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2 months2 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

Thanks for your advise!
My draftsman is in QLD. :) So that makes things harder. I'm sure things will work out.

2 months2 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
OFFERING FREE ADVICE TO OWNER BUILDERS ON LOW ENERGY AND PRE

Totally agree with this. I am thinking of going this path as well. Any recommendation for a PM?
I do feel that unless you have the time or you can wait,…

4 months4 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Lock up payment

No.. render is not a requirement. Rendered or not does not affect whether the house can be locked up or not.

4 months4 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Is building a home much cheaper than buying in Melbourne?

Suggestion is to make up your mind regarding location first. Price varies a lot around Melbourne.

5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Owner Builder - was it worth it?

My suggestion is.. to be an owner builder, there is only one thing you need to think thru. TIME.
Either you have a lot of time to attend to…

5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing posted:
Building Costs - Your experience

It depends on too many things.
Depends on level of finish, how much things you are going to do yourself, how good you are at for striking bargains.. etc..
Also, site conditions,…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing 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…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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.…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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.

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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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2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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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2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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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2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

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