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2 d2 ddarb74darb74 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…

2 d2 ddarb74darb74 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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2 d2 ddarb74darb74 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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10 d10 ddarb74darb74 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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23 d23 ddarb74darb74 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…

1 month1 monthdarb74darb74 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…

1 month1 monthdarb74darb74 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…

1 month1 monthdarb74darb74 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…

2 months2 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

2 months2 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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2 months2 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
2 months2 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…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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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2 months2 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…

2 months2 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.…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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
2 months2 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:

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
continuous hot water with shower mixer

The other things to consider is what size water pipes are going to feed in the 'cold' (to the HWS) and also feed out the 'hot' (from the HWS)?
If they…

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2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
continuous hot water with shower mixer

Hi BBJ, It is a bit more technical I guess than just picking a 'big' enough HWS unit.
But from what I have…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Custom plan

No worries at all. Hey in reference to the ensuite door swinging onto the window....this is relate to BED1. Any reason this is the only bathroom with a hinged door…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Custom plan

Hi Den45,
Good looking house plan, lots of space. Curious where north is?
Anyhow I just had a quick look, and nothing too major…

2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Coral Homes - Noosa 23MK11- North Brisbane

House plans looking good. I think you did the right thing to eliminate that wall articulation and run the dining flush along the external wall with the lounge etc.
I from…

Coral Homes - Noosa 23MK11- North Brisbane
2 months2 monthsdarb74darb74 posted:
Double glazing worth the $$ in Perth?

Hi,
I have no idea what actual $$ savings are associated with double glazing, but I guess you can model energy losses for your total glazing areas and go from there?…

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

MEETING WITH WINDOW SUPPLIER TODAY
After I dropped out to our builder's main office this morning (to mostly discuss the window issues), we agreed I would then head off to talk…

Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)
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