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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
tempura
tempura
30 September 2011

Electrical Work + Solar Metering

Electrical Work + Solar Metering

Hi Guys, Just wanted to get your thoughts whether the following 2 are expensive or reasonable price: Connection of electrical works, which…

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tempura
Sep 30, 2011 4:41 pm
tempura
BMAC-Hawthorne27
BMAC-Hawthorne27
30 September 2011

EDEN BRAE - BUILD SURE

EDEN BRAE - BUILD SURE
NSW

I have no idea as to when the construction certificate was issued so wouldn't have a clue when to start 20 days from. Communication we have learnt is certainly not one of…

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BMAC-Hawthorne27
Sep 30, 2011 5:13 pm
bashworth
bashworth
1 October 2011

Stobie pole connection

Stobie pole connection
SA

If you have signed a variation with the builder he will organise it. In the contract: You are the first party The builder is the 2nd Anyone else is a 3rd Party.

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bashworth
Oct 01, 2011 3:24 pm
bashworth
jessie87
jessie87
1 October 2011

The Settlement Golden Grove - price of footings

The Settlement Golden Grove - price of footings
SA

We got out block of land in Stage 1. We only paid $10,000

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jessie87
Oct 01, 2011 3:27 pm

http://www.newhomevisuals.com/ Best money that I have spent... It was about $70 This is what they did for…

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dtechstr
Oct 01, 2011 9:26 pm
nrh157
nrh157
2 October 2011

Eden Brae Customers - Variation Changes

Eden Brae Customers - Variation Changes
NSW

Hi, Once your plans are released to site, EB will hit you with a $500 admin fee for any modifications to your plans. We wan't a DPP moved 20cms & that is what we were…

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nrh157
Oct 02, 2011 6:27 am
nrh157
Hep
Hep
2 October 2011

Building Strand 40 with Kurmond Homes - Jordan Springs

Building Strand 40 with Kurmond Homes - Jordan Springs
NSW
1, 2, 3

Yeh I've been hearing a lot of funny things like that lately. I still haven't had any drama's what so ever so I don't know why I'm being treated differently hey.

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Hep
Oct 02, 2011 5:59 pm
Hep
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


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