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 Post subject: Mudbrick in Gembrook
PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:12 am 
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Location: Gembrook, Victoria
Hi all,
we are new to the forum and new to building. Wow, what a steep learning curb we are about to embark upon.
We haven't actually started building yet as we are still waiting for council to get organised, however we thought we would join in and get a head start on everyone elses' experiences.
So far we have all our plans organised, and some materials purchased.
We are not actually OB as such, as we are employing a builder to do the frame and roof.
It's a mudbrick post and beam construction and it's actually just a studio extension onto an existing house.
We are making our own mud bricks and laying the bricks.
My husband has also kindly 'donated' me to be a builders labourer :shock:
Guess I am about to get fit :wink:

I will add some photo's of plans etc from home later.

Anyway, Hugh and I are looking forward to being part of this great forum with a wealth of knowledge to draw from.
Cheers
Simone and Hugh


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:04 am 
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Location: wycheproof
hi simone and hugh
gl on your adventure its going to be fun frustrating nuts and exciting all at the same time
will look forward to your journey
cheers shelley


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:42 am 
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Thanks Shelley.
We are just itching to get started now, but alas.....still waiting for council :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:53 am 
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Shelley,
I was just reading all about your project, and just have to comment on finding things on Ebay.
I too found all our wondows on Ebay.
To have them made to order would have cost us well in advance of 10k and I was browsing ebay and found exactly what we needed. A whole house load of windows (in our size) for 2K. SO that was a huge saving.

Our budget has blown out before we even started so cuttting corners like this helps.
I have also fpound some house bricks, all of our timber and met our builder through ebay. So i think we will have to call the house "EBAY"

Attached is a picture of the site the extension is going.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:46 am 
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Hi Sim and Hugh

You have a beautiful spot in Gembrook.

I notice that you are still waiting for the council for your approvals. Have you had a bushfire rating done yet? Keep this in mind before you spend anymore on windows, doors etc. The bushfire rating will govern what you can install to comply.

I don’t want to dampen your enthusiasm. We have a high bushfire rating (under the old rating before the recent change) which doubled the cost of all our external windows and doors. A big budget blow out that we hadn’t planned on.

I hope is all goes well for you and look forward to updates!

Ilze


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:29 am 
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Location: wycheproof
omg that spot is heaven
by the way you look like youve got way to many tree ferns
i could come remove a few for you if you like :wink:
and yes i love ebay


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2009 7:10 am 
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Location: Gembrook, Victoria
Hi again.
We have submitted our wildfire overlay.
Apparently we need metal fly screens and the lower window panes laminated (as far as we know)
You have me a little worried now as we have purchased all our windows.

The tree ferns are actually hopefully staying, or just being shifted a little.
Sorry :D we love them too much.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 7:57 am 
Are your window frames timber or aluminium? You may want to check this as well.

You can just get the glass replaced for laminated in the lower sections (it's a good idea anyway in case of breakages).

Metal fly screens may mean you need new flyscreen frames as the normal ones may not be strong enough.

You will still save money if your frames are OK even if you end up replacing the glass and screens as most of the 10K in new windows would have been for the frames.


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