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Oct 20, 2018 12:39 pm
Zen Zen
Hi @kjane / @seren1ty (and those who have done their internal selections), we are in the middle of scheduling our appointments and have been told to do our tiling selections at the local Beaumont Tiles store. We visited the West Ryde store and didn't feel there was a huge selection and remember you guys mentioning the centre you did your selections at was much more comprehensive. Do you remember which one that was? We have booked into the Thornleigh Beaumont store because it had a free Sat available but if there is a better store with bigger collection, would prefer to go there. Thanks!

Hi, we did our appointment at the Wetherill Park location (we had no choice in location as we needed to do all of our selections in three days). I didn't find the selection there any bigger and felt pretty rushed by the lady assisting. I looked at the West Ryde location and went to the Thornleigh store quite a few times prior to the appointment. I had chosen all of our tiles prior to the appointment and still felt stressed. May have had something to do with doing all of the appointments in three days though! :shock:

Good luck!
Zen Zen
Hi @kjane / @seren1ty (and those who have done their internal selections), we are in the middle of scheduling our appointments and have been told to do our tiling selections at the local Beaumont Tiles store. We visited the West Ryde store and didn't feel there was a huge selection and remember you guys mentioning the centre you did your selections at was much more comprehensive. Do you remember which one that was? We have booked into the Thornleigh Beaumont store because it had a free Sat available but if there is a better store with bigger collection, would prefer to go there. Thanks!

Hi, we did our appointment at the Wetherill Park location (we had no choice in location as we needed to do all of our selections in three days). I didn't find the selection there any bigger and felt pretty rushed by the lady assisting. I looked at the West Ryde location and went to the Thornleigh store quite a few times prior to the appointment. I had chosen all of our tiles prior to the appointment and still felt stressed. May have had something to do with doing all of the appointments in three days though! :shock:

Good luck!
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kjane
19 October
500
Oct 19, 2018 12:25 pm
Lquill Lquill
Hi guys

I’m writing in regard to something that may help people when building their new home.

We too are building with HH (Sienna 36) which we have made a number of changes to (added bathrooms, living space and are building the neauvou facade)

To help us with our floor plans and decide where things like PowerPoints, lighting, niches and selections of paint colours should go, we employed and awesome interior designer, KRISTA COLLARD.

Krista did 3D modelling of our entire house which included fully furnished rooms, an ability to walk through and she gave us advice on colour schemes, layouts, bespoke cabinetry, lighting and more.

The results for us were amazing. She was fast and precise and her outputs I believe have saved us thousands of dollars in terms of retrospectively doing things we would have other wise forgotten.

If you’re struggling to envisage your house from just the floor plans, I would highly recommend getting in contact with her.

We built our first house in 2014 and learnt that we needed this help the second time round to get it right.

Go to http://www.kristacollarddesigns.com for info

Hi Lquill, where are you building and how far along are you? It's great to learn from another build. How is the build going for you?
Lquill Lquill
Hi guys

I’m writing in regard to something that may help people when building their new home.

We too are building with HH (Sienna 36) which we have made a number of changes to (added bathrooms, living space and are building the neauvou facade)

To help us with our floor plans and decide where things like PowerPoints, lighting, niches and selections of paint colours should go, we employed and awesome interior designer, KRISTA COLLARD.

Krista did 3D modelling of our entire house which included fully furnished rooms, an ability to walk through and she gave us advice on colour schemes, layouts, bespoke cabinetry, lighting and more.

The results for us were amazing. She was fast and precise and her outputs I believe have saved us thousands of dollars in terms of retrospectively doing things we would have other wise forgotten.

If you’re struggling to envisage your house from just the floor plans, I would highly recommend getting in contact with her.

We built our first house in 2014 and learnt that we needed this help the second time round to get it right.

Go to http://www.kristacollarddesigns.com for info

Hi Lquill, where are you building and how far along are you? It's great to learn from another build. How is the build going for you?
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kjane
19 October
499
Oct 19, 2018 12:22 pm
circaten circaten
Hi guys, my partner and I are building in Caddens Hill, looking at a modified Zara 30. Just finalising the last few floor plan changes. Have been working with Danny he's been fantastic so far :) Thanks for sharing all your updates we plan to do the same once everything's locked in.

Hi, great to hear about another build, look forward to hearing all about it. Enjoy the selections!
circaten circaten
Hi guys, my partner and I are building in Caddens Hill, looking at a modified Zara 30. Just finalising the last few floor plan changes. Have been working with Danny he's been fantastic so far :) Thanks for sharing all your updates we plan to do the same once everything's locked in.

Hi, great to hear about another build, look forward to hearing all about it. Enjoy the selections!
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kjane
10 October
493
Oct 10, 2018 6:26 pm
Zen Zen
Jacks Jacks
I’ve also discovered another HHH build that has just commenced on Morrison Rd, Putney that we’re watching. The Lane Cove one seems to be going well albeit a few concerns I have re the brick work around the rear flashing and a couple of other things but overall a smart looking house. And the one on Constitution seems to have kicked off again. It’s interesting watching them take shape.

We popped by to see the Lane Cove build the other week and in particular looked at the brickwork in the rear, it is uneven and noticeable. There were also quite a few chips in the Espresso brick on the ground floor which made the red underneath show through. Made us think twice on whether to go ahead with Espresso so we went home to compare Espresso with the more expensive upgrade brick (I think the brick is called Blackstone). In the end we couldn't justify the extra cost to upgrade especially after our unexpected stormwater costs and decided to stick with Espresso. Hopefully from afar, the chips won't be as noticeable.

I wonder if the SS will be able to fix the uneven brickwork on the Lane Cove build? We couldn't figure out how they could possible fix it given that all the bricks have already been laid.


I haven't been past the Lane Cove build for a while so will swing by tomorrow to have a look at the brickwork. With the chipped bricks would they replace the individual chipped bricks I wonder?

Zen, I too have no idea with the technical IT/electrical stuff and my mind starts to wander everytime I try to read about it 😳 We didn't put in anything in advance for CCTV - thinking maybe we should have though...
Zen Zen
Jacks Jacks
I’ve also discovered another HHH build that has just commenced on Morrison Rd, Putney that we’re watching. The Lane Cove one seems to be going well albeit a few concerns I have re the brick work around the rear flashing and a couple of other things but overall a smart looking house. And the one on Constitution seems to have kicked off again. It’s interesting watching them take shape.

We popped by to see the Lane Cove build the other week and in particular looked at the brickwork in the rear, it is uneven and noticeable. There were also quite a few chips in the Espresso brick on the ground floor which made the red underneath show through. Made us think twice on whether to go ahead with Espresso so we went home to compare Espresso with the more expensive upgrade brick (I think the brick is called Blackstone). In the end we couldn't justify the extra cost to upgrade especially after our unexpected stormwater costs and decided to stick with Espresso. Hopefully from afar, the chips won't be as noticeable.

I wonder if the SS will be able to fix the uneven brickwork on the Lane Cove build? We couldn't figure out how they could possible fix it given that all the bricks have already been laid.


I haven't been past the Lane Cove build for a while so will swing by tomorrow to have a look at the brickwork. With the chipped bricks would they replace the individual chipped bricks I wonder?

Zen, I too have no idea with the technical IT/electrical stuff and my mind starts to wander everytime I try to read about it 😳 We didn't put in anything in advance for CCTV - thinking maybe we should have though...
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kjane
10 October
489
Oct 10, 2018 11:32 am
With the break in the rain yesterday we had action on site again with some of the first floor frames going up. So good to be able to see how big the windows will be. Super happy with the size of the windows at the back and the one in the front bedroom was a nice surprise. I knew how big it would be from the plan but seeing it in reality was cool. Since its bucketing down again now probably won't have much luck with any more work today.
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With the break in the rain yesterday we had action on site again with some of the first floor frames going up. So good to be able to see how big the windows will be. Super happy with the size of the windows at the back and the one in the front bedroom was a nice surprise. I knew how big it would be from the plan but seeing it in reality was cool. Since its bucketing down again now probably won't have much luck with any more work today.
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8 October
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Oct 08, 2018 9:18 am
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
kjane kjane
We had our first site inspection and meeting with SS on Thursday. All went well and SS gave some helpful info about all of the works so far, I was particularly interested in the stormwater stuff and its impact on landscaping as well as the pest perimeter treatment. All good and it all makes sense to me now. One minor miscommunication with the side of the slab off the alfresco but SS gave me three options of how I want to move forward so all will be fine. Frames delivered this week ready to put up but delayed by the rain. Fingers crossed for next week 😊


Lovely update kjane! Great to hear things are moving, feels like it's in action and not waiting mode. Great that process is smooth so far.

I'm waiting for plan presentation and thinking I'll post my floorplan & landscaping stuff here for everyone's enjoyment once I have them :-)


That would be great if you did post them, I'd love it. I really enjoyed the planning stage and researching everything, now that it's underway I miss it. I don't want to pore over my plans or selections any longer for fear I'll want to change something!
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
kjane kjane
We had our first site inspection and meeting with SS on Thursday. All went well and SS gave some helpful info about all of the works so far, I was particularly interested in the stormwater stuff and its impact on landscaping as well as the pest perimeter treatment. All good and it all makes sense to me now. One minor miscommunication with the side of the slab off the alfresco but SS gave me three options of how I want to move forward so all will be fine. Frames delivered this week ready to put up but delayed by the rain. Fingers crossed for next week 😊


Lovely update kjane! Great to hear things are moving, feels like it's in action and not waiting mode. Great that process is smooth so far.

I'm waiting for plan presentation and thinking I'll post my floorplan & landscaping stuff here for everyone's enjoyment once I have them :-)


That would be great if you did post them, I'd love it. I really enjoyed the planning stage and researching everything, now that it's underway I miss it. I don't want to pore over my plans or selections any longer for fear I'll want to change something!
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6 October
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Oct 06, 2018 11:13 am
We had our first site inspection and meeting with SS on Thursday. All went well and SS gave some helpful info about all of the works so far, I was particularly interested in the stormwater stuff and its impact on landscaping as well as the pest perimeter treatment. All good and it all makes sense to me now. One minor miscommunication with the side of the slab off the alfresco but SS gave me three options of how I want to move forward so all will be fine. Frames delivered this week ready to put up but delayed by the rain. Fingers crossed for next week 😊
We had our first site inspection and meeting with SS on Thursday. All went well and SS gave some helpful info about all of the works so far, I was particularly interested in the stormwater stuff and its impact on landscaping as well as the pest perimeter treatment. All good and it all makes sense to me now. One minor miscommunication with the side of the slab off the alfresco but SS gave me three options of how I want to move forward so all will be fine. Frames delivered this week ready to put up but delayed by the rain. Fingers crossed for next week 😊
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kjane
6 October
485
Oct 06, 2018 10:44 am
Zen Zen
Jacks Jacks
Zen your stormwater is making me nervous. We’re also sloping away from the street with a rear easement and I think our PA is $30k and $4k sewer. Fingers crossed we don’t go over. I do suspect we will also need to bury some OSD. I’m trying to get a sense of what this will look like as I’m also hoping to not have a yard full of grates etc.

For those further ahead in the process, I have a question re the Notice of Commencement. Per the Intro Handbook it says we will need to pay bonds and fees to Council. Does anyone know how much these are? Something we haven’t yet budgeted for 😬 it says we need to provide receipt of payment along with the neighbour declaration.

Thanks!

Hi @jacks, our stormwater plans have the 4 grates close to the fence boundaries so they don't affect the landscape design and won't be too noticeable, I've uploaded so you can see what ours look like (and what $32K worth of plumbing gets you! lol) I think your engineer will try to minimise the impact to your landscape plans or work with the landscape designer to ensure the grates won't look noticeable.    ⋅  Add a comment  ⋅  Pin to Ideaboard  ⋅  


Ours is very similar with the pits and grates near the boundary or side of the house so hopefully should be fairly easy to landscape around. If you drive past our place you can see what they look like in reality. We also have a 9m long absorption trench along the rear boundary which we can turf over, just in case either of you have that on your plans too. Seems like we have enough stormwater engineering to be able to handle the entire suburbs worth of rainfall but I guess we'll never have to worry about flooding!
Zen Zen
Jacks Jacks
Zen your stormwater is making me nervous. We’re also sloping away from the street with a rear easement and I think our PA is $30k and $4k sewer. Fingers crossed we don’t go over. I do suspect we will also need to bury some OSD. I’m trying to get a sense of what this will look like as I’m also hoping to not have a yard full of grates etc.

For those further ahead in the process, I have a question re the Notice of Commencement. Per the Intro Handbook it says we will need to pay bonds and fees to Council. Does anyone know how much these are? Something we haven’t yet budgeted for 😬 it says we need to provide receipt of payment along with the neighbour declaration.

Thanks!

Hi @jacks, our stormwater plans have the 4 grates close to the fence boundaries so they don't affect the landscape design and won't be too noticeable, I've uploaded so you can see what ours look like (and what $32K worth of plumbing gets you! lol) I think your engineer will try to minimise the impact to your landscape plans or work with the landscape designer to ensure the grates won't look noticeable.    ⋅  Add a comment  ⋅  Pin to Ideaboard  ⋅  


Ours is very similar with the pits and grates near the boundary or side of the house so hopefully should be fairly easy to landscape around. If you drive past our place you can see what they look like in reality. We also have a 9m long absorption trench along the rear boundary which we can turf over, just in case either of you have that on your plans too. Seems like we have enough stormwater engineering to be able to handle the entire suburbs worth of rainfall but I guess we'll never have to worry about flooding!
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kjane
2 October
483
Oct 02, 2018 5:58 pm
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
kjane kjane
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
Lucky you kjane on council contribution. Lucky me on lower stormwater cost.

My "oh no moment" came at 6.5k for s94 and 2k for s73 (or around) so 8.5k in total. I think HHH should have done better by warning customer about it.

I'm still happy with them though.


Oh man, that is tough. Thankfully we didn't have to pay either of these. Are you in a new development?


Mine is a KDR, it depends on the council - I'm told.


Bummer ☹️
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
kjane kjane
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
Lucky you kjane on council contribution. Lucky me on lower stormwater cost.

My "oh no moment" came at 6.5k for s94 and 2k for s73 (or around) so 8.5k in total. I think HHH should have done better by warning customer about it.

I'm still happy with them though.


Oh man, that is tough. Thankfully we didn't have to pay either of these. Are you in a new development?


Mine is a KDR, it depends on the council - I'm told.


Bummer ☹️
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kjane
2 October
481
Oct 02, 2018 4:56 pm
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
Lucky you kjane on council contribution. Lucky me on lower stormwater cost.

My "oh no moment" came at 6.5k for s94 and 2k for s73 (or around) so 8.5k in total. I think HHH should have done better by warning customer about it.

I'm still happy with them though.


Oh man, that is tough. Thankfully we didn't have to pay either of these. Are you in a new development?
BabyMichelle BabyMichelle
Lucky you kjane on council contribution. Lucky me on lower stormwater cost.

My "oh no moment" came at 6.5k for s94 and 2k for s73 (or around) so 8.5k in total. I think HHH should have done better by warning customer about it.

I'm still happy with them though.


Oh man, that is tough. Thankfully we didn't have to pay either of these. Are you in a new development?
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kjane
2 October
479
Oct 02, 2018 10:08 am
Jacks Jacks
Zen your stormwater is making me nervous. We’re also sloping away from the street with a rear easement and I think our PA is $30k and $4k sewer. Fingers crossed we don’t go over. I do suspect we will also need to bury some OSD. I’m trying to get a sense of what this will look like as I’m also hoping to not have a yard full of grates etc.

For those further ahead in the process, I have a question re the Notice of Commencement. Per the Intro Handbook it says we will need to pay bonds and fees to Council. Does anyone know how much these are? Something we haven’t yet budgeted for 😬 it says we need to provide receipt of payment along with the neighbour declaration.

Thanks!


We had the same "oh no, we haven't budgeted for that" moment with the bonds but thankfully they are not too expensive. We went into Ryde council in Top Ryde and paid ours. The refundable bond was $1,610 and infrastructure inspection was $279.50 (non refundable).

Our build has had all of the pits and drainage put in, if you do a drive by and have a look I can tell you what they are and how we plan to handle them with landscaping. Frames to be delivered this week.
Jacks Jacks
Zen your stormwater is making me nervous. We’re also sloping away from the street with a rear easement and I think our PA is $30k and $4k sewer. Fingers crossed we don’t go over. I do suspect we will also need to bury some OSD. I’m trying to get a sense of what this will look like as I’m also hoping to not have a yard full of grates etc.

For those further ahead in the process, I have a question re the Notice of Commencement. Per the Intro Handbook it says we will need to pay bonds and fees to Council. Does anyone know how much these are? Something we haven’t yet budgeted for 😬 it says we need to provide receipt of payment along with the neighbour declaration.

Thanks!


We had the same "oh no, we haven't budgeted for that" moment with the bonds but thankfully they are not too expensive. We went into Ryde council in Top Ryde and paid ours. The refundable bond was $1,610 and infrastructure inspection was $279.50 (non refundable).

Our build has had all of the pits and drainage put in, if you do a drive by and have a look I can tell you what they are and how we plan to handle them with landscaping. Frames to be delivered this week.
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kjane
13 September
459
Sep 13, 2018 3:08 pm
Some more photo spam from me - we've been slabbed! A week ahead of schedule as the weather was so good.
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Some more photo spam from me - we've been slabbed! A week ahead of schedule as the weather was so good.
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kjane
12 September
457
Sep 12, 2018 2:00 pm
Zen Zen
kjane kjane
Seems the rain did not slow anything down with our build. Just had another update from SS (love the communication) and last week all excavation works were completed, slab formwork installed and concrete piering completed.u

[size=100]This week, the internal drainage, slab steel and waffle pods will be installed with the surveyor and engineer checks for the slab to also be completed by weeks end and the slab should be poured by mid next week.[/size]
Cool bananas!


Amazing progress, @kjane! Eagerly following your build :)
We are still waiting on landscape and hydraulics plans. Haven’t done our selections yet either...feels like our build is so far away...

Don't worry once it gets underway it moves at a cracking pace (so far anyway). Fingers crossed on the hydraulics plans for you. Have you got a pretty good idea of what you are choosing for selections? I found choosing the flooring and tiles the hardest but also the most fun.


My mum dropped by our place this morning and so much is happening!
Right side of house showing the pad for ac at the front and tanks at the back.
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Happy with the size of the front porch.
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Nice to see they are taking care not to put anything near the trees that we are keeping.
Zen Zen
kjane kjane
Seems the rain did not slow anything down with our build. Just had another update from SS (love the communication) and last week all excavation works were completed, slab formwork installed and concrete piering completed.u

[size=100]This week, the internal drainage, slab steel and waffle pods will be installed with the surveyor and engineer checks for the slab to also be completed by weeks end and the slab should be poured by mid next week.[/size]
Cool bananas!


Amazing progress, @kjane! Eagerly following your build :)
We are still waiting on landscape and hydraulics plans. Haven’t done our selections yet either...feels like our build is so far away...

Don't worry once it gets underway it moves at a cracking pace (so far anyway). Fingers crossed on the hydraulics plans for you. Have you got a pretty good idea of what you are choosing for selections? I found choosing the flooring and tiles the hardest but also the most fun.


My mum dropped by our place this morning and so much is happening!
Right side of house showing the pad for ac at the front and tanks at the back.
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Happy with the size of the front porch.
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Nice to see they are taking care not to put anything near the trees that we are keeping.
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10 September
453
Sep 10, 2018 9:18 pm
Seems the rain did not slow anything down with our build. Just had another update from SS (love the communication) and last week all excavation works were completed, slab formwork installed and concrete piering completed.u

[size=100]This week, the internal drainage, slab steel and waffle pods will be installed with the surveyor and engineer checks for the slab to also be completed by weeks end and the slab should be poured by mid next week.[/size]
Cool bananas!
Seems the rain did not slow anything down with our build. Just had another update from SS (love the communication) and last week all excavation works were completed, slab formwork installed and concrete piering completed.u

[size=100]This week, the internal drainage, slab steel and waffle pods will be installed with the surveyor and engineer checks for the slab to also be completed by weeks end and the slab should be poured by mid next week.[/size]
Cool bananas!
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kjane
10 September
452
Sep 10, 2018 9:08 pm
Good luck, where are you planning to build?
Good luck, where are you planning to build?
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kjane
10 September
450
Sep 10, 2018 9:00 pm
MickeyDonald MickeyDonald
Hoping to join this H&H community soon.

Very helpful comments and feedbacks.

Hi MickeyDonald, glad that you have found the thread helpful, I sure have too. Hope everything is smooth sailing for you in the planning stage. Cheers
MickeyDonald MickeyDonald
Hoping to join this H&H community soon.

Very helpful comments and feedbacks.

Hi MickeyDonald, glad that you have found the thread helpful, I sure have too. Hope everything is smooth sailing for you in the planning stage. Cheers
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kjane
9 September
448
Sep 09, 2018 1:07 pm
Yeah, the amount of slope is deceptive, we slope down from the street towards the creek and also slope right to left. Needed to cut at the front so the back would not end up being above the 9.5m total height restriction. We wanted the house to be level on the ground floor so didn't look to go with a split level.

As per our contract the build time is 42 weeks so a long way to go yet.

Hope your tender presentation goes well.
Yeah, the amount of slope is deceptive, we slope down from the street towards the creek and also slope right to left. Needed to cut at the front so the back would not end up being above the 9.5m total height restriction. We wanted the house to be level on the ground floor so didn't look to go with a split level.

As per our contract the build time is 42 weeks so a long way to go yet.

Hope your tender presentation goes well.
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kjane
9 September
30
Sep 09, 2018 11:29 am
Loving all of the big windows, especially the one next to the stairs, that will look so impressive when finished. Your living areas will be so light filled. Beautiful.
Loving all of the big windows, especially the one next to the stairs, that will look so impressive when finished. Your living areas will be so light filled. Beautiful.
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kjane
6 September
2
Sep 06, 2018 3:19 pm
nada17 nada17
Hi guys,

I am building with Kurmond Homes. Almost at the lock-up stage.

I was just going through all of the variations they gave us and noticed that I have a variation for "upgrade to staircase - remove nosing to treads to allow for clients timber laminate to be laid after handover".

I don't really understand how it works and why they gave us this variation.
Is here anyone familiar with stair construction? We had carpet on stairs in our initial design and decided to do timber flooring after handover.
Why would they bill us for removing something if they could simply not install it at the first place? aren't they already saving money by not installing nosing?
Or is nosing just part of the a tread and with this variation we will get a different type of treads which are more expensive (which I would think is the other way around as a tread with nosing would need more time and material to produce).

I am not sure how that works and therefore would love someone to comment on that.

Thank you!

Hi,
Building with a different builder but can confirm that when we initially wanted timber laminate on the stairs it was a variation of about $400 from the stair company to remove the nosing and then the extra cost of the timber laminate nosing added on top of that. Not sure why it works like that but can confirm that it was the same for us from a different builder. Cheers.
nada17 nada17
Hi guys,

I am building with Kurmond Homes. Almost at the lock-up stage.

I was just going through all of the variations they gave us and noticed that I have a variation for "upgrade to staircase - remove nosing to treads to allow for clients timber laminate to be laid after handover".

I don't really understand how it works and why they gave us this variation.
Is here anyone familiar with stair construction? We had carpet on stairs in our initial design and decided to do timber flooring after handover.
Why would they bill us for removing something if they could simply not install it at the first place? aren't they already saving money by not installing nosing?
Or is nosing just part of the a tread and with this variation we will get a different type of treads which are more expensive (which I would think is the other way around as a tread with nosing would need more time and material to produce).

I am not sure how that works and therefore would love someone to comment on that.

Thank you!

Hi,
Building with a different builder but can confirm that when we initially wanted timber laminate on the stairs it was a variation of about $400 from the stair company to remove the nosing and then the extra cost of the timber laminate nosing added on top of that. Not sure why it works like that but can confirm that it was the same for us from a different builder. Cheers.
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kjane
6 September
446
Sep 06, 2018 3:08 pm
Update from SS today: excavation works and levelling of building pad. So exciting for it to be getting underway. Some photos of the excavation works, to get some idea of scale, the cut on the front right side is about 870 and the fill at rear left side is about 920. Excuse the kids swing still hanging in the tree at the back :wink:
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Update from SS today: excavation works and levelling of building pad. So exciting for it to be getting underway. Some photos of the excavation works, to get some idea of scale, the cut on the front right side is about 870 and the fill at rear left side is about 920. Excuse the kids swing still hanging in the tree at the back :wink:
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