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amazing_venice
amazing_venice
19 August 2010

New Building on a slope of 1000mm fall

New Building on a slope of 1000mm fall
VIC

Land & fall is so tricky. We bought a block, based on the fact it was 'flat' to the naked eye. I knew it had a slight fall, but figured it would be with the 300mm that's…

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amazing_venice
Aug 19, 2010 5:30 pm
amazing_venice
ECOECO
ECOECO
19 August 2010

Alumunuim Sliding Door Handles - Advice needed!!

Alumunuim Sliding Door Handles - Advice needed!!
VIC

Hi Everyone, My Alumunium sliding door haas been installed ( I have 3 of them in total). I picked the colour Jasper but have noticed that the…

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ECOECO
Aug 19, 2010 9:22 pm
ECOECO
LINDABINBIN
LINDABINBIN
19 August 2010

Any good fencing service recommend?

Any good fencing service recommend?
VIC

Hi, all I've got new house done finally. Now, i need to hire someone who may help me to do the timber fence of house. Is anyone can recommend good fencing service…

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LINDABINBIN
Aug 19, 2010 9:47 pm
phoenixrain
phoenixrain
19 August 2010

McBecks McBuild in Harrisdale, WA - Roof is on! PICS!!!

McBecks McBuild in Harrisdale, WA - Roof is on! PICS!!!
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

Hey McBecks! Just wondering how your house is going. :D You should be close to the finishing line now.

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phoenixrain
Aug 19, 2010 10:43 pm
phoenixrain
vivica7604
vivica7604
20 August 2010

Do you think these handle positions look okay?

Do you think these handle positions look okay?
1, 2

I would definitely change it. My cabinet makers forgot to ask specifics about handle placement, and all of the drawer handles were horizontal,…

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vivica7604
Aug 20, 2010 1:19 am
joles
joles
20 August 2010

Sloping Block in Doreen - Laurimer

Sloping Block in Doreen - Laurimer
VIC

Around 30k sounds reasonable for the block you describe. My site cost were around 20k for similar fall, BUT we had an M class slab as opposed to H and we didn't need…

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joles
Aug 20, 2010 10:57 am
joles
The Elliot's
The Elliot's
20 August 2010

Our build - Henley Monterey Q1!!! WE'RE LOCKED OUT!

Our build - Henley Monterey Q1!!! WE'RE LOCKED OUT!
VIC

We are looking at building the same /similar home. Where are you at now??

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The Elliot's
Aug 20, 2010 11:53 am
Machiars
Machiars
20 August 2010

VIC Builders - Rain Rain Go Away

VIC Builders - Rain Rain Go Away
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

We are North of Melbourne. It has been raining off and on. Monday we didn't have a slab, then by Thursday we have slab & frame. So they must have found a dry patch in…

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Machiars
Aug 20, 2010 5:43 pm
Machiars
donuts
donuts
20 August 2010

Wooden Floors with kids

Wooden Floors with kids

we have high gloss too. you will still get scratches either way, but they will blend in more with a semi gloss or satin finish. when my floors are freshly mopped they…

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donuts
Aug 20, 2010 7:52 pm
donuts
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brettyboo
Aug 20, 2010 9:42 pm
Dollar
Dollar
20 August 2010

Covenants?

Covenants?
QLD

I have a few gripes about covenants. To me they don't mean much especially when houses disregard the colour requirements for the roof or whatever it may be. We plan on…

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Dollar
Aug 20, 2010 9:51 pm
Barwon374
Barwon374
20 August 2010

Generator and Water Pump (For Bricks) Hire

Generator and Water Pump (For Bricks) Hire
VIC

Just a tip stamford, make sure that the genset has @ least 60% load when being used. If it just sits around idling all day with no load for long periods of time, it will…

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Barwon374
Aug 20, 2010 10:27 pm
Freakin
Freakin
21 August 2010

Under Eave Vents

Under Eave Vents
QLD

Hi, If they won't replace with prefab sheets, there are lots of different types of ventilation grilles available from bunnings (mostly cheap plastic rubbish). Tell your…

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Freakin
Aug 21, 2010 5:54 am
emlet01
emlet01
21 August 2010

Diamond Gloss Edging Help

Diamond Gloss Edging Help

I'm glad they are fixing it!!

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emlet01
Aug 21, 2010 8:03 am
paul.jason
paul.jason
21 August 2010

Weepholes Above Windows - Yes or No ?

Weepholes Above Windows - Yes or No ?
VIC

'Tis not my field ( building regs) but yesterday I was reading the changes to the 'Codes' there are quite a few. One that I noticed was above…

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paul.jason
Aug 21, 2010 9:27 pm
paul.jason
Claudia
Claudia
21 August 2010

Handles for the front door

Handles for the front door

Hello, We have upgraded our front door and with that we wanted to have the longer handles...However we are not sure how practical they will be. We wanted the option of…

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Claudia
Aug 21, 2010 10:46 pm
Claudia
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catjim
Aug 22, 2010 10:57 am
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starbabe
Aug 22, 2010 1:52 pm
emlet01
emlet01
22 August 2010

*pic added*...help with gutter/fascia please!

*pic added*...help with gutter/fascia please!
QLD

Wow thanks Lex! You made me excited about my bricks LOL!

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emlet01
Aug 22, 2010 1:54 pm
asha
asha
23 August 2010

Our SPH build - Help with kitchen

Our SPH build - Help with kitchen
WA

oops sorry, forgot to mention that most likely have marri timber flooring and thinking white (translucent) roller blinds on the windows/sliding doors to the living…

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asha
Aug 23, 2010 2:53 am
asha
The Little Misses
The Little Misses
23 August 2010

building inspector or not?

building inspector or not?
VIC

We have our PCI in a few hours ::hyst:: and we've invested in the services of an inspector. It's well worth it for your own peace of mind

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The Little Misses
Aug 23, 2010 11:01 am
The Little Misses
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46fan
Aug 23, 2010 11:38 am
Deemaree
Deemaree
23 August 2010

Driveway width for build?

Driveway width for build?

I don't know what industry standard would be but as an example-we are currently in the process of building and our gravel access path laid down is between 6 & 8 m wide-the…

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Deemaree
Aug 23, 2010 12:30 pm
Deemaree
Stephanie
Stephanie
23 August 2010

We have started our home :) (with photos)

We have started our home :) (with photos)
1, 2

Awww a boat is the next thing that I need living in Metung. Our development has just finished stage 1 of the marina & jetty berths so you will have somewhere else to stop by :)

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Stephanie
Aug 23, 2010 1:43 pm
Stephanie
stamford sw vic
stamford sw vic
23 August 2010

Pouring a slab in the wet

Pouring a slab in the wet

well I believe our builders are supposedly in constant talks with the engineers. but I dont think that that is actually happenening, we seemto be getting the run around…

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stamford sw vic
Aug 23, 2010 2:18 pm
PeterT
PeterT
23 August 2010

Anyone had experience with Build4Cost (in S.E.QLD)?

Anyone had experience with Build4Cost (in S.E.QLD)?
QLD

Hi The cost of construction depends on a number of factors including the land, fixtures and fittings, complexity of design etc but B4C can and have built homes under…

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PeterT
Aug 23, 2010 2:20 pm
jayw
jayw
23 August 2010

L-shaped house plans

L-shaped house plans

Hi Renobliss, Below is a link to one of our standard home designs which is an L shape - designed mostly for corner lots. We designed this home last year and has proven to…

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jayw
Aug 23, 2010 3:03 pm
jayw
SouthFreo
SouthFreo
23 August 2010

builders outrageous quotes

builders outrageous quotes

What's the cost per sq m being quoted by the building companies? A double storey home of modest finishes should be in the range of $1400 - $1600 per sq m. You've got a…

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SouthFreo
Aug 24, 2010 12:38 am
buildingwest
buildingwest
24 August 2010

Paying a holding deposit for a housedesign / price

Paying a holding deposit for a housedesign / price
WA

Hi, I believe some builders will not lock in the price if after paying the initial holding deposit you decide to change house designs. Make sure you take this into…

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buildingwest
Aug 24, 2010 9:37 am
teanah
teanah
24 August 2010

Bank Valuation problems!!

Bank Valuation problems!!
NSW

Hmm we have a driveway quote now, but we are having trouble getting a tiling quote as the tiler we went to said they need the final plans. Well we dont have the damn…

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teanah
Aug 24, 2010 11:04 am
teanah
tony2000
tony2000
24 August 2010

timber staircase

timber staircase
NSW

thanks Dukekamaya We finally decide to lay our own timber floor over the MDF treads The maple and F27 structual Blackbutt treads do not look so good, but it's too…

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tony2000
Aug 24, 2010 12:12 pm
henky003
henky003
24 August 2010

Footings Variation - Is it reasonable

Footings Variation - Is it reasonable
SA

We have tried asking for the costs to be broken down, with the response being that they don't do that. I think if they are not trying to rip us off, then they should be…

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henky003
Aug 24, 2010 1:07 pm
joles
joles
24 August 2010

Building in Hidden Valley

Building in Hidden Valley
VIC

Hi *waves*. I'm up in Aurina Village so I can see your block from here! :lol: :lol: :lol: I will form part of your amazing view. :shock: :lol: :lol: There is a builder that does a lot of split…

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joles
Aug 24, 2010 2:01 pm
joles
khpatoary
khpatoary
24 August 2010

Estate Fencing in West Melbourne

Estate Fencing in West Melbourne
VIC

I'm also building in point cook.…

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khpatoary
Aug 24, 2010 9:01 pm
torourke1
torourke1
24 August 2010

Have not heard from Westminster for 2 months

Have not heard from Westminster for 2 months
NSW

Hi there, We have been in our house 8 months now and we are still waiting for a few things to be finished. Two months ago a new site sup. was looking after us and things…

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torourke1
Aug 24, 2010 9:52 pm
Lex
Lex
24 August 2010

Scratches on Glass

Scratches on Glass
NSW
1, 2

Hmmmm ... good point ... I've been thinking that I can do a good job. Wondering if Ed is reading this and what does he think of deeper scratches? Is it safe to just spray…

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Lex
Aug 24, 2010 11:19 pm
Lex
Xpire
Xpire
24 August 2010

Hire an inspector or not?

Hire an inspector or not?
VIC

Hi guys, Building a house which is actually complete now and I'll be attending a New Homes Presentation on Thursday. I was wondering whether I should hire an inspector,…

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Xpire
Aug 25, 2010 12:38 am
InPakenham
InPakenham
25 August 2010

Handover -- what to let through

Handover -- what to let through

And i thought i had some issues before handover. I'd be trying to sort this out ASAP, theres some major work to be done. Hope it works out for you soon!

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InPakenham
Aug 25, 2010 1:27 am
kellypage
kellypage
25 August 2010

Wombeyan and Secret White exterior render colour

Wombeyan and Secret White exterior render colour

Does anyone have any photo's of Wombeyan and Secret White used as exterior render colours? Also Nomadic Ivory as internal wall paint colours? I'd love to see sme pics…

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kellypage
Aug 25, 2010 9:14 am
jayw
jayw
25 August 2010

Paid for, but received different ones....

Paid for, but received different ones....

Shouldn't be an issue - just think about your…

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jayw
Aug 25, 2010 12:53 pm
jayw
lal
lal
25 August 2010

Tarneit Gardens

Tarneit Gardens
VIC

Hi All, We are building a PD home in stage 17. Currently the builder have applied for building permit and saying its going to take a month...is that how its for every one?…

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lal
Aug 25, 2010 4:11 pm
our castle
our castle
25 August 2010

HELP STRESSED. Opinions PLEEEAASE?

HELP STRESSED. Opinions PLEEEAASE?

ok great looks like we made the right decision then ::lol::

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our castle
Aug 25, 2010 5:46 pm
Oceanus2
Oceanus2
25 August 2010

Washing Machine waste plumbing

Washing Machine waste plumbing
WA

Thanks for the replies. Joles, you're a legend for supplying pics! Thanks so much :) I suppose we'll have to wait until the machine is in there and then decide on the best…

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Oceanus2
Aug 25, 2010 6:36 pm
Lex
Lex
25 August 2010

Opinions Please - Damp Proof Course

Opinions Please - Damp Proof Course

I don't think it's done at sills to doorways such as in your photo. However, the doors should sit on a piece of "damp proof" material, especially if the bottom of the…

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Lex
Aug 25, 2010 11:32 pm
Lex
mim168
mim168
25 August 2010

suggest builder to build 3 BR house for under $100,000?

suggest builder to build 3 BR house for under $100,000?
NSW

OMG, u guys don't know the prices of rental in Sydney...2BR old unit in the Liverpool area are around minimum $250, maybe with car space only. The old house I have got on…

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mim168
Aug 26, 2010 12:34 am
btherl
btherl
26 August 2010

Has anyone heard of a Reverse Build?

Has anyone heard of a Reverse Build?
VIC

Time is money as well.. maybe it costs less to get it done now and then fix part of it later. Since there are people available to do the work now, and they might not be…

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btherl
Aug 26, 2010 10:24 am
btherl
joles
joles
26 August 2010

Bricks - Two different pics, two different looking bricks???

Bricks - Two different pics, two different looking bricks???
QLD

Different brick, the first two are tumbled (I think that's what it's called) and the last one is wire cut. :th:

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joles
Aug 26, 2010 1:03 pm
joles
Eskay40
Eskay40
26 August 2010

Has anyone taken 3 Phase underground electricity pit?

Has anyone taken 3 Phase underground electricity pit?

They will only take 1 phase in unless the requirements for your home need 3 phase at the planning stage. For example, if you have a very large heating/cooling system or…

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Eskay40
Aug 26, 2010 3:17 pm
Eskay40


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