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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 1:53 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 10:01 am
The Little Misses
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46fan
Aug 23, 2010 10:38 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 11:30 am
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 12:43 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 1:18 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 1:20 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 2:03 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 23, 2010 11:38 pm
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 8:37 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 10:04 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 11:12 am
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 12:07 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 1:01 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 8:01 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 8:52 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 10:19 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 24, 2010 11:38 pm
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 12:27 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 8:14 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 11:53 am
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 3:11 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 4:46 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 5:36 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 10:32 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 25, 2010 11:34 pm
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 9:24 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 12:03 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 2:17 pm
Eskay40
jaelee
jaelee
26 August 2010

Our home on the canals ... Latest pics dining/kitchen/living

Our home on the canals ... Latest pics dining/kitchen/living
1, 2, 3, 4

Thanks guys, I am really enjoying this part ... our build was a nightmare and so glad that is behind us. Our white bar stools were excellent value from Furniture Bazaar…

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jaelee
Aug 26, 2010 2:40 pm
Beebob
Beebob
26 August 2010

Wet areas - Does the project builder HAVE to do it?

Wet areas - Does the project builder HAVE to do it?

I have been dealing with the builder and due to one tile being discontinued we were required to reselect. Issue has now been sorted out. Thanks for the help anyways.

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Beebob
Aug 26, 2010 4:15 pm
Dangermouse
Dangermouse
26 August 2010

What do you think of this layout?

What do you think of this layout?

Why not do the American thing and have the laundry in the basement? It seems a bit odd to have it on the top floor, use the space on the top floor to have a bigger…

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Dangermouse
Aug 26, 2010 6:18 pm
Casa2
Casa2
26 August 2010

Progress Payments

Progress Payments
VIC

Be careful with cooling off periods. they are useless as the builder can keep all money paid up to the point of cancellation.

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Casa2
Aug 26, 2010 7:14 pm
khpatoary
khpatoary
26 August 2010

Boral Leura Brick

Boral Leura Brick

Here's our wall made from Boral Leura. House is still being bricked so I can't give you a whole house shot. Bricks…

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khpatoary
Aug 26, 2010 8:39 pm

Hi MrsRose~ There won't be any rendered sections, so it's kind of a worry that it won't end up looking so good. If we are going ahead with the Cement brick, we would…

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emi18
Aug 26, 2010 9:17 pm
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sharky55_shan
Aug 26, 2010 9:31 pm
sharky55_shan
Lauren
Lauren
27 August 2010

Show me your M santorinis

Show me your M santorinis

Hi Everyone, Im new to this forum and we are looking at building the M Santorini. I was just wondering if anyone could share some pics of theirs and also if you have made…

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Lauren
Aug 27, 2010 6:53 am
Stormy
Stormy
27 August 2010

Photos of Nomadic Ivory

Photos of Nomadic Ivory

Thanks Kellypage! All my cabinetry is Laminex 'Alabaster', except the kitchen is in a 2pac finish (Laminex Colourtech Alabaster). Benches are Caesarstone 'Ice Snow' if…

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Stormy
Aug 27, 2010 11:16 am
Stormy
jayw
jayw
27 August 2010

What causes hairline cracks in walls?

What causes hairline cracks in walls?

Rather than not paint for 6 months, can you paint and then repaint after 6 months. Costs more, but who wants to live in an unpainted…

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jayw
Aug 27, 2010 12:20 pm
jayw
kyton
kyton
27 August 2010

Excitement Plus!!!

Excitement Plus!!!
SA

Congratulations NF - I know that excitement feeling only too well. But in our case it was only 4-5yrs in the complete planning to fruition.

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kyton
Aug 27, 2010 1:04 pm
kyton
mark299
mark299
27 August 2010

Diamond Gloss Edging- Problem with cabinetmaker

Diamond Gloss Edging- Problem with cabinetmaker

Go to the laminex site and see if you can get info or pics to back up what you are saying then provide to your builder to prove the cabinet maker…

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mark299
Aug 27, 2010 3:03 pm
Pugs
Pugs
27 August 2010

Cabling new two storey with Plntn

Cabling new two storey with Plntn
QLD

$3k for a 2 story house is very reasonable.... people keep on fogetting you are also paying for the techs Knowledge, and support for this project.. and also DIY Cabling…

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Pugs
Aug 27, 2010 5:04 pm
Pugs
Belial
Belial
27 August 2010

Timber flooring

Timber flooring

Hi Luki, There are differences between oil, water based and poly urethane based finishes. And fumes whilst curing is one of the main ones that seperates water based vs…

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Belial
Aug 27, 2010 5:55 pm
Belial
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
27 August 2010

Starting from scratch... where do I start

Starting from scratch... where do I start
SA

Not sure if this is where the thread goes...someone will move it if necessary. Hmmm, talking to your bank would be a good idea. We have a mortgage on our current house…

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Raleighfarm
Aug 27, 2010 9:52 pm
Raleighfarm
sootymay12
sootymay12
27 August 2010

Retaining wall required - how much will it cost?

Retaining wall required - how much will it cost?
QLD

Hi we got similar from the boral seconds centre our retaining wall is around 45mtrs and most parts 1mrt tall the blocks…

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sootymay12
Aug 27, 2010 10:51 pm
sootymay12
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cracker
Aug 27, 2010 11:10 pm
Raleighfarm
Raleighfarm
28 August 2010

Builder's license was suspended last week...

Builder's license was suspended last week...
QLD

That's awful...I can't imagine the stress you must all be going through.

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Raleighfarm
Aug 28, 2010 7:32 am
Raleighfarm
MrsGreen
MrsGreen
28 August 2010

Stair Materials

Stair Materials
WA

What is the best material for stairs? We are having white polished concrete floors downstairs, and the first (large square) step will be some form of stone. I'm thinking…

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MrsGreen
Aug 28, 2010 11:20 am
MrsGreen
Soho28
Soho28
28 August 2010

Our Sandarra dream -Soho 28 M3tr1con start date 12th Feb

Our Sandarra dream -Soho 28 M3tr1con start date 12th Feb
1, 2, 3, 4

Hey guys we got a settlement date, this Thursday at 2pm. So excited and so much to do. I'll post pics ip when the house is complete.

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Soho28
Aug 28, 2010 11:29 am
Soho28
octain
octain
28 August 2010

anyone building in tarneit?

anyone building in tarneit?
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

I got told by a developer that the rail link will go around the back of Tarneit, but it won't be…

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octain
Aug 28, 2010 11:35 am
octain


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