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navs
Apr 27, 2013 1:09 pm
rex777
rex777
27 April 2013

Roofing - which way to go?

Roofing - which way to go?
ACT

I'm going against the flow here and say tiles. I have lived in a house with a metal roof and when it rained, you couldn't have a conversation or watch tv - and we had…

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rex777
Apr 27, 2013 12:06 pm
rex777
33Home
33Home
27 April 2013

Corner Block Dual Occ - Shallow Site Design

Corner Block Dual Occ - Shallow Site Design
NSW

First post here and super excited to have finally found a block to build on! We are developing a corner block in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney, creating a dual occ by…

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179
33Home
Apr 27, 2013 11:30 am
MalinViktoria
MalinViktoria
27 April 2013

Internal sliding doors versus traditional doors

Internal sliding doors versus traditional doors
ACT

I think normal doors is preferable, but sometimes it's just not ideal. We have a sliding door for our ensuite, just because if we had a normal door we would lose too much…

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MalinViktoria
Apr 27, 2013 9:54 am
MalinViktoria
Vatche
Vatche
27 April 2013

Building the Masterton Palladian Manor - The journey begins.

Building the Masterton Palladian Manor - The journey begins.
NSW

I can't praise Lynne from Masterton enough. I must have run a million questions and variations past her, and nothing was too much…

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Vatche
Apr 27, 2013 9:19 am
Vatche
bridget_m
bridget_m
26 April 2013

Smart wiring...

Smart wiring...
WA

Meeting with intelligent home set up for next Friday. Luckily we haven't left it too late (just!!) still not 100% sure on what it is that we need hoping they will guide…

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773
bridget_m
Apr 26, 2013 11:40 pm
bridget_m
tim_k
tim_k
26 April 2013

Builder going over finish date

Builder going over finish date
VIC

Depends- in the contract is there allowances for extra time due to weather etc?

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tim_k
Apr 26, 2013 7:13 pm
tezzab
tezzab
26 April 2013

Internal insulation

Internal insulation
VIC

No problem. Yes, insulation will help. There may be better options, a bit pricier than Pinks, but less than " Sound Batts ". Fluffy is fine, Gold Batts, Autex or Tontine,…

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tezzab
Apr 26, 2013 5:29 pm
tezzab
-MrsM-
-MrsM-
26 April 2013

Trees within building envelope

Trees within building envelope
QLD

If it was solely up to me I'd just be forking out the extra 40k for the other block as it is completely flat, trees…

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-MrsM-
Apr 26, 2013 4:06 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
26 April 2013

22,000 l Rain Tank......Best way to use it

22,000 l Rain Tank......Best way to use it
SA

....if I were you, I'd put in a mains tap for the EverPure HiFlow filter (use it for drinking/cooking, but not cleaning/washing), and optionally…

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Pepsi_Drinker
Apr 26, 2013 2:28 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
carmania
carmania
26 April 2013

Hairline Cracks... should i be concerned?

Hairline Cracks... should i be concerned?
VIC

Hi mr.21, I am no expert. I am a tradesman and would suggest that these hairline cracks are "NORMAL" Concrete, is a very unforgiving product. As the earth/soil expands…

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carmania
Apr 26, 2013 12:42 am
kifaya
kifaya
25 April 2013

Photo Montage for Council

Photo Montage for Council
NSW

We're with Pittwater Council.

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kifaya
Apr 25, 2013 6:53 pm
kifaya
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our dream home
Apr 25, 2013 1:28 pm
MicWoo7982
MicWoo7982
25 April 2013

Color Selection at Cosham Interiors - Done!!!!

Color Selection at Cosham Interiors - Done!!!!
VIC

Hi All So sorry for the delay in replying - been so busy with work. Anyways, we've posted tons of pictures in our blog. Feel free to let us know your thoughts... :)

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MicWoo7982
Apr 25, 2013 1:20 pm
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
25 April 2013

Grout for tiles

Grout for tiles
NSW

We have white grout in our current shower and had it colour sealed by a professional. It cost a bit but it was well worth it as it simply wipes clean and it's still bright…

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266
HomeAngels
Apr 25, 2013 12:26 pm
HomeAngels
J+G
J+G
25 April 2013

Building Contract review

Building Contract review
VIC

Hi Animal, Thank you for your advice. I will definitely get my solicitor to look at it and probably get private inspector to review it also. Not sure which private…

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J+G
Apr 25, 2013 11:42 am
dragonchild
dragonchild
25 April 2013

retaining wall

retaining wall
NSW

I have a retaining wall at the back of my block - given the developer is doing the fence, I'm assuming the fence will be on top of the wall. However, what it will look…

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dragonchild
Apr 25, 2013 1:07 am
dragonchild
hachy
hachy
24 April 2013

Building in Mount Barker

Building in Mount Barker
SA

Hi, We aren't building in mt barker but nuriootpa. Our septic is costing $5200 for a 4250ltr tank.

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hachy
Apr 24, 2013 8:41 pm
hachy
hachy
hachy
24 April 2013

fencing question

fencing question
SA

Ideally yes it would be nice to get along with neighbours. Have heard that one in particular is trouble.

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hachy
Apr 24, 2013 8:28 pm
hachy
turtleschell
turtleschell
24 April 2013

Slope in liquid limestone path?

Slope in liquid limestone path?
WA

I recently had my poured limestone done, driveway and path to front door. There is a slope where the path connects to the driveway. It's a horrible slope, it looks flat on…

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133
turtleschell
Apr 24, 2013 7:38 pm
happytaurus
happytaurus
24 April 2013

Electrical company to install downlights

Electrical company to install downlights
WA

Great thank you so much! Very excited! I'm going to do some serious shopping for our downlights now :)

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happytaurus
Apr 24, 2013 12:16 pm
namweng
namweng
24 April 2013

PCI Handover Henley Homes

PCI Handover Henley Homes
VIC

Thanks for the advice guys. We are having our PCI next Tuesday. In total it would of taken about 7 months but less Xmas and supervisor swap. The new supervisor is…

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namweng
Apr 24, 2013 11:16 am
1sttimebuilding2012
1sttimebuilding2012
24 April 2013

Kellyville Ridge Valuation

Kellyville Ridge Valuation
NSW

Challenge the bank... Or maybe try a different bank... Or be like us, suck it up, it was a flat block, the right size, in the right location for us. Is the land developer…

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1sttimebuilding2012
Apr 24, 2013 10:03 am
tezzab
tezzab
24 April 2013

3D sketch programs

3D sketch programs
WA

You might try looking in the Sketchup Warehouse. Lots more like this…

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tezzab
Apr 24, 2013 12:57 am
tezzab
Jen1977
Jen1977
23 April 2013

Any info about Rawson

Any info about Rawson
NSW

Daph I have had a good experience with Rawson. We had a fixed tender from the outset and it was our choice to upgrade things, but really you could have gone with standard…

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Jen1977
Apr 23, 2013 9:56 pm
gootza
gootza
23 April 2013

How to save with building an Outdoor room?

How to save with building an Outdoor room?
VIC

the outdoor rooms start at $8000 I think so you think we would not benefit from getting them to just build out the roof? I don't really know how it works to be honest lol.…

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gootza
Apr 23, 2013 9:41 pm
gootza
oneness
oneness
23 April 2013

HELP! Telstra costs for connection after builders pre-wire?

HELP! Telstra costs for connection after builders pre-wire?
WA

I have finally found out from a very helpful lay person that Telstra can do a pre-provisioning for a future connection which is exactly what i have been trying to find…

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663
oneness
Apr 23, 2013 9:19 pm
Juv
Juv
23 April 2013

How much discounts have you received from your builder?

How much discounts have you received from your builder?
WA

I think that with all the positives it is still wise to cross check things. Builders are in business to make money and necessarily must mark…

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Juv
Apr 23, 2013 9:07 pm
tonyattheponds
tonyattheponds
23 April 2013

Roof / Brick Colours

Roof / Brick Colours
NSW

thanks, yep i've been driving past there every week =)

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tonyattheponds
Apr 23, 2013 8:24 pm
dragonchild
dragonchild
23 April 2013

dragonchild's very own land/build thread!

dragonchild's very own land/build thread!
VIC

Just pulling this up to say that I have updated my blog again; I have had an insanely busy few months but time marches on and if I don't pay attention to my plans, I'll…

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dragonchild
Apr 23, 2013 5:59 pm
dragonchild
fievel
fievel
23 April 2013

How long is too long?

How long is too long?
NSW
1, 2

But prob gonna stick with laminate tops for the bathroom now...all the little top ups add up to too much money

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fievel
Apr 23, 2013 4:06 pm
fievel
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MrsT12
Apr 23, 2013 2:42 pm
MrsT12
atom_ute
atom_ute
23 April 2013

Building the first home

Building the first home
VIC

Congrats Mpp. Building (particularly your first home) can be a long, frustrating experience - but ultimately a very rewarding one. As other have pointed out, we can't…

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atom_ute
Apr 23, 2013 2:29 pm
atom_ute
zstoimenov
zstoimenov
23 April 2013

The Lismore - by Ross North Homes

The Lismore - by Ross North Homes
WA

We are also building the Lismore with Ross North. Would love to see your plans for ideas :)

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zstoimenov
Apr 23, 2013 11:26 am
zstoimenov
grumblebum54
grumblebum54
23 April 2013

HELP!!! Which way do we position our Living & Alfresco Areas

HELP!!! Which way do we position our Living & Alfresco Areas
NSW

I used to live in SW Sydney and all the crappy weather came from the south so when there is rain and wind anything in that outdoor area will get drenched and no doors…

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grumblebum54
Apr 23, 2013 9:43 am
grumblebum54
nickvee
nickvee
23 April 2013

Boral Storm brick

Boral Storm brick
VIC

We are using it as our feature brick. If you watch our thread by next week these should be complete :) Also,…

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nickvee
Apr 23, 2013 8:34 am
nickvee
leni
leni
23 April 2013

Kitchen Overhead Cupboards - same material or glass?

Kitchen Overhead Cupboards - same material or glass?
WA

im not a fan of glass, as you can see all your messy stuff. I prefer white overheads or matching other cabinetry. But it doesn't matter what we like.. what do you like?!

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leni
Apr 23, 2013 12:36 am
leni
turtleschell
turtleschell
22 April 2013

Internal door handles

Internal door handles
NSW

I got bright chrome. I love them, they look fantastic. They really set off the doors. I always handle them with wet or greasy fingers and they still look fine. But I've…

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turtleschell
Apr 22, 2013 8:16 pm
Ryza82
Ryza82
22 April 2013

Cambletown council approval

Cambletown council approval
NSW

Anyone building in the Cambletown region? My plans are in council ATM and I wanted to find out from some other people how long it took. I know it can range a lot between…

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Ryza82
Apr 22, 2013 7:39 pm
jamt007
jamt007
22 April 2013

home size

home size
WA

ddarroch, finally got plan together then found an old post (this one) and you spoke about SIP's - will email builder right now :) for costs, I got a base price of $50000 for…

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jamt007
Apr 22, 2013 5:00 pm
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1rocky
Apr 22, 2013 3:09 pm
Liliana
Liliana
22 April 2013

Northern Rivers deck tiles

Northern Rivers deck tiles

Has anyone out there any experience of this product and can share their experience? http://www.northernriverstimber.com.au/ ... anels.html

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Liliana
Apr 22, 2013 11:03 am
VivianN
VivianN
22 April 2013

Worth rendering front facade?

Worth rendering front facade?
VIC

Thanks for the comments guys! I think I'll be more decisive after I see what the damage is post electrical appointment.

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VivianN
Apr 22, 2013 10:07 am
building-expert
building-expert
21 April 2013

Building a new home? Do you know what's cooking?

Building a new home? Do you know what's cooking?
VIC

This post is about "approved plans". It's a term used to describe a set of documents approved and stamped by building surveyor and forming your building permit Typically…

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building-expert
Apr 21, 2013 9:26 pm
building-expert
Sharkfan22
Sharkfan22
21 April 2013

Wincrest

Wincrest
NSW

We have just completed our home with Wincrest and were very happy with them. I realize this thread is old, but just for search sake.

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Sharkfan22
Apr 21, 2013 7:30 pm
1rocky
1rocky
21 April 2013

1st build- downward slope. Prelim plans- opinions please!

1st build- downward slope. Prelim plans- opinions please!
QLD

thanks konrad our garage is similar size to yours at 9.5m x6m and height is about 12 foot to ceilings at moment have not had the cars drive up but only car would need…

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1rocky
Apr 21, 2013 2:45 pm
Forg
Forg
21 April 2013

Townhouse Vs SingleStory

Townhouse Vs SingleStory
VIC

There's no way to answer your "how much would it cost" question. We've been quoted from $250k and $1.2m to build a 2-storey house of the same size (as each other) on our…

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Forg
Apr 21, 2013 11:57 am
singhk
singhk
21 April 2013

Driveway with builder or later

Driveway with builder or later
VIC

Thanks all, I will check if I have to get the council permission to extend driveway near the footpath. As there is existing footpath and crossover from council. I did…

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singhk
Apr 21, 2013 9:00 am
happytaurus
happytaurus
20 April 2013

Meeting with potential builders - questions to ask?

Meeting with potential builders - questions to ask?
WA

Not sure if you have been pointed in the direction of reading up on things to remember... Page 27... READ IT - it will be your bible and really left your knowledge about…

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happytaurus
Apr 20, 2013 11:12 pm
Lurgen
Lurgen
20 April 2013

Advice - what to include in finance application?

Advice - what to include in finance application?
WA

Window coverings, paving, fencing, air conditioning, and a third-party inspector for each build phase. HD

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Lurgen
Apr 20, 2013 7:55 pm
Lurgen


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