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15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Tawny Heritage Selkirk Brick

Hi Rod,
Recieved your PM and replied but for some reason is still sitting in outbox.
Anyway, no pics but you are welcome to come and have a look. House is in…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Sandstone cladding for external walls

Try this site.
http://www.gosfordquarries.com.au/
My guess is at least $100m2 plus installation.
Looks real good though !!!!

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
A question about frame

It looks like they were a little bit out when they poured the slab.
I think the bottom plate can overhang the slab by no more than 10mm, so in this…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Query: Building delay due to rain

Rain delays would only apply prior to lock up being achieved.
After lock up the weather doesn't matter.

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Mortar colour: off white - natural - white?

The builders certainly make the variations worth their while. People building for the first time generally are not aware of the costs involved and the builders prey on this.…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Mortar colour: off white - natural - white?

Hi 3timesbuilda :D
Assuming you used 10000 bricks, about $900 of the $1000 is the BS factor.
Cream colour mortar uses yellow sand with Brighton…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Tiling costs

To me $47m2 sounds good. Laying 600 x 600 tiles or any large format tile is a real pain, not anywhere as easy as you would think.

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
One Porter Davis Frustration After Another....

My experience was that you got only two coats of watered down paint and that was poorly applied.
You really need one sealer coat and two top coats to get adequate…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Independent inspectors

As far as I am aware there is no regulation that states you must accept the Building Surveyors as used by any of the volume builders, and are free to…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Extremely Reactive Soil.

Hi GriffBNE :D
$12000 just for additional concrete. At $200 m3 thats 60M3 of concrete.
Where are they going to put it ????
I'd ask for…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Tiles or wood?

We much prefer timber, better look and feel. It does damage easily but that's called character and eventually you can resand. I would never use a gloss finish as…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Blue Rain House

Hi James :D
The garage door is a tilt door made from marine ply. It, and the ecoply, I painted in Dulux On The…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Owner Builder - any way to make it easier?

Hi Muzzman :D
You may consider using a registered builder to get your project to lock up, and you arrange plumbers electricians plasterers cabinets…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Blue Rain House

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments.
Fiona, those glass mosaics do look impressive don’t they ! Both sides of that wall are done; the tiles were $18.50 a sheet…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Blue Rain House

Thanks bda20 and Michelle :D
The house though, is not ours anymore; we sold it earlier this yearand are currently working on our next house.…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Blue Rain House

Here are a few more pics.

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Blue Rain House

Talinsmum, Fiona, has asked for some more pictures of our house so please find a selection below.
We designed and built the house in 2005, as owner builder. We organized all…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
What bricks did you choose - Show and Tell

Hi fojean :D
Thanks for your interest.
To get that colour mortar we used off white sand (Mukadilla sand I think its called), with grey…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
What bricks did you choose - Show and Tell

Thanks Fiona :D
The interior worked out pretty well too !!! I'll post some pictures over the weekend if you are interested.
Shane

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
What bricks did you choose - Show and Tell

I forgot to mention, that when I priced the bricks a few months ago, the Blue Rain was about $200 per thousand more expensive than Tawny Heritage.
So even if you…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
What bricks did you choose - Show and Tell

Hi rerob1 :D
I'm busy on the new house at present, but i should be able to post some pics over the weekend, if…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
What bricks did you choose - Show and Tell

Nice choice fojean :D
We used Blue Rain on our previous house; I think it was one of the first houses to use the brick.…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Carnaby Home Design - H3nley Properties

Then again, it might be their terminology for a plain old soil test.
I'd ask if it is the soil test or an additional soil test.

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Carnaby Home Design - H3nley Properties

Hi Papa :D
I've done four houses over recent years and have never had a "footing probe".
I will assume it is to determine soil…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Reusing old timber

Hi Al :D
I wouldn't use hardwood for the subfloor (joists etc) for your deck or steps, as it will eventually rot being exposed to…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
indicative costs - custom builder

The final cost is also subject to site conditions,: is the block flat or does it have a substantial slope requiring excavation. Has the soil been tested. M Class soil…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Checking broadband coverage on a house that doesnt exist yet

Hi Parker :D
Despite various websites telling us the local exchange supports ADSL we cannot connect because we are on the old "pair gain"…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Checking broadband coverage on a house that doesnt exist yet

We are told on our providers website that we have access to ADSL, but when we tried to connect we found it was not available. Its probably best to ring…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Bulk Excavation costs?

Hi Matt :D
Sometimes you get lucky !!!
In my area at present, it seems like everybody has got fill to get rid of, and…

15 years15 yearsshanemshanem posted:
Bulk Excavation costs?

$200 a load sounds about right if you are disposing of it at a council site.
If you can find someone who needs 200m3 of clean fill it should cost you…

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