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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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2 months2 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…

2 months2 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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4 months4 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…

5 months5 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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5 months5 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…

5 months5 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

5 months5 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…

5 months5 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

5 months5 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…

5 months5 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…

5 months5 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…

5 months5 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.

5 months5 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…

5 months5 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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6 months6 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…

6 months6 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…

6 months6 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…

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building inspector/surveyor change

Contact VBA for help if you are in Victoria. If they deregistered BS they should be able to give you alternative.

6 months6 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Surveyor In The Wrong

Consumer protection for homeowners in Victoria is a scam, VBA is just another time wasting hoop to jump.

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Surveyor In The Wrong

You are more likely to recover from RBS professional indemnity insurer

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cracking and popping noises in roof and walls

Building permit documentation should have soil classification noted on engineering drawings or there is geo technical report

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Cracking and popping noises in roof and walls

Generally a home well built should not have cracking and popping noises. It could be thermal expansion but more likely foundation movement . What is your site soil classification?

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Termite inspection

Termite inspections are recommended at least every 12 months. This is to limit/avoid serious damage if you get termite attack.
Regardless of steel frame which is your primary structural element…

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
waterproof & screed over existing waterproofing?

I prefer screed then waterproof membrane on top because other way around you can get efflorescence on your tiles. Your moisture barrier is your membrane, it does not matter what…

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building Surveyor In The Wrong

If the plumbing work was of value as to required compliance certificate, as it seems it was then unregistered plumber is at fault.
VBA agreed that RBS was at fault.
Your option…

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
container for office

Would it not be better idea to use shipping container for file storage and the space in your home as your office?

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7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Below window weep holes brick voids

I depends where it is
If it is just cavity flashing then your builder is right and it does not matter but if it is also used as flashing and a…

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Bricks Measurement,

If your internal walls are brick you must be in WA
Just pull down wall between pantry and fridge space and rebuild with 75mm studs then plasterboard both sides, that will…

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Site Cos Provisional or Fixed

I can’t give legal advice

7 months7 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Worried about Alfresco pier

The problem with you doing the brick pier is that you become second builder on the job. If something goes wrong you will be blamed even if it's not your…

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