Sketch of kitchen sink with double bowls and hob mounted taps

What is a hob mounted tap?

Taps can be installed: on a wall, on a bench, or into pre-drilled holes in the bath, sink or vanity. Hob mounted A hob mounted tap is usually installed directly into a bench or wall. A longer-than-normal spout might be needed to reach the bowl. Sink mounted Sink mounted taps are usually installed within the…

Sketch of toilet with S-trap plumbing

S-trap, P-trap and skew trap toilets

What’s the difference between a P trap, S trap or skew trap toilet? The answer has everything to do with the shape of the toilet plumbing. S-trap The S-trap toilet pipework usually exits through the floor. P-trap The P-trap toilet pipework usually exits through the wall directly behind the toilet. Skew trap The pipework for…

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Building surveyors and building inspectors

Building surveyors and building inspectors are responsible for ensuring that a structure complies with building regulations and standards. Building inspectors act on behalf of building surveyors. Building surveyors assess building applications and issue approvals for building work to commence. They perform detailed inspections of the structure as each stage of the build process is completed.…

The Magpie - 3-dimensional top view with furniture and textures

The Magpie – 2 bedroom house 6x9m

2 bedrooms 1 bathroom Modified galley kitchen Concealed European laundry Built in wardrobes Single storey The living, dining and kitchen areas are arranged along the long side of the house, which may feel a little claustrophobic to some people. I have included an internal sketch to give you a better idea. For a more open…

Photograph of several two storey houses on a street

What does a planning officer do?

A planning officer works on behalf of the local council to provide an initial assessment of the building plans. The officer checks that the proposed structure conforms to the planning guidelines laid out by state and local authorities. These guidelines include: land zoning, setbacks from boundaries, wall and building heights and lengths, privacy of neighbours,…

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Building sustainability assessors

Building sustainability assessors can provide information on methods to improve the performance of a building. This includes advising on design issues that affect thermal properties, water usage, air quality and energy efficiency. Assessors can produce documentation for councils that require a sustainability certificate (eg: the BASIX certificate required in New South Wales). An assessor may…