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tony2000
tony2000
24 August 2010

timber staircase

timber staircase
NSW

thanks Dukekamaya We finally decide to lay our own timber floor over the MDF treads The maple and F27 structual Blackbutt treads do not look so good, but it's too…

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tony2000
Aug 24, 2010 11:12 am
henky003
henky003
24 August 2010

Footings Variation - Is it reasonable

Footings Variation - Is it reasonable
SA

We have tried asking for the costs to be broken down, with the response being that they don't do that. I think if they are not trying to rip us off, then they should be…

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henky003
Aug 24, 2010 12:07 pm
joles
joles
24 August 2010

Building in Hidden Valley

Building in Hidden Valley
VIC

Hi *waves*. I'm up in Aurina Village so I can see your block from here! :lol: :lol: :lol: I will form part of your amazing view. :shock: :lol: :lol: There is a builder that does a lot of split…

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joles
Aug 24, 2010 1:01 pm
joles
khpatoary
khpatoary
24 August 2010

Estate Fencing in West Melbourne

Estate Fencing in West Melbourne
VIC

I'm also building in point cook.…

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khpatoary
Aug 24, 2010 8:01 pm
torourke1
torourke1
24 August 2010

Have not heard from Westminster for 2 months

Have not heard from Westminster for 2 months
NSW

Hi there, We have been in our house 8 months now and we are still waiting for a few things to be finished. Two months ago a new site sup. was looking after us and things…

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torourke1
Aug 24, 2010 8:52 pm
Lex
Lex
24 August 2010

Scratches on Glass

Scratches on Glass
NSW
1, 2

Hmmmm ... good point ... I've been thinking that I can do a good job. Wondering if Ed is reading this and what does he think of deeper scratches? Is it safe to just spray…

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Lex
Aug 24, 2010 10:19 pm
Lex
Xpire
Xpire
24 August 2010

Hire an inspector or not?

Hire an inspector or not?
VIC

Hi guys, Building a house which is actually complete now and I'll be attending a New Homes Presentation on Thursday. I was wondering whether I should hire an inspector,…

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Xpire
Aug 24, 2010 11:38 pm
InPakenham
InPakenham
25 August 2010

Handover -- what to let through

Handover -- what to let through

And i thought i had some issues before handover. I'd be trying to sort this out ASAP, theres some major work to be done. Hope it works out for you soon!

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InPakenham
Aug 25, 2010 12:27 am
kellypage
kellypage
25 August 2010

Wombeyan and Secret White exterior render colour

Wombeyan and Secret White exterior render colour

Does anyone have any photo's of Wombeyan and Secret White used as exterior render colours? Also Nomadic Ivory as internal wall paint colours? I'd love to see sme pics…

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kellypage
Aug 25, 2010 8:14 am
jayw
jayw
25 August 2010

Paid for, but received different ones....

Paid for, but received different ones....

Shouldn't be an issue - just think about your…

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jayw
Aug 25, 2010 11:53 am
jayw
lal
lal
25 August 2010

Tarneit Gardens

Tarneit Gardens
VIC

Hi All, We are building a PD home in stage 17. Currently the builder have applied for building permit and saying its going to take a month...is that how its for every one?…

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lal
Aug 25, 2010 3:11 pm
our castle
our castle
25 August 2010

HELP STRESSED. Opinions PLEEEAASE?

HELP STRESSED. Opinions PLEEEAASE?

ok great looks like we made the right decision then ::lol::

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our castle
Aug 25, 2010 4:46 pm
Oceanus2
Oceanus2
25 August 2010

Washing Machine waste plumbing

Washing Machine waste plumbing
WA

Thanks for the replies. Joles, you're a legend for supplying pics! Thanks so much :) I suppose we'll have to wait until the machine is in there and then decide on the best…

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Oceanus2
Aug 25, 2010 5:36 pm
Lex
Lex
25 August 2010

Opinions Please - Damp Proof Course

Opinions Please - Damp Proof Course

I don't think it's done at sills to doorways such as in your photo. However, the doors should sit on a piece of "damp proof" material, especially if the bottom of the…

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Lex
Aug 25, 2010 10:32 pm
Lex
mim168
mim168
25 August 2010

suggest builder to build 3 BR house for under $100,000?

suggest builder to build 3 BR house for under $100,000?
NSW

OMG, u guys don't know the prices of rental in Sydney...2BR old unit in the Liverpool area are around minimum $250, maybe with car space only. The old house I have got on…

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mim168
Aug 25, 2010 11:34 pm
btherl
btherl
26 August 2010

Has anyone heard of a Reverse Build?

Has anyone heard of a Reverse Build?
VIC

Time is money as well.. maybe it costs less to get it done now and then fix part of it later. Since there are people available to do the work now, and they might not be…

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btherl
Aug 26, 2010 9:24 am
btherl
joles
joles
26 August 2010

Bricks - Two different pics, two different looking bricks???

Bricks - Two different pics, two different looking bricks???
QLD

Different brick, the first two are tumbled (I think that's what it's called) and the last one is wire cut. :th:

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joles
Aug 26, 2010 12:03 pm
joles
Eskay40
Eskay40
26 August 2010

Has anyone taken 3 Phase underground electricity pit?

Has anyone taken 3 Phase underground electricity pit?

They will only take 1 phase in unless the requirements for your home need 3 phase at the planning stage. For example, if you have a very large heating/cooling system or…

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Eskay40
Aug 26, 2010 2:17 pm
Eskay40
jaelee
jaelee
26 August 2010

Our home on the canals ... Latest pics dining/kitchen/living

Our home on the canals ... Latest pics dining/kitchen/living
1, 2, 3, 4

Thanks guys, I am really enjoying this part ... our build was a nightmare and so glad that is behind us. Our white bar stools were excellent value from Furniture Bazaar…

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jaelee
Aug 26, 2010 2:40 pm
Beebob
Beebob
26 August 2010

Wet areas - Does the project builder HAVE to do it?

Wet areas - Does the project builder HAVE to do it?

I have been dealing with the builder and due to one tile being discontinued we were required to reselect. Issue has now been sorted out. Thanks for the help anyways.

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Beebob
Aug 26, 2010 4:15 pm
Dangermouse
Dangermouse
26 August 2010

What do you think of this layout?

What do you think of this layout?

Why not do the American thing and have the laundry in the basement? It seems a bit odd to have it on the top floor, use the space on the top floor to have a bigger…

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Dangermouse
Aug 26, 2010 6:18 pm
Casa2
Casa2
26 August 2010

Progress Payments

Progress Payments
VIC

Be careful with cooling off periods. they are useless as the builder can keep all money paid up to the point of cancellation.

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Casa2
Aug 26, 2010 7:14 pm
khpatoary
khpatoary
26 August 2010

Boral Leura Brick

Boral Leura Brick

Here's our wall made from Boral Leura. House is still being bricked so I can't give you a whole house shot. Bricks…

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khpatoary
Aug 26, 2010 8:39 pm

Hi MrsRose~ There won't be any rendered sections, so it's kind of a worry that it won't end up looking so good. If we are going ahead with the Cement brick, we would…

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emi18
Aug 26, 2010 9:17 pm
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sharky55_shan
Aug 26, 2010 9:31 pm
sharky55_shan
Lauren
Lauren
27 August 2010

Show me your M santorinis

Show me your M santorinis

Hi Everyone, Im new to this forum and we are looking at building the M Santorini. I was just wondering if anyone could share some pics of theirs and also if you have made…

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Lauren
Aug 27, 2010 6:53 am
Stormy
Stormy
27 August 2010

Photos of Nomadic Ivory

Photos of Nomadic Ivory

Thanks Kellypage! All my cabinetry is Laminex 'Alabaster', except the kitchen is in a 2pac finish (Laminex Colourtech Alabaster). Benches are Caesarstone 'Ice Snow' if…

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Stormy
Aug 27, 2010 11:16 am
Stormy
jayw
jayw
27 August 2010

What causes hairline cracks in walls?

What causes hairline cracks in walls?

Rather than not paint for 6 months, can you paint and then repaint after 6 months. Costs more, but who wants to live in an unpainted…

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jayw
Aug 27, 2010 12:20 pm
jayw
kyton
kyton
27 August 2010

Excitement Plus!!!

Excitement Plus!!!
SA

Congratulations NF - I know that excitement feeling only too well. But in our case it was only 4-5yrs in the complete planning to fruition.

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kyton
Aug 27, 2010 1:04 pm
kyton
mark299
mark299
27 August 2010

Diamond Gloss Edging- Problem with cabinetmaker

Diamond Gloss Edging- Problem with cabinetmaker

Go to the laminex site and see if you can get info or pics to back up what you are saying then provide to your builder to prove the cabinet maker…

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mark299
Aug 27, 2010 3:03 pm
Pugs
Pugs
27 August 2010

Cabling new two storey with Plntn

Cabling new two storey with Plntn
QLD

$3k for a 2 story house is very reasonable.... people keep on fogetting you are also paying for the techs Knowledge, and support for this project.. and also DIY Cabling…

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Pugs
Aug 27, 2010 5:04 pm
Pugs
Belial
Belial
27 August 2010

Timber flooring

Timber flooring

Hi Luki, There are differences between oil, water based and poly urethane based finishes. And fumes whilst curing is one of the main ones that seperates water based vs…

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Belial
Aug 27, 2010 5:55 pm
Belial
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
27 August 2010

Starting from scratch... where do I start

Starting from scratch... where do I start
SA

Not sure if this is where the thread goes...someone will move it if necessary. Hmmm, talking to your bank would be a good idea. We have a mortgage on our current house…

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Raleighfarm
Aug 27, 2010 9:52 pm
Raleighfarm
sootymay12
sootymay12
27 August 2010

Retaining wall required - how much will it cost?

Retaining wall required - how much will it cost?
QLD

Hi we got similar from the boral seconds centre our retaining wall is around 45mtrs and most parts 1mrt tall the blocks…

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sootymay12
Aug 27, 2010 10:51 pm
sootymay12
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cracker
Aug 27, 2010 11:10 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
28 August 2010

Builder's license was suspended last week...

Builder's license was suspended last week...
QLD

That's awful...I can't imagine the stress you must all be going through.

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Raleighfarm
Aug 28, 2010 7:32 am
Raleighfarm
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
28 August 2010

Stair Materials

Stair Materials
WA

What is the best material for stairs? We are having white polished concrete floors downstairs, and the first (large square) step will be some form of stone. I'm thinking…

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MrsGreen
Aug 28, 2010 11:20 am
MrsGreen
Soho28
Soho28
28 August 2010

Our Sandarra dream -Soho 28 M3tr1con start date 12th Feb

Our Sandarra dream -Soho 28 M3tr1con start date 12th Feb
1, 2, 3, 4

Hey guys we got a settlement date, this Thursday at 2pm. So excited and so much to do. I'll post pics ip when the house is complete.

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Soho28
Aug 28, 2010 11:29 am
Soho28
octain
octain
28 August 2010

anyone building in tarneit?

anyone building in tarneit?
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

I got told by a developer that the rail link will go around the back of Tarneit, but it won't be…

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octain
Aug 28, 2010 11:35 am
octain
gilroy
gilroy
28 August 2010

Devonia Park

Devonia Park
VIC

Hi All, I am planning at building at Devonia park and am utterly confussed by what all the builders are saying and how they contradict each other. I have currently…

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gilroy
Aug 28, 2010 12:22 pm
Trinity
Trinity
28 August 2010

Maximum gap under a door

Maximum gap under a door
VIC

You'll find your answers here on page 41: http://www.buildingcommission.com.au/resources/documents/S+T_GUIDE_07.pdf

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Trinity
Aug 28, 2010 5:08 pm
Trinity
Trinity
28 August 2010

Handover Tips Please!

Handover Tips Please!
VIC

With that list of known defects I would be cancelling the PCI and demanding that those items be fixed before you'll consider attending a PCI inspection. Put it all in…

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Trinity
Aug 28, 2010 5:25 pm
arnold1975
arnold1975
28 August 2010

Milan 2200 The Rise Tarneit

Milan 2200 The Rise Tarneit
VIC

Yeah stage 11, it doesnt say anything in the contract. Why dont they let u walk in with the inspector?

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arnold1975
Aug 28, 2010 9:15 pm
rebeccaT
rebeccaT
28 August 2010

Anna1, Handover 02/09/10 and broken window

Anna1, Handover 02/09/10 and broken window
SA
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Grat that your pCi went well!!!! Bummer about the window - little buggers...... have a great week until you get your keys!

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rebeccaT
Aug 28, 2010 9:39 pm
norvenski
norvenski
28 August 2010

Show me your retaining walls

Show me your retaining walls
WA

Depending on the aesthetics you're hoping for, panel and post walls are considerably cheaper than limestone block for 1.4 m of retained height. Or you could go with…

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norvenski
Aug 28, 2010 10:02 pm
kineso
kineso
29 August 2010

Can Builder force us to use their kitchen place?

Can Builder force us to use their kitchen place?

Update: Builder is allowing us to use other company! We are very happy. :) If we had to do it all over again, we'd certainly clarify who does the builder's kitchens and…

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kineso
Aug 29, 2010 1:50 pm
The Little Misses
The Little Misses
29 August 2010

Fencing Contractors

Fencing Contractors
VIC

We've had a few for quotes to just down the road in West Melton. Depending what kind of fencing you need or your estate requires, I found the Fencing Factory in Thomastown…

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The Little Misses
Aug 29, 2010 2:41 pm
The Little Misses
ESB
ESB
29 August 2010

Stacker wardrobe doors?

Stacker wardrobe doors?
QLD

Thank you for your reply :) Unfortunately they don't stack ... you can only open one section at a time or I'm looking in the wrong section (which I wouldn't put it past me :lol: )

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ESB
Aug 29, 2010 7:53 pm
ESB
Lex
Lex
29 August 2010

Damp Slab Edge .... Opinions Please !!

Damp Slab Edge .... Opinions Please !!

No worries, SherWin ... I just think that the builder should own to this and at least inspect it (as well as the person who approved this, ie. the PCA inspector).

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Lex
Aug 29, 2010 8:47 pm
Lex
pman
pman
29 August 2010

Waterboard didn't approve our plans...

Waterboard didn't approve our plans...
NSW

yeah I'm a bit annoyed about the builders engineers not finding this out originally, even after me giving the builder the original contour plan…

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pman
Aug 29, 2010 9:52 pm

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