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Madison27AA
Madison27AA
2 February 2011

Liberty 42 - Help on colour choice!

Liberty 42 - Help on colour choice!
QLD
1 ... 12, 13, 14

I like the way ur front looks. No need to change anything. But as Kb suggested stackstones will look great too. I was going to ask about the render colour...and then saw…

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Madison27AA
Feb 02, 2011 11:46 am
Charlene
Charlene
2 February 2011

My Simonds Millbank 2900 .. New Outside pics added 30 Jan 11

My Simonds Millbank 2900 .. New Outside pics added 30 Jan 11
VIC
1, 2, 3

wow your house looks great! I hope we get a gift pack like yours!

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Charlene
Feb 02, 2011 3:43 pm
Mclaren
Mclaren
2 February 2011

SA Water - Not happy Jan!

SA Water - Not happy Jan!
SA

Just checked the website "Sewerage rates are payable on any land that can be connected to a sewer main, whether or not the property is connected to the sewerage system"…

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Mclaren
Feb 02, 2011 3:54 pm
Mclaren
andy
andy
2 February 2011

Not long now.............

Not long now.............
VIC
1 ... 20, 21, 22

:: Hope all you people got what you wanted and are happy!! put it this way its a 8/10 for me . As for CH yes they follow up and its been 5 months and I still hassle them for…

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andy
Feb 02, 2011 6:52 pm
epsc
epsc
3 February 2011

Arborist Report Costs?

Arborist Report Costs?

Hi guys - I have a similar problem, except that it is a bit of a smaller problem - 2 banksias to be removed for a new driveway. Pittwater Council. Quotes so far (2) have…

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epsc
Feb 03, 2011 7:21 am
chrisandkate
chrisandkate
3 February 2011

Knock down and rebuild - do I need to tell the bank?

Knock down and rebuild - do I need to tell the bank?
VIC

As mentioned above, Yes you need to tell them but here's why (actually it's more a case of ask the bank) You don't own the house or the land its on, the Bank does. Even…

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chrisandkate
Feb 03, 2011 9:04 am
kineso
kineso
3 February 2011

Building in a Bushfire prone area

Building in a Bushfire prone area
VIC

We have just built in a semi rural bushfire prone area. We had to meet NSW AS3959-1999 Level 1 requirements. The bushfire assessment (simple self assessment, done by…

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kineso
Feb 03, 2011 1:24 pm
jayw
jayw
3 February 2011

lock up vs full build?

lock up vs full build?
VIC

That's a very good point about whose fault it is. One example: We had a job ages ago where a client did the tiling in their wet areas. A few tiles cracked and they were…

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jayw
Feb 03, 2011 1:42 pm
jayw
kineso
kineso
3 February 2011

What to do if your building runs late

What to do if your building runs late
NSW

I'll let someone else answer the C of O question definitively (cause I'm in the same boat as you) but my understanding is yes. Not sure what you are referring to when you…

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kineso
Feb 03, 2011 5:20 pm
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MissyP
Feb 03, 2011 10:45 pm
MissyP
gabbybuild10
gabbybuild10
3 February 2011

Works by owner and what the builder thought

Works by owner and what the builder thought
1, 2

Thanks Jayw :: :: u r truly awesome. thanks for the name of the septics guy. my OH rang him thismorning and we got a quote on the same day and he's willing to do it for…

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gabbybuild10
Feb 03, 2011 11:53 pm
petrous
petrous
4 February 2011

Customised Builder

Customised Builder

Did you have any luck in your search Monash? We have just started our search for a builder in Kew East, Melbourne. There are lots of swish display homes in Balwyn from…

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petrous
Feb 04, 2011 9:30 am
77lk1
77lk1
4 February 2011

Site cost rip-offs from Major Builders

Site cost rip-offs from Major Builders
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

How can PD state in their promo "All slab upgrade" and then charge for piering?? Wouldn't piering be part of the slab upgrade?? All it…

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77lk1
Feb 04, 2011 3:04 pm
Syrus
Syrus
4 February 2011

Anyone excited Met**con is coming to SA

Anyone excited Met**con is coming to SA
SA

They are not worth getting excited about. There is a reason why you cant write their name. :th:

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Syrus
Feb 04, 2011 5:31 pm
b0son
b0son
4 February 2011

Trying to work out costs.

Trying to work out costs.
NSW

My wife and I are approaching the point where we will be looking at building our first home. I have read numerous posts on this forum and seen…

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b0son
Feb 04, 2011 8:35 pm
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Twiggy
Feb 05, 2011 12:02 am
Twiggy
East_Melb_Build
East_Melb_Build
5 February 2011

So we're building! Weighing up options - Blackburn (Melb)

So we're building! Weighing up options - Blackburn (Melb)
VIC

Thanks Bashworth - have done that (pics in the custom design floorplans thread) :) Even then, though, different builders seem to want to construct it differently!

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East_Melb_Build
Feb 05, 2011 8:00 am
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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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


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