Work finally started on the roof today, Wednesday 13 April 2011. Although some preparation was started on Monday 11 April. As usual when you think you are going to have a good run the weather changes and you have another 10mm to 15mm of rain. Unfortunately more rain is forecast for the next few days but we are hoping it will miss Bairnsdale. We are not holding our breath.
The main priority to now has been finishing off the framing ready for the Mandatory Frame Inspection. Part of the inspection is to ensure the frame is sound and constructed in accordance the uniform Building Code of Australia. This includes all bracing suitable for an N2 wind classification for the area in which the house is being built. The bracing is difficult to determine when it gets down to the nitty gritty of where and how often it is to happen; apart from what is shown in the wind bracing plan. After consulting with some professional builders and then a building surveyor I managed to get some consensus as to where and how often to place tie down bracing.
With the frame and the bracing completed it was time for the inspection. Fortunately the inspection went well and was successful. The inspector was particularly interested in the roof construction; he hadn't seen a conventional roof construction for many years as most buildings now use roof trusses. He was also impressed with the general quality of workmanship and construction methods.
The photos show some angles of the roof construction and tie down bracing. Other photos are of general interest particularly the delivery of the sheet roofing. The entry to the property is via a rather long driveway. The driver of the semi trailer which delivered the roofing thought he could manage the steep drive which he did very well until it was time to reverse out. Unfortunately he became stuck in the gully which ultimately required two more truck to pull him out.
Bad weather is still an ongoing issue. It will hold up getting the roof on for another week.
Welcome to our website. This website is mainly to keep a record of our current project which is building a new house. As you will see over the next months the house slowly taking shape. Hopefully this site will be helpful to other Owner Builders.
- AUSTRALIAN HOME OWNER BUILDER
- FITTING OUT
- PLASTERING 2
- FRONT STEPS & REAR VERANDA
- INSTALLING HEBEL PANELS
- CONSTRUCTION OVERVIEW
- WALL CLADDING PHOTOS
- ROOF FRAMING PHOTOS
- WALL FRAMING PHOTOS
- SUB-FLOOR FRAMING PHOTOS
- SITE PREPARATION PHOTOS
- FLOOR PLAN
- OWNER BUILDER OBLIGATIONS
- SAMPLE APPLICATION FORMS
- PLANNING ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS
- USEFUL WEBSITES