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...]
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...]
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...]
This house has one of the steepest roofs that I have seen around Melbourne.
I certainly think doing any work would be a bit scary, and very expensive.
So what are the considerations when thinking about Roof Slope (or Roof Pitch)
In general a tile roof needs more of a slope than a [read more...]
Inspired by a post on www.mrmoneymustache.com
Why do you, or your spouse, want a big house? What are you trying to buy? . . . . . . Well most people think they are buying happiness.
Does you family really need that much room? How may huge parties and family gathering are you going to [read more...]
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...]
With the narrow blocks that are becoming more common you see a lot of new houses built right to the side boundary on both sides.
In some cases that can’t be avoided, but I think there is a real advantage in leaving enough room for a path on at least one side of the [read more...]
Many urban developments, and subdivisions, require stormwater flows from your block to be limited to a maximum flow rate. (See: ‘Onsite Stormwater Dention‘ for the reason why)
Although councils will require the calculations to be done by a qualified hydraulic engineer here is some explanation of the process so you can understand what is [read more...]