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Residential design Series Roof Conversions

Posted by Administrator on September 12, 2018

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Cost Effective Building Series 1

Posted by Administrator on August 23, 2018

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What Council Requires

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
What Documentation is required to Lodge a Development Application?

Additional Requirements

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
After development Consent is granted what next?

Complying Development

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
The following information has been downloaded from the NSW Department of Planning website.
Under the NSW planning system, development consent is required in most instances. There are generally three pathways for development:

Why Choose Us

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
Twenty years of Design and Documentation Experience
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Residential Design series

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
RESIDENTIAL DESIGN SERIES
Brightening up the Old!
Restoring the inside of your little terrace or cottage is the type of work most able-bodied people can attempt and succeed at.
By restore I refer to fixing cracks, repainting walls and ceilings and in some cases replacing the floor. I will follow this subject over a few months so as we can explore the nuances of the work involved.
If your home is in a sad state with cracking or crumbling walls, cracking paint or ceilings that sag under the weight of 100 years of paint then some restoration work will help the house and the occupiers.
All of this work is labour intensive. This means you can save money by doing it yourself!
Choosing where to start is the difficult bit. If the project involves the front three or four rooms, then you will need to be able to create the space to work. One room has to be completely empty for you to work quickly and efficiently; therefore you may wish to consider storage for six months. It's certainly easier than moving furniture and boxes every time you change rooms.
In most pre-war homes the mortar in the brickwork is a lime and sand mix. The render is also lime and sand. The ceilings if of the old decorative plaster type are from my experience as tough as old boots and look sensational when restored even if they are a little rough around the edges.
If the walls have cracking then you will need to make a judgment as to whether you need a structural engineer to access the situation.
Most minor cracking is caused by contraction and expansion in the soil, particular reactive soils, after excessive rain or prolonged drought. The majority of pre-war cottages and terraces have shallow footings and this exacerbates the problem and often makes it very expensive to fix. Underpinning is how you can fix really bad cracking but these series of articles are not addressing such serious structural situations and an engineer should be consulted if your home is in need of this work.
The other point to note about these movement cracks is that replacing the lime render with something stronger is not necessarily going to solve the problem. It may just crack again along the line where the two meet.
Getting organized involves,
" Moving furniture and creating space.
" Creating an area where you can store rubble, paint strippings, old carpets and eventually empty paint tins.
" Creating a space where you can store your working tools, some of this stuff will live in the room where you work but to avoid loosing or tossing out the wrong thing it is important to have a safe, dry storage area, especially once you start painting.
Your work kit will need to consist of a couple of stepladders, and a solid plank to span between the two ladders. If your removing paint from either the ceilings or walls then a couple of litre size gas bottles with attached burners is the most efficient and cost effective method. You fill these at the local servo so to save time I always use two.
You will need a large flat bladed paint scrapper and one smaller for the fiddly stuff. You will want protective eyewear and paper facemasks, buy a box. You should also have a good quality hammer, Stanley knife and even though it will cost you, a quality battery drill is invaluable and will save time and money.
Next month we shall address the individual renovation issues.
Good building and design!
Note: The views expressed in this article are of a broadly based nature and are in no way to be taken as the basis of an individual design. Should a reader wish to pursue the ideas expressed then at all times we recommend they consult with the appropriate professionals.
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Attics as Habitable Areas 3

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Attics as Habitable Areas 2

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design Series The council Process

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design series Ground works

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design Series Open Plan Living

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Cracking in Lime Rendered Walls Rendering Part 1

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design series Cement Rendering part 2

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design series Stripping and Painting

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design series Responsible Painting

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design series Stairs and ensuites 1

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Residential Design series F is for Flooring

Posted by Administrator on June 26, 2018
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Controlling Building Costs

Posted by Administrator on March 6, 2018
How do you control and minimise the costs of your proposed Extension?
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Insulation 2002

Posted by Administrator on August 27, 2017
New Metro Times 2 Insulation..doc
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Attics as Habitable Areas 1

Posted by Administrator on July 7, 2017
Attics spaces are the most cost effective renovation if you have the correct space. If you don’t have the height and you have to consider structural change to make it work then the cost will increase substantially.
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