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jem
17 September 2011
3
Sep 17, 2011 7:44 pm
thank you. will try it!
thank you. will try it!
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jem
13 September 2011
1
Sep 13, 2011 1:30 pm
Hi, I need advice. We have roller blinds on the bedroom windows which we need to keep closed overnight. In the warmer months we need to have the evap cooling on overnight and therefore the windows need to be open a little bit. BUT as it is pretty windy where we are the blinds flap and make a lot of noise.

We are thinking we need to put drapes over the top (so at night we can have drapes closed, roller blinds up). Would rather not have to do this though.

What have people done to overcome this problem?
Hi, I need advice. We have roller blinds on the bedroom windows which we need to keep closed overnight. In the warmer months we need to have the evap cooling on overnight and therefore the windows need to be open a little bit. BUT as it is pretty windy where we are the blinds flap and make a lot of noise.

We are thinking we need to put drapes over the top (so at night we can have drapes closed, roller blinds up). Would rather not have to do this though.

What have people done to overcome this problem?
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jem
15 October 2010
11
Oct 15, 2010 1:45 pm
The wood is redgum. So much to learn!!! Can't wait to get started.
The wood is redgum. So much to learn!!! Can't wait to get started.
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jem
13 October 2010
7
Oct 13, 2010 12:02 pm
Thank you for your comments. I went to uni yesterday morning, came home and it was all done. So irrigation seems to be done and veggie boxes are in. Yes, 2x2m is a bit large. Will struggle to reach the middle. The 2x1m looks better. Oh well, we'll see how we go!
Thank you for your comments. I went to uni yesterday morning, came home and it was all done. So irrigation seems to be done and veggie boxes are in. Yes, 2x2m is a bit large. Will struggle to reach the middle. The 2x1m looks better. Oh well, we'll see how we go!
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jem
11 October 2010
1
Oct 11, 2010 12:42 pm
Hi,

We are getting our landscaping done this week and we planned on getting a 2x1metre raised bed for herbs and a 2x3m raised bed for vegies. As a novice, I have just heard about companion gardening. Would it be better to have both beds 2x2m rather than one bed and one small? Or doesn't really matter?

Also, we are getting irrigation for $900. We only have a smallish front and back yard including a bit of instant turf at the back. Is it necessary? I do not have a good track record of keeping pot plants alive!

Thanks
Hi,

We are getting our landscaping done this week and we planned on getting a 2x1metre raised bed for herbs and a 2x3m raised bed for vegies. As a novice, I have just heard about companion gardening. Would it be better to have both beds 2x2m rather than one bed and one small? Or doesn't really matter?

Also, we are getting irrigation for $900. We only have a smallish front and back yard including a bit of instant turf at the back. Is it necessary? I do not have a good track record of keeping pot plants alive!

Thanks
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jem
25 January 2010
5
Jan 25, 2010 7:20 am
Hi,

My mum just had holland blinds installed by Victory and they matched the cheaper quote that she had from Kresta. The sales lady from Victory said she's not going to lose the sale so is happy to match. The blinds look great.

Cheers
Hi,

My mum just had holland blinds installed by Victory and they matched the cheaper quote that she had from Kresta. The sales lady from Victory said she's not going to lose the sale so is happy to match. The blinds look great.

Cheers
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jem
20 January 2010
1
Jan 20, 2010 9:51 pm
Hi,

We have an open plan kitchen, dining, living area and have a predominently white kitchen with a neutral/brown (Dulux's Charlie Horse) splashback. White walls and brown laminate flooring throughout. I was thinking of furnishing and decorating in browns and whites with gold or amber accents (ie pendant lighting or feature wallpaper). However, we now have a black upright piano that we will probably put in the living area. It will kind of be the feature (no tv). I'm worried that this might clash with the browns.

Alternatively, I am considering going with blacks/charcoal and whites as the colour scheme with a few flashes of colour here and there, but I'm afraid my splashback (and it is very long and visable) won't fit in with the colour scheme.

Any thoughts?

Cheers
Hi,

We have an open plan kitchen, dining, living area and have a predominently white kitchen with a neutral/brown (Dulux's Charlie Horse) splashback. White walls and brown laminate flooring throughout. I was thinking of furnishing and decorating in browns and whites with gold or amber accents (ie pendant lighting or feature wallpaper). However, we now have a black upright piano that we will probably put in the living area. It will kind of be the feature (no tv). I'm worried that this might clash with the browns.

Alternatively, I am considering going with blacks/charcoal and whites as the colour scheme with a few flashes of colour here and there, but I'm afraid my splashback (and it is very long and visable) won't fit in with the colour scheme.

Any thoughts?

Cheers
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jem
17 December 2009
1
Dec 17, 2009 1:41 pm
Hi,

Our mortgage broker has told us that the bank are after our FHO boost addendum and Principal place of resident paperwork. We haven't heard of these forms and didn't fill them out when we did all our other loan stuff and FHO stuff (a few months ago - we currently have the land mortgage and have site start for our build this month).

The mortgage broker says our solicitor should have organised it and our solicitor says the mortgage broker should have organised it. Whose job is it to advise us of these forms? The mortgage broker or solicitor?

Cheers!
Hi,

Our mortgage broker has told us that the bank are after our FHO boost addendum and Principal place of resident paperwork. We haven't heard of these forms and didn't fill them out when we did all our other loan stuff and FHO stuff (a few months ago - we currently have the land mortgage and have site start for our build this month).

The mortgage broker says our solicitor should have organised it and our solicitor says the mortgage broker should have organised it. Whose job is it to advise us of these forms? The mortgage broker or solicitor?

Cheers!
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jem
15 October 2009
254
Oct 15, 2009 11:27 am
We went for a drvie last weekend and saw our land for the first time. We are Stage 8 opposite the wetlands. Those on Urchin Way and Carpenteria have views of the You Yangs and there are plenty of sheep in the fields! It looks great!
We went for a drvie last weekend and saw our land for the first time. We are Stage 8 opposite the wetlands. Those on Urchin Way and Carpenteria have views of the You Yangs and there are plenty of sheep in the fields! It looks great!
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jem
4 October 2009
215
Oct 04, 2009 8:33 pm
Oh great! That sounds promising for stage 8. Hopefully my lot on Urchin Way is doing well - I haven't been out there for ages.
Oh great! That sounds promising for stage 8. Hopefully my lot on Urchin Way is doing well - I haven't been out there for ages.
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jem
13 September 2009
165
Sep 13, 2009 10:14 am
When was stage 7 first expected to title?
When was stage 7 first expected to title?
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jem
11 September 2009
160
Sep 11, 2009 9:32 am
Just letting you know that the construction update has been updated on the Alamanda website. We are in Stage 8 so excited that things are moving along!

http://www.alamandapointcook.com.au/construction.php?p=98
Just letting you know that the construction update has been updated on the Alamanda website. We are in Stage 8 so excited that things are moving along!

http://www.alamandapointcook.com.au/construction.php?p=98
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jem
23 August 2009
154
Aug 23, 2009 10:04 pm
Thanks for the info on the lap pools. They sound great but I don't think it's on the cards for us. Maybe the next house...
Thanks for the info on the lap pools. They sound great but I don't think it's on the cards for us. Maybe the next house...
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jem
14 August 2009
11
Aug 14, 2009 8:31 pm
Good idea. They can do this - I checked. Problem solved!
Good idea. They can do this - I checked. Problem solved!
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jem
13 August 2009
150
Aug 13, 2009 11:04 pm
Just wanted to say hi to the other stage 8ers. We are building in stage 8A, so close to a few of you there! Just out of curiosity, how much space do you need to have a lap pool down the side of your house? I think that would be awesome!
Just wanted to say hi to the other stage 8ers. We are building in stage 8A, so close to a few of you there! Just out of curiosity, how much space do you need to have a lap pool down the side of your house? I think that would be awesome!
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jem
13 August 2009
9
Aug 13, 2009 10:37 pm
Update- We now think we would prefer white window frames on the interior (as opposed to woodland grey), particularly in the open living/kitchen area which include a big entertainer door. But if this is the case then we would need to have white window frames in the facade, right? How would white windows look with our other external colour selections? Our mortar is natural not off-white. Open to suggestions but would prefer not to upgrade the mortar. Are pretty flexible on other colours for the render etc.
Update- We now think we would prefer white window frames on the interior (as opposed to woodland grey), particularly in the open living/kitchen area which include a big entertainer door. But if this is the case then we would need to have white window frames in the facade, right? How would white windows look with our other external colour selections? Our mortar is natural not off-white. Open to suggestions but would prefer not to upgrade the mortar. Are pretty flexible on other colours for the render etc.
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jem
9 July 2009
8
Jul 09, 2009 12:12 pm
Update - The CSR rang me back and said that after consultation with Dulux, they will use the paint that I have specified for an additional $400. However, they want to put a clause in the contract saying that the finish won't look the same as the display house.

Also, apparently Dulux said that using the enviro friendly paint will only benefit the painter at the time of the paint job. But I understand that offgassing can last as long as 5 years? What are your thoughts on this? Below are the standard paints the builder uses and the paint that we have requested and can get...

Standard: Dulux Professional Acrylic Sealer Undercoat - VOCs are <45 grams per litre
Alternative: Dulux Professional Enviro2 Acrylic Sealer Undercoat - <1g/l

Standard: Dulux Super Enamel Semi Gloss. - <430 g/l
Alternative: Dulux Aqua Enamel Semi Gloss - <74 g/l

Cheers
Update - The CSR rang me back and said that after consultation with Dulux, they will use the paint that I have specified for an additional $400. However, they want to put a clause in the contract saying that the finish won't look the same as the display house.

Also, apparently Dulux said that using the enviro friendly paint will only benefit the painter at the time of the paint job. But I understand that offgassing can last as long as 5 years? What are your thoughts on this? Below are the standard paints the builder uses and the paint that we have requested and can get...

Standard: Dulux Professional Acrylic Sealer Undercoat - VOCs are <45 grams per litre
Alternative: Dulux Professional Enviro2 Acrylic Sealer Undercoat - <1g/l

Standard: Dulux Super Enamel Semi Gloss. - <430 g/l
Alternative: Dulux Aqua Enamel Semi Gloss - <74 g/l

Cheers
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jem
8 July 2009
6
Jul 08, 2009 2:25 pm
Thanks for your help - and the reassurance that the regular undercoat isn't so bad!
Thanks for your help - and the reassurance that the regular undercoat isn't so bad!
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jem
7 July 2009
3
Jul 07, 2009 10:51 am
Hi,
Our tender appt is next Monday. Our builders said they will credit us $7000 for them to do no internal paintwork. But, there is no way that will cover us to get the house painted after handover. And I just realised that our bank won't extend our loan to cover external contractors and will only cover the builder. So, we would have to find the extra $$$ to get the paint job done after handover. This is not looking good...! I would hate to have to settle for environmentally unsound paints just because our builder isn't up to date with the latest products.
Hi,
Our tender appt is next Monday. Our builders said they will credit us $7000 for them to do no internal paintwork. But, there is no way that will cover us to get the house painted after handover. And I just realised that our bank won't extend our loan to cover external contractors and will only cover the builder. So, we would have to find the extra $$$ to get the paint job done after handover. This is not looking good...! I would hate to have to settle for environmentally unsound paints just because our builder isn't up to date with the latest products.
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jem
3 July 2009
1
Jul 03, 2009 5:46 pm
Hi,

I have recently been made aware of VOCs emitting from paint and want to try and get low VOC for the interior of my house. The building company I'm going through uses Dulux and they have told me that the Wash and Wear 101 is part of Dulux's Ecochoice range and low VOC, however the undercoat they use is not Ecochoice and has high VOC emissions. The painters won't use any other so I'm stuck with it. Is there any point in having low VOC paint if the undercoat is just going to emit VOCs?

Also - while the Dulux CSR told me that gloss for trims and doors has VOCs of 70g/l, semi gloss has less than 5g/l. However my building rep told me that she checked and was informed that gloss and semi-gloss have the same emission rate.

Our other option is to get credit for the paint work and get it done ourselves after hand over but our budget is pretty stretched and I'm almost certain we won't be able to afford this option.

Your thoughts?
Hi,

I have recently been made aware of VOCs emitting from paint and want to try and get low VOC for the interior of my house. The building company I'm going through uses Dulux and they have told me that the Wash and Wear 101 is part of Dulux's Ecochoice range and low VOC, however the undercoat they use is not Ecochoice and has high VOC emissions. The painters won't use any other so I'm stuck with it. Is there any point in having low VOC paint if the undercoat is just going to emit VOCs?

Also - while the Dulux CSR told me that gloss for trims and doors has VOCs of 70g/l, semi gloss has less than 5g/l. However my building rep told me that she checked and was informed that gloss and semi-gloss have the same emission rate.

Our other option is to get credit for the paint work and get it done ourselves after hand over but our budget is pretty stretched and I'm almost certain we won't be able to afford this option.

Your thoughts?
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