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Variegated
Variegated
3 October 2011

Building has finally restarted!

Building has finally restarted!

I know how that feels! I was lucky in that it only took about 9 months to get underway again following the first builder's receivership. So pleased that your building is…

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Variegated
Oct 03, 2011 10:08 am
Variegated
Zarli
Zarli
3 October 2011

issues with damaged or unsatisfactory work at handover

issues with damaged or unsatisfactory work at handover
SA

After trying to work out a compromise with our builder to amend something that they incorrectly did in our build - we ended up having to go to the builder dispute…

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Zarli
Oct 03, 2011 11:54 am
Zarli
deadloser
deadloser
3 October 2011

scratches on brand new benchtops....and we havnt even got it

scratches on brand new benchtops....and we havnt even got it
SA

Actually depends on how many percentage money you have paid them already. I mean, if you have paid the majority part, then it is you who need to worry about the loan and…

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deadloser
Oct 03, 2011 12:19 pm
New to Building
New to Building
3 October 2011

Masterton or Eden Brae in Waterford County

Masterton or Eden Brae in Waterford County
NSW

We moved to NSW and didn't know anyone to get information regarding builders. We ended up spending the extra $2000 to get 3 quotes so that we could compare apples with…

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New to Building
Oct 03, 2011 2:35 pm
abraham
abraham
3 October 2011

Glass splash-back standards and tolerances

Glass splash-back standards and tolerances
VIC

Hi All, Building a new house, the kitchen glass splash-back has been installed and we have a PCI coming up very soon. The splash-back is meant to be 650mm high, but…

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abraham
Oct 03, 2011 2:45 pm
equineaffair
equineaffair
3 October 2011

Downpipes cut into side wall of Huxley house

Downpipes cut into side wall of Huxley house
NSW

excellent result, just goes to show what some builders try and get away with if you dont ask the question.

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equineaffair
Oct 03, 2011 3:22 pm
equineaffair
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Odie1kanobie
Oct 03, 2011 4:27 pm
boganswife
boganswife
3 October 2011

Now have garage door - updated pics - Lundy Grey Render

Now have garage door - updated pics - Lundy Grey Render

This looks great! Perfect blend of woodgrain and colour. I am a big fan of greys and purples together! I especially love the grey on the garage projection, gorgeous…

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boganswife
Oct 03, 2011 7:29 pm
boganswife
morox
morox
4 October 2011

Silly question regarding lockup stage ???

Silly question regarding lockup stage ???
SA

With ours the front, back & internal access doors were on, garage door goes on right near the end of the 'Completion' stage (I believe)

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morox
Oct 04, 2011 7:21 am
conmuter
conmuter
4 October 2011

WESTMINSTER DELAY UPON DELAY

WESTMINSTER DELAY UPON DELAY
NSW

They laid the slab for my house about five months ago, and after that they have not done anything else. When you ring is always the same answer; it is so frustrating!!!…

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conmuter
Oct 04, 2011 12:28 pm
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morox
Oct 04, 2011 3:01 pm
mustang1
mustang1
4 October 2011

Starr Constructions in Sydney

Starr Constructions in Sydney
NSW

Hi tuan251098, I built with Starr Constructions and just thought Id give you some feedback..mainly because I was really happy with how they built my home and the whole…

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mustang1
Oct 04, 2011 6:41 pm
eyspy
eyspy
4 October 2011

Building From Scratch

Building From Scratch
VIC

With all those rellies in the trades you listed I would 100% be an OB

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eyspy
Oct 04, 2011 8:10 pm
buildingwest
buildingwest
4 October 2011

We are in!

We are in!
VIC

Hope everything works out for you and is resolved quickly. Thanks for the paint information.

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buildingwest
Oct 04, 2011 9:20 pm
kyton
kyton
4 October 2011

Knockdown & Rebuild - Financials

Knockdown & Rebuild - Financials
QLD

Buildingwest that is because you are more then likely borrowing with mortgage insurance. You can borrow up 90/95% with MI depending on your lender. To the OP - it is…

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kyton
Oct 04, 2011 10:12 pm
kyton
eyspy
eyspy
5 October 2011

Renovating in Darling Downs

Renovating in Darling Downs
WA

Architects are expensive and have egos, draftie's are cheaper and basically will draw what you want them to draw. There are exceptions to the rule of course. You can…

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eyspy
Oct 05, 2011 8:59 am
B&V
B&V
5 October 2011

20 days to start after issue of construction certificate

20 days to start after issue of construction certificate
NSW

This is an actual quote from the builder back back in August when we recieved DA approval. As per the contract it does say we have 20 days after the…

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B&V
Oct 05, 2011 2:48 pm
B&V
Lunchtime
Lunchtime
6 October 2011

Cost of Security windows and doors

Cost of Security windows and doors
VIC

Depends on what you want to achieve. Security doors and windows are mainly to give the appearance that the house is hard to break into. The reality is that if someone…

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Lunchtime
Oct 06, 2011 7:39 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
6 October 2011

Land is filled . what about the site cost

Land is filled . what about the site cost
VIC

From experience, get lots of tests done with the soil report. We are in the final stages of a knockdown re build and something that was missed was a substantial amount of…

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chrisandkate
Oct 06, 2011 2:13 pm
rocketship
rocketship
6 October 2011

Render

Render
VIC

I just had a look at the Urban Edge homes website and the plan that you are going for. In my opinion, the ones that look the best in the selection are the fully rendered…

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rocketship
Oct 06, 2011 8:25 pm
aries24
aries24
7 October 2011

Top Mount or Undermount Kitchen sink?

Top Mount or Undermount Kitchen sink?
WA

Thanks everyone for the advice. I agree that it becomes ones preferences, funny thing is even me and my wife could not agree which one to install. LOL.

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aries24
Oct 07, 2011 2:25 am
lauramoody11
lauramoody11
7 October 2011

Homes under 180k

Homes under 180k
VIC

Dennis Homes - Oxford - 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 living area, can be done under 180k including site…

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lauramoody11
Oct 07, 2011 9:37 am
kasuncp
kasuncp
7 October 2011

Certificate of compliance - Doveton

Certificate of compliance - Doveton
VIC

Hi All, I'm new to this forumn. I'm buying a off the plan unit in Doveton. I want to know how long will it take to issue the Certificate of compliance. Next week we will…

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kasuncp
Oct 07, 2011 9:55 am
tim74
tim74
7 October 2011

Imported Velux skylights

Imported Velux skylights
VIC

thanks - just spoke to a builder who said he can get them made overnight.

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tim74
Oct 07, 2011 1:09 pm
fairy blue
fairy blue
7 October 2011

What things have we Forgot?

What things have we Forgot?
WA

Funny bout that, I knew exactly where to look for it!

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fairy blue
Oct 07, 2011 4:49 pm
fairy blue
Dreamer
Dreamer
7 October 2011

Splashback - Glass or tiles?

Splashback - Glass or tiles?
WA

I like the idea of glass. That's what I want in our kitchen reno. We've been told the cons are keeping it streak-free but how hard can that be?! I just like the idea of…

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Dreamer
Oct 07, 2011 6:06 pm
posss
posss
7 October 2011

Split Level Steps

Split Level Steps
SA

Hi Lee, Thank you so much for posting pictures of your stairs. It's great to see that MDF stairs can look so good!! Cheers, Michael & Kylie

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posss
Oct 07, 2011 7:04 pm

Sorry for the size. I know it's really tiny. It's the best I can do…

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Dollar
Oct 07, 2011 10:39 pm
Odie1kanobie
Odie1kanobie
8 October 2011

Gabbybuild - PCI done

Gabbybuild - PCI done
WA
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Just wanted to say that you have a beautiful home:) Three weeks to go!! Hopefully it will go fast and everything done correctly too for you guys!

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Odie1kanobie
Oct 08, 2011 12:02 am
mimi23
mimi23
9 October 2011

Is it too late for Sarking?

Is it too late for Sarking?

Do you mean sarking to your roof or your external walls? :? Sarking to the external walls goes on after the frame is complete and before bricking.

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mimi23
Oct 09, 2011 5:14 am
mimi23
theanonyuser
theanonyuser
9 October 2011

Sarking & concrete roof tiles

Sarking & concrete roof tiles
NSW

Sarking is always done with colorbond to prevent the heat transfer, it does sound a little expensive. I had to have full sarking because of the bushfire rating.

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theanonyuser
Oct 09, 2011 7:54 am
fairy blue
fairy blue
9 October 2011

negotiate a better price

negotiate a better price
SA

I always say'If you don't ask, you don't get', but my bet is whatever you knock him down will be re-couped in extras during the building…

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fairy blue
Oct 09, 2011 10:25 am
fairy blue
Bubu2006
Bubu2006
9 October 2011

Long Island Homes

Long Island Homes
VIC
1, 2

I have read the information about the Director of Long Island Homes having some association with Landmark and want to tell everyone that this information is NOT true. Long…

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Bubu2006
Oct 09, 2011 12:35 pm
mackay
mackay
9 October 2011

Our first build - Urb@nedge Tribu 001

Our first build - Urb@nedge Tribu 001

Thanks .... We were concerned due to hearing all those horror stories including good friends of ours who built with a different builder, but we would happily recommend…

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mackay
Oct 09, 2011 5:15 pm
mak_
mak_
10 October 2011

My new build

My new build
VIC

I was there on Saturday - i saw the works going on...the frame has come up and looks awesome!

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mak_
Oct 10, 2011 8:59 am
mak_
luke81
luke81
10 October 2011

Our Regal House

Our Regal House
1 ... 16, 17, 18

Vegie garden works have commenced. Have 3 big planters for herbs and vegies blue metal and stepping stones. More builders maintenance done today and I must say the…

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luke81
Oct 10, 2011 12:55 pm
MmmmBalf
MmmmBalf
10 October 2011

Our Humble Abode with loads of pics!

Our Humble Abode with loads of pics!
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Congrats Starz, you get your house the day ours starts. :D Site scrape for us is booked in for Thursday. I often see your place, just around the corner from our block. …

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MmmmBalf
Oct 10, 2011 5:53 pm
MmmmBalf
Crow
Crow
10 October 2011

Concrete Required For Slab

Concrete Required For Slab
VIC

It depends on the design of your footings and the engineering requirements. Our trenches were a metre deep and concrete was approx 140m3.

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Crow
Oct 10, 2011 6:43 pm
Lacey
Lacey
11 October 2011

garage height for 4X4 or hatchbacks?

garage height for 4X4 or hatchbacks?
WA

If you can, extend the depth of the garage. We had the standard size, didn't think much of it. My partner has a commodore size car (maybe a fraction longer) and it JUST…

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Lacey
Oct 11, 2011 9:44 am
kent
kent
11 October 2011

Telephone points and trench

Telephone points and trench

It is about the going rate, telstra will not do it directly they will pass it to their contractors. Getting the phone points done now is a whole lot easier ie b4 plaster,…

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kent
Oct 11, 2011 1:04 pm
Trewman
Trewman
11 October 2011

How long will it take for land registration???

How long will it take for land registration???
NSW

Be careful with registration at the end of the year - developer land tax is due on 31st december every year. If they register the land expecting…

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Trewman
Oct 11, 2011 3:04 pm
KAN
KAN
11 October 2011

Stage 11 Settled and Ready to Build

Stage 11 Settled and Ready to Build
VIC

Hi Ranger1124, welcome to the forum. Have you chosen a project home to build?

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KAN
Oct 11, 2011 6:55 pm
LordX
LordX
11 October 2011

Has anyone built with Alandale Homes or Aaron J homes?

Has anyone built with Alandale Homes or Aaron J homes?
VIC

I'm advising you with best intentions not to build with Alandale Homes, not to deal with them at all. These people are extremely manipulative and for them to lie is just…

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LordX
Oct 11, 2011 8:10 pm
edscl
edscl
11 October 2011

PCI next Tuesday

PCI next Tuesday
VIC

:z: :z: :z: I have been following your blog, you home look great!

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edscl
Oct 11, 2011 10:02 pm
edscl
Fitzyplumber
Fitzyplumber
11 October 2011

is it normal to receive a water bill prior to completion?

is it normal to receive a water bill prior to completion?
NSW

lol i should be happy i dont have water or sewer rates where i live but yeah they hit u where they can it sucks

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Fitzyplumber
Oct 11, 2011 10:20 pm
stinomus
stinomus
12 October 2011

Floor Tiles

Floor Tiles

Really that's personal preference, what do you prefer?

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stinomus
Oct 12, 2011 9:39 am
catjim
catjim
12 October 2011

Settle an argument?

Settle an argument?
NSW

We built a custom design with a less well known builder and it would have been $250,000 or a little bit less. A three bedroom plus two studies (I work from home), two…

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catjim
Oct 12, 2011 11:38 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
12 October 2011

Installing levers upside-down to toddler proof?

Installing levers upside-down to toddler proof?
NSW

What about raising the height of the handle? We are getting ours at around 1200mm of the ground to negate the same issue. The front door handle is at the same height with…

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chrisandkate
Oct 12, 2011 11:53 am
sij
sij
12 October 2011

What happens after roof?

What happens after roof?
WA

Hi All, Just did site inspection and noticed tiles all done gas,electrical and other pre lays done. One thing I noticed which lucky I was on site to pick up was that…

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sij
Oct 12, 2011 11:56 am


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