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akapacker
akapacker
29 January 2014

Soil Test Class "P" with H-Class Waffle Pod Slab?

Soil Test Class "P" with H-Class Waffle Pod Slab?
VIC

Just bumping this thread, because it has some excellent information in it. I just got my soil report, from StructuralWorks in Balwyn, Victoria ($400+GST) - pretty good…

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akapacker
Jan 29, 2014 8:22 pm
SychoAngel
SychoAngel
29 January 2014

Building with Fowler Homes 2013

Building with Fowler Homes 2013
NSW

Hello! We Were thinking of beechwood but after a trip to kellyville, I think we may look into fowler a bit more. How have you found the build process? Any issues, any…

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SychoAngel
Jan 29, 2014 1:44 pm
SychoAngel
bashworth
bashworth
29 January 2014

Shared sewerage pipe concern

Shared sewerage pipe concern
VIC

You shouldn't be affected by a Blockage in the private line other than someone may want to come on your property to clean it. (Normally sewers are cleaned from the…

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bashworth
Jan 29, 2014 1:33 pm
bashworth
GROOV3
GROOV3
29 January 2014

Advice on first home build (how long is to long)

Advice on first home build (how long is to long)
SA

our council approval took about 3 months but our builder let us do selections etc during this time so it worked out well.

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GROOV3
Jan 29, 2014 1:14 pm
delatite13
delatite13
29 January 2014

Are these footing costs high?

Are these footing costs high?
SA

As an owner builder I would have died at this. We had a fair slope on our block and had to bring in around the 1400 M3 of fill (150 truck loads plus the 30 ton excavator)…

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delatite13
Jan 29, 2014 12:02 pm
delatite13
joyfulbuilder
joyfulbuilder
28 January 2014

Location of Smart Meter

Location of Smart Meter
WA

That is what we ended up doing - we have had the builder put the meter on a pole at the front of the property and we will later either build a brick wall around it or have…

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joyfulbuilder
Jan 28, 2014 10:31 pm
EmyN
EmyN
28 January 2014

Builder trying to scam? "Provide one ADDITIONAL site clean"

Builder trying to scam? "Provide one ADDITIONAL site clean"
QLD

Weird, I don't remember seeing that in ours - as it's got a provisional price listing, is it in the tender or the contract? :s Or both? P.S. Dr House where are you…

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EmyN
Jan 28, 2014 8:44 pm
EmyN
Team Metricon
Team Metricon
28 January 2014

Recommendation for wooden staircase staining in Melbourne

Recommendation for wooden staircase staining in Melbourne
VIC

Hi guys, Can anyone recommend a good person who can stain a wooden staircase? Am currently building with Metricon and they don't stain the…

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Team Metricon
Jan 28, 2014 8:42 pm
Team Metricon
benika
benika
28 January 2014

Opinions on our new home's facade? (Sonata by Masterton)

Opinions on our new home's facade? (Sonata by Masterton)
NSW

Thanks for your replies everyone! :) We are still leaning towards option 3, but possibly Woodland Grey window frames and a coloured front door, possibly blue or teal. Which…

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benika
Jan 28, 2014 6:38 pm
benika
EmyN
EmyN
28 January 2014

Here we go- and go and go and go

Here we go- and go and go and go
WA
1 ... 27, 28, 29

Thanks heaps kexkez! That's just the kind of info I was after. It's so hard making such expensive and important decisions totally based on the look and sales pitch, very…

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EmyN
Jan 28, 2014 6:06 pm
EmyN
klive
klive
28 January 2014

Recommendations for wardrobe/cabinets

Recommendations for wardrobe/cabinets
VIC

Hi, I'm in victoria and building the fortitude 37 with metricon. can anyone advice on possible contractors that do cabinetry and wardrobes? I didn't want to go with…

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klive
Jan 28, 2014 3:30 pm
tim_k
tim_k
28 January 2014

Is this an easement?

Is this an easement?
QLD

Looks like an 'as constructed' drawing of some kind to me.

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tim_k
Jan 28, 2014 3:17 pm
sandunsa
sandunsa
28 January 2014

The Ponds landscaping grant - if you deviate?

The Ponds landscaping grant - if you deviate?
NSW

Hi guys, We have nearly completed our landscaping for our new house at the ponds. We ended up slightly deviating from the approved landscaping plans I.e. Used different…

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sandunsa
Jan 28, 2014 10:48 am
wwwhistler
wwwhistler
28 January 2014

Anyone building at Arise or Era Redlands? Location vs cost

Anyone building at Arise or Era Redlands? Location vs cost
QLD

Spot on, no access to facilities but no body corporate. Suits me but not everybody.

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wwwhistler
Jan 28, 2014 9:48 am
bashworth
bashworth
27 January 2014

Late completion compensation - $15 a day - is that normal?

Late completion compensation - $15 a day - is that normal?
QLD

However you may be right saying it may be a moot point as I would imagine most builders would claim all sorts of delays to avoid…

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bashworth
Jan 27, 2014 7:05 pm
bashworth
maximus
maximus
27 January 2014

Builder trying to scam? Extra $1000 for limited site access?

Builder trying to scam? Extra $1000 for limited site access?
QLD

Seems reasonable to me. For small lots there are situations where space / access is limited and it is fair enough for the builder to need extra equipment or time to do the…

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maximus
Jan 27, 2014 5:11 pm
maximus
ashertod
ashertod
27 January 2014

Site plans for stormwater drainage

Site plans for stormwater drainage
VIC

Thanks for that, I will check with him. I did think it was a little OTT for a shed, but I am failing to be surprised by anything the council wants these daya!

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ashertod
Jan 27, 2014 4:17 am
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
26 January 2014

Local Geotech

Local Geotech
VIC

You can search here within any radius of where you are: http://www.consultaustralia.com.au/Find ... earch.aspx

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SaveH2O
Jan 26, 2014 11:22 am
SaveH2O
2-cupcakes-pls
2-cupcakes-pls
26 January 2014

TIPS FOR PRE-START

TIPS FOR PRE-START
WA

I need my husband there because I cant make my mind up!

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2-cupcakes-pls
Jan 26, 2014 9:15 am
2-cupcakes-pls
2-cupcakes-pls
2-cupcakes-pls
25 January 2014

sealing tiles

sealing tiles
QLD

We were just thinking that we could do it our selves. it's like painting

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2-cupcakes-pls
Jan 25, 2014 11:06 pm
2-cupcakes-pls
bashworth
bashworth
25 January 2014

what's facade features return ?

what's facade features return ?
VIC

A lot of facades are only on the front which can look OK if the house are close together but can look ordinary if you can see the side. For that reason some developers…

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bashworth
Jan 25, 2014 7:48 pm
bashworth
md_uk
md_uk
25 January 2014

Building with 101 Residential in Secret Harbour (WA)

Building with 101 Residential in Secret Harbour (WA)
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Did anyone get to see these expensive variation costings from redink and 101 residential? If so could someone please send them to me

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md_uk
Jan 25, 2014 2:37 am
cameronandmiranda
cameronandmiranda
25 January 2014

Recommendations for builder for new build in Perth

Recommendations for builder for new build in Perth
WA

Hi ennoh We're building a single level home with WBN at the moment. I think if you found a design of theirs that you like, they'd probably be pretty good. We've been…

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cameronandmiranda
Jan 25, 2014 1:27 am
cameronandmiranda

Hi Miss April, No we still aren't complete. We are at fixing stage. Its been quiet for the past month as the builders have been on holidays since before Christmas. Our…

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agiaquinta90
Jan 24, 2014 9:53 pm
We Love Our Sekisui
We Love Our Sekisui
24 January 2014

Estuary leopold

Estuary leopold
VIC
1 ... 4, 5, 6

If anyone is looking for a nice flat block in estuary I have two for sale in Tispa Drv. Tispa Drv is probably the flattest part of the estate...Before The Big Hill starts…

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We Love Our Sekisui
Jan 24, 2014 8:41 pm
babli
babli
24 January 2014

Paira waters

Paira waters
WA

Anyone building in stage 8 in riva paira waters

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babli
Jan 24, 2014 7:48 pm
bpratt
bpratt
24 January 2014

Soffit question

Soffit question
QLD

If you don't have whirly birds yet, check out the solar powered ventilators that are now available, as they work so much better at drawing the air out of the roof than the…

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bpratt
Jan 24, 2014 4:49 pm
Dukecaddy
Dukecaddy
24 January 2014

Building Code Help Please

Building Code Help Please
WA

They use the Building Code of Australia (BCA) volume 2, also known as the national construction code. I don't think there are any specific WA variations to it. If you PM…

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Dukecaddy
Jan 24, 2014 3:04 pm
Dukecaddy
PanRaptor
PanRaptor
24 January 2014

Anyone using Lambs Tongue Architrave & Skirting?

Anyone using Lambs Tongue Architrave & Skirting?
VIC

I don't know if its Hume's but I came across this yesterday; viewtopic.php?f=31&t=60163&start=1320 Page 67 of the thread has photos

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PanRaptor
Jan 24, 2014 1:21 pm
PanRaptor
jono13
jono13
24 January 2014

Building with Coral Homes - The real story!

Building with Coral Homes - The real story!
NSW

Hi Bettsy, We built with Coral in Lake Macquarie area and were very happy with the process. Been in our new Noosa 25 for 10 months. Hope your experience is as…

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jono13
Jan 24, 2014 11:52 am
snowing
snowing
23 January 2014

Trees on neighbor's block

Trees on neighbor's block
VIC

Well, it's not our neighbor growing the trees.. they are there all the time. lol We are in an area with lots of trees. :) My guess is that not many people around our area…

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snowing
Jan 23, 2014 8:51 pm
snowing
snowing
23 January 2014

Large rock on the block

Large rock on the block
VIC

If the rock does not have any effect on your build, it will be your responsibility to take care of it. That will be part of your landscaping exercise. :)

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snowing
Jan 23, 2014 8:46 pm
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
22 January 2014

AVELINGERS - Upgrade Costs

AVELINGERS - Upgrade Costs
WA

Hello fellow Avelingers Could you please tell me the costs of adding additional items; double plug points light switchs dimmers to light switches tv points tv…

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Burnsfirsttime
Jan 22, 2014 12:31 pm
Burnsfirsttime
dee_77
dee_77
22 January 2014

What is the most annoying thing happened during your build ?

What is the most annoying thing happened during your build ?
VIC
1, 2

Waiting ages for paperwork then get it and its full of mistakes which you then have spend another week having fixed. Has happened at least 3x…

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dee_77
Jan 22, 2014 11:15 am
dee_77
Tan11
Tan11
22 January 2014

Porter Davis- might build the Chelsea 16 in Eucalypt,Wollert

Porter Davis- might build the Chelsea 16 in Eucalypt,Wollert
VIC

Hi, My Husband and I are looking at building with Porter Davis in Eucalypt, Wollert. We are interested in the Chelsea 16 which is their smallest house. Has anyone build…

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Tan11
Jan 22, 2014 9:55 am
jese
jese
22 January 2014

to grollo or not to grollo?

to grollo or not to grollo?
VIC

I live in North Eastern suburb I think they can build in any suburb

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jese
Jan 22, 2014 7:06 am
EmyN
EmyN
21 January 2014

Redesigned Retreat Q2 Home - Tiling Underway!

Redesigned Retreat Q2 Home - Tiling Underway!
QLD
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Actually never mind, I looked at your plans (how's that for creepy stalker ish hahaha) and it says they are 1.5m tall. Ours are 2m so I'm not visualising thing too wrongly…

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EmyN
Jan 21, 2014 11:03 pm
EmyN
building-expert
building-expert
21 January 2014

Henley house ceiling leakage

Henley house ceiling leakage
VIC

Damaged areas of ceilings should be replaced under builders warranty. Ceiling has sagged because adhesion has failed. Ceiling is held up by adhesion not by screws, screws…

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building-expert
Jan 21, 2014 5:26 pm
building-expert
sharkeyc
sharkeyc
21 January 2014

BAL29 entry/external doors

BAL29 entry/external doors
VIC

Hi all, Just wondering what entry/external doors people have used in BAL29 construction (Victoria or other states)? Manufacturers seem to supply doors at either BAL12.5…

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sharkeyc
Jan 21, 2014 4:29 pm
batey_1020
batey_1020
21 January 2014

Finishing off checklist

Finishing off checklist
NSW

Anyone have a decent check-list for budgeting the finishing off phase of their build?

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batey_1020
Jan 21, 2014 11:42 am
leighton
leighton
21 January 2014

Very Small Block - Options & Advice?

Very Small Block - Options & Advice?
VIC

Someone said find a custom design builder who specialises in narrow block building or at least does do real custom design. Volume builders do sometimes have plans that…

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leighton
Jan 21, 2014 10:16 am
leighton
Stewie D
Stewie D
21 January 2014

I have a house plan, where do I go from here?

I have a house plan, where do I go from here?
WA

Knowing where you are is a big help. I'd go see a capable draftie or building designer and get some feedback from them about possible pitfalls in your design or changes…

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Stewie D
Jan 21, 2014 9:54 am
wwwhistler
wwwhistler
20 January 2014

Has anyone Built with House and Land Design Homes (HALD)?

Has anyone Built with House and Land Design Homes (HALD)?
QLD

We are currently building with House and Land Design (HALD) at Rochedale Estates, and can certainly recommend them thus far. We spoke to more than ten builders, got…

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wwwhistler
Jan 20, 2014 4:57 pm
Ca6leguy
Ca6leguy
20 January 2014

Electrical installation cost

Electrical installation cost
NSW

Yes, all the wiring are done by the builder. I just need the lights installed after handover.

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Ca6leguy
Jan 20, 2014 4:11 pm
kandy23
kandy23
20 January 2014

Window colour feedback

Window colour feedback
NSW

Thanks for your feedback 2-cupcakes-pls and bpratt we might need to plant some big trees :-)

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kandy23
Jan 20, 2014 2:32 pm
gpk
gpk
20 January 2014

Georges Fair - Smart Wiring and Cabling

Georges Fair - Smart Wiring and Cabling
NSW

Hi All, Going through electrical appointment and want get some guidance from owners who live in GF who have installed wiring especially in a double storey. What works…

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gpk
Jan 20, 2014 1:55 pm
Novice8
Novice8
20 January 2014

Laminate laid on uneven subfloor - anyone?

Laminate laid on uneven subfloor - anyone?
NSW

We're in the final stages now, and the laminate flooring has now been laid upstairs. Unfortunately to walk on it you can feel it's uneven, looking at it you can see waves…

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Novice8
Jan 20, 2014 1:33 pm

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