If the idea of controlling materials, trades and design decisions appeals, or you are looking to build or renovate using a product that differs from the norm, setting out as an owner-builder may just be the answer.

Home Base Owner-Builder course presenter discussing colour selection

The Challenge and Rewards of Becoming an Owner-Builder

It is easy and entirely forgivable to be lulled into a false sense of security regarding the workload involved in construction, or what a day on site really looks like, by watching a season of ‘The Block’ or ‘House Rules’.

The simple fact is – owner-building can be every bit as challenging as it is rewarding, but the decision to embark on the journey is not one to be taken lightly. Nor should it be undertaken without extensive research into what’s involved, to avoid becoming unstuck part way through a project.

The one-day Home Base Owner-Builder course is designed specifically to introduce potential future owner-builders to the process. The course is perfectly complimented by the Owner-Builder Support Network (OBSN), the only network of its kind in Australia. Together, these two offerings have the potential to create a well informed and successful owner-builder.

Course presenter and retired Architect and Builder David Uhe says it is important not to expect to make the decision and then jump in start building, there is a strict application process to undertake.

“Owner-builders have to be registered with the Building Commission before they can apply to their local government for a building permit,” he said.

Jason Windows colour range on display at Home Base

The Home Base course, held every 6 weeks, is a first-look at this application process, the responsibilities of an owner-builder and offers plenty of advice and insight into the construction process itself.

Upon completion, attendees are issued with a certificate that can be used as part of their application to the Building Commission, demonstrating a sound understanding of the processes involved in owner-building in WA.

Mr Uhe says that the most common mistakes made by owner-builders were usually underestimating the time construction could take, running out of funds therefore requiring additional finance and not being prepared with quality documentation as prepared by qualified professionals.

After completing the course and deciding to take up the challenge, owner-builders may then choose to join the OBSN to start using the various services on offer as part of subscription.

Support services and features include three building inspections, educational site visits, a project scheduling consultation, a plumbing and electrical consult, access to a recommended trades and services list, discounts from selected suppliers and more.

Home Base OBSN Coordinator Megan Waru says that personal development and overcoming the feeling of being alone in the journey are two additional benefits of having access to such an initiative.

Home Base Owner-Builder course attendees on site

“There are hundreds of owner-builders in all shapes and forms. Being part of a network removes the isolation factor and leads you to the opportunity to learn from one another’s experiences. That sharing with like-minded owner-builders is part of the journey. It provides a way forward from mistakes and words of wisdom are always welcomed for preventative action”.

“The owner-builder journey is always a mix of highlights and lowlights, but rest assured the experience is like no other and will provide you with a valuable skillset that you can overlay on both your professional and personal life”.

And when it comes time to look at your kitchen plans, garden and landscaping design and/or interior selections and styling options for your newly built or renovated home, Home Base offers a range of design-based courses to help you complete your dream home.

Find out more about the range of courses available all year round at Home Base by visiting www.homebaseperth.com.au. Book online via the Home Base website and use the code BLOG10 for 10% off any Home Base course. Valid until June 30, 2020.

Jason Stacking Doors connecting the living room and alfresco area of this home

About the Author

Home Base LogoCrystal Roberts is the Home Base Marketing and Education Manager. Home Base is Australia’s largest building, renovating, decorating and landscaping centre in Australia. Featuring over 300 permanent displays of building, renovating, decorating and landscaping products, plus a range of specialised short courses for home builders and renovators, Home Base is dedicated to helping Western Australian’s create dream homes.

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Have you met Happy Snaps? He’s a 6 foot bipedal croc who enjoys a laugh and the simple things in life. But there’s one thing he won’t joke about and that’s security screens and staying on the safe side. And that’s why we’re proud to have Happy Snaps as our company mascot for the Jason Windows range of security screen windows and security screen doors.

Happy Snaps is our mascot for Jason Security Screens

Meet Happy Snaps, our mascot for Jason Security Screens.

There are many benefits to having security screens installed on your home. Not least of which is to safeguard your property against break-ins — but there are many other reasons you may not have considered. And because safety is so close to his heart, Happy Snaps has kindly volunteered to share seven of the most popular reasons why our customers choose to install security windows and security doors.

1. Peace of mind security screens for home protection

One of the most common reasons for having security screens installed is for home protection. Your home is where you and your loved ones live, and quite possibly one of your biggest assets, so it makes sense to try and keep intruders out.

At Jason Windows you can choose between our range of flyscreens and grilles, but if it’s security you’re after then look no further than our perforated aluminium or 316 Marine Grade Mesh security screens. In fact, we receive a lot of requests from security minded customers looking to replace their old flyscreens and barrier grilles.

Are you familiar with the classic diamond pattern grilles that have fly screen installed? Well, they’re not actually security screens — they’re called barrier grilles. And many of our customers refer to them as ‘old school’ or don’t like the look of them. We’ve also had some customers express concerns about intruders being able to get a good hold on the grille and pull the screen out of the way (with enough force and determination).

For optimal peace of mind, Happy Snaps recommends choosing an accredited security door that has triple locks and interlocks with the door frames, such as one of our Jason 316 Marine Grade Mesh or Jason Perforated Aluminium security screen options.

2. Paw proof security screens for pet lovers

Happy Snaps’ best mate is his four legged furry friend called Buddy, a Rhodesian Ridgeback x Retriever – so standard flyscreens just won’t do! He’ll run straight through them in a shot, and based on all the questions we get from our customers for doggy-proof screens, we know he’s not alone!

Happy Snaps loves looking after his best friend, buddy

Happy Snaps enjoying a walk with his best mate, a Rhodesian Ridgeback x Retriever named Buddy

Here’s just a few requests we get for dog-proof screens.

And that’s just a few of the recent ones! Oh and for fairness sake, it’s not just dogs that are wrecking everyone’s flyscreens…

Besides the mild nuisance of having to replace your fly screens on a regular basis, Happy Snaps had a frightening experience when Buddy jumped through a window during a storm and suffered multiple lacerations and panic attacks. Buddy is OK now, but it was a real eye opener for Happy Snaps – and that’s why he recommends installing paw proof security screens like our 316 marine grade mesh or perforated aluminium options to keep your pets on the safe side. This also prevents the little mischief makers from trying to claw or paw their way past your fly screens!

3. Cool and comfortable security screens for warm spring days and hot summer nights

As soon as the weather starts to warm up we get loads of requests for Jason Security Screens, and for good reason. Security doors are a great option for keeping your home comfortable by allowing a cool breeze to flow through your home – without compromising on safety.

Happy Snaps enjoys a cold beer. He also likes having security screens installed so he can enjoy a cool breeze on a warm spring day or hot summer's night.

Happy Snaps enjoys a cold beer with good company. He also likes a cool breeze on a warm spring day or hot summer’s night thanks to having security screens installed.

If you’d like to open up your home to allow a nice breeze through, Happy Snaps recommends Jason security doors and window screens. They’ll keep you on the safe side and give you plenty of airflow for a comfortable night.

4. Lock and leave security screens for holiday goers

While some crocs might like to hibernate through Winter, Happy Snaps loves a good holiday! And when he goes on holiday he trusts Jason Security Screens to protect his home.

Happy Snaps recommends security screens for lock and leave peace of mind

Happy Snaps recommends security screens for lock and leave peace of mind

Having security screens on your doors and windows acts as a good deterrent to intruders. Odds are they won’t want to draw attention to themselves and that’s going to be tough to avoid if you have quality security screens installed.

Keep your possessions on the safe side — Happy Snaps recommends Jason Security Screens so you can enjoy your holiday in peace.

5. Child safe security screens for multi-storey homes

The building code of Australia has window regulations for new multi-storey homes for most windows that can be opened on the upper levels. This is to reduce the risk of falling and protect those living in the home, especially children. Most upper level windows with a fall of 2 metres or more to the ground need to be fitted with window restrictors, so the windows cannot be opened more than 125mm. Fortunately, the restrictors are not required if security screens are fitted, enabling you to open your windows fully to allow a nice breeze through.

To keep the little ones safe, Happy Snaps highly recommends installing Jason Security Screens on your upper level windows.

6. See-through security screens for good views

The Jason Security Screens range is available in two options; 316 Marine Grade Mesh (some people refer to this option as ‘Invisimesh’), and Perforated Aluminium. See-through security screens are important when you want to be able to see the kids playing in the garden, or simply want to enjoy uninterrupted views.

Security screens that are see-through. Jason Security Screens in the 316 Marine Grade Mesh option provide uninterrupted views.

Jason Security Screens in the 316 Marine Grade Mesh option have great visibility and a viewing angle of 125°

If unrestricted views are important to you Happy Snaps recommends the 316 Marine Grade Mesh as it gives you a 125° viewing angle so you can see outside, without feeling like your view is obstructed.

Editor’s Note: I have the 316 Marine Grade Mesh installed on our front door and it makes a world of difference. When we first installed it I often found myself doing a double take to check if the screen was open or closed, it was that clear. – ED.

7. BAL rated security screens for fire safety

If you live in a bushfire prone area you’ll be familiar with BAL Ratings. BAL stands for Bushfire Attack Level and depending on your BAL Rating, you will need to choose a security screen that meets the level of risk for your property.

Jason Security Screens are bushfire rated to BAL-29

Jason Security Screens are bushfire rated to BAL-29

Jason Windows Marine Grade Mesh and Perforated Aluminium security screens are both rated BAL-29, which makes them suitable for properties deemed to be in high risk areas.

Happy Snaps recommends staying on the safe side by choosing a Jason Security Screen that is rated BAL-29.

Stay on the safe side with Jason Security Screens

That makes for a good list of reasons to consider having security screens installed at your home. If you would like a quote for security screens at your place, please feel free to contact one of our Jason product specialists today.

We can provide you with a no obligation quote:

 

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Happy Snaps - Jason Windows Security ScreensHappy Snaps is proud to put his name and image to Jason Windows Security Screens because he knows the quality, teamwork and attention to detail that goes into every Jason Windows product by each and every employee.

 

 

 


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