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Owner-Builder Exemption from Restricted Building Work for DIYers Now Available

Owner-Builder Exemption from Restricted Building Work for DIYers Now Available

The Department of Building and Housing's Manager of Operational Policy, Craig Hall, has confirmed that "The owner-builder is exempt from the requirement that they must hire appropriately licensed building practitioners to carry out restricted building work on their homes. That is, work critical to the structure and weathertightness of people's homes."

"Most DIY work is usually minor repair, maintenance or alteration work and doesn't fall in the category of Restricted Building Work. For this work nothing has changed and home owners can continue on as they always have when it comes to things like building a pool fence, most bathroom or kitchen renovations, patios and stand alone garages," he says.

Tips for Using Landscape Mulch

Written by building4u  on Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:49  in Landscaping
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Tips for Using Landscape Mulch

Tips for Using Landscape Mulch

Landscape mulch is any type of material placed over the soil to control weeds and conserve soil moisture. Proper mulching can improve the health of your plants, making them more resistant to disease, insects, and drought.

Organic or Inorganic?

Organic landscape mulch includes wood chips, bark, leaves, pine needles, compost mixtures, cocoa hulls, and other plant-based material. Organic mulches contribute to the composition of the soil, adding nutrients and making the soil richer and better for the plants.

Organic mulches do have some drawbacks. If you have problems with rodents, you might consider an inorganic mulch. In very moist climates, organic mulches may hold too much moisture, which encourages slugs and snails, and the stems of plants that come in contact with the mulch may rot.

Making a Landscape Design Plan

Written by building4u  on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 15:37  in Landscaping
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Making a Landscape Design Plan

Making a Landscape Design Plan

Developing a thorough landscape design plan can save you money and time on your project. Too often people launch headlong into a project without really planning it out in any depth. This sort of exhuberant mad dash start can prove to be costly and difficult to reign in at a later point in time.

For example, if you rush out and buy some expensive exotic plants for a border or feature and later realise you need twice as many, you'll likely end up having to spend the extra or risk symmetry and a strange aesthetic.

To avoid costly mistakes and a dissapointing result read on for some tips on developing a thorough Landscape Design Plan.

Energy Efficiency in the Home

Written by building4u  on Tuesday, 18 October 2011 10:31  in DIY Guide
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Energy Efficiency in the Home

Energy Efficiency in the Home

There are a number of things you can do quickly and easily to ensure your home is energy efficient. An energy efficient home is warmer dryer and healthier to live as well as saves you money on your bills so keep reading to find tips on duct insulation, and optimising your energy efficiency with regards to windows and heating.

Have you checked your home's duct insulation? As much as 50 percent of the energy used to heat or cool air can be wasted if ducts are not sealed and insulated properly.

Your home’s duct system is a branching network of tubes in the walls, floors, and ceilings that carries the air from your home’s furnace and central air conditioner to each room. Ducts are made of sheet metal, fiber glass, or other materials.

Ducts operate more efficiently in conditioned air at room temperature, and not so well in excessively hot or cold attics and crawl spaces.

Minor duct repairs are easy to do, so read on for a few simple tips.

Creating a Landscaping Budget

Written by building4u  on Monday, 17 October 2011 10:39  in Landscaping
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Creating a Landscaping Budget

Creating a Landscaping Budget

Creating a landscaping budget is such an important part of the landscaping process whether you choose to contract a professional landscaper or go it alone and do the hard work yourself. Strangely enough it is incredibly common that people simply launch into the process without first fully planning their budget. Things can certainly add up very quickly if you're not careful, so our advice is to always do as much planning and research as you can BEFORE you begin so as to minimise how likely you are to go over budget. Besides, isn't it amusing how often people say they 'went over budget' when they never really had one to begin with! If you thoroughly research and price the various components then you will be able to make informed decisions when chosing to remain within, or slightly extend your original budget. There are many things to think about when creating a landscaping budget, so read on to find out some advice on the types of things you should include.

Clutter Clearing Tips

Written by building4u  on Thursday, 29 September 2011 10:34  in DIY Guide
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Clutter Clearing Tips

Clutter Clearing Tips

Coping with clutter is rarely easy. There's more involved than just catching up on overdue housework, and staying focused and motivated over the weeks or months it may take to get the job done can be one of the biggest challenges. Here are some tips to help you stick with it until it's done:

 

1. "How do you eat an elephant?... One bite at a time!" That's a good way to approach clutter clearing: one "bite-sized" task at a time. An entire house, or even a room, of clutter can be overwhelming. Instead, focus on a single small area - one shelf in a bookcase or one drawer in the kitchen, for example - before moving on to the next.

2. Don't expect to get it done in a weekend. It probably took a long time for all that stuff to pile up, so make peace up front with the fact that getting rid of it is going to take some time, too. Plan to do a little bit every day over a longer period of time, rather than waiting until you have a large chunk of free time available to devote to clutter clearing (which may never happen!).

Drywalling Tips

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:54  in DIY Guide
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Drywalling Tips

Drywalling Tips

Installing drywall is not as complicated as it might seem. With a few safety precautions, some patience and good preparation it is definitely something that you can do yourself, or partially yourself - some DIY'ers do the bulk of it themselves before calling in an expert to tape the joins between the panels so that the finished look is smooth. We've put together ten drywalling tips that will help make your next drywalling project successful and easy, the first step to any DIY project should ALWAYS be to take enough time to prepare properly BEFORE launching into the project. Keep reading to find out what the other 9 tips suggest.

Home Improvement Inspiration- DIY!

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 16:27  in DIY Guide
Home Improvement Inspiration- DIY!

Home Improvement Inspiration- DIY!

You've seen the home improvement projects on TV - a home redecorated in one day or less with an incredible outcome. A mundane house is turned into a beautiful home with just a few tools and some supplies from your local home supply store. Are you inspired? Do you want to give it a go? You can do hundreds of simple, inexpensive, and quick home improvement projects that will increase the value of your home and turn it into a truly enjoyable space.

It might take a little longer than on those TV shows, but the results will be worth the effort and doing it yourself can be hugely satisfying. Read on to get inspired with some home improvement project ideas.