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5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Is a covered rooftop deck a storey?!

Thanks! That's helpful.
It's along the line of my thought as well. So probably a pergola / vergola style covering would be a better choice then. As long as sunshine can…

5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Is a covered rooftop deck a storey?!

I am in a dilemma regarding location of garage.
If I put the garage in ground floor, then a upper level with rooms and on top of it is a covered…

11 months11 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

That's good. As long as the bore hole is not in middle of your future garden then it is ok.
That's more for rural blocks where no one is around…

11 months11 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Owner builder - advice on getting a soil report.

It depends on the size of your block, condition and your house placement.
But minimum would be 2 bore holes within your future house perimeter and especially location where extensive…

11 months11 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Neighbours garage on property line, wants bedroom

Frankly speaking, all your questions are answered on other forum. You won't hear an answer that you prefer to hear.
As other already mention, no matter your neighbour is on boundary…

11 months11 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Program/app for designing home

Home Designer by Chief Architect is a good choice which will cost quite a bit but worth it. You can import CAD drawings as reference to draw up your slope.…

11 months11 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Hebel had no impact on energy rating

Comparing Exsulite with Hebel is really not an apple to apple comparison. Exsulite is just another EPS cladding product, which is why it has a higher insulation rating as it…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

Put it this way, tradies can also choose work they want to do especially the good ones. If you don't have issues with timeframe, you are less likely to encounter…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Kit home budgeting and builder recommendations

It's best to check with your kit home supplier for referrals. Some of them do have builders that can help to build to certain stage.
One thing thou, unless you…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Owner builder permit description query

Have a chat with your council would be a good idea. They can provide you with information if any specific description is needed.

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

I would choose elevation. Not just for view, but also for things storm water drainage etc..
From the look of it, you cut and fill won't be too much... a…

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1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Building code for Container house

The short answer is.. same requirement as normal house. (brick veneer, weatherboard, etc..) It is just another way to build a house.
For container house, you will need to use…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Laundry sink in the kitchen - In Victoria

I don't think it is necessary either. I have definitely seen plans for granny flats and apartments having WM in kitchen without the a laundry sink which some of those…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

:: You will need to keep your dream going all the time. That's the spirit of OB. You will need to work out your limit and…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Double glazed windows - Uw values

Have been researching uPVC for a while. You will need to pick a good manufacturer if you decided to use it. I'm choosing between uPVC and thermally broken aluminium. They…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Basix? Have to have Viridian smartglass

If you really want clear glass with no tint or film on it at all, the cheapest way is double glazing. (which is definitely the more expensive option for compliance)

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1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
The Adventure Starts ! OB in Canberra on a small block

Keep it up! As OB, looking for bargains will be something to do for your spare time. :)

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1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
2 nd owner builder application within 5 years

There is no standard answer for this one. When was your first application and finished date?
You will need to show why you need this permit and justify your reason.
But frankly…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
have you ever heard 'timber truss solution' in Melbourne

I would be concern about other issue like timber expansion / shrinkage due to conditions of the actual site. ie: moisture. These are things that might not be prepared during…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Is 'package' a thing here?

There are a few around that do kit homes as a package. Depends on which one you choose, some actually include everything including tools that you might need. As you…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
First timer

Frankly speaking, it really depends on how much you are going to do as owner builder. Also, what is your expecting finish for your house, location, site condition etc.. will…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
How much can we do?

Since you are in rural area, speak to your council to see if they allow for temporary accommodation such as container house. If it is a portable house or one…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
How much can we do?

It might sound negative.. but most of your points are NO..
Not all councils are happy with container house. Even is they are ok, you still need to comply to a…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
unregistered builder

You got a fair bit to cover on this topic.
I assumed you already have your planning permit, ob certificate etc..
If only carpentry work that is required, they still need to…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Dividing Fence Legal Question

As far as I know, he should have given you 3 quotes in the first place and consult you regarding the fence.
If the fence is included in his plan…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Question about customising a kit home.

You are correct with the copyright issue. It really depends on which kit home company you are referring to. If you want you can pm me the name to see…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Building a new house in Melbourne North _ OB

I'm actually starting my ob next year in eastern suburbs.
I think before you start thinking about choosing trades, you need to make sure you have clear understanding of your plan…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
My Journey is soon to begin...

I'm working on initial plans for my OB home as well. Basically, these are things that I have done which might be useful to you too.
- contour survey
- site classification…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
excavation and retaining wall approximate costs

4m high retaining wall... you'll need a goldmine.
You better try to find out what's under your retaining wall first before getting to excited.

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
This Is Getting Out Of Hand

I would say digging your own hole is not the best option for sure. Technically you dig a hole for your builder to escape from his liability. If at later…

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