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kek
kek
5 February 2011

3 months in, and woke up to leaking roof !

3 months in, and woke up to leaking roof !

I assume you're in Melbourne? If so, it'll be a result of the excessive rainfall, not a building problem. We had the same thing happen just short of 12 months. When so…

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kek
Feb 05, 2011 2:59 pm
kek
kek
kek
5 February 2011

Preparation for Crossover - DIY?

Preparation for Crossover - DIY?
WA

Ring your council - they'll be able to give you all the info you need on what's required. We did our own crossover for our last house and the council told us what depth…

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kek
Feb 05, 2011 3:02 pm
kek
acrebuild1
acrebuild1
5 February 2011

how far apart should downlights be?

how far apart should downlights be?

The rule of thumb I used (from memory :th: ) was 1m from the wall and 2m between downlights. It does vary depending upon the room shape but it has…

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acrebuild1
Feb 05, 2011 6:08 pm
jakry001
jakry001
6 February 2011

Adelaide - Info/help needed for my sub-division process

Adelaide - Info/help needed for my sub-division process
SA
1, 2

Wow! So many little bits and pieces, costs etc. to take into consideration... Plus more and more taxes... I thought it was a relatively simple process because you see so…

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jakry001
Feb 06, 2011 12:32 pm
pemeg2217
pemeg2217
6 February 2011

Roof Leak - Will the builders warranty cover it?

Roof Leak - Will the builders warranty cover it?
VIC

Hi I have the same problem however my house is just over 4 years old... I got up on the roof and did not find any damage to the roof tiles so it seems that there is…

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pemeg2217
Feb 06, 2011 4:13 pm
tintin
tintin
6 February 2011

first time builder

first time builder
NSW

have a look through your contract. For things such as slab, is really dictated by the site conditions so the builder would be obliged by what he eng report shows.

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tintin
Feb 06, 2011 6:15 pm
Chubz
Chubz
6 February 2011

1st time building - overwhelmed much??? SE Burbs

1st time building - overwhelmed much??? SE Burbs
VIC

Thanks for the reply ::smile:: I was beginning to think I wasn't going to get any replies..... We've picked our house plans - Montrose Streamline 270E. We're having the plans…

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Chubz
Feb 06, 2011 6:21 pm
AJW
AJW
9 February 2011

Cooling outlet and light

Cooling outlet and light

The question is how far did you specify? If you didn't specify a thing then talk nicely to the builder and see what they can do. If you did specify a distance speak not so…

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AJW
Feb 09, 2011 1:52 pm
Debra50
Debra50
6 February 2011

blackwood bricks

blackwood bricks
VIC

Thanks Debra, your brick look great. the ones that were delivered to our house are a lot redder not at all like the samples we got from 2…

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Debra50
Feb 06, 2011 7:25 pm
nerak
nerak
6 February 2011

PGH Mocha bricks

PGH Mocha bricks
NSW

Thanks Nerak, Yep have already tried this but there are none! (Only one display at Oran Park has a side wall that is built from PGH…

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nerak
Feb 06, 2011 10:11 pm
building1
building1
7 February 2011

Plumbers, concreters, enlighten me please, what is this for?

Plumbers, concreters, enlighten me please, what is this for?

any chance you have a set of 'shop drawings'? There might be a set of plans called 'Footings & slad detail' or words to that effect. You…

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building1
Feb 07, 2011 2:31 am
Eve Dweller
Eve Dweller
7 February 2011

Land settlement, what to expect?

Land settlement, what to expect?
VIC

Hi Taz, You should expect whats detailed in your contract. If clearing of the land is expressed (in the contract) then all I would do is take a picture day before if your…

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Eve Dweller
Feb 07, 2011 10:14 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
7 February 2011

Wall stud question

Wall stud question
NSW

House is already built! This was just a pic from the framing stage. It's a 2 storey brick and the wall just goes straight up with no change in materials. Lex - we're…

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stonecutter1309
Feb 07, 2011 12:00 pm
stonecutter1309
kdgirl
kdgirl
7 February 2011

Sanctum Living Pre-Designed Homes

Sanctum Living Pre-Designed Homes
NSW

Sorry haven't heard of them. Their designs are lovely though! Where are you building on the northern beaches? I'm building in Warriewood

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409
kdgirl
Feb 07, 2011 2:13 pm
Nattee
Nattee
7 February 2011

Re: Who is building/built in the Ponds

Re: Who is building/built in the Ponds
NSW
1 ... 7, 8, 9

Just wondering if anyone has had problems with their corner block? We have a corner block and aren't happy with the landscape plan. Firstly we have been forced to have a…

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Nattee
Feb 07, 2011 2:26 pm
pattycake4
pattycake4
7 February 2011

New Dimension Homes Vic

New Dimension Homes Vic
VIC

Read review not good,maybe that's why they have starting building in the north will let my friend know.Thanks Baloon 86

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pattycake4
Feb 07, 2011 6:29 pm
bashworth
bashworth
7 February 2011

Building Aussie Living homes, Busselton WA - Site Works Q

Building Aussie Living homes, Busselton WA - Site Works Q
WA

Its hard to be definite on price ground conditions are the most variable aspects of construction.

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bashworth
Feb 07, 2011 6:50 pm
bashworth
kb46
kb46
8 February 2011

plan advice - doors to close off stair well

plan advice - doors to close off stair well
WA

+1 for kiwi's or rlay1's suggestions! Definitely keep some sort of door - heating/cooling costs are rising!

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kb46
Feb 08, 2011 11:47 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
8 February 2011

Surprise ! We have bad soil

Surprise ! We have bad soil
NSW

You won't get a firm site cost evaluation without: 1 A soil test 2 A feature/Contour survey 3 A floor plan including which type of base you want (slab or stumps) Once…

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chrisandkate
Feb 08, 2011 2:55 pm
grom40
grom40
8 February 2011

How long was handover from lockup stage?

How long was handover from lockup stage?

Hi Keelstin, Oh if I had a dollar for every time I saw this question I would be sooooo rich ::lol:: There's a search function at the top, right-hand side of this forum which…

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grom40
Feb 08, 2011 3:08 pm
grom40
Echo
Echo
8 February 2011

Do builders charge for voids.

Do builders charge for voids.
VIC

I concur , well said chippy .

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Echo
Feb 08, 2011 6:04 pm
Echo
irkj
irkj
8 February 2011

Underground Power Pit & Temporary power pole

Underground Power Pit & Temporary power pole
VIC

Gave the builder & supervisor a call today and it appears they will be taking away the BSP since they'll use the underground power pit instead (the logical way to do it,…

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irkj
Feb 08, 2011 11:43 pm
chippy
chippy
9 February 2011

Considering Owner Building

Considering Owner Building
WA

Have a read through the owner builder section. You will read some interesting threads. You can save money and get a better spec home built just as you want. But it can…

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chippy
Feb 09, 2011 12:21 am
chippy
Adam.M
Adam.M
9 February 2011

Specs on display home

Specs on display home
VIC

Depending on the builder they are able to provide the basic house plans and installed specifications.

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Adam.M
Feb 09, 2011 8:47 am
Yellow
Yellow
9 February 2011

PD - Garage Internal access door

PD - Garage Internal access door
VIC

Hi Below is our internal garage access door. The photo is taken from the garage side. See the bottom frame, is this how it should be or should…

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Yellow
Feb 09, 2011 4:31 pm
Pinchy
Pinchy
9 February 2011

OMG!! Heartbroken due to excessive Porter Davis Site Costs!

OMG!! Heartbroken due to excessive Porter Davis Site Costs!
VIC

My partner and I are building a Porter Davis Regent 23 and have purchased a gorgeous albeit slightly sloping block in…

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Pinchy
Feb 09, 2011 4:46 pm
bashworth
bashworth
9 February 2011

What building stage for retaining wall?

What building stage for retaining wall?
VIC

If its important that the retaining wall face looks good and there is no structural reason for early erection they will probably wait until after the brickwork is finished.

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bashworth
Feb 09, 2011 4:51 pm
bashworth
ECOECO
ECOECO
10 February 2011

Architrave Gaps

Architrave Gaps
SA

We've had a look through the Standards and Tolerances Guide in the past, and have done so again, but we can…

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ECOECO
Feb 10, 2011 6:44 am
ECOECO
mr&mrs_k
mr&mrs_k
10 February 2011

new owner builder queries

new owner builder queries
NSW

thanx for that info...but don't we need to hire someone specific to actually mark out points to where the footings and piers/pegs will be dug out from? we know the…

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mr&mrs_k
Feb 10, 2011 7:28 am
jun_e
jun_e
10 February 2011

Wattyl Oriential White

Wattyl Oriential White

Hi mb2hall, I am completely a newb to this forum and found it on google search. I am building a house and my colour selection is tomorrow. I am also painting oriental…

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jun_e
Feb 10, 2011 11:46 am
AdPR
AdPR
10 February 2011

Anybody building a Simonds Marriott

Anybody building a Simonds Marriott

Yes and we are also having Rumpus upgrade

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AdPR
Feb 10, 2011 12:41 pm
EmeryBB
EmeryBB
10 February 2011

Negotiating with builders - appliance changes

Negotiating with builders - appliance changes
VIC

I am building with a major volume builder. We deleted everything from the kitchen section and will supply our own after handover. The only thing they will not let me…

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EmeryBB
Feb 10, 2011 4:04 pm
m00fie
m00fie
10 February 2011

Building my little 12sq house.. Facade colour choices..

Building my little 12sq house.. Facade colour choices..
VIC

La esa, seems to have abit more colour changes in them... i have done some drivebys with the list and every house with looks a different colour lol

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m00fie
Feb 10, 2011 5:46 pm
just Erin
just Erin
10 February 2011

What is our rights when build goes over contract?

What is our rights when build goes over contract?
NSW

Most contracts state that the builder will pay you xxx dollars per week if the contract goes over the completion date. Do you not have anything like this in your…

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just Erin
Feb 10, 2011 6:33 pm
just Erin
carlz08
carlz08
10 February 2011

Need help with exterior colours!! 1st time to build!!!!

Need help with exterior colours!! 1st time to build!!!!
VIC

Thanks for your opinion Pendopo!! Yes we have a lot of grey but i can't turn back now, garage door is getting made and rendering is getting done as we speak. Just wanted…

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carlz08
Feb 10, 2011 6:56 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
10 February 2011

Roof colour to suit PGH Caffe Latte bricks

Roof colour to suit PGH Caffe Latte bricks
SA

Excellent choices - I am sure you will be happy with them!! Glad to help - one less thing to worry about ::

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Mclaren
Feb 10, 2011 8:55 pm
Mclaren
Dexterredcat
Dexterredcat
10 February 2011

Floorwaste required in Victoria?

Floorwaste required in Victoria?
VIC

We are 3/4 way through our build and dont have them and we too wish that we had included them in all wet areas. If I had my time again I would have one in the middle of…

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Dexterredcat
Feb 10, 2011 9:17 pm
Dexterredcat
donuts
donuts
10 February 2011

Demolition of old house vs selling it for removal

Demolition of old house vs selling it for removal
VIC

hi camrw and welcome to the forum. selling and/or getting your house taken away from your site for free is definitely the ideal way to go. there are a couple of…

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donuts
Feb 10, 2011 9:27 pm
donuts
btherl
btherl
11 February 2011

What shouldn't you include in the 3 month maintenance report

What shouldn't you include in the 3 month maintenance report
SA

4 outside light bulbs, external rangehood vent, washing machine waste connector (nowhere to plug the hose into in the laundry), floor waste in ensuite and bathroom, power…

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btherl
Feb 11, 2011 8:02 am
btherl
carlswil
carlswil
11 February 2011

Statesman Homes

Statesman Homes
SA

Sorry to hear your footings came back so expensive. I hope you can find a solution to your problem that you're happy with.

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carlswil
Feb 11, 2011 9:45 am
MrForgetful
MrForgetful
11 February 2011

Tapware when building new home

Tapware when building new home
QLD

Thanks donuts, will have to ask the builder what kind they use...

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MrForgetful
Feb 11, 2011 11:38 am
kyton
kyton
11 February 2011

Project Home Access to Site During Build for own tradies

Project Home Access to Site During Build for own tradies
NSW

Gunny maybe go to the poster's thread (listed in her signature) - the information may already be there.

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kyton
Feb 11, 2011 12:59 pm
kyton
bashworth
bashworth
11 February 2011

How long from lock up to handover

How long from lock up to handover

I prefer to think the jobs only half over at lock up! So however long its taken until lock up it will be the same to handover

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bashworth
Feb 11, 2011 5:19 pm
bashworth
bashworth
bashworth
11 February 2011

Value of a 1/2 built house?

Value of a 1/2 built house?

i wouldn't be paying more than land value plus 50% of the work done. You are finishing someone else's dream not yours. With all the halses of restarting and loosing the…

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bashworth
Feb 11, 2011 5:39 pm
bashworth

you mean like…

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donuts
Feb 11, 2011 10:41 pm
donuts
sharky55_shan
sharky55_shan
11 February 2011

Facade Advice

Facade Advice
NSW

we have dune colourbond and we like it feel free to chek out the topic. out windows are anotec dark grey but close enough to give you an idea :)

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sharky55_shan
Feb 11, 2011 11:42 pm
sharky55_shan
Debra50
Debra50
12 February 2011

Carlisle homes - t range - as displayed promotion??

Carlisle homes - t range - as displayed promotion??
VIC

Hi reinsey, thanks for the feedback. I just let out a small sigh of relief!!! You see I've already put down a deposit with another builder, then…

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Debra50
Feb 12, 2011 8:44 am
take2
take2
12 February 2011

Telstra Fibre Optic Velocity Cabling

Telstra Fibre Optic Velocity Cabling
VIC

We are in Brookwater in qld, and have the Velocity. Off the top I cant remember the costs but to get it to the house wasn't that expensive and then it depends on how you…

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take2
Feb 12, 2011 4:04 pm
take2
bashworth
bashworth
12 February 2011

Question about PCI

Question about PCI
VIC

Hi I would say allow for a couple of hours. You need to make clear its a PCI and make sure things are recorded. Here is a link to more information:

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bashworth
Feb 12, 2011 6:30 pm
bashworth
dragonflychic
dragonflychic
12 February 2011

Perth builders - ideas, thoughts on what we need!

Perth builders - ideas, thoughts on what we need!
WA

Things mainly depend on your budget! Oh how I would of loved an extra $50k for the build. For us we would have done raised ceilings, nice cornice, kitchen full glass…

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dragonflychic
Feb 12, 2011 10:24 pm


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