site Works and Preliminary Cost Estimates

You think I should get my own engineering done? I thought that would be doubling up on things. The builders all seem to want to do their own engineering, with…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Site Works and Preliminary Cost Estimates

So I'm building a two storey house on my 342m2 plot of land. The soil is not great (a bit of wet clay) - see below, and the recommendations if…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown Rebuild

Hey dsouzatash,
I'm at the start of a KDR project myself, and I'll give you a few tips of what I've learnt so far:
You need to go a bit of research…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Building with Wisdom Homes - Re tender

Have they already indicated how much it will cost to have higher ceilings? The preliminary estimate should have a figure on there already. If so, you can work out how…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Offering an express payment

With all due respect, real life capacity and wait times can be a very odd thing.
I could wait for a month to get a passport, which would suggest that…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Offering an express payment

Thanks for your reply alexp79, and indeed you are correct about only the interest component that should be considered, or as you say, that I should be looking at it…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Offering an express payment

Thanks building-expert. I agree that is a concern, but I guess that's why I'd have to have it written into the building contract - in order to get the extra…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Offering an express payment

My plot is demolished and vacant, planning permit is done, plans are drawn up. I'm at a stage of looking at builders, and I have seen a couple who look…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
entrance

As with a lot of these things, it comes down to personal choice, and if you are living in the house, I wouldn't change something simply because of what someone…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Space Estimates

I would assume your WIP would be at least 1.8m wide, so really you're wondering whether the remaining 10.5m width can accommodate the kitchen, dining, and living in a line?
Here…

Space Estimates
5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Blinds between glass

I wonder if anyone has any experience with these double glazed windows with integral blinds, I think they're otherwise known as blinds between the glass.
I saw them installed everywhere at…

Blinds between glass
5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Too many windows?

Thanks for your comments HillsBuilds. I guess having the two larger windows doesn't look too bad, and doesn't look like something is just missing in the middle.

Or maybe an offset…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Too many windows?

I think I can put all the clothes storage / drawers/ tall boy etc behind the wall behind the bed, but I agree with the wall space, and also nowhere…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Too many windows?

Wondering what you all think of the master bedroom in our plan. As it's on a corner block, the master bedroom has a dual aspect, and it currently has 6…

6 months6 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Feedback on house design

Thank you ddaroch and algernon for your further constructive feedback.
I'm in Melbourne, so completely random seasons! The deck 'alfresco' is not covered, as it is the house's private open space.…

6 months6 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Feedback on house design

Oh the crazy indoor slide! I'm sure my children would love it, but my wife says no, haha.

6 months6 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Feedback on house design

Thank you Hillsbuilds and EvokeArchitects for your constructive comments.
I had thought about swapping the laundry with the pantry, it certainly would be quieter there, but it is further from…

6 months6 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Wardrobe behind wall how big

You mean where you have your bed headboard up against a fake wall, and then behind the wall you have your built-in wardrobe?
I would expect a standard depth cabinetry of…

6 months6 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Feedback on house design

Some feedback on my house design appreciated from the clever folks here.
It's a small corner plot 350m2 in a built-up urban area. The front of the house setback is level…

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