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Melbourne Victoria, " Frogmouth Cottage" Primrose Sands Tasmania
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3 d3 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Estimate on converting garage into livable space

Before you start on cost estimate you will need assessment on whether it can actually be done to comply with building regulations.
You should talk to a building surveyor first, then…

5 d5 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Under Tile Roof Insulation Without removing Tiles

Try foillboard, its rigid easy to cut and fit and should not sag, you can buy 10 15 and 20mm and is polystyrene core with double sided aluminium foil

6 d6 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Why does only Henley use low grade (F5) timber for studs?

Happy to assist you, it's good to know you have your independent inspectors.

6 d6 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Why does only Henley use low grade (F5) timber for studs?

Framing pine is F5 , graded timber is stamped MPG10 (machine graded pine)
You need to remember that load carrying capacity of even F5 greatly exceeds likely imposed loads unless there…

7 d7 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Why does only Henley use low grade (F5) timber for studs?

The obvious answer is because they can and cost. Any builder will reduce costs as far as possible.
As for your dissappointment it could have been avoided if you read builder's…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Fowler homes site costs, slab and variations costs

StructuralBIMGGuy says
"Get your own drawing designs, species, engineering and put it to tender with 3 builders
Ensure everything is included and avoid
This has been discussed many times previously "
You…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Property Law - Vendor failed to divulge issues

The primary reason for the existence of pre-purchase property inspectors is to inspect and report on the condition of the property before you buy. Any significant issues should be reported…

9 d9 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Negotiating with builders before contract signature

To all those who think industry building contracts are fair and fairly even-handed are deluded. They are not and favour the builder. In addition to that builders stack the deck…

16 d16 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Stormwater pits and mozzies

try innocco oil, it is claimed to be pesticide free, however you cannot use anything that may cause fuel vapours and cause potential explosion risk

17 d17 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Stormwater pits and mozzies

You could put a little concrete in the bottom of the pit to raise it flush with outlet pipe, that way you will avoid pit holding water however the pit…

18 d18 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Builder unable to install basins and I have to pay?!

I agree with spiffmiff, stand your ground

20 d20 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Concrete slab non conforming

I would call your engineer and ask if laying and bonding 100mm slab on top of your slab would be an acceptable solution.
I once had to fix an existing council…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Turning basement into liveable space

I would start by looking at the construction drawings and specification to determine if there is any waterproofing and drainage. What if your slab does not have waterproofing membrane? Then…

22 d22 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has anyone applied surface sealing to face bricks?

Good answer from arcadelt however there are special circumstances where sealant is required for waterproofing. For example a single garage brick wall will in driving rain get wet right through.…

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No wonder Aus housing is described as "glofified tents"

Actually, neither
Primrose Sands is a shack town built in sixties and seventies with questionable compliance.

23 d23 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No wonder Aus housing is described as "glofified tents"

Yes SaveH2O, I have heard about heat island effect and below is a good example. We should give greater national priority to capuring and storing solar energy via development of…

24 d24 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No wonder Aus housing is described as "glofified tents"

Great input from SaveH20 but just to expand on the matter:
The principles of thermal efficiency in the design of buildings were well known even over 40 years ago when I…

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25 d25 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Recommendation for Builders - knock down,build your own plan

The idea of reusing AC and joinery is not good and it is unlikely you will have any savings whilst having second hand items in your new build. Who is…

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26 d26 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Questions for variations and costs first home buyer

It is impossible to give you a meaning answer without your contract review. For example, it will state in your contract who pays for the building permit.

27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

It still looks like a botched job right next to someone's front door.

27 d27 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No wonder Aus housing is described as "glofified tents"

Why don't you post energy rating report for your extension then we will compare it with a tent, then we can have a meaningful exchange on this forum.

28 d28 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

To me, it looks like one of the pipes into rainhead is a discharge and the other an overflow.

28 d28 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Downpipe at Front Porch - Porter Davis PCI

On Friday I inspected a similar home by the same builder with exactly the same problem. It looks like a mistake and a botch up right in front of someone's…

29 d29 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
No wonder Aus housing is described as "glofified tents"

So, you have an excellent builder and you can't fault him (hundreds of my clients would love to be in your shoes) yet you find something to whinge about, airtightnesss,…

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1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brick mortar defect

I disagree with you there, it is black and white
1 Builder did not deliver 1:1:6 mortar as spacified = breach of contract
2 Mortar has been deemed as non compliant following…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Do you really want to build with someone who doesn't allow y

What we badly need in the Domestic Building Contracts Act are penalties for unconscionable conduct and unfair contract clauses by builders in dealing with their customers, say mandatory jail term…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Do you really want to build with someone who doesn't allow y

Full marks for standing up for yourself, you are the customer and should be treated with courtesy, respect, dignity and in a competent and professional manner.
Just imagine the rest of…

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Brick mortar defect

Somebody is missing something.
The owner has contracted the builder to construct his home in accordance with building contract, the regulations and standards and now mortar is (after lab testing) deemed…

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