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Lex
Lex
16 December 2009

Electricity Run Allowance

Electricity Run Allowance

OK, I know that Telstra will definitely charge you to connect, and it's $299. Have a look at this…

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Lex
Dec 16, 2009 8:47 pm
Lex
71monaro
71monaro
16 December 2009

Introducing a new land owner in Blackwood Park.

Introducing a new land owner in Blackwood Park.
SA

Hello, And welcome. We are building not to far away from you! We had a look at Blackwood Park, but it was to far away from where my hubby's…

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71monaro
Dec 16, 2009 9:44 pm
all the sand
all the sand
16 December 2009

Newbie - with a non standard house

Newbie - with a non standard house

I love your house, very different to anything else i have seen on here and i am too a fan of different!! Im also completely in love with your kitchen.......everyone on…

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all the sand
Dec 16, 2009 10:07 pm
kyton
kyton
17 December 2009

owner variations

owner variations
VIC

We had ours written into our contract - ie owner to provide ..........., builder to install. Make sure you ask exactly when everything will be needed by - a lot of items…

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kyton
Dec 17, 2009 11:05 am
kyton
btherl
btherl
17 December 2009

how much do you pay M3tr!con when signing contracts?

how much do you pay M3tr!con when signing contracts?

I found M to be very accommodating with letting us pay the deposit later after contract signing. And we didn't even need to delay. We ended up paying it about 2 months…

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btherl
Dec 17, 2009 3:59 pm
btherl
dreamer888
dreamer888
17 December 2009

Thoughts on dennis family homes and colorbond roofing.

Thoughts on dennis family homes and colorbond roofing.

I have handover on Friday. It will be a 21 week build for me. I have been very happy with…

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dreamer888
Dec 17, 2009 4:00 pm
kek
kek
17 December 2009

Render colour suggestions please!

Render colour suggestions please!

Can you give us a bit more info? Roof colour? Bricks? Window frames? Spouting/fascias? Front door? ::lol::

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kek
Dec 17, 2009 6:30 pm
kek
Cabinfever
Cabinfever
17 December 2009

Ode to the McMansion

Ode to the McMansion
TAS

Also it seems that builders make it uneconomical to build smaller houses. You "pay for the privilege" of going small which seems very odd. You'd think you'd pay a premium…

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Cabinfever
Dec 17, 2009 7:45 pm
Cabinfever
SKS
SKS
17 December 2009

Marks On Colourbond Roof

Marks On Colourbond Roof
WA

Thanks. I'm sure this forum stops builders having to answer some stupid questions!!. So they will wash off when it next rains in Perth.....maybe March!.

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SKS
Dec 17, 2009 8:48 pm
Lunchtime
Lunchtime
17 December 2009

Anyone building with Ashford?

Anyone building with Ashford?

Thank you for sharing your experiences with Ashford homes, we had our eye on one of their designs but now i think we will give them a miss. This isnt the only thread i…

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Lunchtime
Dec 17, 2009 9:06 pm
just Erin
just Erin
17 December 2009

Adding 'some' eaves??/ Opinions please

Adding 'some' eaves??/ Opinions please

We were disappointed to find out the design of house we had chosen didn't come with a facade that included eaves. We have always shunned houses…

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just Erin
Dec 17, 2009 10:03 pm
poppamatic
poppamatic
17 December 2009

Our Challenging Build

Our Challenging Build
QLD

Sorry to hear that your build is causing you pain so early....things can only get better :) Which contract did you sign? As for the drott cost, >$1,000 is excessive. I…

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poppamatic
Dec 17, 2009 10:15 pm
MadCow
MadCow
18 December 2009

Wall colour to go with Kempas or Blackbutt flooring .... ?

Wall colour to go with Kempas or Blackbutt flooring .... ?

Kempas is a reddish colour from memory and Blackbutt is quite a light colour. Best to take a sample of the timber to your colour selection appointment. We have done it…

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MadCow
Dec 18, 2009 8:17 am
kes1984
kes1984
18 December 2009

Handover

Handover

yeah, my house has had 3 cleans now. Handover is this afternoon. I was there when they did the second clean and it was hardly a clean. They used a very small basic vacuum,…

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kes1984
Dec 18, 2009 10:23 am
kes1984
kes1984
18 December 2009

Kitchen before tiles????

Kitchen before tiles????

yeah, my cabinets were in about 6 weeks before the tiles went down.

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kes1984
Dec 18, 2009 10:24 am
deletedpenguin
deletedpenguin
18 December 2009

Is it ok for someone to walk through your house?

Is it ok for someone to walk through your house?
QLD
1, 2, 3

i went through one place the same as ours when it was framed up, but wouldn't think of doing it anywhere near lockup stage, it just wouldn't…

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deletedpenguin
Dec 18, 2009 2:57 pm
deletedpenguin
Piper+1
Piper+1
18 December 2009

land.vic.gov.au - updated how often??

land.vic.gov.au - updated how often??
VIC

I'm glad I'm not the only one that checks daily! :D Mine was up there this morning too. Now I know my house number - 36! I'm very happy! P.

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Piper+1
Dec 18, 2009 3:09 pm
glitch69
glitch69
18 December 2009

Has Anyone done Permeable/Green Driveways in WA?

Has Anyone done Permeable/Green Driveways in WA?
WA

Hi, Rather than have the usual concrete/paved driveway. I have been trying to find out about permeable or green driveways. E.g. www.enviroconcrete.com.au Has anyone…

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glitch69
Dec 18, 2009 3:45 pm
lindsay123
lindsay123
18 December 2009

Gold Coast new home build - which company to use???

Gold Coast new home build - which company to use???
QLD

Hi guys, Im new to the forum and new to home building...so go easy on me :D ive owned 2 houses in the past but am looking to build this time and as ive never built before…

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lindsay123
Dec 18, 2009 4:22 pm
lindsay123
lindsay123
18 December 2009

Can anyone recommend a trustworthy builder?

Can anyone recommend a trustworthy builder?
QLD

Hi dave, Im hoping youve found yourself a good builder. Have you been able to secure one yet, as im also on the lookout for a good builder on the coast. who was it whio…

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lindsay123
Dec 18, 2009 4:43 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
18 December 2009

Pegs along boundary?

Pegs along boundary?
VIC

That peg is exactly one meter from the boundary.

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buildingwithhamra
Dec 18, 2009 8:02 pm
Helyn
Helyn
18 December 2009

Neighbour asking permission to move closer to boundary

Neighbour asking permission to move closer to boundary

In our council, walls need to be 900mm from boundary if they have any windows in them, but windowless walls, usually garages, can be on boundary if agreed. Our garage wall…

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Helyn
Dec 18, 2009 8:29 pm
Helyn
Aimen
Aimen
18 December 2009

ANYONE BUILDING A RIVA WITH METRC*N??

ANYONE BUILDING A RIVA WITH METRC*N??

Hi to all just wondering if anyone is, please post your colours, facade option and any other helpfull info. thanks

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Aimen
Dec 18, 2009 10:14 pm
Aimen
kek
kek
19 December 2009

Colorbond Roof - What goes where and when?

Colorbond Roof - What goes where and when?
NSW

Tiled roofs usually get done after spouting and fascia too. If you think about it, the roofing has to overlap the spouting so that water runs off properly ....so it makes…

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kek
Dec 19, 2009 11:44 am
kek
bobbin_84
bobbin_84
19 December 2009

Leabrook Mk3

Leabrook Mk3

Thanks for your ideas! Maybe we could put a sliding door into the bathroom, and move the linen cupboard into the laundry, giving us some more space... hadn't really…

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bobbin_84
Dec 19, 2009 5:35 pm
bobbin_84
Dollar
Dollar
19 December 2009

Boral Espresso Brick Issue

Boral Espresso Brick Issue

Wow. Good to hear they are the same bricks you chose from the sample you saw. We think our Boral bricks have a tinge of cream/yellow in them compared to the sample we saw…

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Dollar
Dec 19, 2009 6:19 pm
erin
erin
19 December 2009

Is this an ok quote for slashing my block of land?

Is this an ok quote for slashing my block of land?
VIC

try a guy called classy grassy he does my block in berwick and does a great job. munns parks and gardens used to do it but they are too busy now they do all the council stuff

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erin
Dec 19, 2009 9:58 pm
BZaurora
BZaurora
20 December 2009

Risks associated with living near power lines?

Risks associated with living near power lines?
VIC
1, 2, 3

Hi everyone, for those who are considering whether to buy or build near power lines due to emf etc.. have a read through the websites below, its got lots of information on…

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BZaurora
Dec 20, 2009 5:33 pm
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
Guest
21 December 2009

Chipped PGH Bricks

Chipped PGH Bricks

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

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Guest
Dec 21, 2009 7:10 am
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


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