Building Dimensions

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Unless shown otherwise, dimensions shown on building plans for internal wall locations always refer to the structure’s dimensions. Structure means masonry and timber framing and does not include finishes such as plasterboard, render or skirting boards. The internal room sizes will be different when thicknesses of these internal finish materials are taken into account. Clear room height dimensions should be …

Independent Building Inspector

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Independent Building Inspector Independent building inspector. New floors are considered defective, if within the first 24 months they differ in level by more than 10 mm in any room area, or more than 4 mm in any 2 m length. The overall deviation of floor level to an entire building footprint should not exceed 20 mm. It is my opinion, …

Concrete Flooring

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Concrete flooring is extremely tough, resilient and difficult to damage. With modern advances in concrete mixing and setting have allowed builders to achieve an endless variety of colour and texture effects using this versatile material. Minor cracking whilst the concrete cures is common, however a building inspector should be appointed to further investigate if larger cracks appear. Photo courtesy CAANdesign.

Termites

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There are many different types of termites. Some eat only grass or vegetation whilst others eat timber. These include drywood termites, dampwood termites and subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are the only species recognised by the Building Code of Australia.  It is recommended to have at least one inspection every 12 months and two inspections a year in warmer climates where …

Stamp duty- Reforms needed?

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Perth Building Inspectors Perth building inspectors. The Housing Industry Association, the voice of Australia’s residential building industry, recently released the Winter 2015 edition of Stamp Duty Watch. Stamp Duty Watch provides in-depth analysis of residential stamp duty in each state and territory, the effects of the tax on affordability, and its implications for the mortgage repayment burden. Since the last edition of Stamp …