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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Rising damp - concrete floor and slopes exterior

If your water ingress stops your slab will dry out and the mould growth will stop.
You can wash down mouldy slab with vinegar and water and then dry out with…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
cleaning gutters water damage risk

If your house is a standard hip construction with eaves then because of the rafter pitch the fascia and gutter are geometrically lower than your internal ceilings, so it won't…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Advice needed - builder touching up powder coated windows.

As far as I know a factory baked on colour coating cannot be replicated on site. Spray on solution is acrylic paint that is subject to sun fade and I…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Hardwood floor repair

I think it could have been done a lot better. The butt joint should have been checked for fit without gaps before the board was nailed.
The trick in the trade…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Liquidation Damages Lawyer

Great, let others know how you went

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Liquidation Damages Lawyer

Why would you need a lawyer?
If Liquidated damages have been agreed in the contract then they may be applied if the builder has taken longer to complete than promised.
It's a…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Restrictive Covenant Roofing Question

Good answer from darb74
Most covenants will have expiry date, check your title then ask your lawyer.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Look for quality Building Consultants

Over the years I have had dozens of clients come to me after loosing confidence in their expert's integrity.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Construction drawing issue

If its in the drawing it is in the contract unless expressly excluded
Years ago I had an argument with the architect
I did not allow for gas heating to a classroom,…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder Incentive how does it work?

If it's an incentive to sign a building contract with the builder why don't you ask they give you a bank cheque for 25K at contact signing?
Anything else is BS

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slogged with an unexpected bill at end of build

What does your independent building consultant say about all this?
Ru in Vic.

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Darbecca Porter Davis

Small Minds says:
"Accountability is everything in the ethical nature of business. The builder signs a contract stating that they will build to the Rules. All Darbecca does is highlight…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
dumb question about extention

Your requirements should be specified in the building contract and what precautions need to be done.
Whoever does your plans for building permit approval should make notes about temporary protection

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Building defects? Owner?, The law is not your friend!

who were your independent inspectors?

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Garage To Living room conversion

Your garage has to be designed and built as a habitable room.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Coastal Home Insurance

You need to read the policy very carefully but I can tell you that natural calamities such as seal level rise or actions of the sea and tsunamis are excluded…

Coastal Home Insurance
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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Small claims owner builder

Gaudi is right, a tribunal is likely to find that the person that accepted your quote is an agent of the owner, so list both on your application.
Mirrmu83 is…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Settling a dispute with engineer

I am not familiar with NSW but in Vic you can make a small civil claim in VCAT (it should be the same in NSW)
It is worth doing so because…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Appreciate your comments on the quality of this brickwork (p

It is true that common brickwork is allowed greater tolerances than face brickwork and it does not have functionality of appearance however all builders work falls under builder's warranties, Vic…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Which stage is best for arranging an Building Inspector

Before you sign building contract
Your most important inspection is pre contract review

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Metricon using our build as a display home to sell more home

I think Steve4216 has a good point. Why would it matter to you?
In any case builder is in charge of the site until handover and if they want to show…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Conflict of Interest

Building Act in Victoria specifically prevents Building Surveyors from having a pecuniary interest in the project, so in VIC it would be illegal. I think it would be reasonable to…

3 months3 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

It seems to me that the flooring change should have been a subject of an amended building permit in which case BS would have had the opportunity to review the…

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Load baring double and triple studs

Two questions for your engineer
1 Response in writing
2 If the requirement is critical why wasn't it detailed?

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof flashing not built into brickwork???

The other problem you have is if there is another weep hole to the right of photo 3 it will be behind flashing and leak

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Roof flashing not built into brickwork???

The flashing fixing detail is not compliant, contact plumbing commission if you are in vic

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Load baring double and triple studs

Unless there is engineering detail requiring continuity of double studs then your chippy is right. Common house frame construction involves blocking between floors. In any case in Victoria, building surveyor…

4 months4 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Underpinning works and renovations

I would recommend you have your home inspected by experienced building consultant to determine the condition and ive you advice. A good building consultant has likely seen your type of…

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