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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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4 d4 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder using 10mm plasterboard instead of 13mm

The biggest problem for you is that the builder is not following specification, either deliberately as cost saving or through lack of quality control. This should rise red flags…

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27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Take lots of photos!

Good advice and don't forget to get your own inspector to look over critical stages of your build.

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cancelling contract for major Reno

I think you are between a rock and a hard place and its all your own doing. Why on earth did you not get someone independent to review your contract…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Penalty clause - when to initiate

Firstly there are no penalties in building contract, it's called liquidated damages and they are applied if the builder has exceeded construction time after proper allowances for extensions of time.…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Wall Tiles - installation upto ceiling - Post Handover

You don't need square set if you tile first and then glue on cornice

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Deck and Pergola Permit Confusion

google victorian building regulations then go to the schedule of exempts buildings

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sisters Beach - Wilson Homes

You definitely need your own inspector, google to find out who is servicing the area then check their references and more importantly their qualifications.
I choose not to work In Tasmania…

Sisters Beach - Wilson Homes
1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Deck and Pergola Permit Confusion

Check building regulations schedule of exemptions, if exempt you won't need a building permit but you may still require council planning permit. Your council should give you accurate advice for…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HOW TO CANCEL BUILDING CONTRACT BY OWNER

As a builder I can tell you that on industry type housing contracts you have no control over timing, builder can do what he likes and there is nothing you…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Drains blocked with concrete, should the builder pay my plu

If the plumbing pipes are filled with building debris and you have not contributed to the problem then it is a building defect under builder's warranty. Builder is responsible, warranty…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Getting a loan approved - better to have house or cash?

Money is just plastic trash, they are printing it by the truckloads everywhere in the world. It means it loses its value. If you want to retain your wealth keep…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Fireplace install after handover

Your biggest problem is that you will be the second builder interfering with first builder's work. It may place you in a position of blame if something goes wrong…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Surveyor

Building permit is in the name of the owner, paid by the owner and owner has all rights
Builder is merely agent for the owner and has no rights to withhold…

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5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sum Items - Actual cost v contract provision

Don't believe it, they know exactly how to read the contract and are experts at taking and banking your money. If they don't know how to read the contract they…

5 months5 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Provisional Sum Items - Actual cost v contract provision

This is the law in Victoria
I am not familiar with NSW but would expect it to be much the same
The bottom line is that PS is not builder's money it's…

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7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Contact with private Certifier

I have done many building stage inspections for people building with builders. I recommend pre contract review then four inspections during construction, pre slab, frame , pre plaster and pre…

8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Surveyor

In Victoria the function of Relevant Building Surveyor (RBS) is building control through administration of Building Act 1993, and the Building regulations. This is supposed to be independent administration however…

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8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
General advice for a new pool - what do I need to know?

The most important thing to know is that swimming pools are children's drowning risk, even when well designed, well protected and well maintained, more so when not.
As pre purchase property…

8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Termite protection - Pine treated sleepers

You most likely have interfered with termite management system and voided your warranty. Termites can breach or avoid barriers.
Get Flick back to re treat

8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Validating builder cost estimates?

How do you know the cost is 20% too high or is it just your wish list it should be lower.
The best cost estimate is economic reality, what the builders…

8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Engineered wood (I-Joist, LVL) Versus Solid timber joist

Yes they are just as strong but I was talking about bounce

8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Engineered wood (I-Joist, LVL) Versus Solid timber joist

It depends, bounce in bedrooms or lounge may not matter but you don’t want your plates and glasses rattling in the kitchen when you walk.
It depends on design, spans and…

8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Engineered wood (I-Joist, LVL) Versus Solid timber joist

450 centres but engineered timber joists for some reason have greater dynamic deflection than solid timber. Most builders and engineers are not aware of it. I know because we had…

8 months8 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Engineered wood (I-Joist, LVL) Versus Solid timber joist

My experience with engineered joists and LVL is that they have greater bounce
I have used engineered joists throughout my home 14M span over several walls but in the kitchen I…

9 months9 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cornice on load bearing wall cracked every 600mm or so.

Yes most likely but if one side of the house has subsided it will have same effect.

9 months9 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof support, want to remove some walls

I don't often agree with StructuralBIMGuy but this time he is absolutely right. He says:
"It affects people that go on and inadvertently purchase that non-compliant structure/building" perfectly said.
Engineering is for…

9 months9 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cornice on load bearing wall cracked every 600mm or so.

It is most likely your house has a truss roof and the wall with damaged cornice is internal non load bearing wall. If you have slab heave or edge subsidence…

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9 months9 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Sisters Beach - Wilson Homes

Lucky you, it's a beautiful beach, breathtaking really. When I was looking 8 years ago there was a absolute beachfront beach house there on my shortlist. I was going to…

9 months9 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Contact with private Certifier

Just for clarification
In Victoria Building surveyor is responsible for building control under Building Act and Building Regulations. Building surveyor will receive applications for building permits from owners or builders acting…

9 months9 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder asking us to sign and accept a contract variation

There is nothing preventing owner executing standard HIA building contract with the builder using own independently prepared plans and specifications, however in vast majority of cases project builders use them…

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