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Kew NSW
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3 d3 dpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Today we have some good news and some bad news. Such is the life of the owner builder.
The good news is that I have bought a tractor! No, I am…

Am I crazy?  OB near Port Macquarie
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11 d11 dpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Another few setbacks. A couple of health issues, the intense heat (no roof means no shade to work in) and some other commitments that had to be sorted mean…

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2 months2 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

I have to set some vertical steel poles into the frame as well, mainly for supporting cross beams. Plus the are long vertical angled hardwood posts which are set…

2 months2 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Hey looks great billyman. Have you done this before or are you a first timer like me? Your site looks a lot more difficult than mine. How…

2 months2 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

billybman - thanks for the question. Yes, I did have some bowing and twisting, unfortunately. It was limited by the fact they were stacked but still some occurred,…

2 months2 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

The hot weather made it a bit of a challenge and certainly we deserved a beer or two at the end of the day.
Did I mention rain? …

2 months2 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Hi All
I did write another post before Xmas but that was the night of the big storms here in the Port Macquarie region and in Sydney. Not long before the…

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4 months4 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Now that I have finished work down in Sydney, later than expected, I can get stuck into work on the house. I expect to be working more or less full…

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6 months6 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Thanks kks and s4s. I think I will do more research and try and work out what i need it for etc. I was told this Bosch has…

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6 months6 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Well, I am back on site now, having finished up my full-time work in Sydney. I still have a couple of trips back for completion activities, but now at…

7 months7 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

I am working full time in Sydney until end August, then part time as required over the following two months.
During that time I'll come back and put in the order…

7 months7 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

So I took some time off from work and whipped up north so I could get my stuff out of storage after two years in a container and a half…

7 months7 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Thanks KKS. Got a bit more to tell, but I will do the next instalment over the weekend. I can't wait until I start putting up frames and…

7 months7 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Ok, so things have moved along a bit while I have been busy down in Sydney in my un-retired state. Cameron finished off the bathroom and set about cleaning up…

8 months8 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

So things have been progressing well. Apart from more rain. Which slowed things down a bit. But in between showers, Cameron and the crew were able to…

8 months8 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

And it rains more........ I hear a bloke down the road is building a very big boat and has lots of pairs of animals in his back yard! …

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8 months8 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Then Cameron the builder started work in brilliant sunshine. Preparing the site for digging the footings and pouring the slabs, then erecting the shed. Trensching for the water and electrics…

8 months8 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Oh dear, more delays in keeping you informed. This work thing sure gets in the way of a comfortable retirement and owner building!
Anyway, as agreed, in my absence the sparky,…

Am I crazy?  OB near Port Macquarie
9 months9 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

So progress at last. At this stage, the CC had not been approved but no problems had been encountered either. Being on the north coast, I had to…

9 months9 monthspowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Sorry I I have been off the air for a while - things have progressed but also there have been a few changes.
Firstly, I received the Construction Certificate from the…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Hi All
I have achieved another early milestone. . I have a NSW Owner Builder's permit. I am excited too Woohoo!!!
Also, I sent out my…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Hi fredgassit
You can do a search for NSW Owner Builder Course and find various options.
I will try to send you a direct message with the provider I used,…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

I am now starting the process of prepping for the actual build. Here's what I am working on:

Gettting my OB licence, hopefully today. In NSW at least, you…

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1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Will happily share when available.
BTW, it is a temperate climate here, I am not trying to build to a particular rating but the NATHERS assessment was purely to get…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

BTW, I am the Constuction Project Manager, Owner Builder, Quantity Surveyor, builder and labourer (with experienced friends), payer and resident. And I am fussy, committed and crazy enough to…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

SBG - not quite sure what your points are here. The renderings with associated documents submitted are part of the NATHERS assessment (done by an energy rating consultancy) and…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

StructuralBIMGuy. Thanks for your comments. I will respond as best I can.
1. My designer, after 20 years in the business a seems to be well aware of…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Some block pics:

From the road, before driveway was bitumenised by the developer. He likes to do things thoroughly.Area to left has now largely been filled and levelled to building…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Thanks for your comments SteveMc. The previous version of the house looked a bit dull, so that's why the designer came up with the idea of the slanted posts and…

1 year1 yearpowerdpowerd posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

And here is a view of the house:

And...

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