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buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
31 March 2010

How long to get Interim Occupancy Certificate

How long to get Interim Occupancy Certificate

We had handover last Monday and I still have no word on our Interim Occupancy Certificate. We have completed what we needed to do (a new higher fence on one side of our…

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buildingadreamhome
Mar 31, 2010 7:11 am
buildingadreamhome
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
31 March 2010

Cost of brick wall/fence ?

Cost of brick wall/fence ?

Hey MadCow - the other option would be these guys: http://www.modularwalls.com.au/gardenwalls.shtml I've seen the product up close - kicked a soccer ball into in, no…

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stonecutter1309
Mar 31, 2010 8:28 am
stonecutter1309
Lunchtime
Lunchtime
31 March 2010

Would you argue this?

Would you argue this?

just a tip - push for all that you agreeded too but remember your CSC is the one who goes into management to bat for you. Keep that person on side. We have had many issues…

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Lunchtime
Mar 31, 2010 11:22 am
xanthrope
xanthrope
31 March 2010

Does anyone know a wall framing cost calculation?

Does anyone know a wall framing cost calculation?

Once you know the associated materials and their unit costs (assuming your labour is free), it should be relatively easy to estimate this IMHO.

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xanthrope
Mar 31, 2010 11:58 am
xanthrope
troubz
troubz
31 March 2010

Hunt Club Cranbourne East, 3977!!

Hunt Club Cranbourne East, 3977!!
VIC

Hi Kristy, We prewire just after the builders electrician does their work (so before plaster) We then "fit off" just before/after you move. It's always a good idea to…

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troubz
Mar 31, 2010 12:18 pm
nemisis
nemisis
31 March 2010

Cost of bricklaying?

Cost of bricklaying?
VIC

re-read your job. No extras would be required for this, but you'd supply all materials

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nemisis
Mar 31, 2010 12:46 pm
robinred55
robinred55
31 March 2010

Building our first home!

Building our first home!
SA

Hi Glennmmc, Interestingly enough we almost jumped ship and went with Dechellis. Dollar for dollar we'd be getting probably a better built house with less hassle. We…

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robinred55
Mar 31, 2010 5:00 pm
Casa2
Casa2
31 March 2010

Circuit breaker switches inside meter box?

Circuit breaker switches inside meter box?

Bagheera - no, my SS doesn't have any idea of cost. Casa2 - in my meter box there used to be a double GPO but that space is now replaced…

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Casa2
Mar 31, 2010 8:22 pm
Casa2
Casa2
31 March 2010

Should Roof cover be waterproof before ceiling goes in?

Should Roof cover be waterproof before ceiling goes in?
WA

You certainly want the house waterproof before the ceiling lining goes in.

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Casa2
Mar 31, 2010 8:34 pm
andy_min
andy_min
31 March 2010

:-O Look what we stumbled onto.. online :D yay for the Ponds

:-O Look what we stumbled onto.. online :D yay for the Ponds
NSW

These are great aren't they. They had them in the sales office at Oran Park and you could use touch screens to see the prices etc. Good as long as they keep them updated.

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andy_min
Mar 31, 2010 9:06 pm
andy_min
camelia
camelia
31 March 2010

Sealing fresh plaster for painting

Sealing fresh plaster for painting

Get the gyprock final finish plaster coat, get broadknife...fill dents and divots....sand lightly with float and fine grit paper, dust off. Then get oil based sealer…

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camelia
Mar 31, 2010 10:32 pm
stockt12
stockt12
1 April 2010

Impressions

Impressions
WA

yes you can...nothing stops you from taking a plan to another builder BUT they can't use the plan, but they can manipulate it enough to give you a price on their…

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stockt12
Apr 01, 2010 1:45 am
oze
oze
1 April 2010

Engineer for Retaining Wall

Engineer for Retaining Wall

Thanks Sierra. Porter Davis got Buratt Consulting Engineers to do the footings. I'll suss it out.

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oze
Apr 01, 2010 7:59 am
oze
pecan3030
pecan3030
1 April 2010

Drainage under garage - anyone experienced this problem?

Drainage under garage - anyone experienced this problem?

thanks guys, however, my problem is that the building didn't use the oblique junction joints, but one that goes directly from the top. Apparently this impacts on the…

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pecan3030
Apr 01, 2010 9:20 am
marci
marci
1 April 2010

Is it worth asking for a discount

Is it worth asking for a discount
1, 2

Yeah i was in the predicament as well..... I didn't want to pay a couple of grand before i even knew how much the house was going to cost..... I…

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marci
Apr 01, 2010 9:53 am
Richo
Richo
1 April 2010

Increase in contract price due to delay starting?

Increase in contract price due to delay starting?

I had this with my builder, as I put in my order early to secure a floor plan that was changing. My schedule is 2% increase after 6 months, and a further 1% every quarter…

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Richo
Apr 01, 2010 10:06 am
Richo
rj_louise
rj_louise
1 April 2010

Contract days

Contract days
VIC

Thanks everyone. Its 240 calendar days. I've looked back through some old threads and it doesn't sound too bad. I'm just annoyed because…

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rj_louise
Apr 01, 2010 1:18 pm
d@n
d@n
1 April 2010

Building a Duplex (own design)....

Building a Duplex (own design)....
NSW

Seems you got clear ideas of what you want which is good. Looking forward to seeing the build.

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d@n
Apr 01, 2010 3:26 pm
robinred55
robinred55
1 April 2010

Right... Off we go..

Right... Off we go..

Excellent plans and I love seeing more pics. It gives all of us hope that one day we might be at the same stage. ::party::

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robinred55
Apr 01, 2010 3:55 pm
aliahlewis
aliahlewis
1 April 2010

Foxtel..Changing channels for $1300 !!!Matt ..Rod.Help!!

Foxtel..Changing channels for $1300 !!!Matt ..Rod.Help!!

Both images got 404 Not Found Error.. Did you removed the pictures?? If yes then please post it again here as I would like…

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aliahlewis
Apr 01, 2010 4:13 pm
Elle78
Elle78
1 April 2010

Building for under $100k

Building for under $100k

Thanks for that :) I've checked out his website, and have sent an email. Looking forward to seeing what he has. and wow, $80k for a full built self-sustainable home, I hope…

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Elle78
Apr 01, 2010 7:04 pm
Trinity
Trinity
1 April 2010

How to correctly calculate your build time in HIA Contract?

How to correctly calculate your build time in HIA Contract?

You are so correct, a day is a day is a day, NOT a business day or it would have been defined. Found some information on the HIA members site, which you might want to…

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Trinity
Apr 01, 2010 7:15 pm
dream home1
dream home1
2 April 2010

cost for gas connection in the site.......

cost for gas connection in the site.......

Hi all, My building site did not have a gas connection. Any body can tell me how much it will cost? Thank you

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dream home1
Apr 01, 2010 11:28 pm
jeremymcnelson
jeremymcnelson
2 April 2010

Quick Questions need answers asap!!!

Quick Questions need answers asap!!!

IT DEPENDS ON THE STRATEGY OF THE PAINTERS. COATING USUALLY HAS TWO PHASE...SOMETIMES THREE. 4-5 TIMES, THAT'S MONEY MAKING ALREADY. BASICALLY THEY JUST APPLIED THE FIRST…

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jeremymcnelson
Apr 02, 2010 3:09 am
rosemi
rosemi
2 April 2010

Help with exterior colour selections for 31sq house

Help with exterior colour selections for 31sq house
VIC

hi Allure, the espresso is a very nice looking brick, love its warm tones - pity you're not able to use it. As for the Storm brick, personally I'd go with the Dune garage…

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rosemi
Apr 02, 2010 10:55 am
rosemi
Cooper32
Cooper32
2 April 2010

Kitchen colours, help form the experienced please!

Kitchen colours, help form the experienced please!
WA

That's great the council only took 3 weeks to approve!! It'll be a while before i can show pics of any cabinets as we are still waiting to go to site, should hear…

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Cooper32
Apr 02, 2010 12:19 pm
janenguyen
janenguyen
2 April 2010

Green timber used at framing stage. Is this normal?

Green timber used at framing stage. Is this normal?

Thanks for that. l was starting to think that they were using inferior timber or something.

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janenguyen
Apr 02, 2010 4:11 pm
Niki
Niki
2 April 2010

New Home builders

New Home builders

Do not be afraid to ask questions. Try making them give you prices before signing anything. Let them know you are happy to walk as there is no shortage of builders. …

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Niki
Apr 02, 2010 5:24 pm
matt56
matt56
2 April 2010

Any Plantation Arena Bk1 owers here?

Any Plantation Arena Bk1 owers here?
QLD

Hello :D We are building at Parkwood Estate in Heathwood.

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matt56
Apr 02, 2010 6:52 pm
rosemi
rosemi
2 April 2010

Infills vs Bricks : anyone has pics

Infills vs Bricks : anyone has pics
VIC

Oh definitely the bricks! The infills look.. dare I say it... cheap & nasty! Not a good look for resale value

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rosemi
Apr 02, 2010 8:00 pm
rosemi
euro33
euro33
2 April 2010

Land subject to soil test, do I need to provide a reason

Land subject to soil test, do I need to provide a reason

I am pretty sure you do. Otherwise what does your statement actually mean - it is too ambegious. It should be at a min something along these…

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euro33
Apr 02, 2010 8:32 pm
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priceisgd
Apr 02, 2010 8:58 pm
somewoman
somewoman
3 April 2010

What to Watch Out For

What to Watch Out For

anything and everything that you don't have IN WRITING either in your contract or on your working plans. Verbal agreements are not good enough, and having it down…

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somewoman
Apr 03, 2010 3:29 am
somewoman
newbiebuilders
newbiebuilders
3 April 2010

Anyone built a Coral Home with the standard classic facade?

Anyone built a Coral Home with the standard classic facade?
NSW

We have almost fiished building the daydream 251 with the classic facade. It all depends on the design as to what the front of the house will look like.

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newbiebuilders
Apr 03, 2010 11:01 am
Mrs P
Mrs P
3 April 2010

What would you consider a good size?

What would you consider a good size?

:) As pp said 30/35sq....Id hate to clean any bigger and I hate wasted space. We went and looked at a 5o square home…

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Mrs P
Apr 03, 2010 11:16 am
Southies
Southies
3 April 2010

Blinds question...

Blinds question...

There's nothing to stop you getting quotes based on your plans. At least then you have time to shop around, and you'll know in advance how much cash…

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Southies
Apr 03, 2010 11:51 am
Southies
Lex
Lex
3 April 2010

Pergola Ideas for Double Storey Houses - Pictures and Height

Pergola Ideas for Double Storey Houses - Pictures and Height
NSW

Oh, thanks zeke!! I totally appreciate it's very hard giving answers to these quite generic questions!! :oops: Yes, I'll have to get going on putting some pics and sketches…

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Lex
Apr 03, 2010 6:10 pm
Lex
aaronhoughton
aaronhoughton
3 April 2010

Continuation of Thunderbolt/New Stages within months?

Continuation of Thunderbolt/New Stages within months?
VIC

According to the 'Master Plan' that space at the front of the space will have walking tracks and wetlands, which is subject to council approval. I would imagine there…

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aaronhoughton
Apr 03, 2010 9:48 pm
SharonC
SharonC
4 April 2010

Arena Stone Pavers (Perth) - anyone used?

Arena Stone Pavers (Perth) - anyone used?
WA

Hi all Just wondering if anyone in Perth have used Arena Stone pavers? Were you happy with them? Any photos? Looking at using limestone colour. Cheers.

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SharonC
Apr 04, 2010 12:34 am
ozzybird
ozzybird
4 April 2010

Rheem Hot Water Systems.

Rheem Hot Water Systems.

Thanks for that, think I got a bit confused. Our Rheem is electric and the literature that I was looking at was comparing it to LPG/Gas ::wornout::

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ozzybird
Apr 04, 2010 9:45 am
NewInPointCook
NewInPointCook
4 April 2010

Has anyone built with Trevor Homes?

Has anyone built with Trevor Homes?
VIC

I build my house with trevor homes 4 years on and where still fighting with them to get things fixed up (very serious building issues). Same with my…

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NewInPointCook
Apr 04, 2010 10:03 am
Lee75
Lee75
4 April 2010

Homestead(SA) - Medsy's Build Pics - Painting Pics 04/04

Homestead(SA) - Medsy's Build Pics - Painting Pics 04/04
SA

Ooh looking great Medsy :z: Thanks for mentioning the wall paint colour too I was going to ask about that.. Love your selections too, nice and bold.. Nice to see a…

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Lee75
Apr 04, 2010 1:26 pm
emilygirl
emilygirl
4 April 2010

Boral Mocha to Latrobe? Or wait?

Boral Mocha to Latrobe? Or wait?

latrobe is nice...we are going with labassa first but latrobe will be the next choice with the off white mortar..(Im thinking)

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emilygirl
Apr 04, 2010 2:00 pm
Rowena
Rowena
4 April 2010

Current wait time for permit from Whittlesea council?

Current wait time for permit from Whittlesea council?
VIC

Thanks the info guys. :D I'm getting really excited as now we have final drawings, the next step is for the builder to apply for the building and planning permit. So, given…

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Rowena
Apr 04, 2010 2:37 pm
Rowena
bel
bel
4 April 2010

Jas_Wants_A_House - Excavated March 23, 2010

Jas_Wants_A_House - Excavated March 23, 2010
NSW

*Screams* O M G What fabulous news Jas - congratulations on starting!!!! Did you have a drink? :lol: :lol: :shock: I would have been in shock also. Can't wait to watch it happen now :D Bel :D

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bel
Apr 04, 2010 5:39 pm
bel
Julie18
Julie18
4 April 2010

The Avenue at Casey -Stage 7

The Avenue at Casey -Stage 7

Hey, has anyone heard what is happening re Stage 7? I was first told March/April and now have been told June/July . . . now don't want to ask in case it is later again! …

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Julie18
Apr 04, 2010 6:20 pm
NewInPointCook
NewInPointCook
4 April 2010

Has anyone built with Trevor Homes?????

Has anyone built with Trevor Homes?????
VIC

Has anyone built with Trevor Homes? Please let me know of your problems or issues? They are selling very attractive packages in Point Cook. Any advice would be welcome and…

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NewInPointCook
Apr 04, 2010 6:28 pm
rhi3384
rhi3384
4 April 2010

Room Size

Room Size

I wouldnt go much smaller than 3 x 3. Our last house we had 3.2 x 2.7 and we felt it hence why we built another house and our kids are only small with hardly any furniture…

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rhi3384
Apr 04, 2010 11:57 pm


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