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DeeMM
Mar 22, 2013 7:39 pm
knockdownvic
knockdownvic
22 March 2013

Bricks - Opinions & photos of external colour schemes wanted

Bricks - Opinions & photos of external colour schemes wanted
VIC

We went homestead tan for brick, woodland grey for gutters and dune for windows

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knockdownvic
Mar 22, 2013 7:09 pm
uew87
uew87
21 March 2013

Building a Stamford by Simonds

Building a Stamford by Simonds
VIC

oh great RavenRetreat. Look forward to seeing the pictures of your house

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uew87
Mar 21, 2013 4:03 pm
housebythewater
housebythewater
21 March 2013

Top 5 things to raise with builder before signing?

Top 5 things to raise with builder before signing?
WA

We are at the same point as you - trying to get it as right as possible before signing and being at the mercy of a builder. So far, I think the big dollar items we'll be…

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housebythewater
Mar 21, 2013 3:46 pm
housebythewater
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
21 March 2013

LED Downlights after handover

LED Downlights after handover
NSW

Look up the threads on D/Ls - amazing stuff !!!

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Saint Mike
Mar 21, 2013 3:06 pm
Saint Mike
OurLindrum52
OurLindrum52
21 March 2013

Building a 2 storey house with M3tric0n - timeframe?

Building a 2 storey house with M3tric0n - timeframe?
NSW

You have to check your contract as it will be stated in there. We built two storey with M and our build time in contract was 422 days from memory. Site start was in…

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OurLindrum52
Mar 21, 2013 1:34 pm
rawg
rawg
21 March 2013

First Home Builder - Looking for info

First Home Builder - Looking for info
VIC

Hi Guys, Newbie here and I am interested in building our first home and was going through this site last few days to get some info. Site is quite informative and gained a…

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rawg
Mar 21, 2013 10:22 am
Novice8
Novice8
21 March 2013

Builder still hasn't started.

Builder still hasn't started.
NSW
1, 2

Hi there, our builder has 310 days to build and after that time they pay $250 p/w they go over. We are building a 2 story house as…

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Novice8
Mar 21, 2013 8:32 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
21 March 2013

Specials - free upgrades from builders (I am in WA)

Specials - free upgrades from builders (I am in WA)
WA

Don't think your going to get any specials anytime soon, the building companies have picked up a lot in the past 12 months, the same house I got is…

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Saint Mike
Mar 21, 2013 6:56 am
Saint Mike
fmac
fmac
20 March 2013

Robes - leave them in or sub contract after hand over

Robes - leave them in or sub contract after hand over
WA

We deleted our but it was to get freestanding wardrobes later (very small rooms so makes furniture place,eat easier in the future. Ask for the cost of upgrading. Most…

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fmac
Mar 20, 2013 6:38 pm
atom_ute
atom_ute
20 March 2013

Can I do the timber floors myself?

Can I do the timber floors myself?
NSW

Only issue you might encounter is with the skirting boards. Just ask your builder to cut paint, but not install. That way you'll get a nice clean look around the…

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atom_ute
Mar 20, 2013 4:39 pm
atom_ute
energylab
energylab
20 March 2013

Energy rating

Energy rating
VIC

Give yourself a point for: Aspect; Roof Insulation; Window coverings; Wall insulation; LED Lighting; Solar power - Electric and/or…

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energylab
Mar 20, 2013 3:37 pm
RavenRetreat
RavenRetreat
20 March 2013

Cascades on Clyde

Cascades on Clyde
1 ... 22, 23, 24

What part of Cascades are you looking at. We are in stage 24 and nearly at key handover.

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RavenRetreat
Mar 20, 2013 3:01 pm
RavenRetreat
sunct
sunct
20 March 2013

Henley Monaco options

Henley Monaco options
VIC
1, 2

Hello... we just received our contract from Henley it states 260 days extimated for build including delays.... is that right for everyone else?

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sunct
Mar 20, 2013 7:57 am
NovaVista
NovaVista
20 March 2013

Merlot with Terrazza - Beechwood (Newcastle)

Merlot with Terrazza - Beechwood (Newcastle)
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

I'm glad it wasn't too late. Good luck with your final tender! If you have any other questions as you go feel free to post them up.

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NovaVista
Mar 20, 2013 7:18 am
Forg
Forg
20 March 2013

Really stupid questions......

Really stupid questions......
VIC

There are also sometimes rules around front door placement that would stop you from moving the door like that. We were looking at side-entrance houses so as not to have a…

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Forg
Mar 20, 2013 7:16 am
Lilac
Lilac
20 March 2013

Has anyone built with Kurmond Homes ?

Has anyone built with Kurmond Homes ?
NSW

Thanks Doohan - I do love my bath! We ended up spending more. Kurmond gave us a hefty allowance out of our build (internal/external) but it's a big home. We have spent…

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Lilac
Mar 19, 2013 11:38 pm
d@n
d@n
19 March 2013

External Colours

External Colours
NSW

It's important to know what you like.…

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d@n
Mar 19, 2013 4:48 pm
delatite13
delatite13
19 March 2013

Solar Hot Water - Electric Boost

Solar Hot Water - Electric Boost
NSW

Like all storage systems it is thermostat controlled. Unless controlled by a timer the electric boost will only come on when the water temp drops below the required…

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delatite13
Mar 19, 2013 1:09 pm
delatite13
energylab
energylab
19 March 2013

Sarking Installation Question

Sarking Installation Question
NSW

Roof sarking has little effect on the energy rating.

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energylab
Mar 19, 2013 11:04 am
leighton
leighton
19 March 2013

Is anyone building or built with LP Warren Homes

Is anyone building or built with LP Warren Homes
VIC

I can honestly say that I have never heard anything bad about them, and that is I guess a recommendation of some sort, isn't? I cannot say I know of anyone who did build…

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leighton
Mar 19, 2013 5:06 am
leighton
Agape
Agape
18 March 2013

Contract Negotiation - Liquidation Damages

Contract Negotiation - Liquidation Damages
VIC

Thank you so much for your responses, it has given me something to think about ... the build time is something that definitely impacted on the choice of this builder -…

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Agape
Mar 18, 2013 8:44 pm
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WildwoodDream
Mar 18, 2013 4:59 pm
Agape
Agape
18 March 2013

Any build on a block 10.5M WIDTH

Any build on a block 10.5M WIDTH
VIC

Our block is 312m2. We ended up going with a custom build, because we couldn't find anything we really liked. There is info in my signature

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Agape
Mar 18, 2013 12:00 pm
Lethe
Lethe
18 March 2013

Bulding a Flute with HBC Home Buyers Centre

Bulding a Flute with HBC Home Buyers Centre
WA

We also just signed up with HBC to build a flute for our first home in Baldivis would be interested in the conversation.

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Lethe
Mar 18, 2013 1:03 am
Lethe
Belle22
Belle22
17 March 2013

Building our first home in WA!! Advice needed!

Building our first home in WA!! Advice needed!
WA

Hi firsthomenewbie, There's a handy book you can download for free through iTunes called The Keys to Building a Home. Even though we have built before, you never stop…

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Belle22
Mar 17, 2013 10:26 pm
Belle22
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
17 March 2013

For those who have done a KDR, how empty was your house

For those who have done a KDR, how empty was your house
NSW

Will depend on your demolition contractor. Ask them! We left a whole bunch of crap but we asked the contractor first whether it was ok. Some of the stuff ended up being…

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Bluesuede
Mar 17, 2013 6:59 pm
Bluesuede
DeeMM
DeeMM
17 March 2013

Anyone building with GJ Gardner Homes Illawarra?

Anyone building with GJ Gardner Homes Illawarra?
NSW

Its seems this must be a local issue. I am less than a month away from our handover with GJ's up in SEQld and have been extremely happy with them. They have been prompt…

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DeeMM
Mar 17, 2013 9:10 am
bantyg
bantyg
16 March 2013

Need to build 3 Storey in land @ Blacktown - Where to Start

Need to build 3 Storey in land @ Blacktown - Where to Start
NSW

Hi Everybody, I need to build a 3 storey house in Blacktown NSW I do have existing house there which will be knowked down, I am still searchign for exisiting 3 sotrey…

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bantyg
Mar 16, 2013 10:41 pm
chripark69
chripark69
16 March 2013

Site supervisors

Site supervisors
QLD

And when you do contact them, the construction manager calls you a pain in the arse!!! In all fairness our SS never rang however if we text him a question he would always…

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chripark69
Mar 16, 2013 1:05 pm
chripark69
maddutchman
maddutchman
15 March 2013

Slab issues

Slab issues
VIC

will be patched with concrete, i am assuming it will be tiled?

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maddutchman
Mar 15, 2013 8:39 pm
maddutchman
The DA Crew
The DA Crew
15 March 2013

Building with Dale Alcock in Wattle Grove

Building with Dale Alcock in Wattle Grove
WA
1, 2, 3

Hi Angelag. Sorry to hear about the colour issue you're faced with - could you please send me a private message with your details and job number so I can look into this…

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The DA Crew
Mar 15, 2013 4:06 pm
The DA Crew

The latter ... existing pole but they have dug underground and put a temporary 'thingy' up for the build. As shown in this photo here on the…

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cinder
Mar 15, 2013 3:57 pm
cinder

Good and Bad - I got Occupancy Certificate issued however with Building Order to 1.Fix AJ's, 2.Weep Holes and 3. To get Engineer report that…

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building-expert
Mar 15, 2013 3:45 pm
building-expert
Mclaren
Mclaren
15 March 2013

Building the Monaco by Dechellis

Building the Monaco by Dechellis
SA
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Hi Monaco - you will need your magnifying glass ... we just discovered (after living here for almost 18 months) that the downlights in the two hall niches are not centred…

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Mclaren
Mar 15, 2013 2:10 pm
Mclaren
Olly12
Olly12
15 March 2013

Wanneroo Council

Wanneroo Council
WA

Hi guys I'm building in Catalina On a small block so it has to have planning approval, there telling me 6 weeks worst case has any one gone through the planning approval…

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Olly12
Mar 15, 2013 12:03 pm
Amber40ishau
Amber40ishau
14 March 2013

How big is your backyard

How big is your backyard
VIC
1, 2

Mine is 14m deep x 12m wide. Enuff for me and the dogs[/quote I think you told me that you built with Trubuilt homes? Is that in Arnold Creek? Have…

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Amber40ishau
Mar 14, 2013 5:14 pm
Amber40ishau
lmille32
lmille32
14 March 2013

External louvres/shutters

External louvres/shutters
NSW

Oh ok, fair enough. Unfortunately I don't know of anything but I hope you find something. Otherwise perhaps deciduous vine or a solar pergola for some of the windows? I'm…

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lmille32
Mar 14, 2013 4:15 pm
lmille32
Jm14
Jm14
14 March 2013

Anyone building in arbourlea estate?

Anyone building in arbourlea estate?
QLD

Hi there! We reserved a land in arbourlea, just wondering if anyone here have purchase in the same estate.

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Jm14
Mar 14, 2013 12:38 pm
Mishelby
Mishelby
14 March 2013

Is anyone building in Waterford Estate, Melton?

Is anyone building in Waterford Estate, Melton?
VIC

I am about to commence building with Simonds homes & have my colour selection appointment in a fortnight. I'm a first time builder. Any advice?

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Mishelby
Mar 14, 2013 12:07 pm
dakr
dakr
13 March 2013

Wall panelling supplier and installer

Wall panelling supplier and installer
WA

Hi all, Would anyone know a company that can supply and/or install wall panelling in Perth? I'm trying to achieve the look shown below. It's called wainscoting in…

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dakr
Mar 13, 2013 9:39 pm
forest2012
forest2012
13 March 2013

benchtops???

benchtops???
SA

I don't think it matters if the kitchen has a different bench finish than the bathrooms. Maybe that's because I will have different vanities in each of my bathrooms :) -…

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forest2012
Mar 13, 2013 9:06 pm
tim_k
tim_k
13 March 2013

Big Builder promotions.

Big Builder promotions.
VIC

Xmas seems to be a quiet time from what I've seen- with everyone saving their money.. And sometimes around July - financial year.

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tim_k
Mar 13, 2013 7:56 pm
Nazifibobcat
Nazifibobcat
13 March 2013

Stormwater

Stormwater
SA

I have done drainage in the past here in melbourne, sometimes stormwater gets done before handover... but sometimes we did sewer drains and stormwater at the same time and…

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Nazifibobcat
Mar 13, 2013 7:48 pm
pooks83
pooks83
13 March 2013

Anyone built with Homebuyers Centre (& Resolve) in VIC?

Anyone built with Homebuyers Centre (& Resolve) in VIC?
VIC

Hi davidgraywright, Thanks for your response and I'm sorry to hear your finance fell through. I lodged my loan with Resolve Finance last night so I will find out about…

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pooks83
Mar 13, 2013 7:38 pm
pooks83
Marmalade
Marmalade
13 March 2013

Anyone at Hidden Waters or Sanctuary, Fletcher NSW around?

Anyone at Hidden Waters or Sanctuary, Fletcher NSW around?
NSW

very nice house choice! We're also first time builders like many others on here and have narrowed it down to the EB lawson24 or the Allcastle Neworth Thornton 25 (and are…

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Marmalade
Mar 13, 2013 7:21 pm
bashworth
bashworth
13 March 2013

Lock up to Handover - Homebuyers centre WA

Lock up to Handover - Homebuyers centre WA
WA

I good guide is the house is around half finished at Lock up so double the time from the start on site.

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bashworth
Mar 13, 2013 4:50 pm
bashworth


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