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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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8 d8 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Need some advice please

Generally under normal trading conditions builders are required to honour price and time for construction.
But thanks to our corrupt politicians our economy has been destroyed and now we have anything…

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17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Build a retaining wall on the rear boundary

Why don't you ring council and ask questions, generally you can get approval to build on easement if you sign indemnity.
There is no building reason why retaining wall can't be…

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
DBDRV

Everyone should google DBDRV and read customer service reviews, 1.3 stars, utterly disgusting and con against consumers.

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
DBDRV

Argument could be made that any house design and construction on reactive soil that does not protect foundation material against volumetric changes of the foundation material is defective by virtue…

21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Proper method for laying concrete

There is sufficient information on this forum for you to find what you need if you do your homework, if not then pay independent inspector to guide you.

21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building delays

Regardless of your building contract argument could be made that price rises are a result of unforeseen conditions beyond control of the builder. Under such conditions I believe a valid…

21 d21 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Problem with progress payment

What state are you in?
It seems your progress payments on the building contract were not properly formulated. What stage is 20% for?

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Alternative water supply

I think that your water tank supply to the toilets must be connected to mains water as alternative supply to to up if your tanks run out of water, otherwise…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Structural design questions to raise house 3m

What is your problem with soundproofing?
Soundproof batts and double glazed windows will do the trick. I am right on the beach and sound of the sea is magical, why would…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Need advice please

Grass up to perimeter brickwork and timber decking could provide covert termite entry. Why have you not asked your pre purchase inspector the questions you ask here?

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Structural design questions to raise house 3m

Why don't you just build two storey timer home with garage under? You don't need a slab.

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Alternative water supply

I cannot answer your question directly ( I am not familiar with NSW) but generally tank water supply to toilets is one of the methods that are used to get…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Disgruntled with Metricon and Pre-Site Manager process

Your experience is all too common and you can expect everything to get worse. Information I received yesterday is that one of the mid tiered builder is advising customers of…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
URBAN MYTHS .... ?

No one is on guard all the time and then add something new into equation and bingo.
I have seen perfectly sane people insanely sign building contracts knowing nothing and thinking…

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5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice on liquidated damages?

You have answered your own question.
Once you get final claim from the builder it should have all adjustments on it including liquidated damages, if not ask for it to be…

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5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What do you think about this basement?

I hope the house is not more than 30 years old as it could have been sprayed for termite treatment with Aldrin or similar, a carcinogen, as deadly now as…

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
House frame bottom plate overhang on slab

What is your independent inspector good for if you don't have right answer?

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Site cut issue - retaining wall & stepped backyard

Why are you not building a house with strip footings, stumps, and timber floors? Then you can have any level you want.

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5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Buying a land everything done online?

After money was paid to conveyancing company it announced bankruptcy. The purchaser was unsecured creditor and likely got nothing. Zero protection.

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
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For the first time in Australia offering ZOOM with Building Expert one on one or three way conference. Regardless of your building problem or situation you can now ask building…

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5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Buying a land everything done online?

I just recently bought a house in Vic., used a solicitor for conveyancing and got my certificate of title 2 weeks after settlement.
Yes everything is done online and I too…

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pre final inspection-outstanding

In my 55 years of experience as a builder and 17 years as a building consultant I have seen lot of good work and a lot of bad work so…

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6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspection stages

Your list is woefully inadequate
Who will check your site drainage and relationship of slab levels in relation to ground?
Who will check your contract adjustments at the end?

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cracks on vertically extended house - where to start? (VIC)

Building inspector expertise is generally limited to compliance of new homes
Structural engineer expertise is generally limited to structures and not necessarily houses
What you need is a good building consultant with…

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
weep holes

As far as I can see your concrete paving is roughy finished and probably not worth keeping.
Weep holes being too low to the paving is just one issue, the other…

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave/ slab design/ engineering questions.....

What was your VCAT outcome? Did builder fix anything?

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6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
weep holes

can you post some photos?

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
House Slab too low- Approx 700mm too low

This underscores the importance of having your own independent inspector for stage inspections. If you had one then the problem with levels should have been raised before the slab was…

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Thermal bridging on a “Shed and Homes” kit house

The best you can do is to get a second opinion via independent energy rating report.
If your independent report states that as built six star rating cannot be achieved…

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