Building Permits and Town Planning.

Building permits and town planning -whats the difference?

 l have decided to inform my customers on the difference between building permits and town planning.

They will have a better idea when chatting to me in regards to these issues.

The main difference being legislation.

One department handles all the construction codes and information to cover the building codes of Australia (Building permits).

The other department handles issues in regards to the correct layouts of the town.

Amendments need to be taken into consideration to the setbacks and sittings of dwellings.

The information is then passed to the town planners.They can inform the public and the relevant authorities in regards to the changes being sort.

An application will then be used from the relevant town planning department..The project you are building is constructed in this area.

We can only determine if town planning will be required, once we have submitted all plans and information to the building surveyor.

Once we have been informed that town planning will be required , we then need to fill in the relevant application forms and submit all the information to the town planners.

Once they have received this information, then only can they make a decision based on the surrounding structures,and people in the community.

Plus all the relevant authorities need to be informed also.

This information process can take up to 3- 6 months to achieve an outcome.

Once a decision is made,then that will be passed onto the building surveyor for the issuing of a building permit.

If no decision is made , it may have to go to a VCAT ( https://www.vcat.vic.gov.au/ )hearing to be decided on.

I hope this information will help you in regards to this matter.

Please leave a comment below , and inform me if you have any further questions.

Verandahs built in Mulgrave.

Verandahs  Mulgrave

 

Verandahs Mulgrave:

We Just completed this small project in conjunction with TDN.

There still is a decking to go underneath which will be constructed by Kevin from TDN.

These blokes are a great team to work with and will ensure you get every thing you ask for.

The owners seem to be happy  , so keep up the great work Lads.

The timber supplied by Mountain Timbers is premium quality to say the least .

Also very heavy at they upgraded the beam sizes to 240 x 45mm treated pine.

All Timbers are screwed down with 150 mm Battern bugle screws 12 gauge for maximum strength from uplift.

If you would like a quote for this product , please head to our “Request a quote” page and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

How to build a deck

 

A deck is the perfect way to extend your living area to the outdoors and improve the value of your home. Find out how you can build your own deck that you will enjoy for years to come.

Step 1: Make a Plan

Before you reach for a hammer there’s a few things you need to consider before building your new deck. Seeking council approval, checking for underground cables and pipes and deciding on the overall design of your deck are just some of the things you need to do before you start building. 

Watch Planning to Build a Deck

Person cutting a check-out in the wall plate to build a deck

Step 2: Measure and Set Out Your Deck

With the planning phase complete, it’s time to set out your deck. This phase is crucial – get your measurements wrong and your deck could end in disaster. Find out how to measure and mark out the height of your deck and ensure that it’s square. 

Watch How To Set Out a Deck

 

Step 3: Install the Stumps and Bearers

The building phase begins as we show you how to build a strong foundation for your new deck, starting with the stumps and bearers. 

Watch How To Install Bearers and Stumps for a Deck

 

Step 4: Install the Joists

With the stumps and bearers in place, the next step in building your deck is to install the joists; these are the beams that will support the decking boards. 

Watch How To Install Joists for a Deck

 

Step 5: Lay the Decking

Your deck’s frame is now complete, which means it’s time for the final step – laying the decking boards. 

Watch How To Lay Decking

“deck with lighting”

Which timber to use for decking?

Building a deck is a great way to add extra living space and value to your home. But before the building can begin, there are a few things you need to consider when selecting timber for your deck.

Where Will Your Deck be Located?

Be sure to choose a material that can withstand your particular climate conditions. For example, the amount of sun or shade your deck receives will determine whether the colour will fade quickly.

How Much Maintenance are You Happy to do?

Whichever material you choose, your deck will need regular maintenance (most likely annually) to keep it looking great. Keep in mind that some decks are quicker and easier to maintain than others.

What is Your Budget?

Decking materials vary in price, from more expensive hardwoods to low-cost treated pine. The good news is there’s a material to suit every budget.

Types of Decking Material

Now that you’ve considered the basics, here are four popular materials that are widely used for Australian decks:

hardwood decking

Hardwoods

Hardwoods are a great option for Australian decks – they’re extremely durable, highly resilient and can look, feel and even smell great. Popular hardwoods include Jarrah, Spotted Gum and Merbau, which is the most common timber decking in Australia.

Appearance

Hardwoods can provide a stylish look to enhance any outdoor space. Every timber is different, but it’s hard to go past the warm red-brown tones of Merbau or rich brown Jarrah. The best part is, with the right care and maintenance, their good looks will last for many years to come.

Installation

Because they are so dense, hardwood decks can more difficult to drill and nail. But with time and patience, the high quality results are well worthwhile.

Maintenance

Without regular maintenance, hardwood decks can weather and even rot in the harsh Aussie climate. So be sure to apply a timber finish or oil to your deck yearly to ensure its good looks last.

Cost

Hardwood decks tend to cost less than composite decking but more than treated pine decks.

treated pine

Treated Pine

One of the most commonly used timbers around the home, treated pine is a versatile and affordable decking choice. Treated pine is Radiata Pine that’s been pressure-treated to withstand decay, fungi and termites.

Appearance

While it doesn’t have the same visual appeal as the hardwoods, you can stain or paint treated pine to get the look you want.

Installation

Treated pine is easy to work with, lightweight and versatile, making it a good option for D.I.Y. installation.

Maintenance

Treated pine must be oiled yearly for lasting results.

Cost

Treated pine costs less than other options, making it a great choice for bigger decks and smaller budgets.

composite decking

Composite Decking

Made from a mix of wood fibres and recycled plastic, composite decking is an easy and environmentally friendly alternative to timber. Popular brands, like Ekodeck and Modwood, offer highly weather-resistant products designed specifically for Australian backyards.

Appearance

Composite decking comes in various timber looks to suit your outdoor space, such as Jarrah, Silver Gum, Highland Oak and more.

Installation

Composite decking can be installed as a D.I.Y. project but it can be heavy to handle, so get lots of hands on deck!

Maintenance

Composite decking is incredibly durable and less likely to fade, warp, rot or splinter than timber decks. It’s also extremely low maintenance. No need for oiling and staining – simply wash it down with a composite deck cleaner.

Cost

Composite decking tends to be a more expensive option.

modular decking

Modular Decking

Modular decking is real timber boards prefabricated into panels that are fast and easy to install.

Appearance

Because modular decking is made of real wood, you can choose from Merbau, treated pine and more.

Installation

Modular decking is incredibly easy to install, even on uneven surfaces. The deck kit includes pre-assembled sub-frames and pre-made decking board panels, which you simply attach together.

Maintenance

When made from popular hardwoods, like Merbau, modular decking is very durable. However, just like hardwood decking, you still need to maintain it by oiling the decking boards every year.

Cost

Because it is prefabricated, modular decking can be more expensive.

pool deckings.

Verandahs are and Australian icon.Not only do they protect you from the weather, but also they look great all year around.

If you require a new verandah or decking on your home,or any other building requirements,permits etc…..

Please click the link below.

 

 

Contact us now.

 

Bring on summer.

The only good thing about winter is the snow.

Have not been this year , but an hoping we can go with the children for a day trip.

We have just completed a decking in Mitcham for a lovely man and his wife.

Andy Clark has left his testimonial down the bottom of this page and it was such a pleasure doing business with him.

Thanks again from all of us here at Deckon Builders.

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pitched pergolas

What we recommend.

CHOOSING TIMBER:  Decking Timber needs to rate highly on exterior durability, bridging strength and hardness. Decking can be purchased in several different profiles and sizes.
DURABILITY: Class 1 timbers are very durable: expected life heartwood above ground 50 years. Class 2 timbers are durable: expected life of heartwood above ground 30 years. Class 3 and 4 timbers have less durability and are not recommended for decking. Treated pine is very durable. Decking is classified as a grade 3 hazard, and correctly treated pine for this application will be treated to H3 according to the Australian Standard AS1604; expected life above ground 15-25 years. Life expectancy is dependent on the level of moisture content of less than 20% will last longer than indicated, whilst ‘wet’ decks with a typical moisture content of greater than 20% will have shortened service lives. The main enemy of timber decks is fungi (decay). Fungi will only attack and consume timber with a moisture content that is consistently high. Call Now for a free quote 0397203328

BRIDGING STRENGTH: Timbers vary in strength and stiffness and are classified into eight Strength Groups. The stronger the timber the wider the permitted centre–to centre joist spacing.

HARDNESS: This is a measure of resistance to indentation and, for decks, resistance to wear. The Janka scale measures hardness. For decks, harder is better.


PROFILES AND SIZES :Reeded or smooth. Install reeded side down so as to provide ventilation over joist and extended deck life. Sizes 70 x 19, 70 x 22, 70 x 35, 90 x 19, 90 x 22 and 90×35, 140 x 19 ,140×22,140×35.

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Decking in Knoxfield.

This deck was completed with a building permit.

We also installed a new sliding door from the dinning room to the deck , for a small but practical indoor/outdoor feel.

Ron and Bronwyn were very pleased with the project.

Deck Building in Ringwood East.

Just completed a new treated pine decking to jazz up a unit in Ringwood East.

Sandy and Scott were happy with there new front porch , now Scott can  set up his telescope to gaze at the Stars.

Call Now 0397203328

 

Decking in Knox

We complete all kinds of Deck builders Knox from large to small.Carports as well.

At Deckon Builders we build in your areas ,so call us now for the best quoting service in town. 0397203328.

Contact Deckon Builders now  for a free, no obligation quote either by phone,
0448785558, or via the contact form below.