Specification

Control of costs is really important if you don’t want to run over budget on your new home.

One of the key areas in controlling costs is understanding the specification of the house.

One of the traps that many people fall into is paying a deposit based on an initial specification, They are then hit [read more...]

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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...]

Avoiding Splitting Responsibility

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...]

Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV)

Caleffi PRV

I have previously talked about Noises in Pipes and Dealing with Water Hammer, but neglected to mention PRV’s.

Frequently people think high water pressure to be a good. In fact it can be a big problem. Too much water pressure in a domestic system can:

Result in toilet systems leaking, Put extra stress on plumbing [read more...]

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Quirky Rome Apartment 2

rome wall

Earlier this week I posted about the quirky apartment we have rented in Rome.

Here are a couple more photographs.

The first shows the wall that separates the entrance hall from the Bathroom / Laundry.

The wall is a translucent material with a blue tinge on the external surface and a white surface on [read more...]

DIY Painting, Is It Worth It?

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Graphic from www.clker.com

Painting doesn’t seem so hard to do.

Some people say “Why not do it ourselves rather than pay the builder and save money?”

Well I have done plenty of painting of individual rooms over the years but I wouldn’t attempt a new house!

A figure I have heard from an amateur [read more...]

Worlds Most Unusual Door

Klemens Torggler Door

This picture shows a Klemens Torggler Door

If you think it looks odd just click on the youtube video link below to see it open and close . . . . But be careful, I could watch it for hours!

Youtube Door Video

 

For more Unusual Ideas have a look at: [read more...]

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Missed The Bath – Fail

tap fail Herman

But when was this stuffed up?

When the bath was selected When the tapware was selected? When the bath was installed? When the tapware was installed?

It does show how carefully you need to thick about things at Selection/Pre-Start.

Thanks again to Herman Fong for submitting this photo. (If you see something [read more...]