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rebeccaT
rebeccaT
13 June 2011

Did you name your house?

Did you name your house?
SA

WOW, there are some great ideas there, I am thinking of the aboriginal word, "Eumeralla" which means valley of plenty. And yes our house is in a valley!! Thanks for the…

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rebeccaT
Jun 13, 2011 8:29 pm
plainlandhouse
plainlandhouse
13 June 2011

Electrical costs - are these reasonable?

Electrical costs - are these reasonable?
NSW

hey Lior I heard about the new 15W osram LED downlights the otherday havent seen them installed in a house yet to check how bright they are. I reckon they would be pretty good.

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plainlandhouse
Jun 13, 2011 10:32 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
13 June 2011

Slab question (calling all engineers)

Slab question (calling all engineers)
SA

Digging up an old thread, but when we had our house built (A V Jennings, 25 years ago) they sprayed the slab wit "purple" as soon as it was laid, with faded off over a few…

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Pepsi_Drinker
Jun 13, 2011 10:56 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
14 June 2011

Electrical/Lighting - build without lighting?

Electrical/Lighting - build without lighting?
WA

Would it work if you had (say) one light in the corner of your room and Clipsal 413 in three other positions…

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Pepsi_Drinker
Jun 14, 2011 12:40 am
Pepsi_Drinker
joles
joles
14 June 2011

LED downlights: Prices seem very steep

LED downlights: Prices seem very steep
VIC

The lights for the top storey can be done later pretty easily. The bottom storey is a little trickier due to limited access, but you can just get standard light put where…

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joles
Jun 14, 2011 11:34 am
joles
ESB
ESB
14 June 2011

Fill on site.

Fill on site.
NSW

Geez that's a nasty surprise :( We had to get 30 truck loads removed when our HSTP and disposal area when in. We got the invoice the other day and it cost $426 for the…

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ESB
Jun 14, 2011 7:51 pm
ESB
donuts
donuts
14 June 2011

Who's the best?

Who's the best?
NSW

Hi atsang2047 and welcome to the forum. Unfortunately I don't think there is a straightforward answer to your question. Every builder has their good and bad points and…

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donuts
Jun 14, 2011 11:34 pm
donuts
cyberwgh05t
cyberwgh05t
15 June 2011

Hotondo

Hotondo

Hi Guys, Thanks for all your sharing on Hotondo Homes. I am a first time builder and obviously nervous. I've looked online at many 'project' home builders and the only…

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cyberwgh05t
Jun 15, 2011 1:19 am
wrexter
wrexter
15 June 2011

New builders: check Your house plans

New builders: check Your house plans
VIC

A few of the things I noticed on my plans were: - The render instructions didn't make sense as shown in 2D. The plans originally had the walls to…

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wrexter
Jun 15, 2011 2:16 pm
wrexter
bashworth
bashworth
15 June 2011

What is Long Service Levy Payment?

What is Long Service Levy Payment?
NSW

Basically people who work in the construction industry are entitled to long service leave. Due to the nature of the business with many short term contracts, rather than…

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bashworth
Jun 15, 2011 9:46 pm
bashworth
aurorafrog
aurorafrog
16 June 2011

Sewer location

Sewer location
VIC

Generally if there is a single pipe in an easement it will run in the middle. If there are two pipes they will generally be 1m apart in a 2m…

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aurorafrog
Jun 16, 2011 9:29 am
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Team PD
Jun 16, 2011 10:29 am
Team PD
walton
walton
16 June 2011

Building in McKeachies - Eden Brae

Building in McKeachies - Eden Brae
NSW

Hi there - we're building the Hawthorne 29 corner option in Fletcher. We paid our initial deposit back in April and have just signed contracts last week. They've given…

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walton
Jun 16, 2011 11:20 am
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tinkster
Jun 16, 2011 11:33 am
tinkster
alt0160
alt0160
16 June 2011

Help Please - Redesign of kitchen needed

Help Please - Redesign of kitchen needed
WA

What about using that odd cupboard in the island as a recess, you shouldnt need to extend the island very much. Other options might be to reduce the pantry height to…

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alt0160
Jun 16, 2011 12:16 pm
kdgirl
kdgirl
16 June 2011

Peg out

Peg out
NSW

thanks fazmac and joannapaulp that makes a lot more sense now!

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kdgirl
Jun 16, 2011 3:00 pm
kdgirl
kdgirl
16 June 2011

SITE FEES

SITE FEES

we require some retaining walls (min 10cm and max 35cm) this is at our cost, we will hopefully do it after handover during the landscaping.

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kdgirl
Jun 16, 2011 3:16 pm
Skayne
Skayne
16 June 2011

Help with colours please!!

Help with colours please!!
NSW

Here's a pic of the facade. We will be having bricks over the garage.. http://www.wisdomhomes.com.au/images/pa ... 1_5692.jpg Thanks for the suggestion - woodland grey…

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Skayne
Jun 16, 2011 3:32 pm
bashworth
bashworth
16 June 2011

Building Envelope in Melbourne West

Building Envelope in Melbourne West
VIC

Impermeable surfaces include the roof of the house and any associated building such as verandah and sheds, it also include and hard surfaces such as concrete paths and…

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bashworth
Jun 16, 2011 6:35 pm
bashworth
mberv
mberv
16 June 2011

Stage 4 resident

Stage 4 resident
VIC

I think the fun is just starting.....

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mberv
Jun 16, 2011 8:13 pm
neesh790
neesh790
16 June 2011

Burbank won't let me upgrade the rangehood! HELP

Burbank won't let me upgrade the rangehood! HELP
VIC

Thanks all for your input. Really appreciate it After negotiating with BB, they have come to terms with the below They have agreed to provide the Upgraded rangehood as…

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neesh790
Jun 16, 2011 8:13 pm
Ashkate
Ashkate
16 June 2011

HELP! We need an ETSA pit

HELP! We need an ETSA pit
SA

We dont have an ETSA pit on our land and just wondering how we go about getting one? Is this something we organise direct or does the builder? How much can we expect to…

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Ashkate
Jun 16, 2011 8:50 pm
Ashkate
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feggle
Jun 16, 2011 10:54 pm
feggle
Supergran
Supergran
17 June 2011

Hand over - how many things needed correcting.

Hand over - how many things needed correcting.
WA

Hi Toby, We signed up for the new house last February (2010) so I can understand your frustration. The build itself has been great - but the first 8 months or so…

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Supergran
Jun 17, 2011 7:25 am
Team PD
Team PD
17 June 2011

Porter Davis Garage Design

Porter Davis Garage Design
VIC

Dear All, I just notice Porter davis garage style always has 1 rear door. Is that possible to add another rear door to the entrance of the home…

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Team PD
Jun 17, 2011 11:05 am
Team PD
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
18 June 2011

Pricing - opinions please :)

Pricing - opinions please :)
WA

Agreed - the island bench does sound relatively reasonable, but to me it looks like you're paying retail + markup for the vanity and rangehood (plus any structural changes…

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cmhamilton
Jun 18, 2011 11:12 am
bobbie
bobbie
18 June 2011

Oh My Bricks :S

Oh My Bricks :S
VIC

Advice taken! cheers

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bobbie
Jun 18, 2011 5:31 pm
bobbie
ShelleyB
ShelleyB
18 June 2011

netadelle's build- Artwork in the bathroom pg 19

netadelle's build- Artwork in the bathroom pg 19
SA
1 ... 17, 18, 19

I love that fabric in your frame! I bought a bed runner in the same fabric. Now I just need to find a doona cover to go with it... Gorgeous artwork!

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ShelleyB
Jun 18, 2011 9:13 pm
mel_mox
mel_mox
19 June 2011

Retaining Walls $$ blow out

Retaining Walls $$ blow out
VIC

Me too. You don't know until you experience it hey! Lol Our site costs were 50k too and most of that was for a huge retaining wall and lots of dirt fill! Arghhhh You will…

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mel_mox
Jun 19, 2011 1:27 am
mel_mox
mel_mox
19 June 2011

One Porter Davis Frustration After Another....

One Porter Davis Frustration After Another....
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

We signed up sept 10 & in our promo it says flyscreens only to openable windows. From memory we asked for flyscreen doorsvto rumpus sliding & balcony sliding door & it…

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mel_mox
Jun 19, 2011 5:38 pm
KAN
KAN
19 June 2011

"Hidden" cost of building a house in an established suburb

"Hidden" cost of building a house in an established suburb
VIC

Hi I am not in Melbourne, but here are a few items we didnt budget for - Demolition council bond - Footpath council bond - new council footpath and driveway - Aborist to…

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KAN
Jun 19, 2011 7:35 pm
gelatiii
gelatiii
19 June 2011

Window colours help

Window colours help

Thank you Dollar, yes I think the other choice…

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gelatiii
Jun 19, 2011 7:57 pm
CA3105
CA3105
19 June 2011

Anyone built with Newchoice homes in WA?

Anyone built with Newchoice homes in WA?
WA

Being in the building industry myself I have heard things, but I won't give opinions of builders on here, good or bad. My understanding is that the price is "reasonable"…

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CA3105
Jun 19, 2011 10:30 pm
JMAP
JMAP
20 June 2011

Fowler Homes - Your experiences

Fowler Homes - Your experiences
NSW

dreaman - i didn't end up proceeding with fowler due to a change in circumstances personally but I have now decided to take on a grander challenge and complete the build…

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JMAP
Jun 20, 2011 9:08 am
pattycake4
pattycake4
20 June 2011

mortar

mortar
VIC

Thank you abrickspecialist,if I have white sand and the regular cement what colour would mortar be.

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pattycake4
Jun 20, 2011 12:44 pm
vanders2
vanders2
20 June 2011

New House - Springthorpe Estate Macleod - Custom Home

New House - Springthorpe Estate Macleod - Custom Home
VIC
1, 2

We chose select grade, it was only an additional $2500 over the standard for 120sqm

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vanders2
Jun 20, 2011 12:46 pm
aishafleur
aishafleur
20 June 2011

Nava Homes - advice regarding past experiences...

Nava Homes - advice regarding past experiences...
VIC

We have recently purchased land and we are going to build a custom home. We currently have a draftsman finalising our complete working drawings. My fiance visited the Nava…

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aishafleur
Jun 20, 2011 1:02 pm
mel_mox
mel_mox
20 June 2011

Building Cremorne with PD

Building Cremorne with PD
VIC

Hi, Thought I'd re-open this thread! Anyone currently building a cremorne with PD? We are currently half way thru our bricking. 126 days & 18 wks from site start! Mel

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mel_mox
Jun 20, 2011 11:04 pm
boiselfish
boiselfish
21 June 2011

Modular Homes - What are your thoughts?

Modular Homes - What are your thoughts?
NSW

I think they are great. Almost unlimited design potential. What companies were you looking at in particular? I always imagine actually more dream, of having one in the…

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boiselfish
Jun 21, 2011 12:25 pm
atom_ute
atom_ute
21 June 2011

Builders putting their rubbish on my empty block!VENT!

Builders putting their rubbish on my empty block!VENT!
VIC

In my case builders around were dumping dirt and building materials on our block. Since we didn't who did that we could not speak with…

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atom_ute
Jun 21, 2011 1:47 pm
atom_ute
btherl
btherl
21 June 2011

Side yard is Water-logged

Side yard is Water-logged

I also built with Big M and they didn't care one bit about drainage. They even left dirt up to the weep holes so stormwater would flow directly into the walls! They just…

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btherl
Jun 21, 2011 2:03 pm
btherl
jacknruby
jacknruby
21 June 2011

Time from piering to slab

Time from piering to slab
NSW

Our piers were laid on a Tuesday then the formwork is done and then slab laid which was poured the following Tuesday but we did have some rain in between which delayed a…

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jacknruby
Jun 21, 2011 3:00 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
21 June 2011

Jose & Henry's Home - Pics :-)

Jose & Henry's Home - Pics :-)
SA
1 ... 13, 14, 15

Hi Jose, just had a quick look through your thread as we are also building with D - all of your pics were gone though - would you mind putting up a couple of recent pics…

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Mclaren
Jun 21, 2011 3:29 pm
Mclaren
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
21 June 2011

How do I ask for our plans back from unsuccesful builders?

How do I ask for our plans back from unsuccesful builders?
NSW

Have to agree with Casa2 on this one. We sent our own plans out to 5 different builders for quotes & I don't like the fact that they could use our…

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ElephantGuy
Jun 21, 2011 4:04 pm
rjg
rjg
21 June 2011

Retaining Walls? Sydney - Know someone good to do the work?

Retaining Walls? Sydney - Know someone good to do the work?
NSW

I will need to do one at the front of my garage as we have dropped edge beams etc and one on either side of the house... Let me know how yours goes and send me some pics…

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rjg
Jun 21, 2011 4:11 pm
lindahouse
lindahouse
21 June 2011

retaining wall approval

retaining wall approval
NSW

We check it with council, it is said if the retaining wall is located less than 900mm from the boundary, no matter what's the height, we should have the approval from the council.

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lindahouse
Jun 21, 2011 5:33 pm
snoofie
snoofie
21 June 2011

Victoria: South East Builders that have NO Progress Payments

Victoria: South East Builders that have NO Progress Payments
VIC

Well the ONLY reason being we can't afford to pay rent and a mortgage at the same time..we thought it might give us a slightly higher buffer of…

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snoofie
Jun 21, 2011 6:37 pm
snoofie
dsiroky
dsiroky
21 June 2011

Split level Vs Big Retaining wall

Split level Vs Big Retaining wall
VIC

Split level is cheaper, but it also typically creates floor plans where you can't have a constant ceiling height all the way from front to back. Probably not a problem if…

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dsiroky
Jun 21, 2011 7:08 pm
joles
joles
21 June 2011

In wall cistern systems - advice and where can I buy them?

In wall cistern systems - advice and where can I buy them?
ACT

We'd have to go through the plaster. But there is no stud or anything in the way. The studs are sort of on the side of cistern if that makes sense. I'll have a look…

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joles
Jun 21, 2011 10:49 pm
joles


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