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.
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.
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.
“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.
About the Author
|Crystal 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.|
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.
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).
- Alison doesn’t want the type with the big diamonds:
Do you guys supply screens? Because if you do, please include in your price and note that all the sliding doors need to be security (but not the type with the big diamonds over it).
- Ross from Bentley wants to replace his diamond grille screens:
I am looking to replace a sliding security door which leads out to the garden.
The existing door is one of the diamond grille ones but the replacement can be a different style.
I would prefer a very thick mesh (so the dog can’t claw it and rip it) or otherwise a hard aluminium screen or similar.
- Tanith from Como wants something better looking than the old school diamond ones:
Hi there, I’m Looking to get my rear screen door replaced. It’s currently white diamond grille with torn fly wire but I’d be interested in a hard mesh option and will be getting a dog door fitted in it.
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!
Here’s just a few requests we get for dog-proof screens.
- Jocelyn writes:
Hello, we have an existing flyscreen panel in front of our Jason sliding door in the laundry room. Our dog has badly damaged the mesh and we would like to get the mesh replaced to something more durable that our dog can’t claw through. Unsure if we need a new door or just a repair, but hoping you can assist.
- Neil asks:
We are looking to upgrade the sliding doors to the entertaining area. We have two dogs that have damaged the standard fly wire type screens and are looking for a better solution.
- Peter jokes:
Could you please quote for security screen doors for the front and rear of our house. Must be pet resistant as my silly dogs go through flyscreens like there’s no tomorrow 🙂
- Chrissie’s doggo knows how to escape:
Hello, my house was built in 2015. Windows and screens I believe are from you guys, my dog has run through the back flyscreen, was wondering how much it would cost to fix? Thank you 🙂
- Mark wants something dog resistant:
We’re looking to replace our rear sliding fly screen door with something more secure (and dog resistant). The current door’s dimensions are 1215mm W x 2110mm H. A quote and any assistance would be much appreciated. Thanks very much.
- Taylor laments:
Hello, we recently had a rear sliding door installed with a new build. Unfortunately, our dog had chewed the bottom aluminium mesh area and pulled it out, to which it can’t be put back in place. Just chasing a quote to have it re-installed and wondering if you guy do call outs to replace the mesh? Cheers, Taylor.
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…
- Janet enquires:
I have cats and would like to open the sliding door without them getting out or clawing the mesh.
- Angela’s cats have done it again:
Hi, I’m wondering if you supply the small clear clips that keep flyscreens in place when they are installed inside the house. I have a couple of cats who have hung from the flyscreens too many times and these have broken. Thanks, Angela
- Stephanie is curious:
Hi there, I’m wanting a quote for two bedroom windows and a sliding door. My current screens aren’t the best quality and have been ruined by my cat, I’m also wanting to add a bit of security to my unit.
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.
- Tom has shortlisted airflow as a key requirement:
Hi I am interested in hinged security doors for the double front door. I am after privacy, airflow, visually pleasing and colour matching.
- Airflow and security is important for Nick:
Hi. Just after one sliding security door for the laundry. Airflow is a high priority.
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.
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.
- Reza wants to replace the flyscreen with security screens to make sure her kids are safe:
I like to change flyscreen in sliding entry door to kitchen to aluminum to keep our kids and pet safe.
- Cale wants security screens on the kids bedrooms:
Need security screens on upstair windows for kids bedrooms
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.
- Joe wants a security screen that’s easy to see through:
Which door security screen lets in the most light,and is easy to see through?
- Uninterrupted views are important to Neal:
Hi there, I have a sliding door and I need to secure it and still have the views
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 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.
- Rebecca needs BAL rated security screens for her laundry:
Our house in nearing completion and I’m wanting a quote on a security door in the laundry.
Can you also advise if they are bush fire rated and if they have the option of a pet door in them?
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:
- For quality-made security screens that suit your Jason window frames without modification
- Includes a 10 year structural warranty on all security screens
- Doesn’t require the inconvenience of a site visit when you have existing Jason doors and windows (but we’re happy to arrange one if you prefer)
- Interest free options available
About the Author
Happy 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.