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drpopper
drpopper
24 March 2012

Bedroom sizes

Bedroom sizes
VIC
1, 2

We've had tiny,small. medium and big over the years and when it comes to bedrooms I'd suggest our experience has been the bigger the better. Waiting rooms are sized…

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drpopper
Mar 24, 2012 12:09 am
drpopper
building-expert
building-expert
24 March 2012

Follow your gut!

Follow your gut!

Well done, to get respect you have to stand up and fight for your rights. Bravo!

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building-expert
Mar 24, 2012 5:32 pm
building-expert
SunshineT
SunshineT
24 March 2012

Can rain impact the strength of the frame

Can rain impact the strength of the frame
NSW

Just found some more info on mould in frames on other threads: This person, edscl, had someone come and professionally clean the mould from the frames (sent by the…

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SunshineT
Mar 24, 2012 8:05 pm
SunshineT
CC101
CC101
25 March 2012

sisalation for metal roof

sisalation for metal roof
WA

Sisalation can be used on…

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CC101
Mar 25, 2012 2:37 pm
ShutterMan
ShutterMan
25 March 2012

Balmoral Rd Kellyville

Balmoral Rd Kellyville
NSW
1, 2, 3

Hey Project Manager, Sorry i missed this reply last time...and been so busy since returning from China...!!! Your father in law had a good trip...we know what were…

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ShutterMan
Mar 25, 2012 5:46 pm
RC2012
RC2012
26 March 2012

State 4 - The Heartleands - Tarneit - Carlisle Homes builder

State 4 - The Heartleands - Tarneit - Carlisle Homes builder
VIC

Dear All, I got some information and thought to share with others: 1. Wyndham council is not charging any security deposit in the begging on the process. 2. the sketch +…

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RC2012
Mar 26, 2012 9:36 am
kjw7
kjw7
26 March 2012

Building Agreement - Common Q+A's

Building Agreement - Common Q+A's
VIC

I'm no expert but I'm not sure how you would go negotiating the price for a late finish because the $250 a week is not meant to cover your mortgage, it's supposed to be…

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kjw7
Mar 26, 2012 7:47 pm
bashworth
bashworth
26 March 2012

Soil Test

Soil Test
VIC

Soil tests can cost $1-2,000 See the link for info about what you get: http://www.anewhouse.com.au/?p=347 I can't see any reason why you can't do it pre-title but would…

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bashworth
Mar 26, 2012 9:21 pm
bashworth
squashedrex
squashedrex
27 March 2012

Whitecard OHS

Whitecard OHS
NSW

Actually I just read the Workcover NSW website and found this: "Interstate cards In addition to the WorkCover NSW construction induction card, construction workers can…

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squashedrex
Mar 27, 2012 8:41 am
Sebba1
Sebba1
27 March 2012

extras by tradies

extras by tradies

I'd ask the builder just give them a call or e-mail. We are getting our sparky to do extra work and they have allowed it as long as our sparky labels his work all is good.…

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Sebba1
Mar 27, 2012 11:54 am
Dexter
Dexter
27 March 2012

Who should I go with??

Who should I go with??
WA

Hi, we're building a double storey in Perth and went through a similar process. We spent over a year on deciding. We finally decided on a smaller custom builder after…

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Dexter
Mar 27, 2012 1:53 pm
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namweng
Mar 27, 2012 3:45 pm
dazandstace
dazandstace
27 March 2012

Hot Water Tank - what should it sit on

Hot Water Tank - what should it sit on
NSW

Check on your house plans because it will say. Our builders included the hot water service as part of the slab, but must of forgot to do it for the water tank. It is on…

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dazandstace
Mar 27, 2012 7:17 pm
dazandstace
KAN
KAN
27 March 2012

Owners of polished porcelin, I need advice please!

Owners of polished porcelin, I need advice please!
NSW

Thanks for the replies. I tried a small patch with a damp micro fibre cloth and although there were no streaks, they still looked smudged.…

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KAN
Mar 27, 2012 7:18 pm
kdgirl
kdgirl
28 March 2012

Handover inspection

Handover inspection
NSW

Thanks both for your response. We do want to be pointing out everything so will now definitely be asking for bricks to be re-cleaned ESP since they are dark to medium in…

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kdgirl
Mar 28, 2012 5:00 am
building-expert
building-expert
28 March 2012

Bracing Plan from PD

Bracing Plan from PD
VIC

This problem keeps coming up all the time, builders not forwarding approved plans to the owner. Here are the basics: 1 The owner owns the plans because building permit is…

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building-expert
Mar 28, 2012 12:54 pm
building-expert
kexkez
kexkez
28 March 2012

electric conduits in external walls

electric conduits in external walls
WA
1, 2

that's true that could be useful if it was a constant issue and it's what I would probably do but it's not. For the few times per school holidays it happens it's not worth…

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kexkez
Mar 28, 2012 9:29 pm
kexkez
Vatche
Vatche
29 March 2012

Building with Masterton Homes

Building with Masterton Homes
NSW

We are building the Santorini MK2 with Masterton, and so far it has been good. I too read hours and hours, pages and pages of this forum and gained a lot of info. In turn…

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Vatche
Mar 29, 2012 8:52 am
Vatche
dvestate
dvestate
29 March 2012

Soffit over robes

Soffit over robes
WA

I know in our build the robe's suppled had an opening 2100 x 1200 with a ceiling height of 2600 I have had my builder provide a Nib wall for one end with an alcove and…

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697
dvestate
Mar 29, 2012 9:07 am
Vatche
Vatche
29 March 2012

Home Elevation design software??

Home Elevation design software??
NSW

Ive been using this one. seems to be ok. easy to operate. http://www.sweethome3d.com/index.jsp

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Vatche
Mar 29, 2012 10:56 am
Vatche
chrip
chrip
29 March 2012

Owner builder - need help with pricing

Owner builder - need help with pricing
VIC

Hi Chrip, Let me begin by congratulating you on taking this HUGE step!....it's true what people say about buying or building your home, it's…

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chrip
Mar 29, 2012 3:53 pm
d3vil_nik
d3vil_nik
29 March 2012

Help with Site Costs in derrimut Carli2!e & m3tr!c0n

Help with Site Costs in derrimut Carli2!e & m3tr!c0n
VIC
1, 2

I still feel thats too much, if you get independed it will cost u a bit$$, not sure exacly. Why dont you go to a few different house builders and ask them how much for…

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d3vil_nik
Mar 29, 2012 7:03 pm
brittany
brittany
29 March 2012

Cara Constructions

Cara Constructions
VIC

Hi, We're crazy but after building a home a few years ago now (this forum was my sanity) we're embarking on doing it all again for my in laws in Strathmore. We're using…

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brittany
Mar 29, 2012 7:24 pm
brittany
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dan1978
Mar 29, 2012 7:33 pm
springtime
springtime
29 March 2012

Water under house

Water under house
VIC

Hi, This doesn't sound too good. You should get a building inspection done ASAP. Better to be safe than sorry....especially when it affects your foundations.

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467
springtime
Mar 29, 2012 9:02 pm
ref_kt
ref_kt
29 March 2012

Building next to powerlines - dangerous for health?

Building next to powerlines - dangerous for health?
VIC

I grew up in a house that backed onto powerlines. 6 weeks old when I moved in and 22 when I moved out. I've been out for…

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ref_kt
Mar 29, 2012 10:26 pm
ref_kt
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
29 March 2012

Disclosure of Easements

Disclosure of Easements
VIC

Hi, it is a real problem buying land not yet titled as you have no idea what will be on there until it does. Ask your agent to add a clause to O & A "subject to the…

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Treeseachanger
Mar 29, 2012 10:52 pm
theanonyuser
theanonyuser
30 March 2012

Outdoor garage lights - weather proof ratings - 54 vs IP66

Outdoor garage lights - weather proof ratings - 54 vs IP66
VIC

Yeah I've been "watching" these very ones on eBay for ages. They are so lovely!! Then I started reading about GU10 fittings and MR16.... Then I asked the…

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theanonyuser
Mar 30, 2012 6:43 am
photoimpressions
photoimpressions
30 March 2012

Paving or Stencil for driveway

Paving or Stencil for driveway
NSW

yeh i think we'll go with the stencil.

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photoimpressions
Mar 30, 2012 11:14 am
chrip
chrip
30 March 2012

Recommended trades people required - Western Suburbs

Recommended trades people required - Western Suburbs
VIC

Hi Guys, I need some recommended trades people if you guys know any in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne. I am building a new house in Truganina. The trades people I…

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337
chrip
Mar 30, 2012 12:07 pm
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
30 March 2012

Electrical matters- is it possible to do it yourself?

Electrical matters- is it possible to do it yourself?
WA

^ Agreed - Although I thought it needed to be made perfectly clear that DIY electrical works in a house build are not an option, beyond that I'm not judging the OP for…

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cmhamilton
Mar 30, 2012 12:15 pm
Mac25
Mac25
30 March 2012

How to clean New Tiles please?

How to clean New Tiles please?

The tile shops sell products to remove the wax off porcelain tiles, not sure if your's have wax but I am sure they sell a cleaner that will remove the left overs from laying.

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Mac25
Mar 30, 2012 1:34 pm
mazstar1980
mazstar1980
30 March 2012

[PER] What are soakwells and do I need them?

[PER] What are soakwells and do I need them?
WA

we are getting a 190,000L tank - approx $9000 - which includes installation, but not the sand pad to put it on, but we are getting the…

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mazstar1980
Mar 30, 2012 3:38 pm
kdgirl
kdgirl
31 March 2012

AV Jennings upgrades

AV Jennings upgrades
NSW

I know for the blue print range you can choose signature or expressions or you can choose just to upgrade single items. I think for the new aurora collection it may be one…

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kdgirl
Mar 31, 2012 5:16 am
Michael74
Michael74
31 March 2012

Rock in Plenty River, River stone, Doreen?

Rock in Plenty River, River stone, Doreen?
VIC

Anyone needing to offload some clean fill in Doreen, I'm in Plenty River Estate and need some soon in the front and back yard before my fences go up. PM me. Thanks in advance!

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Michael74
Mar 31, 2012 8:27 am
mgilla
mgilla
31 March 2012

Timber gate vs Merbau gate

Timber gate vs Merbau gate
VIC

Sounds like it would be treated pine, if thats the case they can shoot it onto the gate frame with a nail gun where the merbau has to be drilled and screwed. Takes 3-4…

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mgilla
Mar 31, 2012 9:14 am
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
31 March 2012

Boral brick selection(builder switched from Austral)

Boral brick selection(builder switched from Austral)
VIC

Just do a google image search or "boral jarrah" (or even search for "bora jarrah" in the H1 forums) and you'll find a bunch of images of the bricks from a few different…

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cmhamilton
Mar 31, 2012 10:09 am
portia111
portia111
31 March 2012

Strata Subdivision Sutherland Shire NSW

Strata Subdivision Sutherland Shire NSW
NSW

Hi. We are in in the process of having a duplex design drawn up, and do a 'knockdown rebuild' We plan to live in one duplex and my parents in the other. We would like to…

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portia111
Mar 31, 2012 7:35 pm
zeitgeber
zeitgeber
1 April 2012

How long did it take from Prestart till slab down?

How long did it take from Prestart till slab down?
WA

9 months from initial deposit to contact signing, because the volume builder knew they "got" us already. Took 2 months from contact signing to slab down. We also had a…

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zeitgeber
Apr 01, 2012 1:13 pm
zeitgeber
ESB
ESB
1 April 2012

Coral Builders come on in for a chat!

Coral Builders come on in for a chat!
QLD
1 ... 9, 10, 11

It is great to see some new Coral Builders here ... I've been following a few of the threads. :) The updated Coral plans look great ... I noticed the one we built has…

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ESB
Apr 01, 2012 1:18 pm
ESB
grumblebum54
grumblebum54
1 April 2012

Ceiling manhold in garage - security risk?

Ceiling manhold in garage - security risk?
SA
1, 2

Workmen tramping through my house on my new wooden floors and carpet is not an option as previously mentioned so the manhole is in the garage. It's great to put a good…

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grumblebum54
Apr 01, 2012 1:23 pm
grumblebum54
bonkers
bonkers
1 April 2012

Hello, help with Perth sewer setbacks

Hello, help with Perth sewer setbacks
WA

Thanks Bashworth, I had already had a look at your site but I think the rules are different here in WA. I will have to get in touch with the watercorp but was just hoping…

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607
bonkers
Apr 01, 2012 9:24 pm
~steph~
~steph~
2 April 2012

BASIX water tank. Am I getting screwed?

BASIX water tank. Am I getting screwed?
NSW

either that or you would want it to cook you breakfast every morning!!!! We installed our own…

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546
~steph~
Apr 02, 2012 8:44 am
gogo65
gogo65
2 April 2012

Double Story house on a battleaxe lot ?

Double Story house on a battleaxe lot ?
NSW

All the areas you are talking about come generally under hornsby council not parramatta. I believe they are the worst for land size ratios. I think house can't be more…

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gogo65
Apr 02, 2012 9:44 am
gogo65
meifong16
meifong16
2 April 2012

Building with Ideal Homes in Wattle Grove, WA

Building with Ideal Homes in Wattle Grove, WA
WA
1, 2, 3

Hi Kazzbah61, So sorry for the late reply. The initial quote of 24K for the site works was based on the average price for the suburb. I've just received confirmation from…

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meifong16
Apr 02, 2012 11:29 am

Rangehood vented externally are there any issues with it?

Rangehood vented externally are there any issues with it?
SA

Hi all we are planning to put external vents to our rangehood after handover... are there any problems with it? does anyone in Adelaide recommend an installer? How much…

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JamieandGhie(monaco)
Apr 02, 2012 1:07 pm
JamieandGhie(monaco)
Dreamer
Dreamer
2 April 2012

Black colourbond scratches?

Black colourbond scratches?

Thought I would bump this old thread. Does anyone else have any feedback on black window frames? We'll be doing some renos soon and need to add in a new sliding door and…

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Dreamer
Apr 02, 2012 4:31 pm
okjorg
okjorg
3 April 2012

I am 3.8km from the ocean..........

I am 3.8km from the ocean..........
QLD
1, 2

Still waiting to hear back from a lot of the builders...... But are narrowing down what we like and don't like in house plans!! Does anyone have anything at ALL they…

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okjorg
Apr 03, 2012 8:03 am
okjorg
sajithj
sajithj
3 April 2012

Building with Henley - Would like some advise and tips

Building with Henley - Would like some advise and tips
VIC

Thanks tengals, That is kind of reassuring. I have sent a whole bunch of questions to my sales coordinator. Let's see what he comes back with. Sucks that Cosham is…

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sajithj
Apr 03, 2012 12:53 pm


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