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CC101
CC101
26 April 2012

20mm engineered stone

20mm engineered stone
WA

manufacturer is recommending same support as you have cmhamilton under your overhang. Don't know why most of the stone masons don't follow the installation manual. has…

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CC101
Apr 27, 2012 12:52 am
valtrum
valtrum
27 April 2012

Hallmark Homes (house and land package - Forest Park)

Hallmark Homes (house and land package - Forest Park)
QLD

Thanks Skin, Yeah, we're starting to find that these builders all have thier tricks to get money out of you, one way or another. Our 2nd project has failed also, as the…

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valtrum
Apr 27, 2012 11:02 am
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Mclaren
Apr 27, 2012 1:46 pm
Mclaren
SunshineT
SunshineT
27 April 2012

Do you have any regrets?

Do you have any regrets?
WA
1, 2

This is going to be a little Zen - I don't have regrets - You'll know better for the next build :P

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SunshineT
Apr 27, 2012 4:56 pm
SunshineT
Silvergum
Silvergum
27 April 2012

CBA Commencement letter

CBA Commencement letter
VIC

Does the CBA do commencement letters and if so do they get send to the builder and not us. I called our broker today to advise we had the first progress payment due and he…

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461
Silvergum
Apr 27, 2012 9:54 pm
ai12
ai12
27 April 2012

Problems with site supervisor

Problems with site supervisor
NSW

I am building a home with a good brand of builder. Everything went very well until the construction started. We received the first phone call from the SS two weeks after…

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360
ai12
Apr 27, 2012 10:39 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
28 April 2012

Help! New house colours??

Help! New house colours??
NSW

Noice! I like the feature brick a lot. Good with the timber door. It all works well! :D

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Treeseachanger
Apr 28, 2012 1:01 am
springtime
springtime
28 April 2012

Reliable Sydney Builder

Reliable Sydney Builder
NSW

Hi Everyone, Having just moved into our beautiful new home, & been through what seemed like an endless building journey, I thought I might help those who live in Sydney…

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springtime
Apr 28, 2012 10:16 am
jimnsal
jimnsal
29 April 2012

rangehood on tiled splashback or tiles around rangehood

rangehood on tiled splashback or tiles around rangehood
WA

We got our tiles installed first, then install the rangehood. I suppose it's just easier for the tiler to tile, and if you should ever replace your rangehood, at least you…

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jimnsal
Apr 29, 2012 1:57 pm
jimnsal
Johnny_Franklin
Johnny_Franklin
29 April 2012

Dale Alcock Homes

Dale Alcock Homes
WA

Hey MC... We too have been building with DAH... I would recommend DAH to anyone especially with the sales rep we had... what an amazing guy he was. Like the other I would…

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Johnny_Franklin
Apr 29, 2012 4:39 pm
gp_searle
gp_searle
29 April 2012

Nat's Build- **KEYS 12.02.10**

Nat's Build- **KEYS 12.02.10**
1 ... 10, 11, 12

Hi, I am new to this discussion and am wondering how long the Pre contract quotation is vaild for before you have to go through it all again. Our block is taking longer to…

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gp_searle
Apr 29, 2012 5:18 pm
Casa2
Casa2
29 April 2012

Local Government & OH&S Requirements (Charges)

Local Government & OH&S Requirements (Charges)
VIC

Surely OH&S would be required for all houses and should therefore be part of the base price.

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Casa2
Apr 29, 2012 6:05 pm
gpierce
gpierce
30 April 2012

Cost Surprise - new home, odd but not way-out desires

Cost Surprise - new home, odd but not way-out desires
NSW
1, 2

Wow 1.2M is rediculous. We are in Eastwood over by Kurzon Hall, so pretty close to you. I would highly recommend our builder Binet, happy to walk you through our place.…

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gpierce
Apr 30, 2012 9:13 am
timpen
timpen
30 April 2012

Building Switch 830 home - Finished - photos

Building Switch 830 home - Finished - photos
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

McLaren, Thanks for your comments. This is going to be the last home we own - kids all gone years ago, so we made sure we got what we wanted to be comfortable…

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timpen
Apr 30, 2012 2:17 pm
kiwi
kiwi
30 April 2012

Would a 3.1m x 4m room fit a queen sized bed?

Would a 3.1m x 4m room fit a queen sized bed?
WA

We had a 3 x 3.4 room with a queen bed, depends where your door and window is. Can you show us a floor plan?

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kiwi
Apr 30, 2012 3:54 pm
kiwi
LynneY
LynneY
30 April 2012

We are looking at building and have lots of questions!

We are looking at building and have lots of questions!
SA

Hi Sunshine T, Thanks for that. I am not very good with roller coasters but just need to go with the flow hey! Good to hear that your experience has been pretty good so…

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LynneY
Apr 30, 2012 10:59 pm
gogo65
gogo65
30 April 2012

How far does the pool have to be from the house?

How far does the pool have to be from the house?
NSW

Yep that's what he is saying, like I said the piering for us on the alfresco side was less than $500 extra, it was our storm water easement that cost a…

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gogo65
Apr 30, 2012 11:43 pm
gogo65
ghunnar
ghunnar
1 May 2012

Anyone building with Carter Grange in Melbourne

Anyone building with Carter Grange in Melbourne
VIC

Very quickly, Carlisle specs docs have a STRONG resemblance to CG specs docs. These documents outline any building materials and tolerances that the builder requires the…

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ghunnar
May 01, 2012 2:05 am
ghunnar
SharonSmith
SharonSmith
1 May 2012

Pest control in new house or while building?

Pest control in new house or while building?
NSW

Technically, one thing that can be done to prevent roaches is to just make sure all the cracks and crevasses are sealed during the building process. While this will not…

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SharonSmith
May 01, 2012 3:35 am
kjag
kjag
1 May 2012

opinion on essential upgrades

opinion on essential upgrades
NSW

If you intend to live in the house for the rest of your lives then the thing to spend money on is getting the plan right and useable at different life stages. Designing…

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kjag
May 01, 2012 12:56 pm
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Mclaren
May 01, 2012 1:21 pm
Mclaren
sohnaeo
sohnaeo
1 May 2012

Sorbetto bricks

Sorbetto bricks
NSW

Hi Guys, I am building with EB and chose Colourbond roof having colour appointment on 14th. We selected PGH Sorbetto bricks. If any better idea apart from the above…

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sohnaeo
May 01, 2012 2:02 pm

Leisure Pool in Sydney

Leisure Pool in Sydney
NSW

Hi everyone, we're looking at building a pool with Leisure pool and we're based in Sydney. Just wondering if anyone has used them before and what are your…

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photoimpressions
May 01, 2012 5:18 pm
clegga
clegga
1 May 2012

Ventura Leeuwin build - Newhaven - PCI delayed

Ventura Leeuwin build - Newhaven - PCI delayed
WA
1, 2

After tomorrow I should be able to take a pic of a finished driveway....woohoo

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clegga
May 01, 2012 11:19 pm
becca84
becca84
2 May 2012

Progress Payments for HBC Clients

Progress Payments for HBC Clients
WA

Hey Home Buyers Centre builders :) I was wondering if you got a Progress Payment for Roof Cover? I thought our next payment would be lock up? Ta Bec

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becca84
May 02, 2012 12:50 pm
Lot1202
Lot1202
2 May 2012

The Eskay Saga Comes to an end...

The Eskay Saga Comes to an end...
VIC
1 ... 15, 16, 17

Hi SK, Thanks for the page. I have a letter from the Australand that they will not oppose my application so I hope this helps Council. Cheers JE

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Lot1202
May 02, 2012 5:25 pm

Great idea Dream House 82. Anyhow here is my contribution. Sold this in October 2011. Built in December 2008. Apologies for the poor image quality …

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atom_ute
May 02, 2012 7:31 pm
atom_ute
dazandstace
dazandstace
2 May 2012

contrast brick to go with austral nougat?

contrast brick to go with austral nougat?
VIC

Maybe I should of asked that question too as we have austral nougat, but we couldn't think of a contrast brick so we opted not to do one. I'll be interested to see what…

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dazandstace
May 02, 2012 10:51 pm
dazandstace
builderforlife
builderforlife
2 May 2012

Should I be worried

Should I be worried
VIC

Just be confident of your ability to pay your loan and stay in fruitfiul employment. Good Luck (my mother is one of the famous Hardys from Bacchus Marsh)

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builderforlife
May 02, 2012 10:55 pm
builderforlife
CC101
CC101
2 May 2012

Prestart with RI done...hooray....

Prestart with RI done...hooray....
WA

besides electrics, what other upgrades did u go for?

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CC101
May 03, 2012 12:55 am
builderforlife
builderforlife
3 May 2012

Wrongful measurement on roof trusses is very rare?

Wrongful measurement on roof trusses is very rare?
NSW

Kikichan, the truss company normally gets replacements out to us with 48 hours

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builderforlife
May 03, 2012 12:11 pm
builderforlife

Supplying our own appliances - building in SA

Supplying our own appliances - building in SA
SA

Hi JamieandGhie, THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT! :D I actually did have a look at your thread. We are loving the Monaco. Your home is lovely. We love…

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JamieandGhie(monaco)
May 03, 2012 1:29 pm
JamieandGhie(monaco)
georgiecat
georgiecat
3 May 2012

House and land packages for beginners.....

House and land packages for beginners.....
NSW

Sorry to only just get back to this - had a busy couple of days! I just wanted to say thankyou for taking the time to respond! Lots to think about here. Thanks again :-)

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georgiecat
May 03, 2012 1:52 pm
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
3 May 2012

Changing plan that have been submitted??

Changing plan that have been submitted??
VIC

It might involve more than just removing the roller door and slapping down some carpet - first you need to check with your local council to see if they will allow it. If…

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cmhamilton
May 03, 2012 4:42 pm
CBPH
CBPH
3 May 2012

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls
QLD

Check out boral online and see if you can find a factory outlet close to you, I am sure you could find retaining wall blocks cheap. We did this and also our pool pavers…

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CBPH
May 03, 2012 6:01 pm
khamtran
khamtran
3 May 2012

Now they are saying a kickpanel isn't available for our oven

Now they are saying a kickpanel isn't available for our oven
VIC

After some more digging it looks like maybe we didn't pay for it as it isn't listed in the contract but it was in the colour selection document.

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khamtran
May 03, 2012 6:53 pm
building-expert
building-expert
3 May 2012

Pre Slab Inspection, skip it to save money or?

Pre Slab Inspection, skip it to save money or?
VIC

Hi Lex Yes there is a certificate of inspection, but that means nothing because the pier is missing. The seriousness of the situation is that instead of four piers there…

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building-expert
May 03, 2012 11:59 pm
building-expert
talkingdog
talkingdog
4 May 2012

Confused about when to get builder to quote

Confused about when to get builder to quote
VIC

get your soil test done ASAP, it doesn't cost much ($200-$300), but you will know upfront if you will have majot problems with footings. From the soil test, you can get a…

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talkingdog
May 04, 2012 7:41 am
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mistress
May 04, 2012 10:52 am
CC101
CC101
4 May 2012

Redink Homes Build

Redink Homes Build
WA

i am also building with redink. they have cut ceiling in most of my rooms as they did not put pull wires in blank face plaits earlier. now they are going to repair / patch them.

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CC101
May 04, 2012 11:43 pm
affectiion
affectiion
5 May 2012

Communication with Builders

Communication with Builders
VIC

I'm just wondering if anyone else found that once you committed to a builder, their communication dropped off a bit? We're building with Orbit, and at first, the girl we…

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affectiion
May 05, 2012 10:52 am
affectiion
Liliana
Liliana
5 May 2012

First time renovator

First time renovator
VIC

The Archicentre publishes a cost guide to renovations which might give you an idea of what you could be looking at in terms of expenses; http://www.archicentre.com.au/cost-guide

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Liliana
May 05, 2012 11:02 am
TrevandSam
TrevandSam
5 May 2012

Annoyed about exclusions that should be standard

Annoyed about exclusions that should be standard
VIC

Door stops, fly screens, obscure glass in the toilet and bathroom windows...probably more but off the top of my head that's all I can think of. What irks me the most is…

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TrevandSam
May 05, 2012 1:53 pm
building-expert
building-expert
5 May 2012

Buy builder's spec and save heaps or?

Buy builder's spec and save heaps or?
VIC

The lure of buying builder's spec is to save money on stamp duty but do you know what you are getting into? For a start , you are not protected by building contract's and…

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building-expert
May 05, 2012 3:26 pm
building-expert
Pugs
Pugs
5 May 2012

Electrical Pre-Start

Electrical Pre-Start
WA

Yeah but do you have to have all stuff supplied by Clipsal such as smart wiring automation and all this stuff or can you go to Intelligent…

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Pugs
May 05, 2012 5:18 pm
Pugs
kexkez
kexkez
5 May 2012

People's experiences with modifying project homes?

People's experiences with modifying project homes?
NSW

we enlarged rooms, re arranged rooms and added a double garage. but most internal walls stayed in the same position or were slightly shifted. I suspect in a double if…

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kexkez
May 05, 2012 10:25 pm
kexkez
cici2012
cici2012
5 May 2012

Wyndham Vale - Bluestone

Wyndham Vale - Bluestone
VIC

Hi everyone, My husband and I decided to buy the house and land at Bluestone of Wyndham Vale (stage 20) with Sherridon Homes, is there any common about that area or…

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cici2012
May 05, 2012 10:38 pm
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
5 May 2012

What's your most ridiculous post-contract variation cost?

What's your most ridiculous post-contract variation cost?
VIC

I think the most woeful contract variation goes to a friend of mine who got slugged with a $1500 'NBN fee' - and here I was thinking the NBN is…

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cmhamilton
May 05, 2012 10:54 pm
gesinta7
gesinta7
5 May 2012

Denver 43 by M

Denver 43 by M
VIC

thanks, i will check it out !!!

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gesinta7
May 06, 2012 12:15 am


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