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Rosienchris
Rosienchris
21 December 2009

Very excited newbie!

Very excited newbie!
WA

Hi All! We are newbies to this site, looks fantastic! We are building The Pavillion house by Celebration Homes and have been dying to find people in the boat as us! We…

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Rosienchris
Dec 21, 2009 12:06 am
Rosienchris
Purple Butterfly
Purple Butterfly
21 December 2009

RED INK HOMES - Question on Prices and Prestart.

RED INK HOMES - Question on Prices and Prestart.
WA
1, 2

You need a photobucket account or similar, then you post the tag. HTH.

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Purple Butterfly
Dec 21, 2009 12:14 am
Purple Butterfly
borg
borg
21 December 2009

Chipped PGH Bricks

Chipped PGH Bricks

firsthome, what was thename of the rep they sent out??

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borg
Dec 21, 2009 7:10 am
borg
2pais
2pais
21 December 2009

Council Crossover

Council Crossover

Hi ok180 Your pics where so small i could not clearly understand if the driveway u have is stopping at the footpath or continuing over till the street. R u in…

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2pais
Dec 21, 2009 7:39 am
kateypink
kateypink
21 December 2009

independent building inspector

independent building inspector
VIC

We are in Taylors Hill. I dont really understand the inspection process, I gather before handover we get a final inspection and therefore can employ our own independant…

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kateypink
Dec 21, 2009 9:02 pm
xquisitB
xquisitB
22 December 2009

House Area Calculations

House Area Calculations

Thanks Mike, This is my first build, but I have learnt so much during the process and I totally agree with what you said, document all verbal conversations especially if…

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xquisitB
Dec 22, 2009 10:31 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
22 December 2009

ROOFING terms and conditions. Is this the norm????

ROOFING terms and conditions. Is this the norm????
SA

I would expect any tradie who damages another trades work to cover the cost to fix it, and that includes the roof tiler damaging gutters. …

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gettingThere
Dec 22, 2009 10:46 am
Zedman
Zedman
20 January 2010

Tiles vs floorboards

Tiles vs floorboards
1, 2

No sorry Lee. Im one of only 3 importers from this company in Aus, and the only one that brings this line in. There are similar lines out there but they generally have a…

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Zedman
Jan 20, 2010 11:33 am
Zedman
theguynextdoor
theguynextdoor
22 December 2009

Signing Building Contract

Signing Building Contract
VIC

Just got the cheque from the builders! Woo hoo! Finally got there without too much hassle and trouble to VCAT or the ombudsman and the rest. Very pleased with the outcome.

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theguynextdoor
Dec 22, 2009 2:31 pm
theguynextdoor
AdsySA
AdsySA
22 December 2009

Our first home

Our first home
SA

Woohoo We signed off the plans today. We made some alterations last week and they had the plans already too be signed off today. We had too make on little change on the…

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AdsySA
Dec 22, 2009 4:13 pm
Echo
Echo
22 December 2009

Cost to connect to watermains

Cost to connect to watermains

It probably varies state by state ( and which one are you in? ) In Perth: Any Govt utility with no competition can ask for a heap too much but this is not uncommon. The…

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Echo
Dec 22, 2009 5:04 pm
Echo
jaelee
jaelee
22 December 2009

Is anyone doing any outside work while builders are away??

Is anyone doing any outside work while builders are away??

You are very fortunate to have an understanding builder. Ours has made it very clear that we are not allowed any of our own trades on site whatsover (we too wanted to…

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jaelee
Dec 22, 2009 8:02 pm
Polo
Polo
22 December 2009

Frame stage almost finish! need some advices

Frame stage almost finish! need some advices

Hi p34c3, I think you should wait till the frame stage is finished and see if they fixed the problem. Your building surveyor will have to do a mandatory frame inspection,…

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Polo
Dec 22, 2009 9:59 pm
take2
take2
22 December 2009

House plan for your block

House plan for your block

As it gets hot in the SE make sure you put insulation in the walls, will make all the difference, we have noticed how much hotter the house we are renting in is compared…

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take2
Dec 22, 2009 10:11 pm
take2
issy jo
issy jo
22 December 2009

Department of Fair Trading Building Contract

Department of Fair Trading Building Contract

No, I haven't, but it looks like I might need to look into it given my situation with my builder at the moment. Thanks for putting this thread up cos I've been sratching…

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issy jo
Dec 22, 2009 10:20 pm
issy jo
2pais
2pais
23 December 2009

FORMICA COLOURS AND PCS... I need HELP :)

FORMICA COLOURS AND PCS... I need HELP :)

Hi rhi3384 I have choosen Formica Pure Marble in Velour Finish for my laundry bench top. The overhead and bottom cupboards are going to be in Laminex white and the…

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2pais
Dec 23, 2009 8:56 am
iTalk
iTalk
23 December 2009

Our home.. The Caraway 175 from JG King

Our home.. The Caraway 175 from JG King
VIC
1, 2, 3

I think Alex has already moved in. I saw his car in front of his house last Saturday. His house looks fantastic :D

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iTalk
Dec 23, 2009 12:39 pm
iTalk
Lex
Lex
23 December 2009

Builder's Structural Guarantee - Do You Understand it?

Builder's Structural Guarantee - Do You Understand it?
NSW

Found something interesting - quote from a publically available doco from Dept of FT NSW: "The subsequent buyers of any property where residential building work was…

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Lex
Dec 23, 2009 1:12 pm
Lex
aim1900
aim1900
23 December 2009

Corner block setback in Alamanda?

Corner block setback in Alamanda?
VIC

Hi You will have to check with your council for their ruling on this ours states a 6mtr truncation We have a corner block and what they refer…

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aim1900
Dec 23, 2009 2:33 pm
kevin g
kevin g
24 December 2009

Contracts

Contracts

Thanks for the advice on what to look out for in the Building Contract.Is there any professional services that can be recommended in Sydney to negotiate on our behalf with…

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kevin g
Dec 24, 2009 9:12 am
Dollar
Dollar
24 December 2009

Cleaning bricks

Cleaning bricks

Cool. I'm very excited to see them clean! The brick work is pretty neat anyway and clean as well.

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Dollar
Dec 24, 2009 10:06 am
issy jo
issy jo
24 December 2009

Hickinbothem Seaford Meadows SA Anyone?

Hickinbothem Seaford Meadows SA Anyone?
SA

Best advice check every single stage dont believe a word anyone says even independant building inspectors.So far both our bathrooms have to be retiled ,our showerscreens…

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issy jo
Dec 24, 2009 10:17 am
issy jo
Monichi
Monichi
24 December 2009

Building in Lalor - @ lockup fixing

Building in Lalor - @ lockup fixing
VIC
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Congratulations Monichi. When do you think they will start building? Your welcome to say hello, if you see us at our block; we're on…

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Monichi
Dec 24, 2009 11:03 am
Sheepdog
Sheepdog
24 December 2009

Building Virgin

Building Virgin

Oh.. the thread is about houses. Nevermind, carry on...

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Sheepdog
Dec 24, 2009 10:02 pm
Mango
Mango
24 December 2009

Over $1000.00 plus GST per metre for Essa Stone!!!!!!!!

Over $1000.00 plus GST per metre for Essa Stone!!!!!!!!

Take your kitchen measurments and get a few independant quotes. It does sound extremely pricey, my water fall sides in granite were $385 each. If you plan on doing the…

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Mango
Dec 24, 2009 10:43 pm
sssyco_pulsar
sssyco_pulsar
25 December 2009

Building Contracts - Can they be changed?

Building Contracts - Can they be changed?
VIC

Thanks guys, I am more concerned with the time between paying our deposit and getting the plans drawn up and submitted to council for approval. I have read some people had…

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sssyco_pulsar
Dec 25, 2009 8:39 am
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
25 December 2009

Expossed slab reinforcement

Expossed slab reinforcement
VIC
1, 2

Just when my brain started to chew up the alcohol :lol: The grey lady is/ can be good fun but turns nasty when we ignore her wishes :lol:

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onc_artisan
Dec 25, 2009 9:45 pm
onc_artisan
strawberry
strawberry
25 December 2009

Que One Homes Melbourne

Que One Homes Melbourne
VIC

Hi to all members, Would appreciate any feedback anyone may have about Que One Homes Melbourne? I notice they are currently building in the western suburbs. I have…

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strawberry
Dec 25, 2009 10:49 pm
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Beebob
Dec 26, 2009 3:03 pm
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onc_artisan
Dec 26, 2009 5:21 pm
onc_artisan
Dollar
Dollar
26 December 2009

Modern Aluminium (I think) Panels to front facade.....

Modern Aluminium (I think) Panels to front facade.....

I've seen Terracade but not heard of Alucobond before. Looks good. Does it get applied over the bricks and how much per sq. metre is this stuff? It looks expensive.

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Dollar
Dec 26, 2009 6:38 pm
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chezza
Dec 26, 2009 8:55 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
27 December 2009

Builders and sub contractors obligations.

Builders and sub contractors obligations.
VIC

Indemnity. ...but I think that is a given... You need to be sure the contractor has some form of insurance(s) so an obligation would be to cover anyloss by having…

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onc_artisan
Dec 26, 2009 11:31 pm
onc_artisan
singlemum2daughters
singlemum2daughters
27 December 2009

i have a roof !!! added more pics including the HOUSE PLAN

i have a roof !!! added more pics including the HOUSE PLAN
SA
1, 2

caromac- thankyou ::smile:: i like the simple feel Already and im not even living in it. Everything is right at your finger tips. hope you had a lovely christmas and a safe new…

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singlemum2daughters
Dec 27, 2009 1:59 am
singlemum2daughters
graybags
graybags
27 December 2009

Formica Laminate Flooring

Formica Laminate Flooring

We have recently installed it ourselves in our house. It was a bit fiddly but an easy diy. I would not use it again. It is tough and scratch resistant but the dog has…

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graybags
Dec 27, 2009 7:57 am
kaindec
kaindec
27 December 2009

The Beginning - what do I do

The Beginning - what do I do
QLD

Such a great word... NOT. Essentially it means they can come back and ask for more money if it ends up costing more. Yet on the flipside, if it…

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kaindec
Dec 27, 2009 8:38 am
deletedpenguin
deletedpenguin
27 December 2009

Quickest council approval ever !

Quickest council approval ever !
WA

Wow, two and a half days!? :: I'm hoping ours gets approved fast - it's in Blacktown City Council who is known to be fast, but I highly doubt it'd be that fast. Congratulations!

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deletedpenguin
Dec 27, 2009 10:06 am
deletedpenguin
to_do_list
to_do_list
27 December 2009

Compacting of site- how does this work

Compacting of site- how does this work
QLD

You'll need a geotechincal engineer...if you do a search on the online yellow pages for Brisbane using the tag "soil testing" you'll get some reasonable hits...here's one…

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to_do_list
Dec 27, 2009 7:42 pm
to_do_list
springfarmer
springfarmer
28 December 2009

please help, need an air con quote

please help, need an air con quote

My bank has under valued my home and they are expecting me to come up with an extra $10000 or to get a personal loan for the extras i do not want to do this. My broker has…

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springfarmer
Dec 28, 2009 9:23 am
kek
kek
28 December 2009

Help with Builders Invoice Please

Help with Builders Invoice Please

Hardly. :roll: All large building companies run separate…

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kek
Dec 28, 2009 11:16 am
kek
kaindec
kaindec
28 December 2009

Windarra - BigM

Windarra - BigM
QLD

From the last price list I have (June 09) Windarra 33 mk2 $223600 Windarra 36 mk2 $231800 I think prices have gone up $3-5k since then. Also,…

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kaindec
Dec 28, 2009 6:49 pm
juljas
juljas
29 December 2009

Roof Pitch

Roof Pitch

Our house is a long ranch style and it would have looked a bit weird if we increased the roof pitch because our house has 28m facing the front. There is already so much…

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juljas
Dec 29, 2009 7:45 am
raw29983
raw29983
29 December 2009

Has anyone built there own front fence??

Has anyone built there own front fence??

Up to 1.2 meters, hole should be 450mm deep minimum, up to 1.8 meters, hole should be 600mm deep minimum. That being said, make them 600mm deep anyway if the digging in…

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raw29983
Dec 29, 2009 3:09 pm
btherl
btherl
29 December 2009

Renaissance Rise Stages 11-13

Renaissance Rise Stages 11-13
VIC

Stage 12 plan has been registered! And our land is settled too, on 23rd December. Hopefully construction can start early 2010. Edit: That means it took 6 months from…

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btherl
Dec 29, 2009 5:40 pm
btherl
Bubblepop
Bubblepop
29 December 2009

Which Wattyl Render Colour????

Which Wattyl Render Colour????

WOW THANKS FOR THE REPLIES SO HELPFUL Hi Pharley, Thank you for the Render Codes, I checked out Dulux and really like the grey…

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Bubblepop
Dec 29, 2009 7:38 pm
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Lunchtime
Dec 29, 2009 7:48 pm
shellb78
shellb78
30 December 2009

Quote on house- opinions please....

Quote on house- opinions please....

Thanks for your replies! PFM-I am sure the benchtops don't include Diamond gloss- I would say the kitchen is pretty standard given that they have allowed $11k for kitchen…

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shellb78
Dec 30, 2009 7:45 am


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