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LWang
LWang
8 September 2010

Anyone building in the Karinya estate in Point Cook?

Anyone building in the Karinya estate in Point Cook?
VIC

We are about to build in the karinya very soon. Before entering a contract with the builder, we neeed to decide if we want to fix the site cost or not. Can anyone share…

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LWang
Sep 08, 2010 9:07 pm
robinred55
robinred55
8 September 2010

Termimesh vs Annual Spraying

Termimesh vs Annual Spraying
WA

We paid $1700 extra to have Termimesh around the perimeter of the house and not just penitration points. I figure it is worth every cent when you consider the annual costs…

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robinred55
Sep 08, 2010 9:56 pm
xBeanie
xBeanie
8 September 2010

New land - tests and inspections

New land - tests and inspections
QLD

Well got the soil test done and not good results unfortunately. Apparently the paperwork provided by the developer was not sufficient to class the fill as controlled,…

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xBeanie
Sep 08, 2010 10:02 pm
Echo
Echo
9 September 2010

Subdividing and demolishing help needed

Subdividing and demolishing help needed
WA

Check with a surveyor that specializes in subdivisions in Perth. I used a company called Vision in Scarborough and they were great. A good surveyor knows all the councils…

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Echo
Sep 09, 2010 3:24 pm
Echo
riverton30
riverton30
9 September 2010

Noggin heights??

Noggin heights??

Thanks for your replies everyone. SS is more than happy to do it for us and even suggested extras for mounting the tv on the wall he just wants me to give him details of…

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riverton30
Sep 09, 2010 5:26 pm
TazR
TazR
9 September 2010

Off-white mortar - how long to cure

Off-white mortar - how long to cure
QLD

Be sure in your contract spec. it states they will use white sand, to get the best result. The fact we pay so much more for the white mortar…

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TazR
Sep 09, 2010 6:56 pm
Helyn
Helyn
9 September 2010

Cost of having brick infills above windows and garage.

Cost of having brick infills above windows and garage.

By security shutters do you mean external roller shutters? We have them on our front (north facing) and western windows. I think they are great but depends on what your…

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Helyn
Sep 09, 2010 8:09 pm
Helyn
hotmercury
hotmercury
9 September 2010

First time builder in Perth - The start of the Journey

First time builder in Perth - The start of the Journey
WA

im assuming you have a front yard as apposed to back and thats why your alfresco is situated towards the front? p.s. who are you building…

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hotmercury
Sep 09, 2010 11:44 pm
upsydaisy
upsydaisy
10 September 2010

Shared driveway question

Shared driveway question

Thank you for your reply. No one else will have their building completed when we move in, so will call the insurance company this morning and see if we can do it…

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upsydaisy
Sep 10, 2010 6:48 am
upsydaisy
upsydaisy
upsydaisy
10 September 2010

Can we afford to build on this sloping block?

Can we afford to build on this sloping block?
VIC

I would think that $12 - $15k would be a reasonable estimate to get a custom designed house. If you work with the slope (i.e. split level) that might reduce site costs for…

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upsydaisy
Sep 10, 2010 6:52 am
upsydaisy
kb46
kb46
10 September 2010

delay after delay....am i the only one!!! share your horrors

delay after delay....am i the only one!!! share your horrors
WA

I feel your pain. We're 15 months after signing and only at lockup stage. The first delay was ours because it took 3 months for our old house to be removed from site…

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kb46
Sep 10, 2010 9:12 am
Team PD
Team PD
10 September 2010

Roof not complete - what are our rights?

Roof not complete - what are our rights?

Hi there, I'm currently building with PD. We have almost reached lockup stage, with the roof almost complete, bricks completed and the doors and…

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Team PD
Sep 10, 2010 9:45 am
Team PD
disappointed15
disappointed15
10 September 2010

Building with Prostruct

Building with Prostruct

We are currently building with Prostruct and have been very disappointed. Our big problems and issues have been ignored, and there seems to be no communication to try to…

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disappointed15
Sep 10, 2010 10:18 am
komalsingh76
komalsingh76
10 September 2010

Austral Bricks

Austral Bricks
VIC

I have contacted the design centres and also called up the national number but everyone is saying that they don't have any houses made as yet in those bricks as it is a…

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komalsingh76
Sep 10, 2010 10:55 am
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carlswil
Sep 10, 2010 11:14 am
joles
joles
10 September 2010

Porter Davis delay in starting.

Porter Davis delay in starting.
VIC

Hi thanks for the reply, lands been paid for , no mortgage, 1st progress payment was for Im guessing slab?, and no wouldnt want to rush them …

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joles
Sep 10, 2010 11:54 am
joles
MBBN
MBBN
10 September 2010

Legal issues surrounding PC sum

Legal issues surrounding PC sum
QLD

most builders don't put appliances in until the end of construction (in case they are stolen etc)..... from the other side of opinion (not necessarily mine) but I would…

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MBBN
Sep 10, 2010 2:06 pm
djembe
djembe
10 September 2010

Pre handover inspection

Pre handover inspection

Thank you so much adam.m. I think I will find one although I am happy with the build up til now I have no idea what to look for.

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djembe
Sep 10, 2010 2:48 pm
boiselfish
boiselfish
10 September 2010

Our home by the beach. Finally moving forward YAY!

Our home by the beach. Finally moving forward YAY!
VIC

I like the look of the facade you have selected. It will be really nice. What colour were you thinking for the cladding upstairs?

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boiselfish
Sep 10, 2010 2:53 pm
LeanneR
LeanneR
10 September 2010

Please let me know what you think of the colour schemes

Please let me know what you think of the colour schemes
SA
1, 2

Im using all 3 colours on our house (surfmist, woodland grey & bushland). I would prob go for bushland as its imbetween. Otherwise surfmist due to heat reasons where you are :)

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LeanneR
Sep 10, 2010 4:17 pm
LeanneR
pattycake4
pattycake4
25 March 2011

Carpet issues - advice needed!

Carpet issues - advice needed!
1, 2, 3

Good on you,that"s what Vcat is for

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pattycake4
Mar 25, 2011 8:13 pm
davesydney84
davesydney84
10 September 2010

Smart Wiring / Structured Cabling

Smart Wiring / Structured Cabling

Hi, We are building 2 storey, once they have put the cables in how can we add to it in the future? If we decide we want another Data port in a…

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davesydney84
Sep 10, 2010 4:40 pm
Belial
Belial
10 September 2010

Sandarra owners corporation-feedback please

Sandarra owners corporation-feedback please

Both myself and johno replied over to your repost in the general discussion thread ,i'd say more people have posted in it and are more likely to see updates.

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Belial
Sep 10, 2010 5:00 pm
Belial
blues1616
blues1616
10 September 2010

Advice please - H&L package and estate requirements

Advice please - H&L package and estate requirements
VIC

Firstly I would speak to the builder and check that you have the package which includes "Estate covenants, guidelines & local council requirements". If so then you…

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blues1616
Sep 10, 2010 5:36 pm
Barwon374
Barwon374
10 September 2010

Water bill on house under construction

Water bill on house under construction

We received our water bill and and queried with SE Water as to why there is $173.00 of service charges and $5 actual usage. As the house is…

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Barwon374
Sep 10, 2010 10:32 pm
xanthrope
xanthrope
11 September 2010

Does anyone have experience building with Dixon Homes Cairns

Does anyone have experience building with Dixon Homes Cairns
QLD

Hi tashndave, Congratulations ! I hope everything goes well with you. Building a house is a great experience, I know, as we started building our house in Melbourne around…

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xanthrope
Sep 11, 2010 11:45 am
xanthrope
shonzilla
shonzilla
11 September 2010

Why you decided to build?

Why you decided to build?
VIC
1, 2

Was sick of renting and everything established was costly for a safe suburb. I've changed my mind today. I should live in a caravan in the bush the way thing have gone latly. :(

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shonzilla
Sep 11, 2010 7:15 pm
shonzilla
SherWin
SherWin
12 September 2010

Bored Concrete Piers

Bored Concrete Piers

Thank you everyone for your responses ..... they all have been very interesting and helpful ...... will definitely be following this through with the builder. Just as a…

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SherWin
Sep 12, 2010 11:58 am
mecha-wombat
mecha-wombat
13 September 2010

Saville at Georges Fair - PCI Tomorrow (Monday) Afternoon!!!

Saville at Georges Fair - PCI Tomorrow (Monday) Afternoon!!!
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Hmmmm seems strange he did not want you to look at the roofing insulation?? Was it OH&S or is he aware that work needs to be done I wonder ??? Its a shame about the paint…

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mecha-wombat
Sep 13, 2010 5:37 am
mecha-wombat
fitnhealthy
fitnhealthy
13 September 2010

Have you bought a transportable home?

Have you bought a transportable home?

Hello I am currently researching my options (building or buying established). I am leaning towards building a small transportable on a good size block of land, but just…

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fitnhealthy
Sep 13, 2010 9:05 am
kerry-ann
kerry-ann
13 September 2010

5000l rainwater tank connected to house in south west WA?

5000l rainwater tank connected to house in south west WA?

Hi,thanks for asking this question,i'm interested to know about it all too :D Also interested in the re-use grey water thingy,maybe i have to ask that question myself ::lol:: cheers

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kerry-ann
Sep 13, 2010 11:16 am
Huggy_B
Huggy_B
13 September 2010

Colorbond - What are Non Reflective

Colorbond - What are Non Reflective

I reckon it is to stop people using unpainted zincalume roofing more than anything else.

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Huggy_B
Sep 13, 2010 4:44 pm
Huggy_B
Dove
Dove
13 September 2010

Roof Insulation missing???

Roof Insulation missing???

I suggest that the builder should install the roof insulation.

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Dove
Sep 13, 2010 6:00 pm
Dove

Just moving this to coffee break... ::lol::

Guest
Jan 01, 1970 10:00 am
Southies
Southies
13 September 2010

Eden Brae customers

Eden Brae customers
NSW

No. No probs KID ( just settling issues eg cracks, etc) just wondered whether we got the 12 months as a VIC builder.......forgot the name :roll:

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Southies
Sep 13, 2010 8:39 pm
Southies
rajan_g4
rajan_g4
14 September 2010

Building with Clarendon Homes..Help needed..urgent...

Building with Clarendon Homes..Help needed..urgent...
VIC

I thought they charged you for any variations you make after your colors. Isnt it?? I know I will definitely have left a few things out of my radar, but just trying to…

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rajan_g4
Sep 14, 2010 8:47 am
rajan_g4

Hi we have used mushroom on the entire house and homestead tan on our piers both with white mortar. We are very happy with the outcome. Also the brickie did a fantastic…

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faerie
Sep 14, 2010 9:50 am
faerie
jacaranda
jacaranda
14 September 2010

Melbourne bamboo flooring recommendations?

Melbourne bamboo flooring recommendations?
VIC

Hi all, We're looking to get some bamboo floors laid, and were considering Bunnings' range, but also wanted to check out a couple of others for comparison. Any hints /…

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jacaranda
Sep 14, 2010 10:13 am
jacaranda
Angela2106
Angela2106
14 September 2010

The process - Building Urbis home with JG King

The process - Building Urbis home with JG King
VIC

Thanks! We have already read most of that thread. It was a fantastic help! We could see lots of things we did/didn't want to add in our own colours and designs.

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Angela2106
Sep 14, 2010 11:29 am
Reccymech
Reccymech
14 September 2010

Building in Doreen, Victoria

Building in Doreen, Victoria
VIC

Well, the home we want to build is by Henley, and is the Monterey 993 Q1. Applied to the developers for an 'approval in principle' for the siting of the house on the land.…

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Reccymech
Sep 14, 2010 11:59 am
pottsville
pottsville
14 September 2010

Metricon: Bush Fire Levy for the Lancaster 25

Metricon: Bush Fire Levy for the Lancaster 25
VIC

Good Luck - We are at Frame stage - bigger than what i thought!

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pottsville
Sep 14, 2010 1:06 pm
LeonXE1
LeonXE1
14 September 2010

Dispensation - Height

Dispensation - Height
VIC

Thanks everyone. We've just handed the application into council. Fingers crossed now...!

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LeonXE1
Sep 14, 2010 2:40 pm
lauren&richard
lauren&richard
14 September 2010

Independent Building Inspections at building milestones

Independent Building Inspections at building milestones
NSW

Hi Michelle, that makes a lot of sense... I figure the extra $$ its going to cost on top of what we're already spending is peanuts for the piece of mind, and getting it…

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lauren&richard
Sep 14, 2010 3:25 pm
S&M
S&M
14 September 2010

Anyone built the Ellington with National Builders Group

Anyone built the Ellington with National Builders Group
VIC

Just wondering if anyone has built with NBG and built the ellington just want some ideas on plans and changes thanks

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S&M
Sep 14, 2010 8:44 pm
S&M

Hi Wayne, I am building a house with metricon, which will be handed over in November. I have a Rumpus room which i want to make it as a theater room, dimensions are 5.4…

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sandil
Sep 14, 2010 8:46 pm
jimnsal
jimnsal
15 September 2010

Privacy concerns

Privacy concerns
QLD

Hi Tro, For what it's worth, speak to your other neighbours and see if you can lodge similar complaints, my mum had a similar experience in the past where all the existing…

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jimnsal
Sep 15, 2010 11:40 am
jimnsal
mrssnowden
mrssnowden
15 September 2010

Your opinions on my floor plan please:)

Your opinions on my floor plan please:)

Do you think there will be a problem with light in my floor plan considering this addition is to the north and it's mostly glass? My floor plan can allow for a frosted…

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mrssnowden
Sep 15, 2010 1:43 pm
rajan_g4
rajan_g4
15 September 2010

Is Solar HWS noisy??

Is Solar HWS noisy??

yeah, I had planned to relocate it to outside ensuite. Although I am planning a bit of change in my ensuite layout which might make this a bit of issue. I will have to…

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rajan_g4
Sep 15, 2010 4:09 pm
rajan_g4


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