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anthony_carter
anthony_carter
9 November 2010

Newbee here.... NBG. Good so far. Laminate floor or tiles???

Newbee here.... NBG. Good so far. Laminate floor or tiles???

I always suggest taking Flooring out of the contract and doing it yourself. You have far more control and often get a better deal. Builders work on a min markup of around…

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anthony_carter
Nov 09, 2010 7:32 am
FirstTimeBuild
FirstTimeBuild
8 November 2010

HSTP plans?

HSTP plans?
QLD

Thanks for all your replies, we're still waiting for our site tests to be done so maybe they'll sit down and do the plans after that for us to take to our NHP... well i…

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FirstTimeBuild
Nov 08, 2010 1:05 pm
Dollar
Dollar
15 November 2010

Colour combination - opinions please?

Colour combination - opinions please?

Casey not sure if I can be of much help but we have used Vanilla bricks for some of our house...see" Dollarz house" thread

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Dollar
Nov 15, 2010 4:03 pm
JagSRK
JagSRK
8 November 2010

Our experience with Burbank.......so far

Our experience with Burbank.......so far
VIC

Glass stairs in Forrester 4300 will cost you a fortune. Sales consultant at WL display center reckons it is 20k. We also had a long drive to Arena Display Center in…

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JagSRK
Nov 08, 2010 3:19 pm
YBBroker
YBBroker
16 November 2010

Correct Mouldings Help!

Correct Mouldings Help!

If the manufacturer can give you installation and fixing guides then i'd proceed with them as per the fixing instructions. If they can not then get a refund.

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YBBroker
Nov 16, 2010 3:47 pm
baley@thefarms
baley@thefarms
27 April 2011

Choosing external colours and bricks and tiles

Choosing external colours and bricks and tiles

I can't think of where your cladding will be? Is there alot of it? Surfmist is pretty much white, some pics it looks grey but I have surfmist windows, doors, fascia and…

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baley@thefarms
Apr 27, 2011 5:15 pm
ruka2007
ruka2007
8 November 2010

ready for the roof 31 oct

ready for the roof 31 oct
WA

hey kiwi, roof is now on we chose colourbond bushland. Was gonna go with ironstone but too many of that colour around. bushland still looks good with the light bricks -…

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ruka2007
Nov 08, 2010 7:49 pm
sheznay
sheznay
4 June 2011

Why did you choose either Tiles or Timber Flooring?

Why did you choose either Tiles or Timber Flooring?
1, 2, 3

I have seen these wood look tiles. I think they look amazing.

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sheznay
Jun 04, 2011 1:10 pm
sheznay
meatpie
meatpie
8 November 2010

Slab not parallel to frame

Slab not parallel to frame

hi GLLSC, i think it is called "frame overhang" tolerance level is 10mm if i am not wrong, you might want to read this

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meatpie
Nov 08, 2010 10:31 pm
YBBroker
YBBroker
16 November 2010

Fixing Stage Inclusion question

Fixing Stage Inclusion question

Is this for a progress claim? Brick clean can be one of the last jobs you do on a job Roof of the Porch should have been during roof cover? Roof pointing before…

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YBBroker
Nov 16, 2010 3:53 pm
btherl
btherl
9 November 2010

what could this be?????

what could this be?????

We've got a power cable hanging out of the external wall next to our spa too, this would explain why.

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btherl
Nov 09, 2010 8:09 am
btherl
Belial
Belial
10 November 2010

Ah, the serenity... my Serenity 21 build, Sandarra

Ah, the serenity... my Serenity 21 build, Sandarra
VIC
1, 2

Some time before your contract ends :lol: i think we're roughly about 10 weeks or so from lockup now and we still have a couple to go with pci etc before handover.

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Belial
Nov 10, 2010 10:55 am
Belial
deletedpenguin
deletedpenguin
10 November 2010

Liberty 42 @Stonecutters Ridge

Liberty 42 @Stonecutters Ridge
NSW
1 ... 15, 16, 17

::cheerleader:: ::party:: ::cheerleader:: ::party:: A BIG CONGRATULATIONS GUYS ::celeb:: You must be so happy your build is over and you have moved into your beautiful home. Good win…

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deletedpenguin
Nov 10, 2010 12:47 pm
deletedpenguin
Dee2010
Dee2010
11 November 2010

Dee's House plans

Dee's House plans
WA
1 ... 8, 9, 10

I have started a new thread for the build as everytime I log on to this one I think of the dream home we are not building :( and this should be an exciting time :D

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Dee2010
Nov 11, 2010 8:26 am
Southies
Southies
11 November 2010

Who has Shower Niches?

Who has Shower Niches?
QLD

Don't make them any smaller than 300mm high. This height will accomodate large size pump bottles, which I didn't take into account :roll: . Now our pump bottles sit on the…

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Southies
Nov 11, 2010 4:57 pm
Southies
pattycake4
pattycake4
11 November 2010

help with plan please

help with plan please
VIC
1, 2

And to think I had to pay a Draftman,you guys are GOOD.Dee so much knowledge (4 builds)Kiwi have the perfect table with mirror and all.I can see light at the end of…

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pattycake4
Nov 11, 2010 8:14 pm
Benny-
Benny-
12 November 2010

Eden Brae - Hayman 31 - Morpeth Manor - Keys on Friday

Eden Brae - Hayman 31 - Morpeth Manor - Keys on Friday
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

So everyone I have been on annual leave for the past 3 weeks and conducted our move. Between having no internet at home until the other day and landscaping i have been…

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Benny-
Nov 12, 2010 9:07 am
Benny-
dragonflychic
dragonflychic
12 November 2010

Woodland Grey roof - colour not quite right!

Woodland Grey roof - colour not quite right!
WA

We are getting used to it. As I said to DH the only darker colours are Ironstone blue or the black and we wanted same colour garage doors. I think we chose ok. Too late…

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dragonflychic
Nov 12, 2010 11:06 am
sharky55_shan
sharky55_shan
12 November 2010

Builder wont give us final cost until building approval

Builder wont give us final cost until building approval

aaww i feel for you. they will always try rip you off. make sure you email everything that way you have a strong paper trial. i would ring and ask for the administrations…

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sharky55_shan
Nov 12, 2010 4:50 pm
sharky55_shan
Aiah
Aiah
13 November 2010

Conrete Slab- How much does it cost?

Conrete Slab- How much does it cost?

without seeing the plan and engineers details who can say. ive seen 270 sqm slabs go well over 100k. devil is in the detail.

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Aiah
Nov 13, 2010 6:04 am
Aiah
BayBuild
BayBuild
13 November 2010

Gloss kitchen cupboards - price

Gloss kitchen cupboards - price

Hi - Our kitchen is costing an extra $2750 for "Kitchen doors magnetic profile and exposed panels 16mm white satin board painted in a 2 pak gloss finish" So I think the…

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BayBuild
Nov 13, 2010 12:31 pm
BayBuild
YBBroker
YBBroker
13 November 2010

Per SQM Cost diff between adding on and building new home

Per SQM Cost diff between adding on and building new home

That's right in line with an article that was written only 2 months ago in the West Australian stating the cost of renovations is double that of a new build. There isn't…

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YBBroker
Nov 13, 2010 6:12 pm
Fallen_Apple
Fallen_Apple
13 November 2010

HELP!! RENDER COLOUR!!?

HELP!! RENDER COLOUR!!?
WA

Have you got any pictures that will help give an idea of the colours so far? I think if the bricks and everything else is quite dark then it looks quite good to have a…

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Fallen_Apple
Nov 13, 2010 8:21 pm
Fallen_Apple
toby
toby
14 November 2010

position of external brick - on or off slab

position of external brick - on or off slab
WA

Many thanks for your reply. YOu have given me such peace of mind. I have been worrying that the slab was not the right size. Other than that the slab looks terific,…

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toby
Nov 14, 2010 12:16 am
juzme
juzme
14 November 2010

Suburbs Selection for New Land - Western Sydney

Suburbs Selection for New Land - Western Sydney
NSW

Hi, I have not long bought at Claremont Meadows only a few km's from Glenmore Park and Penrith. 3km's from nearest rail station at Werrington and close to M4 access,…

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juzme
Nov 14, 2010 7:27 am
ESB
ESB
14 November 2010

Statutory requirements cost, e.g. rainwater tank, salinity

Statutory requirements cost, e.g. rainwater tank, salinity

We've had extra costs added to our tender for the same reason ... stainless steel tie downs on the brick work, we also can only have a one particular type of mortar joint…

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ESB
Nov 14, 2010 9:12 am
ESB
stillwaters
stillwaters
14 November 2010

What boral brick did/would you use?

What boral brick did/would you use?
VIC

Boral Mocha goes well with Dune (check out my building thread for a picture of how it looks).. Its a CAT 3 brick with Carlisle Homes, not sure with your builder

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stillwaters
Nov 14, 2010 12:16 pm
sleven
sleven
14 November 2010

Surprise costs

Surprise costs
NSW

ALL of our costs were fixed once we hit tender - our colours, electrical upgrades and site costs - including our rock removal and concrete piers. But I do agree that…

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sleven
Nov 14, 2010 1:14 pm
sleven
Level Spirit
Level Spirit
14 November 2010

Inspections

Inspections

Thanks stormy, I understand that it will be for my account. I am just not aware of my rights to get an inspection at lock-up. I have been looking at New Home Inspections,…

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Level Spirit
Nov 14, 2010 2:02 pm
themax
themax
14 November 2010

Newbie

Newbie
NSW

Welcome RandH. Hope you'll share you building story with us! We love pics!!

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themax
Nov 14, 2010 7:24 pm
themax
Judie
Judie
14 November 2010

Bench tops same in kitchen and wet areas?

Bench tops same in kitchen and wet areas?
QLD

Mine are different. The kitchen has granite benchtops with slightly off-white cupboards. The bathrooms are all the same - Rock Salt Velvet cupboards with a white top…

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Judie
Nov 14, 2010 9:40 pm
Judie
The Little Misses
The Little Misses
15 November 2010

Site Problem - Opinions/help please

Site Problem - Opinions/help please
VIC

I had exactly the same concerns Ring, and our property would flood whenever we seemed to have steady rain. Once we filled the block up a little, we've had no issues. Good…

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The Little Misses
Nov 15, 2010 12:06 pm
The Little Misses
kel
kel
15 November 2010

Water Damage to mid floor

Water Damage to mid floor

hi fxaud Our house frame had been exposed for over 3 months, frame studs were bowed, they had to cut and pad with other wood to make them straight. I saw…

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kel
Nov 15, 2010 6:47 pm
ESB
ESB
15 November 2010

Anyone else building near the sea?

Anyone else building near the sea?
QLD

Thanks John ... it's so frustrating the things they suddenly say we MUST upgrade too ... I mean surely they know in the area we're in up here we'd need the upgraded tie…

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ESB
Nov 15, 2010 9:31 pm
ESB
Lex
Lex
16 November 2010

Brick query- Does this sound right?

Brick query- Does this sound right?
VIC

No worries kaz ... How long - I guess it depends on a few things, eg. how saturated the bricks are, where are they located on the house, which side of the house (north,…

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Lex
Nov 16, 2010 5:47 am
Lex
Yellow
Yellow
16 November 2010

PD Brookvale 45 ...No PCI, No Handover....bit of a vent...

PD Brookvale 45 ...No PCI, No Handover....bit of a vent...
VIC
1, 2, 3

Hi overwhelmed, We are building a brookvale 45 too. Do you mind sharing your Independent Inspector's contact? And any chance you had the site…

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Yellow
Nov 16, 2010 12:21 pm
carlswil
carlswil
16 November 2010

In by Christmas - just wishful thinking?

In by Christmas - just wishful thinking?
QLD

Hi. That sounds like a lot still to do. I would keep being pessimistic, and expect that you won't make it in by xmas. We've only got the painting, driveway, basins and…

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carlswil
Nov 16, 2010 1:40 pm
rajan_g4
rajan_g4
16 November 2010

A few questions for experts out on H1

A few questions for experts out on H1
VIC

Thanks for the replies, guys. @YBBroker --> The material handling fee in my case isnt a provisional sum, I have it under 'non-provisional' section in my tender. Also, the…

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rajan_g4
Nov 16, 2010 7:10 pm
rajan_g4
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Dollar
Nov 16, 2010 7:11 pm
boiselfish
boiselfish
16 November 2010

Formula Homes - Town House

Formula Homes - Town House
VIC

Like I said on the other new FH thread started today... sus... lol.

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boiselfish
Nov 16, 2010 8:41 pm
HomeOwnerz
HomeOwnerz
23 September 2012

Cost of building a Basement

Cost of building a Basement

Digging is expensive. I would say more than the average sqm rate for your home. Plus, basements leak water like mad. I doubt youll get warranty against leaks in the…

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HomeOwnerz
Sep 23, 2012 4:01 pm
Twiggy
Twiggy
17 November 2010

Double Story Henley Owners

Double Story Henley Owners
VIC

Yeah we ended up changing to the refigerated. Good thing I was under budget :)

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Twiggy
Nov 17, 2010 11:53 am
Twiggy
aLLaNNa1
aLLaNNa1
17 November 2010

DreamHome 2010 - Got the Keys (Handover Complete)

DreamHome 2010 - Got the Keys (Handover Complete)
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Holy cow Mark your house looks absolutely fab! How cool is that tile motif in the entry hey. Our's is almost done too....cant wait. What's the process for handover? I…

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aLLaNNa1
Nov 17, 2010 12:03 pm
newhouseheadache
newhouseheadache
17 December 2010

Rainwater tank headache

Rainwater tank headache

Thank you so much for all the advice. BCC call centre had absolutely no idea. They said they had never heard of an annual licence. They referred me to a specialist area…

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newhouseheadache
Dec 17, 2010 3:06 pm
baley@thefarms
baley@thefarms
17 November 2010

Tri Level

Tri Level
NSW
1, 2

Congrats Macey!! That's awesome news!! (I wasn't expecting that though!! haha, I had to read over it 3 times to check I was reading it right!) Huge house - with a…

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baley@thefarms
Nov 17, 2010 6:24 pm
kerry-ann
kerry-ann
18 November 2010

Perth,Updated house plans,do we need to re-think anything,

Perth,Updated house plans,do we need to re-think anything,
WA
1 ... 28, 29, 30

Here is a link for the new house,thanks everyone for all your help,ideas & chit chat ::kiss::

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kerry-ann
Nov 18, 2010 10:37 am
Echo
Echo
18 November 2010

Help on final stages of practical completion!

Help on final stages of practical completion!
WA

All builders seem to vary on this issue. Mine was: Deposit Slab Plate Height Lock UP PCI ( includes Variations and Plumbing fit out ) Handover Each of these payments…

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Echo
Nov 18, 2010 1:05 pm
Echo
jayw
jayw
18 November 2010

Treats for the builders

Treats for the builders
VIC

I've received.. coffee, cakes, chocolate, beer, wine, breakfast, lunch and dinner (home made and taken out), massage voucher, art, a helicopter…

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jayw
Nov 18, 2010 5:58 pm
jayw


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