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Matergabiae

Melbourne VIC Australia
Joined 19 June 2013
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4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Custom suburban bush build

Stumps are a great solution, particularly in this day and age where the area "down below" can be easily incorporated into useful space.

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Custom suburban bush build

That's still a reasonably sloping block so great you are looking at a custom build. Are you thinking a split slab or stumps? Split slab can have advantages…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Custom suburban bush build

This is great to see! In my opinion this is the kind of block and attitude towards building that creates real homes. Make sure you find a good…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Best way to get quotes: Site clear, prep, cut and fill...

Waffle is a valid way to build on soil that may incur too many difficulties with excavation. This method got a bad name early on, as a few of…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Hidden costs - how did you get stung?

Check out this e-zine article on Hidden Elephants! http://ezinearticles.com/?Are-Volume-Bu ... id=7813803
Site costs are the big one, especially on any challenging block, or land with slope. …

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
recommendation of custom builder in Eastern area of Mel

A company that is very specific to specific and unusual blocks and has a good reputation for listening, communication and quality: Sloping Block Solutions

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Our custom home -downslope- New blinds installed

I like the way your design is working with the land, looks like a good solution for a sloping block. That underneath-area man cave sounds like a perfect way…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
To or Not to double glaze? and how?

Just glanced at this thread... the cost of changing over to double glazed will be made up for by the savings in energy costs over just a few years... not…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Custom Builder Recommendations - MELBOURNE

This is an interesting thread. Have you chosen a builder yet? Recent years have pushed me into a fair bit of familiarity with custom builders (husband, friends, personal endeavours,…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Which builders have inexpensive double storey designs

I suggest you check out some Melbourne custom builders that build on your terrain, (hilly? flat?) look at their websites, find someone whose testimonials look like their communication and costings…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Building our first home in Vic!

Good luck with your build! Just came across this tip from a Melbourne custom builder: "Make the Construction Supervisor your greatest friend in the world, at least for the…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Company called Sloping Block Solutions

Suggest you give them a ring and ask to speak to clients. At the end of the day, this is a pretty good gauge of a company, as most…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Is Building Just Too Risky?

Found this link that seems to explain "cracking" thoroughly. http://www.abis.com.au/cracking-movement
"Cracks occur when forces either externally, internally within a building, or as a result of chemical changes…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Where do I start - Knock down and rebuild

Be aware as you start to gather quotes, and educate yourself about the upcoming (exciting) journey, that Volume builders may appear cheaper with the initial quote but they often turn…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Builders and their freebies - which is best?

There are a lot of good questions to ask your builder, which will educate you and also let them know that you are an informed client, and they will be…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
COST OF BUILDING ON SLOPING LAND

Hi Shaman, suggest if you are still looking at sloping land, that you do some research on custom builders who work on that kind of terrain in your area and…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Windows design suggestion

Double glazed aluminium awning windows are your most cost and energy-efficient option. Timber windows require a lot more maintenance, and the top-hinged awning window has a full seal when…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Builders and their freebies - which is best?

I have just been talking with a mate about... well not exactly freebies (which as everyone says is a bit of a misleading term)... but what matters for inclusions when…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Buy Land then look for builder or House&Land package?

There are actually many advantages to finding a builder before you buy land, aside from cost. I'm not talking so much about a house and land package, as actually…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Is Building Just Too Risky?

There are so many reasons why building a new home can be your best choice. It's your dream, you make it the way you want it, and new homes…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Sloping block site costs

There are so many factors that can come into a house design, that can effect the budget. Some of these you can strip away in the short term, if…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
What do we need to get a started

It's not so much about what you need beyond a section 32, as getting to know the document itself, any information that is included in it that can give you…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Easements?

I have seen an article on Google called "Easements and Angle of Repose: What Are They and Why Do You Need to Know" It was quite informative about how…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Sloping block site costs

My understanding is that the initial quotes rarely include rock, as this is something that can't be seen for sure without x-ray vision. If you're on a sloping block,…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
How much should a draftsman cost in northern melbourne? 20k?

Wonder how you're going with the draftsman. Sometimes it's better to start working with a builder first (one who is willing to work with you and has good integrity).…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Sloping block site costs

If you are looking at a sloping block and you need to know what the potential costs are, find a builder who has experience in that area, and with that…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Question on building contract process

Came across this thread, and don't know where you're at with your choices. However, the single most important choice you can make, especially with sloping land, is which builder…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Slope Stability Testing - sloping blocks?

If you find a good custom builder with experience on sloping blocks, who will go and visit the site with you, they will recommend a soil test. Until a…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Sloping Block Questions

Agree with plucka on "find a builder to suit the block, not a block to suit the builder." Blocks with a view used to be the most expensive until…

4 years4 yearsMatergabiaeMatergabiae posted:
Slope Stability Testing - sloping blocks?

Recommend you contact builders who have experience on sloping blocks or similar terrain or in your area and discuss your property with them. They may even meet you on the…

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