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9 d9 dJB1JB1 posted:
Owner builder insurance

Disregarding the public liability insurance... geez I'd definitely want insurance against theft or vandalism. I can't afford to see $500k down the drain if kids start a fire in an…

11 months11 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Sikaflex / Silicone instead of Grout?

If it's a large area, most likely for an expansion joint so the grout doesn't crack.
FYI, it's more work/money to caulk it than grout.

12 months12 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Recessed bathroom floors on the upper level

They can do it by making the posi truss lower in height in the bathroom.
I did it in my shower area only, but no reason you can't recess the whole…

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
Where to find cheapest front facing bricks?

May be better to find bricks that you like rather than the cheapest.

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
Electrician poor workmanship and property damage

How much have you paid them so far?
May just have to cut your losses and pay for the rework.
That's the risk you take with owner building.

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
GAS Ducted Heating + Addon Cooling Option

Which split systems are you referring to?

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
GAS Ducted Heating + Addon Cooling Option

You've actually provided a link to the ducted system :D

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
LED downlights 70mm vs 90mm

It will look terrible to have different colour lights in the same room.

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
Window Reveals- Meranti vs timber

Maybe I'll refer to it as a soft hardwood! lol
When building my house, I wanted to use Vic Ash/Tassie Oak arcs in the wet areas.
Unfortunately the timber yard didn't have…

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
Window Reveals- Meranti vs timber

You're not understanding chippy correctly.
Meranti is timber, so your question paraphrased is 'should I go for timber or timber'.
Personally I'll choose Vic Ash or Rubberwood ýover Meranti as Meranti is…

1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
GAS Ducted Heating + Addon Cooling Option

'Do I need to do anything extra while installing the heating so that it can accommodate the addon cooling at a later date?'
You need to increase the size of the…

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1 year1 yearJB1JB1 posted:
Underfloor heating. Advice, comments, experience etc

I don't think it will last long.
Personally, rather than use batteries to store electricity to heat up the slab at night, you'll be better off to heat up the…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Wall tap and mixer vs sink tap and mixer? Thoughts? Pros and

If you go in wall mixer taps just make sure you get a high quality one with long warranty.
The only thing that goes wrong with them are the cartridges which…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Underfloor heating. Advice, comments, experience etc

It's a hassle, but as you said great heating.
Did you end up installing it?

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Claiming back GST

I wouldn't get my accountant to build my house.
Conversely I wouldn't get tax advice from my builder.

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Temp power installation cost

Connection/inspection fees for $902.00
In Melbourne last year.

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Appreciate your comments on the quality of this brickwork (p

I'm more concerned about the price than the quality.
It's going to be rendered away, so no big deal
$2 a brick!
That's double what a crappy bricklayer will charge in Melb. And…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
6 year warranty once new house is built , owner builder

The insurance isn't to protect you from defects/repairs/claims like car insurance.
The insurance is to protect the buyer in the event the OB dies or becomes insolvent.

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Off the plan nightmare

It's up to the developer to fix the issue.
However, if it's a small developer, they may close the company down.
I'd be checking everything with a fine tooth comb and not…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Australian standards re toilet placement

If behind the cistern, they may have to replace the tile.
That's probably why they didn't use the offset pan collar as they can't move the toilet without moving the coock…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Australian standards re toilet placement

No.
When installing a waste pipe in a slab, you're never going to get the location spot on. It's Very common to use.
Is the water inlet behind the cistern or is…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Australian standards re toilet placement

Good news is that it's an easy fix with an offset pan collar.
However where is the inlet pipe?
If behind the cistern, they may have to replace the tile.

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Timber vs James Hardie Scyon Linea weatherboards?

Once painted you will be hard pressed to see the difference berween the 16mm scyon and timber.
In 30 years time one may need replacing and one wont.
I choose 16mm scyon…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

That's what I initially thought too, but she said timber laminate was $15-20/sqm and she got timber flooring at $25/sqm.

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Permits needed to do simple Reno's

No.
Electrician, plumbers and waterproofer will supply the certificates you require.
You don't need a permit yourself.

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

Some good advice from diybuilderdee, however I don't agree with the above.
Sorry there is no way you can get a quality finish paint job for $4k including material for a…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Splashbacks color

Tile it.

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
Window pricing

I got 2400x2400 double glazed fixed windows with a single mullion (2 fixed panels).
I think it looks better than 3.
Oddly enough I got them from a company called EcoEco

Window pricing
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2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

My role is to mainly project manage, order material, cleaning up the site.
Very little construction of the house itself with the exception of timber flooring and helping chippies install doors,…

2 years2 yearsJB1JB1 posted:
How much did the building cost per sqm for owner builder

How did you manage to work out the cost?
There are lots of little things you will have to supply and additional cost.
Brickies, chippies and Tilers will not supply material
Unless you…

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