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10 d10 ddarb74darb74 posted:
Design suggestions

As Gogo65 I think already said, an outward opening hinged door like that will either be a proper 180 deg hinge (& IMO…

20 d20 ddarb74darb74 posted:
Building with Metricon

Hi again, Just taking a quick look at some of your windows (on the front elevation), are those 'transoms' splitting up the windows into small sections....does that mean each…

20 d20 ddarb74darb74 posted:
Building with Metricon

Hi Phoenix77, Without seeing your window schedule if that is an extra $40k+ for double glazing and upgraded aluminium frames (...also assuming…

1 month1 monthdarb74darb74 posted:
Help! Split system letting in bushfire smoke

I agree with konsjo50 and Chippy, especially if your splits are back-to-external-wall setups. We had…

Help! Split system letting in bushfire smoke
1 month1 monthdarb74darb74 posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Looking good Hillsbuilds. Having that fairly seamless connection b/w outdoor and internal living (incl. what I assume is the pool undercover there…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

No worries bimber and thanks also to Hillsbuilds for the kind words..and yes we had the…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Hi, I had been holding off posting anything else until our 3 month defect warranty period was up, mostly because we had a few outstanding issues when we accepted handover…

3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Building a Metricon Hampshire 45 KDR in Melbourne Provincial

Hi Aussman80,
Plans look good, should come up great. I only noticed one minor thing when having a quick look over, relates to…

3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Gap in wall skirting, window frames, cabinet and garage door

I should add that since we moved in a month or so ago I am yet to spot any insects or rodents in the house at all. Not…

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3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Gap in wall skirting, window frames, cabinet and garage door

Hi brightstarshine, We built this year and now renovating another house (for rental) and we've put in a fair effort on air sealing…

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3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Evaporative Cooling / Gas heating vs Refrigerated cooling

As long as your energy rater (as in the 'builder's' energy rater) is OK with leaving off any mechanical systems - which I think is ok from a star rating…

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3 months3 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Evaporative Cooling / Gas heating vs Refrigerated cooling

Hi,
I think you are much better off going with some individual split systems (ie. no ducting). When people talk about zoning, we have the ultimate 'zoned' solution with our…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Electrical Plan Critique/Help

I would also add at least one additional light batten into garage....possibly 4 in total if you want to properly illuminate the rear section if you plan on having any…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Awning window & seals - any obvious issues?...

So do you run a silicon bead all the way along the bottom of this section? We have already had some silicon put into a few bottom corners, but…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Awning window & seals - any obvious issues?...

Thanks lached for that info, and I think you have confirmed what I was thinking. I decided to remove the section of…

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof ventilation products

No worries, Bunnings sell them for around $309....just make sure the front of the box states it has the humidity sensor. The old model didn’t have this

4 months4 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Roof ventilation products

We have installed one Edmonds Airomatic and will put in another unit in our single story place. I have the current one set on auto mode and it runs…

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5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Floorplan dilemma on corner square block

Hi,
I think I agree with most of what the others have suggested too, and looking at the 2nd plan it probably is the pick of the two.
The only challenge really…

Floorplan dilemma on corner square block
5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Garage Internal Wall

Hi,
I know looking around our area at new builds, several appear to have solid brick walls as the structural component to the external garage walls....instead of the timber frame w/brick…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
New driveway inspections?

Sorry I don't understand why you need someone else to highlight defects with a concrete driveway? If there are defects that are easily quantifiable and are not within standard…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Problem with 1 year old slab - coral homes

I will admit I am a bit of a 'worrier' with stuff like this also. But from looking at your images I personally wouldn't be too concerned especially if…

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5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Sliding Door - single opening panel normally internal?

Thanks guys, yes it is a new estate but as it's stage#1 and most houses are completed already we hopefully shouldn't have much more dust to contend with.
I think I…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
New home build - Custom Design WA

Hi Amilelka, I agree with the natural light...actually your whole house should have plenty of it looking at the build so far.…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Awning window & seals - any obvious issues?...

Howdy ecoeco,
I think what they have done (among other things!) is incorrectly installed a bottom sash frame seal, that you can from…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
What will 450k get me?

Hi mate,
I don't know exactly what size and quality of finishes you are expecting, but $450k (for the build alone?) should be more than enough....unless you go fully custom build…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Design and Orientation (Pic attached) - any advice welcome!

Hi@Josh22,
The house plan to me looks like it ticks most of the boxes for a decent 4 bedroom, two living area house.
The orientation isn't perfect obviously, in that you are…

5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Help with selecting windows/glass for open plan reno

Hi,
In terms of reducing heat gain in summer, it would be worth reading up on the Energy Smart Manuals created by the SEAV in 2006.

There are several 'chapters' and I…

Help with selecting windows/glass for open plan reno
5 months5 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
continuous hot water with shower mixer

This plumber actually has some videos on the topic, so this might explain it better than a non-plumber like myself:

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