Design – Controlling Costs

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When you are planning a custom home costs can quickly run away with the initial budget!

Just watch a few episodes of ‘Grand Designs’ and you will see people with costs out of control!

If you are planning a custom home here are a few thoughts.

Expensive Main Features

Overall Size If you buy [read more…]

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Are You Prepared for a Bushfire?

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It will soon be Summer . . . . and Bushfires will be in the News!

Live close to the Bush? . . . . Are you and your new home ready in case a fire is heading your way?

Its not just making your new house Fire Resistant.

Questions You Need To Answer [read more…]

Pre-Wetting your Site

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Reason For Pre-Wetting

If you are Building On Clay that is dry there is a risk of Soil Heave.

This is due to expansion of the clay if the moisture level increases with particular risk factors being:

Building after a long period of very dry weather when large cracks in the surface are visible. [read more…]

Do You Need A Formal Dining Room?

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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

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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

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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…]