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7 d7 dben888ben888 posted:
Custom build a new house, need some comment

Personally, I don't see a huge issue with the corridor. It's only around 8m long until your double doors, and it is punctuated on either side by a cabinet, a…

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8 d8 dben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

So in the end I went to the council to ask their duty planner about the issue. They agreed that the front setback is between the front of the house…

What's my setback?
8 d8 dben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Hi Melos,
Thanks for explaining. The processes seem to be very similar in Vic, although I'm not sure if they call it by those terms or not.
The first system is the…

10 d10 dben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Sorry Melos, not quite sure what DA or CDC is.
The build is based on a private building surveyor issuing a building permit. There is no planning permit needed for the…

10 d10 dben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Some of you may have seen my other thread about building a house- we've gone through the tender, chosen our colours, signed the contract, and now waiting to start.
But…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

So I'd start off doing the maths. Find out what your current home is worth, and what an existing 5-6 bedroom in your area will cost you. If the difference…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

I'd definitely think about selling your current house and buying another, larger house.
It's one thing to knock down an old weatherboard house, which may only have a valuation of $60k,…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Suggestion re entry foyer and study

Well my local cinema has two exits, one at each side, but then again it needs to cope with hundreds of people exiting at once! I think having two exits…

Suggestion re entry foyer and study
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Freebies and Upgrades

Our builder (Inspired/ Como) gave us $15k off to spend on anything for the build.
Whether yours is a good deal depends on how much they are charging you already for…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And this is hopefully what it'll look like:

and a rather rough 3D model I did on Sketchup. Yes, let's hope it looks better than that in real life!

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2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

I could write for ages about the path eventually taken to get to Inspired/ Como, but I'll try to keep it short and useful.
Burbank - a solid volume builder than…

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2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

It appears that I am the second person here documenting a build with Inspired/ Como Homes.
The whole load of useful information I have received by various forum members here have…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Advice for floor plan - inner city family home

If the long term plan is to demolish/ rebuild, can't you do it now? Because moving everyone in, then moving everyone out again to demolish and rebuild for a year…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

Good point. No actually, the outside of the kitchen is rendered Hebel.
So I guess even less reason not to agree to a 600mm high window. Surely it can't be that…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

Thanks for your further thoughts. I agree the best aesthetically is to run the cupboards and rangehood in a straight line. But at 160cm high, it would be too high…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

Thanks for your further explanation arcadelt. Yes, I guess you've outlined our dilemma.
One of the options is to lower the wall cabinetry to 514mm as per the builder's recommendation…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

The height of the rangehood is pretty much governed by the Australian Standards AS/NZS 5601.1 which in this case would be approximately 700mm from the benchtop.
I don't quite get what…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

So this is the elevation of my proposed kitchen. It features a window splashback, with typical wall cabinets above, and a benchtop with base cabinets below.
They have initially drawn the…

Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets
3 months3 monthsben888ben888 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…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 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…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 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…

4 months4 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…

4 months4 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…

4 months4 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,…

4 months4 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,…

4 months4 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…

4 months4 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…

6 months6 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…

6 months6 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,…

6 months6 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…

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