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Mala
Mala
20 September 2011

Which Slab is Better? Waffle Pod or Raft Concrete Slab???

Which Slab is Better? Waffle Pod or Raft Concrete Slab???

Hi, Can you please help. my builder sent me a bill for $6000 because the land was classed as P class, they want waffle slab instead of raft. can they do this? this was a…

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Mala
Sep 20, 2011 8:25 pm
edscl
edscl
21 September 2011

Building A New House

Building A New House
VIC

I never thought of that

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edscl
Sep 21, 2011 11:55 am
edscl
melanie02
melanie02
21 September 2011

anyone building in myponga SA?

anyone building in myponga SA?
SA

Hi There Congratulations on getting your loan ...... I,m not at Myponga but not too far away at Willunga. Are you building on an acerage? We have just put our plans into…

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melanie02
Sep 21, 2011 12:10 pm
Popsicals
Popsicals
21 September 2011

DAH Vs Life*tyle Vs DAH Vs Life*tyle

DAH Vs Life*tyle Vs DAH Vs Life*tyle
WA
1, 2, 3

Oooh I disappeared for a while :n: We're not in! We are having the last meeting on 3rd October - show round thingy where we pick up the snags, then hopefully keys on 10th…

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Popsicals
Sep 21, 2011 9:47 pm
Casa2
Casa2
22 September 2011

Acrylic Rendering with new Clarendon Home

Acrylic Rendering with new Clarendon Home
NSW
1, 2, 3

I think you can use any Clarendon house with render finish as your reference sample. You can also use any other house with render finish as your reference sample as they…

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Casa2
Sep 22, 2011 9:02 am
Casa2
Casa2
22 September 2011

Building Contracts - Things to look out for

Building Contracts - Things to look out for
QLD

Alpal provides a good summary. I would also check that everythign you want is mentioned in the contract. If it's not mentioned in the contract, it won't happen.

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Casa2
Sep 22, 2011 9:05 am
humble
humble
22 September 2011

Merbau supplier South East Melbourne

Merbau supplier South East Melbourne
VIC

Can you get a price as well, I want to work out the costs for my planned deck :z:

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humble
Sep 22, 2011 10:30 am
kdgirl
kdgirl
22 September 2011

How long does the roof take - concrete tiles

How long does the roof take - concrete tiles
NSW

Our roof is about 163 m2. Took them less than a few hrs to get the tiles up and another few to tile the roof. Then we had a deluge :shock: ... but all was…

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kdgirl
Sep 22, 2011 1:48 pm
melanie02
melanie02
22 September 2011

How big is your house?

How big is your house?
1, 2, 3, 4

Ours will be a total of 568.70 sq m Living - 355.00 Verandahs - 121.40 sq m Pergola - 36.00 Garage - 56.30 We,re on 9.5 acres,so plenty of space for the kids Cheers Mel ::smile::

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melanie02
Sep 22, 2011 2:28 pm
RocksInHead
RocksInHead
22 September 2011

RiH's custom build - critique my plan

RiH's custom build - critique my plan
VIC

Thanks Alkalised. Hall cupboards - DW mandatory item. Laundry sink - Yep! agree on that one. Was put there moons ago to be under the window but in the moving and…

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RocksInHead
Sep 22, 2011 4:19 pm
equineaffair
equineaffair
22 September 2011

Provisional Sums in Contract - Verification of actual costs

Provisional Sums in Contract - Verification of actual costs
VIC

Thanks for the information appreciate it. At the moment we have a very good relationship with the builder and prefer to keep it that way, its a difficult one for us as we…

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equineaffair
Sep 22, 2011 6:57 pm
equineaffair
tengals
tengals
22 September 2011

Sandhurst.....

Sandhurst.....

bump please

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tengals
Sep 22, 2011 7:48 pm
selina2106
selina2106
22 September 2011

Slab down how long to lockup

Slab down how long to lockup
VIC
1, 2

We also don't have a handover date. Contract says 26 weeks but we were never told when the contract started. I know…

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selina2106
Sep 22, 2011 10:43 pm
architect
architect
22 September 2011

Insurance Cover for Owner Supplied Items before Handover

Insurance Cover for Owner Supplied Items before Handover
QLD

if they were the builders goods they be installing them on the day of PC. they should apply the same logic when they are your goods not hard to get a sparky out to fit an…

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architect
Sep 22, 2011 11:22 pm
scotland
scotland
22 September 2011

what is an adequate length of backyard???

what is an adequate length of backyard???
1, 2, 3

Part of our backyard is 8 metres deep, but the majority of it from the back of the alfresco to the fence is 4m. I had no qualms about this as the…

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scotland
Sep 22, 2011 11:32 pm
gemfriend
gemfriend
22 September 2011

NEED HELP! Kitchen is in & is not what I expected!

NEED HELP! Kitchen is in & is not what I expected!
VIC

Thanks so much to you both for your advice!.. I think I was having a little bit of a stress attack last night when I really let everything get to me and think I had…

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gemfriend
Sep 22, 2011 11:40 pm
xanthrope
xanthrope
23 September 2011

Bricklaying tolerances

Bricklaying tolerances
NSW

A lot of tolerances used in the brick/mortar section of the standard are to do with visual appeal. From a technical perspective, if the mortar width were to vary a bit -…

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xanthrope
Sep 23, 2011 10:52 am
xanthrope
stage16
stage16
23 September 2011

Manda's Henley Monterey Q3!

Manda's Henley Monterey Q3!
VIC
1, 2

I will do the Cooper..hope it will be go well..

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stage16
Sep 23, 2011 11:57 am
eyspy
eyspy
23 September 2011

Are building construction costs likely to decrease?

Are building construction costs likely to decrease?
VIC

I agree, I think the actual cost of building will remain the same but they may try and entice buyers with extras throw in to sweeten the deal.

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eyspy
Sep 23, 2011 9:37 pm
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Kaytee
Sep 24, 2011 10:44 pm
Kaytee
forestville
forestville
25 September 2011

Garage Floor level vs. House level

Garage Floor level vs. House level
NSW

The drive slopes down to the house.

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forestville
Sep 25, 2011 2:14 pm
daveandally1
daveandally1
25 September 2011

Things that add the most value in Perth...

Things that add the most value in Perth...
WA

1. Skirting boards Skirting boards are good because they connect the floor with the ceiling in a gradual way rather than blunt. You can get the snap on cornices from…

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daveandally1
Sep 25, 2011 3:35 pm
daveandally1
stuey0608
stuey0608
26 September 2011

PLACES HOMES general information thread

PLACES HOMES general information thread
VIC
1, 2

Hi all, thought i'd drop by after a few months of absence. Almost at PCI now. Things have gone fairly smoothly. The quality has been good, other than the cabinetry in the…

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stuey0608
Sep 26, 2011 12:18 am
stuey0608

we had a bit more of a play with it last night. latest version…

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Pete_n_Pet
Sep 26, 2011 9:45 am
michellemaz
michellemaz
26 September 2011

Filling in a fibreglass pool and demo - Mt Waverley

Filling in a fibreglass pool and demo - Mt Waverley
VIC

Thanks pattycake4 it is inground So maybe if I can find another building site that is excavating nearby I could ask them to drop off their fill in my pool But what about…

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michellemaz
Sep 26, 2011 6:15 pm
mel2010
mel2010
26 September 2011

Building with Homebuyers Centre at Byford Central WA

Building with Homebuyers Centre at Byford Central WA
WA

Guys, I'm removing the details of the painter. The paint is chipping super easy and looks like I'll be re painting myself in a year or 2 :(

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mel2010
Sep 26, 2011 6:56 pm
mel2010
thegilbeys
thegilbeys
26 September 2011

Architect or Drafter | Designing my home Video/Walkthrough

Architect or Drafter | Designing my home Video/Walkthrough
QLD

You haven't chosen a builder yet then? I think either way (drafter or architect) it's an expense that's unnecessary IMO. I'd just wait till you've picked your builder and…

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thegilbeys
Sep 26, 2011 9:30 pm
thegilbeys
boganswife
boganswife
26 September 2011

First Home Builder - Cavalier Homes - Townsville

First Home Builder - Cavalier Homes - Townsville
QLD

Hi Josh, We are building with Cavalier too, on NSW midnorth coast. They have been fantastic to deal with so far. Looks like you are having a good experience too. We found…

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boganswife
Sep 26, 2011 9:52 pm
boganswife
wrexter
wrexter
26 September 2011

Uncle Tonksy's SPH build - All Done!

Uncle Tonksy's SPH build - All Done!
WA
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Hey UT, House is looking grand. That front window feature looks awesome, love the contrast! turf is establishing well and your exposed agg looks awesome.

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wrexter
Sep 26, 2011 10:54 pm
wrexter
rocketship
rocketship
27 September 2011

Tiles or floorboards?

Tiles or floorboards?
VIC

For me solid timber floorboards or tiles over timber laminate everytime!! I guess it depends on what is more important to you... ease of cleaning, the look, the feel, the…

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rocketship
Sep 27, 2011 7:31 am
ayaz
ayaz
27 September 2011

Building new house with Simonds - Turin

Building new house with Simonds - Turin
VIC

We are building this house in truganina, Melbourne. its a 400m2 lot. We selected St. Ives façade. Land is due to title in april 2012 and hopefully house will start in May…

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ayaz
Sep 27, 2011 10:55 am
mudmap
mudmap
27 September 2011

Defects with New Dimension Homes

Defects with New Dimension Homes
VIC

Thanks for your advise CA3105 I have checked with Consumer Affairs Victoria who have a particular form / procedure for dealing with domestic building comlpaints. Our…

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mudmap
Sep 27, 2011 2:17 pm
Pos
Pos
27 September 2011

Best time to fence yard?

Best time to fence yard?
NSW

We had specifications about what type of fence we could have...from the developer. But with regard to the palings vs good side of fence...the fencer decided! Basically…

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Pos
Sep 27, 2011 9:57 pm
S&D's castle
S&D's castle
27 September 2011

Alternative Construction Methods v Double Brick v Cost

Alternative Construction Methods v Double Brick v Cost
WA

Hi Jono, We built a timber framed upper home with Great Living Homes and had handover in February 2011. I believe they now use the "Masterwall" system but we had the…

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S&D's castle
Sep 27, 2011 11:08 pm
Helyn
Helyn
28 September 2011

Smart Meters

Smart Meters

Link worked fine for me - I think it must be problem your end, Marcelo. We have smart meter installed - link is very handy for knowing exactly when is best times to use…

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Helyn
Sep 28, 2011 8:44 am
Helyn
Jamie_D
Jamie_D
28 September 2011

Need advice before signing building contract

Need advice before signing building contract
VIC

Thanks for your comments Rojak1...Greatly appreciated

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Jamie_D
Sep 28, 2011 11:43 am
HillsCass
HillsCass
28 September 2011

south australian builders

south australian builders
SA

Ditto for us regarding that piece of advice. We haven't got around to getting quotes yet. We have to get a standalone 5000l tank for bushfire requirements (don't get me…

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HillsCass
Sep 28, 2011 12:12 pm
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
28 September 2011

Cancelling with Burbank after leaving initial deposit

Cancelling with Burbank after leaving initial deposit
VIC

We lost a deposit of over 20k... it was a horrible feeling, but we had been through engineering and all sorts so it wasn't as if it was for nothing- they had done a lot of…

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MrsGreen
Sep 28, 2011 12:51 pm
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
28 September 2011

THE HOUSE PLAN THREAD

THE HOUSE PLAN THREAD
1 ... 7, 8, 9

Here are our new plans (new block, new designer) http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set= ... 542&type=1 I'm too short on time to upload them and get them onto here... but…

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MrsGreen
Sep 28, 2011 12:57 pm
MrsGreen
Chipstick
Chipstick
28 September 2011

psqm cost for a drop edge beam on your concrete slab?

psqm cost for a drop edge beam on your concrete slab?
NSW

Hi, just wondering what cost you paid, or have been advised will be, psqm for your drop edge beam on your concrete slab? We are in Sydney. We have an allowance in our…

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Chipstick
Sep 28, 2011 3:03 pm
kiwi
kiwi
28 September 2011

Hi All,

Hi All,
VIC

stalker ay!

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kiwi
Sep 28, 2011 6:14 pm
kiwi
kiwi
kiwi
28 September 2011

Building a small two storey in Perth... Best option?

Building a small two storey in Perth... Best option?
WA

I dont know, but wanted to wish you all the best! will be watching to see how you get on, but not in a stalkerish type of way :)

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kiwi
Sep 28, 2011 6:30 pm
kiwi
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kiwi
Sep 28, 2011 6:35 pm
kiwi
tobehomeowner
tobehomeowner
28 September 2011

Porch built not as per plan

Porch built not as per plan
VIC

Thank you all for responding to my concern. My builder agreed to raise the porch height and get the fascia, gutter of porch in line with the guttering of the house. The…

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tobehomeowner
Sep 28, 2011 10:11 pm
suzmic
suzmic
28 September 2011

Anyone Building with Nu Homes( blueprint)- Seville Grove ?

Anyone Building with Nu Homes( blueprint)- Seville Grove ?
WA

Thank you!!.. Wow 12 weeks is very fast!.. Hope you've been happy with your new house :)..

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suzmic
Sep 28, 2011 10:37 pm
rajan_g4
rajan_g4
29 September 2011

Fencing + Driveway before handover

Fencing + Driveway before handover
VIC

Thanks Stormy. Not sure whether I would have to get the trenching done considering Telstra isnt going to provide service to new estate. I will have to confirm this. your…

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rajan_g4
Sep 29, 2011 9:06 am
rajan_g4
mary23
mary23
30 September 2011

kapur or permapine decking?

kapur or permapine decking?
SA

thankyou for the feedback.I think despite the maintanance, I prefer the nicer look of the kapur.thanks again.

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mary23
Sep 30, 2011 8:55 am
the_milesy
the_milesy
30 September 2011

Keysborough Summerfield

Keysborough Summerfield
VIC

Sorry, I haven't been following this forum for a while. Your information is really nice n helpful..I am so worry as well becaz I am starting to sign…

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the_milesy
Sep 30, 2011 11:29 am
cookie_monster
cookie_monster
30 September 2011

Getting plans thru Council

Getting plans thru Council
SA

Cost me $10k in development consultant fees, arborist fees and surveys. Took 6 months to get the planning permit through, as opposed to the 2 years that seems to be the…

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cookie_monster
Sep 30, 2011 3:46 pm


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