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daveinthehills
daveinthehills
8 December 2012

do you think a new house must have a bath

do you think a new house must have a bath
SA

I had an idea to use the bath space for a two way makeup station (having 3 daughters, soon to be teenagers) and then for resale put in a free-standing bath later. You can…

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daveinthehills
Dec 08, 2012 8:28 pm
kerry-ann
kerry-ann
8 December 2012

Dark roofs

Dark roofs
QLD
1, 2

There is also another product -roofing blanket- which includes an insulation layer on top of the foil backing- lookup anticon. This is much more…

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kerry-ann
Dec 08, 2012 1:48 pm
lyndarumate
lyndarumate
8 December 2012

Hi... & a question on Site Costs/gradings + council permits

Hi... & a question on Site Costs/gradings + council permits
VIC

I would also suggest to finalise the site cost and have it REAL fixed site cost as this builder is known for surprice site costs after entering into contract. If you have…

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lyndarumate
Dec 08, 2012 1:37 pm
madison35
madison35
7 December 2012

Contract signing appointment...what to expect?

Contract signing appointment...what to expect?
QLD

page 3 of the Consumer building guide from Fair Trading NSW says the builder cannot appoint the PCA, yet searching thru the posts here, the consensus seems to be that it…

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madison35
Dec 07, 2012 11:04 pm
fmac
fmac
7 December 2012

Building - is it possible to increase loan after settlement?

Building - is it possible to increase loan after settlement?
QLD

We are in a similar position. We thought we had added most things to the contract and due to buying the land privately had to to our finance application etc before…

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fmac
Dec 07, 2012 8:33 pm
Charnley
Charnley
6 December 2012

Re: Building with Gemmill Homes~ so close yet so far

Re: Building with Gemmill Homes~ so close yet so far
WA
1 ... 10, 11, 12

So glad you are all moved in and enjoting your new home. Paint selctions sound lovely.

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Charnley
Dec 06, 2012 11:27 pm
Charnley
CBPH
CBPH
6 December 2012

House framing defects, saving on inspections?

House framing defects, saving on inspections?
VIC

I think what is worse than the building comission is when builders say "No problems, go to the building comission" as a retort to their shady work!

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CBPH
Dec 06, 2012 9:32 pm
Rikster
Rikster
6 December 2012

Riksters place - Kid's play area

Riksters place - Kid's play area
NSW
1 ... 34, 35, 36

Do you mind giving me the link to wher you got the spotty boxes from please? We are getting those shelves from ikea too but i dont really like…

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Rikster
Dec 06, 2012 8:48 pm
Rikster
leighton
leighton
6 December 2012

Fed up with our sustainable building designer

Fed up with our sustainable building designer
1, 2

Hi sorry to hear about your problems with the designer. Seems like a VCAT case for damages. Good luck. It is never easy. There are a couple of very specific things here.…

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leighton
Dec 06, 2012 10:21 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
6 December 2012

Narrow lot 10x30. Any help?

Narrow lot 10x30. Any help?
NSW

I love helping people with narrow block problems. Why? it is often a challenge, and I love a challenge. cheers

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leighton
Dec 06, 2012 9:53 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
6 December 2012

Poetic_slave & Lamoos25 ‘s House…our progress

Poetic_slave & Lamoos25 ‘s House…our progress
VIC
1, 2

Queries on narrow blocks are interesting. Any more here on narrow blocks?

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leighton
Dec 06, 2012 9:50 am
leighton
leighton
leighton
6 December 2012

Narrow blocks

Narrow blocks
SA

The major issue that people face with narrow blocks is the availability of an appropriately skilled and experienced designer. Enter the age of the Designer-Builder. You…

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leighton
Dec 06, 2012 9:49 am
leighton
poohbear
poohbear
6 December 2012

legal costs for land and building contract

legal costs for land and building contract
QLD

Thanks for the input guys, i was quoted for about 1000ish for going through the land contract + searches, and also another 500 for going through the building contract. I…

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poohbear
Dec 06, 2012 12:01 am
sammymac
sammymac
5 December 2012

Anyone got a WINDSPRAY or WOODLAND GREY colorbond roof?

Anyone got a WINDSPRAY or WOODLAND GREY colorbond roof?
SA
1, 2, 3

Thanks! Thats actually the facade we ended up choosing ::lol:: They wouldn't let us have a black glossy door, so we've just got a shale grey door for now.. We will paint it later :-)

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sammymac
Dec 05, 2012 10:05 pm
sammymac
najjaci
najjaci
4 December 2012

Buying land in the St Geroge area and building a duplex.

Buying land in the St Geroge area and building a duplex.
NSW

Hi all, First post, been browsing the forums for a week or two now. I'm looking at buying land within the St George area. I've found a house that really appeals to…

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najjaci
Dec 04, 2012 10:01 pm
ozzykel84
ozzykel84
4 December 2012

Byford, WA...What's it like to live there?

Byford, WA...What's it like to live there?
WA

Thanks Kerry Ann, very excited! Looking forward to the adventure however very apprehensive as I know it will be quiet a stressful time for us. We are from Qld and…

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ozzykel84
Dec 04, 2012 12:23 pm
ozzykel84
PS_Sirocco7
PS_Sirocco7
4 December 2012

Building to lockup

Building to lockup
ACT

Keep shopping around with the builders. I live in a regional area so the cost is also high for us to build. However, for around 315K Im getting a 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom,…

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PS_Sirocco7
Dec 04, 2012 9:31 am
PS_Sirocco7
arunmsel
arunmsel
3 December 2012

Elegant Living and Homes

Elegant Living and Homes
VIC

Hi All I got quotes from Elegant & Living Homes to build the House Can anyone share me your experiences with this Builder ? :th:

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arunmsel
Dec 03, 2012 11:14 pm
LaraLee
LaraLee
3 December 2012

Great Builder in Melbourne

Great Builder in Melbourne
VIC

Hi...ive noticed on this forum some people having bad experiences with builders just want to share my experience. We recently had our new house built by Xavier Homes…

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LaraLee
Dec 03, 2012 9:02 pm
Pugs
Pugs
3 December 2012

SMART WIRED

SMART WIRED
VIC

TV cabling has nothing to do with the NBN/ Smart Wiring or as it is better known as Structured Cabling ie netowrk aka Data sockets/ points

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Pugs
Dec 03, 2012 5:46 pm
Pugs
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Whytee
Dec 03, 2012 3:09 pm
jpc
jpc
3 December 2012

How much did you spend on upgrades?

How much did you spend on upgrades?
QLD

Our contract price came in $56,700 above the base price of the house however we have 29k in site costs. The majority of the extra cost was added on during quote stage…

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jpc
Dec 03, 2012 12:20 pm
moxie
moxie
3 December 2012

Help choosing a demolition company

Help choosing a demolition company
VIC

Are you in Melbourne? We have 2 quotes so far from Hughes & Demolition Depot - both similar. They were organised by our builder. We are waiting on 2 more - recommended…

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moxie
Dec 03, 2012 11:24 am
stellabella
stellabella
3 December 2012

Quote Price Vs Actual Final Price

Quote Price Vs Actual Final Price
NSW

I'm going to copy and paste my post on a different thread! Our builder had a lot of standard inclusions that seem to be extras for other companies e.g. the first lot of…

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stellabella
Dec 03, 2012 11:03 am
stellabella
delatite13
delatite13
3 December 2012

How long is your house?

How long is your house?
QLD

Grand Designs the other night the house was 60 metres long and only 6 metres wide !!!

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delatite13
Dec 03, 2012 9:59 am
delatite13
Plus1makes5
Plus1makes5
2 December 2012

Sloping block on the central coast

Sloping block on the central coast
NSW

Does anyone know of any other sloping block builders on the central coast other than Montgomery ( have not heard good things and don't like heir designs )

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Plus1makes5
Dec 02, 2012 8:08 pm
Lilac
Lilac
2 December 2012

TAUBMANS 'ATHENA' images of External render??

TAUBMANS 'ATHENA' images of External render??
NSW

Hi, I am just after some images of Athena used on external render. we have chosen this for our Portico columns, however, now the bricks are clean, I am wondering if we…

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Lilac
Dec 02, 2012 10:23 am

Hi there, we used very similar external colours to what you have mentioned above. While we didn't use the Sand Dune bricks, we did use PGH Old Teak which is actually quite…

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kjw7
Dec 01, 2012 10:58 pm
iHello
iHello
1 December 2012

Fencing Question

Fencing Question
VIC

Yes, our fences on both sides are out. We lose some on one side and gain some on the other. Only found out because we had the land re pegged to…

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iHello
Dec 01, 2012 7:38 pm
Lilac
Lilac
1 December 2012

Facade colours - Shale grey roof/chocolate bricks

Facade colours - Shale grey roof/chocolate bricks
VIC

Hi Travcol, Yours are similar to ours, although we have the grey colour through shingle tiles not colorbond and our Garage we also made surmist for the contrast against…

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Lilac
Dec 01, 2012 7:21 pm
poohbear
poohbear
1 December 2012

House west facing

House west facing
QLD
1, 2

I'd leave the linen closet upstairs, especial with 4 bedrooms on this level. Assuming in the future there will be Mum & Dad and 3 kids in the…

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poohbear
Dec 01, 2012 6:24 pm
Liliana
Liliana
1 December 2012

Eco/Sustainable Draftsperson

Eco/Sustainable Draftsperson
VIC

I can't suggest anyone but, after the experience we have had, all I can say to you is that you need to do your own research and not rely on the designer/drafstperson to…

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Liliana
Dec 01, 2012 4:08 pm
Staceys Embassy
Staceys Embassy
1 December 2012

Distance of Hotwater service to windows and doors?

Distance of Hotwater service to windows and doors?
VIC

Its a electric boosted solar hotwater service. We are building in Victoria Thanks for you help :-)

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Staceys Embassy
Dec 01, 2012 2:11 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
1 December 2012

Building the Doulton Lux Q3 Plantation Homes

Building the Doulton Lux Q3 Plantation Homes
QLD

We're just starting too. Sounds as if we're a month or so in front of you MV - taking the break into account. And just behind FP. Do you know how long they take off…

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Saint Mike
Dec 01, 2012 12:09 pm
Saint Mike
fmac
fmac
30 November 2012

What you felt when costings came back

What you felt when costings came back
WA

I'll let you know next week... We've had prestart today so waiting for the costing back. If its under $10,000 I'll do a dance! But even at that price well have to take things out.

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fmac
Nov 30, 2012 8:22 pm
fmac
fmac
30 November 2012

Hot water system advice....

Hot water system advice....
WA

Well the builder quoted $2000 to upgrade to instantaneous gas hot water so considering going with their storage system and changing it once we get keys....

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fmac
Nov 30, 2012 6:01 pm
tengals
tengals
30 November 2012

Is this normal?

Is this normal?
NSW

take legal action, that workmanship is rubbish

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tengals
Nov 30, 2012 5:09 pm
lenarufus
lenarufus
30 November 2012

Building a new home for the first time!!

Building a new home for the first time!!
NSW
1, 2

Hi Guys, I know I was speaking to my builder not long ago about different building companies that have gone in to liquidation and what…

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lenarufus
Nov 30, 2012 4:41 pm
turtleschell
turtleschell
30 November 2012

Coventry by GoodLife Homes

Coventry by GoodLife Homes
WA
1, 2

Sounds like my brickies, they are working at snail's pace... So frustrating isn't it. We were the first of a bunch to start build in our area, and we are also behind…

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turtleschell
Nov 30, 2012 2:16 pm
m80
m80
30 November 2012

MainVue Facades and Options

MainVue Facades and Options
VIC

Hi Guys Currently going through and assessing builders and the MainVue Emporio and Cullen series caught our attention. Just wanted to gauge from people what facades and…

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m80
Nov 30, 2012 10:12 am
bdd
bdd
30 November 2012

Shall I check the site after slab being done?

Shall I check the site after slab being done?
NSW

I checked and measured the slab to find that the garage was too deep encroaching on the already small powder room behind, width of the alfresco step treads too narrow and…

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bdd
Nov 30, 2012 9:29 am
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bashworth
Nov 30, 2012 5:40 am
bashworth
Pellana
Pellana
30 November 2012

Building with Simonds in Adelaide - Turin

Building with Simonds in Adelaide - Turin
SA

Hi Pales We aren't building with Simonds Homes but I am a fellow South Aussie currently building and I just wanted to say hi and I look forward to seeing and hearing more…

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Pellana
Nov 30, 2012 1:20 am
sammymac
sammymac
29 November 2012

Facade Colour Selection Need HELP!!

Facade Colour Selection Need HELP!!
SA

Wow, its a lovely grey brick! I'm jealous! I would have loved to have had a true grey brick. I think that the surfmist would look great with it! Considering you are having…

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sammymac
Nov 29, 2012 10:39 pm
sammymac
commodore6370
commodore6370
29 November 2012

Settlers Run landscaping

Settlers Run landscaping
VIC

I need about 40sqm of landscaping done once my house is completed in Settlers Run. It has quite a steep frontage but I was thinking of river stones and native plants. I…

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commodore6370
Nov 29, 2012 9:11 pm
commodore6370
commodore6370
29 November 2012

Settlers Run rear setbacks

Settlers Run rear setbacks
VIC

Has anyone had experience with the Settlers Run, Botanic ridge rear setbacks. The upstairs balcony which overlooks the golf course has to be a min of 4m from the boundry…

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commodore6370
Nov 29, 2012 9:07 pm
posss
posss
29 November 2012

Building with Fairmont Homes

Building with Fairmont Homes
SA
1, 2

Well, we've had another week of no action. Think Fairmonts tradies are off for Christmas.

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posss
Nov 29, 2012 5:13 pm
commodore6370
commodore6370
29 November 2012

Metric Alto

Metric Alto
VIC

Has anyone built the Met#ricon Alto. Im really interested in building this home and was hoping someone would have some pictures to share. Currently m'conhave no display

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commodore6370
Nov 29, 2012 3:09 pm
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Mclaren
Nov 29, 2012 12:49 pm
Mclaren
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
29 November 2012

Builder wants a witness

Builder wants a witness

Maybe, but by having everything in writing and requesting…

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SaveH2O
Nov 29, 2012 12:23 pm
SaveH2O


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