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The difference between hardwood & softwood timbers

You may have heard the terms "hardwood" and "softwood" when speaking of timber, however the difference is not as straightforward as it may sound. The terms "hardwood" and "softwood" do not indicate the softness or hardness of particular timbers. There are hardwoods that are softer and lighter than softwoods. The differences between the timbers relates [...]

By |2017-05-03T21:46:47+10:00May 3rd, 2017|Builder, Timber|0 Comments

What is Composite Decking?

Composite Decking is decking boards made out of recycled products including: recycled timber fibres recycled plastics natural minerals; and polymer resins. There are various brands of composite decking available for you to use in your new decking. These include: Modwood EKO Decking Tech Wood Plastic Timber Future Wood; and Next Gen Decking Advantages of Composite Decking the decking [...]

By |2017-03-15T21:35:54+11:00March 15th, 2017|Builder, Decking|0 Comments

Do you know what a BAL rating is?

If you've live in the suburbs surrounded by open landscapes and are interested in building a new outdoor structure or extend or renovating your home... your builder may ask "do you have a BAL rating"? For most people, they've never heard of this before. What is a BAL rating? A "BAL" rating stands for Bushfire Attack [...]

By |2017-03-01T20:47:49+11:00March 1st, 2017|Builder, General Carpentry|0 Comments

Pergola vs Verandah – What is the difference?

What is the difference between a pergola and a verandah? A pergola is: A flat or pitched roofed structure (is open-aired, shade cloth roofing or shade batons) Can be attached to your home or built as a free-standing structure Can be built with treated pine or merbau timber A verandah is: A flat, pitched, double pitched or gable roof structure [...]

By |2017-02-05T14:05:23+11:00February 5th, 2017|Builder, Pergola, Verandah|0 Comments

How do we build?

Happy New Year! Today on the Builders Blog, we have a different type of post for you. We're sharing with you, one of our time lapse videos that we record on the job site to show you how we build! This video shows us building a deck, verandah, seating and plantar boxes in the Berwick Waters [...]

By |2017-01-17T12:36:55+11:00January 17th, 2017|Builder, Decking, Verandah|0 Comments

What is a Registered Building Practitioner?

A Registered Building Practitioner is an individual who is registered with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to carry out building works, both residentially and commercially. There are 9 categories of building practitioner registered through the VBA including: Residential Builders Commercial Builders Building Inspectors Building Surveyors Draftspersons Engineers Demolishers Quantity Surveyors Erectors or Supervisors of temporary structures All [...]

By |2016-11-15T23:14:11+11:00November 14th, 2016|Builder|0 Comments

Building Contracts… what are they?

A building contract is a written legal document to be completed should you: be building a new home plan to repair or renovate your existing home plan to extend your existing home or plan to add outdoor areas such as decking, verandahs, pergolas  to your property From 1st September 2016, your builder must provide you [...]

By |2016-11-15T23:14:33+11:00October 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is an “owner builder” and can you be one?

An owner builder is someone who is capable of supervising and taking on building works on their own property and land. An owner builder could: intend to use their own skills or expertise to build, renovate or extend a house intend to supervise and manage sub-contractors to complete building works be a registered builder who [...]

By |2016-11-15T23:15:05+11:00October 3rd, 2016|Builder|0 Comments

What type of roofing is best for your pergola, carport or verandah?

Adding a pergola, carport or verandah to your home, can add additional space and increase the overall value of your property. To ensure you create a space that meets the needs of your lifestyle, there are some common questions for you to consider: What materials and colours will compliment my existing home How much sun/ [...]

By |2016-11-15T23:15:57+11:00September 21st, 2016|Builder, Carport, Pergola, Verandah|0 Comments

What type of timber is best for my decking?

There are many types of timber available to use to build your decking. It can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing about which one to choose. The following are some factors to consider when deciding on a timber type for your decking: What colour do I want my decking to be? Will it match my existing [...]

By |2016-11-15T23:16:11+11:00September 6th, 2016|Builder, Decking|0 Comments