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25 d25 dsnowingsnowing 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 month1 monthsnowingsnowing 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 month1 monthsnowingsnowing 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 month1 monthsnowingsnowing 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 months2 monthssnowingsnowing 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 months2 monthssnowingsnowing 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 months2 monthssnowingsnowing 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 months2 monthssnowingsnowing 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 months2 monthssnowingsnowing 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 months2 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

4 months4 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

4 months4 monthssnowingsnowing 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…

6 months6 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…

6 months6 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…

7 months7 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…

8 months8 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…

8 months8 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…

8 months8 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…

9 months9 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)

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

2 years2 yearssnowingsnowing 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…

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