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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 1:16 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 4:00 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 4:16 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 4:32 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 7:35 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 9:13 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 9:13 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 9:50 pm
Ashkate
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feggle
Jun 16, 2011 11:54 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 8:25 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 12:05 pm
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 12:12 pm
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 6:31 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 10:13 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 2:27 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 6:38 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 8:35 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 8:57 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 11:30 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 10:08 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 1:44 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 1:46 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 2:02 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 21, 2011 12:04 am
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 1:25 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 2:47 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 3:03 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 4:00 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 4:29 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 5:04 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 5:11 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 6:33 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 7:37 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 8:08 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 11:49 pm
joles
StuartGeelong
StuartGeelong
21 June 2011

Back fence on a fairway

Back fence on a fairway
VIC

Hi, I would say check your contract to see if there are any details regarding fencing. You will usually get stung by the developer where they will write a clause into the…

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StuartGeelong
Jun 21, 2011 11:55 pm
wrexter
wrexter
21 June 2011

Perth Newbie

Perth Newbie
WA
1, 2, 3

Hey Jim, any updates?

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wrexter
Jun 22, 2011 12:54 am
wrexter
Stormy
Stormy
22 June 2011

Henley Wilshire Vogue Q2

Henley Wilshire Vogue Q2
VIC
1, 2

Thanks Stormy, that is really helpful. We have also requested to have double doors at the front door and were undecided about what doors to…

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Stormy
Jun 22, 2011 9:05 am
Stormy
stevehutch
stevehutch
22 June 2011

Can anyone recommend an architect in Brisbane?

Can anyone recommend an architect in Brisbane?
QLD

Hi all I understand the question is a bit old, but for anyone else reading this question I can happily recommend Barrie Reuter of Kenmore - http://www.barriereuter.com.au

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stevehutch
Jun 22, 2011 11:22 am
planfan
planfan
22 June 2011

Floor plans with a loft

Floor plans with a loft
SA

http://www.premierbuilders.com.au/# this is a Melbourne firm, but perhaps you can buy the plans but then you have to find a builder. good luck!

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planfan
Jun 22, 2011 4:57 pm
SherWin
SherWin
22 June 2011

Ducted Heating

Ducted Heating

Hi cweedon Glad to hear you are in your new home without any major problems! Regarding your ceiling heating ducts, ours might give the occasional creak/click from the…

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SherWin
Jun 22, 2011 5:58 pm
scrappy
scrappy
22 June 2011

Building with ARB homes any experience??

Building with ARB homes any experience??
VIC

Just built mine with them. I organised my 3months maintenence inspection with them to have a few items fixed and the maintenence contractor actually made these items worse…

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scrappy
Jun 22, 2011 5:34 pm

Hi all, Just wondering it anyone is doing yoga in the area other than Northern Yoga on Miller street. The wife is particularly looking for prenatal classes and the…

Guest
Jan 01, 1970 11:00 am
flagstaffIV
flagstaffIV
22 June 2011

Good Builder in Victoria

Good Builder in Victoria
VIC

As your land is 313sqm I assume the width is about 10m and length approx. 31m??? This would mean you may only be able…

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flagstaffIV
Jun 23, 2011 12:33 am
flagstaffIV
fireflies
fireflies
22 June 2011

Wall construction comparison, bricks v polyurethane sandwich

Wall construction comparison, bricks v polyurethane sandwich
WA

Just an update regarding FBM Corp and their product. I contacted them again asking if there are any local project builders around Perth interested in their product and…

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fireflies
Jun 23, 2011 12:50 am
fireflies
fireflies
23 June 2011

Who do we choose? Votes please (WA)

Who do we choose? Votes please (WA)
WA

Anise. When both builder options seem good and the pros and cons are only on minor issues (major ones would be bad reputation, price over-runs, high staff /contact…

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fireflies
Jun 23, 2011 1:16 am
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rox
Jun 23, 2011 1:55 am
bashworth
bashworth
23 June 2011

The right block of land

The right block of land
NSW

I would agree with donuts but I would get the windows on the family moved to the family so they faced north and then put some shading on all the north facing windows to…

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bashworth
Jun 23, 2011 6:36 am
bashworth


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