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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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Lemans
22 March
Things you forget - summary page 32Things you forget - summary page 32
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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
Berek
11 March
Our Derwent valley buildOur Derwent valley build
TAS

Exciting times. Your camera needs a sensor clean btw (if it's a dslr)

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Berek
Mar 11, 2017 10:03 pm
Jays2007
6 February
Custom build on slope Hobart - recommendationsCustom build on slope Hobart - recommendations
TAS

Hi Snoss, I didn't have much luck with reviews I ended up going with a builder I bought a house off many years ago. I didn't realise he was still building around Hobart.…

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Jays2007
Feb 06, 2017 6:42 pm
sundeepguntu
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29 January
How often do you visit your site?How often do you visit your site?
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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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tdk14
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19 January
Working drawing in contract.Working drawing in contract.
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Yes your latest copy is your pending final copy. It should show everything, updated.

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tdk14
Jan 19, 2017 2:54 pm
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Lorri
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30 October 2016
BAL 12.5 to BAL 19 costs Update , now Bal 29!BAL 12.5 to BAL 19 costs Update , now Bal 29!
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Hi Cave D, we are in Tassie and i looked on the net and found this Bal guy, as far as I know it doesn't matter what your Bal level is, if you driveway in is more than 30…

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Lorri
Oct 30, 2016 3:17 am
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Craigasaurus
4 September 2016
Supplying your own goods or trades.Supplying your own goods or trades.
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Pc or ps is like an allowance for certain items. We pc'd a few things like airconditioning, carpets, lighting and tapware, concrete and turf. That way there is an…

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Craigasaurus
Sep 04, 2016 11:51 am
bpratt
3 August 2016
Long narrow house on a 1 acre blockLong narrow house on a 1 acre block
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I'm on 1 acre, and the house is only 233 sqm in size, but from the road it looks just as big as most in the estate. The roof is also 25 degree pitch, so that by itself…

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bpratt
Aug 03, 2016 12:22 pm
Lorri
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17 July 2016
Tender and cancellation charges?Tender and cancellation charges?
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Just curious about this, not planning to cancel but I noticed on the tender papers it says that other cost will be added if you don't accept the tender, that money you…

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Lorri
Jul 17, 2016 8:08 pm
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Lorri
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12 July 2016
Builder said we can't have slab.......Updated plansBuilder said we can't have slab.......Updated plans
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I don't mind them battered if they are safe left like that, surely the builder would say if they are safe? Would they have to warn you if not? Don't want the slope…

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Lorri
Jul 12, 2016 8:55 am
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Beetaloo
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23 June 2016
Slab pier questionSlab pier question
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I does not look very scary to me. The steel is light gauge. My understanding is that N12 equates to a 12mm dia bar. This is the minimum sized steel bars that can be used.…

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Beetaloo
Jun 23, 2016 9:48 pm
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oneJohn
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23 June 2016
Custom house plans - Size reduction and layout advice?Custom house plans - Size reduction and layout advice?
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To take 16m2 out of it, I think you're going to need to take a room out. What spaces are there in your current plan that you don't need?

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oneJohn
Jun 23, 2016 11:51 am
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Lorri
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21 June 2016
Loungers windowsLoungers windows
TAS

Hi Matty, I think that the glare from outside while looking at the tv would be a pain, do you have a floorplan you can put on so we can see the room layout? Cheers Lorri

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Lorri
Jun 21, 2016 9:23 pm
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James Austin
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13 June 2016
CONTRACT QuestionsCONTRACT Questions
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I will do that, just thought I'd ask in the meantime and you are right, looks like there a good amount of "gotchas" in the document

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James Austin
Jun 13, 2016 8:28 am
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Stewie D
22 May 2016
Help with house orientation Help with house orientation
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Having the living areas on the NW side with your wide verandah means they will be shaded without getting blasted by the hot summer sun. It does mean however, that there…

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Stewie D
May 22, 2016 10:06 pm
Beetaloo
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17 April 2016
electrical questionelectrical question
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I have DECT phones in my house. The base station is plugged into my router with the (3 off) wireless telephone handsets installed wherever you like. All they need is a…

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Beetaloo
Apr 17, 2016 9:35 am
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Wellard2ndTimers
16 April 2016
Where is your hot water system?Where is your hot water system?
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Outside, along the dead side of the house, close to our ensuite. Pretty standard position for a WA build. As to why, that's just how we seem to do it over here :) :)

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Wellard2ndTimers
Apr 16, 2016 7:35 pm
KLB
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17 February 2016
Site cut and need for retaining wall?Site cut and need for retaining wall?
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I would say you would need one to control run off particularly.

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KLB
Feb 17, 2016 11:51 am
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nat_luke1
30 January 2016
Building in Northern TasBuilding in Northern Tas
TAS
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Its good taking a bit of getting used to and still have so much unpacking to do !Have moved from a huge two storey house to a smaller one storey and man we have some…

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nat_luke1
Jan 30, 2016 11:14 am
Leksie5000
22 January 2016
Any ideas on house plan?Any ideas on house plan?
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How big is that gap in the hall? Could you extend the linen a bit more so it was in the same spot but not line of sight or would the gap be too small then? Custom…

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Leksie5000
Jan 22, 2016 4:37 am
clueless2009
27 November 2015
Island bench questionIsland bench question
TAS

current house island bench have back laminates are in vertical and broken into three sections evenly, dark laminates like above pic's. Its represents roughly three double…

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clueless2009
Nov 27, 2015 3:25 pm
nat_luke1
25 November 2015
How long after pciHow long after pci
TAS

Thanks archetto I hope it's that or less even hahaha I'm so anxious to get in before Christmas and now our PCI has been pushed from Thursday until Monday because the…

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nat_luke1
Nov 25, 2015 7:58 pm
ardasander
16 November 2015
Is this enough ventilation for bathroom?Is this enough ventilation for bathroom?
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When it comes to ventilation, you should measure air changes per hour (ach). For wet areas recommended ach rate is between 6 and 10. So considering your bathroom is…

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ardasander
Nov 16, 2015 2:22 pm
TomCat
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5 November 2015
Urban One - Nougat bricks Austral South AustraliaUrban One - Nougat bricks Austral South Australia
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They are both nice ... I remember seeing and liking. Nougat: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=58995&start=720 Slaters posted a pic halfway down that page ^

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TomCat
Nov 05, 2015 11:21 pm
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MezMaz71
23 October 2015
Roller doorRoller door
TAS

Hi nat_luke1, we have just completed a kDR with our builder in Melbourne, and we upgraded to a colourbond coloured sectional garage door with 4 windows across the top of…

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MezMaz71
Oct 23, 2015 10:33 am
bluesteel
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20 October 2015
kitchen backsplash helpkitchen backsplash help
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You could seal the grout as said or ask them to use epoxy grout which is less/not porous or mist grey grout which is slightly off white light grey may be easier to maintain.

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bluesteel
Oct 20, 2015 6:40 pm
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nat_luke1
16 October 2015
progress paymentprogress payment
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Thanks archetto

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nat_luke1
Oct 16, 2015 7:12 pm
TomCat
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29 September 2015
FramingFraming
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Should be square on the slab, with none hanging over the edge for a start. Bashworth has some good info on his site. Here's a start:

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TomCat
Sep 29, 2015 6:48 am
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channy60
26 September 2015
Building with Ashford Homes in PlumptonBuilding with Ashford Homes in Plumpton
VIC

We have been in for 6 months and love our new home :) Ashford have been very helpful the last 6 months!

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channy60
Sep 26, 2015 3:58 pm
TashPaul
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23 September 2015
I normally Love Christmas but .......I normally Love Christmas but .......
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Is the 14 weeks they have given you from site works to keys? That is so fast if it is! We are at about 10 weeks now and only up to grey…

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TashPaul
Sep 23, 2015 9:17 am
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PEARZ
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18 September 2015
occupancy certoccupancy cert
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Lol we finished our landscaping 9months after moving in haha that would have taken us a long time to get coo if we had to wait for landscape.

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PEARZ
Sep 18, 2015 6:39 pm
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Leksie5000
5 September 2015
Opinions on roof needed pleaseOpinions on roof needed please
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Unless you're in a very cold climate, generally the heat gain from a roof costs you more in summer than it benefits in winter, so in that case…

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Leksie5000
Sep 05, 2015 1:20 am
nat_luke1
25 August 2015
Internal paint colourInternal paint colour
TAS

Hi, just wondering f anyone has used the dulux paint colour pale mushroom and if so have any pics ? Thanks

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nat_luke1
Aug 25, 2015 5:06 pm
nat_luke1
26 July 2015
nightsky vs Monument colourbondnightsky vs Monument colourbond
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Hi, Just wondering if anyone has used Nightsky colourbond for roof and gutters with Monument for fascias, roller door and windows - has anyone gone with the same or close…

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nat_luke1
Jul 26, 2015 1:27 pm
nat_luke1
10 July 2015
ensuite and WIR opinionsensuite and WIR opinions
TAS

Thanks for everyones help, I have decided to leave it as is - unsure why they said it would have to go through council if it's internal...... but I think there is pro's…

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nat_luke1
Jul 10, 2015 11:33 am
alibaba11
7 July 2015
Difference in door priceDifference in door price
TAS

Another point to note is that builder's door comes with handles and is painted (usually to the same colour as the door frame). Bear in mind that the doors you purchase…

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alibaba11
Jul 07, 2015 4:32 pm
nat_luke1
5 July 2015
MortarMortar
TAS

Thanks Charon, our roof is colourbond night sky, with monument fascia, I think we will go white as I like the contrast look

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nat_luke1
Jul 05, 2015 3:03 pm
Bonnie21
4 July 2015
ensuite and WIR opinionsensuite and WIR opinions
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We have WIR to ensuite and we love it because it makes it discreet (i.e. they are both in the corner and when the door is shut, you won't even know its there). And as per…

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Bonnie21
Jul 04, 2015 4:29 pm
ASH Jordan Springs
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28 June 2015
BricksBricks
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Could you save money and just upgrade the bricks in the facade?

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ASH Jordan Springs
Jun 28, 2015 3:44 pm
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nat_luke1
28 June 2015
GJ Gradner BridgewaterGJ Gradner Bridgewater
TAS

Hi everyone - I am just interested if anyone has built the Bridgewater design from GJ Gardner and their experience ? Thank you

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nat_luke1
Jun 28, 2015 12:44 pm
ajansen
25 June 2015
opinions on which planopinions on which plan
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The first plan definitely. In the second plan your Master Bed is about the size of a single bedroom. If you have kids, the amount of toys etc. is only going to grow…

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ajansen
Jun 25, 2015 2:09 pm
PVBuild
7 June 2015
Tasmanian First Home Builders - Tasmania Custom BuildTasmanian First Home Builders - Tasmania Custom Build
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We need updated pics Amaroo! Can't wait to see the fitout.

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PVBuild
Jun 07, 2015 1:47 pm
mellyfrank24
1 June 2015
Building New House in TAS - Help with brick and colourbondBuilding New House in TAS - Help with brick and colourbond
TAS

Thanks onejohn I think we are going to go with dune. I'm trying to post a pic of the front of the house, but this is new to me so not sure how to post a pic. Lol

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mellyfrank24
Jun 01, 2015 8:19 pm

I got hubby to draw roughly where he wants the house to be, on…

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Lorri
May 09, 2015 10:17 pm
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fairybreadgirl
24 April 2015
New build - color combination to go with Colorbond WallabyNew build - color combination to go with Colorbond Wallaby
TAS

Thanks for the helpful tips. The first picture is most like the style of house and gives me a good idea of how it could look. Bluestone has a slight blue tinge whereas…

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fairybreadgirl
Apr 24, 2015 1:48 pm
Lorri
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15 April 2015
Room sizesRoom sizes
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I think I like having bigger bedrooms, ok if you can't afford them or want the kids out in the main areas but I like being able to make a bed that's not against a wall! I…

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Lorri
Apr 15, 2015 12:27 pm
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