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Our Leon
Our Leon
12 March 2010

Dark vs Light Floor Tiles: HELP!!

Dark vs Light Floor Tiles: HELP!!

Thankyou everyone for your comments. I hadn't thought about the grout issue at all (or getting down on my hands and knees to scrub the floor). I think we'll be looking…

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Our Leon
Mar 12, 2010 9:18 pm
Tom's Playroom
Tom's Playroom
12 March 2010

reasonably priced tree lopper - Hornsby area?

reasonably priced tree lopper - Hornsby area?
NSW

Thanks so much for letting me know. I will surely call him on the weekend. Regards Greg

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Tom's Playroom
Mar 12, 2010 11:09 pm
issy jo
issy jo
12 March 2010

Brickwork Issues and Internal Linings Progress Payment

Brickwork Issues and Internal Linings Progress Payment

Hi aus_buster, I'd suggest to read through your contract carefully and see if you can work out where your rights stand (if you can understand all that legal jargon, that…

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issy jo
Mar 12, 2010 11:37 pm
issy jo
perthhomelover
perthhomelover
13 March 2010

Summit price rise after end of March

Summit price rise after end of March
WA

My contract with HBC was fixed price for 6 months, then they commenced price rises if I didn't have the slab down. I knew the costs would rise and not get cheaper. I had…

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perthhomelover
Mar 13, 2010 1:46 am
jbdave
jbdave
13 March 2010

Connecting your new house to the electricity on the street

Connecting your new house to the electricity on the street

$1000-1500 for running in the power (including supply and installation of the meter box) is reasonable.

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jbdave
Mar 13, 2010 8:22 am
Ari
Ari
13 March 2010

Cosham interiors

Cosham interiors
VIC

They ask you a number of times in the big white folder they give you when you first sign up not to bring children to appointments. Other people's children made our…

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Ari
Mar 13, 2010 6:59 pm
Jose27
Jose27
13 March 2010

Problem with bedroom 3 door, opinions please

Problem with bedroom 3 door, opinions please

Wow, that's a tough one all the sand. :shock: I notice that it is in the standard plan and I am quite suprised to see it there! :? I'm at loss to why they would have done that.…

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Jose27
Mar 13, 2010 9:39 pm
Brad & Jess
Brad & Jess
13 March 2010

Current Henley Deals

Current Henley Deals
VIC

Caroline Springs for us, the consultant seems very genuine and knowledgable which is great. Below is a link to a thread I've started with a copy of the email i sent to…

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Brad & Jess
Mar 13, 2010 9:49 pm
Brad & Jess
take2
take2
13 March 2010

3rd Party Inspections

3rd Party Inspections
VIC

Footing, Slab, Frame & Final. I am luck have a family member that works for a soil test & engineering firm so he inspected the footings, slab & frames and told me what…

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take2
Mar 13, 2010 9:53 pm
take2
secondhome
secondhome
13 March 2010

Frame exposed to Bad weather

Frame exposed to Bad weather
VIC

Hi Everyone, I've been with PRD homes (a Small Builder) since last year. House is still in frame stage for more than three months. I'm worried since it has been exposed…

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secondhome
Mar 13, 2010 11:26 pm
cazoraz
cazoraz
14 March 2010

FND's DFH Harvard-OH NOOOO, Bricks and Mortar Problems!!!

FND's DFH Harvard-OH NOOOO, Bricks and Mortar Problems!!!
VIC
1, 2

Hey Stephen are you using Nougat bricks? Have you had any problems with green ones yet? We have used Nougat too and the odd green one here or there have sprung up in this…

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cazoraz
Mar 14, 2010 8:36 am
cazoraz
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
14 March 2010

Fences & Driveways

Fences & Driveways
VIC

Thank you for the information - that helps a lot!

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virgin-builder
Mar 14, 2010 9:58 am
virgin-builder
fairlands
fairlands
14 March 2010

peterstannard homes, WA

peterstannard homes, WA
WA
1, 2

Hi, we have visited the display home in Floreat a number of times and think it's a really great home. We are seriously considering using Peter Stannard, and have enjoyed…

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fairlands
Mar 14, 2010 11:46 am
buildinginjindalee
buildinginjindalee
14 March 2010

Recessed frame / slab help

Recessed frame / slab help

To cut a rather long story short, our builders have recessed our slab by 26mm to enable the frame to sit lower and us to have the same height flooring from the family room…

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buildinginjindalee
Mar 14, 2010 12:50 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
14 March 2010

First time building, advice needed!!!

First time building, advice needed!!!
SA

If you're going to live in the house for any length of time it is better to just build what you would like to live in (without doing something that is completely "out…

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virgin-builder
Mar 14, 2010 3:20 pm
virgin-builder
TheBreezies
TheBreezies
14 March 2010

Our New Home - But the Contract...

Our New Home - But the Contract...
QLD

Considering the amount of time we've got we are taking our time. We are still weighing up major builders but our main focus, considering the size of the investment (which…

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TheBreezies
Mar 14, 2010 5:37 pm
OMG
OMG
14 March 2010

How many pegs?

How many pegs?

Thanks everyone - will have a good look around once block is cleared a bit... Cheers Kim

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OMG
Mar 14, 2010 6:15 pm
dreamz
dreamz
14 March 2010

Important Question re-Land @ the ponds

Important Question re-Land @ the ponds
NSW

Thanks andy.. great advice.. We recieved a copy of our contours today.. council requirements i think its approx 1.5 meter or 4 meter back.. and the manhole falls in that…

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dreamz
Mar 14, 2010 6:52 pm
jayjaytee
jayjaytee
14 March 2010

Abode Homes

Abode Homes

Like yourself i'm also building with Abode Homes, however they have limited display homes and i'm basically building from a plan. I would have liked to have better access…

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jayjaytee
Mar 14, 2010 9:05 pm
Lex
Lex
14 March 2010

Inspection Service

Inspection Service
VIC

Hi Froggie, I was quite impressed with the level of detail this guy posted on his web site. I hope he actually does check all of that on every job (at the applicable…

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Lex
Mar 14, 2010 9:51 pm
Lex
utesrock
utesrock
14 March 2010

Does Merticon regularly miss their contract end date?

Does Merticon regularly miss their contract end date?

Sorry to hear that your build is not going so well. We have had a good experience with M to date. We're coming upto the end of fixing stage and we are at month 4 which…

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utesrock
Mar 14, 2010 9:56 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
14 March 2010

i saw mouse in my new house

i saw mouse in my new house
1, 2

I thought the ACT was full of hot…

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onc_artisan
Mar 14, 2010 11:58 pm
onc_artisan
themax
themax
15 March 2010

Take away house for low/no fee

Take away house for low/no fee
VIC

It wasn't for me Spelter, I was renting the house. After we moved the owner remove dthis house to build something else. The House Moving contractor wa a really nice and…

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themax
Mar 15, 2010 7:47 am
themax
sam1968
sam1968
15 March 2010

Masterton Harvey Norman Aircon

Masterton Harvey Norman Aircon
NSW

We are building in the Bankstown area, anyone else in our council who could offer some advice? Cheers and many thanks for your responses.

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sam1968
Mar 15, 2010 9:42 am
Homedream
Homedream
15 March 2010

East West Homes - Melbourne West

East West Homes - Melbourne West
VIC

Hi Niki, Thanks for your reply. This is my first home and I have visited few big builder and I decided to go with small builder. I have visited East West Homes display…

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Homedream
Mar 15, 2010 10:22 am

First time Romeo (the builders who are part of the Premier Group) have done anything on our land. I just had to share, I only found out about it 20 minutes…

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room4acubby
Mar 15, 2010 11:34 am
room4acubby
juljas
juljas
15 March 2010

Coral Homes mixed feedback

Coral Homes mixed feedback
NSW
1, 2, 3

We have similar feedback as Jess - a few hiccups along the way, but are really happy with the overall finished product. Would probably build with them again. As I started…

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juljas
Mar 15, 2010 12:15 pm
hiccup
hiccup
15 March 2010

The best display homes in Adelaide

The best display homes in Adelaide
SA

No other display village comes close to Blackwood Pk. They have places starting at around 100,000 through to 2 million dollar mansions. Mr.…

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hiccup
Mar 15, 2010 1:22 pm
fredstar
fredstar
15 March 2010

Cheap Rainwater Tanks Melbourne

Cheap Rainwater Tanks Melbourne

depends where you are located. I got mine from Hallam Water Tanks. Cheapest I could find. http://www.hwtw.com.au/

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fredstar
Mar 15, 2010 1:33 pm
borepig
borepig
15 March 2010

Occupation Certificate and Owners Work

Occupation Certificate and Owners Work

The builder has issued an interim occupation certificate with outstanding items of driveway fencing etc.

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borepig
Mar 15, 2010 7:46 pm
Stevieg
Stevieg
15 March 2010

Calling all PD clients in VIC (or any vol builder client)

Calling all PD clients in VIC (or any vol builder client)
VIC

Hi, I'm building with PD Prestige and am reasonably happy with the experience. It comes down to the individuals. The site supervisor is fantastic and nothing is too much…

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Stevieg
Mar 15, 2010 7:47 pm
Tornado_ALIVE
Tornado_ALIVE
15 March 2010

Monier Roof Tiles

Monier Roof Tiles
NSW
1, 2

Caper is a little lighter than the Woodland Gery as pictured. Barramundi is a little darker than Woodland. I prefer the look of Barramundi, but the Wife liked Caper…

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Tornado_ALIVE
Mar 15, 2010 8:26 pm
Tornado_ALIVE
ebyelyakov
ebyelyakov
15 March 2010

Total Build prices

Total Build prices

Yeah.. Depends.. Very. Our base price was $236 and to build came at $374... However, we did quite a few modifications but contained ourselves in some areas (had to forgo…

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ebyelyakov
Mar 15, 2010 9:46 pm
ebyelyakov
Crusader
Crusader
15 March 2010

want to build this house but not sure if allowed?

want to build this house but not sure if allowed?

Hi, Im at stage 52. I have spoken to the solicitor and basically i have been reading it wrong. Im allowed to building anything ABOVE 12 degrees roof pitch. There is…

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Crusader
Mar 15, 2010 10:41 pm
Serenity
Serenity
16 March 2010

Jenz build with Goodlife Homes Byford- Keys 12/03!!!

Jenz build with Goodlife Homes Byford- Keys 12/03!!!
WA
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Congratulations on getting your keys Jenz. Looking forward to the moved in pics

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Serenity
Mar 16, 2010 11:55 am
Serenity
camyperth
camyperth
16 March 2010

Serenity's Cottage WA - updated pics

Serenity's Cottage WA - updated pics
WA
1 ... 6, 7, 8

WOW gee you are sooooming along, looking great :: :: ::

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camyperth
Mar 16, 2010 12:13 pm
andy_min
andy_min
16 March 2010

the ponds land

the ponds land
NSW

Do any one know about next waterfall release? Sorry, No idea Best bet would be as per Stonecutters post I'd give the…

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andy_min
Mar 16, 2010 1:18 pm
andy_min
~Tamara~
~Tamara~
16 March 2010

Tamara's 2nd Home - Waiting for Title in Cardinia Lakes, VIC

Tamara's 2nd Home - Waiting for Title in Cardinia Lakes, VIC
VIC

Well, thought I would start my own thread for building. I have been looking through many of yours and love looking at the process. I am starting to get really excited…

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~Tamara~
Mar 16, 2010 2:37 pm
Richo
Richo
16 March 2010

hot water system

hot water system

Electric boosted solar HWS would be the way to go. Better off to get it done whilst building, as plumbing is going to be a pain once built.

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Richo
Mar 16, 2010 4:43 pm
Richo
klscomps
klscomps
16 March 2010

Homestead Range of Bricks.

Homestead Range of Bricks.

Hi, sorry I don't have any photos of the front, will try and remember to get some tomorrow when the light is…

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klscomps
Mar 16, 2010 7:26 pm
upsydaisy
upsydaisy
16 March 2010

Fencing costs - Melbourne

Fencing costs - Melbourne
VIC

Thank you so much. Not sure what I did wrong when searching as I could not find anything relevant :oops:

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upsydaisy
Mar 16, 2010 8:15 pm
upsydaisy
rosemi
rosemi
16 March 2010

What to expect in a Pre start pack

What to expect in a Pre start pack

word of warning, you will pay through the nose for any non-standard range upgrades, as the builder adds a huge mark up on those items.

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rosemi
Mar 16, 2010 9:07 pm
rosemi
sarnydee
sarnydee
16 March 2010

Portable toilet help!!!!

Portable toilet help!!!!
WA

I made a phone call to the builder today and they have told me the site supervisor has spoken to them. When I got home tonight the roofers were still there, so I had a…

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sarnydee
Mar 16, 2010 9:25 pm
rocketleaves
rocketleaves
16 March 2010

Anyone been caught on site?

Anyone been caught on site?
WA
1, 2

I was warned by my SS not to go onsite w/o him but I basically challenged that by saying that every week I want to go onsite to have a look and this is the day/time see…

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rocketleaves
Mar 16, 2010 10:50 pm
sootymay12
sootymay12
16 March 2010

Are quotes for changes and upgrades negotiable?

Are quotes for changes and upgrades negotiable?
VIC

I agree totally we were charged $8700 for our slab but they sited our house wrong and had to do another slab we had 16 peirs removed from the original and only got $688…

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sootymay12
Mar 16, 2010 10:59 pm
sootymay12
Lex
Lex
16 March 2010

Taubmans internal wall colour (Antique Ivory?)

Taubmans internal wall colour (Antique Ivory?)
NSW
1, 2

Oh, thanks, Bel, I'll check it out on her thread! :D It is a lovely (and very warm) colour and it was actually our second contender (from the standard range) !!! BTW,…

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Lex
Mar 16, 2010 11:46 pm
Lex
AmardeepR
AmardeepR
17 March 2010

Delay again and again - Featherbrook Point Cook

Delay again and again - Featherbrook Point Cook
VIC
1, 2

I could n't buy the land in 30-30:(. I was ready to pay the deposit but the vendor said he wanted someone with already arranged pre-approval. Instead I have bough a titled…

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AmardeepR
Mar 17, 2010 10:08 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
17 March 2010

Building with Wisdom Homes (Another Impression 38)

Building with Wisdom Homes (Another Impression 38)
NSW

we took a drive out to Stonecutters Ridge to check the place out and had a sticky beak at your place and the other Wisdom Home there as well, (hope…

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stonecutter1309
Mar 17, 2010 10:29 am
stonecutter1309
housemouse
housemouse
17 March 2010

Site Cost around Mount Waverley

Site Cost around Mount Waverley

Hi Yellow I don't know about Mt Waverley in particular, but I do know that most volume builders hate sloping blocks and will charge you big $$ if your block has any sort…

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housemouse
Mar 17, 2010 3:27 pm


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