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With a few members starting new house build's including myself I though it would be good to share our build and get helpful tips from fellow members who's built in the past or offer they services in their trade.

Even with odd jobs round the house or pass on info to trade services in there local area.

Share links to useful site and items on special also the right tools for the job.

This also includes Home renovations, Landscape, showcase your garage and the classic Shed or as we all know our man caves.

Lets not forget interior design and colour schemes.

Here is some photo's of my house with work done so far. Work start on Monday and nothing since as its been raining.

Work started

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Level at the back of the house still lots to do.

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Thanks to the bush behind us the rear of the house is BAL 12.5.

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Hasn't moved in 2 days.

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If you think this could work keep it, if not delete thread.

Cheers

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Money!! Finger crossed they dont but with a big saving now thanks to local farmer for taking all the dirt we saved 18k.

Block wall. I did want the back retaining wall the same as the brick being used but to costly.

Once all cut ill have a better idea to what needs to be done. Still early days but im big on landscaping and having everything clean and tidy.

I have OCD when it comes to my house which I guess is a good thing.

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they're cool but no sure about #2 what will happen if one side lets go? BAM!! down she goes but at least you still can work on the car.

Scissor lift are twice the price of a hoist but are a good idea

http://www.tufflift.com.au/products/commercial/scissor-lift-hoists/

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building gives you so many options, I hope you are designing your own place.

We did a major reno 4 years ago, went owner builder.

In hindsight we should have bulldozed what was here and built from ground up.

We also made the mistake of living in our renovation mess as we built (obviously you wont have that problem)

The devil is in the detail as they say, keep a close eye on what is being done and as soon as you perceive any problem, act on it immediately.

Builders, contractors and tradesmen are NOT your friends, they are professionals doing their jobs, treat them as such.

Clear and precise communication is paramount to a happy end result.

here's a couple of before and afters.

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Here are a few pic of the Excavation work. I went up this morning and they are hoping to have it finished this arvo. Fingers crossed.

top level rear bed room, next one down lounge/kitchen. where im standing is where the pool is.

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There the laser level is the pool. Down one where I am is the home theatre

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Garage high. 4m Hard to tell

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Ill head back this arvo

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Here are a few pic of the Excavation work. I went up this morning and they are hoping to have it finished this arvo. Fingers crossed.

Ill head back this arvo

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Nice Steve whats all red stuff? or is it just the colour of dirt being in WA.

Earthworks costly?

This is costing me 18k including dirt removal approx 600T +. I should save a few $$$ because of local farmer taking about half.

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Red stuff is the crushed bones of my enemies, laying them in the foundation of my war fortress. Earthworks costing about 30k including a run in trench about 70m for electric and phone. Fortress is about 300m2. Water tank base 11.5m in diameter. I was there filming when he pushed over the trees that were on the water tank spot. I liked those trees so it was a sad sight...but an impressive machine. He asked me "Wasn't that much better than fixing computers?" which I had to agree with.

Five acres of land, about ten minutes up the hill from Midland, away from the riff raff. Even less of a drive to where Peter Brock had his final race actually.

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Red stuff is the crushed bones of my enemies, laying them in the foundation of my war fortress. Earthworks costing about 30k including a run in trench about 70m for electric and phone. Fortress is about 300m2. Water tank base 11.5m in diameter. I was there filming when he pushed over the trees that were on the water tank spot. I liked those trees so it was a sad sight...but an impressive machine. He asked me "Wasn't that much better than fixing computers?" which I had to agree with.

Five acres of land, about ten minutes up the hill from Midland, away from the riff raff. Even less of a drive to where Peter Brock had his final race actually.

5 acres, man that's huge!!!!

what are you going to do with it all?

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Drift circuit. War fortress is the nickname for the clubhouse in the middle.

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Drift circuit. War fortress is the nickname for the clubhouse in the middle.

my parents bought a 5 acres with a house on it when I was 17 (just a couple of years ago)

first thing I did was mark out a circuit with my motocross bike (CR 125) :thumbsup:

I must have drove my parents nuts going round for hours, only stopping to refuel !!!!!

neighbors must have been happy when I moved back into town to my own place about 6 months later. :yes:

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Very nice reno's Garden area look lash mate.

living in the tropics is garden heaven for those that enjoy it (my wife looks after that side of things, I just do the heavy lifting)

you just need to put down some good soil, chuck in some plants, and the wet season looks after the rest.

october 2009

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April 2010

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September 2011

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Edit: BTW, we started off looking at the classic kidney shaped pool, ended up with this (so glad we explored other options)

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Holly crap Steve so friends dont hang around long with you, so many enemies.

Crashboy love the garden mate wifes on the ball. So now I ask can you send me some cuttings? Of the plant in below photo. Ill pay for postage.

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This is my old place I love my garden spent $$$ and many hours to get it right. Also like my lights, lighting makes a big difference to the look of a house/garden.

Yes the right side is mine too.

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Big backyard for the kids and the lights

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Plants everywhere the whole boundary line is garden.

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The pool behind the house which left a big backyard

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Crashboy love the garden mate wifes on the ball. So now I ask can you send me some cuttings? Of the plant in below photo. Ill pay for postage.

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that is just a standard heliconia that you should be able to buy from your local nursery.

if you cant get one, let me know and I'll send you a rhizome (rootstock)

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Thanks Ill check the local nursery. I like the shape and height Might make for a nice screen along the kitchen windows.

After being out all day the wife wanted to do a drive pass the block. To my surprise they were on site finishing up. SWEET!!

Bad news is that part of the wall collapse and now they are putting in block wall and back fill temporary just in case.

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I don't have to worry about trees or plants coz apartment.

I'm taking plans to council on Wednesday for a pre D/A consultation. I want to extend into roof for media/study and bedroom/WIR/ensuite.

There are a few hoops to jump through but should all be fine. Will make it 260m2 4 bed, 2 bath DLUG.

Apartment living doesn't suit most but it suits me fine plus my wife needs the "walk to rail" and shortest commute possible to city on our modest combined income.

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Pics of collapse?

Dudes. Don't get me wrong. The gardens do looks great.

But f*ck palm trees. f*ck them right to hell.

Indeed. Spent 2k last year getting rid of all the ones in our backyard. I regret nothing
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