A great way to stop the building site from becoming water logged is for the builder to install temporary downspouts as soon as the roof has been covered.
Although this is generally good practice it is really important if you are building on Reactive Clay as it will minimise the occurrence of Soil Heave damaging [read more…]
These days all the builders provide, at our cost, a 1.8m high ‘Security Fence’ around the site.
When you ask them “Why is it there? “. . . They say “Its for Occupational Health and Safety and/or to prevent theft. ”
If those are the reasons why do less than 1% have a padlock?
Of so you want to place some fill. . . .perhaps behind a retaining wall to level a garden . . . So what do you need to understand?
Here are some things to consider.
Final Volume – Loose Volume
Most people underestimate the volume of material they need because they measure the volume they [read more…]
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…]
I often come across people who want to exclude certain items of the work from a house building contract to save money.
They may want to do the work themselves, use their own tradie (relative or friend) or use a different supplier to install things before or during the build.
Liability for Problems
The main [read more…]
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.
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…]
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…]