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Stewie D

Northern Beaches , Sydney
Joined 7 September 2011
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22 h22 hStewie DStewie D posted:
Termite protection - Pine treated sleepers

You are supposed to leave 75mm vertical clearance to the edge of concrete slabs. Take a photo and post it here.
Stewie

2 d2 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Total sqm of house (Sydney)

Further to your comment above alexp79, in our Northern beaches council area we are allowed a 60/40 hard surface to landscaped ratio. This means roofed areas, paths, timber decks and…

2 d2 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Validating builder cost estimates?

A specification is a different document again. It lists room by room all the fittings etc and trade by trade what the requirements are. However, if it is a "straightforward…

2 d2 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Validating builder cost estimates?

Again...
"Do you have a comprehensive specification that they have been working from to " compare apples with apples"?"
Stewie

2 d2 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Didn't want a bulk head for supporting beam, who was respons

From your other posts it seems he is a lazy builder. Not getting a step ladder out and having a quick look up in the ceiling to see how the…

3 d3 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Didn't want a bulk head for supporting beam, who was respons

I've read your three posts. Did this guy give you a quote or is it a cost plus deal?. Where did you get him from?
Stewie

3 d3 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Validating builder cost estimates?

On a large job like that you may be well served by an estimate from a local quantity surveyor. They are up to speed with all aspects of building and…

4 d4 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Lilly Pilly leaves discoloured

Ask this in the landscaping section, you'll probably get more replies.
Stewie

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4 d4 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Is it ok to build a shed over an easement?

If you go onto your water authorities website, you should look for a guideline like " building over or adjacent to our assets ". They should list what you can…

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5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Is it ok to build a shed over an easement?

You may be limited in to what you can do. With our local water authority ( Sydney water ) you would have to...
a) get a contour survey- $1,200 min
b)…

5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
HELP! Builder won't refund deposit and dodging calls

I'd contact your solicitor pronto. Forget your relationship with him. By dodging your calls he has already burnt you and your goodwill.
A well worded letter from your legal guy may…

5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Home and contents insurance start

You can get most insurances pretty much instantaneously either online or over the phone. That will also depend on whether they need additional documents from you and/or the builder like…

5 d5 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Would you lose a bedroom to gain more living space?

How would you use that space if you did knock that wall out? Althom's idea is a good addition seeing as you don't have a dedicated home office.
Stewie

6 d6 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Would you lose a bedroom to gain more living space?

" It is a McDonald Jones Manhattan One. Considering knocking down the wall of bedroom 4 that adjoins the kitchen/living area."
And without seeing a floorpan, we have no idea what…

6 d6 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Is it ok to build a shed over an easement?

Knowing which state, which council and which water utility you are talking about would be a good start.....
Stewie

6 d6 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Selling house without deck permit

Go onto your councils website . There should be a section that tells you what you can and cannot build without a DA. With ours you can build a timber…

6 d6 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Engineered Stone Benchtop Sagging

Post some photos?
Stewie

7 d7 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Building Specifications

I'm curious as to why you went with the council for your PCA rather than a private certifier?
Stewie

8 d8 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Building Specifications

Yes, it is both mailed out as a hard copy or downloadable from their website ($36) as a pdf.
It is OK as a specification but it is by no means…

8 d8 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Building Specifications

The HIA specification is what we were directed to by our certifier as being the default document that they go by. I'm surprised your PCA hasn't listed that as one…

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9 d9 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Neighbours slab higher than my house

All their roof water and water from hard surfaces has to be directed to the council kerb and gutter ( in our neck of the woods anyway). I doubt whether…

9 d9 dStewie DStewie D posted:
New house building mistakes

Have a good read of this thread. It is a good place to start as is the owner builder section.
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=5823
The summary is on page 32.
Stewie

9 d9 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Rendered extension - brick veneer or cladded

Well I retract my first post then. Clad the top and render both levels. By the time it is all painted , it will tie both levels together. I hate…

10 d10 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Rendered extension - brick veneer or cladded

I'm confused?
Is your extension on the ground floor or first floor???
Stewie

10 d10 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Rendered extension - brick veneer or cladded

If it was me, I'd opt to extend in BV so it is essentially the same type of construction, then acrylic render the lot in one go. But I am…

11 d11 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Corner Lot β€” Double Storey Setback

I'd go into the council and ask to see a town planner. They may have some suggestions. It is a pretty common type of council guideline. Ours stipulates a side…

12 d12 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Purchasing home, only problem is mold in the house.

" The presence of mould usually indicates water leaks or drainage problems. It’s toxic and damages natural materials. With the recent Sydney rains expect it to come alive in poorly…

13 d13 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Toilet Sucking Air/water

If there are multiple fittings sharing the same vent then the toilet needs to be the last connected to the vent.This simple fact is sometimes lost on some tradies. It…

13 d13 dStewie DStewie D posted:
Neighbours hot water solar panel

"This construction does not look safe and in any situation, it will easily fall and most likely on your site."
Pffffffft, what do you base that on???
Are you a builder,…

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