I recently saw an advert for ‘MyPlace’ a ‘Virtual Build Information System’ by Burbank.
What Is A Virtual Build Information System?
MyPlace is a virtual construction site which provides a visual aid in the progress of your home’s construction. It lets you check out what’s happening on-site of your new home without having to leave [read more...]
Lets face it, building isn’t always easy. Each house has its own problems and the builders have to deal with the weather.
Things do go wrong . . . so the measure of a good builder is how they resolve the problems.
Here are some excuses you shouldn’t have to hear. . . . together [read more...]
Unfortunately brickwork overhanging the slab like this is more common than it should be. . . . but it’s often not the brickie’s fault.
How it Happens
Normally the problem is that the slab has been constructed smaller than the required dimensions.
This wouldn’t be a problem, but for the fact that most houses [read more...]
I frequently hear of people being told by their Builder ”You can’t use your own Building Inspector!”
If your builder says that, he is trying to Con You! ……or Breaking The Law!
Here is an explanation based on my last House Contract (HIA Standard Contract) . . . . . .
The builder [read more...]
All house builds have to be inspected to check on their compliance with the Building Code of Australia.
These Certification Inspections used to be carried out by the Local Council. Nowadays there is no requirement for a builder to use any particular certifier so many builders choose their own private certifier.
There are a limited [read more...]
A lot of people people misunderstand how Australian Standards apply to Contracts so here is a quick guide.
All Australian Standards (AS) are published by Standards Australia. which is a non-government organisation.
It’s role is to meet Australia’s need for relevant standards for quality in goods and services that are also consistent with [read more...]
The House Construction-The Frame post explains the background to frame construction.
The drawing below shows a typical standard wall frame
Minimum timber size will be 95mm x 35mm although this may increase for the following reasons:
Additional wall insulation may increase the depth of the frame to 125mm If the [read more...]
With over 400 copies sold (to July 2013) I have done a major revision of the PCI Guide:
Extra Check Lists Even more advice on what to look for
All those who bought the previous edition between 1st July and today should have already received a Free Update by Email. If [read more...]