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Mndtll
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24 March
Home Building BlogsHome Building Blogs
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Hi All, I have just created a blog to document our Porter Davis build. We are building the Montague 21. I know that I have found everyone else's blogs so useful during…

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Mndtll
Mar 24, 2017 2:08 pm
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Berek
22 March
Take TwoTake Two
ACT

Mightily impressive roof.

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Berek
Mar 22, 2017 9:39 pm
Lemans
22 March
Things you forget - summary page 32Things you forget - summary page 32
1 ... 48, 49, 50

Hi all Just thought I'd bump this thread up, as there's been no further posts.. Anyone like to add in their comments regarding electrical that they wish they'd done?

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Lemans
Mar 22, 2017 2:52 am
SnowBlue
9 March
Rawson WindermereRawson Windermere
ACT

Our house started out as the 28 downstairs and a 32 upstairs...but then it grew! We have very young children so want a playroom downstairs to hide any mess (media room)…

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SnowBlue
Mar 09, 2017 8:04 am
sundeepguntu
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29 January
How often do you visit your site?How often do you visit your site?
1 ... 28, 29, 30

Wonderful to read through this thread. I am starting my first house build with Simonds in Lara. If anyone can please help me find a good building inspector in…

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sundeepguntu
Jan 29, 2017 10:54 am
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AJW
15 January
Mightily Modified Metford 33Mightily Modified Metford 33
ACT
1 ... 9, 10, 11

Like the sign on the door. Maybe some of the feedback I provided about my experience (specifically about how all trades just walk in off a building site onto newly laid…

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AJW
Jan 15, 2017 7:49 pm
Canberra_gal
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22 October 2016
Knockdown/rebuild with Rawson - Metford33Knockdown/rebuild with Rawson - Metford33
ACT
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

M33M, how are you? Did bubs or house keys arrive? Which one first?

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Canberra_gal
Oct 22, 2016 12:38 am
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algernon
15 September 2016
Stormwater easementStormwater easement
ACT

Unfortunately, yes, in the ACT you can't build a house or garage on a stormwater easement - about it that spells it out in more detail. That does mean that you have less…

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algernon
Sep 15, 2016 1:28 pm
Leonardo_23
24 August 2016
Floor Joist SpacingFloor Joist Spacing
ACT

Hi planeguy, You will notice a difference... but minor. The flexing in your floor covering will be less... and for floor boards this is more noticeable and is likely to…

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Leonardo_23
Aug 24, 2016 1:44 am
aloenyx
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9 August 2016
Bigger better?Bigger better?
ACT

I don't think there's anything wrong with bigger, but don't go bigger just 'because'. You'll find a way to fill whatever space you have, but I think you'll be fine with a…

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aloenyx
Aug 09, 2016 7:37 pm
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Hopeful85
8 August 2016
Cheapest way to buildCheapest way to build
ACT

Thanks yes we were hoping to do a lot of the fit out ourselves as the builder is a mate and can hopefully let us work as cheap labor. But really I would rather it go up…

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Hopeful85
Aug 08, 2016 5:25 pm
algernon
25 July 2016
Builder recommendations in Canberra / kit homes - storybookBuilder recommendations in Canberra / kit homes - storybook
ACT

I admit to not asking that upfront as often as I should've (so don't know for all of the builders we checked out), but if they don't…

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algernon
Jul 25, 2016 11:12 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
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8 July 2016
Basement Leaks through hair line cracksBasement Leaks through hair line cracks
ACT

Hi Patcait What's above the ceiling photos would help

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 08, 2016 10:08 pm
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StructuralBIMGuy
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8 July 2016
Steel vs ConcreteSteel vs Concrete
ACT

Hi Jonathan It depends do you have designs or sketches..images would help?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 08, 2016 9:30 pm
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aloenyx
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26 June 2016
Builder referee questionsBuilder referee questions
ACT

I would ask about communication and responsiveness, it's the most frustrating thing dealing with my builder, but everyone I asked about them thought they were brill.…

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aloenyx
Jun 26, 2016 5:06 pm
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jsmi
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17 May 2016
Building a new house - challenges and how to improve!Building a new house - challenges and how to improve!
ACT

Hey there. We are just starting out (haven't signed anything) but are using an architect for the concept design, then using our custom builder's designer to draw it up to…

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jsmi
May 17, 2016 9:32 am
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BlackPearl_CBR
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3 May 2016
Handover Process - What are the steps involved?Handover Process - What are the steps involved?
ACT

Our builder has provided us with the Certificate of Occupancy application form to sign. However, when we went to our house last week, there was still electrical work, some…

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BlackPearl_CBR
May 03, 2016 6:04 pm
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cili7
28 April 2016
Gold Ruby Homes in Canberra. Any good?Gold Ruby Homes in Canberra. Any good?
ACT
1, 2

The 10 last posts are 1 comment users raving about Gold Ruby Homes. Yeah, nothing sus there ;). I personally haven't had much dealings with Gold Ruby and decided to go…

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cili7
Apr 28, 2016 3:00 pm
oneJohn
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12 April 2016
How to calculate the living areaHow to calculate the living area
ACT

It all comes down to definitions, and what the area is claimed to be for. However, generally when a builder looks at total building area, dividing it up into categories…

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oneJohn
Apr 12, 2016 1:25 pm
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sunrays
4 March 2016
variation charges after soil and contour testvariation charges after soil and contour test
ACT

Why will you sign the build contract before your land got titled. $1k variation sounds ok as it is a structural change after signing the contract. No builder is…

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sunrays
Mar 04, 2016 11:10 pm
d@n
28 January 2016
Assistance with External Colour SelectionAssistance with External Colour Selection
ACT

http://www.homeone.com.au/member/michelle

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d@n
Jan 28, 2016 2:48 pm
Vertisol
19 January 2016
Anybody building at Googong ?Anybody building at Googong ?
NSW
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Can't wait to move in to Googong and start crossfit training at my new garage gym

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Vertisol
Jan 19, 2016 2:31 pm
Googonian
26 November 2015
Has anybody struck rock at Googong?Has anybody struck rock at Googong?
NSW

We hit rock on Garraway Cres. Cost us 5500 extra on the build

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Googonian
Nov 26, 2015 9:03 pm
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Nyssa+Lachlan
Sep 16, 2015 10:57 pm
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jacq_27
1 September 2015
Rebuild/Extension Canberra - Jigsaw HousingRebuild/Extension Canberra - Jigsaw Housing
ACT

Hi danielk2005, really keen to know how your renovation has progressed? We are considering our options for an old property in the inner North too - unsure whether knock…

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jacq_27
Sep 01, 2015 9:36 pm

Hi All, This forum has been excellent source of information, there are so much to learn. We have received our draft sketch plan, appreciate any feedback in regards to…

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canbuild
Aug 22, 2015 6:47 am
liquidnitro
12 July 2015
New home build - incorrect windows installed in bathroomNew home build - incorrect windows installed in bathroom
ACT

Thank you all for the responses. I too will probably see this as an annoyance (I've been allocated the affected sink by the wife)! And just looks like a design flaw for…

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liquidnitro
Jul 12, 2015 5:45 pm
Bonnie21
11 July 2015
First Home Buyers in Googong - Need assistanceFirst Home Buyers in Googong - Need assistance
ACT

Check out www.beforeyoubuild.net.au They might be able you with your building especially choosing a builder and going through your contract before you sign it. They are…

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Bonnie21
Jul 11, 2015 5:30 pm
Bonnie21
18 June 2015
Builder recommendation in CanberraBuilder recommendation in Canberra
ACT

Hi Canberra peeps, I just want to let you know that I built with Gold Ruby Homes and I cannot recommend them enough! Our house is amazing and I love every bit of it. Matt…

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Bonnie21
Jun 18, 2015 10:23 pm
EmmaJamie
1 June 2015
Anyone laid Belga grey tilesAnyone laid Belga grey tiles
ACT

Hi all... Just wondering if anyone has photos of Belga Grey tiles from Beaumont laid in a large area. We are building a 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom 2 living area house and want…

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EmmaJamie
Jun 01, 2015 9:33 pm
MoncrieffMan
1 June 2015
Building in Moncrieff (ACT)Building in Moncrieff (ACT)
ACT
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Yes we have made provisions, I've got cabling to every TV (I've got servers) and have the Nbn in the NHP. Yeah last I heard is our stage 3 east will be ready by October,…

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MoncrieffMan
Jun 01, 2015 1:26 pm
Shirokuma
31 May 2015
Building with Blackett Homes - CanberraBuilding with Blackett Homes - Canberra
ACT

Thanks, where did you build, is it two storey? How long was the build process We built in Bonner. Single storey. We were in exactly 5 months after they…

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Shirokuma
May 31, 2015 3:02 am

Here is the design we are submitting! Thanks for the kind comments, really helped us…

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MoncrieffMan
Apr 13, 2015 7:42 pm
4walls
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4 April 2015
Dining Room Size for a 8 Seater Dining TableDining Room Size for a 8 Seater Dining Table
ACT

If you regularly have 8 seated then it really is a squeeze. If it is on the odd occasion then it is possibly manageable, depending on the placements of the entry/entries…

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4walls
Apr 04, 2015 7:58 pm
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Tony + Liz
17 March 2015
Is anyone building with DR Homes Qld?Is anyone building with DR Homes Qld?
QLD

Thanks for the info - you're brave doing an owner build - we live in Canberra currently so it's not an option for us. Will check out the facebook page though - be nice to…

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Tony + Liz
Mar 17, 2015 12:04 pm
Crazyk
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20 January 2015
Rock excavation not included in contractsRock excavation not included in contracts
ACT

How did you go with arguing or getting details for your actual PS?

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Crazyk
Jan 20, 2015 5:05 pm
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pagdia
19 December 2014
Building with Rawsons at GoogongBuilding with Rawsons at Googong
NSW

Is anyone building with Rawson Homes at Googong and getting tender extension fees as a penalty because CIC keep delaying the land release and…

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pagdia
Dec 19, 2014 8:41 am
kathryneade
28 November 2014
Anyone ever heard of Pandomo flooring???Anyone ever heard of Pandomo flooring???
ACT

Hello Adam - did you use the Pandomo product in the end? I'm based in London and the polished concrete market doesn't seem quite as advanced as it is back home - I found…

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kathryneade
Nov 28, 2014 3:15 am
Leonardo_23
11 October 2014
Anyone ever claimed their Builder's Warranty Insurance?Anyone ever claimed their Builder's Warranty Insurance?
ACT

It seems that nobody noticed your thread, so perhaps enter the similar topics below, because there is some good info there. The warranty insurance does cover for…

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Leonardo_23
Oct 11, 2014 2:01 pm
DG85
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5 October 2014
Building a new project home in Sydney,NSWBuilding a new project home in Sydney,NSW
NSW

McDonald jones and clarendon Check out homeworld for heaps more

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DG85
Oct 05, 2014 8:32 pm
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building-expert
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27 September 2014
What does builder have to gain by terminating contract?What does builder have to gain by terminating contract?
ACT

I have also seen building consultants who were afraid of heights. Those people should not do building inspections in my opinion. Larger…

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building-expert
Sep 27, 2014 12:50 pm
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whzzz28
28 August 2014
Some add ons, but is the builder taking the p*ss?Some add ons, but is the builder taking the p*ss?
ACT

Suspct covered them all nicely, but two cents on some items: 1) Expensive even with tiles included. At that cost it would want to be rectified porcelain, if its standard…

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whzzz28
Aug 28, 2014 2:33 pm
apageintime
20 August 2014
Lifestyle homes Canberra - any experiencesLifestyle homes Canberra - any experiences
ACT

We are thinking about building a house in Coombs with Lifestyle homes, but I can't find any reviews good or bad about them online. Given the recent spate of builders…

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apageintime
Aug 20, 2014 5:14 pm
My Good experience with "Goldruby Homes" (Mathew Smith)My Good experience with "Goldruby Homes" (Mathew Smith)
ACT

I built my home using “Goldruby Homes” back in 2009. Here is my personal experience with Mathew Smith. In general, building our own home is not that often we do. …

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PatrickWhiteFranklin
Aug 07, 2014 12:45 am
navs
19 June 2014
Submitting Defects for Practical Completion - How much time?Submitting Defects for Practical Completion - How much time?
ACT

I just did my PCI last week and used an independent building inspector who climbed in the roof and did the walk around with us and even though he didn't find my faults I…

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navs
Jun 19, 2014 7:12 pm
happysarah
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27 April 2014
Question regarding cut and fill and retaining wallsQuestion regarding cut and fill and retaining walls
ACT

Thanks for the information Bashworth. I had a look on the webpage and it was very informative.

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happysarah
Apr 27, 2014 7:11 pm
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