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15 h15 hbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Shop to residential conversion - where to start? [MEL]

Firstly talk to the planning department of your council, you will most likely need planning permit
Conversion from commercial to residential will require building permit
You will need an architect or if…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
$36K site costs for P class soil

why don't you ask your builder for timber floor on stumps?

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
rid of smell

Try charcoal bags, you can buy them on eBay

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
non treated timber frame

It is perfectly normal to use non treated timber for a frame house provided effective termite management system is in place.

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Practical Completion inspection

Vanessa you are typical example of diy homeowner who decided not to employ independent private inspector, presumably to save $650 but instead you will be underwriting your own risk. If…

1 d1 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Frame Stage - Termite treated Timber colour

Your builder may have chosen another method of termite management. What is in your contract?

13 d13 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Impact of current economic situation on house building this

The virus is only the spark that lit the bomb fuse. The world was already on the brink of recession, there is already economic war of superpowers and if you…

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has builder "forgotten" to insulate some walls ?

If bulk insulation R1.5 was specified and if the walls you have opened up are external walls on the house then builder has missed it.
Ask for insulation completion certificate from…

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Impact of current economic situation on house building this

The simple fact is that we are witnessing developing human/economic catastrophe, and the world will never be the same again.
No one knows what is coming and the severity.
The best advice…

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Standard HIA Building Contract - Copy of template

HIA is a copyright document, you can purchase it from HIA direct

15 d15 dbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Has builder "forgotten" to insulate some walls ?

what does energy report say should be in the walls?

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HIA contract

Builder may not agree to the variation and he does not have to. If he does it will be the amount less builders margin(usually 20%)

1 month1 monthbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Slab movement/heaving causing massive cracks

There are over a dozen possible causes for your house problems. You talk about drainage but that is just one of a dozen.
I think it is clear that the builder…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Basement/Underground Ventilation

As I suspected there is water ingress that is keeping walls and slab damp and creating conditions for mould infestation.
You may need proper advice how to solve the issues or…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Basement/Underground Ventilation

do you have any water ingress and mould?

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Granvue homes

In quality control you must have checking and monitoring system but then checkers too have to be spot monitored and checked.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Water Leaks after 3 days rain - Builder or Insurance

New home is under builder's warranty so it's a warranty claim issue.

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Purchasing home, only problem is mold in the house.

If you had invested in a competent pre purchase inspection you would have had the chance to ask why the mould is there and what you can do to get…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Granvue homes

Norfolk is reading between the lines, I tend to agree.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
slab inspection

In Victoria pre pour inspection is a mandatory inspection under Building ACT 1993. It is done by either Building Surveyor or more commonly by a Building Inspector.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
How do Provisional Sums work?

General points about Provisional Sums
1 Provisional sum is your money in the contract as a contingency should it arise
2 or alternatively a reasonable allowance for work that is necessary…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Difficult draftsperson advice needed

This will never be ok and you will never be happy with it and may become disastrous for you if you continue through the build.
You may have to take a…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Difficult draftsperson advice needed

Looking at it from consumer point of view, draftsperson is there to assess your requirements and then offer compliant solutions, not to sell you something you don't want. It should…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
The Bl*me Game

Harts
I think on proper analysis a slab may not have been the best choice for your home and timber floor on deep stumps could have performed better. Builders won't do…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Pond built up over slab

Your damp course is in the brickwork and even if you can't see it it should be level with bottom of weep holes.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HELP:Builder wants to change door opening after construction

It’s only a pantry why not 2 slim doors instead

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
HELP:Builder wants to change door opening after construction

To get compensation you need to prove a defect and then that you suffered a monetary loss because of that defect. How will you do that?
To escalate the claim may…

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Finance Query

You can get around 60% maximum of build if you put another property as security if you have equity in it.

2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Quotation Process

Project builders are volume builders (like Metricon) that build to their own designs as opposed to custom builders that build one off designs.
There is efficiency in repetition and in the…

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2 months2 monthsbuilding-expertbuilding-expert posted:
Quotation Process

Project builders own "production line " segment of the home market and have made a fortune of giving customers "biggest bang for the buck" even if the bang is sometimes…

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