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martinandrew
martinandrew
11 March 2012

custom design builder "FAIRMONT HOMES NSW"

custom design builder "FAIRMONT HOMES NSW"
NSW

Hi I have signed a contract with Fairmont Homes NSw. Plans had been approved by council. Waiting on construction certificate. Very happy with everything so far.

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martinandrew
Mar 11, 2012 6:53 pm
d@n
d@n
12 March 2012

selection of external finishes

selection of external finishes
NSW

Start by picking a brick you like then go with a roof colour that compliments it. The rest should fall into place. But it's the roof and walls that usually dominate the…

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d@n
Mar 12, 2012 9:44 am
greenfish
greenfish
12 March 2012

we plan to build an in-earth, passive dwelling, let's talk!

we plan to build an in-earth, passive dwelling, let's talk!
QLD

Further to a suggestion above the ATA produce a magazine called 'Sanctuary' (the BEST mag around in my opinion!! lol) their most recent issue featured info on Straw bale…

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greenfish
Mar 12, 2012 12:20 pm
greenfish
nadhome
nadhome
12 March 2012

BASIX & water tank requirements

BASIX & water tank requirements
NSW

Spoke to council & finally got hold of someone with some grey matter. It is as suspected for flood control into storm water. It was either the 9,000 litre tanks at $10k…

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nadhome
Mar 12, 2012 3:26 pm
nadhome
hurryupandbuy
hurryupandbuy
12 March 2012

Buying Land

Buying Land
VIC

Hi All Probably a silly question,looking to purchase a block of land, on the map of the estate there are some blocks with "A&C" next to the frontage length. Anyone know…

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hurryupandbuy
Mar 12, 2012 6:15 pm
hurryupandbuy
coffeenazi
coffeenazi
12 March 2012

Rammed earth

Rammed earth
NSW

Hi Mollydoggy, how goes the ramming? My partner and I are looking to build on acreage, and we want to use materials like strawbales for the shed, maybe mud bricks for…

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coffeenazi
Mar 12, 2012 6:20 pm
coffeenazi
hurryupandbuy
hurryupandbuy
12 March 2012

Advice needed for first time build.

Advice needed for first time build.
WA

Hi there, Good place to start is finding a house plan to suit you land. Eg. family, living room facing north and minimising windows on the east/west sides or you'll end…

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hurryupandbuy
Mar 12, 2012 6:21 pm
hurryupandbuy
khamtran
khamtran
13 March 2012

Steel lintel not needed above rear door of garage?

Steel lintel not needed above rear door of garage?
VIC

Our SS didn't agree that it wasn't needed but after some insistence he ended up getting it installed so we're happy with that.

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khamtran
Mar 13, 2012 8:00 am
hemi426
hemi426
13 March 2012

Please Help - Kitchen

Please Help - Kitchen
WA

hello marybond2012, Have you seen blackbutt feature on a larger scale other than in a showroom? I LOVE FEATURE FLOORING!!!! But found in a small area it looks great, but…

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hemi426
Mar 13, 2012 11:19 am
SunshineT
SunshineT
13 March 2012

Recommend a builder in Newcastle NSW area?

Recommend a builder in Newcastle NSW area?
NSW

Hi Peta - I think I may have posted somewhere else that I have heard Tullipan are good (and in that area, I think?). A friend here in Sydney is building with them and it…

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SunshineT
Mar 13, 2012 8:20 pm
SunshineT
Deemaree
Deemaree
13 March 2012

Critique my Plans

Critique my Plans
QLD

Have been in too many houses where privacy is non-existent! :shock:

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Deemaree
Mar 13, 2012 9:11 pm
Deemaree
gbarney2
gbarney2
14 March 2012

New home, (In my opinion) poor workmanship pics

New home, (In my opinion) poor workmanship pics
VIC
1, 2

Very slow process. BACV are now going to do an inspection at manbuilts request but told this process takes about 6 weeks.

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gbarney2
Mar 14, 2012 2:05 am
paulw11
paulw11
14 March 2012

300 litre Solar HW with Gas B, Any probs for a large family

300 litre Solar HW with Gas B, Any probs for a large family
WA

Are you sure? I guess it would depend on how old the system is. Ive seen some gas boosters at the bottom of the tank and only activate when the…

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paulw11
Mar 14, 2012 7:46 am
investa
investa
14 March 2012

Brick laying

Brick laying
VIC

Thanks JLd

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investa
Mar 14, 2012 8:24 am
dan1978
dan1978
14 March 2012

About to sign my contract - can you negotiate

About to sign my contract - can you negotiate
VIC

Great really appreciate your help, this is out first build (4th house though). We are use to just negotiating on price with the real estate!

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dan1978
Mar 14, 2012 11:31 am
auds
auds
14 March 2012

Unexpected costs?

Unexpected costs?
WA

wow there is a lot that can push the price up! Cheers all

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auds
Mar 14, 2012 11:52 am
auds
auds
14 March 2012

I’m looking for a new build to follow

I’m looking for a new build to follow
NSW
1, 2

Well since auds has been so nice to pass this on to others, I’ll get back you all with the chosen build tomorrow. Got a sore foot and it needs be…

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auds
Mar 14, 2012 11:55 am
amri
amri
14 March 2012

house for two build

house for two build
WA

Hi winendine, I have been following your blog, unfortunately cant comment on it from work :D !! :: I LOVE your design and I am looking forward to see the rest of your…

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amri
Mar 14, 2012 12:21 pm
cookie_monster
cookie_monster
14 March 2012

Please help me re-select brick, selected one is discontinued

Please help me re-select brick, selected one is discontinued
VIC

The brick manufacturers (Austral etc) maintain lists of homes built with their bricks. So you can call them and ask for a few addresses of houses built with red based…

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cookie_monster
Mar 14, 2012 3:32 pm
munta
munta
14 March 2012

Rural Building Company

Rural Building Company
QLD

Thanks Munta... My partner has spoken with the sales staff at Rural Builidng and we were looking to purchase one of their plans and get one of the…

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munta
Mar 14, 2012 3:51 pm
munta
munta
14 March 2012

Custom designing - double storey - Perth

Custom designing - double storey - Perth
WA

Custom designing is all about finding the right designer or a building company with good designer's. This is easier said than done. Generally sales reps will keep…

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munta
Mar 14, 2012 3:55 pm

This is what we've got in the vanities ... Kitchen tap's pretty bulk…

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Mclaren
Mar 14, 2012 4:39 pm
Mclaren
bel
bel
14 March 2012

CTTT - Consumer Trader Tenancy Tribunal in NSW

CTTT - Consumer Trader Tenancy Tribunal in NSW
NSW

Sorry MDH I can't help you. Builder went into liquidation before we got there. Hopefully another H1 member will share their story with you. Good luck Bel

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bel
Mar 14, 2012 6:19 pm
bel
CA3105
CA3105
15 March 2012

WA's largest home builders

WA's largest home builders
WA

You could try checking with the HIA if they will release the information to you? Many Perth builders send in their monthly figures to the HIA who then tracks the numbers…

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CA3105
Mar 15, 2012 12:10 am

The worst of the 2 windows we've now had repaired. They've basically just added a piece of aluminium to cover the damage - not ideal but not much we can do about it. The…

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khamtran
Mar 15, 2012 12:19 pm
Daniel1976
Daniel1976
15 March 2012

Porter Davis - Change of floor plan

Porter Davis - Change of floor plan
VIC

Yes we could walk away.. but we would loose the land which we really like... It's Mariott Waters... walking distance to a shopping centre (which is in the process of…

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Daniel1976
Mar 15, 2012 1:19 pm
gogo65
gogo65
15 March 2012

Land in North Kellyville - peoples thoughts?

Land in North Kellyville - peoples thoughts?
NSW

I think castlehaven are selling most of the land, I went past yesterday and saw a sign that said castlehaven in partnership so I think they must own a percentage :th: It is…

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gogo65
Mar 15, 2012 8:32 pm
gogo65
lynny-jane
lynny-jane
15 March 2012

Which kit home company did u use?

Which kit home company did u use?
NSW

Duh.....and NOW I see the date of the first post........haha - hope you ended up with a great house !!

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lynny-jane
Mar 15, 2012 8:52 pm
lynny-jane
jmn79
jmn79
15 March 2012

Timber, Concrete or Steel Stumps??

Timber, Concrete or Steel Stumps??
QLD

Hi, My partner and I are looking to commence building underneath our property. The height is ample and the grade is relatively flat. Our house is currently on treated…

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jmn79
Mar 15, 2012 9:54 pm
Feline
Feline
16 March 2012

Building double story at Talana Edmondson park

Building double story at Talana Edmondson park
NSW

Hi All, I am planning to start building a double story home soon. Does anyone have either good or bad experience with Clarendon and would like to share it. My Estimated…

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Feline
Mar 16, 2012 12:01 am
Nest
Nest
16 March 2012

Please help with bricks

Please help with bricks
NSW

Thanks for your reply.. I'm looking into the cost of upgrading to the bricks to the Symmetry Range with Rawson at the…

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Nest
Mar 16, 2012 7:57 am
paulw11
paulw11
16 March 2012

Phone connection

Phone connection
VIC

Your builder should contact Telstra and arrange for them to install the lead-in. This should be at no-cost. You will pay $299 when you connect new line later. I am on…

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paulw11
Mar 16, 2012 8:47 am
KAN
KAN
16 March 2012

Austral Bricks ColourBrick NawKaw Not Recommended!

Austral Bricks ColourBrick NawKaw Not Recommended!

Wow, sorry to hear you are having such issues. I hope Clarendon or Austral come to the party and fix the problem for you. If not, dont muck around go to the Department…

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KAN
Mar 16, 2012 7:04 pm
SherWin
SherWin
16 March 2012

Roof Tiles - Do you have the same problem?

Roof Tiles - Do you have the same problem?
VIC

Hi KrisKros I would definitely not be accepting a recoating of the tiles. Once recoating is undertaken, the ongoing maintenance would be a never ending nightmare. This…

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SherWin
Mar 16, 2012 8:51 pm
building-expert
building-expert
16 March 2012

Choosing own tradies but using mainstream builder?

Choosing own tradies but using mainstream builder?
NSW

Be careful. If you are doing any building work "you are the builder". You will have two builders on the same job and give the builder perfect "get out of jail" key if any…

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building-expert
Mar 16, 2012 10:42 pm
building-expert
AHoward
AHoward
17 March 2012

Risk & Indemnity - who is responsible - builder or owner

Risk & Indemnity - who is responsible - builder or owner
NSW

Yep, those look like standard clauses for me. The first one looks like a "force majeure" clause meant to cover extraordinary events which can't be predicted by the insured…

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AHoward
Mar 17, 2012 12:36 pm
KAN
KAN
17 March 2012

concrete crossover/driveway advice

concrete crossover/driveway advice

Hi I am in NSW. We had a price from the Builder, our landscaper and the Council. Our local council was the cheapest and we are giving them the job. Maybe get a quote…

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KAN
Mar 17, 2012 2:26 pm
kylie40
kylie40
7 June 2013

Security screen for a 1200mm timber front door

Security screen for a 1200mm timber front door

Could I please bother you for where you got this from too please?

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kylie40
Jun 07, 2013 10:52 pm
kylie40
delatite13
delatite13
17 March 2012

Material for external walls of house

Material for external walls of house

We have just started building and will be using polystyrene with a cement render finish. Still strong and a better "R" value than clay or concrete bricks

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delatite13
Mar 17, 2012 6:27 pm
delatite13
seajay17
seajay17
17 March 2012

Hills District Advice

Hills District Advice
NSW

You would be pushing it fine to get a 500sqm block + 4br house for less than $620k in the Hills area. We aimed for that budget (on a 450sqm block) and have already gone way over!!

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seajay17
Mar 17, 2012 6:48 pm
Humphrey72
Humphrey72
17 March 2012

Who builds good houses in Yass?

Who builds good houses in Yass?
NSW

G'day All, I am keen to build a house in Yass. I am a diesel mechanic working in the mining industry in WA, but I am originally from Sydney. My Dad has lined me up with a…

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Humphrey72
Mar 17, 2012 11:19 pm
edscl
edscl
17 March 2012

Chris & Kristen's Metr1con Nolan 45 knock down and build

Chris & Kristen's Metr1con Nolan 45 knock down and build
VIC
1, 2

I found that if you went after hours you could walk through the house as much as you wanted uninterrupted so you could really take the time to find any issues or admire…

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edscl
Mar 17, 2012 11:52 pm
edscl
PADAMS2012
PADAMS2012
18 March 2012

WALK IN WARDROBE ORGANIZERS

WALK IN WARDROBE ORGANIZERS
VIC

upsydaisy, thanks for that! sounds very organized. will deft have a nose around getting it custom made then. ikea sounds too expensive for what it really is! I mostly want…

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PADAMS2012
Mar 18, 2012 5:00 pm
dazandstace
dazandstace
18 March 2012

Kitchen Cupboard Quote

Kitchen Cupboard Quote
WA

My hubby's a cabinet maker and vinyl wrap is expensive product.

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dazandstace
Mar 18, 2012 7:17 pm
dazandstace
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kdgirl
Mar 18, 2012 7:56 pm
kdgirl
kdgirl
18 March 2012

Mortar issues - what could it be, would it be hard to fix

Mortar issues - what could it be, would it be hard to fix
NSW

Thanks building bee. It does look like acid burn or iron stain, at least from the austral link it seems relatively easy to fix. Fingers crossed that's what it is and they…

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kdgirl
Mar 18, 2012 8:43 pm
nglbuilder
nglbuilder
18 March 2012

First Home Buyers and Loans

First Home Buyers and Loans
WA

Your broker will usually organise the FHOG for you, i.e. give you the paperwork and lodge it for you and forward the payment to the builder. I would be cautious about…

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nglbuilder
Mar 18, 2012 9:25 pm
NatsyPatsy78
NatsyPatsy78
18 March 2012

single phase and 3 phase power

single phase and 3 phase power

We will be getting 3 phase as we intend of having an outdoor spa, ducted reverse air conditioner and our house is…

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NatsyPatsy78
Mar 18, 2012 10:28 pm
NatsyPatsy78

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