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Moore
Moore
13 June 2013

New home DYI ideas please

New home DYI ideas please
WA

thanks for the reply, was thinking no one was going too :( yeah I agree with you about the lighting, Im thinking wall lighting to highlight the wall feature . I agree with…

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Moore
Jun 13, 2013 11:40 am
newhomehunter
newhomehunter
13 June 2013

OH&S charges for new home building

OH&S charges for new home building
VIC

I got the breakup of OH&S charges from the sales consultant includes the following Sediment Control Temp fencing Site Toilets Crossover protection to existing…

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newhomehunter
Jun 13, 2013 9:26 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
12 June 2013

Frosted windows???

Frosted windows???
SA

Thank you for your help. I have also researched on the net and found that if the windows are bedrooms they do not need to be frosted due to the…

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ECOECO
Jun 12, 2013 5:42 pm
ECOECO
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meowsy
Jun 12, 2013 3:12 pm
meowsy
Darcy27
Darcy27
12 June 2013

Advice on order/process for loans, signing contracts, etc

Advice on order/process for loans, signing contracts, etc
WA

Hi Everyone, It's my first post!!!! We are at the designing stage with a few companies at the moment, for our planned demolition and rebuild project, Perth NOR. Our…

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Darcy27
Jun 12, 2013 12:11 pm
Novice8
Novice8
12 June 2013

So annoyed - just a little vent

So annoyed - just a little vent
NSW

Handover was slated for December 19. I can kiss that goodbye now and pay dead rent for 5 weeks over the Xmas break. Oh the joy!

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Novice8
Jun 12, 2013 11:15 am
Lurgen
Lurgen
11 June 2013

Commitment Issues....

Commitment Issues....
VIC

Fixed price house and land solves some of the problem but not all. Electrical and colours can add tens of thousands of unpredictable costs to your home. The builders are…

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Lurgen
Jun 11, 2013 10:48 pm
Lurgen
bcalfi
bcalfi
11 June 2013

Bamboo Flooring or Timber???

Bamboo Flooring or Timber???
NSW
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I agree you always here more about bad stories anyway on the floor things we have solid jarrah floating floors which have been down for more than 15 years the jarrah is on…

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bcalfi
Jun 11, 2013 10:12 pm
bcalfi
lejothomas
lejothomas
11 June 2013

Any good or bad comments about 21st Century Homes?

Any good or bad comments about 21st Century Homes?
VIC

Hi, How did you go. I am now planning to build our home at Wodonga. Lejo

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lejothomas
Jun 11, 2013 9:28 pm
Althom
Althom
11 June 2013

What to look out for during handover

What to look out for during handover
NSW

Take a portable spotlight with you to check the walls for quality of plastering. the lights the builders put in are not good enough to pick up rough patches, faults, runs etc

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Althom
Jun 11, 2013 6:54 pm
Althom
jlgal1
jlgal1
11 June 2013

Somerfield Estate Stage 17

Somerfield Estate Stage 17
VIC

I'm a 17 I theory, LMI rejected by due to Cultural Heritage significance of stage 17. Anyone have a home loan with LMI in stage 17?

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jlgal1
Jun 11, 2013 6:35 pm
BellaButterfly
BellaButterfly
11 June 2013

Anyone Building in Brown Hill Ballarat

Anyone Building in Brown Hill Ballarat
VIC

We are building in the Albert Park Estate. The first time we went up there to view the land almost nothing was sold but when we went back last Wed to hand over our deposit…

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BellaButterfly
Jun 11, 2013 4:35 pm
BellaButterfly
captainb
captainb
11 June 2013

Soil and slab classes

Soil and slab classes
VIC

Thanks for your reply. Actually the site costs included in our contract specify all classes up to and including P class, so it wouldn't cost us any more whichever they…

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captainb
Jun 11, 2013 4:05 pm
elle
elle
11 June 2013

Building Order and Timeframe

Building Order and Timeframe
WA

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help. Just after a guide on what happens where prior to the slab going down. We sent deposit through on the 22/04/13. So far we have…

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elle
Jun 11, 2013 3:55 pm
Taylor22
Taylor22
11 June 2013

Like feedback on Simonds Homes in Adelaide

Like feedback on Simonds Homes in Adelaide
SA

Hi pen state, I've built with simonds and there are more people on my blog who have also built with them. We built at Seaford meadows and dealt with Hayden for our design…

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Taylor22
Jun 11, 2013 2:02 pm
Taylor22
as79ak
as79ak
11 June 2013

Electricity Meter

Electricity Meter
NSW

Thank you kaykens :) I have just called King and Lewis and they were supposed to have it installed for us in April however it was missed apparently even though we paid for…

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as79ak
Jun 11, 2013 11:37 am
Forg
Forg
11 June 2013

complying development

complying development
NSW

There may be things with the build which the council has to get involved with, depending on what & where you're building ... with ours, which is a knockdown/rebuild, we…

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Forg
Jun 11, 2013 10:02 am
hannahzoe83
hannahzoe83
10 June 2013

Ambrosia Estate

Ambrosia Estate
VIC

Hi Luckylux, we are building in Jupiter Crescent with Simonds and the only issue we've had is that our bath went missing, but they can't be sure it was specifically stolen…

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hannahzoe83
Jun 10, 2013 11:00 pm
hannahzoe83
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
10 June 2013

Our SH build - Moving in, woo hoo!

Our SH build - Moving in, woo hoo!
NSW
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Looks fantastic!! Love your pendant lights :)

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HomeAngels
Jun 10, 2013 8:44 pm
HomeAngels
Megs25
Megs25
10 June 2013

tiles - ceramic v porcelain etc

tiles - ceramic v porcelain etc
SA

oh ok. understandable. can you get porcelain tiles that aren't rectified? we were going to go 600x600 but then thought it would look weird with only 1 and a half tiles…

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Megs25
Jun 10, 2013 3:14 pm
LouiseLawson27
LouiseLawson27
9 June 2013

Eden Brae - My First Home The Lawson 24

Eden Brae - My First Home The Lawson 24
NSW
1 ... 11, 12, 13

Hi, Dearheart. How is all the unpacking going? Are you happy with the end result?

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LouiseLawson27
Jun 09, 2013 8:58 pm
jcbissor
jcbissor
9 June 2013

Third Garage

Third Garage
WA

Thanks guys :) Have a meeting at 1pm today getting our drawings and estimations back, we will ask then - our sales rep is gonna hate us lol. Saw your window frames…

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jcbissor
Jun 09, 2013 12:46 pm
jcbissor
Jan Howley
Jan Howley
9 June 2013

Thinking about building Kit House

Thinking about building Kit House
NSW

Thanks for that - yes, I've just started to do a rough sketch of what I'm after. This is based on what I've seen, which bits I liked and those that I didn't. Plus my own…

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Jan Howley
Jun 09, 2013 12:26 pm
johnno3
johnno3
9 June 2013

Has anyone built the Prosperity 29 Wisdom?

Has anyone built the Prosperity 29 Wisdom?
NSW

We are waiting for a tender to been drawn up to build the Prosperity 29. So far they have been to our block and all is good with the exception that a very small part of…

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johnno3
Jun 09, 2013 10:43 am
cinder
cinder
9 June 2013

Signing contract soon! ANYTHING to keep in mind?

Signing contract soon! ANYTHING to keep in mind?
NSW

We had our solicitor go over the contract before we signed it. It's so worth it. Fortunately ours didn't have any issues, the only thing he recommended us have changed was…

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cinder
Jun 09, 2013 10:27 am
cinder
leighton
leighton
9 June 2013

Site costs and the split level home.

Site costs and the split level home.
1, 2

To me , split level design is about the design. I mean that the right design will be the solution for an attractive low cost split level home. Designing in 3 D is amost…

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leighton
Jun 09, 2013 10:19 am
leighton
mirz
mirz
9 June 2013

would you buy this block of land?

would you buy this block of land?
VIC

The dam is a turkeys nest dam so its man made not natural. That means with the drainage that will be around the estate underground water…

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mirz
Jun 09, 2013 9:37 am
mirz
fmac
fmac
8 June 2013

Smart Homes for living

Smart Homes for living
WA

We're building with Aussie which is part of the Ventura group that smart homes belongs to. Been happy with our build so far. There are also a few people building with…

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fmac
Jun 08, 2013 3:27 pm
In Wollongong
In Wollongong
8 June 2013

shoalhaven sloping block builders.

shoalhaven sloping block builders.
NSW

Hi there, One three built a house for us. We had a few concerns and issues actually and it was a much less smooth and enjoyable process than we would have hoped for and…

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In Wollongong
Jun 08, 2013 7:44 am
kaykens
kaykens
7 June 2013

who's had an independant inspection in Adelaide

who's had an independant inspection in Adelaide
SA

Definitely worthwhile if you're unsure or need to know that you're structurally sound, or even just peace of mind. I work for a building company, so I got one of our…

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kaykens
Jun 07, 2013 10:37 pm
kaykens
mushrae
mushrae
7 June 2013

Building with Porter Davis life style

Building with Porter Davis life style
VIC

mushrae, I would think the amounts you have been charged is the difference, not the full cost of the upgraded floors you have chosen. I don't know…

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mushrae
Jun 07, 2013 5:57 pm
staceyd
staceyd
7 June 2013

Quick Q regarding contracts and selections

Quick Q regarding contracts and selections
VIC

Thanks for the feedback! I guess as the builder we ditched did selections pre-contract it just threw me. I've asked for the specifics for a couple of upgrades and also…

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staceyd
Jun 07, 2013 4:46 pm
Jen1977
Jen1977
7 June 2013

H Class slab v M Class - how to spot difference

H Class slab v M Class - how to spot difference
NSW

Our slab is an H2. We were told that the steel going through the slab was a lot thicker than normal. I think for memory they were 16mm thick. It is also a very thick slab,…

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Jen1977
Jun 07, 2013 2:34 pm
chrisandnicole
chrisandnicole
7 June 2013

Deciding on bricks and tiles - PGH silver greys - Olympus

Deciding on bricks and tiles - PGH silver greys - Olympus
NSW

Hi there, We are building two villas and since land is settled and plans are in, we need to get some decisions made Re: bricks, roof, fascia, guttering, windows and…

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chrisandnicole
Jun 07, 2013 2:19 pm
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pauly99
Jun 07, 2013 10:55 am
lmille32
lmille32
7 June 2013

Harkaway Home or similar traditional home?

Harkaway Home or similar traditional home?
VIC

I've found the same, the kit always ends up far more expensive unless you build it yourself. Just remember the kit includes no labor, no extra fittings, no plumbing, no…

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lmille32
Jun 07, 2013 9:54 am
lmille32
JO VJ
JO VJ
6 June 2013

Buying at Promenade (by Mirvac) Elizabeth Hills, NSW

Buying at Promenade (by Mirvac) Elizabeth Hills, NSW
NSW

hello, just joined to see if any one in here who bought a house at Promenade by Mirvac at Elizabeth Hills or near by Elizabeth point ? Would love to know more about the…

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JO VJ
Jun 06, 2013 11:27 pm
Munchy
Munchy
6 June 2013

Water bill for vacant land (WA)

Water bill for vacant land (WA)
WA

It may also be that they have charged you based on an estimate worked out by the average usage in the area. Our first water bill when our block was vacant was higher…

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Munchy
Jun 06, 2013 4:04 pm
Munchy
notremaison
notremaison
6 June 2013

Henley ....things to know before signing on the dotted line?

Henley ....things to know before signing on the dotted line?
VIC

We just had a problem with our Alfresco also. Guy fixing it said quite common, they used too small flushing for the surface area of the roof so when it rains hard it can't…

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notremaison
Jun 06, 2013 3:44 pm

I have posted a pic on my thread but will post here as well Im am wanting to break up all the brown and maybe render or cement clad the front garage wall. I need help…

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dreaman
Jun 06, 2013 3:17 pm
mimi23
mimi23
6 June 2013

Different shades of dune

Different shades of dune
ACT

Has the cladding been painted yet?

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mimi23
Jun 06, 2013 1:55 pm
mimi23
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
6 June 2013

Damages to back fence caused during construction

Damages to back fence caused during construction
VIC

I'd fight it. But the only reliable way is with photos. If you've got no photos of the fencing prior to Henley taking control of the site then you'll be hard pressed to…

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Bluesuede
Jun 06, 2013 1:54 pm
Bluesuede
EmyN
EmyN
6 June 2013

Confused about Floor Tiles Colour

Confused about Floor Tiles Colour
ACT

Another thing to consider is ease of keeping clean. Where we are currently living has charcoal tiles in the bathrooms and laundry and the specks of dust/grass/dirt show up…

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EmyN
Jun 06, 2013 1:47 pm
EmyN
leighton
leighton
6 June 2013

For those whose builds ran late-what stage was the problem?

For those whose builds ran late-what stage was the problem?
NSW

There isn't a hard and fast rule here. At times, one can run into difficulties getting a carpenter to quickly finish a frame to the required standard. Most often that does…

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leighton
Jun 06, 2013 7:19 am
leighton
Onewheel
Onewheel
6 June 2013

time it takes to start the build if land is already titled

time it takes to start the build if land is already titled
VIC

Our site start was 8 months after signing the contact. Admin was pretty slow for us.

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Onewheel
Jun 06, 2013 7:00 am
daveinthehills
daveinthehills
6 June 2013

Building an Off Grid Home.

Building an Off Grid Home.
NSW

I suggest you watch seasons 8-12 of grand designs UK and 1-3 of grand designs Australia, as you opening blurb sounds like a bunch of those episodes!

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daveinthehills
Jun 06, 2013 6:55 am
deluxes
deluxes
5 June 2013

Our ??? Build - Bluestone, Mt Barker

Our ??? Build - Bluestone, Mt Barker
SA
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Thanks Guys :-) All awesome points, but as i said - positioning for the vanities, shower, hot plates, appliances isn't set yet. Something just to put on a plan at this…

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deluxes
Jun 05, 2013 11:01 pm
deluxes
Nitro
Nitro
5 June 2013

Interior Paint HELP URGENT!!

Interior Paint HELP URGENT!!
SA

I would highly recommend going to a paint store and get the sample swatches to take home. Choose as many colours as you'd like (20-30), then look at them at home, with…

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Nitro
Jun 05, 2013 6:03 pm
Nitro
Scotty Dog
Scotty Dog
5 June 2013

Urgent Help with External colors

Urgent Help with External colors
ACT

Because your garage door and your cladding don't butt up against each other I don't think you'll have a problem with them looking different, they are far enough away that…

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Scotty Dog
Jun 05, 2013 1:27 pm
1rocky
1rocky
5 June 2013

Help with Wet Areas Tiles

Help with Wet Areas Tiles
ACT

no not at all if you want an example check out my thread. i have a black and white bathroom

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1rocky
Jun 05, 2013 5:35 am


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