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Lot927
Lot927
30 October 2011

Building EBH Lincoln 35 at The Ponds

Building EBH Lincoln 35 at The Ponds
NSW

Hi we were going to build the lincoln. We were not going to make any mods but they told us that a laundry chute was not possible. Its a lovely designed home.... I look…

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Lot927
Oct 30, 2011 8:09 pm
theanonyuser
theanonyuser
30 October 2011

Building costs

Building costs
WA

There are extra costs for rural areas, extra costs for the bushfire prone areas (which covers quite a lot of Vic for example) Fences, driveways, data cabling, security systems....

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theanonyuser
Oct 30, 2011 8:22 pm
HappyCamper_au
HappyCamper_au
30 October 2011

Yellow / Red stains on our light bricks

Yellow / Red stains on our light bricks
VIC

I have PGH Lithgow bricks and they had a yellow stain in a few areas after cleaning. The builder used undiluted bleach, left it for about 10 mins then hosed it off and…

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HappyCamper_au
Oct 30, 2011 8:55 pm
abraham
abraham
30 October 2011

Asking for settlement -- Builder dragging work and final PCI

Asking for settlement -- Builder dragging work and final PCI
VIC

Tried posting earlier with no much response, so trying again. We have had our first PCI, the builder has been dragging the rectification of the PCI defects. Since we know…

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abraham
Oct 30, 2011 11:08 pm
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DazzaB
Oct 31, 2011 2:41 pm
zubin
zubin
31 October 2011

Installing timber floor after handover

Installing timber floor after handover
VIC

For our timber floor the only change that had to be made to o increase the kitchen bench height to 930mm above slab. Our flooring is…

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zubin
Oct 31, 2011 2:43 pm
rajeshbreddy
rajeshbreddy
31 October 2011

building inspection for final stage

building inspection for final stage
VIC

Hi friends, My house is being constructed and it is in final stage. This is my first home and I don't have any experience with houses. Could someone recommend me a good…

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rajeshbreddy
Oct 31, 2011 5:15 pm
Ashkate
Ashkate
31 October 2011

Internal Bi-fold - HELP!

Internal Bi-fold - HELP!
SA

Well hubby didnt like that idea... I think we'll go the bi-fold... I REALLY didnt want the outward swinging.. lol

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Ashkate
Oct 31, 2011 9:39 pm
Ashkate
fifteensixty
fifteensixty
31 October 2011

Building Bordeaux 14 - pics and sugestions wanted

Building Bordeaux 14 - pics and sugestions wanted
NSW

well decision on colours has been made now just to decide how to deck the alfresco and build the bbq - if anyone has pics and ideas please share but yes have been using the search

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fifteensixty
Oct 31, 2011 10:27 pm
fifteensixty
buildingwest
buildingwest
1 November 2011

NBG Windsor 43E - Our dream home build by the beach

NBG Windsor 43E - Our dream home build by the beach
VIC
1, 2, 3

Wow you are so close now. Looking forward to see the photos when you get a chance to post.

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buildingwest
Nov 01, 2011 11:27 am
DazzaB
DazzaB
1 November 2011

Soil test back - but what will it cost?

Soil test back - but what will it cost?
VIC

My guess: 40-50k. Is this a sweep, a la Melbourne Cup? Really, any ballpark estimate you get here is useless, just wait till the builder gives you the price.

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DazzaB
Nov 01, 2011 1:49 pm
B STAR
B STAR
2 November 2011

Council request to pass DA

Council request to pass DA
NSW

it will probably pass as this looks like an estate guideline/covenant . They often miss these ones. If its an actually a building requirement in your councils area that…

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B STAR
Nov 02, 2011 11:51 am
tuff253
tuff253
2 November 2011

Can I park there????

Can I park there????
VIC

Yep parked in front of my own garage. Uhm... yeah it should be common property, which does require owners corporation which I think strata is. My GF is part owner of the…

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tuff253
Nov 02, 2011 1:11 pm
roomate
roomate
3 November 2011

Anybody live in Blue Stone Green? Wyndham Vale.

Anybody live in Blue Stone Green? Wyndham Vale.
VIC

HI everyone, NNice to hear from all of you . Just like you I am also excited about my new home in Bluestone. We starting looking for land in Wyndham vale in July 2010 and…

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roomate
Nov 03, 2011 10:15 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
3 November 2011

PVC Windows

PVC Windows
VIC

The correct term is uPVC meaning unplasticised....i have recently had them fitted in my house and am very happy. I…

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ECOECO
Nov 03, 2011 11:47 am
ECOECO
Lex
Lex
3 November 2011

Sewer subsidence - who's responsible?

Sewer subsidence - who's responsible?
SA

Thanks McL :D I guess we're a bit lucky since our patio slab is suspended ... so the trench or any other subsidence should not affect it ... but one can never be sure ... ::hyst::

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Lex
Nov 03, 2011 4:55 pm
Lex
CA3105
CA3105
3 November 2011

Downpipes

Downpipes
NSW

They always get painted after installation, it'll be at the same time as the painter does all the rest of your external painting.

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CA3105
Nov 03, 2011 9:22 pm
keiza
keiza
4 November 2011

which septic system?

which septic system?
WA

Hi all,Hi riffa i have a ecomax system now for four years would love to talk about it probably not good in this forum Im south coast NSW as well …

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keiza
Nov 04, 2011 11:00 am
avion
avion
4 November 2011

picking a white render for external

picking a white render for external
VIC

We used Dulux Stowe White and are really happy with it. :)

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avion
Nov 04, 2011 11:39 am
avion
GardenofNeedn-58
GardenofNeedn-58
4 November 2011

Researching HSTPs is doing my head in!!

Researching HSTPs is doing my head in!!
WA

::wornout:: i think there is such a thing as tooo much information. our council does not allow the old style septic, so we need to get another system. i dont want one that has…

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GardenofNeedn-58
Nov 04, 2011 12:41 pm
new_yorker
new_yorker
4 November 2011

Deciding on a builder?

Deciding on a builder?
SA

The design is the easy part of the process. Most builder are flexible in their designs and can modify to suit. Below is what I believe to be the most important and often…

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new_yorker
Nov 04, 2011 1:52 pm
btherl
btherl
4 November 2011

Illegal dumping by neighbours builders on my block

Illegal dumping by neighbours builders on my block
VIC

Wow, that was very nice of your neighbour's builder! With evidence I'm sure you'll get it sorted out. Council is right - it's your responsibility. They don't have the…

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btherl
Nov 04, 2011 2:49 pm
btherl
ESB
ESB
4 November 2011

Smart Meter?

Smart Meter?
SA

We are waiting for our smart meter to be installed in our new build (handover 2 weeks ago). I would have thought a smart meter would go in from the start, but apparently…

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ESB
Nov 04, 2011 7:47 pm
ESB
Casa2
Casa2
4 November 2011

contracted item substitution without owner's consent?

contracted item substitution without owner's consent?
VIC

1) Check that the original model is truly not available. 2) Find out what the new toilet is look for any price difference. It would have been courteous for the builder to…

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Casa2
Nov 04, 2011 8:57 pm
mims
mims
4 November 2011

What to watch out for when demolishing a house?

What to watch out for when demolishing a house?
VIC

Now that the demolition is way past us, this is what I have to say about it. First of all, submit the application for the demolition permit yourself, even before you…

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mims
Nov 04, 2011 9:40 pm
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dreamcometrue
Nov 04, 2011 10:25 pm
dreamcometrue
nessbrown
nessbrown
4 November 2011

What would you do - Alfresco or extra living? (WA)

What would you do - Alfresco or extra living? (WA)
WA

Thanks everyone for the advice and votes!!! I have made a decision to keep the alfresco however, I will after build, add one of the 'corner' designed french doors to the…

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nessbrown
Nov 04, 2011 10:38 pm
bashworth
bashworth
5 November 2011

Building proposals versus end price

Building proposals versus end price
NSW

It really depends mainly on two things. 1.Does the tender include ground conditions for your block. 2. What you add on to the spec such as extra power points, better…

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bashworth
Nov 05, 2011 1:16 pm
bashworth
Dixie2705
Dixie2705
5 November 2011

Anyone building or built at Eynesbury?

Anyone building or built at Eynesbury?
VIC

Don't go near GreyBox! Probably wouldn't go with Orbit either. Friend of ours built with them in Eynsbury and had all sorts of problems...... to start with they have the…

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Dixie2705
Nov 05, 2011 4:01 pm
bashworth
bashworth
6 November 2011

Gaining access after liquidation

Gaining access after liquidation
NSW

Its your land, you have paid for the building. You have only given over the site for the purpose of them building the house. Take possession by changing the locks.…

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bashworth
Nov 06, 2011 1:48 pm
bashworth
the house jack built
the house jack built
6 November 2011

inspection time

inspection time
NSW

hi to all, we are very pleased to see our house is nearly complete.... we would appreciate if anyone in the forum could share their experiences of the final stages - we…

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the house jack built
Nov 06, 2011 5:05 pm
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benblinkau
Nov 06, 2011 6:50 pm
benblinkau
powl
powl
6 November 2011

Building my new house - please give me feedback on my plans!

Building my new house - please give me feedback on my plans!
VIC

OH you posted the same time as me powl :D The laundry looks better, you could also grab a tiny bit of room by using 720 doors instead of 820 doors…

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powl
Nov 06, 2011 9:19 pm
avion
avion
7 November 2011

What happened at your "tile meeting"?

What happened at your "tile meeting"?
WA

Thanks everyone for the advice. No polished porcelain for us, so that's one thing less hopefully to worry about. Unfortunately we're a couple of thousand km from…

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avion
Nov 07, 2011 10:41 am
avion
roomate
roomate
7 November 2011

Building In Bluestone - wyndham vale

Building In Bluestone - wyndham vale
VIC

Thanks for that . Spoke with porter davies , they said it's too late to accommodate that request :(. I was surprised how come they never offered me this option during…

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roomate
Nov 07, 2011 11:50 am
arnette146
arnette146
7 November 2011

Soil Tests & Slab Types

Soil Tests & Slab Types
VIC

mmm we are only learning about soil and slabs, but uneducated on the topic find it odd. we have friends next door and 2 doors down same block size, almost the same drop…

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arnette146
Nov 07, 2011 1:32 pm
Mandy21
Mandy21
7 November 2011

PORTER DAVIS - 12 MONTH INSPECTION

PORTER DAVIS - 12 MONTH INSPECTION
VIC

Can anyone please help with this: I was wondering if anyone could advise what is supposed to be included in the 12 month maintenance. Porter Davis and I seem to have…

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Mandy21
Nov 07, 2011 1:56 pm
Michael Tiemens
Michael Tiemens
7 November 2011

Cut costs without taking short-cuts

Cut costs without taking short-cuts
VIC

Hi, I'm Michael Tiemens from JMT Developers. I thought this post could become helpful to any of you who are currently designing and planning on building your own…

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Michael Tiemens
Nov 07, 2011 5:44 pm
Michael Tiemens
Matt+Jo
Matt+Jo
7 November 2011

M3tric0n in SA

M3tric0n in SA
SA

Hi PowderHound, How is the process going with M3tr1c0n? I spotted the Glendale plans today and quite like them, but there is a few things I would want to change... When…

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Matt+Jo
Nov 07, 2011 8:11 pm
Matt+Jo
KAN
KAN
7 November 2011

Anyone built with Austral Expressions Blackstone bricks

Anyone built with Austral Expressions Blackstone bricks
NSW

Kornjen, the bricks are now cleaned, I have posted some pics on my blog Scaffolding comes off on Friday so I will post some more then

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KAN
Nov 07, 2011 9:30 pm
dons80
dons80
7 November 2011

Perth Painters

Perth Painters
WA

If you get charged any more than 4k for 280 sqm internal walls you are getting ripped off!!

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dons80
Nov 07, 2011 10:18 pm

I too will have Austral Hawksburn for my build. Here are some pics of Hawksbrun I took from a newly opened display centre at Richmond The Brick Studio 490 Swan Street,…

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zeitgeber
Nov 07, 2011 10:29 pm
zeitgeber
AussieMark
AussieMark
8 November 2011

Who (home builders) to choose in Perth?

Who (home builders) to choose in Perth?
WA

Hi There, I am building with Broadway Homes. There was only a couple of homes that I liked the layout of and that showed interest in making changes that I wanted. The…

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AussieMark
Nov 08, 2011 11:02 am
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zeitgeber
Nov 08, 2011 4:53 pm
zeitgeber
grom40
grom40
8 November 2011

Building with Simonds??

Building with Simonds??
VIC

Hi Allie, If you are talking about Warragul in Victoria (I think that's the only one in Australia?) then I'd be wary of site costs as it tends to be a bit hilly there (at…

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grom40
Nov 08, 2011 5:26 pm
grom40
jj1
jj1
8 November 2011

New homebuilders advocate

New homebuilders advocate
NSW

Not sure, now you ask, Although I did set out what I envisaged i.e. check out the progress payment detail against what has been built and let me know if ok to pay... Will…

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jj1
Nov 08, 2011 6:36 pm
willcres
willcres
8 November 2011

HELP - Tender Acceptance - Wisdom Homes

HELP - Tender Acceptance - Wisdom Homes
NSW

Hi roanne, how's your progress with Wisdom?

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willcres
Nov 08, 2011 9:44 pm
willcres

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