Monday, 5 September 2016

Front Garden Beds Completed

Our front garden beds are now complete, similar deal to our rear garden with Palmetto Buffalo as turf, Formboss galvanised steel edging and mulch in treely areas. What sets our front garden apart is this time we laid the turf at the most optimal time possible and hopefully it will thrive (unlike our backyard with patches of dead grass).

Cutting It Short have done a beautiful job, they'll be back in two weeks' time to take down our massive weed tree and after that we can put in a new brick fence.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Rear landscape completed

Our rear has been completed, all is left is our front to do later this year in Spring/Summer. I'm going to take a bit of a break from this blog until then.

The whole thing took only 3 days to complete and we can't stop staring at it!!

Day 0:

Day 1:

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Day 3 (completion):

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Weeds - before & after

So about that landscaping that was supposed to start a month ago, looks like I jumped the gun!

RoundUp (glyphosate) has been applied and we've just been waiting for the weeds to die. Talked to the landscaper today, works should begin later this week or early next.



Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Between Floor Insulation

I seem to get asked a lot about whether Porter Davis does Between Floor Insulation.

The answer is: Yes...

But you have to ask for it. They don't advertise it and you won't find it included in any pre-built homes.
Bradford R2.0 for between-floor insulation.

This is one of the biggest advantages with building with Porter Davis, and one of the most useful upgrades you can make. I do not know of any other volume builder that install between-floor insulation.

Far as I know, Porter Davis only offers Bradford R2.0 SoundScreen for between-floor insulation, it comes to approx $97 per square (or $10.45 per sqm) when we got ours.

Understanding Acoustics and Other Options

Between floor insulation is not a silver bullet to block out all sound, it all depends on the frequency. Sound batts are very good at attenuating mid to high frequency noise (i.e. people talking, baby crying, dishes being washed), but not very effective at attenuating low frequency (footsteps, bassy music). Other options include:

Soundproof plaster 

Approx $9.60 per sqm, very effective at attenuating low frequency noise. Especially useful in the home theatre

Carpet and carpet underlay

Though not especially effective, can help with attenuating a wide spectrum of frequencies. The general rule of thumb is the thicker and furrier the better, because air bubbles between carpet fibres can trap sound waves.

I hope this article has helped you, any questions please don't hesitate to ask :)

EDIT: Correction from FirstTimePDBuilder from the HomeOne forums, Porter Davis also offers R2.5 for between-floor insulation.