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3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Home Extension Advice

How does that fit on your block. If there is room at the back (left) it's probably the best place for it, leaving more usable yard space.

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
The "How long is a piece of string" thread.....

Sounds like you really need to work out what you are looking for first. When we were looking for a house we didn't want a fixer upper, but were prepared…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Ugly house exterior

Weatherboard type cladding and a decent coat of paint?

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Neighbour trying to claim land

How much land are we talking about? $76k sounds like half of a suburban block worth, but a bit of his garden and hedge only sounds like a metre or…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Extending / Modernising Kitchen

New doors and draw faces and a benchtop wouldn't be too hard to do assuming the cabinets are in good condition. The layout seems functional enough and looks like extending…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Unitie - one per joist or double?

Redoing some rooms at home. Builder let me know to use some beams and hang the ceiling joist from them. All good, got myself some unitie straps and nailed them…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Decking or pavement

As it's not very high do you really need the railing? Not having one will make the deck more open.

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Apartment renovation (Kitchen, WIR, En-Suite and Study)

Put the study into the double doored linen press and make the study a storage cupboard? Might be able to ditch the single doored cupboard, but looking from here it…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Insulation for roof/wall space?

Lake Macquarie so I suppose the same as Sydney.
This Reno doesn't have a deadline, budget or plans (or professional tradie) so I'll work it out better when I get…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Original Floorboards - polished or matte?

I much prefer the satin/matte look. Gloss, polished and shiny surfaces show up too many finger/foot prints.

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Insulation for roof/wall space?

Thanks for the reply. Fortunately this section of roof faces East. The windows will be double glazed. Will also ask the window installers what they recommend. Increasing depth of rafters…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Structural Beam Sizing

There are beam tables online. Goggle is your friend, but the span tables are not easy to read. Having some knowledge of how loads work will help you there.

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Insulation for roof/wall space?

no one? leaning towards installing roof bats with an air gap if possible between the bats and the roofing foil.

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Where do you draw the line with costs?

Thorough response Ponzu. Spending every last cent to get the perfect house and not having $ left over to live with isn't worth it.
Our 'budget' wasn't set by the bank,…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Insulation for roof/wall space?

Undergoing some renovation work at home converting an unused roof space to bedroom. Our first floor level is built within the roof space, but currently underutilises that available space. We…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Built in robes. Sliding or swinging doors?

In the process of rebuilding my three sons bedrooms. They will have built in robes in each. Being boys there is limited use for mirrors on the doors.
Can you give…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Removing Slate Tiles/Painting Advice

If you are replacing the tiles with something else (carpet, floating floor etc) then I recommend remove, paint, replace flooring.
Make the mess first with potential wall damage, paint while…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Ceiling heights - what to do?

Go the higher ceilings if you want to install ceiling fans. I'm around 6' tall and don't noticed 2400 ceilings until there is a fan running seemingly mm from my…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
HELP with LED downlight layout & power points!

Are you likely to have a workbench in the garage? Get a light put over the top of that too. I also prefer a big flouro to batten light in…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Which E27 globe for this light fitting ?

Those filament lamps are trendy aren't they? I asked how much energy they use while picking up some LED downlights and was surprised.
Must be a conspiracy by the eleco companies…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
LED tube light for garage

Ages ago I bought an Aldi LED tube, but when I got it home was too short for the fittings I had. When we moved house there was the right…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Installing outdoor led strip

This. Get a sparky to install a switch in the correct location and a GPO socket where the transformer will need to go. If you are replacing an existing outdoor…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Turning a Full Height Opening into a Doorway

Fortunately it is a lot easier than going the other way! But brick wall will make matching the finish of the wall more difficult.

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Where do you draw the line with costs?

I'd look carefully at what I wanted as an end result. If I wanted a 4br home and could afford a 3br bells and whistles or a bare bones 4br…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Where do you draw the line with costs?

Practicality first, cosmetic later. Eg I'd happily live with bare globes in a bayonet fittings if it meant I got other energy efficient items. I'd skip a deck up…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Home Air Fresheners

Just open a window? We've got a big glass air freshener in every room. It's starting to warm up during the day now meaning heating is not an issue.
Everything omits…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Outdoor Electrical - help?

Double GPOs have both outlets powered by one cable. You won't be able to separate them without runni two separate GPOs. But wiring in an internal isolation switch should be…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
questions re floating floors/solid/bamboo

No worries with marks on our floors. Everything wiped off easily. One of the reasons we installed the floor was to get off the cold hard tiles. Well worth it…

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Re painting door frames

Touch it up. Then if you don't like the look of it, time to paint a bigger bit with good preparation.

3 years3 yearsSpottiswoodeSpottiswoode posted:
Anyone built their own retaining wall?

What sort of walls do you already have? Are you trying to match them? How high is the wall and wll it be supporting anything other than a fence?
I've done…

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