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Mikeann
Mikeann
14 January 2013

Conveyancing

Conveyancing
NSW

Hi Everyone, First post on this very informative forum. We are in the process of buying land and then building our dream home on it. A very exciting time for my…

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Mikeann
Jan 14, 2013 2:45 pm
urk697
urk697
14 January 2013

Custom wardrobe(shelves,drawers and slidding doors) to WIR

Custom wardrobe(shelves,drawers and slidding doors) to WIR
VIC

HI, our WIR is about 3.23m(L) and 1.83m(W). Unfortunately we forgot to add a door to the WIR. Now my wife wants to add shelves and mirrored sliding doors(like ikea pax) to…

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urk697
Jan 14, 2013 11:06 am
PHunter
PHunter
13 January 2013

'Standard' home VS Energy Efficient 'Architectural' home

'Standard' home VS Energy Efficient 'Architectural' home
VIC
1, 2

Interesting thread. A healthy (and respectful) debate is always a good thing. For what it is worth, I would (and have) paid $30K extra to…

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PHunter
Jan 13, 2013 9:57 pm
AKB
AKB
13 January 2013

How did you keep on create your building budget?

How did you keep on create your building budget?
NSW

We are currently owner building....we had an estimator do an estimation of the build, I put that into a spreadsheet and then added actual costs and variances

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AKB
Jan 13, 2013 9:44 pm
AKB
jihaomou
jihaomou
13 January 2013

anyway I can build a larger duplex?

anyway I can build a larger duplex?
NSW

thanks PHunter. my land is at Panania. things is I saw some other duplexs in this area are obvious bigger than 50%.…

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jihaomou
Jan 13, 2013 9:20 pm
Mr Standards
Mr Standards
13 January 2013

Building First Home - Hidden Costs?

Building First Home - Hidden Costs?
NSW

It is my opinion, and personal experience, to buy the land and then look at houses I like. Then if you wish to upgrade from the builders standard plan, why not ask your…

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Mr Standards
Jan 13, 2013 5:13 pm
happytaurus
happytaurus
13 January 2013

Spires Private Estate in Baldivis

Spires Private Estate in Baldivis
WA

Asking if anyone else is building or built in the Spires Estate in Baldivis - did you have to or having to put the fence up at your own cost? If so do you have to discuss…

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happytaurus
Jan 13, 2013 1:05 pm
kexkez
kexkez
13 January 2013

Tile Laying Costs

Tile Laying Costs
NSW

some companies will have a couple of standard colours and if you want anything out of their standard list they will charge more. I assume some tilers have big batches of…

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kexkez
Jan 13, 2013 9:24 am
kexkez
Pugs
Pugs
13 January 2013

Building Dream Home with Stellar Homes, SA

Building Dream Home with Stellar Homes, SA
SA
1, 2

you just need an apple mac and 100 hours of tinker time and you could sit in your virtual lounge room as well Note that I am a veteran IT…

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Pugs
Jan 13, 2013 6:18 am
Pugs
dawesrus
dawesrus
13 January 2013

First home purchase - Building with Red Ink Homes in Perth

First home purchase - Building with Red Ink Homes in Perth
WA
1, 2

We too had a very patient sales rep with redink who helped us a lot and answered my unending questions. we changed as much as we could and did amend 1 or 2 items post pqc,…

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dawesrus
Jan 12, 2013 11:48 pm
dawesrus
conmark
conmark
12 January 2013

How to share fence with neighbour?

How to share fence with neighbour?
NSW

hi hfwangoz, i have the same dilemma right now. I got an email from my neighbour who is considering to put a colorbond fence on our common boundary and told me about…

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conmark
Jan 12, 2013 8:58 pm
conmark
sleven
sleven
12 January 2013

Eaves and Building site coverage

Eaves and Building site coverage
VIC

The 60% is based on the slab area - so the "non-permeable" ground area. Take your m2 of house size - divide it by your land m2 x 100 = your site coverage %

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sleven
Jan 12, 2013 6:25 pm
sleven
dragonchild
dragonchild
12 January 2013

Inbuilt cabinets

Inbuilt cabinets
WA

If you can put together detailed measurements, purpose (so if you're loading them up with books, it needs to be stronger, etc.) and a sketch, you could take it to your…

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dragonchild
Jan 12, 2013 10:48 am
dragonchild
duesseldorf67
duesseldorf67
12 January 2013

New House Build... Money Saving Ideas ?

New House Build... Money Saving Ideas ?
NSW

So, what are some of the things could possibly be done.. diy/supply/contracted out after the keys are handed over? From a lot reading here, a few of the more obvious…

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duesseldorf67
Jan 12, 2013 9:01 am
RagnarD
RagnarD
11 January 2013

Flooring & Carpet

Flooring & Carpet
SA

As we are getting floating timber floors after handover our builder has offered us two options: 1. We give our superviser floor board sample and they'll fix the…

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RagnarD
Jan 11, 2013 7:37 pm
RagnarD
RajaniKaanth
RajaniKaanth
11 January 2013

VOGUE HOMES - PRESTONS NSW

VOGUE HOMES - PRESTONS NSW
NSW

Planning to build with Vogue homes at Prestons, NSW. Any comments, experience, suggestions is much helpful. Please advise.

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RajaniKaanth
Jan 11, 2013 5:59 pm

We have bamboo in walnut in our main entry, down a couple of stairs and then the bottom of the main stairs. I love it but it does show the dust, but it is easy to…

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gogo65
Jan 11, 2013 4:30 pm
gogo65
our dream home
our dream home
11 January 2013

Anyone house had any progress over the Christmas break?

Anyone house had any progress over the Christmas break?
VIC
1, 2

Great lilac very exciting. Cant wait to see our kitchen either .

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our dream home
Jan 11, 2013 1:30 pm
emacee
emacee
11 January 2013

Sarah/RiverGum Homes - keeping heated/cooled

Sarah/RiverGum Homes - keeping heated/cooled
SA

Hi there, We are looking at building a two storey sarah or rivergum home. Preferably Sarah Homes as we like their designs a bit better! We currently live in a raised one…

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emacee
Jan 11, 2013 12:02 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
11 January 2013

Help please - choosing facade products & colours

Help please - choosing facade products & colours
ACT

Are you aware that your upper storey will be extra hot with a dark clb roof? Just saying. :D

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Treeseachanger
Jan 11, 2013 11:14 am
Mr Standards
Mr Standards
11 January 2013

ceiling/floor tile grout alignment - common or NOT???

ceiling/floor tile grout alignment - common or NOT???
NSW

From what I can gather you are saying the grout lines in the floor are not lining up with the grout lines on the walls, they are offset by 8mm. My understanding is (as…

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Mr Standards
Jan 10, 2013 11:09 pm
happytaurus
happytaurus
10 January 2013

Building a house - Affordable Living - Baldivis North

Building a house - Affordable Living - Baldivis North
WA

Yes the thread called things you forgot page 27 and its an amazing read to help you and it will actually change your prospective on your building process and puts you in…

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happytaurus
Jan 10, 2013 9:35 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
10 January 2013

Rusty shower hose?

Rusty shower hose?
SA

I hope so - the supplier said they will contact Caroma and if it's still under warranty they will replace - fingers crossed!

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Mclaren
Jan 10, 2013 3:31 pm
Mclaren
turtleschell
turtleschell
10 January 2013

House and land packages - how do they work?

House and land packages - how do they work?
SA

It will be available if the land hasn't sold just ask them. Most builders will sell you any house from their back catalogue. With regards to…

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turtleschell
Jan 10, 2013 12:36 am
Taylor22
Taylor22
9 January 2013

M & D's Stamford by Simonds.

M & D's Stamford by Simonds.
VIC

Hi missymoo,We are building with simonds too. I'd love to see how your house turned out, and if you have had any problems?

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Taylor22
Jan 09, 2013 10:49 pm
Taylor22
oneness
oneness
9 January 2013

Bargains...IKEA sale PERTH!!!

Bargains...IKEA sale PERTH!!!
WA

Nah Kexkez think of all the money you have saved! lol Lucky you fmac!! SB it most certainly would...but they only seem to put a huge one in each state and of course us…

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oneness
Jan 09, 2013 6:57 pm
Deemaree
Deemaree
9 January 2013

Jessica SA! After 2 long years....... We have fences :)

Jessica SA! After 2 long years....... We have fences :)
1 ... 52, 53, 54

Hey Jessie! After not loging onto the site since probably March last year, I finally did and have caught up on your whole fence/retaining wall…

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Deemaree
Jan 09, 2013 4:55 pm
Deemaree
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
9 January 2013

Building on acre in drouin Victoria

Building on acre in drouin Victoria
VIC

We liked Hotondo. Saw them on the SS Coast.

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Saint Mike
Jan 09, 2013 3:19 pm
Saint Mike
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
9 January 2013

do we need to decide on polished concrete before slab poured

do we need to decide on polished concrete before slab poured
NSW

Negative- Before the build always but in saying that it can be done as a retro fit but there are issues that can arise and the cost is MORE to protect stuff and work…

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onc_artisan
Jan 09, 2013 3:12 pm
onc_artisan
Mclaren
Mclaren
9 January 2013

plans in South Australia

plans in South Australia
SA

Great plans (we've got a 3m entry and love it) - good luck with finding a good builder!

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Mclaren
Jan 09, 2013 1:12 pm
Mclaren
wokwon
wokwon
9 January 2013

Slave air-con controller pannel

Slave air-con controller pannel
WA

What is the location of the vent? Ideally the controller, if it's temperature sensing which not all slaves are, would not be in direct breeze of the vent outlet and not…

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wokwon
Jan 09, 2013 7:19 am
natlyn
natlyn
8 January 2013

Our Sierra by Hotondo - ITS GONE!!!!!!

Our Sierra by Hotondo - ITS GONE!!!!!!
VIC

Hi, chrisandkate! Just did a search and found your thread :) We are thinking of building the Sierra with Hotondo and wondered how you got on?

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natlyn
Jan 08, 2013 10:53 pm
natlyn
happytaurus
happytaurus
8 January 2013

Land-told DOH or DLH Rental property being built next door?

Land-told DOH or DLH Rental property being built next door?
WA
1, 2

I have good and bad news! good news is I am content and happy to let go of Block of land by the DOH - chances are it was probably something to not be concerned about but i…

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happytaurus
Jan 08, 2013 9:52 pm
bashworth
bashworth
8 January 2013

Low garden tap water pressure

Low garden tap water pressure
NSW

Long run of pipe and small diameter pipes can really affect pressure. . The tap at the front always has the best pressure as its closest to the water main. A larger…

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bashworth
Jan 08, 2013 8:58 pm
bashworth
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spottie
Jan 08, 2013 8:27 pm
Chanz
Chanz
8 January 2013

Site Costs Melton - Please share your experiences

Site Costs Melton - Please share your experiences
VIC

Hi, Just wondering how much everyone is being charged for site costs in Melton? We are building in Melton West and trying to get an idea of what we may be up for? Our…

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Chanz
Jan 08, 2013 2:43 pm
stellabella
stellabella
8 January 2013

"includes 900mm stainless steel appliances" means?

"includes 900mm stainless steel appliances" means?
WA

Ours is freestanding too, gas cooktop, electric oven. Worth asking what it is for you, if you prefer one over the other!

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stellabella
Jan 08, 2013 12:09 pm
stellabella
Skyzie85
Skyzie85
8 January 2013

Buying Land

Buying Land
NSW

I don't think it's all about the slope of your land as much as its about the composition when you start digging. Our soil test had a graph of all te slopes but the primary…

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Skyzie85
Jan 07, 2013 11:10 pm
busybusy
busybusy
7 January 2013

Grout Stain on Caesarstone

Grout Stain on Caesarstone
NSW

I'd be telling your builder to replace the whole top.

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busybusy
Jan 07, 2013 10:53 pm
robin2013
robin2013
7 January 2013

FHB grant and change of house design!

FHB grant and change of house design!
VIC

We have signed the house contract on 30 June 2012 with a builder to get the FHB grant ($26500). We are building soon. But now our financial condition is changed and would…

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robin2013
Jan 07, 2013 3:37 pm
SB1113
SB1113
7 January 2013

Pre-build rubbish been dumped by another builder (& fencing)

Pre-build rubbish been dumped by another builder (& fencing)
VIC

I have a vacant land and the next door was built by Porter Davis. during their roofing stage they dumped some timber pieces and a large timber structure which went wrong…

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SB1113
Jan 07, 2013 9:38 am
kexkez
kexkez
7 January 2013

Soil Report Western Australia

Soil Report Western Australia
WA

Certainly will catch an eye. Sorry im away from a computer for a few days and cant do it but one of the other support members will if you ask. just hit the report button…

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kexkez
Jan 07, 2013 2:04 am
kexkez
bkm2009
bkm2009
6 January 2013

Solar Panels at what stage are they installed during build.

Solar Panels at what stage are they installed during build.
WA

From a building supervisor perspective, most get the solar panels and inverter box are installed just prior to handover. Due to the items are a very high theft item. If…

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bkm2009
Jan 06, 2013 10:58 pm
bkm2009
busybusybusy
busybusybusy
6 January 2013

Building the avoca by dale alcock

Building the avoca by dale alcock
WA

Treeseachanger OMG! Almost 3 years waiting for titles that is a very, very long wait. Makes me feel like my complaining isn't worth complaining about :( we put an offer on…

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busybusybusy
Jan 06, 2013 6:21 pm
lilith
lilith
6 January 2013

10m backyard is enough?

10m backyard is enough?
VIC

Excluding pergola space, we're looking at 5.7 x 16 and it's 'enough' based on our current space, so I reckon 10 x 16 would be heaps. I think flat would be more useful, tbh.

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lilith
Jan 06, 2013 12:47 pm
kylie40
kylie40
6 January 2013

Is my solution crazy?

Is my solution crazy?
NSW
1, 2

Unfortunately we can't put a skylight in because it will be the ground floor of a 2 story house. I am considering putting a fixed glass window b/n the powder room &…

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kylie40
Jan 06, 2013 8:48 am
kylie40
Ace111
Ace111
6 January 2013

Inform Home knockdown rebuild - demolition underway!

Inform Home knockdown rebuild - demolition underway!
VIC

Kjag Wondering if you have any updates on your build. We are in the process of deciding between Reno or new build. Problem is our limited budget. Our block is similar…

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Ace111
Jan 05, 2013 11:26 pm

Hope this link works but basically this is why I can't have anything else on the north. It doesn't really fit…

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lmille32
Jan 05, 2013 10:31 am
lmille32
Zalira
Zalira
4 January 2013

Potential issue....Fencing

Potential issue....Fencing
VIC

Glad it all seems to be working out okay for you jpc. Atom_ute - Thanks for answering my questions. I'm in Qld so your response was very helpful :) I vaguely remember the…

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Zalira
Jan 04, 2013 10:22 pm
Zalira
hfwangoz
hfwangoz
4 January 2013

Is it needed to find an inspector to check the quality?

Is it needed to find an inspector to check the quality?
NSW

We got an independent inspector in at frame stage ($550). Although we have an excellent relationship with our builder, we still wanted someone…

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hfwangoz
Jan 04, 2013 9:22 pm


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