Electricity Meter Box Location

Meter Box

Have you thought about where your meter box will go?

As you can see from this photo it is often one of the earliest things to be installed . . . . . Don’t like it in the location and its going to cost big dollars to change!

Because the Meter Box is normally at [read more…]

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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…]

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…]

Rendered Foam Walls

Foam rendered walls

Rendered Foam walls are becoming much more common, particularly in the upper floor of 2 storey homes. They offer a real advantage in situations where it would be difficult to provide adequate suppport for a heavy brick wall (For example when the upper floor needs to be set back from the ground floor)

If you [read more…]

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Brick ‘Bulldust’

Brick Bulldust

I hear a lot of people agonise over the choice of bricks for their new house.

That’s probably because they are:

Looking Too Closely. At the builders display centre you may be handed individual bricks or see a board with about 8 bricks on it. When you have been in the house a month [read more…]

Where Is The Other House?

Half a semi

I saw this curious looking house one rainy day.

It looks like it’s one house short of a semi-detached pair.

I can only assume the owner saw an example of the house and liked the layout so much they thought they would copy it.

A problem that is not so apparent from the photo [read more…]

Brickwork – Mortar Joints

Mortar Joints

During your Selection or Pre-Start meeting It isn’t just Picking a Brick. You also have to pick a mortar colour and a type of mortar joint.

Mortar Colour

If you have been to a Brick Display Centre check what colour mortar they use in the test wall of the brick you like. This will probably [read more…]

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Choosing Bricks

DIGITAL CAMERA

If you want brick you really need to go and visit one of the brick manufacturers display centres where they have display walls built with the various bricks.

Make sure you look at the bricks in the builders standard range first. If you are happy with a brick from this range you will save [read more…]