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judydg
17 January 2015
6
Jan 17, 2015 1:42 am
I think it depends on the age of the house. Most older homes would have the toilet in the bathroom. I don't mind it . My pet hate is toilets off the laundry, don't know why!
I think it depends on the age of the house. Most older homes would have the toilet in the bathroom. I don't mind it . My pet hate is toilets off the laundry, don't know why!
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judydg
17 November 2014
1
Nov 17, 2014 4:01 pm
We are getting to the end of our new home build. Anyone advise what goes in first - carpets or engineered timber? Carpet people are saying they install after timber flooring and timber flooring people are saying carpets go in first!
We are getting to the end of our new home build. Anyone advise what goes in first - carpets or engineered timber? Carpet people are saying they install after timber flooring and timber flooring people are saying carpets go in first!
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judydg
6 November 2014
3
Nov 06, 2014 6:58 pm
I am sure you will love it! I have had mine for 3 years and couldn't live without it. I don't think it is expensive for the quality and the amount of use it gets.
Too many favourite recipes to list! Lots of resources on the internet and Facebook pages etc. Quirky Cooking is a good one for those with food intolerances.
Enjoy your new purchase!
I am sure you will love it! I have had mine for 3 years and couldn't live without it. I don't think it is expensive for the quality and the amount of use it gets.
Too many favourite recipes to list! Lots of resources on the internet and Facebook pages etc. Quirky Cooking is a good one for those with food intolerances.
Enjoy your new purchase!
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judydg
12 September 2014
14
Sep 12, 2014 10:18 pm
To answer the original question I reckon price seems ok. We have just paid $850 for a standard single entrance door (820x2040), installed pre painted rather than stained. So to get all the sidelights in stain grade timber etc sounds ok.
To answer the original question I reckon price seems ok. We have just paid $850 for a standard single entrance door (820x2040), installed pre painted rather than stained. So to get all the sidelights in stain grade timber etc sounds ok.
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judydg
13 July 2014
124
Jul 13, 2014 5:16 pm
Just saw an advert in the West Australian for Smartstrand - looks like it is available in the O'Connor & Cannington stores.
I'll be going to have a look as it sounds a great carpet. Not too sure about the issues mentioned a few posts back by tumble who is a carpet cleaner though :(
Just saw an advert in the West Australian for Smartstrand - looks like it is available in the O'Connor & Cannington stores.
I'll be going to have a look as it sounds a great carpet. Not too sure about the issues mentioned a few posts back by tumble who is a carpet cleaner though :(
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judydg
9 July 2014
15
Jul 10, 2014 12:52 am
The Samsung one is 924l. It is the one I am planning to get as the freezer section has doors rather than a big drawer so I think things will be more accessible.
The model no is SRF924DLS and I saw it at Harvey Norman - I think it was around $4k.
The Samsung one is 924l. It is the one I am planning to get as the freezer section has doors rather than a big drawer so I think things will be more accessible.
The model no is SRF924DLS and I saw it at Harvey Norman - I think it was around $4k.
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judydg
8 June 2014
1
Jun 09, 2014 12:56 am
Hi - I want to get the walk in robes in our new house fitted out. Any recommended companies based in Perth?
I know I have seen some mentioned in threads but I am too lazy to search for them :D

Thanks for any help
Hi - I want to get the walk in robes in our new house fitted out. Any recommended companies based in Perth?
I know I have seen some mentioned in threads but I am too lazy to search for them :D

Thanks for any help
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judydg
10 May 2014
12
May 10, 2014 11:43 pm
Actually I sympathise to an extent. We are building a fairly expensive custom home and still struggle to get regular updates.
Lets be honest - we are all making one of the biggest investments of our lives, paying a lot of money- usually everyone building is paying as much as they can possibly afford relative to their income, and we all get treated like cattle. How hard is it to get staff to respond promptly to emails. If they are sending things to us for signing etc we are expected to respond quickly. It is their job, and we are all dealing with it in our spare time.
From what I read on this forum, most builders need training in customer service. Whilst I agree we all need to be aware of our rights and responsibilities and not sign contracts and plans without consideration, I don't think it is unreasonable to expect some kind of assistance or warning if things on the plan don't make sense - they are the experts and most of of us would be doing this for the first and possibly only time. Most builders seem to take any enjoyment right out of the experience. They know they have us contractually and seem to have no pride in good workmanship and getting the job done on time.
Actually I sympathise to an extent. We are building a fairly expensive custom home and still struggle to get regular updates.
Lets be honest - we are all making one of the biggest investments of our lives, paying a lot of money- usually everyone building is paying as much as they can possibly afford relative to their income, and we all get treated like cattle. How hard is it to get staff to respond promptly to emails. If they are sending things to us for signing etc we are expected to respond quickly. It is their job, and we are all dealing with it in our spare time.
From what I read on this forum, most builders need training in customer service. Whilst I agree we all need to be aware of our rights and responsibilities and not sign contracts and plans without consideration, I don't think it is unreasonable to expect some kind of assistance or warning if things on the plan don't make sense - they are the experts and most of of us would be doing this for the first and possibly only time. Most builders seem to take any enjoyment right out of the experience. They know they have us contractually and seem to have no pride in good workmanship and getting the job done on time.
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judydg
26 March 2014
7
Mar 26, 2014 10:58 pm
I think it is ok for a holiday home but not sure for a permanent place.
I think it is ok for a holiday home but not sure for a permanent place.
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judydg
11 March 2014
4
Mar 11, 2014 1:29 pm
I think it is standard practice for the customer to pay the electricity. Our bills haven't been much do far - about $25 every two months.
I think it is standard practice for the customer to pay the electricity. Our bills haven't been much do far - about $25 every two months.
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judydg
14 February 2014
2
Feb 14, 2014 6:12 pm
I think it depends on if there is any salvageable material in the house - like timber windows, floorboards etc.

We were $18k to demolish a single storey Californian bungalow including removing a fibreglass pool.
I think it depends on if there is any salvageable material in the house - like timber windows, floorboards etc.

We were $18k to demolish a single storey Californian bungalow including removing a fibreglass pool.
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judydg
5 February 2014
2
Feb 05, 2014 11:15 pm
I think it is cheaper to build that way!
I think it is cheaper to build that way!
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judydg
30 January 2014
8
Jan 30, 2014 5:39 pm
I think ugbug's layout would work well. I don't like the door swinging right towards the toilet in the original. If you can't have a sliding door you could have one of those concertina type things that are two narrow panels hinged in the middle - must be a name for it but can't think right now! Folding door maybe?!
I think ugbug's layout would work well. I don't like the door swinging right towards the toilet in the original. If you can't have a sliding door you could have one of those concertina type things that are two narrow panels hinged in the middle - must be a name for it but can't think right now! Folding door maybe?!
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judydg
27 January 2014
4
Jan 27, 2014 6:33 pm
We got ours increased as the original amount wouldn't have even covered a basic weekly rent. However you may be right saying it may be a moot point as I would imagine most builders would claim all sorts of delays to avoid paying.
We got ours increased as the original amount wouldn't have even covered a basic weekly rent. However you may be right saying it may be a moot point as I would imagine most builders would claim all sorts of delays to avoid paying.
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judydg
12 January 2014
2
Jan 12, 2014 9:13 pm
Sounds like you should consider if you are overcapitalising for the street? Or do you think that in a few years more houses may be upgraded.
Everyone has different opinions of streetscape - personally I hate it when people build a modern house in a street of more traditional homes. But in the end it is your house. If you you are close to the beach with a beach look I think that would work ok.
Sounds like you should consider if you are overcapitalising for the street? Or do you think that in a few years more houses may be upgraded.
Everyone has different opinions of streetscape - personally I hate it when people build a modern house in a street of more traditional homes. But in the end it is your house. If you you are close to the beach with a beach look I think that would work ok.
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judydg
26 December 2013
604
Dec 26, 2013 11:17 pm
Your home is looking fantastic Cinder - amazing sunset too.
Just be careful of the robo vac - my friend stopped using hers as it was scratching the timber floors.
Your home is looking fantastic Cinder - amazing sunset too.
Just be careful of the robo vac - my friend stopped using hers as it was scratching the timber floors.
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judydg
19 December 2013
2
Dec 19, 2013 11:46 pm
Sounds a bit harsh - our builder told us they only charge a fee after construction commences. We have already made a couple of minor changes with no extra cost.
Sounds a bit harsh - our builder told us they only charge a fee after construction commences. We have already made a couple of minor changes with no extra cost.
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judydg
12 December 2013
84
Dec 12, 2013 11:09 am
Totally agree with other saying look at overall price not individual items - otherwise you start feeling really ripped off!!
Also take into account whether you are prepared to deal with the hassle of individual contractors post handover. It takes a lot of time and energy to get quotes and manage the trades - some people are more than happy to do that to save a bit of money. But I hate dealing with tradesmen- can't do the negotiating part or pull them up for poor work and my husband is too busy. It is a personal choice if the money you save is worth the trouble (and you may not save as much as you think).
The other thing is the credit they give you back for items you take out never seems to be enough! I think they credit you with the cost price of materials but not their profit margin on it!
Would it be worth taking your kitchen plans to a cabinetmaker to get a rough price?
Totally agree with other saying look at overall price not individual items - otherwise you start feeling really ripped off!!
Also take into account whether you are prepared to deal with the hassle of individual contractors post handover. It takes a lot of time and energy to get quotes and manage the trades - some people are more than happy to do that to save a bit of money. But I hate dealing with tradesmen- can't do the negotiating part or pull them up for poor work and my husband is too busy. It is a personal choice if the money you save is worth the trouble (and you may not save as much as you think).
The other thing is the credit they give you back for items you take out never seems to be enough! I think they credit you with the cost price of materials but not their profit margin on it!
Would it be worth taking your kitchen plans to a cabinetmaker to get a rough price?
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judydg
12 December 2013
567
Dec 12, 2013 1:19 am
Best of luck in your new home Cinder!
Enjoy - it is beautiful. No pressure for more pics - tomorrow is fine :lol: :lol:
Best of luck in your new home Cinder!
Enjoy - it is beautiful. No pressure for more pics - tomorrow is fine :lol: :lol:
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judydg
8 December 2013
77
Dec 08, 2013 9:01 pm
Sadly I think what you are up against is not uncommon - as soon as you try to customise things with a project builder costs escalate dramatically. They make their money on volume and if things are non standard it costs them time to get quotes etc whereas using their standard items is quick and easy for them.
Have you considered taking the cabinetry out of the contract and getting it done direct? That way you don't have to start again with another builder.
We are building with a supposed custom builder in Perth and even they had a list of standard items and some of the upgrades have been ridiculous. We ended up taking out all of the paving and flooring. We did end up going with their cabinetry but the upgrade was still quite expensive.
Oh the joys of building!!
Sadly I think what you are up against is not uncommon - as soon as you try to customise things with a project builder costs escalate dramatically. They make their money on volume and if things are non standard it costs them time to get quotes etc whereas using their standard items is quick and easy for them.
Have you considered taking the cabinetry out of the contract and getting it done direct? That way you don't have to start again with another builder.
We are building with a supposed custom builder in Perth and even they had a list of standard items and some of the upgrades have been ridiculous. We ended up taking out all of the paving and flooring. We did end up going with their cabinetry but the upgrade was still quite expensive.
Oh the joys of building!!
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