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Hurrow
1 May
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May 01, 2018 7:53 am
Mrs_W Mrs_W
Hurrow Hurrow
We've sent out fencing notices to our neighbors, however one of the neighbors has responded by saying that they have sold their land to the developer although it has not yet settled, and that the developer is therefore the one who has to pay. I thought this was incorrect but checked with the developer anyway, the developer has responded saying that as written in the contract the cost of the land was discounted reflecting the cost of fencing and they are therefore not liable for the payment either.

However given that the land is under contract but has not yet settled, am I correct in thinking that the existing neighbor is actually liable for a half share of the fencing cost?

If it makes any difference the fenceline in question backs onto a paddock although the rest of our neighbors are residential blocks, we would be looking to put up a 1.8m high wood paling fence as per the development rules, presumably the neighbor would only want wooden posts and wire.


Hi Hurrow,

I’m used to be a conveyancer in Vic, and under the Sale of Land Act, any Notices issued on or after the day or sale become the responsibility of the purchaser.

Has this neighbour sold it back to the original developer? The same developer that you purchased from? If so, if there is a clause in the contract that states that the developer is not liable for the cost of fencing, of that they will only contribute $1, that’s when it becomes a grey area. Although if the developer hasn’t mentioned that clause I wouldn’t bring bring it to their attention. I’m not sure if that clause is relinquished once it has been initially sold.

When the developer says that he cost of land was discounted to reflect the cost the cost of fencing, does that mean they paid a few hundred dollars because of the lack of fencing? If so, then I interpret that to mean they were aware that it was unfenced and that they would need to pay. If the developer assumed that it was fenced, that’s an issue between them and their vendor.

There is a fencing disputes hotline in Victoria and I believe the number is answered on weekends so you could try that.

Sorry I haven’t given a definitive answer, it’s been 9 years since I was a conveyancer, so I’m a little rusty.



Hi Mrs_W,

Thanks very much for your insights! The neighbor has sold the land to the developer that we purchased from originally. I spoke to the developer on the phone and they said that the original cost of the land was discounted by the approximate cost of the fencing. I'll give the fencing hotline a call and see if they have anything to say, but I'm guessing that we'll be forking out the entire amount of that portion of the fence. Such is life. My other two neighbors haven't come back to us at all despite having had the notice for over a week and having all my contact details, I really just want to get the fence up so that my kids can play in the backyard and I don't have to worry about them running onto the street!
Mrs_W Mrs_W
Hurrow Hurrow
We've sent out fencing notices to our neighbors, however one of the neighbors has responded by saying that they have sold their land to the developer although it has not yet settled, and that the developer is therefore the one who has to pay. I thought this was incorrect but checked with the developer anyway, the developer has responded saying that as written in the contract the cost of the land was discounted reflecting the cost of fencing and they are therefore not liable for the payment either.

However given that the land is under contract but has not yet settled, am I correct in thinking that the existing neighbor is actually liable for a half share of the fencing cost?

If it makes any difference the fenceline in question backs onto a paddock although the rest of our neighbors are residential blocks, we would be looking to put up a 1.8m high wood paling fence as per the development rules, presumably the neighbor would only want wooden posts and wire.


Hi Hurrow,

I’m used to be a conveyancer in Vic, and under the Sale of Land Act, any Notices issued on or after the day or sale become the responsibility of the purchaser.

Has this neighbour sold it back to the original developer? The same developer that you purchased from? If so, if there is a clause in the contract that states that the developer is not liable for the cost of fencing, of that they will only contribute $1, that’s when it becomes a grey area. Although if the developer hasn’t mentioned that clause I wouldn’t bring bring it to their attention. I’m not sure if that clause is relinquished once it has been initially sold.

When the developer says that he cost of land was discounted to reflect the cost the cost of fencing, does that mean they paid a few hundred dollars because of the lack of fencing? If so, then I interpret that to mean they were aware that it was unfenced and that they would need to pay. If the developer assumed that it was fenced, that’s an issue between them and their vendor.

There is a fencing disputes hotline in Victoria and I believe the number is answered on weekends so you could try that.

Sorry I haven’t given a definitive answer, it’s been 9 years since I was a conveyancer, so I’m a little rusty.



Hi Mrs_W,

Thanks very much for your insights! The neighbor has sold the land to the developer that we purchased from originally. I spoke to the developer on the phone and they said that the original cost of the land was discounted by the approximate cost of the fencing. I'll give the fencing hotline a call and see if they have anything to say, but I'm guessing that we'll be forking out the entire amount of that portion of the fence. Such is life. My other two neighbors haven't come back to us at all despite having had the notice for over a week and having all my contact details, I really just want to get the fence up so that my kids can play in the backyard and I don't have to worry about them running onto the street!
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Hurrow
28 April
1
Apr 28, 2018 8:28 am
We've sent out fencing notices to our neighbors, however one of the neighbors has responded by saying that they have sold their land to the developer although it has not yet settled, and that the developer is therefore the one who has to pay. I thought this was incorrect but checked with the developer anyway, the developer has responded saying that as written in the contract the cost of the land was discounted reflecting the cost of fencing and they are therefore not liable for the payment either.

However given that the land is under contract but has not yet settled, am I correct in thinking that the existing neighbor is actually liable for a half share of the fencing cost?

If it makes any difference the fenceline in question backs onto a paddock although the rest of our neighbors are residential blocks, we would be looking to put up a 1.8m high wood paling fence as per the development rules, presumably the neighbor would only want wooden posts and wire.
We've sent out fencing notices to our neighbors, however one of the neighbors has responded by saying that they have sold their land to the developer although it has not yet settled, and that the developer is therefore the one who has to pay. I thought this was incorrect but checked with the developer anyway, the developer has responded saying that as written in the contract the cost of the land was discounted reflecting the cost of fencing and they are therefore not liable for the payment either.

However given that the land is under contract but has not yet settled, am I correct in thinking that the existing neighbor is actually liable for a half share of the fencing cost?

If it makes any difference the fenceline in question backs onto a paddock although the rest of our neighbors are residential blocks, we would be looking to put up a 1.8m high wood paling fence as per the development rules, presumably the neighbor would only want wooden posts and wire.
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Hurrow
26 April
16957
Apr 26, 2018 4:39 pm
We did the pre-slab, if you then get the frame inspection they do a complimentary slab inspection anyway.

There's a whole bunch of stuff that gets combined and you get discounts if you do more than a couple of inspections anyway, our total cost for them all was about $2,600.
We did the pre-slab, if you then get the frame inspection they do a complimentary slab inspection anyway.

There's a whole bunch of stuff that gets combined and you get discounts if you do more than a couple of inspections anyway, our total cost for them all was about $2,600.
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Hurrow
26 April
16952
Apr 26, 2018 1:05 pm
goldencrumble goldencrumble
We have contracted Darbecca for our house inspections and I need to get back to them.
Can I ask everyone what parts they used an independent inspector for?

We used Darbecca as well and did all the inspection they offer. We combined the inspections that it was possible to do so for in order to save a bit of money.

One (legitimate) complaint that our SS had about Darbecca is that often they will tell you about a problem but not necessarily the location(s) of that problem. For example we had a problem with a gutter that didn't run downhill, but the report didn't say where it was so all the gutters had to be checked. Same with a few noggins etc, or insulation not being installed correctly.

You also have to keep in mind that just because it's on the report doesn't mean that it has to necessarily be fixed, if it's a big issue you will no doubt want it done but for small non structural issues you may not care enough to delay the build. As an example we had a window where the bottom sill slopes downwards by about 5mm over the width of the window. Taking it out and getting it replaced would have delayed things by a couple of weeks, it wasn't a big issues to us so we let it go.
goldencrumble goldencrumble
We have contracted Darbecca for our house inspections and I need to get back to them.
Can I ask everyone what parts they used an independent inspector for?

We used Darbecca as well and did all the inspection they offer. We combined the inspections that it was possible to do so for in order to save a bit of money.

One (legitimate) complaint that our SS had about Darbecca is that often they will tell you about a problem but not necessarily the location(s) of that problem. For example we had a problem with a gutter that didn't run downhill, but the report didn't say where it was so all the gutters had to be checked. Same with a few noggins etc, or insulation not being installed correctly.

You also have to keep in mind that just because it's on the report doesn't mean that it has to necessarily be fixed, if it's a big issue you will no doubt want it done but for small non structural issues you may not care enough to delay the build. As an example we had a window where the bottom sill slopes downwards by about 5mm over the width of the window. Taking it out and getting it replaced would have delayed things by a couple of weeks, it wasn't a big issues to us so we let it go.
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Hurrow
26 April
16949
Apr 26, 2018 10:20 am
goldencrumble goldencrumble
We have finally started! Site started yesterday with a our site cut.

I just wanted to ask what people have done with tracking their build and documenting things. I'm trying to find a way that will work for us, whether its a note book with notes, excel spreadsheet, some app etc. I plan on taking photos of the site with my timestamp app so the date and time are shown on every photo.

I have all the email correspondence in folders on my email, I may print some out as well.

Thanks!!

We used a combination of a spreadsheet, emails and Evernote (app and computer based note program), plus taking photos which automatically get timestamped and uploaded to the cloud.
goldencrumble goldencrumble
We have finally started! Site started yesterday with a our site cut.

I just wanted to ask what people have done with tracking their build and documenting things. I'm trying to find a way that will work for us, whether its a note book with notes, excel spreadsheet, some app etc. I plan on taking photos of the site with my timestamp app so the date and time are shown on every photo.

I have all the email correspondence in folders on my email, I may print some out as well.

Thanks!!

We used a combination of a spreadsheet, emails and Evernote (app and computer based note program), plus taking photos which automatically get timestamped and uploaded to the cloud.
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Hurrow
24 April
4
Apr 24, 2018 2:20 pm
SammyJames SammyJames
Yes we live about 5 minutes from the Vancouver in Mount Duneed, and have also visited Werribee and Bendigo. I feel like we have done a lot of research but you can never know!

Of the changes you have suggested I would definitely agree with adding more room on to the garage, maybe even see if you can do an extra metre or two at the front? It doesn't look like there is a separate WC and bathroom option if you do the alternate bath otherwise I would suggest that, although having the powder room probably takes that issue away to some extent. I like the linen closet in that option as well, there isn't much storage otherwise. Sounds like you have gone with plenty of cavity sliders which is what we did as well. We also looked at extending the laundry like you did but it was about $2,000 to add on a cupboard and bench which we thought was ridiculous. Moving the entry to the WIR also makes a lot of sense to me, dunno why you would want it next to the front window.
SammyJames SammyJames
Yes we live about 5 minutes from the Vancouver in Mount Duneed, and have also visited Werribee and Bendigo. I feel like we have done a lot of research but you can never know!

Of the changes you have suggested I would definitely agree with adding more room on to the garage, maybe even see if you can do an extra metre or two at the front? It doesn't look like there is a separate WC and bathroom option if you do the alternate bath otherwise I would suggest that, although having the powder room probably takes that issue away to some extent. I like the linen closet in that option as well, there isn't much storage otherwise. Sounds like you have gone with plenty of cavity sliders which is what we did as well. We also looked at extending the laundry like you did but it was about $2,000 to add on a cupboard and bench which we thought was ridiculous. Moving the entry to the WIR also makes a lot of sense to me, dunno why you would want it next to the front window.
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Hurrow
24 April
2
Apr 24, 2018 1:44 pm
SammyJames SammyJames
Hi all 👋🏼

We have signed with Porter Davis to build the Vancouver 33.

Our 1763m2 block is in the new “The Green Estate” in Winchelsea.

We have our tender appointment coming up and thought we might put it out there with what we are building to see if you all have any ideas or tips!

We have chosen the following:

- Rhode Island facade
- Alternate bath option
- Garage extended an extra 2 metres (1 metre on each side)
- Lounge windows separated
- Lounge raked ceiling
- Lounge added two hinged doors (glass doors)
- Glass sliding doors on the dining room and rumpus room (out to the Alfresco)
- Kitchen galley to have overhead cabinetry
- Kitchen galley window
- Kitchen window splashback
- Kitchen cabinetry above fridge cavity
- Rumpus added cavity slider
- Activity room added cavity slider from family area to hallway
- Master bedroom (HIS WIR moved to have entry at door entry rather than front window entry)
- Ensuite only one basin
- Ensuite shower niche
- Ensuite add two sliding cavity doors
- Bedroom built in robe doors (sliding and mirrored)
- Freestanding bath in the main bathroom
- Main bathroom shower niche
- Main bathroom extend mirror by 900mm to wall
- Laundry extend built in cupboard to double the length (create broom cupboard)

Would love to hear some feedback!

Thanks 😊

Have you been to see the Vancouver on display in the Armstrong Estate at Mt Duneed? I'd look at the display there for ideas and see what changes you see there that make sense vs the standard plan.
SammyJames SammyJames
Hi all 👋🏼

We have signed with Porter Davis to build the Vancouver 33.

Our 1763m2 block is in the new “The Green Estate” in Winchelsea.

We have our tender appointment coming up and thought we might put it out there with what we are building to see if you all have any ideas or tips!

We have chosen the following:

- Rhode Island facade
- Alternate bath option
- Garage extended an extra 2 metres (1 metre on each side)
- Lounge windows separated
- Lounge raked ceiling
- Lounge added two hinged doors (glass doors)
- Glass sliding doors on the dining room and rumpus room (out to the Alfresco)
- Kitchen galley to have overhead cabinetry
- Kitchen galley window
- Kitchen window splashback
- Kitchen cabinetry above fridge cavity
- Rumpus added cavity slider
- Activity room added cavity slider from family area to hallway
- Master bedroom (HIS WIR moved to have entry at door entry rather than front window entry)
- Ensuite only one basin
- Ensuite shower niche
- Ensuite add two sliding cavity doors
- Bedroom built in robe doors (sliding and mirrored)
- Freestanding bath in the main bathroom
- Main bathroom shower niche
- Main bathroom extend mirror by 900mm to wall
- Laundry extend built in cupboard to double the length (create broom cupboard)

Would love to hear some feedback!

Thanks 😊

Have you been to see the Vancouver on display in the Armstrong Estate at Mt Duneed? I'd look at the display there for ideas and see what changes you see there that make sense vs the standard plan.
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Hurrow
24 April
6
Apr 24, 2018 1:41 pm
Introaim Introaim
I thought that's how it's done too. However, I asked my builder today, they said they've never seen anyone using cheque (my builder has got quite good and long reputation of more than 50 years in business). They said if we got cheque, we need to deposit this to the bank and wait for it to be clear before we can collect the key. I was a bit shock as all related topics in any forums I've read suggested the way you told me. I'm getting confused right now.

The way your builder is doing it makes sense. Bank cheques can be stolen or forged and they are certainly not the same as cash or a cash transfer. However most builders do seem to treat them the same as being cash, as do plenty of other businesses despite the fact that they are definitely not.
Introaim Introaim
I thought that's how it's done too. However, I asked my builder today, they said they've never seen anyone using cheque (my builder has got quite good and long reputation of more than 50 years in business). They said if we got cheque, we need to deposit this to the bank and wait for it to be clear before we can collect the key. I was a bit shock as all related topics in any forums I've read suggested the way you told me. I'm getting confused right now.

The way your builder is doing it makes sense. Bank cheques can be stolen or forged and they are certainly not the same as cash or a cash transfer. However most builders do seem to treat them the same as being cash, as do plenty of other businesses despite the fact that they are definitely not.
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Hurrow
23 April
2
Apr 23, 2018 4:47 pm
Introaim Introaim
Hi All,

I'm wondering how did you pay the final payment before handover. What option should I opt.? We have really tight schedule as our rental lease is ending extremely close to the time of expected handover.

- Request bank cheque and handover to the builder after we are satisfied with all defects? If so, do they need to wait for the bank to cleared fund and have money in their account before they handover us a key or builder will handover us the key at the same time as handover?

- Let the bank pay to builder account same as other stages. Let bank pay builder as soon as we received an invoice then handover when it's ready?

Thank you for your suggestion.

We paid the last stage via a bank cheque, they handed the keys over straight away rather than waiting for it to clear. I think that's how most builders ask for it be done.
Introaim Introaim
Hi All,

I'm wondering how did you pay the final payment before handover. What option should I opt.? We have really tight schedule as our rental lease is ending extremely close to the time of expected handover.

- Request bank cheque and handover to the builder after we are satisfied with all defects? If so, do they need to wait for the bank to cleared fund and have money in their account before they handover us a key or builder will handover us the key at the same time as handover?

- Let the bank pay to builder account same as other stages. Let bank pay builder as soon as we received an invoice then handover when it's ready?

Thank you for your suggestion.

We paid the last stage via a bank cheque, they handed the keys over straight away rather than waiting for it to clear. I think that's how most builders ask for it be done.
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Hurrow
23 April
16939
Apr 23, 2018 4:28 pm
Willo91 Willo91
Finally had handover today after things didn't go to plan last week.

Still a few issues to be rectified but overall happy and relieved to finally be able to start moving things in (After work!!)

I'll be giving extensive feedback to Porter Davis on my various thoughts on parts of their processes, I don't know if it will fix anything but it will feel good to get it all off my chest. I'm not going to go down the route of slandering them on social media or product review as I don't think that's right and I do think they have done a good job overall - There is just definitely gaps and improvement areas.

Congratulations on handover, sounds like there is always a bit more to be done but at least you have the house now!
Willo91 Willo91
Finally had handover today after things didn't go to plan last week.

Still a few issues to be rectified but overall happy and relieved to finally be able to start moving things in (After work!!)

I'll be giving extensive feedback to Porter Davis on my various thoughts on parts of their processes, I don't know if it will fix anything but it will feel good to get it all off my chest. I'm not going to go down the route of slandering them on social media or product review as I don't think that's right and I do think they have done a good job overall - There is just definitely gaps and improvement areas.

Congratulations on handover, sounds like there is always a bit more to be done but at least you have the house now!
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Hurrow
23 April
16937
Apr 23, 2018 12:10 pm
lilbza lilbza
Hi everyone,

We went out to our block yesterday to check on our progress and they have nearly completed the downstairs frame. I didn't have a spirit level with me, but I could see two walls that were clearly not plumb. I took a couple of photos but I'm not sure what to do with them.

I don't know whether to raise this with my site supervisor now before they progress with the upstairs frame, or wait until our independent building inspector picks up on it. I don't want to be stepping on the toes of our SS before we've even had the chance to meet face to face, and don't want to look like I'm micro managing his guys.

Our frame inspection is happening after the fixing stage, before the plaster goes on. The way I see it now is that the more issues that have to be fixed after the inspection is done, the more it will delay the further stages. I should probably add, I haven't told our SS yet that we are having an independent building inspector, perhaps this should be my first step as it may set a precedent for the remainder of the build.

Did anyone else come across similar defects, and did you raise it yourself or wait for your inspection report?

I think most site supervisors are pretty aware that people will be going on site, I'd give him/her a call and tell them what the issue is. Particularly if it's a two story place it's likely to be tougher to fix things before they put up the second story so they might even be happy to know about it because chances are they haven't had a look at it themselves.
lilbza lilbza
Hi everyone,

We went out to our block yesterday to check on our progress and they have nearly completed the downstairs frame. I didn't have a spirit level with me, but I could see two walls that were clearly not plumb. I took a couple of photos but I'm not sure what to do with them.

I don't know whether to raise this with my site supervisor now before they progress with the upstairs frame, or wait until our independent building inspector picks up on it. I don't want to be stepping on the toes of our SS before we've even had the chance to meet face to face, and don't want to look like I'm micro managing his guys.

Our frame inspection is happening after the fixing stage, before the plaster goes on. The way I see it now is that the more issues that have to be fixed after the inspection is done, the more it will delay the further stages. I should probably add, I haven't told our SS yet that we are having an independent building inspector, perhaps this should be my first step as it may set a precedent for the remainder of the build.

Did anyone else come across similar defects, and did you raise it yourself or wait for your inspection report?

I think most site supervisors are pretty aware that people will be going on site, I'd give him/her a call and tell them what the issue is. Particularly if it's a two story place it's likely to be tougher to fix things before they put up the second story so they might even be happy to know about it because chances are they haven't had a look at it themselves.
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Hurrow
20 April
16926
Apr 20, 2018 11:29 am
How has everyone gone with their post handover service from Porter Davis? We've had a few issues which we need or want fixed before our 3 month checkup, but despite raising them 5 days ago we've heard nothing back so far. None of them are safety or structural issues but they are pretty inconvenient like the garage door not going fully up or down when using the automatic door opener, or data points not working.
How has everyone gone with their post handover service from Porter Davis? We've had a few issues which we need or want fixed before our 3 month checkup, but despite raising them 5 days ago we've heard nothing back so far. None of them are safety or structural issues but they are pretty inconvenient like the garage door not going fully up or down when using the automatic door opener, or data points not working.
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Hurrow
16 April
16900
Apr 16, 2018 9:45 am
fademan fademan
@Waldorf_Grange_Build Wow what rough weather we're copping in Melbourne today - in a way its a good thing to pressure test the home for leaks and finding them so soon after handover! Presumably they're all fixable.

Bit of an update on our side of the fence.
As a reminder - we demolished in February, expecting a start in April (around now).
We are also building on our property that consists of two titles. We got notified last week that, to build over two titles, requires our build to go through town planning - and the delay will be up to 6 months. W.T.A.F????

We advised PD, back in January of 2017 (when we first went through sales) that we had two titles...no problem, no problem...but now, 2 weeks out from build commencement, they tell me that...oh whoops, we need to go through town planning if we want our extended garage....Now listen, I am only going to lose 600mm of my extended garage, but it grates me no end that they didn't know this back in October when we had tender, or hell, even January when we went to contract. They find out now????

Anyway, fair warning to all PD customers - if you're building over two titles you'll likely need to go through town planning.


We would have happily not demolished and waited until we got it all sorted, but now we're paying 2kpm in rent...so the delay will cost us over $12k.

Really, really disappointing that they didn't pick this up.
So, our garage isn't going to be as big anymore.

I get the sense that they aren't that good at anything out of the ordinary and assume that everything will be fine with council rather than getting out there and actually asking the questions!
fademan fademan
@Waldorf_Grange_Build Wow what rough weather we're copping in Melbourne today - in a way its a good thing to pressure test the home for leaks and finding them so soon after handover! Presumably they're all fixable.

Bit of an update on our side of the fence.
As a reminder - we demolished in February, expecting a start in April (around now).
We are also building on our property that consists of two titles. We got notified last week that, to build over two titles, requires our build to go through town planning - and the delay will be up to 6 months. W.T.A.F????

We advised PD, back in January of 2017 (when we first went through sales) that we had two titles...no problem, no problem...but now, 2 weeks out from build commencement, they tell me that...oh whoops, we need to go through town planning if we want our extended garage....Now listen, I am only going to lose 600mm of my extended garage, but it grates me no end that they didn't know this back in October when we had tender, or hell, even January when we went to contract. They find out now????

Anyway, fair warning to all PD customers - if you're building over two titles you'll likely need to go through town planning.


We would have happily not demolished and waited until we got it all sorted, but now we're paying 2kpm in rent...so the delay will cost us over $12k.

Really, really disappointing that they didn't pick this up.
So, our garage isn't going to be as big anymore.

I get the sense that they aren't that good at anything out of the ordinary and assume that everything will be fine with council rather than getting out there and actually asking the questions!
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Hurrow
15 April
16898
Apr 15, 2018 8:22 am
Waldorf_Grange_Build Waldorf_Grange_Build
Hurrow Hurrow
We had a little bit of water come in our laundry door but nothing major, and also discovered the al fresco slopes towards the house.


Oh no, so water was just pooling there and not draining away?
Yep, just pooling at the entry way to the house. We are going to get it tiled so maybe the tiler can put on a bit of a slope?

Waldorf_Grange_Build Waldorf_Grange_Build
Hurrow Hurrow
We had a little bit of water come in our laundry door but nothing major, and also discovered the al fresco slopes towards the house.


Oh no, so water was just pooling there and not draining away?
Yep, just pooling at the entry way to the house. We are going to get it tiled so maybe the tiler can put on a bit of a slope?

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Hurrow
14 April
16894
Apr 14, 2018 7:36 pm
We had a little bit of water come in our laundry door but nothing major, and also discovered the al fresco slopes towards the house.

We had a little bit of water come in our laundry door but nothing major, and also discovered the al fresco slopes towards the house.

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Hurrow
11 April
16879
Apr 11, 2018 4:22 pm
Willo91 Willo91
Double standards are a wonderful thing aren't they?

Very disappointing..

I got a note from my SS last week that we were all on track for handover this coming Friday 13th and will have no issues getting completed by that day - I voiced my concerns and said I didn't think that everything could be done by then.

I proceeded to get an email yesterday stating that we have run into some road bumps and handover will be pushed back 'a few days' - very frustrating as I already had trades lined up and time off booked for work..

Every delay has a cascading effect. It might only push the handover back a day but if your excavator can't then do it the next day and your concreter can't do it without the excavator and so on then it can mean big delays.
Willo91 Willo91
Double standards are a wonderful thing aren't they?

Very disappointing..

I got a note from my SS last week that we were all on track for handover this coming Friday 13th and will have no issues getting completed by that day - I voiced my concerns and said I didn't think that everything could be done by then.

I proceeded to get an email yesterday stating that we have run into some road bumps and handover will be pushed back 'a few days' - very frustrating as I already had trades lined up and time off booked for work..

Every delay has a cascading effect. It might only push the handover back a day but if your excavator can't then do it the next day and your concreter can't do it without the excavator and so on then it can mean big delays.
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Hurrow
11 April
16877
Apr 11, 2018 10:33 am
brucefil2011 brucefil2011
My dramas with Porter Davis continue. After being awarded costs by VCAT in the first week of March I needed to send this today.

During the build I ensured that all payments were made within 2 working days of being due.

The delay in payment is unnaceptable please advise payment has been made into my account.



Imagine if any of you were a day late on payment.......



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I think the invoice gives 7 days to pay, but yes it seems somewhat tardy on PDs behalf.
brucefil2011 brucefil2011
My dramas with Porter Davis continue. After being awarded costs by VCAT in the first week of March I needed to send this today.

During the build I ensured that all payments were made within 2 working days of being due.

The delay in payment is unnaceptable please advise payment has been made into my account.



Imagine if any of you were a day late on payment.......



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I think the invoice gives 7 days to pay, but yes it seems somewhat tardy on PDs behalf.
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Hurrow
9 April
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Apr 09, 2018 5:45 am
KushD KushD
PCI booked for this Tuesday (April 10) and here are few pics showing the current status of the build. I dont think it is going to happen.
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That doesn't look anywhere near ready for PCI yet. Our house was finished at PCI essentially, it was about finding out what the little issues were and fixing them.

KushD KushD
PCI booked for this Tuesday (April 10) and here are few pics showing the current status of the build. I dont think it is going to happen.
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That doesn't look anywhere near ready for PCI yet. Our house was finished at PCI essentially, it was about finding out what the little issues were and fixing them.

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Hurrow
7 April
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Apr 07, 2018 9:14 am
shane3340 shane3340
inphaze inphaze
Unfortunately MyAir controls Samsung, Daikin, Fujitsu, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Carrier and Midea air-conditioners.
It doesn't integrate with a Brivis unit :-(


Does anyone know any more about this mysterious wifi integration that brivis is working on? We paid for the extra ppt

I used to work with a guy who somehow managed to integrate a NEST thermostat into his Brivis system. I seem to recall it involved a lot of hacks and soldering but it was doable.
shane3340 shane3340
inphaze inphaze
Unfortunately MyAir controls Samsung, Daikin, Fujitsu, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Carrier and Midea air-conditioners.
It doesn't integrate with a Brivis unit :-(


Does anyone know any more about this mysterious wifi integration that brivis is working on? We paid for the extra ppt

I used to work with a guy who somehow managed to integrate a NEST thermostat into his Brivis system. I seem to recall it involved a lot of hacks and soldering but it was doable.
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Hurrow
3 April
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Apr 03, 2018 2:12 pm
thedaylightamy thedaylightamy
Hi all!

We are currently building on land we purchased from an estate. Of course the estate comes with some design guidelines - ranging from house design guidelines (how many colours, what kind of materials, etc) to types of driveways allowed to design guidelines for the front yard and limitations on solar panels and shutters.

We're well aware of this and happy to comply.

I just was thinking the other day... surely at some point, those guidelines stop applying, or mattering? But is there a specific expiration date for them? How is that determined?

My parents in law, who we currently live with, have a house that's about 15 years old that was once an estate lot quite like ours, and nobody really cares what people do anymore in terms of design.

Again, I'm aware we signed up for the guidelines and we're happy to comply - but for instance one of the requirements is that we have a tree in the front yard. Our front yard is pretty small. Will there be a point where I will be allowed to just take that tree out and do whatever I want with my front yard?

Thanks so much,

Amy

The length of the restrictions should be in your land contract. I think with ours for things like the fence at least we are not allowed to have a front fence for the first 7 or 10 years, I can't remember which. The estate has also just sent around a bunch of breach notices and possibly fines for landscaping not in accordance with the guidelines. I'm not sure if they can legally enforce them or not but I would imagine at least some people will do so just to play it safe.
thedaylightamy thedaylightamy
Hi all!

We are currently building on land we purchased from an estate. Of course the estate comes with some design guidelines - ranging from house design guidelines (how many colours, what kind of materials, etc) to types of driveways allowed to design guidelines for the front yard and limitations on solar panels and shutters.

We're well aware of this and happy to comply.

I just was thinking the other day... surely at some point, those guidelines stop applying, or mattering? But is there a specific expiration date for them? How is that determined?

My parents in law, who we currently live with, have a house that's about 15 years old that was once an estate lot quite like ours, and nobody really cares what people do anymore in terms of design.

Again, I'm aware we signed up for the guidelines and we're happy to comply - but for instance one of the requirements is that we have a tree in the front yard. Our front yard is pretty small. Will there be a point where I will be allowed to just take that tree out and do whatever I want with my front yard?

Thanks so much,

Amy

The length of the restrictions should be in your land contract. I think with ours for things like the fence at least we are not allowed to have a front fence for the first 7 or 10 years, I can't remember which. The estate has also just sent around a bunch of breach notices and possibly fines for landscaping not in accordance with the guidelines. I'm not sure if they can legally enforce them or not but I would imagine at least some people will do so just to play it safe.
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