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kdgirl
kdgirl
23 May 2011

Excess Fill from a neighbours block

Excess Fill from a neighbours block
NSW

I explained to my neighbour that the rear boundary was not suppose to change level and that it's not right that i pay for my builder landscaper to move it. Anyway he's put…

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kdgirl
May 23, 2011 1:31 pm
Malcolm Axford
Malcolm Axford
23 May 2011

Concrete Curing period ?????? How many days ? ???

Concrete Curing period ?????? How many days ? ???
VIC

The building code states, Loading of concrete slabs with stacked materials or building plant must not occur for a minimum of 7 days after pouring although construction of…

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Malcolm Axford
May 23, 2011 1:33 pm
Malcolm Axford
Malcolm Axford
23 May 2011

Clarendon Homes in Melbourne or GEELONG?

Clarendon Homes in Melbourne or GEELONG?
VIC

I know a few people who have built with them. Like all of the volume builders it can depend on the sub contractors you get on the day. In general their finish quality…

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Malcolm Axford
May 23, 2011 1:51 pm
nicksmith
nicksmith
23 May 2011

hi, newbie after some advice any help would be great!!

hi, newbie after some advice any help would be great!!
QLD

thanks guys, i was deciding whether to save money and do it afterwards as the builders charging $55 per battern light and 75 per downlight to install (52 in total to be…

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nicksmith
May 23, 2011 5:29 pm
deb17
deb17
23 May 2011

Independent inspectors with small/private builders?

Independent inspectors with small/private builders?
NSW

Our last build, we had a small family business. We never had a private inspector and we didn't need one, we were lucky not one thing was wrong. This time we are going…

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deb17
May 23, 2011 5:44 pm
rav5000
rav5000
23 May 2011

Foxtel / Internet in The Ponds

Foxtel / Internet in The Ponds
NSW

And if anyone living in the area would like some help getting Connected, let me know, I am happy to be on the phone with you to talk to them. our site:

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rav5000
May 23, 2011 7:24 pm
Ger1322
Ger1322
23 May 2011

Soil and survey - prior to choosing builder?

Soil and survey - prior to choosing builder?
NSW

Owner Builders would need to employ a Foundation engineer anyway, would they accept another Geo test ? that would be up to them i would Imagine, and you would pay for this…

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Ger1322
May 23, 2011 8:06 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
23 May 2011

Waterproofing Wet Areas - SHOW ME YOURS !

Waterproofing Wet Areas - SHOW ME YOURS !
NSW
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MANY! some good, some :th: less appropriate for a given task :wink: .

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onc_artisan
May 23, 2011 10:05 pm
onc_artisan
humble
humble
23 May 2011

Is the price negotiable with volume builders?

Is the price negotiable with volume builders?
QLD

Its a interesting process, I think if you can get more on the freebies list your doing pretty well, I wouldnt expect them to budge with price overall, but a extension to…

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humble
May 23, 2011 10:11 pm
bashworth
bashworth
23 May 2011

Stages to building a new house

Stages to building a new house
VIC

This link is a Construction Supervisors check list, it should give you a good idea. http://www.masterbuilders.asn.au/zone_f ... _10_08.pdf

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bashworth
May 23, 2011 10:55 pm
bashworth
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Rizzo
May 23, 2011 11:07 pm
gogo65
gogo65
23 May 2011

New build for 200K?

New build for 200K?
NSW

griffiths, are you talking about the hills district Sydney?? If so I doubt you will find any builder that could build a 2 storey home for 200k, You may get a smaller…

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gogo65
May 23, 2011 11:40 pm
gogo65
Pebbles
Pebbles
23 May 2011

Our journey to acreage living.

Our journey to acreage living.
1, 2

NICE progress acrebuild ... great pics :z:

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Pebbles
May 23, 2011 11:52 pm
Pebbles
wisdompemulwuy
wisdompemulwuy
24 May 2011

Wisdom Manhattan 43 Ensuite

Wisdom Manhattan 43 Ensuite
NSW

Hi, We are currently in the same boat as we are also struggling to decide which facade to choose with Manhattan. What did you end up choosing and any…

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wisdompemulwuy
May 24, 2011 1:13 am
sunnybrae
sunnybrae
24 May 2011

Kellyville Ridge - Clearing your block before site start??

Kellyville Ridge - Clearing your block before site start??
NSW

Hi Gemma That's ok! As long as its cleared now :) We are building on Sunnybrae St. in kellyville ridge, a street away from the Ponds/m3tric0n displays Our blog:

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sunnybrae
May 24, 2011 9:30 am
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alex2012
May 24, 2011 10:29 am
Phillshz
Phillshz
24 May 2011

How wide is your fridge cavity?

How wide is your fridge cavity?
1, 2

Okay people, our kitchen is now in and the actual space is 998 mm (same as provided to us in the kitchen plans). So would you fit a fridge that is…

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Phillshz
May 24, 2011 11:31 am
mavisandjack
mavisandjack
24 May 2011

Two different prices from same builders?

Two different prices from same builders?
NSW

Thanks for the tip! I think we may be looking at the same builder you've mentioned there ... :) I'll be speaking to the Canberra branch soon (waiting for the block to…

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mavisandjack
May 24, 2011 9:36 pm
d@n
d@n
24 May 2011

what colour colorbond roof is this please?

what colour colorbond roof is this please?
NSW

Roof does not look dark enough to be ironstone. Going by the blue'ish tinge (even after correcting for colour cast) and a possible match to the feature render, that rules…

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d@n
May 24, 2011 10:58 pm
Keen_to_build
Keen_to_build
24 May 2011

Pushing for freebies :)

Pushing for freebies :)
SA

I also agree with a few of the above posts. If builders are so quick to throw in 'free' items then imagine the margin there would be in the job to start with. No such…

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Keen_to_build
May 24, 2011 11:33 pm
BJC
BJC
25 May 2011

2400 Ceilings

2400 Ceilings
VIC

Thanks Moon river. I highly doubt we will be ducking under any fans nor feel like we are living in a submarine. Your feedback is appreciated.

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BJC
May 25, 2011 9:54 am
BJC
cheerupcharlie
cheerupcharlie
25 May 2011

Our First Home - Within Budget - Built 2005

Our First Home - Within Budget - Built 2005
QLD

Yeah I hear you on the safe choices. That's what we tried to do too apart from the red tiles in the kitchen. That was the one thing that we thought could be either…

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cheerupcharlie
May 25, 2011 10:28 am
46fan
46fan
25 May 2011

Dishwasher fixup troubles

Dishwasher fixup troubles

Thanks chrisandkate, It is definitely there fault. We are expecting to see the guy who fixed it earlier, this afternoon. Have told them to pay for any damages. Not sure…

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46fan
May 25, 2011 10:41 am
Wyndham
Wyndham
25 May 2011

Who pays sewerage and water services during construction ?

Who pays sewerage and water services during construction ?

Your builder should reimburse you for the water usage but you'll have to pay for the services

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Wyndham
May 25, 2011 12:44 pm
Malcolm Axford
Malcolm Axford
25 May 2011

Standard Water run-in - What is it in West Aust?

Standard Water run-in - What is it in West Aust?
WA

Yes I would read it that way. Anything over and above the 7.5m would be an additional cost to you.

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Malcolm Axford
May 25, 2011 1:29 pm
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
25 May 2011

Wood burning fireplace-too much for 10k

Wood burning fireplace-too much for 10k
VIC

Check this thread from another H1 user viewtopic.php?f=53&t=46800 Edit: Costs are on page 2

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chrisandkate
May 25, 2011 2:23 pm
Zarli
Zarli
25 May 2011

Whats a pre-sheet meeting and what do we do?

Whats a pre-sheet meeting and what do we do?
NSW

Hi Gardsabs007, I presume you are talking about a 'Pre-Start' meeting. This is where you give them all your selections such as facade, bricks, roof, cabinets etc,…

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Zarli
May 25, 2011 6:50 pm
Zarli
hihilyn
hihilyn
25 May 2011

Gracious living, Deemro homes or Revolution homes?

Gracious living, Deemro homes or Revolution homes?
ACT

I am also looking to buy in Bonner as well, has anyone used Ruiz Construction?

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hihilyn
May 25, 2011 10:49 pm
tstr1a
tstr1a
25 May 2011

Let down!!!

Let down!!!
1, 2

I've never understood this way of thinking. Builders have to make money yeah or they would be going broke. Sure going through a…

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tstr1a
May 25, 2011 11:03 pm
bashworth
bashworth
25 May 2011

Building

Building
NSW

Pre start deposit is normally 5% Main reason for extra cost are site costs if the ground is worse than expected from the site investigation, and removal of rock boulders…

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bashworth
May 25, 2011 11:13 pm
bashworth
newbuilder1
newbuilder1
26 May 2011

HELP! am I over-reacting?

HELP! am I over-reacting?
SA

Thanks for all the support guys. so far things are back ontrack and found out through the gyprockers that our builder doesnt have any gyprock contractors atm thats why…

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newbuilder1
May 26, 2011 12:51 pm
Casa2
Casa2
26 May 2011

Stage payments - when is payment due?

Stage payments - when is payment due?
NSW

Most builders back office have no idea where you're up to. They may just work to what was planned or just send it out early to avoid getting too far ahead in the build. I…

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Casa2
May 26, 2011 1:55 pm
deb17
deb17
26 May 2011

Evaporative cooling - 3rd party or builder?

Evaporative cooling - 3rd party or builder?
VIC

Climate Choice Heating & Cooling Heating Appliances & Systems - Campbellfield, VIC 10 Salvatore Drv, Campbellfield VIC 3061, Australia 0425 844 595 The owners name is…

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deb17
May 26, 2011 2:41 pm
karry327
karry327
26 May 2011

Our Eden Brae Saville with a twist! - Painting's started!

Our Eden Brae Saville with a twist! - Painting's started!
NSW
1, 2, 3

Oh no McLaren, you poor thing! I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't do my weekly wander through the house :::

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karry327
May 26, 2011 3:47 pm
karry327
bashworth
bashworth
26 May 2011

how to find storm water easement in my property

how to find storm water easement in my property
NSW

This link describes how to read a title plan http://www.anewhouse.com.au/?p=393 The page also links to another article about easements.

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bashworth
May 26, 2011 6:38 pm
bashworth
SherWin
SherWin
26 May 2011

Brick Demolition and Rebuild Costs

Brick Demolition and Rebuild Costs

Thanks for your info chrisandkate...... We were thinking along similar lines for brickwork....... plus of course the bricks. Demolition will be the worse case scenario…

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SherWin
May 26, 2011 6:42 pm
bonner
bonner
26 May 2011

any one building house with Renaissance Homes in ACT ?

any one building house with Renaissance Homes in ACT ?
ACT

Hi Is any one building house with Renaissance homes in ACT ? Any feedback reviews ? I am considering Renaissance homes.

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bonner
May 26, 2011 7:33 pm
mel_mox
mel_mox
26 May 2011

Independent building inspector?

Independent building inspector?
VIC

Hi zappel, You book in prior to inspections and organise a wk prior to each stage! You can get unto 6 we got the standard 3! You need to organise this with your SS prior…

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mel_mox
May 26, 2011 8:44 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
26 May 2011

Just Poured H Class Slab Cracks?

Just Poured H Class Slab Cracks?
NSW

There are special resins that have hi flow characteristics and 'glue' the crack sides together. Once a slab has cracked and the tension has been released (shrunk during…

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onc_artisan
May 26, 2011 9:31 pm
onc_artisan
dreamcometrue
dreamcometrue
26 May 2011

My final house plans (version 287...)

My final house plans (version 287...)
1, 2, 3

Hi Barker I have just read though your posts with interest as we are also custom designing. Like you, we have changed the design many times and now we are just tweaking…

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dreamcometrue
May 26, 2011 9:56 pm
dreamcometrue
Bryan111
Bryan111
26 May 2011

Sherridon/Abey/AHB Homes - Is any one else having problems?

Sherridon/Abey/AHB Homes - Is any one else having problems?

We have really bad experience building a Home&Land package with Sherridon Home. Project delayed. No Communications and the worst thing was they early invoicing, so the…

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Bryan111
May 26, 2011 10:35 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
27 May 2011

BUILDING OUR FIRST HOME WE NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

BUILDING OUR FIRST HOME WE NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
VIC

Hi headake, how did you get on with the inspection yesterday? What did Darren say about it when he saw it?

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Mclaren
May 27, 2011 3:01 pm
Mclaren
redh
redh
27 May 2011

Advice on external building materials please

Advice on external building materials please

Thanks Arcadia. You're right - I am after energy efficiency. I'm building in Melbourne where I don't think double brick houses have been built since the 40's or 50's. I…

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redh
May 27, 2011 4:24 pm
Team PD
Team PD
27 May 2011

Anyone heard of PLACES HOMES LAND LIFE builder???

Anyone heard of PLACES HOMES LAND LIFE builder???
1, 2, 3, 4

Places Homes teams up to create dream design portfolio Just wanted to share some Porter Davis news with you, we will be undertaking a brand…

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Team PD
May 27, 2011 4:55 pm
Team PD
Team PD
Team PD
27 May 2011

any one building with porter davis

any one building with porter davis
VIC

Places Homes teams up to create dream design portfolio Just wanted to share some Porter Davis news with you, we will be undertaking a brand…

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Team PD
May 27, 2011 4:58 pm
Team PD
Excited to Build
Excited to Build
27 May 2011

Timberlike blinds?

Timberlike blinds?
WA

Thanks so much, I did think about the heat/cool factor but we are putting in reverse cycle so figure we'll be ok ;) Thanks again, am not afraid to go for it now!!

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Excited to Build
May 27, 2011 6:14 pm
bashworth
bashworth
27 May 2011

Site cut & fill costs

Site cut & fill costs
VIC

Some people are overcharged but in a lot of cases the main concern is may be just that they are paying more than they expected. If you are concerned the best way is to…

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bashworth
May 27, 2011 6:59 pm
bashworth
kyton
kyton
27 May 2011

Anyone building with an infilled slab?

Anyone building with an infilled slab?
NSW

We are in Newcastle as well - in the 1 in 100 too. Our options were to build on bearers and joists, on a very thick slab or import fill then retain and pier extensively.…

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kyton
May 27, 2011 7:25 pm
kyton

For anyone who is interested, here is the finished product, our lovely house! We've been in for almost 3 weeks now and are loving it. Have got grass and I think I have now…

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retreat dreamer
May 27, 2011 9:00 pm

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