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cbboyz
cbboyz
3 June 2011

Mortar for bricks dont seem right

Mortar for bricks dont seem right
VIC

I have off white mortar and here are a couple of photos showing my brickwork. The off white section was done 3 weeks…

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cbboyz
Jun 04, 2011 12:42 am
suh
suh
5 June 2011

How big is your WIR?

How big is your WIR?
WA

What do green lemmings actually look like

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suh
Jun 05, 2011 12:28 pm
suh
buildingwest
buildingwest
5 June 2011

12 month maintenance - will they fix? is it bad?

12 month maintenance - will they fix? is it bad?
VIC

Hi, I would raise the issues at your building inspection. If they tell you it is not a concern, demand that they write down the issue, its exact location and note that…

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buildingwest
Jun 05, 2011 12:42 pm
rjg
rjg
6 June 2011

do we need junction boxes for downlights?

do we need junction boxes for downlights?
WA

If its on the bottom story the short answer would be NO to both. For lights to be place in a different position cable would need to be run in the…

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rjg
Jun 06, 2011 1:38 pm
anise
anise
6 June 2011

Custom Design Project Builders

Custom Design Project Builders
QLD

Hi rahadza We have a custom design and are currently looking for a builder. We've found a number of project builders more than happy to take our design directly then…

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anise
Jun 06, 2011 2:16 pm
anise
woodduck
woodduck
6 June 2011

Woodducks McDonald Jones Chesterfield-Enjoying Our New House

Woodducks McDonald Jones Chesterfield-Enjoying Our New House
NSW
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Hi, we had MJH do our flooring, I'm not too sure were they are from. The only reference to them I can find is: "G Diamond PP 600x600". From memory I think they were around…

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woodduck
Jun 06, 2011 2:28 pm
d@n
d@n
6 June 2011

CHOOSING ROOF TILES

CHOOSING ROOF TILES
VIC

I would go with a dark neutral colour like magnum, charcoal, lunar eclipse etc.

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d@n
Jun 06, 2011 4:05 pm
spilli
spilli
6 June 2011

Eaves and Window height position

Eaves and Window height position
VIC

Many thanks Joles for your advice. I have decided to get doors manufactured at 2300mm high to ensure that windows can be placed at same height and can fit nicely under…

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spilli
Jun 06, 2011 10:02 pm
gogo65
gogo65
6 June 2011

Colorbond Dune and Monument together?

Colorbond Dune and Monument together?
VIC

Ok Thanks I look forward to seeing it ::lol:: I may be off line as I am going overseas but look forward to seeing it as soon as I have internet access :z:

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gogo65
Jun 06, 2011 10:07 pm
gogo65
wisdompemulwuy
wisdompemulwuy
6 June 2011

help me identify this product

help me identify this product
NSW

Thanks guys... you are spot on.. Any ideas on what type of costs we are talking about purchasing and installing per sq m? also is there any other manufacturers or…

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wisdompemulwuy
Jun 06, 2011 11:46 pm
nessbrown
nessbrown
6 June 2011

Choosing a builder in Perth

Choosing a builder in Perth
WA

Thanks iduno and ilikethemoon.... Yep, RN and DA are both upper end builders and with inclusions, I have crunched numbers and realised there is no way I can go ahead with…

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nessbrown
Jun 07, 2011 12:41 am
snoofie
snoofie
7 June 2011

Coping Mechanisms!

Coping Mechanisms!
VIC

I just take a quick flight to Bali whenever I feel overwhelmed. Remove myself from the situation and somehow they all solve themselves :D A…

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snoofie
Jun 07, 2011 7:37 am
snoofie
ilikethemoon
ilikethemoon
7 June 2011

Cost of increasing ceiling height by 300mm

Cost of increasing ceiling height by 300mm
VIC

Our house is 230m2 and it's costing $8000 to raise the ceilings throughout to 31c (28c to garage, eaves, alfresco and porch) - double brick construction.

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ilikethemoon
Jun 07, 2011 1:05 pm
ilikethemoon
Goingforit
Goingforit
7 June 2011

Lots of questions from a Newbie for the Gurus

Lots of questions from a Newbie for the Gurus
WA

Thanks a lot for the helpful comments guys. I will definitely look into a way through the HIA to get all of the building services 'put in one basket' to avoid the…

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Goingforit
Jun 07, 2011 2:14 pm
MelDsa
MelDsa
7 June 2011

Wall, Trim and Ceiling colours - Help Please

Wall, Trim and Ceiling colours - Help Please
NSW

Thanks all - any thoughts about the kitchen and splashback colours with the wall colours ???

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MelDsa
Jun 07, 2011 2:56 pm
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
7 June 2011

The bug bites again

The bug bites again
VIC

As discussed in another thread, we have now met up with Leanne from Custom Home Designs and are feeling very positive. We are feeling a little powerless at the moment as…

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3timesbuilda
Jun 07, 2011 3:30 pm
3timesbuilda
bobbie
bobbie
7 June 2011

Do I need an independent inpection for a PD house?

Do I need an independent inpection for a PD house?
VIC

Thank you for your reply. I had a feeling that PD was stalling my building process(figured it's common for them to procastinate since I was never pushy)and I was worried…

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bobbie
Jun 07, 2011 6:19 pm
bobbie
edscl
edscl
7 June 2011

Building First Home with Simonds - Narre Warren, VIC

Building First Home with Simonds - Narre Warren, VIC
VIC
1, 2, 3

I tend the think that Simonds build great single storey houses, as I have had chats with people who have built with them and have had no issues. I also think you will…

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edscl
Jun 07, 2011 6:37 pm
edscl
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PHL
Jun 09, 2011 12:03 am
nicksmith
nicksmith
7 June 2011

600mm height windows whats the general rule??

600mm height windows whats the general rule??
QLD

thanks! i ended up just adding another pair of windows at 1400:))

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nicksmith
Jun 07, 2011 10:11 pm
joles
joles
7 June 2011

Building Santorini in Doreen

Building Santorini in Doreen
VIC

Hi MDhome! :D The Santorini is great, flexible design, and good value too! Good luck with your build, this is the exciting part! :D

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joles
Jun 07, 2011 11:21 pm
joles
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Lex
Jun 08, 2011 8:44 am
Lex
newbuilder1
newbuilder1
8 June 2011

Flooring different to whats specified in tender, what to do?

Flooring different to whats specified in tender, what to do?
NSW

I suggest stand your ground. If you requested the raw timber in your contract and it is stated then they have to do so otherwise it is a breach of contract. If it is not…

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newbuilder1
Jun 08, 2011 3:24 pm
spilli
spilli
8 June 2011

Garage on boundary-should existing paling fence be removed?

Garage on boundary-should existing paling fence be removed?
VIC

Yes, I have decided to keep fence there since it's in great condition and doesn't look too bad! ::smile:: Now that the brick wall on the boundary has been completed and I have…

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spilli
Jun 08, 2011 9:02 pm
theanonyuser
theanonyuser
9 June 2011

Ah yes, the flooring

Ah yes, the flooring
QLD

I've found 2 on ebay for $19/square metre that claim to be commercial grade / 3mm. I'm going to order some samples of one and test them out :)

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theanonyuser
Jun 09, 2011 9:06 am
cherub
cherub
9 June 2011

Retaining wall at front of property - issues with sewer?

Retaining wall at front of property - issues with sewer?
QLD

Be very prepared. Without exact knowledge of block v sewer hard to give advice other than seek it now from water board and engineer. If building parallel with it you will…

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cherub
Jun 09, 2011 1:06 pm
Mozza
Mozza
9 June 2011

Great Display Home websites (for ideas etc)

Great Display Home websites (for ideas etc)
VIC

A great site that collates new home builders and floor plans http://www.buildershomeplans.com.au Huge range of floorplans from a variety of…

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Mozza
Jun 09, 2011 2:08 pm
kdgirl
kdgirl
9 June 2011

Rain days. Is is possible to have them yet

Rain days. Is is possible to have them yet
NSW

I have in writing from my CSO that if the site start date hasn't yet occured then the rain days cannot be included. My frustration now is when will site start! We got…

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kdgirl
Jun 09, 2011 2:10 pm
sabs1
sabs1
9 June 2011

Building a Fernleigh

Building a Fernleigh
NSW
1 ... 4, 5, 6

mmmkay, just checked again but understand that you have been hectic.. will be back to stalk again in a few weeks...

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sabs1
Jun 09, 2011 6:26 pm
sabs1
kyton
kyton
9 June 2011

Home and Contents Insurance Questions

Home and Contents Insurance Questions

No one Is going to be able to give you a figure that will match your quote exactly. Insurance is affected by a multitude of factors: have you had insurance previously /…

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kyton
Jun 09, 2011 9:19 pm
kyton
East_Melb_Build
East_Melb_Build
10 June 2011

Flooring: Tassie Oak versus Aussie Oak?

Flooring: Tassie Oak versus Aussie Oak?
VIC

All good points B Star. Think I need to go through the floors in much more detail!

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East_Melb_Build
Jun 10, 2011 10:05 am
J&K
J&K
11 June 2011

designing a home

designing a home
NSW

Hi melnat, We took over 6 months to get plans ready for DA with an architect, 3 months of this was fortnightly meetings of 1-2 hours. The first plans were in principle…

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J&K
Jun 11, 2011 9:44 am
J&K
deb17
deb17
11 June 2011

When to apply for utility connections?

When to apply for utility connections?

We have arranged our Gas and Elec with our current provider. You need to organise, phone and water. But wait until you have a firm moving date, just use theirs at PCI.

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deb17
Jun 11, 2011 2:21 pm
lawson
lawson
12 June 2011

Doing your own stuff prior to handover...

Doing your own stuff prior to handover...
VIC

Thanks, will take this into consideration. We will be doing the work and electrical stuff by family so are aware if any accidental damage occurs we would be responsible.…

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lawson
Jun 12, 2011 8:54 am
cmhamilton
cmhamilton
12 June 2011

Can anyone identify this brick!?

Can anyone identify this brick!?
VIC

If you go to Studio M on Metricon's website, it says Boral bricks. Just pick any facade and see if you can find one for the Kubis picture. If…

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cmhamilton
Jun 12, 2011 11:35 am
take2
take2
12 June 2011

Re: Nathan & Lisa's Reno - getting towards the end

Re: Nathan & Lisa's Reno - getting towards the end
QLD
1 ... 5, 6, 7

I may be wrong but I think their home was in one of the flood affected areas of Brisbane. Cheers Lou

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take2
Jun 12, 2011 2:03 pm
take2
Upnorth
Upnorth
12 June 2011

Hamilton 252 Cameron Park Newcastle

Hamilton 252 Cameron Park Newcastle
NSW

well 285.97, but I wanted to be in the cool club! lol

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Upnorth
Jun 12, 2011 7:47 pm
springtime
springtime
12 June 2011

Ok, so what happens now?

Ok, so what happens now?

Hi, Thanks, there are many of us that are building with this builder who are in the same boat... Pretty sad actually.

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springtime
Jun 13, 2011 12:04 am
edscl
edscl
13 June 2011

Our Acreage Build!!

Our Acreage Build!!

your house looks lovely, who was the builder? What state did you build in? have you moved in?

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edscl
Jun 13, 2011 2:34 am
edscl
Til
Til
13 June 2011

Plenty River Estate - Doreen

Plenty River Estate - Doreen
VIC
1, 2, 3

Hi all, I have been reading thorough this thread for a little while...& we are Keen to build in Plenty River...any suggestions/info/advice for us?? Looking to build with…

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Til
Jun 13, 2011 9:46 am
theanonyuser
theanonyuser
13 June 2011

price of custom build?

price of custom build?
VIC

I'm looking a little under 10K / square for Bafto homes. I think that a square is 9.29 square metres.

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theanonyuser
Jun 13, 2011 10:26 am

NiMa this result could have been avoided if they had used countersinking tool, which still can be done now, they just need to remove the screws, and redrill in the holes…

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just Erin
Jun 13, 2011 1:00 pm
just Erin
snoofie
snoofie
13 June 2011

ground cover for moving day?

ground cover for moving day?
VIC

Check ebay. You might pick up a couple of old carpet runners on the cheap. Or a couple of old rugs that you could cut into lengths. :th:

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snoofie
Jun 13, 2011 3:11 pm
snoofie
carlz
carlz
13 June 2011

Dechellis Homes - Sorrento External Colour Please Help !!

Dechellis Homes - Sorrento External Colour Please Help !!
SA

Hi There, I know this is a funny question with this being such an old post, but did anyone ever find out the colours for this house officially?? It is exactly what i want…

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carlz
Jun 13, 2011 3:26 pm
Biz
Biz
13 June 2011

need ideas for drywalling shipping container doors

need ideas for drywalling shipping container doors
NT

Hi all I'm owner-building my first house using two shipping containers. I've got to the stage where I'm ready to start drywalling. I had until now managed to ignore the…

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Biz
Jun 13, 2011 5:00 pm
kkurni
kkurni
13 June 2011

Burbank Or Porter Davis

Burbank Or Porter Davis
VIC

Dear All, Anyone has recommendation, Which one I should choose Burbank or Porter Davis ? I love Burbank design called Generation 26. Or Porter davis - Creswick or…

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kkurni
Jun 13, 2011 7:25 pm


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