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Hi: My deck that I am building is 7.4x6 .0 metres. There is a plinth board running on the 7.4 side ? How many bearers do I need and what spacing do I need for the posts . Thanks Tim.
answered Oct 9, 2015 in DIY Home Improvements by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 1 answer
We are going to build a Granny Flat in the back yard of our house. It will be sited mostly over level ground, but part of it will be over a less than gentle slope, which means the ... ? For example, does the Engineer require technical details about the type of timber - R value, its weight?
answered Aug 31, 2015 in House design by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 1 answer
I have a 2 story house that is brick on the ground floor and pre painted zincalume walls upstairs. Can those upstairs walls be cement rendered by doing a dash coat, or would they have to be covered with cement plasterboard then rendered?
answered Aug 31, 2015 in Renovations by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
We have recently purchased 5 acres, in Little River, Victoria. My husband and I love heat (love Darwin). We are thinking about a U shape design with a large alfresco in the courtyard area facing the ... doesn't get much sun. Can you help with calming my worries that East facing windows are bad?
answered Aug 31, 2015 in House design by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
Apart from your great website who has good books on home renovations and owner builder? I would prefer an Australian author.
answered Jul 25, 2015 in House construction by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 1 answer
When estimating construction costs on a per-square-metre basis how do you take into account the difference between a ground level and a first level extension?
answered Jul 22, 2015 in Renovations by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 1 answer
We believe that the tiles in our bathroom, which we want to replace, have been put on top of other tiles. Can you advise the best and easiest way to get floor tiles up?
answered Jul 22, 2015 in Renovations by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
Our bathroom needs a complete renovation as it's an original 70's number and so the floor tiles need to also be lifted as well as everything removed. The bathroom is small and there is a wall ... and make it a bigger functional bathroom /laundry. Should we employ a designer to help us plan this?
answered Jul 22, 2015 in Bathrooms by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 2 answers
We would like to buy a new home. But most of the properties we have shortlisted is having only one toilet. Is it feasible to build an extra toilet , if yes how much it would cost?
answered Jul 22, 2015 in Renovations by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
Can you tell me that in constructing a new bathroom what items must be done by a registered plumber and what can I do myself? Can I do the tiling myself? Also what is the sequence of installing items?
answered Jul 22, 2015 in House construction by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
I have been getting mixed information about how to make my home more sustainable, without air con and heating. E glass was suggested but only works on the outside heat coming in. We are in Brisbane ... on the south. What do you think??? We have no fireplace or air conditioning, only fans.
answered May 19, 2015 in House design by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 1 answer
Assuming the use of insulation, double glazing and gap sealing have all been attended to in order to minimise heating costs, is there any alternative to internal thermal mass?
answered May 19, 2015 in House design by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 1 answer
Can I locate a bath under stairs which lead up to the floor above? What are the exact measurements that will be allowed?
answered May 19, 2015 in Bathrooms by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
I plan to apply for Build and Subdivision DA at the same time. Have hired Town Planner/Surveyor who would be doing the sub-division as builder is just going to build the two houses only and not do ... engaging the two, at what stage should sub-division be started and who would pay for the DA costs?
answered May 19, 2015 in House design by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
Who is responsible for the Pre-DA meeting with the council - is it builder's responsibility or customer's?
answered May 19, 2015 in House design by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
I provided design review guidelines to a builder upfront before he designed the house plans eg: 5.5m front of garage to road etc. He is saying that there would cost be involved on re- ... pay for re-design of plans when he should have considered council/developer guidelines before doing the plans?
answered May 19, 2015 in House design by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
I am currently planning on designing a rustic-styled bedroom interior, and need helpful tips and advice on achieving this style. I would love and appreciate any advice given. - How would you define ... Do you have any other tips when it comes to working with rustic style? Thank you Katrrenan
answered Apr 9, 2015 in Interior design by BigAl63 (1,580 points) 1 answer
Hi, I need some independent advice. We recently bought a property with my wife. The property has been with the previous owner since the 1950's 60's. The property is located in Sydney. The owner lived ... as we have a 9mth old at home too.. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
answered Mar 30, 2015 in Renovations by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
In your article on the 7 Deadly Sins of Home Design, the following statement is made: "Plan to have standard height ceilings - 2400 or 2700 - to reduce noise." This leads me to two ... seems good compromise between the low 2400 and the very high 2700 ceilings and seems to be reasonably common.
answered Mar 3, 2015 in House design by Angela67 (3,120 points) 1 answer
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