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13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Double glazing

Our energy report hasn't come back yet, but we've been told to expect alot of dbl. glazing. Spoke to the window manufacturer directly (supplier of our builder) and he quoted…

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
does anyone know the cost of a screw pile?

Sounds about right. We got quoted around $300 per meter depth per screw pile. So in your case yours must be around 2.5m deep. And we need to go deep…

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Owner Builder cheaper than Builder

Yes, owner building for someone with no trade or building experience can be daunting and will take longer but hopefully the end result is a better product.
You are also…

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Knocking out a non-load bearing wall.. ideas on cost?

Any chance you can do this yourself. Seriously, start by removing all the plaster (being mindful of any wiring) then shouldn't be too hard to cut the framework and remove…

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
House cost to land value ratio - avoid overcapitalising

I'd suggest building the best house you can comfortably afford with the features you need. Particularly if you plan on staying long term.
I have a friend who has extended a…

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Planning Permit Responsibility

Generally speaking your builder would handle all that. Unless of course you are an owner builder. Why?

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Timber Floors - Order of Work

I'd do the same.

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Electric Fireplace

Gas will give more heat and cost much less to run. Gas if you can get it.

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Which way to lay wall tiles

I'd suggest 300 is the width and 500 the height. That's how I'd lay them. But there are no rules when it comes to imagination 8)

13 years13 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Bad experience warning - now a lot wiser with wels shower

Get another plumber :P

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Dishwashers may 'burn down house'

Thanks for that. We actually have one of those :shock:

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Our House

Mrs B, not in same estate. An older estate further up the river. About a five minute bike ride.

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Our House

Rode past your place today. Not too far from me ;-) Very nice spot !!!! Looks like it is coming along nicely.

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Timber deck - No nails

Or you could use these:-
http://youtube.com/watch?v=e1hUTs1D3fA

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
What annoys Me

Be aware that the volume builders are great at marketing and use interior designers to dress the interiors. They certainly look WOW when you visit them. But, try to imagine…

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Vic govt changes rules on water tanks

I disagree. We've had the worst drought on record and our water supplies got down to 28% albeit with restrictions. A damn or too at a much cheaper cost would…

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Vic govt changes rules on water tanks

Is this an attempt to save the govt. money on tank rebates? I guess now that they are going to build a hugely expensive desalination plant, perhaps they believe tanks…

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
re-enamel the bathroom?

Yep, did a bathroom renovation and had the bathtub re-enamled. Looked absolutely brand new. I highly recommend it. It isn't cheap but should be well under the cost of replacement.…

14 years14 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Secondary Glazing

Have used stopnoise in our old house and the difference is quite remarkable. Just be aware that deep bass sounds like truck air brakes are not reduced as much as…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Flood/Water Proofing your home

If you really love the area/position and you can somehow justify living there, then I guess insurance is your only real insurance. There are some now that offer flood insurance…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Henley in Melbourne

I disagree !! Given the poor treatment this fellow has received, how can you guarantee to the next person that they won't face the same? You cannot. This stuff should…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
James Hardie Linea board unsafe?

Just want a bit of advice in regards to JH linea external cladding. Our builder has said that they no longer use it as they've discovered that is cancer causing…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
What do you do with your internal brick walls??

Well we did this to our little unit we renovated. Typical 70's styling, internal brick with lots of mission brown. I'm still coughing brown/orange dust to this day (got rid…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Wall tile laying

Hi Jazz,
You are somehwhat correct as you cannot lay tiles starting from one edge as you must not assume your walls are 100% square. So, if you lay a…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Single or Triple Phase Power

I don't see the need for 3 phase power unless you are planning on running some power hungry or specialised equipment which for most people will be never. What would…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
American Style Homes

Check these poeple out.
http://www.farmhouses.com.au/company2.htm
We went and saw them and they were great. Here are a few pics of a house we went to see that…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Aquanamel

I've used it on doors and skirts and frames with no problems at all. Real easy to work with and fairly durable. Not as tough as gloss paint but depending…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Comparison with home building in Mexico with pics

Awesome !! Looks like a solid build !!

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Rainwater Tanks

Everyone is rushing to install tanks. If it compulsory then fine, or if you live in rural areas etc..
But think about this.
Say it costs roughly $2000 to fit a 2000L…

15 years15 yearsnorbsnorbs posted:
Complete bathroom reno

Great stuff Neil. Looks like a big job.

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