Roof Slope

steep roof

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)

Roofing Material

In general a tile roof needs more of a slope than a [read more...]

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Will a Big House Make You Happy?

overdevelopment 2

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...]

Placing Fill

vibrating plate compactor

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...]

Access to Rear

DIGITAL CAMERA

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...]

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On-Site Stormwater Detention – Storage

conctrete detention tank

Background

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...]

Skylights

skylights

Thinking about putting some skylights in the roof?

Planning one of those rooms with a glazed roof panel?

You really need to think very carefully before you go ahead!

Summer

In summer the heat gain and glare can be enormous causing major overheating. A typical North facing 900mm x 900mm sky light can put 3kw [read more...]

Retaining Walls – Besser Blocks

besser block 1

If you want a rendered surface on your retaining wall one of the best ways of achieving this is by using ‘Besser Blocks’.

These are hollow concrete blocks which are designed to incorporate steel reinforcement within the block.

A few issues when building these walls are:

Don’t skimp on the foundation. Even a 600mm [read more...]

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Daylight Tubes

Solatube

Solatube

If you have a gloomy smaller room (for example bathroom, WIR, or hallway) consider a daylight tube. They are a more energy efficient alternative to conventional skylights or having to keep putting the lights on.

Daylight tubes have three parts:

Roof mounted clear, hemispherical dome Connecting smooth highly reflective tube/duct Ceiling level diffuser [read more...]