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Peter112
Peter112
17 December 2017

Custom design with Fresh homes

Custom design with Fresh homes
QLD
1, 2

No! We wanted to have individual building inspector at the beginning but some people advise it's just waste of money. We could detect all these issue by ourselves as…

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Peter112
Dec 17, 2017 1:51 pm
Peter112
arcadelt
arcadelt
17 December 2017

Acoustic/Sound installation batts - do they work?

Acoustic/Sound installation batts - do they work?
VIC

Used them in walls, but not floors. They work well for constant sound (like a TV), but can’t comment on single point sounds (like steps and knocks).

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arcadelt
Dec 17, 2017 11:32 am
AlstonvilleBuild
AlstonvilleBuild
17 December 2017

Coral homes alto plumbing issue

Coral homes alto plumbing issue
QLD
1, 2

How are you going now with all of this? We are building the Alto 35 but have asked for vanity to go to the floor for extra storage. I still wouldn't want this pipe…

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AlstonvilleBuild
Dec 17, 2017 8:32 am
H Family
H Family
17 December 2017

Plumbing and Drainage certificate.

Plumbing and Drainage certificate.

I had to apply to council and that was before our build started. We had another company install the sewage system and the builder connected it to the house. …

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H Family
Dec 17, 2017 6:29 am
H Family
Bethany
Bethany
16 December 2017

Metricon Trentham 30 plantation facade.

Metricon Trentham 30 plantation facade.
NSW

Hi there! We’re currently building the Trentham, in terms of the floor plan we love how it’s laid out. We’re really happy with our choice! Feel free to shoot through…

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Bethany
Dec 16, 2017 9:05 pm
httpants
httpants
16 December 2017

Plantation Mirage Vogue Q2 Build - Mango Hill, QLD

Plantation Mirage Vogue Q2 Build - Mango Hill, QLD
QLD
1, 2

I've just started my topic on my mirage vogue Q1 build in sherwood... viewtopic.php?f=31&t=90591

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httpants
Dec 16, 2017 12:38 pm
Waldork
Waldork
16 December 2017

Acceptable finish on front facade pergola?

Acceptable finish on front facade pergola?
NSW

Thanks. Yeah it surprised me that it wasn't done better, as the rest of our house is actually done to a decent standard. Especially as it's meant to be a bit of a feature…

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Waldork
Dec 16, 2017 8:19 am
Waldork
Hasi
Hasi
16 December 2017

Post Building Variation - Porter Davis

Post Building Variation - Porter Davis
VIC

Hi Were you able to change the brick color after the site has started. How much they have charged?

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Hasi
Dec 16, 2017 7:47 am

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edestus
Dec 15, 2017 10:57 am
volmix
volmix
14 December 2017

Spectrum Homes - SE QLD

Spectrum Homes - SE QLD
QLD

Not sure if its the same company. I built with a company called Spectrum House & Land P/L about 10 years ago and would never do it with them again. Selections were very…

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volmix
Dec 14, 2017 4:17 pm
nicolac34
nicolac34
14 December 2017

Yanchep WA Build with Dreamstart (PLANTER AND LETTERBOX)

Yanchep WA Build with Dreamstart (PLANTER AND LETTERBOX)
WA
1 ... 27, 28, 29

We've had lifestyle quote for our dressing room fit out, nice to see that it looks such good quality! Although our quote was $3,500.... so am looking down the Ikea route as well.

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nicolac34
Dec 14, 2017 1:19 pm
nicolac34
Hillsbuilds
Hillsbuilds
14 December 2017

Feedback on Facade pls?

Feedback on Facade pls?
VIC

Cottage pane windows, sash if possible, more traditional style front door painted a contrasting colour to the rest of the house. Eg grey house, white trims, glossy black…

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Hillsbuilds
Dec 14, 2017 8:10 am
sofia14
sofia14
14 December 2017

Update 2 yrs on: Build with Dreamstart homes

Update 2 yrs on: Build with Dreamstart homes
WA
1 ... 11, 12, 13

I don't want to use public forum to name and shame only. When people/companies do it right, I also write the positive. I wrote the above post because we weren't expecting…

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sofia14
Dec 13, 2017 11:34 pm
Waldorf_Grange_Build
Waldorf_Grange_Build
13 December 2017

A prospective Fencing issue

A prospective Fencing issue
VIC

The fencing company I went through contact the owner on my behalf. They got details through council. - View my blog at www.waldorfgrangebuild.wordpress.com

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Waldorf_Grange_Build
Dec 13, 2017 8:45 pm
Waldorf_Grange_Build
Waldorf_Grange_Build
Waldorf_Grange_Build
13 December 2017

Custom Build - need help exterior colours

Custom Build - need help exterior colours

We picked Timeless Grey and Surfmist for some of our facade. - View my blog at www.waldorfgrangebuild.wordpress.com

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Waldorf_Grange_Build
Dec 13, 2017 6:20 pm
Waldorf_Grange_Build
joannapaulp
joannapaulp
13 December 2017

Access to zero lot line boundary?

Access to zero lot line boundary?
NSW

The easement is ONLY for access to your property for construction/maintenance of the wall built on the zero lot. If they want access to do any landscaping or concreting,…

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joannapaulp
Dec 13, 2017 12:38 pm
chammy
chammy
12 December 2017

Builders clean before handover

Builders clean before handover

Hi there, I'm in geelong and just started my own cleaning business,if anyone knows someone who needs builders clean or end of lease cleans,etc, could you please let me…

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chammy
Dec 12, 2017 10:00 pm
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sparrowsnest
Dec 12, 2017 9:00 pm
Waldorf_Grange_Build
Waldorf_Grange_Build
12 December 2017

Modified Burbank Indigo 5100 in Grandvue Officer

Modified Burbank Indigo 5100 in Grandvue Officer
VIC
1 ... 11, 12, 13

Are you guys close to moving in? I went past today and saw the driveway is about to be laid!

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Waldorf_Grange_Build
Dec 12, 2017 8:18 pm
Waldorf_Grange_Build
HGMbuild
HGMbuild
12 December 2017

Hooray, we are building the Metricon Glendale 38 in Sydney!!

Hooray, we are building the Metricon Glendale 38 in Sydney!!
NSW
1 ... 34, 35, 36

Hahaha love the wreath on the grey door, but I think the tree is a little small!

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HGMbuild
Dec 12, 2017 7:51 pm
HGMbuild
MandM+4
MandM+4
12 December 2017

Eden Brae Homes vs Wisdom Homes - Help please!

Eden Brae Homes vs Wisdom Homes - Help please!
NSW
1 ... 9, 10, 11

We were deciding between W and EB last October. We went with W because their inclusions were better, the house had more of a wow factor and we had had friends build with…

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MandM+4
Dec 12, 2017 3:35 pm
pEast
pEast
12 December 2017

East Estate

East Estate
VIC
1, 2, 3

no worries - thanks

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pEast
Dec 12, 2017 1:56 pm
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dulie
Dec 12, 2017 1:41 pm
dulie
nicolac34
nicolac34
12 December 2017

How common are variations?

How common are variations?

We've just sent in another variation today! So I think they are pretty common - and they charge you a high fee to make a change so really they can't complain too much. If…

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nicolac34
Dec 12, 2017 1:13 pm
nicolac34
sparrowsnest
sparrowsnest
12 December 2017

Window Sill height?

Window Sill height?
VIC

I just told them I want it flush and I just checked my plan and for stone bench we have a sill of 860. No idea if that’s right of not Building our first custom dream…

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sparrowsnest
Dec 12, 2017 12:18 pm
Nuri
Nuri
12 December 2017

Need advice on pre-plaster inspection

Need advice on pre-plaster inspection

They weren't really major, just that there was quite a few of them. Some of them were big, but not affected by plaster. I was only concerned with getting defects fixed…

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Nuri
Dec 12, 2017 10:28 am
AnatissaK
AnatissaK
11 December 2017

New Home - Kitchen oven

New Home - Kitchen oven

Hi The builder has a choice of cooker/ oven SMEG 9010XS or / Technika H950 STX PRO. I wonder if anyone…

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AnatissaK
Dec 11, 2017 7:24 pm
Richellebentley
Richellebentley
11 December 2017

Tender Help?

Tender Help?

I'm feeling a bit deflated as we received our house plans last week and they had missed 14 of the changes requested. It has taken them 6 weeks to send the wrong design…

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Richellebentley
Dec 11, 2017 7:46 am
Hopei
Hopei
10 December 2017

Help please - incorrect plumbing location in slab

Help please - incorrect plumbing location in slab

Advice please - looks like the plumber has missed the spot with the sewer stack for second level and the slab has now been poured. Is there any long term issues if the…

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Hopei
Dec 10, 2017 8:43 pm

Our frame arrived sooner than expected. We have been told it will be erected after Christmas. Roof and bricking to commence mid January.

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GillyH
Dec 10, 2017 7:08 am
GillyH
Ezza78
Ezza78
9 December 2017

Modified Coral Cloncurry. Driveway and decking pics.

Modified Coral Cloncurry. Driveway and decking pics.
QLD
1 ... 40, 41, 42

Hi Tamara, can u ask how wide your timber posts are for your deck? Looks like ours have been delivered and are 24cm wide, wider than we were expecting. Trying to…

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Ezza78
Dec 09, 2017 7:09 pm
Waldorf_Grange_Build
Waldorf_Grange_Build
9 December 2017

Porter Davis Queensland - Building the Stradbroke 36

Porter Davis Queensland - Building the Stradbroke 36
QLD

How is your progress going? Where are you up to in the process now?

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Waldorf_Grange_Build
Dec 09, 2017 6:46 pm
Waldorf_Grange_Build
Kat1
Kat1
9 December 2017

Metricon Merricks 34 Western Sydney

Metricon Merricks 34 Western Sydney
NSW

Thanks we don’t have Winchester in Syd I don’t think. Bit frustrated as our frames were meant to have started but nope I don’t live far from our block just annoying…

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Kat1
Dec 09, 2017 4:36 pm
nomnomnom
nomnomnom
8 December 2017

Metricon Premature Invoicing

Metricon Premature Invoicing
VIC

You are not in breach of contract for failing to pay a progress payment, if you are asserting that the work required to achieve that progress payment has not been…

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nomnomnom
Dec 08, 2017 2:10 pm
nomnomnom
Spurious
Spurious
8 December 2017

Building a house in Springfield Rise QLD

Building a house in Springfield Rise QLD
QLD
1, 2

We're in Stage 2 of Creekwood and it looks like it came back at H2. Registration expected for Feb. Land valuation can't be done until…

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Spurious
Dec 08, 2017 10:27 am
FrankT
FrankT
8 December 2017

Should it be taking so long.... (Burbank)

Should it be taking so long.... (Burbank)

We are in the South East of Melbourne. They are chronically short on staff. They would keep telling me they are very busy all the time and very short on staff that caused…

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FrankT
Dec 08, 2017 10:04 am
swsam
swsam
8 December 2017

Building in Cowaramup

Building in Cowaramup
WA

Things have progressed! It’s been 2 weeks tomorrow since settlement of land, and a week tomorrow since they finished earthworks. Slab is now down, and curing nicely! I…

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swsam
Dec 08, 2017 12:06 am
just_a_draftee
just_a_draftee
7 December 2017

Downward Slope Builders

Downward Slope Builders

I'm not familiar with the soil types in Sydney, but could you not potentially retain the block and provide the builder with a flat site to work with?

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just_a_draftee
Dec 07, 2017 9:00 pm
just_a_draftee
Loveguru
Loveguru
7 December 2017

What's section 76 and 78 of building act 1993??

What's section 76 and 78 of building act 1993??
VIC

We are building with one of the non volume builder. Yes builder is arranging for us but they have just sent us this letter for us to sign to appoint such and such company…

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Loveguru
Dec 07, 2017 8:51 pm
Loveguru
Houspect NSW
Houspect NSW
7 December 2017

All apmts done except tiling

All apmts done except tiling

Ensure that everything is drawn in correctly, as well as all your colours / finishes mention the correct tiles etc, as this is what the builder will refer to if something…

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Houspect NSW
Dec 07, 2017 8:28 pm
Houspect NSW
Houspect NSW
Houspect NSW
7 December 2017

rendering the facade

rendering the facade
VIC

If your estate is a new estate, the sales office will be able to provide you with any guidelines you need to follow. If an older estate, the requirements should be listed…

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Houspect NSW
Dec 07, 2017 8:24 pm
Houspect NSW
RegVic
RegVic
7 December 2017

Hotondo Homes

Hotondo Homes
1, 2

Hi, sorry for the very late reply.. didn't login for a while... Wish you the best on your building journey... I had an amazing experience with my local Hotondo builder..…

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RegVic
Dec 07, 2017 7:29 pm
RegVic
MrsJM
MrsJM
7 December 2017

CORAL homes 1st build, Marcoola 30 QLD

CORAL homes 1st build, Marcoola 30 QLD
QLD
1 ... 20, 21, 22

Far out that grass is bloody green! Lawn envy!! Mine is dying because I've been too busy to water it

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MrsJM
Dec 07, 2017 4:09 pm
MrsJM
MandM+4
MandM+4
7 December 2017

Wisdom Majestic 38 - Swapping Living and Alfresco

Wisdom Majestic 38 - Swapping Living and Alfresco
NSW
1, 2

I didn’t say move the alfresco to the right, I said move the leisure further to the right. That would mean you can access the yard from the alfresco.

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MandM+4
Dec 07, 2017 2:54 pm
Hillsbuilds
Hillsbuilds
7 December 2017

Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!
QLD
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jsmi, could you leave everything as is except reduce the length of the shower, and use that space for a bookshelf in the study? Or could you reduce length of vanity…

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Hillsbuilds
Dec 07, 2017 1:15 pm
sparrowsnest
sparrowsnest
7 December 2017

Bank loan - broker or not and when to start

Bank loan - broker or not and when to start

I think it definitely depends on the broker. We started with one broker and then spoke to two more and finally settled on our broker. It’s definitely quicker I think to…

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sparrowsnest
Dec 07, 2017 12:15 pm
CathyP
CathyP
7 December 2017

Building in Calderwood Valley

Building in Calderwood Valley
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I thought I would pop into this thread as not much has been happening in it. I am in 2A.1 stage and as we all know it has been delayed again. What stages are everyone in.…

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CathyP
Dec 07, 2017 7:21 am
CathyP
vanessah2015
vanessah2015
6 December 2017

HGWA Prestart

HGWA Prestart
WA

Thank you!! Appreciate that, I’ll keep it it mind for the underlay upgrade, I want to upgrade from the standard carpet, we have a little boy and he’s into everything…

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vanessah2015
Dec 06, 2017 10:16 pm
vanessah2015
Binderella
Binderella
6 December 2017

Land valuation Oran Park

Land valuation Oran Park
NSW

If you're not happy with a bank valuation, you can request another. Our initial valuation came in $75K less than what we paid, and our bank manager stated they did a…

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Binderella
Dec 06, 2017 5:16 pm

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