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13 d13 dJB1JB1 posted:
What makes cabinets good quality? What questions to ask?

They can unglue themselves over time, in particular around the cooktop due to heat and steam.

16 d16 dJB1JB1 posted:
Window replacement on weatherboard house

At the same time as you may need new trim for new windows anyway.

16 d16 dJB1JB1 posted:
TV mounted above gas fireplace yay or nay?

TVs will survive above the fireplace.
However Tv's should be mounted at eye level when you're sitting down rather than you looking up.
If the height doesn't bother you,…

16 d16 dJB1JB1 posted:
External Motor Rangehoods? Marketing or Fact

Hi, can you please advise which Qasair model you have?
I was looking at the Schweigen and Sirius rangehood with external motor.
I was leaning towards the Sirius as the build quality…

1 month1 monthJB1JB1 posted:
Underfloor heating. Advice, comments, experience etc

That's a good idea.
At the moment, I've poured my slab, however as side of the slab is uneven, it's pointless to attempt to add XPS between slab and brick veneer.…

1 month1 monthJB1JB1 posted:
Underfloor heating. Advice, comments, experience etc

Hi Alex, how are you insulating the edge of the slab?

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Polished concrete floors with Arden Homes

Difficult to tell the exact thickness but looks closer to 120mm than 100mm.
I haven't finished building yet so can tell you if I love it or not, but I hope…

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Slab for garage - is engineer over engineering it?

I'd say it should be less than $10k.
I'd go with 120mm and 25mpa.
Which city are you in?

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Trying to estimate cost of slab on owner builder new 2 store

1. In the report from 2011, soil was classified as P due to deep (>0.4m) uncontrolled fill. Could this have changed? Should we get a new geotechnical report done?
I wouldn't…

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Polished concrete floors with Arden Homes

Who are they?

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Polished concrete floors with Arden Homes

You could, some engineered floorboards won't be damaged (shrink) from hydronic heating.
However timber is a good insulator which means it your hydronic heating system will work harder to achieve…

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Polished concrete floors with Arden Homes

We were debating between timber and polished concrete for the kitchen / living room.
Like you hydronic slab heating was a prerequisite for us as we live in fairly cold area.…

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Sloping Narrow site: Hamptons style build. Cabinetry

Nice floors Chris.
Was it part of the contract or separate?

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Polished concrete floors with Arden Homes

Volume builders just don't want the responsibility in case something goes wrong.
Hydronic pipes do not increase the height of the slab.
Grind down to damage the pipes? Lol no one…

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Quality of Package Homes

I totally forgot about the hy-joist. Very impractical. I bet a lot of them have massive holes in them to run sewerage and air ducting.
I only remembered the…

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2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Quality of Package Homes

I'm owner building.
Using 450m centres, posi-strut, over-engineered/specified everything because why take a risk?
I ended up using 412mm Posi's to run ductwork and because it's stronger too.
My question is, what cheaper…

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2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Building an Aegean230 with Mainvue.

It should be standard to install cement sheet underlay on top of timber/chipboard before tiling the floor
http://www.beaumont-tiles.com.au/Tile-D ... r-Surfaces
I'm not sure it's legal without underlay but…

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Building the Waldorf Grange by Porter Davis

Thanks for confirming the colour.
I'll check out a sample in person.
Perhaps I'll got 1 shade darker.

2 months2 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Building the Waldorf Grange by Porter Davis

Congrats on the house.
A couple of questions
- what colour is the weatherboard?
- what glass is used on the windows, some almost look like reflective?
- what timber was used for the…

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Sloping Narrow site: Hamptons style build. Cabinetry

I purchased some spotted gum posts from him today and also saw some nice blackbutt decking.
I'm planning to use it for my modest deck.
They ability to go up to 1200mm…

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Sloping Narrow site: Hamptons style build. Cabinetry

Blackbutt Decking wouldn't be from a certain Mark from Kinglake would it?

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3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Our First Dream Home G&P Builders

Great minds think alike?
Awesome, I was looking at samples and that's was my 1st choice!
Planning to use it for vanity and part of the kitchen.

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3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Our First Dream Home G&P Builders

I'm a big fan of your timber vanities.
What material is it?

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
sourcing aluminium sliding doors

If there are existing ceilings, why not measure it, rather than guess from a drawing?

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

They will deflect any liability to you as you are the builder.
If they hurt themselves you may also be liable.
Buy PI liability insurance as part of your…

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
VIC- question about carpenter needed for putting up the wall

Any competent carpenter that is is fine. You could DIY if you knew what you were doing.
As an OB you are responsible for the workmanship, however building surveyor…

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
sourcing aluminium sliding doors

Why not make simply the ceiling higher?

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
MDF vs timber stair

My opinion on them?
The good? They are cheap.
The bad? You already pointed them out.

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Sloping Narrow site: Hamptons style build. Cabinetry

550 deep should suit the vast majority of undermount vanities.
I'm intalling undermount for additional benchspace and the fact I'm installing wall mounted basin mixers.

3 months3 monthsJB1JB1 posted:
Sloping Narrow site: Hamptons style build. Cabinetry

How wide and deep are you bench tops Chris? And basins?
I'm debating with undermount or semi recessed.
Undermount looks cleaner and provides more bench space but semi recessed provides more…

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