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vanderlay
vanderlay
7 March 2007

^Help

^Help

Hi - Dont have too many answers for you. I know they have to provide access for an inspection arranged by you. As far as the responding to issues raised I would presume…

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vanderlay
Mar 07, 2007 12:03 pm
vanderlay
althebuilder
althebuilder
7 March 2007

Water Lift

Water Lift

Hi My wife and I are in the process of designing a major extension to our two bedroom highset house on the southside of Brisbane. This house will take us into our…

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althebuilder
Mar 07, 2007 4:54 pm
kasiakm
kasiakm
7 March 2007

Builders not completing tasks after settlement

Builders not completing tasks after settlement

Hi, on the day of handover we went through the house and mark the things they need to fix. The building supervisor put this in writing and they fixed that within 12…

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kasiakm
Mar 07, 2007 10:50 pm
kevin
kevin
8 March 2007

Land developer selling my land???

Land developer selling my land???

Thanks for the comments all. I just got a email reply from the land developer yesterday. The person says that it is an old example just to give an estimate of the size…

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kevin
Mar 08, 2007 10:12 pm
windsor
windsor
14 March 2007

Purchasing 5 star house, has no insulation in walls as plans

Purchasing 5 star house, has no insulation in walls as plans

Windsor, as this this is a complex matter, I made the suggestion that legal advice be sought. Quite reasonable I thought. If you already know all…

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windsor
Mar 14, 2007 12:45 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
15 March 2007

Pergola Timber advice

Pergola Timber advice

Other than using a steel column such as 90*90 square hollow section it is not easy to find a timber that won't crack or splinter to some degree. Even within species there…

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ausdesign
Mar 15, 2007 7:52 am
ausdesign
grime
grime
15 March 2007

Porter Davis-Online

Porter Davis-Online

I don't think by the sound of it that there is that much difference between east and west :roll: in my experience .

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grime
Mar 15, 2007 11:29 am
grime
ausdesign
ausdesign
16 March 2007

developing our property

developing our property

A 2 lot subdivision requires a planning application which involves meeting local planning requirements plus subdivision requirements Basically you have to…

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ausdesign
Mar 16, 2007 11:50 am
ausdesign
uncle_ant
uncle_ant
16 March 2007

Grey water recycling

Grey water recycling

Thanks for this post PDU, I know it is a few months on, but since reading this I have been looking around at what is out there. I thought that others may benefit from…

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uncle_ant
Mar 16, 2007 10:00 pm
uncle_ant
iinane
iinane
18 March 2007

How to go about renovations?

How to go about renovations?

Hi all, My partner and I are considering buying a heritage listed home and renovating. But before we did so, I thought we might get some advice on this forum. To…

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iinane
Mar 18, 2007 11:52 am
2Renov8
2Renov8
19 March 2007

Paint Job A DISASTER!

Paint Job A DISASTER!

Thanks - getting back to it on Wednesday. Maybe a day away from it will do some good.

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2Renov8
Mar 19, 2007 7:01 pm
david s
david s
19 March 2007

Can anbody give me advice about soundproofing and gyprock?

Can anbody give me advice about soundproofing and gyprock?

My concern is to do this will lower the ceiling quite a lot and the cost of the soundcheck gyprock and insulation adds a fortune of money to the…

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david s
Mar 19, 2007 8:44 pm
epiphany
epiphany
19 March 2007

House&Land Packages in Melbourne

House&Land Packages in Melbourne

Hehehehehe Doesn't work with spaces in it either. M*e*t*r*i*c*o*n Does that work? ***edited to add*** Nope M1e1t1r1i1c1o1n ***edited to add*** Woohoo! Hehehe

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epiphany
Mar 19, 2007 10:55 pm
epiphany
BestBuilder
BestBuilder
21 March 2007

Wood Floors&Decking or Tiles&Paving

Wood Floors&Decking or Tiles&Paving

Hi TC Sounds like you are building just to sell? Do you feel it needs the decking to finish the house off or would it just be something 'extra'? Regards

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BestBuilder
Mar 21, 2007 12:49 am
BestBuilder
ausdesign
ausdesign
21 March 2007

Buying land/soil tests/excavating/contracts etc..tips please

Buying land/soil tests/excavating/contracts etc..tips please

Just re read your post & thought I'd better clarify. A soil test prior to purchase is a good idea so there's no unwanted surprises. If a class S, M, H or E site is…

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ausdesign
Mar 21, 2007 11:00 am
ausdesign
carolann
carolann
23 March 2007

Dennis Homes

Dennis Homes

Hi BestBuilder. We are almost at lock-up stage and so far everything has gone smoothly. It is a very exciting journey :)

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carolann
Mar 23, 2007 6:58 am
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Dobly
Mar 23, 2007 4:33 pm
Adrian B
Adrian B
23 March 2007

Curious

Curious

Not sure about Henley, but there were issues with the other company due to the postings of a couple of people. Without going into detail M xxxxn approaced the owners of…

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Adrian B
Mar 23, 2007 4:36 pm
Adrian B
Michelle
Michelle
24 March 2007

Brick Parapet

Brick Parapet

You’re going to need a builder. They may need to brace the brickwork, and then repair the mortar. Good luck with it, :D

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Michelle
Mar 24, 2007 5:51 pm
Michelle
hellieinperth
hellieinperth
26 March 2007

cost of liquid limestone driveway repairs

cost of liquid limestone driveway repairs

I need to repair a crack on the corner of my driveway which is liquid limestone. It requires a maximum area of 1 metre sq to be cut out and a new section of limestone to…

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hellieinperth
Mar 26, 2007 3:06 am
jackieb76
jackieb76
26 March 2007

Help!!! - How much will water damage cost to fix

Help!!! - How much will water damage cost to fix

We have taken a look underneath (with our plumber) and the damage is mainly underneath the kithchen stove and runs about a foot or two towards the kithchen pantry. It…

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jackieb76
Mar 26, 2007 7:23 am
NeilD
NeilD
27 March 2007

Curiouser

Curiouser

Adrian, I have tried to answer your post question by question in the previous post, but it has appeared on the page as one long post. I'm sure you'll work out what I've…

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NeilD
Mar 27, 2007 7:31 am
dexxl
dexxl
27 March 2007

mass reno

mass reno

hi, thanx for the replies. the place is about 45 years old, i wouldn't be knocking anything down because of abestos cement sheeting being used in that era. I've…

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dexxl
Mar 27, 2007 6:40 pm
epiphany
epiphany
27 March 2007

small tribunal win against builder! yey!

small tribunal win against builder! yey!

Yay, Yamster. Well done. Hope you're finally able to enjoy your new home :)

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epiphany
Mar 27, 2007 9:31 pm
epiphany
Gords
Gords
28 March 2007

First home buyers greetings

First home buyers greetings

Thanks for the advice Emi. My father is coming down this sunday to talk to Harry with me and the missus and we're going to trek out to this peice of land. (No road…

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Gords
Mar 28, 2007 1:33 pm
hardy
hardy
28 March 2007

Floor slab includes alfresco area?

Floor slab includes alfresco area?

Hi Rosemary, I am also currently in the process of building my new house and our extended Alfresco (approx 3 sq) area is included as a part of the house slab and has a…

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hardy
Mar 28, 2007 4:13 pm
Montbrehain
Montbrehain
28 March 2007

Homestead in the country, Anybody built one ?????

Homestead in the country, Anybody built one ?????

Thanks for that Red Baron , I spent a lot of time round that area in my youth . I have not been round that way for 10 years. But I hear Tamworth is pretty "Go Ahead"? And…

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Montbrehain
Mar 28, 2007 7:03 pm
Montbrehain
crunk81us
crunk81us
28 March 2007

Building flats on a 1/4 acre block, approvals etc.

Building flats on a 1/4 acre block, approvals etc.

Hi all, I am new here, have a couple of questions, I currently have a 1/4 acre corner block with a small old 3 bedroom house on it that is being rented out. I have…

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crunk81us
Mar 29, 2007 12:19 am
Sallyho
Sallyho
29 March 2007

Liquid Limestone

Liquid Limestone

Hi all I want to use liquid limestone around my home but I'm having difficulty trying to find someone who does it in VIC. Any recommendations or websites i can go…

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Sallyho
Mar 29, 2007 1:24 pm
cobylee
cobylee
29 March 2007

Fence and Gates.

Fence and Gates.

try dunn and farrugia for supply of materials. i shopped around for 20metres of pool fencing and they were by far the cheapest, and extremely helpful.

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cobylee
Mar 29, 2007 11:01 pm
cobylee
redbaron
redbaron
30 March 2007

Solar power water heater

Solar power water heater

Check out 'Solar Heat Pump' hot water systems (just Google it). The system works on the principle of a refrigeration circuit, drawing heat out of one space and…

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redbaron
Mar 30, 2007 8:02 am
hellieinperth
hellieinperth
30 March 2007

Price on putting glass doors in an external brick wall.

Price on putting glass doors in an external brick wall.

I would like to put some glass sliding doors or bifold doors in my family room to create a new entry into the outside alfresco area. They will need to be roughly 2.5…

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hellieinperth
Mar 30, 2007 5:43 pm
perryr
perryr
30 March 2007

fee for changes to contract during before signing final dwgs

fee for changes to contract during before signing final dwgs

What I was told (not that it means all that much...) is that structural changes are not permitted after the tender appointment, and no changes are permitted after the…

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perryr
Mar 30, 2007 10:57 pm
perryr
perryr
2 April 2007

Trying to find a rental house whilst building

Trying to find a rental house whilst building

Thanks for the update. Can't wait.... we need to sell, move out and rent while we build. Should be a heap of fun :cry: On the positive side, down our way (Geelong) rentals…

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perryr
Apr 02, 2007 9:47 am
Dobly
Dobly
2 April 2007

A bit of advice for all…..

A bit of advice for all…..

A bit of advice for all….. When choosing a selection that will be external NEVER look at it inside. This will never be the true colour; you…

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Dobly
Apr 02, 2007 10:12 am
perryr
perryr
3 April 2007

Hot Water Systems

Hot Water Systems

Hi all, Ok, here's the results of our meeting yesterday with PD. The site costs are discussed in other threads, or you read about them on the blog (probably tomorrow,…

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perryr
Apr 03, 2007 8:27 am
althebuilder
althebuilder
3 April 2007

Joining timber chamfer boards

Joining timber chamfer boards

NeilD and AusDesign Thank you for your input and sorry about the delay in my reply. Work committments. We have a timber home, and I know that a vertical join looks…

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althebuilder
Apr 03, 2007 12:43 pm
Juli
Juli
3 April 2007

contractor to do fence & Gate

contractor to do fence & Gate

Hi Adrian, our contruction is in Western Suburb, Melbourne.…

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Juli
Apr 03, 2007 8:09 pm
Mandy
Mandy
4 April 2007

Valuation problem

Valuation problem

You are right. There are SOME Real Estate agents that are qualified valuers BUT most aren't. That's great that your Real Estate agent is a qualified valuer, there should…

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Mandy
Apr 04, 2007 11:17 pm
perryr
perryr
5 April 2007

Cafe Blinds

Cafe Blinds

We have had them for over a year, and they have been brilliant. No discolouring - they do get a bit dirty and need a wash from time to time (difficult with stage 4 water…

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perryr
Apr 05, 2007 10:20 am
Dobly
Dobly
5 April 2007

GST on top of the purchase price of the land???

GST on top of the purchase price of the land???

All good info. Thanks guys... I'll see what my solicitor says after she has read the contract.

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Dobly
Apr 05, 2007 11:12 pm
Mumma
Mumma
7 April 2007

Sydney Extensions - anyone used them before

Sydney Extensions - anyone used them before

Thanks Terry. I have just spent some time checking out the company on the Fair Trading website. I now have a few more questions for them to clarify.

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Mumma
Apr 07, 2007 11:16 pm
Sallyho
Sallyho
10 April 2007

where to go for facelift

where to go for facelift

I was reading in the age that there is a program called Home Designer Suite by CAD - cost $395. This CD Rom helps you do everything from sketching concepts to 3D models…

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Sallyho
Apr 10, 2007 5:01 pm
Montbrehain
Montbrehain
10 April 2007

Are there any owner builders on here?

Are there any owner builders on here?

Thanks for that Helen , I will have a look. This is a good site , That should perhaps have its own section dedicated to owner/builders. Good luck with your s "MO"

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Montbrehain
Apr 10, 2007 5:54 pm
Montbrehain
epiphany
epiphany
10 April 2007

Average build times by state

Average build times by state

Double story in Melbourne. Council approval took around 2 weeks (or maybe slightly less). Land was cleared in Nov 06. Handover is next week.

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epiphany
Apr 10, 2007 10:37 pm
epiphany
mattwalker
mattwalker
11 April 2007

Second Story Addition, Melbourne

Second Story Addition, Melbourne

Hi there, We did some renovations about 2 years ago with a company called Extensions Unlimited. The guys here were extremely professional and came in under time and…

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mattwalker
Apr 11, 2007 9:34 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
mattwalker
11 April 2007

Garage (Structure) Types

Garage (Structure) Types

The garage with plaster walls costs more and is just a design idea. It makes the room more convertable down the track into rumpus room etc. There is no…

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mattwalker
Apr 11, 2007 10:05 pm
mattwalker
epiphany
epiphany
12 April 2007

Ooooohhh noooooo...leaking roof :(

Ooooohhh noooooo...leaking roof :(

We had our walkthrough today. They've already fixed the leak. Yay. Apparently it's a relatively common problem with the particular house we're building - it was to do with…

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epiphany
Apr 12, 2007 2:11 pm
epiphany
mattwalker
mattwalker
14 April 2007

Checklist when engaging builder

Checklist when engaging builder

You might want to check out Extensions Unlimited. www.extensionsunlimited.com.au These guys did an extension to our federation style house about 2 years ago and we…

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mattwalker
Apr 14, 2007 11:50 am
mattwalker
mattwalker
mattwalker
14 April 2007

Wardrobe Solutions

Wardrobe Solutions

Small tip: If you want to cut melamine and get a nice clean edge try this. Roll out a line of masking tape over the line where you will be cutting on both sides and…

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mattwalker
Apr 14, 2007 9:21 pm
mattwalker

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