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24 h24 hl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Soil testing

Hi Hira94,
A Level 1 Compaction Report generally summarises the results of the supervision and testing provided by the engineer for
the bulk earthworks activities undertaken by the developer to level the…

3 d3 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

*"E" reactive sites are often called "H2" because once it is an "E" you can't use a waffle.If you constantly call sites "E" you will lose volume builders because they…

3 d3 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

I didn’t say that at all, as I said above “we have been using both waffle and raft slab systems for decades on a range of sites from A to…

4 d4 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

I was afraid you would reference that engineer, first thing that pops up with a google search. I'd hardly be taking advice on waffle pod systems from a consultant that…

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4 d4 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

How about you elaborate with factual evidence instead of scaremongering.
I'd be really interested to hear how you think drainage differs (cause and effect) between a raft and waffle pod…

5 d5 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
H1 slab for H2 class soil

We do quite a few waffle pod slabs ranging from H1 to H2. There is a difference between the thickness of the concrete used.
A H1 slab uses a 300mm pod…

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6 d6 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Builder forgot to submit variations worth $38K to the bank

It's a difficult situation you're in however I can't see how it's the builders responsibility to forward on your post contract variations to your lender. You're the one responsible for…

7 d7 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Help with North facing double storey design

Hi,
My suggestions would be to change the entry door to a single door that swings opposite to the stairs. With regards to the front balcony if you're likely to…

13 d13 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Issue with defects rectification after the PC walk

No worries at all,
Do you have access to the property? A lot of window manufacturers have a stamp or ID tag somewhere on the glazing or aluminium. You could even…

13 d13 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Issue with defects rectification after the PC walk

Hi, do you know who your window supplier is? have you tried contacting them directly to see if they're "on leave". The only leave suppliers take is at the end…

14 d14 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Volume builder - higher garage

No worries at all, best of luck with it!

14 d14 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
driveway after handover

Okay, that's good.
I suggest having a good read over your contract to see where you stand. Also since a contract has been signed the builder is not contractually required…

14 d14 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
driveway after handover

No worries!
That's good they offered a refund for the extra concrete. They should also refund the 39m² less margin. Have you asked them to refund this? What did they say?
If…

14 d14 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
driveway after handover

Hi,
Have you already signed a building contract?
Reason I ask is if you remove something from the building contract you should get a refund less the builders margin on the…

14 d14 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Volume builder - higher garage

Hi,
From my experience as a building designer; most high volume builders will not want to vary too much from their standard plans or will charge you an arm and…

14 d14 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Building Defects - New Build

Hi,
I would highly suggest reading over the whole document in the link below. It outlines the standards and tolerances acceptable in QLD and it tells you how scrupulous you…

15 d15 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Bathrooms... number and location

Hi, I would say it's very subjective as to how you plan to use your home.
If you frequently have guests and extended family stay over I would likely go…

22 d22 dl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Coral Homes general build thread

Where are you building? and are you building single or double storey?
I'm a building designer in QLD so I can help with the requirements here.
Queensland Development Code QDC shows the…

1 month1 monthl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Owner Supplied electrical points

Hi,
I guess to view it from the builders perspective; they are no longer receiving a margin when you supply your own products so why would they manage the process…

1 month1 monthl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
front facade windows position

Hi,
Whilst the salesperson is somewhat correct in saying the size of the windows will affect the energy assessment there are a lot of other factors that come into play…

1 month1 monthl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
New build- showerhead placement

The drawing you've attached below shows the shower rail/head in the center of the shower however the photo looks like it's off to the side.
Does the drawing you have…

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1 month1 monthl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Post Land Settlement Must Do Activities - First Home Build

Hi Jay,
Some things you can do to save time starting the build is ask the developer if your builder can do a Soil Test and Contour Survey prior to…

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Is my potential double garage build too small?

Correct, standard would be 4.8m wide.

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Waffle Pod Slab with Piers

P class sites normally have a sub-classification and this would determine whether the piers are poured at the same time or separately.

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Is my potential double garage build too small?

Apologies the scale threw me off! On closer inspection, the width of your garage is 5.75m wide excluding the engaged brick piers. Depth is 6.41m so you'll have approximately half…

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Is my potential double garage build too small?

Where are you building? As a building designer I know in QLD the Queensland Development Code (QDC) specifies the minimum requirements for a double garage to be 5.70m wide x…

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Coral Homes general build thread

Frustrating from a lot of perspectives. As an owner having a sliding window that only opens 125mm is almost useless UNLESS you install a compliant barrier screen such as diamond…

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Building new house - choosing a builder

I also missed that you are on a rural block. Don't forget to allow for sewage treatment if town sewage is not provided.
Also water tanks if no town water connection…

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
Building new house - choosing a builder

My recommendation would be to do the following:
1. The shortlist of builders you have is a perfect start. Visit every home and have a talk to the all sales…

2 months2 monthsl_vanslykel_vanslyke posted:
The dreaded Christmas shutdown

Typical shutdown period is anywhere from 10 to 15 business days (2-3 weeks). This has been industry standard for as long as I can remember however some trades and suppliers…

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