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Box Gutter and Overflow Design

Box Gutter Design What are the advantages of modern box gutter design and in what way are they a great investment while renovating or building? Failing to install appropriately designed box gutters and correctly sized and positioned overflow devices can lead to serious damage to buildings and contents – especially in shed and flat house roof … Read More Box Gutter and Overflow Design >>

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The Building Process

The Building Process for Major Renovations or New Buildings A step-by-step guide to the building process when undertaking a major renovation or building a new home in Melbourne. Building a new house, home extension or renovation is a huge undertaking – financially and emotionally. It’s essential to understand the various stages involved in the process. … Read More The Building Process >>

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Plans & Planning Permits

Planning Permit Information To turn your initial ideas into workable designs, you basically have two options to choose from. First is design, second is a construct builder that can provide you with plans, a planning permit, a soil report as well as the construction of their services to you. While the designs are not necessarily … Read More Plans & Planning Permits >>

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Working Drawings

What are Working Drawings? Working drawings contain the final details of your new extension or renovation. They are the documents provided to builders to quote on and used to obtain a building permit. They should include floor plans, elevations and perspectives and may also include details about the materials to be used in your project, … Read More Working Drawings >>

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Building Surveyors Role

Reasons to Engage a Building Surveyor A Building Surveyor has the statutory authority to issue building permits and to administer the Building Regulations, under the Victorian Building Act. They can be employed privately as well as by your local council. They work in the interest of the homeowner and the community, ensuring all plans comply … Read More Building Surveyors Role >>

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Contract Administration

Why do you need Contract Administration? Contract Administration is essential to every building process. Why? Let’s take a closer look: Contract Administration provides administration services once construction commences – to assess and certify builders progress payments, determine whether materials and workmanship comply with contract documents, authorise any contract variations and time extensions and notify the … Read More Contract Administration >>

Defect Liability Period

Defect Liability Period

The Defect Liability Period – Your Protection The defect liability period refers to the period of time described in your building contract at the completion of your home extension, where the builder is required to rectify the outstanding issues identified by the building surveyor, the owner or owner’s advocate (eg a building consultant). They are … Read More Defect Liability Period >>

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Prime Costs & Provisional Sums

Prime Costs and Provisional Sum A Prime Cost (PC) is an estimate, agreed to by you and the builder, for materials (fixtures & fittings) which have not been selected at the time of signing the contract. Generally they are ‘one off’ items. The best quotes have few or no PC allowances in them. Some PC … Read More Prime Costs & Provisional Sums >>