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22 d22 ddarb74darb74 posted:
orientation of house

Your limited with the frontage on the north, but at least keep the bedrooms off the west side, and put the garage there if possible.
If you look at plans consider…

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1 month1 monthdarb74darb74 posted:
Visible Plasterboard Joins after paint

Hi, we had a similar issue on the ceiling on a house we built over 10 years ago now with Simonds (Vic). Luckily for us it was sorted…

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1 month1 monthdarb74darb74 posted:
Boutique Homes in Ballarat

Hi, are you game to knock on a recent customers door to ask them directly? I know of a Boutique Homes build that owners recently moved into near us,…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Custom design expensive, so which project builder recommend

Hi, I also agree with ddarroch in that if you want to build fairly big but do it on a budget....well you…

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2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Evaporative Cooling / Gas heating vs Refrigerated cooling

Yes Solar does help (our ~13kw system does wonders for our power bill...actually we get paid!). But whacking a big solar system on your roof shouldn't be a way…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Evaporative Cooling / Gas heating vs Refrigerated cooling

I understand if you haven't had much experience with different mechanical heating/cooling systems it can be difficult to get your head around, but I thought my comment just prior to…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Evaporative Cooling / Gas heating vs Refrigerated cooling

Hi RC56,
If you can work hard to just go with invididual split systems these are much better than most other heating/cooling options due…

3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Ventilation solution for dryer

Yes you are absolutely wasting your time and money trying to get a proper ventilation setup for a standard drier. You need supply air as well as extraction.
Heat pump…

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3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof Insulation

Howdy, This all depends on your opinion relating to whether or not to ventilate your roof cavity though. Personally I would rather ventilate rather than air seal the…

3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof Insulation

Hi,
If it is colorbond, I personally would consider getting a roofing crew to remove the sheets and then install a proper anticon blanket.
If you had standard foil backed sarking your…

3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof insulation and building code

ahhh, definitely not to spec if compressed. When you install batts, manufacturer guidelines require you to 'activate' the batt...which is basically getting it out and tapping it on all…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Window choice to reduce condensation

If the whirly bird is on your plans, don't worry too much because the roofers can pretty much place it anywhere on the day. I actually was there with…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Window choice to reduce condensation

Just FYI, our first Airomatic cost me $31o from Bunnings and the builder's roofing team installed it for no extra as we already had one standard whirly bird as part…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Thanks Hillsbuilds and Countrybuilds, actually those usernames are kind of matching! I wonder what type…

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4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Window choice to reduce condensation

Hi CountryBuilds, this is something we have thought about and monitored in our new house.
I kept costs down by not going with thermally…

Window choice to reduce condensation
4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

SOME POST-BUILD INFO & PHOTOS...
Replying to a personal message just now reminded me again I was going to start posting up some pics and info after we moved into the…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Insulation between rafters - old tile roof

Holy crap, the first job in that roof is the get all the ducting strapped up and level (off the ceiling).
If it was mine, especially because you might have decent…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof insulation and building code

I contacted our builder after handover, as I went around the roof and measured the depth of the blown-in cellulose and it was not to R5 spec depth everywhere.
Anyhow installer…

Roof insulation and building code
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4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof insulation and building code

...oh another thing I would do is find out what brand/type they used and buy yourself a bag. Typically only $30-$40 per bag. Then you can directly compare…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof insulation and building code

Hi,
Firstly I'm not 100% sure about the mandatory requirement for sarking, as I still see some homes getting built without it.
But in terms of your batt insulation, depending on…

Roof insulation and building code
5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Ducted rangehood question

If you look closely inside your roof space, it might be the case the sparkies who installed the rangehood connected up some of that silver-type vent tube that looks like…

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5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Mould on timber frame

This is so typical of the standard crappy attitudes by most builders and trades. One thing I would definitely push hard for even if you have to do it yourself…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Floor Plan Symbols

Hit the builder up for something else (you have good leverage!), and then buy yourself a 'heat pump' type dryer, that collects all the moisture via a outlet pipe or…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Door Heights

Thought I would mention our builder charged $65 or $70 per door to upgrade from 2040 to 2340mm heights. A bit expensive in my mind but it was one…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Door Heights

Yes this is a simply setup, we have done 2340 doors with a 2550 ceiling height on our last two houses. A builder friend of mine actually suggested it years…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
11 acre rural build - house plan

I know you are thinking of keeping that master suite as is, but if you want the extra space internally for a separate study/storage room you could easily re-configure your…

11 acre rural build - house plan
5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
11 acre rural build - house plan

You will ultimately make the choices for your lifestyle and how you will use the house, but on the master bedroom/WIR/Ensuite is it a huge overall space in comparison to…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
11 acre rural build - house plan

Just because I had a spare minute thought I would pass on my idea for the pantry and laundry:

Our WIP was very similar width at 1600mm and we did away…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
11 acre rural build - house plan

Hi, Firstly the overall house design I really like. I would personally just consider a few things.
I haven't thoroughly read everyone else's comments so sorry if I am doubling…

11 acre rural build - house plan
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5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Puddle of water close to the house

You will laugh I'm sure at the response I got from our builder (Bryan & Petersen, Ballarat) when I asked pretty much that same exact question after I turned up…

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