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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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10 h10 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Travelling Overseas during the Construction

There is too much emphasis on trust. Trust is a blindfold on your face and you may not like what you see when you open your eyes. Yes trust by…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner Building - What's a reasonable cost for the slab?

Why don't you just build timber floor on strip footings and stumps. I have written before on this forum that slabs are a scam of the century. At 50 K…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Owner Building - What's a reasonable cost for the slab?

If you have had 5 quotes and they are all around 50K then you have a pretty good picture of the going market price for this type of work. Perhaps…

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Independent building inspector

Do you really comprehend what you are saying?
Are you really suggesting that sole trader inspectors are stupid enough to ignore personal safety: broken asbestos under houses, cancer causing chemicals (Aldrin),…

12 d12 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Appointing a building surveyor? Am I living under a rock!?

Your building surveyor has already been appointed and you don't need to do anything.
Legislation has been changed so owners appoint building surveyors in an attempt to stop building surveyors getting…

13 d13 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Should I take legal action on this matter?

You are right, builder should have consulted with you before installing the downpipe in an unwanted position, and his displays show it can be done so. You could win his…

13 d13 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Should I take legal action on this matter?

Has this builder a display home?

14 d14 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Variations invoice 8 months after completion

It is more than likely that if the variations were not raised in accordance with the contract (read your contract) they will be invalid and you can refuse to pay,…

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Can a private garage be a Class 1 structure?

Great answer from Agile but just to add: what if you convert it to a bedroom and forget to install smoke detectors and children die in a fire?(Just recently children…

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice needed our builders are bullying us

Yes, get a building consultant that can stand up to the builder and make the builder blink.

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15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Australia's turn for "Leaky Building Syndrome"?

Most people think of LBS as roof leaks or leaks through walls, balconies or windows, fair enough. However I am seeing a lot of leaks under or against house slabs…

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22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
External stairs and landing

what state are you in?

27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Homebuilding Lawyers

can you put up a story, what's the nature of your contractual problems?

27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Signed building contract and paid deposit, can we cancel?

If you have signed building contract then the option to walk away could be very expensive for you. If you do (in breach of contract), builder will be entitled…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A week in the life of Building -Expert

I do live and work in Melbourne Victoria, its just I escape twice a month for a few days to Tasmania, to enjoy my beach cottage.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Delays and Extension of Time Clause

Extension of time requires a good reason and if there is not one you should object. Many times builders will try and extend for their convenience even after they wasted…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Retaining wall drainage, plumbing concerns.

Just back to the basics
AGI pipes are for sub soil drainage and you should have them behind the wall, your pit should be at the lowest point and if you…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Anyone built with shipping containers?

Shipping containers are for shipping not for housing. I don't see the value in cost, flexibility, appearance or resale. It may be interesting experiment but ultimately you are better building…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Inspections

We do independent stage inspections for the owners and recommend pre contract review, pre slab, frame, pre plaster and pre final.
You have gone past the stage of all except pre…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
CONCRETE AND RETAINING WALL ADVICE NEEDED :

your concreter should be able to do it

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
CONCRETE AND RETAINING WALL ADVICE NEEDED :

you could pull up retaining wall and use deep concrete beam at fence as part of your paving, however be careful of drainage you will need a spoon drain along…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A week in the life of Building -Expert

Another buyer saved from catastrophic purchase, this was my report summary:
Additional Comments:
I have been asked to inspect for second opinion after franchised inspector identified damp under sub floor but…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
A case for pre contract review

Excellent article by Andrew Heaton on Sourceable
https://sourceable.net/nsw-building-consumers-hit-with-thousands-in-unexpected-payments
Of course, a review by a lawyer may not include review of plans and levels or alert owner to the usual hot spots for…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Insulation

I always use thermal imaging camera on my pre final inspections and more often than not I find thermal bridges where insulation is either missing or poorly fitted. Often I…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Unhappy... should we start again and find another builder or

You are unhappy before the journey starts, it rarely gets better and you are most likely in for a donkey ride. Your money is good so why settle for a…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
slab poured yesterday and framing started next day

Textbook says no but I have done it many times myself without adverse effect. If you are just walking on it and assembling light frames it should be Ok but…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
How much did you pay for variation?

There is a lot of misconception as to what builder should charge for a variation and what is a rip-off. Firstly, as a builder myself, I can tell you there…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Our sea change forever dream home. Allworth Avalon / Sonata

I know it may be too late now but I would have gone for water views. Did you know there is a Tasmanian company "Residential Lift" that does them for…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HENLEY Experience

What you have is brick mortar damaged by acid pitting. This happens when bricks are not cleaned soon after bricklaying and mortar gets hard and is then cleaned with stronger…

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