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10 months10 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
R value for New House Insulation

For external walls I would definitely go with R2.5, assuming it is for a standard 90mm stud wall. R2.7 gets some plasterers in a fizz because they reckon it…

10 months10 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

I also agree that it is difficult to get stuff like this looked at by most builders countrybuilds, especially in the current boom.…

10 months10 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Hi Gee Mack,
Now that we've been living in the house for over 1.5 years, I agree decent windows and doors do help for sure. I think in the future though…

12 months12 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Floorplan Feedback/advice

Hi jye_klu,
This is just a really quick scan of the plan. Couple of thoughts if it were mine (we designed & built…

12 months12 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Boutique Homes in Ballarat

Thanks saveH2O, that list is useful. I personally think one of the problems in the local industry - particularly among the…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

I should also mention a little while ago I contacted the new manager (although has worked for them for many years in a different role) - since the previous owner…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Hi,
Mid $300k's was the end cost. I think the contract price was somewhere around $325-330k from memory? We ended up upgrading all the windows/doors and lots of other…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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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2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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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2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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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2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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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2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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
2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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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2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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
2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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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2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

2 years2 yearsdarb74darb74 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…

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