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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
1 ... 8, 9, 10

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
Megs25
Megs25
3 June 2013

gas or electric oven?

gas or electric oven?
SA

but aren't gas ovens these days also fan forced? the,one in our rental is...

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Megs25
Jun 03, 2013 3:25 pm
Forg
Forg
3 June 2013

Is there something between volume and custom builder?

Is there something between volume and custom builder?

IMHO you can achieve the goals you have stated by going with a project (volume) builder, or a custom builder. My belief is, currently, after doing the run-around quite a…

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Forg
Jun 03, 2013 3:12 pm
Zeedi
Zeedi
3 June 2013

Custom Builder in Sydney Area, NSW?

Custom Builder in Sydney Area, NSW?
NSW

Hi quedee_au, Did you happen to find any? I am in the same situation as u r 6 months ago.. Thanks

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Zeedi
Jun 03, 2013 2:56 pm
Matt+Jo
Matt+Jo
3 June 2013

Our tri-level build ~ LOCKUP & BEYOND! LOTS of pics pg 8.

Our tri-level build ~ LOCKUP & BEYOND! LOTS of pics pg 8.
VIC
1 ... 7, 8, 9

Thanks Rocky! It has really come along in the last few months, were both very happy.... :) now we're just itching to move in and get out of our scummy rental!!

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Matt+Jo
Jun 03, 2013 12:54 pm
Matt+Jo
building-expert
building-expert
3 June 2013

Builder to project manage my building.

Builder to project manage my building.
NSW

I think you need to take a cold shower! (Metaphorically speaking) Firstly, you can't get the discounts on labour and material that volume builders can. They have built…

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building-expert
Jun 03, 2013 12:50 pm
building-expert
Paula24
Paula24
2 June 2013

BAMBOO FLOORING

BAMBOO FLOORING
SA

Thanks i have done it. paula

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Paula24
Jun 02, 2013 10:33 pm
baferreri
baferreri
2 June 2013

Ebony Place Carrum Downs

Ebony Place Carrum Downs
VIC

Hi All, Is anyone building in Ebony Place Carrum Downs? Haven't found it on here and just want to see if there have been any unexpected issues along the way.. We are…

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baferreri
Jun 02, 2013 10:30 pm
jcbissor
jcbissor
2 June 2013

Lakelands

Lakelands
WA

Just wondering if anyone is building in lakelands? We're just starting our journey, visited our pile of sand today and saw so many sold blocks - wonder if any of you are…

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jcbissor
Jun 02, 2013 10:15 pm
jcbissor
Bridezilla
Bridezilla
2 June 2013

Building a Mirvac Home in Spring Farm

Building a Mirvac Home in Spring Farm
NSW

Anybody building in the Stage 3 release? We have put our deposit and picked our home - so far happy with everything :)

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Bridezilla
Jun 02, 2013 8:08 pm
Arfur
Arfur
2 June 2013

Door hinges stainless steel with PVD or solid brass with PVD

Door hinges stainless steel with PVD or solid brass with PVD
QLD

Hi all - decided to install gold colored hinges, door knobs etc in our new house. Could anyone suggest which hardware material will hold up best for exterior doors -…

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Arfur
Jun 02, 2013 4:34 pm
Stormy
Stormy
2 June 2013

Wool or Synthetic Carpet?

Wool or Synthetic Carpet?
QLD

I have a mix of both. 80% wool, 20% acrylic. 3 out of 4 people in my home are asthmatics/allergy sufferers and we don't have an issue at all. In fact , we are healthier…

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Stormy
Jun 02, 2013 9:03 am
Stormy
building-expert
building-expert
1 June 2013

How many inspections did you have?

How many inspections did you have?
NSW

Hi animal BEA are insurance brokers + builder's agents. I have not had much to do with them and have nothing adverse to say but: As builders agents their first duty is to…

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building-expert
Jun 01, 2013 10:42 pm
building-expert


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