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3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Left over bricks

The bricks belong to the builder and for the builder to remove

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5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What's involved in cancelling a building contract?

You should get your lawyer to do this for you correctly.

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Offering an express payment

Good point from alexp79 but also most people would not be aware that the cash mountain on the building job is front loaded (you get a lot of money upfront…

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Independent Building Inspector

Yes it is informative forum and I have over 2500 posts in support of it however informative also means exposing those who talk nonsense or pretend to be experts…

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Offering an express payment

If your builder cannot start for 10-12 months then this is clear indication to me there is no production capacity regardless of incentive payment.

10 d10 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Independent Building Inspector

You actually don't know what you are talking about.
Builder will have structural design and detailing done by engineers and the building surveyor may assess and approve or may require peer…

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Stacker door installed wrong direction

I agree with arcadelt, good advice

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Interim Occupation Certificate

Interim occupancy certificate is in reality a conditional permit subject to other items being completed. What does it say needs to be done?

11 d11 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Offering an express payment

I don't think there is anything untoward in offering extra payment for express service however I think you will run the risk that they will take your money and start…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
London inferno

Architects should be retained from project start to finish but all to often they are only used to get planning and building permit approvals. After that builders and developers go…

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16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Considerations for how much to cut block? Engineer report?

Yes you should get an engineer for an opinion so you are well informed however there are several issues.
Firstly are you going to sacrifice good siting and build your house…

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16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Polished concrete floors with Arden Homes

Steph 73
There is lot more to polished concrete than just polishing a slab, slab thickness, cover, strength of concrete, and reinforcing. The first thing is to control concrete shrinkage cracking,…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What is a reasonable Builder's Margin?

TeamKV
If you have signed building contract and the contract provides 20% margin on builder's variations then that's it, no argument.
It seems that your builder is testing you to see how…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
What is a reasonable Builder's Margin?

Its not right, It's 20% on top of cost ($2000)
There is no basis for 60% more unless builder also had to carry out some work but then that should have…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave is alive and well, watch out.

It is common for builders to apply for a building permit and get it on a proviso that truss manufacturer's computations be submitted prior to the frame construction. If you…

27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

Yes, yes and yes
The problem is that many builders try and get away with it, knowing that it is expensive and time consuming for the owner.
If you have a good…

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27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave is alive and well, watch out.

Building Surveyor is required to sight Plumbing Compliance before issuing occupancy permit

28 d28 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave is alive and well, watch out.

I think you have been taken to the cleaners

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

HIA is builder's association representing their member interests, I know I was a member for many years before retiring from building. It has no legislative power but has power of…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Quality of Package Homes

Great posts from everyone. I have said this before "quality is a function of price" with a proviso that you can pay for quality and still get crap. No one…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Waffle slab know what your getting.

Great information from Matthew Cornell, full marks
I have inspected close to 10000 homes either during construction or finished at various ages for pre purchase or defect inspections. My firm…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

That's the whole point Forg, it's the builder that's banking $5-10k /home as extra bonus instead of spending it on supervision, communication quality control, contract admin and training of supervisors.…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave is alive and well, watch out.

Great point Joker, all too often it's the bank account that is "sleeping with the enemy"

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Leaking Balcony

Not supposed to be chipboard but I have seen it many times.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Leaking Balcony

OP talks about a townhouse with downstairs, implying 2 storey dwelling most likely built as timber frame Townhouse is most likely stand alone and is Class 1, and OP…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

Most people would assume that if there are defects in your new building that the builder would be obliged to fix the defects. Whilst this is true and the builder…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Leaking Balcony

They do if the timber frame swells or if balcony floor is chipboard and got wet and swollen, I have seen it many times.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab heave is alive and well, watch out.

Hi Mario
You can Google Earth your address and go to historical photos and it will go back in time to show your paddock.
This is what I did with a perched…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Leaking Balcony

Balcony leak is not a structural problem, its a waterproofing problem caused by defective detailing and construction

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder didn't recess our upstairs showers. What can we do??

If you have paid for it and it is specified it is included in contract regardless of whether it is shown on plans or not. Builder has failed to amend…

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