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Nervous 1st timer
29 November 2006
Has anyone had a building inspection done for a new home?Has anyone had a building inspection done for a new home?

Hi Bestbuilder, We were not going to get one, but someone suggested, so we ended up asking a friend who is a builder himself, to do a quick run through of the building…

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Nervous 1st timer
Nov 29, 2006 2:48 pm
sneakersss
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2 December 2006
Questions regarding Tender and Contract AppointmentsQuestions regarding Tender and Contract Appointments

Care to share about who you built with and the issues your brother had with PD?

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sneakersss
Dec 02, 2006 12:43 pm
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ausdesign
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2 December 2006
How many piers??How many piers??

Why would PD do a second soil test ?? Where they unhappy with the first one ?? Why do they like the second one better than the first one ??

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ausdesign
Dec 02, 2006 6:38 pm
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Michelle
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5 December 2006
Vandalism on building siteVandalism on building site

If I were your builder I would not touch the broken windows till just before you moved in. No use fuelling the fire! I can’t believe it… as a kid we got up to…

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Michelle
Dec 05, 2006 10:08 pm
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bunoluvas
6 December 2006
Advice - Builder Delays - is there anything that can be doneAdvice - Builder Delays - is there anything that can be done

It also depends on what materials are being delayed. If it's something that can be bought by anyone off the street then you could ring around to check on availability. …

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bunoluvas
Dec 06, 2006 3:34 pm
bunoluvas
6 December 2006
Pre Contract Signing tipsPre Contract Signing tips
VIC

We can add a couple of things to the list... In relation to the electrical plan. Make sure that a few of the "100" people who look at it are actually electricians. …

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bunoluvas
Dec 06, 2006 3:47 pm
renomart
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7 December 2006
Is this a sale tactic from AVJennings?Is this a sale tactic from AVJennings?

This is a very common sales tactic. These deals are always used to pressure you to commit by creating urgency to 'secure that great deal!'. Never, ever get pressured by…

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renomart
Dec 07, 2006 8:33 pm
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BestBuilder
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10 December 2006
How much research?How much research?

One thing someone was telling us recently was that if you want to vary something to the standard inclusions, eg the Taps, then often the builder only deals with certain…

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BestBuilder
Dec 10, 2006 10:53 am
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creatit
10 December 2006
Info regarding Henley BuildersInfo regarding Henley Builders

Hi Best Builder, We are building in a new suburb out on the North East of Melbourne. Initially the paperwork to get through all of the contract variations and planning…

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creatit
Dec 10, 2006 12:26 pm
Michelle
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12 December 2006
Render Colour?Render Colour?

Jason, My suggestions for your render colour with the Dune roof. 1) Eaves – Dulux “Pearl Ash” P12.B1 2) Render - Dulux “Dreyfus” P12.B3 OR Dulux…

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Michelle
Dec 12, 2006 10:41 pm
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ausdesign
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18 December 2006
2 storey house will possibly cause privacy issue2 storey house will possibly cause privacy issue

The overlooking reg's cover a fair bit so a detailed reply will take too much but basically it covers overlooking to neighbouring habitable room windows …

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ausdesign
Dec 18, 2006 7:57 am
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Dukekamaya
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20 December 2006
DownlightsDownlights

Depends on the access to different parts of the cavity. A 240V downlight is no different than installing a normal batten holder type light.

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Dukekamaya
Dec 20, 2006 1:49 pm
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3timesbuilda
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20 December 2006
To build or not to build???To build or not to build???

Hi Eimee, These look like nice homes. Are you based in Australia? Which state? What would something like the 4 bedroom Cape cost as presented on your web site…

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3timesbuilda
Dec 20, 2006 2:40 pm
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BestBuilder
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22 December 2006
Alliance Homes - Any good?Alliance Homes - Any good?

Bonjour! Unfortunately we are yet to have any reviews on Alliance, but if you do decide to go with them it would be great to hear how they perform! Best regards

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BestBuilder
Dec 22, 2006 5:28 pm
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romellj
24 December 2006
Building a New HouseBuilding a New House

G'day, We are planning to build our first house in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. We have looked at a few of the builders and we closing down onto three at the…

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romellj
Dec 24, 2006 8:03 pm
ylever@bigpond.com
3 January 2007
Tamawood Homes?Tamawood Homes?

stay clear of that company there are so many stories about them.I will not say anything more about them.Many bad ones

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ylever@bigpond.com
Jan 03, 2007 3:18 pm
snappy
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7 January 2007
OWNER BUILDER - why not?OWNER BUILDER - why not?

Just found this site and we are about to start off a new build as an owner builder. Hubbie works for a construction company so we have been looking at the construction…

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snappy
Jan 07, 2007 8:36 pm
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epiphany
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11 January 2007
Building site theftBuilding site theft

Someone stole our air conditioning unit. And tried to take half our sliding door...maybe to replace half of the one they stole earlier (to match the window they also…

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epiphany
Jan 11, 2007 1:13 am
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raj
14 January 2007
Soil tests ??Soil tests ??

Hi, I got a soil test done through one builder with whom I am still having discussions re my home project. In the mean time I found a design from another builder, which…

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raj
Jan 14, 2007 9:37 am
BestBuilder
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14 January 2007
Anyone built with Fairmont HomesAnyone built with Fairmont Homes

Hi Jess Selecting a builder can be difficult, especially if it is your first time at building, so hopefully someone has built with them and can give you a sense of…

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BestBuilder
Jan 14, 2007 8:42 pm
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Glint-Bladesong
15 January 2007
Independant Building InspectionsIndependant Building Inspections

There are less expensive options for building inspectors. We hired a building inspector to inspect 4 stages of the house construction (Slab down, Walls up, roof on and…

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Glint-Bladesong
Jan 15, 2007 10:15 am
Touchingcloth
15 January 2007
Slab thicknessSlab thickness

The minimum depth of the beams in a class H slab varies depending on the the construction type. clad frame - 400mm articulated masonry -…

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Touchingcloth
Jan 15, 2007 9:13 pm
3timesbuilda
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16 January 2007
Robot built homes - Looks like funRobot built homes - Looks like fun

Came across this, homes are going to be built by the equivalent of of bubblejet printer. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/ ... 74,00.html Sounds like lots of…

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3timesbuilda
Jan 16, 2007 11:51 am
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epiphany
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18 January 2007
House and Land PackagesHouse and Land Packages

We had friends who were looking at a house & land package with PD but I honestly couldn't see any advantage to it except you'd only have one lot of finance to deal…

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epiphany
Jan 18, 2007 12:27 am
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Healeycole
21 January 2007
Feature Walls Still Popular?Feature Walls Still Popular?

Hi Perthgirl. other half is a painter and suggests silk effects instead of suede as it looks the same but is more durable and use as a feature wall only and never on a…

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Healeycole
Jan 21, 2007 12:40 am
jeevescat
23 January 2007
Queensland planning processQueensland planning process

Can anyone direct me to a decent explalnation of the Queensland planning process, I can find 200 page diatribes of the 2006 IPA, when all I need is an overview of what you…

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jeevescat
Jan 23, 2007 1:26 am
Pleb
25 January 2007
Commencement Delays "Commencement and Price Review DateCommencement Delays "Commencement and Price Review Date

Thankyou all. Nice to know your now alone in being frustrated like this ;)

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Pleb
Jan 25, 2007 3:31 pm
BestBuilder
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26 January 2007
Builders ReputationsBuilders Reputations

Hi Marshy Sounds like things are progressing well. It will be interesting to hear how you go over time. Sounds like you have reaslistic expectations and know the cost…

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BestBuilder
Jan 26, 2007 10:59 am
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bunoluvas
26 January 2007
Smart WiringSmart Wiring

Good point Bestbuilder, One thing I probably neglected to mention is that most of our above comments was aproached by us as "cash" jobs conducted by us with the…

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bunoluvas
Jan 26, 2007 1:13 pm
ausdesign
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29 January 2007
Compaction CertificateCompaction Certificate

A compaction certificate is for fill on sites - sometimes required by councils on new subdivisions. A Geotechnical firm will be able to provide the test & certificate.

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ausdesign
Jan 29, 2007 10:00 am
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scoober
1 February 2007
Building a new houseBuilding a new house

Hi, we have just finished building with Perry Homes. All though construction, they were great! Excellent service and quality. The only downside is the slab construction.…

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scoober
Feb 01, 2007 7:48 pm
Bud977
2 February 2007
New build - Mortgage or Cash buyer - ProtectionNew build - Mortgage or Cash buyer - Protection

The other interesting result is that, according to the NSW Fair Trading Contract, an individual must pay the builder within 5 days of a progress claim. UNLESS the funds…

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Bud977
Feb 02, 2007 11:53 am
Michelle
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3 February 2007
Help External Colour Ideas?Help External Colour Ideas?

Looks like I’ve put a link in that wasn’t acceptable for the forum…sorry HomeOne!!! Choose either of the window colours that will go with both brick and…

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Michelle
Feb 03, 2007 10:25 am
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Terry1
3 February 2007
TermimeshTermimesh

Hello jimbojimmyjames,(your mother named you that?)Termimesh is a brandname for a physical termite barrier.There are alot of different ones available (physical…

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Terry1
Feb 03, 2007 5:34 pm
sneakersss
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6 February 2007
First Homebuyers, Building in Perth - Advice SoughtFirst Homebuyers, Building in Perth - Advice Sought

There are SOOOO may houses to chose from these days that it can be overwhelming. I think it's important that you know what it is you want in a house so I suggest sitting…

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sneakersss
Feb 06, 2007 9:49 pm
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Casa
6 February 2007
New to Australian Dream, plan to build a house.New to Australian Dream, plan to build a house.

Floor space is the total floor area, so if you have two storeys the floor space can be up to twice the "footprint" of the building. The external enclosing walls are…

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Casa
Feb 06, 2007 10:21 pm
Touchingcloth
7 February 2007
Pulling out before tender.Pulling out before tender.

Tough question, touchingcloth. But wouldn't that be dependant on the builder? And perhaps what it is exactly that you signed? We also paid a $600…

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Touchingcloth
Feb 07, 2007 8:07 am
Amber
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8 February 2007
Building CostsBuilding Costs

Hi Ray, Re the 5 star rating in Vic .. when you start upgrading features, just be very aware that a lot of things do effect the star rating. We got caught out big time…

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Amber
Feb 08, 2007 12:16 pm
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aaurora
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9 February 2007
Help with External House Ideas for an Adenbrook Home.Help with External House Ideas for an Adenbrook Home.

YSSIM - thank you, you have been a great help. It is wonderful to get other opinions :) Perhaps for the window frames a lighter than black colour would look better.... Hey,…

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aaurora
Feb 09, 2007 7:35 am
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ausdesign
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9 February 2007
Fixture stageFixture stage

Raj, the long & the short of it is that if the stage IS completed then you will be in breach of the contract if you don't pay within the number of days stipulated in your…

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ausdesign
Feb 09, 2007 8:04 am
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ausdesign
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9 February 2007
Still debating... stumps or fill?Still debating... stumps or fill?

Clueless by my calculations around 300 cubic meters If compacted sand is used you can fill up to 800mm without altering the site classification from what is was for the…

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ausdesign
Feb 09, 2007 8:37 am
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J&K Perth
11 February 2007
Specifying Cement Render - PerthSpecifying Cement Render - Perth

Hi Notts Not sure if this response is timely enough for you - this is my first post to the website and I have been reading some interesting comments. We have just…

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J&K Perth
Feb 11, 2007 1:18 am
Touchingcloth
11 February 2007
Buying land in new housing estatesBuying land in new housing estates

Yep. We purchased a block of land last year (currently…

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Touchingcloth
Feb 11, 2007 10:07 am
archangel
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11 February 2007
Anyone researched or used Grande Homes or Chateau Homes?Anyone researched or used Grande Homes or Chateau Homes?

G'day again... No, this mate who recommended them hasn't actually used them, but has literally watched them build a number of homes in his area... As for Meadowbank,…

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archangel
Feb 11, 2007 5:53 pm
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northlakes
12 February 2007
Brick vs Besser BlocksBrick vs Besser Blocks

Hi All, We a just about to sign our contract with Adenbrook It's a 2 story home and with have a smooth render & paint finish. We can choose eith brick or Besser…

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northlakes
Feb 12, 2007 11:26 am
jimjam
13 February 2007
is clay ok to build up my blockis clay ok to build up my block

Im going to start building a project home this year,my block which is 20m wide by 50 deep needs to be built up slightly to make sure i get drainage to the street,im going…

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jimjam
Feb 13, 2007 8:52 am
grime
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13 February 2007
porter davis structural changesporter davis structural changes

PD will not do structural changes after signing contract. In fact you can be sitting there ready to sign the contract and they will not do structural…

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grime
Feb 13, 2007 6:54 pm
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grime
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13 February 2007
problem on bank's guarantee for construction loanproblem on bank's guarantee for construction loan

How about sending the builder a copy of the signed loan docs, some builders want that.Some banks provide a "builders pack" which can do the trick. Doesn't seem to be a…

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grime
Feb 13, 2007 7:13 pm
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archangel
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15 February 2007
Sydney builders...Sydney builders...

....Anyone ???

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archangel
Feb 15, 2007 8:51 pm
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Perth_Euro
16 February 2007
Anyone built with *?Anyone built with *?

& also no glass shower doors, no ranghood (fan in roof)

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Perth_Euro
Feb 16, 2007 11:54 pm



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