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Joker
Joker
10 September 2015

Where do you draw the line with costs?

Where do you draw the line with costs?
1, 2

Got to agree with ponzu ,I've never stretched or built without having 70% of total cost of home inc floors etc, even when building my first home at 23 years old without a…

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Joker
Sep 10, 2015 10:30 pm
gandn
gandn
10 September 2015

Issue With Roof Tile Leaks - Opinions?

Issue With Roof Tile Leaks - Opinions?

Sounds like they are being pretty helpful so far. I would do what they say as unfortunate as it is. Had a quick look at the warranty…

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gandn
Sep 10, 2015 6:53 pm
gandn
gandn
8 September 2015

Wasted space. Layout advice wanted.

Wasted space. Layout advice wanted.

Thanks kavehman,oneJohn and TashPaul for your input. Think we will go ahead with making a second WIR for Bed 1 but slightly bigger than what I drew up. The cupboard next…

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gandn
Sep 08, 2015 9:00 am
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
5 September 2015

What is bondek slab?

What is bondek slab?

They also do the big strip footing at the back of the house I think its about 500x600 strip footing. Is that costly as…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 05, 2015 9:25 am
StructuralBIMGuy
1st-timers
1st-timers
4 September 2015

Organising Own Siteworks

Organising Own Siteworks

The way I interupt it they would be scrapping 1m down to natural at the centre of the block and filling the same (they've said they don't need to bring any soil in). They…

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1st-timers
Sep 04, 2015 8:57 am
JakkiT
JakkiT
3 September 2015

Hickinbotham Harrington Alfresco

Hickinbotham Harrington Alfresco

I haven't, we are building the Adelaide MKII Alfresco with some changes. I quite like the Harrington though. I would maybe add some more space as the study/bed 4 is quite…

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JakkiT
Sep 03, 2015 1:18 am
JakkiT
JakkiT
2 September 2015

Help!! Layout help needed

Help!! Layout help needed

kitchen in 2.9 x 5.7 area

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JakkiT
Sep 02, 2015 11:42 pm
JakkiT
JakkiT
2 September 2015

Lock up until Handover.... (Statesman/Hickinbotham)

Lock up until Handover.... (Statesman/Hickinbotham)

Hi All, Just wondering if anyone has built with Statesman/Hickinbotham and knows an average time from lock up until handover? Carpenter is about to go in, all exterior is…

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JakkiT
Sep 02, 2015 11:40 pm
erickendall
erickendall
2 September 2015

Advice on floor cramps

Advice on floor cramps

Thanks for that. Yes I did think along those lines if I couldn't find another alternate method. I was also thinking of using a car bottle jack and spacing it to push…

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erickendall
Sep 02, 2015 8:04 pm
JB1
JB1
31 August 2015

Provision for loft ?

Provision for loft ?

35 or 38 from memory.

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JB1
Aug 31, 2015 9:18 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
31 August 2015

32 amp wiring, adding gpo?

32 amp wiring, adding gpo?

You will need to get your electrician to look at this as there are splash zones around the Spa where a GPO cannot be installed. The GPO cannot be installed next to a spa…

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Beetaloo
Aug 31, 2015 11:26 am
Beetaloo
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
30 August 2015

private site supervisor or not

private site supervisor or not

Seriously don't believe what new home salesman tell you... They will put the boots into any other building company if they miss out on a deal. Home inspections has become…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Aug 30, 2015 11:41 am
StructuralBIMGuy
sunxiaoxuan23926
sunxiaoxuan23926
29 August 2015

Disappointing situation - advice needed please.

Disappointing situation - advice needed please.

This is exactly what happened to my friend two years ago in Melbourne and it was a lengthy argument and in the end she couldn't do anything about it. She is happy they…

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sunxiaoxuan23926
Aug 29, 2015 11:15 pm
bashworth
bashworth
28 August 2015

electrical query

electrical query

+1 above. It's not unusual for older houses with electrical problems to have leakages to earth. You are relativly safe from being zapped at the moment as its obvious that…

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bashworth
Aug 29, 2015 12:33 am
bashworth
bubblynutter
bubblynutter
28 August 2015

Septic system advice

Septic system advice

Thanks bpratt, I actually got a quote from them today - $11k installed. I'm going to chat with our broker and see if the bank will let us draw down on the construction…

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bubblynutter
Aug 28, 2015 11:11 pm
Chambers1987
Chambers1987
28 August 2015

Changing a house from a N3 area to a C2 area

Changing a house from a N3 area to a C2 area

This is my first post in this forum so i would just like to say hey to everyone. I am currently at studying online (diploma of building and construction) and am a…

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Chambers1987
Aug 28, 2015 2:29 pm
Joker
Joker
27 August 2015

CAESARSTONE KITCHEN BENCHTOP IMPERFECTION

CAESARSTONE KITCHEN BENCHTOP IMPERFECTION

100 percent installer, as he is the retailer and he chose to use final product, this is his problem and you go for man made stone amongst other reasons for its…

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Joker
Aug 27, 2015 3:34 pm
Spottiswoode
Spottiswoode
27 August 2015

Outdoor Electrical - help?

Outdoor Electrical - help?

Double GPOs have both outlets powered by one cable. You won't be able to separate them without runni two separate GPOs. But wiring in an internal isolation switch should…

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Spottiswoode
Aug 27, 2015 2:25 pm
oneJohn
oneJohn
27 August 2015

Media Room Or 4th Bedroom?

Media Room Or 4th Bedroom?

The obvious solution seems to be just to have a room: but a bed in and it becomes a bedroom, or put media in it, and it becomes a media room. Or is the issue that the…

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oneJohn
Aug 27, 2015 10:02 am
oneJohn
1rocky
1rocky
27 August 2015

Pictures of laundry linen closet please

Pictures of laundry linen closet please

just in planning stage at moment but will have cupboards along one side of laundry. with the broom cupboard at one end. overhead cupboards the rest and cupboards below…

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1rocky
Aug 27, 2015 7:46 am
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bashworth
Aug 27, 2015 5:39 am
bashworth
chuminh
chuminh
26 August 2015

doorbell intercom and electrical box on the brick fence

doorbell intercom and electrical box on the brick fence

Hi guys, Im about to build my first house. browsing at balwyn area, VIC, I see that many houses have their doorbell/intercom and electrical box put outside their houses,…

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chuminh
Aug 26, 2015 7:09 pm
Beazley77
Beazley77
26 August 2015

Asbestos quotes : who to believe!!!

Asbestos quotes : who to believe!!!

I'd go with safety if it were me and consider it all asbestos rather than some. Unless you can get testing done to confirm I wouldn't want to put a price on my health.

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Beazley77
Aug 26, 2015 10:12 am
Beazley77
clairelv
clairelv
25 August 2015

What is this pipe used for?

What is this pipe used for?

strange ! don't know what it is !

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clairelv
Aug 25, 2015 8:36 pm
clairelv
clairelv
25 August 2015

External Render colour

External Render colour

i like rural style .country side color

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clairelv
Aug 25, 2015 8:26 pm
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
25 August 2015

Void above living- help

Void above living- help

We've got a massive two storey void in our house. I love it, it acts as a huge light well and really opens up the house. For lighting we opted for wall mounted lights -…

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Bluesuede
Aug 25, 2015 12:00 pm
Bluesuede
palisade
palisade
25 August 2015

Uni Research Project - Survey

Uni Research Project - Survey

Thanks to those who have completed our survey, very much appreciated!

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palisade
Aug 25, 2015 10:30 am
Elecmuso
Elecmuso
24 August 2015

Post replacements

Post replacements

Cheers. The new footing is not pads but a strip footing 300 wide and several metres long and I believe 400 deep.

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Elecmuso
Aug 25, 2015 12:14 am
sofia14
sofia14
24 August 2015

zero VOC paint

zero VOC paint

Have anyone here on the forum used rockcote and ecolour before here in WA? I would like to hear your experience.

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sofia14
Aug 24, 2015 5:10 pm
Ren1979
Ren1979
24 August 2015

Help! Council trying to subdivide against their own DCP

Help! Council trying to subdivide against their own DCP

Hi, The DCP does allow for smaller lots but only 25% of the whole estate and they have already been allocated. There is also a maximum lot yield identified in the DCP…

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Ren1979
Aug 24, 2015 3:59 pm
Ren1979
lifespeachy
lifespeachy
24 August 2015

101 Residential (Perth)

101 Residential (Perth)

I can sympathise with the disgruntled people building with 101. I too am in the process of building with them and I'm pretty appalled by them to be honest. This is my…

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lifespeachy
Aug 24, 2015 5:15 am
jai.m
jai.m
23 August 2015

Anyone building in stage 14 aston craigieburn

Anyone building in stage 14 aston craigieburn

Thanks . Handover delayed a week. Not happy as bank had our original plans which we changed a lot after loan approval. Now bank wants to see…

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jai.m
Aug 23, 2015 1:20 am
Sachin1984
Sachin1984
21 August 2015

anyone building Marina q2 with henley

anyone building Marina q2 with henley

Hi All, Anyone building Marina q2 with henley.

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Sachin1984
Aug 21, 2015 7:07 pm
SaberX
SaberX
21 August 2015

Theatre Rooms - Doors or Open?

Theatre Rooms - Doors or Open?

Janidbest you could extend the nib wall on the study like im doing. Cheaper than adding doors etc. I wanted a 910mm nib but they cocked it up and did a 910 opening leaving…

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SaberX
Aug 21, 2015 3:20 pm
Roomeat
Roomeat
20 August 2015

Recommended Electricians Gold Coast Area

Recommended Electricians Gold Coast Area

Hey Tribe. Nah we haven't as yet. Clarendon will be doing ALL the cable side of things then we need to get someone to come in and fit lights. I'll give them a call and see…

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Roomeat
Aug 21, 2015 12:17 am
Roomeat
jai.m
jai.m
20 August 2015

Boral Horizon Merbau bricks

Boral Horizon Merbau bricks

Has anyone used this brick and can show me pictures? It's the lowest category upgrade (Cat3) brick in a colour I could live with, but being…

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jai.m
Aug 20, 2015 1:43 am
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
18 August 2015

Are bedroom sizes important?

Are bedroom sizes important?
1 ... 4, 5, 6

My bedroom sizes are 4.9x3.6 Bedroom 1 plus WIR & Ensuite which makes 9.0x3.6 including WIR & Ensuite 4.1x3.7 Bed 4 4.0x3.2 Bed 3 plus robe (0.6) 4.5x3.6 Bed2 plus Robe…

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Beetaloo
Aug 18, 2015 6:06 pm
Beetaloo
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Suezp
Aug 17, 2015 7:18 am
oldchippy
oldchippy
14 August 2015

How to tell if house is on stumps or slab

How to tell if house is on stumps or slab

easiest way is to just stomp on the floor,if its solid,its concrete,if its hollow its timber.

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oldchippy
Aug 14, 2015 11:22 am
goody59
goody59
14 August 2015

flat panel solar collector for HWS

flat panel solar collector for HWS

Anybody have an idea on this protection? EDIT :stone guard for HBT200 Rheem solar collector. Found it! About $200 from Reece Plumbing. Can be used for vandalism stone…

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goody59
Aug 14, 2015 10:39 am
goody59
goody59
goody59
14 August 2015

Cracked bathroom tiles, could this be from a cracked slab?

Cracked bathroom tiles, could this be from a cracked slab?

Thanks for the feedback so far guys. I hope this works, my first time posting…

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goody59
Aug 14, 2015 10:21 am
goody59
aloenyx
aloenyx
13 August 2015

Will you buy replica furniture and homewares or designer?

Will you buy replica furniture and homewares or designer?

I don't think we mean designer quite in that way. I am talking more like I can go to David Turbridge's website and buy the Coral pendant he designed for $400AUD or I can…

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aloenyx
Aug 13, 2015 8:23 pm
aloenyx
QuarumNibblet
QuarumNibblet
13 August 2015

Power Point with USB Charging

Power Point with USB Charging

Stick with the brand name ones like Clipsal and even HPM. You need to remember you are dealing with 230v behind those faceplates.

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QuarumNibblet
Aug 13, 2015 5:19 pm
QuarumNibblet
merichard69
merichard69
12 August 2015

Inspiring House Painting Blogs

Inspiring House Painting Blogs

Hi Everyone I am a hobbyist blogger and my subject of interest is painting.Many blogger like me sometimes find it difficult and struggle to come up with a continual…

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merichard69
Aug 12, 2015 3:41 pm
merichard69
nat_luke1
nat_luke1
11 August 2015

door on media / lounge room

door on media / lounge room

GThanks everyone, we have gone with 2x 720 cavity sliders I was happy with two double hinged doors and there was a miscommunication with builder and he did variation for…

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nat_luke1
Aug 12, 2015 12:02 am
SaberX
SaberX
11 August 2015

Stamp duty rebate FHOG?

Stamp duty rebate FHOG?

From what I understand you can apply for the FHOG and stmap duty exemption to apply at the time of settling your land. most likely you did not have a building contract…

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SaberX
Aug 11, 2015 2:24 am
xyz
xyz
10 August 2015

Buying land, worrying about gas connectivity

Buying land, worrying about gas connectivity

They didn't in our estate. I'm guessing is because they do a straight run from the kerb to where the meter will be and they don't know that until…

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xyz
Aug 10, 2015 11:07 pm
bashworth
bashworth
10 August 2015

Discrepancy between plans and tender within contract??

Discrepancy between plans and tender within contract??

The relative importance of the three contdocuments is: 1.The Conditions of Contract. 2.The Specification. 3. The Plans. See this link for more info:

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bashworth
Aug 10, 2015 8:36 pm
bashworth

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