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Orange Grove WA
Joined 5 June 2019
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4 d4 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Roof with no sarking

The energy assessor of the builder is giving me a 6.7 rating, where six is supposed to be the present "best" rating, but without anticon and only R4 ceiling insulation.…

5 d5 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Time frame is most likely given as something like the "maintenance period" or "warranty" period of six months in your contract. Danger with withholding progress payments if they do not…

7 d7 ddomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Any good building inspectors in Perth, which can be recommended? I am still hesitant using inspectors as the builder can still disregard the reports.

7 d7 ddomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Sorry to read of your problems, Norfolk. The industry has political support from industry and unions through lobbying. My architect made mistakes, the builder is making mistakes and so do…

7 d7 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Most builders only give you a single-page specification listing all the inclusions and that is not very detailed. Builders have a detailed multi-page speci, but they may be rather reluctant…

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Cross checking with an estimator

In my case, there was a stone bench top, so I asked for a credit as I will get Laminex. So I got credits from two builders, which differed. If…

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Home owners right to enter site Victoria

Correct, it would, but I read it on this forum and it would not surprise me if builders just bluff there way through.

8 d8 ddomwilddomwild posted:
changing windows after development approval

Sorry, Dooza, it will hopefully not be a DA, as a development approval takes three months; in my case, where council knocked something back, it just had to be fixed…

9 d9 ddomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Great advice! Thanks. Can you later use it as an alarm and SMS you if there is an intruder? Thanks.

9 d9 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Home owners right to enter site Victoria

This forum tells me some contracts are voided if you choose Darbecca. Great! Two things: My contract allows me only to enter with the manager, (bull....), but then it says…

9 d9 ddomwilddomwild posted:
changing windows after development approval

The builder will have told you that at the pre-start meeting it will already be too late to make any structural changes and a window change is considered to be…

9 d9 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Cross checking with an estimator

Get up to three quotes and be surprised by how much they differ. Builders quote on the basis of "low ingoing" or "bait and switch" and give you only a…

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9 d9 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Change builder after accepting tender

On this other other fora I have come across cases where the client thought I may as well lose the deposit as I had a much better offer.
Does not…

13 d13 ddomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

Contract says I can only go in with manager, but contract also says I can indemnify the company, which I will in writing and as best in legal English as…

14 d14 ddomwilddomwild posted:
what is PWP on the plan

Apologies, no charge for two PWPs unless another contract charged me for it? Made quite a few changes and kept demanding credits.

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Private Building Inspector - How many stages are an absolute

Not wishing to throw a spanner, but reports by building inspectors can be ignored by builders. They may drag it out beyond the six-month guarantee period and then drop you.
Some…

14 d14 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Single Phase vs 3 Phase Electricity (New Build)

With a run of 42m, the extra for three-phase in my case is $350, so $1k might be max. With 6.6 kW solar and a 5 kW three-phase inverter ($4,000)…

14 d14 ddomwilddomwild posted:
How often do you visit your site?

In my contract I am not supposed to enter the site without the MANAGER. However, at the end it says I can indemnify the builder from any claim arising from…

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what is PWP on the plan

Yes, this is it! Weird bits of sheet metal for additional wall support.

16 d16 ddomwilddomwild posted:
what is PWP on the plan

Now I know it, it is Perth Wind Post. When the engineer feels wire ties are not enough, then extra ties between the inside/outside leaf are required. I suspect to…

17 d17 ddomwilddomwild posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Lockable meter box as thieves will cut power to cameras
Security in the form of wireless sensors at windows, doors
Cameras, mind you it will cost you $1,200 for eight cameras, outside/inside
Anticon…

17 d17 ddomwilddomwild posted:
what is PWP on the plan

Perth Wind ??, will let you know as I am in touch with the engineers (Structerre) in Perth.

1 month1 monthdomwilddomwild posted:
Building quality volume vs custom builder

Productreview.com.au claims it cross-checks if the reviews come from clients of the builder and not from interlopers. Sorry, I cannot mention a WA-based designer, but even architects will charge about…

2 months2 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Tell me it can work - west facing blocks

Living in Orange Grove (WA) with west-facing verandas may give you the sea breeze and views to Perth but will need roll-down fabric curtains or roller shades BEFORE the glass…

2 months2 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Building quality volume vs custom builder

Check the reputation of builders via this forum or look at productreview for answers. Check the percentage of one-star builders ("avoid") with five-star ("recommended") ones to make up your mind.…

2 months2 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
External caulking of window frames and render edges?

After a burglary a new window was put in. Installer used silicon, sprayed it with some liquid and used fingers to smooth it. Mind you, in my case it is…

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2 months2 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Difference between headline price and quote

Get at least three quotes and check with productreview for the percentage of five-star (use) and one star (definite no!) ratings. One builder in Perth had 25% of all ratings…

4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Owner Builder - was it worth it?

One extension and one little holiday home as owner builder. Get a plan, either from a TAFE designer or architect for $750-$1,000, get your own soil/footings report ($300) and contours/features…

4 months4 monthsdomwilddomwild posted:
Building Inspector Assistance via "Variation in Contract"?

Looks like the building industry has managed to have a free hand ("card blanche") with political donations to both parties. Clients buy $1 Mio. apartments in Opal Towers and then…

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