Soil Heave – Protecting the Slab

Protecting slab Stage 1

There has been a lot of talk in the Melbourne papers recently about ‘Slab Heave’ when Building on Clay so I thought I would explain how to minimise the risk during construction.

A key issue when building on clay is to avoid any extra moisture getting into the clay under the slab. causing the clay [read more…]

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Fixing Stage Inspections

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This is the time when all plasterboard lining (or internal cladding) architraves, skirtings, doors, built in shelves, baths, basins, troughs, sinks, cabinets and cupboards of a home are fitted and fixed in position.

The waterproofing of all wet areas will also have been completed.

The house will still require painting and things like cabinet [read more…]

How Many Construction Inspections?

Well I do my own inspections, so for my houses they have been at least once week. . . . . but if you are paying $4-500 an inspection for a professional you might want to consider the options below!

Just remember the fewer professional inspections the more you should take an active interest yourself.

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Pre-Plasterboard Inspection

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Plasterboard can cover a lot of defects . . . . . . . so if worth checking on things before it goes up.

Typically the timing of this inspection will be after the ‘Lock Up Stage‘ but before the completion of the ‘Fixing Stage‘.

Due to cost lots of people don’t use a [read more…]

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Construction Stages – Background

For readers unfamiliar with the building process I thought I would provide some information on the various construction activities that will be carried out in the full schedule.

This schedule has been generally be based on the typical single storey brick veneer house which I am most familiar with.

As there are a lot of [read more…]

10 Things Needed For An Occupancy Permit

Did you know you can get an Occupancy Permit before your house is finished?….. Useful to know for all those owner builders who want to move in while they finish.

The point of an Occupancy permit is to protect the safety and health of people who occupy and visit the house and to enhance the [read more…]

How Much Should Stage (Progress) Payments Be

When you are building a new house you are required to make regular payment as each STAGE is completed. But how much?

Well builders want to get paid as soon as possible so they will want the early payments to be as big as possible. You as the purchaser need to make sure you aren’t [read more…]

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Construction Stage 1 – Base

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Although you don’t actually see much of the work that comprises this stage of the construction it has a significant impact on the completed house.

This work package can be subdivided as follows:

Site Set Up Temporary Fencing. Most councils now require 1.8m high fencing of sites. Power supply. Originally a temporary box on a [read more…]