Building A New House
How often do you visit your site?
About once a week, but there have been times where I've not looked for a few weeks, mainly due to lack of progress (at least 6 months into build - 10 months from contract…
Apr 14, 2018 1:09 pm
Worry over soil around slab
It's a bit disappointing a retaining wall was not part of the design to hold up the fill that there to hold up your house. Wilson homes did something similar to a friend…
Question about waffle pod slab
Thanks, the site supervisor is meeting us next wed on site so will ask him when is this happening. I thought that they would have graded it away from the house when they…
Jun 10, 2017 11:20 am
What does "site access" mean?
Thanks, none of this was explained to us, it all started when they realised the place they thought was the pad was not the place the house was in the site plans, so it…
May 12, 2017 8:59 am
Hotondo Homes Tasmania - Hobart Build
Which home have you decided to build through hotondo??
Do you have any pics of your floor plan or colour selections, we all love having a look.
Oct 30, 2016 2:17 am
Supplying your own goods or trades.
Pc or ps is like an allowance for certain items. We pc'd a few things like airconditioning, carpets, lighting and tapware, concrete and turf.
That way there is an…
Long narrow house on a 1 acre block
I'm on 1 acre, and the house is only 233 sqm in size, but from the road it looks just as big as most in the estate.
The roof is also 25 degree pitch, so that by itself…
Tender and cancellation charges?
Just curious about this, not planning to cancel but I noticed on the tender papers it says that other cost will be added if you don't accept the tender, that money you…
Jul 17, 2016 7:08 pm
Jul 12, 2016 7:55 am
Slab pier question
I does not look very scary to me.
The steel is light gauge. My understanding is that N12 equates to a 12mm dia bar. This is the minimum sized steel bars that can be used.…
Hi Matty, I think that the glare from outside while looking at the tv would be a pain, do you have a floorplan you can put on so we can see the room layout?
Jun 21, 2016 8:23 pm
I will do that, just thought I'd ask in the meantime
and you are right, looks like there a good amount of "gotchas" in the document
Help with house orientation
Having the living areas on the NW side with your wide verandah means they will be shaded without getting blasted by the hot summer sun. It does mean however, that there…
I have DECT phones in my house. The base station is plugged into my router with the (3 off) wireless telephone handsets installed wherever you like. All they need is a…
Where is your hot water system?
Outside, along the dead side of the house, close to our ensuite. Pretty standard position for a WA build. As to why, that's just how we seem to do it over here
Building in Northern Tas
Its good taking a bit of getting used to and still have so much unpacking to do !Have moved from a huge two storey house to a smaller one storey and man we have some…
Any ideas on house plan?
How big is that gap in the hall? Could you extend the linen a bit more so it was in the same spot but not line of sight or would the gap be too small then?
Island bench question
current house island bench have back laminates are in vertical and broken into three sections evenly, dark laminates like above pic's. Its represents roughly three double…
How long after pci
Thanks archetto I hope it's that or less even hahaha I'm so anxious to get in before Christmas and now our PCI has been pushed from Thursday until Monday because the…
Is this enough ventilation for bathroom?
When it comes to ventilation, you should measure air changes per hour (ach). For wet areas recommended ach rate is between 6 and 10. So considering your bathroom is…
we have just completed a kDR with our builder in Melbourne, and we upgraded to a colourbond coloured sectional garage door with 4 windows across the top of…
kitchen backsplash help
You could seal the grout as said or ask them to use epoxy grout which is less/not porous or mist grey grout which is slightly off white light grey may be easier to maintain.
Should be square on the slab, with none hanging over the edge for a start. Bashworth has some good info on his site. Here's a start:
Lol we finished our landscaping 9months after moving in haha that would have taken us a long time to get coo if we had to wait for landscape.
Sep 18, 2015 5:39 pm
Opinions on roof needed please
Unless you're in a very cold climate, generally the heat gain from a roof costs you more in summer than it benefits in winter, so in that case…
Internal paint colour
Hi, just wondering f anyone has used the dulux paint colour pale mushroom and if so have any pics ?
nightsky vs Monument colourbond
Hi, Just wondering if anyone has used Nightsky colourbond for roof and gutters with Monument for fascias, roller door and windows - has anyone gone with the same or close…
ensuite and WIR opinions
Thanks for everyones help, I have decided to leave it as is - unsure why they said it would have to go through council if it's internal...... but I think there is pro's…
Difference in door price
Another point to note is that builder's door comes with handles and is painted (usually to the same colour as the door frame).
Bear in mind that the doors you purchase…
Thanks Charon, our roof is colourbond night sky, with monument fascia, I think we will go white as I like the contrast look
ensuite and WIR opinions
We have WIR to ensuite and we love it because it makes it discreet (i.e. they are both in the corner and when the door is shut, you won't even know its there). And as per…
Could you save money and just upgrade the bricks in the facade?
GJ Gradner Bridgewater
Hi everyone - I am just interested if anyone has built the Bridgewater design from GJ Gardner and their experience ?
opinions on which plan
The first plan definitely. In the second plan your Master Bed is about the size of a single bedroom. If you have kids, the amount of toys etc. is only going to grow…