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mgilla
mgilla
23 April 2012

FIxout Payment

FIxout Payment
NSW

What was the contract used that only left 3% after fixout? I haven't filled a HIA contract out for a while but from memory there's at least 15% left after fixout. But…

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mgilla
Apr 23, 2012 1:10 pm
BradS
BradS
23 April 2012

Builder painted handrails gloss white instead of staining!!!

Builder painted handrails gloss white instead of staining!!!
VIC

I guess if you had an email or something telling them it was to be stained you may be able to work something out with the builder, but i guess its been signed off on so…

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BradS
Apr 23, 2012 8:30 am
mgilla
mgilla
23 April 2012

Driveway, stamped or stenciled?

Driveway, stamped or stenciled?

Stenciled will give you more options for pattern, where stamped will limit you to what ever stamps the concretor has. Saying that I can't remember the last time I seen a…

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mgilla
Apr 23, 2012 7:37 am
snowing
snowing
23 April 2012

changes to prelim stage plans - whats the cost?????

changes to prelim stage plans - whats the cost?????
QLD

At early stage, these kind of changes will happen. I would suggest you play with your prelim design and identify the more significant changes first. Since you have a…

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snowing
Apr 23, 2012 4:31 am
Lisie89
Lisie89
22 April 2012

Building Piara Waters/Harrisdale/Forrestdale?

Building Piara Waters/Harrisdale/Forrestdale?
WA
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Yeah that's the one I'm talking about so it's an oval :) the shopping centre doesn't sound too far away.

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Lisie89
Apr 22, 2012 5:32 pm
ItalianGlassDecor
ItalianGlassDecor
22 April 2012

Couldn't find the right Lighting solution

Couldn't find the right Lighting solution
SA

Hi Everyone When I built my first home, lighting was a HUGE problem as my wife and I at the time could not find anything that really suited our Decor solutions. Problems…

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ItalianGlassDecor
Apr 22, 2012 1:57 pm
ItalianGlassDecor
SunshineT
SunshineT
21 April 2012

Double doors into home theatre? Or single?

Double doors into home theatre? Or single?
WA
1, 2

If north is directly in the corner where the Alfresco is then bingo! that is the perfect solar orientation. All your living areas are facing beautifully north. If West is…

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SunshineT
Apr 21, 2012 9:23 pm
SunshineT
rajan_g4
rajan_g4
21 April 2012

Terracedale25 - Clarendon Homes - pic updates !

Terracedale25 - Clarendon Homes - pic updates !
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

hey Bindi Sorry, hadnt checked this forum for a while. I kinda gave up posting on this forum since Nov. Things were going everywhere especially during the final stages of…

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rajan_g4
Apr 21, 2012 8:33 pm
rajan_g4
akashra
akashra
21 April 2012

Building with hebel on poles

Building with hebel on poles
SA

Whatever is standard in Metricoin's Allegra range. I think that's C2 or C3 with the current promo?

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akashra
Apr 21, 2012 4:24 pm
SunshineT
SunshineT
21 April 2012

Can you help us decide between two builders?

Can you help us decide between two builders?
VIC

Scout - we have a similar odd shaped triangular block to you. As you have discovered, going the independent route is the best way to go. To our surprise (and I always…

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SunshineT
Apr 21, 2012 10:03 am
SunshineT
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
21 April 2012

meeting with ss next week, just quick question guys

meeting with ss next week, just quick question guys
VIC

No not really as our tradies are generally doing a pretty good job (except for the painters apparently as the SS isn't happy with them) - the inspector was surprised at…

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cmhamilton
Apr 21, 2012 9:43 am
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
20 April 2012

"Classic" kitchen colours

"Classic" kitchen colours
WA
1, 2, 3

Mclaren, I'll look into the normal slider closer to the time. We've just found out that titles may not issue until March 2013 ::: although the developer reckons he is…

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Treeseachanger
Apr 20, 2012 6:06 pm
GardenofNeedn-58
GardenofNeedn-58
20 April 2012

yay..we have council approval for our poop system

yay..we have council approval for our poop system
WA

imagine being excited about poo ::lol:: shire was really quick - about 10 days.... hopefully they building section will be just as quick when plans get submitted

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GardenofNeedn-58
Apr 20, 2012 6:05 pm
bashworth
bashworth
20 April 2012

Digging under the foundation for removing blocked sewer pipe

Digging under the foundation for removing blocked sewer pipe

If the slab hasn't cracked yet it should be OK as long as the backfill doesn't settle. A weak concrete mix is the best solution as it will flow under the slab and will…

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bashworth
Apr 20, 2012 3:09 pm
bashworth
dreaman
dreaman
20 April 2012

Our New Build The Pareece *Fowler Homes*- Lock up

Our New Build The Pareece *Fowler Homes*- Lock up
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

Hey B&V, also wondering if any brick work has been done, we have chosed the same and would love to hear and see how it is going, you happy with the colour choice?

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dreaman
Apr 20, 2012 1:40 pm
sleven
sleven
20 April 2012

BAL compliance - doors (bifolds esp.)

BAL compliance - doors (bifolds esp.)
VIC

No problems Try these guys: http://www.blockoutblinds.com.au/ They are great - we have our plantation shutters with these guys and before this Summer we will be ordering…

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sleven
Apr 20, 2012 12:00 pm
sleven
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
20 April 2012

ADSL 2 eucalypt estate, wollert

ADSL 2 eucalypt estate, wollert
VIC

Wireless will likely be more expensive than going with someone off the telstra wholesale exchange.

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cmhamilton
Apr 20, 2012 6:27 am
KAN
KAN
19 April 2012

Floor Tiles

Floor Tiles
VIC

Hi The range of tiles we chose from had matt porcelain and polished porcelain tiles as well as varying sizes. We went for a 300 x 600 matt porcelain in the bathroom and…

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KAN
Apr 19, 2012 4:45 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
19 April 2012

Is there a pattern of emotions when building? Am I right?

Is there a pattern of emotions when building? Am I right?
VIC

... and as you near the end of the build and have a date for handover all sorts of strange emotions take over .. lots of people have spoken about that and it's true. I…

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Mclaren
Apr 19, 2012 3:52 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
Mclaren
19 April 2012

Windows in garage

Windows in garage
NSW

We don't have a window or an external door in the garage. In hindsight it would have been nice to have a window but that wall gets the hot morning sun so perhaps not. It…

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Mclaren
Apr 19, 2012 12:16 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
Mclaren
19 April 2012

QldGirls Build

QldGirls Build
QLD

Be brave Allycat1 - we're all here to help ...

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Mclaren
Apr 19, 2012 11:05 am
Mclaren
* jas *
* jas *
18 April 2012

Suggestions/opinions sought?

Suggestions/opinions sought?
QLD

We will be having a charcoal paved driveway with an almond border, our house is almond bricks and roof is monument.

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* jas *
Apr 18, 2012 11:01 pm
jpc
jpc
18 April 2012

External Colours. Help! Having second thoughts

External Colours. Help! Having second thoughts
VIC

Thanks for your responses :) . Onewheel, your colours are quite similar to ours, just that we went for the dark garage door. Mimi, we are having the front door painted in…

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jpc
Apr 18, 2012 7:31 pm
building-expert
building-expert
18 April 2012

To get an independent building inspector, or not

To get an independent building inspector, or not
WA
1, 2, 3

Good post zeitgeber, I saw that in the paper today as well. Of course none of this is any news to me I have seen dozens of clients devastated. I have accused Building…

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building-expert
Apr 18, 2012 4:45 pm
building-expert
applesplats
applesplats
18 April 2012

building broker for gold coast

building broker for gold coast
QLD

hey there, just wondering if anyone has any experience with using building brokers and whether anyone can recommend on for the gold coast area? appreciated!

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applesplats
Apr 18, 2012 3:01 pm
mumontherun
mumontherun
18 April 2012

Prestart booked :))

Prestart booked :))
WA

:lol: I have done the same thing, I have had my colours sorted for weeks but now we are about to start I am panicing about the brick colour, because the sample I had sent to me…

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mumontherun
Apr 18, 2012 1:55 pm
Goalump
Goalump
18 April 2012

First home project - DFH Brookdale

First home project - DFH Brookdale
VIC

I thought it was that. The number of days outlined is 210, but a number of my friends have said it should take less, depending on the weather (fingers crossed).

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Goalump
Apr 18, 2012 10:50 am
Muppardo
Muppardo
18 April 2012

Coral Homes - Noosa 279. New Pics 17/04

Coral Homes - Noosa 279. New Pics 17/04
NSW
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Thanks dreamsrgood and Mclaren.. Yeah we are very pleased, it all came together great and we love it. Our tradies were great, being a shift worker i was around there a…

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Muppardo
Apr 18, 2012 10:22 am
hj84
hj84
17 April 2012

Our little piece of Bedfordale... the end of a chapter

Our little piece of Bedfordale... the end of a chapter
WA
1 ... 18, 19, 20

Survey $550 Engineer $1130 Drafting $4295.50 Shire fees $4062.83 Health Fee $226 Administration…

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hj84
Apr 17, 2012 10:16 pm
NessaB
NessaB
17 April 2012

Our Dream Home at Freeling

Our Dream Home at Freeling
SA
1 ... 9, 10, 11

ness'n'troy... I know its been a while since you moved in and last posted ETC, but I was wondering if you may be able to provide an overall…

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NessaB
Apr 17, 2012 9:36 pm
kiwi
kiwi
17 April 2012

Arbe's Project

Arbe's Project
WA

Ditto!!!

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kiwi
Apr 17, 2012 5:07 pm
kiwi
bjrouse
bjrouse
17 April 2012

Conflicting land sitings...

Conflicting land sitings...
VIC

yes, my Dad has offerred to go down one weekend…

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bjrouse
Apr 17, 2012 12:20 pm
kazgee88
kazgee88
17 April 2012

Building with Home Buyers Centre in Pearsall WA :)

Building with Home Buyers Centre in Pearsall WA :)
WA
1 ... 7, 8, 9

Well hopefully you're enjoying your beautiful home since we haven't had any updates from you! Thought I'd check in & see if you have posted anymore pictures or updates on…

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kazgee88
Apr 17, 2012 9:58 am
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
17 April 2012

AUSTRAL BRICKS - Hawksburn

AUSTRAL BRICKS - Hawksburn
VIC

Yep - lots of people have them on H1.

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cmhamilton
Apr 17, 2012 7:56 am
mydreamhom3
mydreamhom3
17 April 2012

(ADVICE NEEDED) second time buyers but never built before

(ADVICE NEEDED) second time buyers but never built before
WA

Hello Everyone :) its been a long time since i last posted but i have some good news YAY!! its now april, and my mum has discovered that her debt was cleared 2 months ago…

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mydreamhom3
Apr 17, 2012 4:18 am

Hi All, Let this post disappear for a while as we were waiting on the survey plans, etc. to be completed. However we now have a picture with house placement on land -…

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Koroboo
Apr 16, 2012 10:37 pm
Zarli
Zarli
16 April 2012

Siteworks

Siteworks
WA

Nothing like bringing up an old thread, my bad!

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Zarli
Apr 16, 2012 4:23 pm
Zarli
Kirrabrooke
Kirrabrooke
16 April 2012

Builders Ballarat

Builders Ballarat
NT

Anyone? I'm desperate!

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Kirrabrooke
Apr 16, 2012 2:09 pm
Silvergum
Silvergum
16 April 2012

We hit rock :-(

We hit rock :-(
VIC

From our experience, our builders fees are $200 per cubic metre for removal of rock from ground and $75 per cubic metre to take it to tip. I have found a private contract…

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Silvergum
Apr 16, 2012 8:57 am
sleven
sleven
15 April 2012

stuff up with colours - should I leave it or fix it??

stuff up with colours - should I leave it or fix it??
VIC

I think change it too (Back to your original plan) You will regret it later on!

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sleven
Apr 15, 2012 9:27 pm
sleven
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
15 April 2012

Decorative brickwork - costs

Decorative brickwork - costs
VIC

It depends on how "decorative" you are trying to be really. If it's just a straight "use different/nicer bricks for the pillars" scenario then it wont cost much at all -…

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cmhamilton
Apr 15, 2012 6:23 pm
snowing
snowing
15 April 2012

Any tips on building a house on higher ground?

Any tips on building a house on higher ground?

If it's only 3 feet from road, then you don't really have to worry. Your block is relatively flat. Your builder should have no problem with it. If you really worry, a…

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snowing
Apr 15, 2012 4:40 pm
AHoward
AHoward
15 April 2012

Roof eaves not built to contract & land developer covenants

Roof eaves not built to contract & land developer covenants
VIC

Hmmmm, I would write them immediately and inform them that their variation letter didn't include the eave change, that therefore you didn't realise their was an eave…

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AHoward
Apr 15, 2012 1:31 pm
Mini88
Mini88
15 April 2012

where does your builder keep the keys?

where does your builder keep the keys?

The question whether to get your locked changed or not after you receive your owner keys is quite valid. Personally, because I know how to repin cylinders, I would…

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Mini88
Apr 15, 2012 11:08 am
audan19
audan19
15 April 2012

PERGO virsus EVOLUTION FLOORS

PERGO virsus EVOLUTION FLOORS
VIC

HI everyone, My husband and I are in the process of building the Carlisle Home - Meridian 29 in Geelong. We had our colour browse yesterday and had a look at the…

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audan19
Apr 15, 2012 9:19 am
vkee
vkee
15 April 2012

Building Fencing - Lapped and Capped

Building Fencing - Lapped and Capped
NSW

Hi, we used Local Fencing for the back fence in the Lap + Cap. Our rear neighbours organised it and they did a good job. I am thinking to get them back to do the remaining…

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vkee
Apr 15, 2012 12:12 am
affectiion
affectiion
14 April 2012

Building with Orbit - Meadow Springs, Truganina

Building with Orbit - Meadow Springs, Truganina
VIC

Hi all, My fiance and I are building a house with Orbit in Meadow Springs estate, Truganina. We were just wondering what peoples experiences were with Orbit - we…

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affectiion
Apr 14, 2012 10:14 pm
affectiion


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