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Joined 20 June 2017
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21 d21 dben888ben888 posted:
Building a concrete pillar

I'm in need of a couple of freestanding square concrete pillars only about 1.2m high to hang a fence off. Tried to get a few quotes, but some people not…

Building a concrete pillar
22 d22 dben888ben888 posted:
Colour Selection Help: Brick, Front Door, Caesarstone

I'm not sure anyone would notice a 60mm difference in the depth of a porch, to be honest. That's two and a half inches, in the grand scheme of the…

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22 d22 dben888ben888 posted:
Single cavity sliding door which can span 2.8 meters?

A single door of 2.8m is not hard to find - if you go to a garage door manufacturer! Tilt garage doors come in standard sizes up to far greater…

24 d24 dben888ben888 posted:
Help! Calling all those with a VERY small garden!

Actually you've got about 180 square metres of garden space. That is NOT considered a very small garden! If you live in a typical major city, you'll probably find that…

24 d24 dben888ben888 posted:
Colour Selection Help: Brick, Front Door, Caesarstone

I haven't seen your floorplan, but I'm assuming there is no other natural light to your hallway.
The double solid doors, whilst looking nice, allows no natural light into your…

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29 d29 dben888ben888 posted:
Which floor plan would you choose to build ?

I don't really like the Burbank one (and I'm not saying this just because Burbank was a real let down in my previous experience with them) but I don't really…

29 d29 dben888ben888 posted:
Question regarding vacuum for stairs

I think I'm showing my British roots here. Henry cleaners are very popular in the UK, although you can even get them from Godfreys over here.
They have very good suction,…

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1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Question regarding vacuum for stairs

What are your stairs made of? If the have no carpet, then any stick vacuum for a spot clean plus a wipe will be fine.
If they're carpet, then I'd suggest…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Alfresco - Raise height

I'm no expert in concreting, but what you seem to be asking is whether to have a 100mm thick slab of concrete, or a 100mm thick slab of mortar...
Concrete is…

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1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Concrete upper floor

I'd ask a structural engineer.

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Aggregate Drive

Always getting at least 3 quotes any any major job.
(I think that quote is on the high side - but depends on details)

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Design and Orientation (Pic attached) - any advice welcome!

Here's my thoughts: Are you happy with the design from Rawson Homes (including the upgrades)? If so, then I'd go with the volume builder - volume builders are generally very…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Custom plan

Just a few thoughts myself - it's a pretty nice design, and definitely unusual to have a wider ranch style floorplan.
- I see you've basically cut off two bedrooms on…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Advice on Floating shelfs

Depends on how much weight you are expecting each shelf to hold.
If you're planning on putting something heavy on it, I'd definitely try to find the studs and anchor them…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

Have you been down to your local planning department yet?
That would be my first port of call, even before engaging a draftsman. The duty officer there should be able…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Slab levels: garage FL same like dwelling

It's perfectly acceptable to have your garage at the same level as the rest of your house, albeit less common nowadays.
But what do you mean by the FLs are too…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

I think he's drawn your corner with far too much of it cut off. Look at your original block plan, I'm not convinced it looks like that.
And with a much…

Decisions, Decisions.
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Decisions, Decisions.

That secret door entry through the pantry to your bedroom is the single most awesome thing on a house plan I have seen on this forum! But I'm guessing you're…

Decisions, Decisions.
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Driveway and landscaping post handover

What do they mean by concrete underneath the decking? Do they mean concrete piles/ sonotubes as the deck foundation? Or fully concreting the whole area, as that would make very…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Need some advice about building proposal

So you want to demolish your block, split the block, sell one half, and build a house on the other half, and hope to have $90,000 profit at the end?
That…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Skirtings

I agree with you, quadding on top of old skirting looks bloody awful.
It definitely is a lot cheaper to do though. Putting new skirting over my floor rather than quadding…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Suggestions on our floor plan

What are you planning to do with that second living room? Is it actually a theatre? Are you sure you want a separate theatre in a 20sq house?
If it was…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Please help convincing me we didn’t make our house too big!

I actually think it's not big enough!
Well two things aren't. Bedroom 2 seems a bit small compared to the other rooms. At 3m x 3m you won't be able to…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Front and side setback in Rural area

So your building surveyor doesn't agree that is the front of the house?
Have a look at my corner build. I only have my front door facing the front of…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Need Suggestions for under 350k for 40+ Double Storey Homes

Dang, well that money making idea is out then. Still, it's a pretty good sized block for a new estate - a lot of new land releases now are just…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Need Suggestions for under 350k for 40+ Double Storey Homes

So you don't want to live there, but you want to sell the land at the maximum profit?
Then get a planning permit to build 2-3 houses on the plot, and…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Open style fencing

Thanks. That would imply that indeed I shouldn't have a bottom panel touching the ground, although if I raise it a few inches, chances are after a while, soil and…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Walk in Robe size - Opinions please

It depends on what you're having in your WIR...
For example, hanging space with doors would be 60cm deep.
Hanging space without doors, which is very common in a WIR, can…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Open style fencing

My house is on a flood overlay, and as part of the conditions of the build, Melbourne Water have specified that any new front fencing must be "open style (50%)…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Front and side setback in Rural area

Why is the council involved? Do you need a planning permit for your build? The building permit is usually given by a private building surveyor, and that's who you need…

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