Do You Need A Formal Dining Room?

dining room

Go round most Display Homes and you will see a Formal Dining Room . . . . . but why do you need it?

Photo from www.home-designing.com

If you look round the options for eating a meal will be:

The ‘Island Bench’ The ‘Breakfast Table’ The ‘Formal Dining Room’ The ‘Al Fresco’ [read more...]

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Silt Pits

silt pit 2

Any drainage system should have silt pits at regular intervals.

This includes both stormwater systems and agricultural drains.

In the case of the above photo this is a combination drain and grate silt pit. (As the water can become stagnant this is a potential breeding ground for mosquitos!)

The pit may be either circular or [read more...]

Soakwells

Soakwell

In Western Australia you are required to dispose of storm water on your block, rather than to a public storm water drain.

There are also many areas that don’t have public stormwater drains including many beach side areas.

In either case if this applies to your block then you will probably need soakwells, so here [read more...]

Wardrobe Location

Get your wardrobe location wrong and you could finish up with mouldy clothes!

I have recently seen a few house plans with built in wardrobes along an external wall . . . . Not a good idea.

The Problem

Basically there is a lot of water vapour in the air in every house.

This water [read more...]

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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...]

Stormwater Discharge Point

Heavy rain

One check that is often forgotten when buying a block in an established suburb is how storm water is removed from the site.

Fifty, or more, years ago when land was cheaper it was not unusual for blocks to be quite large compared with the size of the house.

Disposing of storm water by [read more...]

Window Abbreviations

When you are looking at builders plans it can be hard to understand what all the abbreviations mean!

Here are some common window Abbreviations /Acronyms:

AL – Aluminium (also Alum) AW – Awning Window CG – Clear Glass CLR.OPG – Clear Opening CR – Curtain Rod DG – Double Glazing DH – Double [read more...]

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Sisalation or Sarking

sarking

Sarking is the sheet material which can be put over the roof trusses before the final roof covering is installed.

It’s normally standard on a metal roof as it prevents condensation on the underside of a roof from dropping onto the ceiling below.

In the case of a tiled roof it helps with weatherproofing [read more...]