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Novice8
Novice8
17 January 2013

Timber or Tiles - Pros & Cons

Timber or Tiles - Pros & Cons
NSW

Friends of ours have 4 children and have bamboo flooring - it's higher quality (from the range available) and it's worn really well - very…

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Novice8
Jan 17, 2013 7:38 pm
NOR-TTJ
NOR-TTJ
17 January 2013

Building with 101 Res. (WA) - WE ARE IN!

Building with 101 Res. (WA) - WE ARE IN!
WA
1 ... 11, 12, 13

Hi, Leighlou, What design did you go for with 101? Do you like their service? Are there much hidden cost? Thanks TT

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NOR-TTJ
Jan 17, 2013 7:22 pm
bradster181
bradster181
17 January 2013

Suggestion of builders for double storey home in Perth

Suggestion of builders for double storey home in Perth
WA

We are building with a sister builder of Perth Home Builders and have been very happy to date. Check them out at http://www.perthhomebuilders.net.au/

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bradster181
Jan 17, 2013 5:55 pm
bradster181
sarzza
sarzza
17 January 2013

JG King ZEST Facade...anyone got it?

JG King ZEST Facade...anyone got it?
VIC

hi, I really really hope you get this since u posted this so long ago.. we are building and are using the zest façade.. in the picture of the rendering it looks like…

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sarzza
Jan 17, 2013 4:14 pm
Dpat
Dpat
17 January 2013

Lyndarum 'proposed' Aquatic Centre

Lyndarum 'proposed' Aquatic Centre
VIC

It is false advertising and needs to be followed up for sure. The master plan for which link is provided by 'humble' is the new one.....the old one says 'Proposed…

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Dpat
Jan 17, 2013 3:12 pm
cinder
cinder
17 January 2013

Bathroom panelling

Bathroom panelling
VIC

I got a good response from Mel guys so thanks for the recommendation. Now, to get the builder on board with what I want!

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cinder
Jan 17, 2013 11:44 am
cinder
Smiely
Smiely
17 January 2013

Fairhaven Homes: Building in Livingston Cranbourne

Fairhaven Homes: Building in Livingston Cranbourne
VIC

Hi there, We're building next doors in ParksEdge :) Just saying hi! How far away from completion are you? x Smiely.

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Smiely
Jan 17, 2013 11:23 am
Daedalus
Daedalus
17 January 2013

Roof Tile Concrete Colour

Roof Tile Concrete Colour
WA

Hi All, We just recently had our roof tiles laid, the roof tiles are monier primes wildrice colour. THe concrete used on the corner tiles to hold them together is yellow,…

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Daedalus
Jan 17, 2013 9:51 am
Daedalus
srod
srod
17 January 2013

Is it OK to go on a long holiday during construction?

Is it OK to go on a long holiday during construction?
NSW

Hi all, Belated thanks for your replies to this discussion! SRod

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srod
Jan 17, 2013 6:53 am
ShdowKat
ShdowKat
16 January 2013

Pantry Doors - Painted not Laminated??

Pantry Doors - Painted not Laminated??
WA
1, 2

Can't wait to see it all finished...we've been living in the tiniest flat, with the tiniest kitchen for so long...we won't know ourselves.

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ShdowKat
Jan 16, 2013 10:34 pm
ShdowKat
PADAMS2012
PADAMS2012
16 January 2013

builder making changes/variations during build-advice please

builder making changes/variations during build-advice please
SA

It would rub me to wrong way to know it was an oversight and not being told about it then wanting client to pay for such a variation. So it's a variation when they see…

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PADAMS2012
Jan 16, 2013 6:58 pm
Bucket75
Bucket75
16 January 2013

Cracked walls - need brick veneer advice! Perth...

Cracked walls - need brick veneer advice! Perth...
WA

It seems you ask about cracks & using brick veneer & your builder runs for the hills! Or at least wont return your calls. EVERY house I have been into in Perth has…

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Bucket75
Jan 16, 2013 3:27 pm
Jen1977
Jen1977
16 January 2013

Games Room with Double Sliding Doors?

Games Room with Double Sliding Doors?
SA

We are having a games area at the back of our house, it has two sets of triple glass stacker doors. We will have a pool table and an air hockey table and I have never…

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Jen1977
Jan 16, 2013 3:03 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
16 January 2013

Sarking?

Sarking?
NSW

Search for sarking and see the threads that come up ... I wish we had got sarking on the wall that faces the hot afternoon sun I am sure it would have made a lot of…

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Mclaren
Jan 16, 2013 9:24 am
Mclaren
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
16 January 2013

Pre agreement contract and fixed price contract

Pre agreement contract and fixed price contract
WA

My understanding is that most contracts are fixed price but this doesn't include the siteworks unless you come to an agreement with the builder after specifically asking…

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xxkatxx
Jan 16, 2013 1:18 am
our dream home
our dream home
16 January 2013

Help with choosing render colour for my house

Help with choosing render colour for my house
VIC

Good luck we are at lockup stage also but No render . We went with the savannah facade. What facade did u pick ?

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our dream home
Jan 15, 2013 11:34 pm
myviolet
myviolet
15 January 2013

how much discount we normally get before signing the tender

how much discount we normally get before signing the tender
NSW

thanks for those who taken time to share their experiences with us!

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myviolet
Jan 15, 2013 8:48 pm
shellbelle
shellbelle
15 January 2013

Building The Harvard 271 With Dennis Family

Building The Harvard 271 With Dennis Family
VIC

LOL yes we are :-) i have been very slack in updating this site... oh well it is sooooo exciting to be finally in. where abouts are you building? and have you joind the…

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shellbelle
Jan 15, 2013 6:24 pm
nev25
nev25
15 January 2013

Freestanding oven question...

Freestanding oven question...
VIC

To be cheeky - does anyone subscribe to Choice and if so can they tell me the top 3 freestanding ovens and their overall scores? Sorry if that…

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nev25
Jan 15, 2013 5:57 pm
nev25
PHunter
PHunter
15 January 2013

Problems with construction next door

Problems with construction next door
VIC

I wouldn't be postponing my works because of the builder next door though its probably best not to move it yourself as that could get you…

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PHunter
Jan 15, 2013 5:38 pm
Nicci
Nicci
15 January 2013

Scott Park or Celebration Homes?

Scott Park or Celebration Homes?
WA
1, 2, 3

Lucy, we are building the monte carlo with changes too.. very similar still.. are you still active? hows the progress.. seeing as i ddint have a display to go through was…

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Nicci
Jan 15, 2013 3:42 pm
bjr
bjr
15 January 2013

Subdivision in Elsternwick... Newbie

Subdivision in Elsternwick... Newbie
VIC

Hi, I have a regular suburban block (700sqm) in Elsternwick that i am looking to subdivide. Why do most people put 2 townhouses on such a block? Why not 3 or more? I am…

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bjr
Jan 15, 2013 11:01 am
bjr
bjr
15 January 2013

Townhouse project in Burwood....a newbie in this trade!

Townhouse project in Burwood....a newbie in this trade!
VIC

Hi, I have a similar property in Elsternwick. 686sqm. Thinking of going down a similar path to you guys. I am thinking of the best way to maximise space/profit. Did…

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bjr
Jan 15, 2013 10:34 am
akashra
akashra
15 January 2013

Developer Incentives - Landscaping

Developer Incentives - Landscaping
WA

It depends if that landscaping budget means or requires you to use a professional to do the work. A $4k landscaping budget for me to do the work would get a huge amount…

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akashra
Jan 15, 2013 9:12 am
lynnemic01
lynnemic01
15 January 2013

concreting/fencing

concreting/fencing
VIC

Hi, about to build at the avenue casey and would like some contacts for concreting and fencing. Regards Michael

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lynnemic01
Jan 15, 2013 7:36 am
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
15 January 2013

Polypropylene Soakwells - good or bad?

Polypropylene Soakwells - good or bad?
WA

Congrats! So much information available on google. just check http://www.soakwells.com/polypropylene-soakwells.html I've copied and pasted the table of benefits…

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xxkatxx
Jan 15, 2013 12:36 am
Mario Matassa
Mario Matassa
14 January 2013

Young couples home - designing stage, need advice please !

Young couples home - designing stage, need advice please !
VIC
1, 2

With small footprint homes it is always better to open plan the genral living areas. Definately change the island bench in unit 1.

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Mario Matassa
Jan 14, 2013 9:58 pm
1330ascent
1330ascent
14 January 2013

Soil test results - slab outcome?

Soil test results - slab outcome?
VIC

Hey everyone, We are waiting on our block to settle (hopefully march) in bellrise park. Our building contract allows for an M class slab, but we are thinking this will…

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1330ascent
Jan 14, 2013 9:35 pm
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spottie
Jan 14, 2013 8:52 pm
spottie
spottie
14 January 2013

Construction period - when does it begin?

Construction period - when does it begin?
VIC

Ours was 20 weeks from when the slab was poured (as stated in our contract)

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spottie
Jan 14, 2013 8:21 pm
stellabella
stellabella
14 January 2013

Hebel construction feedback

Hebel construction feedback
VIC

Hi! It's my thread that MV posted above :) we are currently building a Hebel house, and living in my parents' house, which is also Hebel. The insulation is amazing, cool in…

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stellabella
Jan 14, 2013 8:17 pm
stellabella
MalinViktoria
MalinViktoria
14 January 2013

Electricity meter box

Electricity meter box
SA

We were given an option to use EA or arrange our own energy company, but in the case of EA, there was no contract involved, they just get you started and then you can tell…

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MalinViktoria
Jan 14, 2013 6:42 pm
MalinViktoria
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


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