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1 month1 monthsnowingsnowing 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 month1 monthsnowingsnowing 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…

3 months3 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

3 months3 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

4 months4 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

5 months5 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

6 months6 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing 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.

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing 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…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Melbourne - South East - Rough Cost ideas of Custom Build

I am going to owner build my house as well and it is a steep block in Melbourne as well.
I think the first think you need to check with yourself…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

Stewie D: You are right on spot. Somehow people here are very conservative. I still heard a lot of people saying EIFS are not for proper building and they will…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

I think your poor response is probably due to materials you choose.
I have been weighing up pros and cons in going for SIPs, ICF, EIFS, hebel and other alternatives myself.
What…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
How difficult to build a DIY kit home?

I'm trying to go down this path now myself. As others already said, you'll need to work out storage and logistics first. The next most important thing is the real…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Question for Owner Builders? Do you have engineer's report?

Yes. It does. As fr as I know Schedule 19A is within 83AB (Statement of Compliance)

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Builder decides not to take on the job (b4 signing contract)

It's quite natural for them to pull out. After all, working on a design without any deposit for a 6 month period does have its own cost. They aren't compensated…

1 year1 yearsnowingsnowing posted:
Passive solar house on south facing sloping land

Just from the look of it, yours is a 3 level split level right? Without info on the elevations, it's a little hard to judge whether solar passive is part…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Builders playing scare tactics help!!

They have no right in doing that for a start. In this case, you are not even informed or given quotes to anything. Your neighbour has to pay the whole…

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2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Reccommend good Draftsman/Architect Melbourne Eastern Suburb

I'm going to build in Croydon North as well and my block is on steep slope bushy setting.
I would suggest before getting too acquainted with floor plans, it's better to…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
How much over list price should I expect?

You should be really worry then... earth work is by far the most unpredictable part of building with huge variance in cost.
You better work out your budget first and…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
How much over list price should I expect?

Depends on where you are building, how big your house is, what you want for all those things you listed.
You better start writing down your budget and start to look…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Value of roof insulation if walls not done?

Think of it this way, back in the old days when there aren't really many insulation materials for walls etc. The most logical way is go for double brick instead…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Buying a home and sharing the cost???

If you are talking about a group of people pooling money to buy a house, it can be done where the owner is a company and all those people own…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Your Hidden Costs After Building

If the turnkey solution is less than 50% of the house.. I will gladly absorb the cost. So far true turn key solutions that I had quote with were more…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Too much pressure from builder to sign - walk or stay?

If you have concerns like this at the very beginning, it's only likely to get worse down the track. Unless you really like the plan and want to stick with…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Your Hidden Costs After Building

Well, the true turn key comes with a cost.
I have chatted with and got quoted for a true turnkey package before where I just get the key and everything is…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Removing steel post to open up alfresco

This can be done but probably at very expensive cost. En-suite is probably one of the more "heavy" and "heavily used" room. From what you want to achieve, you are…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing posted:
Your Hidden Costs After Building

Turnkey packages are not that rare. It just depends on who you build with. You will probably find or negotiate these kind of packages with boutique and custom builders…

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