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zeitgeber
zeitgeber
1 June 2011

HELP!! Is GST included in the price of the home??

HELP!! Is GST included in the price of the home??

Anyone know the answers to these ? Q1) Are the base-house-price advertised by volume builder's websites inclusive of GST? Q2) When you paid the initial application…

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zeitgeber
Jun 01, 2011 2:31 pm
zeitgeber
Mrs P
Mrs P
1 June 2011

Air con zones..

Air con zones..
NSW

I have 7 zones I think, bed 1,2,3,4,study,dining/family, rumpus, media. 8 Zones, I think an extra zone was 200 odd dollars.

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Mrs P
Jun 01, 2011 7:01 pm
deb17
deb17
1 June 2011

Picking up on defects during the build ...

Picking up on defects during the build ...
VIC

Get on to it straight away, before they brick around it and put the plaster on the walls. Ask for a new one.

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deb17
Jun 01, 2011 9:14 pm
lobboroz
lobboroz
1 June 2011

Recommend Builder Victoria Bayswater area

Recommend Builder Victoria Bayswater area
VIC

Hi All I have plans for a double storey unit to be built in my backyard. Its around 16sq so not a overly large build. Just wondering if anyone can recommend a good builder…

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lobboroz
Jun 01, 2011 10:30 pm
joles
joles
2 June 2011

sliders or hinged doors on bed room robes

sliders or hinged doors on bed room robes
WA

Hinged here as well. Lived with sliders.... no thanks, would rather not have a wardrobe at all. :shock: :lol: :lol: All of the reasons everyone has already mentioned. Another is…

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joles
Jun 02, 2011 1:41 pm
joles
dsiroky
dsiroky
2 June 2011

Suggest a builder please!

Suggest a builder please!
VIC

I've been very happy with the work that Rustic Builders are doing for me. I came to them with plans & engineering and they are managing the build on a slope with a 7m fall…

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dsiroky
Jun 02, 2011 3:08 pm
Phillshz
Phillshz
2 June 2011

Driveways in Liverpool NSW

Driveways in Liverpool NSW
NSW

I might just go with some kikuyu seed since my builder provides kikuyu to the front and rear yards but wont do the nature strip section. Any ideas on the price of kikuyu…

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Phillshz
Jun 02, 2011 3:23 pm
bashworth
bashworth
3 June 2011

building a house

building a house
ACT

To build quickly best advice I can give is Single storey To keep costs down without compromising quality right size see link http://www.anewhouse.com.au/?p=238

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bashworth
Jun 03, 2011 6:41 am
bashworth
magicjen17
magicjen17
3 June 2011

Anyone know about "dual certification"?

Anyone know about "dual certification"?
VIC

Hi guys, Just wondering if anyone knows anything about getting dual certification for engineering plans? We have an adjoining owner who is deadset against us building our…

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magicjen17
Jun 03, 2011 12:38 pm
Theresa
Theresa
3 June 2011

Cost of upgrades/extras - SA Builders

Cost of upgrades/extras - SA Builders
SA

I think you’ll find that the costs will vary from builder to builder. Some costs of items you mentioned: R4.0 ceiling insulation (266.47sqm) $3358 Upgrade kitchen…

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Theresa
Jun 03, 2011 2:55 pm
Theresa
dunkyboy
dunkyboy
3 June 2011

Scott Park Finishing Touch Package

Scott Park Finishing Touch Package
WA

Hi we are about to sign up with Scott Park to build the City Beach from the Vittoria range and are considering going with their Finishing Touch package for floor tiles to…

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dunkyboy
Jun 03, 2011 7:31 pm
zozo
zozo
3 June 2011

Anyone building with WISDOM in Nelson reidge

Anyone building with WISDOM in Nelson reidge
NSW

We went with the most prolific builder in NR and they still got it wrong with council regs. Actually they realized their error just before submitting to council and months…

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zozo
Jun 03, 2011 11:32 pm
zozo
zozo
3 June 2011

Council Approval Time in Nelson Ridge?

Council Approval Time in Nelson Ridge?
NSW

Approval took 5 weeks. Nelsons ridge picked up a few major issues that were rectified prior to council so took 2 attempts to get the goahead from them. We are on quite a…

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zozo
Jun 03, 2011 11:45 pm
cbboyz
cbboyz
3 June 2011

Mortar for bricks dont seem right

Mortar for bricks dont seem right
VIC

I have off white mortar and here are a couple of photos showing my brickwork. The off white section was done 3 weeks…

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cbboyz
Jun 04, 2011 12:42 am
suh
suh
5 June 2011

How big is your WIR?

How big is your WIR?
WA

What do green lemmings actually look like

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suh
Jun 05, 2011 12:28 pm
suh
buildingwest
buildingwest
5 June 2011

12 month maintenance - will they fix? is it bad?

12 month maintenance - will they fix? is it bad?
VIC

Hi, I would raise the issues at your building inspection. If they tell you it is not a concern, demand that they write down the issue, its exact location and note that…

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buildingwest
Jun 05, 2011 12:42 pm
rjg
rjg
6 June 2011

do we need junction boxes for downlights?

do we need junction boxes for downlights?
WA

If its on the bottom story the short answer would be NO to both. For lights to be place in a different position cable would need to be run in the…

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rjg
Jun 06, 2011 1:38 pm
anise
anise
6 June 2011

Custom Design Project Builders

Custom Design Project Builders
QLD

Hi rahadza We have a custom design and are currently looking for a builder. We've found a number of project builders more than happy to take our design directly then…

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anise
Jun 06, 2011 2:16 pm
anise
woodduck
woodduck
6 June 2011

Woodducks McDonald Jones Chesterfield-Enjoying Our New House

Woodducks McDonald Jones Chesterfield-Enjoying Our New House
NSW
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Hi, we had MJH do our flooring, I'm not too sure were they are from. The only reference to them I can find is: "G Diamond PP 600x600". From memory I think they were around…

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woodduck
Jun 06, 2011 2:28 pm
d@n
d@n
6 June 2011

CHOOSING ROOF TILES

CHOOSING ROOF TILES
VIC

I would go with a dark neutral colour like magnum, charcoal, lunar eclipse etc.

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d@n
Jun 06, 2011 4:05 pm
spilli
spilli
6 June 2011

Eaves and Window height position

Eaves and Window height position
VIC

Many thanks Joles for your advice. I have decided to get doors manufactured at 2300mm high to ensure that windows can be placed at same height and can fit nicely under…

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spilli
Jun 06, 2011 10:02 pm
gogo65
gogo65
6 June 2011

Colorbond Dune and Monument together?

Colorbond Dune and Monument together?
VIC

Ok Thanks I look forward to seeing it ::lol:: I may be off line as I am going overseas but look forward to seeing it as soon as I have internet access :z:

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gogo65
Jun 06, 2011 10:07 pm
gogo65
wisdompemulwuy
wisdompemulwuy
6 June 2011

help me identify this product

help me identify this product
NSW

Thanks guys... you are spot on.. Any ideas on what type of costs we are talking about purchasing and installing per sq m? also is there any other manufacturers or…

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wisdompemulwuy
Jun 06, 2011 11:46 pm
nessbrown
nessbrown
6 June 2011

Choosing a builder in Perth

Choosing a builder in Perth
WA

Thanks iduno and ilikethemoon.... Yep, RN and DA are both upper end builders and with inclusions, I have crunched numbers and realised there is no way I can go ahead with…

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nessbrown
Jun 07, 2011 12:41 am
snoofie
snoofie
7 June 2011

Coping Mechanisms!

Coping Mechanisms!
VIC

I just take a quick flight to Bali whenever I feel overwhelmed. Remove myself from the situation and somehow they all solve themselves :D A…

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snoofie
Jun 07, 2011 7:37 am
snoofie
ilikethemoon
ilikethemoon
7 June 2011

Cost of increasing ceiling height by 300mm

Cost of increasing ceiling height by 300mm
VIC

Our house is 230m2 and it's costing $8000 to raise the ceilings throughout to 31c (28c to garage, eaves, alfresco and porch) - double brick construction.

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ilikethemoon
Jun 07, 2011 1:05 pm
ilikethemoon
Goingforit
Goingforit
7 June 2011

Lots of questions from a Newbie for the Gurus

Lots of questions from a Newbie for the Gurus
WA

Thanks a lot for the helpful comments guys. I will definitely look into a way through the HIA to get all of the building services 'put in one basket' to avoid the…

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Goingforit
Jun 07, 2011 2:14 pm
MelDsa
MelDsa
7 June 2011

Wall, Trim and Ceiling colours - Help Please

Wall, Trim and Ceiling colours - Help Please
NSW

Thanks all - any thoughts about the kitchen and splashback colours with the wall colours ???

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MelDsa
Jun 07, 2011 2:56 pm
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
7 June 2011

The bug bites again

The bug bites again
VIC

As discussed in another thread, we have now met up with Leanne from Custom Home Designs and are feeling very positive. We are feeling a little powerless at the moment as…

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3timesbuilda
Jun 07, 2011 3:30 pm
3timesbuilda
bobbie
bobbie
7 June 2011

Do I need an independent inpection for a PD house?

Do I need an independent inpection for a PD house?
VIC

Thank you for your reply. I had a feeling that PD was stalling my building process(figured it's common for them to procastinate since I was never pushy)and I was worried…

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bobbie
Jun 07, 2011 6:19 pm
bobbie
edscl
edscl
7 June 2011

Building First Home with Simonds - Narre Warren, VIC

Building First Home with Simonds - Narre Warren, VIC
VIC
1, 2, 3

I tend the think that Simonds build great single storey houses, as I have had chats with people who have built with them and have had no issues. I also think you will…

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edscl
Jun 07, 2011 6:37 pm
edscl
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PHL
Jun 09, 2011 12:03 am
nicksmith
nicksmith
7 June 2011

600mm height windows whats the general rule??

600mm height windows whats the general rule??
QLD

thanks! i ended up just adding another pair of windows at 1400:))

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nicksmith
Jun 07, 2011 10:11 pm
joles
joles
7 June 2011

Building Santorini in Doreen

Building Santorini in Doreen
VIC

Hi MDhome! :D The Santorini is great, flexible design, and good value too! Good luck with your build, this is the exciting part! :D

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joles
Jun 07, 2011 11:21 pm
joles
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Lex
Jun 08, 2011 8:44 am
Lex
newbuilder1
newbuilder1
8 June 2011

Flooring different to whats specified in tender, what to do?

Flooring different to whats specified in tender, what to do?
NSW

I suggest stand your ground. If you requested the raw timber in your contract and it is stated then they have to do so otherwise it is a breach of contract. If it is not…

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newbuilder1
Jun 08, 2011 3:24 pm
spilli
spilli
8 June 2011

Garage on boundary-should existing paling fence be removed?

Garage on boundary-should existing paling fence be removed?
VIC

Yes, I have decided to keep fence there since it's in great condition and doesn't look too bad! ::smile:: Now that the brick wall on the boundary has been completed and I have…

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spilli
Jun 08, 2011 9:02 pm
theanonyuser
theanonyuser
9 June 2011

Ah yes, the flooring

Ah yes, the flooring
QLD

I've found 2 on ebay for $19/square metre that claim to be commercial grade / 3mm. I'm going to order some samples of one and test them out :)

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theanonyuser
Jun 09, 2011 9:06 am
cherub
cherub
9 June 2011

Retaining wall at front of property - issues with sewer?

Retaining wall at front of property - issues with sewer?
QLD

Be very prepared. Without exact knowledge of block v sewer hard to give advice other than seek it now from water board and engineer. If building parallel with it you will…

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cherub
Jun 09, 2011 1:06 pm
Mozza
Mozza
9 June 2011

Great Display Home websites (for ideas etc)

Great Display Home websites (for ideas etc)
VIC

A great site that collates new home builders and floor plans http://www.buildershomeplans.com.au Huge range of floorplans from a variety of…

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Mozza
Jun 09, 2011 2:08 pm
kdgirl
kdgirl
9 June 2011

Rain days. Is is possible to have them yet

Rain days. Is is possible to have them yet
NSW

I have in writing from my CSO that if the site start date hasn't yet occured then the rain days cannot be included. My frustration now is when will site start! We got…

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kdgirl
Jun 09, 2011 2:10 pm
sabs1
sabs1
9 June 2011

Building a Fernleigh

Building a Fernleigh
NSW
1 ... 4, 5, 6

mmmkay, just checked again but understand that you have been hectic.. will be back to stalk again in a few weeks...

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sabs1
Jun 09, 2011 6:26 pm
sabs1
kyton
kyton
9 June 2011

Home and Contents Insurance Questions

Home and Contents Insurance Questions

No one Is going to be able to give you a figure that will match your quote exactly. Insurance is affected by a multitude of factors: have you had insurance previously /…

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kyton
Jun 09, 2011 9:19 pm
kyton
East_Melb_Build
East_Melb_Build
10 June 2011

Flooring: Tassie Oak versus Aussie Oak?

Flooring: Tassie Oak versus Aussie Oak?
VIC

All good points B Star. Think I need to go through the floors in much more detail!

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East_Melb_Build
Jun 10, 2011 10:05 am
J&K
J&K
11 June 2011

designing a home

designing a home
NSW

Hi melnat, We took over 6 months to get plans ready for DA with an architect, 3 months of this was fortnightly meetings of 1-2 hours. The first plans were in principle…

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J&K
Jun 11, 2011 9:44 am
J&K
deb17
deb17
11 June 2011

When to apply for utility connections?

When to apply for utility connections?

We have arranged our Gas and Elec with our current provider. You need to organise, phone and water. But wait until you have a firm moving date, just use theirs at PCI.

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deb17
Jun 11, 2011 2:21 pm


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