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Rowena
Rowena
23 January 2010

Grass cutting & Rubbish Removal before construction start

Grass cutting & Rubbish Removal before construction start

My understanding with our builder, is that the block has to be clear of debris/rubbish and the grass cut, prior to them commencing the build. We've already mowed and…

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Rowena
Jan 23, 2010 4:27 pm
Rowena
Dobly
Dobly
23 January 2010

Piers, foundations, soil report, screw pile - PROBLEM!

Piers, foundations, soil report, screw pile - PROBLEM!

Hi all The engineer has just gotten back to me with his plan for the house. Mostly his plan is about the foundation system. He has (on my request) used screw piles as a…

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Dobly
Jan 23, 2010 5:05 pm
cazoraz
cazoraz
23 January 2010

Subdividing blocks in new estates

Subdividing blocks in new estates

Can you find any info on the estates covenants? Do they have a website? Which estate? :th:

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cazoraz
Jan 23, 2010 5:36 pm
cazoraz
Scaredy Cat
Scaredy Cat
23 January 2010

Solatubes downstairs

Solatubes downstairs

Just wondering if anyone has installed solatubes in a downstairs room (the website says it can be done) and what the cost of this is? We have just received some fantastic…

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Scaredy Cat
Jan 23, 2010 8:16 pm
D200 Doug
D200 Doug
23 January 2010

Slab pour ( includes photos )

Slab pour ( includes photos )
VIC

This is "The Shed" a combination sewing room and photo studio…

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D200 Doug
Jan 23, 2010 10:06 pm
sammy
sammy
24 January 2010

Builders in Mandurah

Builders in Mandurah
WA

Hi forumers, Does anyone know of any builders in Mandurah area (WA) with experience building in the Canals? Or if you have already built in that area, how was the…

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sammy
Jan 24, 2010 10:08 am
sammy
fruitty
fruitty
24 January 2010

re-establishment survey,who cares,council or builder?

re-establishment survey,who cares,council or builder?

yes, the check is more for peace of mind. Almost everyone here would have had to cope the re-establishment charge.

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fruitty
Jan 24, 2010 10:40 am
fruitty
rodrocket
rodrocket
24 January 2010

Our Floorplan...does anyone have any suggestions/comments?

Our Floorplan...does anyone have any suggestions/comments?

very nice plan, i like it the only things that i would concider changeing to suit ME are the entry from the garage into the kitchen i would have it from the Garage into…

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rodrocket
Jan 24, 2010 12:20 pm
MBBN
MBBN
24 January 2010

stormwater pipes, not enough fall from front to back.......

stormwater pipes, not enough fall from front to back.......

this happened to us. We rang and rang and rang until they came and fixed it. There was not enough fall on it. Then we found another problem with the stormwater and…

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MBBN
Jan 24, 2010 1:18 pm

Here is that long awaited photo of Cemintel. It's secret nailed so no holes to fill, easy to prepare & a dream to paint. Just looks like painted wood ::

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Jazzie
Jan 24, 2010 3:36 pm
Jazzie
nicole80
nicole80
24 January 2010

Building our Armadale 230 with JG KING in Wyndham Vale !

Building our Armadale 230 with JG KING in Wyndham Vale !
VIC

Hi Richo ! Thanks for the feedback - its daunting thats for sure ! So far i cant say ive been overly impressed with JG KING, the only reason were really still with them…

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nicole80
Jan 24, 2010 3:58 pm
mpcj
mpcj
24 January 2010

What flooring do you have in your hallway between bedrooms?

What flooring do you have in your hallway between bedrooms?

Tiles - especially because the bathroom and laundry are there. Easy to maintain. Love it.

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mpcj
Jan 24, 2010 4:07 pm
mpcj
Candylea
Candylea
24 January 2010

Help with Building New Home

Help with Building New Home
WA

Yup sorry, didn't mean Invouge.. I guess you only mentioned 3 companies.. 2 are from the same mob ::lol:: I guess with most plans, you could possibly squish them in a lil to…

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Candylea
Jan 24, 2010 5:11 pm
Candylea
chezza
chezza
24 January 2010

Electrictions extras $$$$

Electrictions extras $$$$
NSW

Hi Yeah this is corals electriction, our bill is going to be huge. I have a meeting next week with site manager so im going to ask him if i can bring in my own…

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chezza
Jan 24, 2010 5:52 pm
beejay
beejay
25 January 2010

BJ's Regent23 - My DIY Landscaping! *** New Pics!! 20/01

BJ's Regent23 - My DIY Landscaping! *** New Pics!! 20/01
VIC
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Thanks all :) the final touches should go on this week, in time for housewarmng :) I'm not sure what I will do with my weekends after is finished!!!

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beejay
Jan 25, 2010 6:19 am
beejay
suh
suh
25 January 2010

colour suggestions please

colour suggestions please

:lol: I know what Donkey is and Paperbark and I have seen a Chino but may not be the same…

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suh
Jan 25, 2010 7:32 am
suh
kirsada
kirsada
25 January 2010

HBC - Great Entertainer Plus - Harrisdale

HBC - Great Entertainer Plus - Harrisdale
WA
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Ooooo that colour looks great!!!! Don't love surprises :lol: I love your TV unit too :) We need to get a new one like that as our current one is a bit flimsy and moves (I…

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kirsada
Jan 25, 2010 9:20 am
kirsada
jayjaytee
jayjaytee
25 January 2010

TARNEIT- WHERE TO BUILD

TARNEIT- WHERE TO BUILD
VIC
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Howdy All, I bought my place in Parkside , Stage 1. Should be titled in April at this stage. Just trying to compile a list of things to buy , so much stuff to get like…

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jayjaytee
Jan 25, 2010 12:13 pm
Riss
Riss
25 January 2010

For those in Eminence

For those in Eminence
VIC

Thanks guys, it has definently helped and we have had the solicitor read over it this morning and he has given the go ahead. ThatGirlCal - probably not until the end of…

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Riss
Jan 25, 2010 1:08 pm
MissVintage
MissVintage
25 January 2010

Another Newbie - RedInk homes in Perth

Another Newbie - RedInk homes in Perth
WA

Hi Alisha - welcome. I am fairly new myself, i am still trying to work my plan out so you are ahead by far. Will watch with interest as your house gets built so I know…

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MissVintage
Jan 25, 2010 1:40 pm
MissVintage
suh
suh
25 January 2010

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls
NSW

I know there aren't many of us from Newcastle here, but, no sorry I don't know anyone.

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suh
Jan 25, 2010 3:33 pm
suh
cosmos
cosmos
25 January 2010

Our House!

Our House!
1, 2, 3

lol im so sorry guys I completely forgot I was sooo stressed about the inspection.. Will definetly get some through the windows for you's tomorrow.. (I know its not quite…

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cosmos
Jan 25, 2010 5:32 pm
Casa2
Casa2
25 January 2010

HIA Contract

HIA Contract

Hi ppl, Does anyone have a soft copy of the HIA Plain Language Building Contract for New Homes? Would really appreciate if you could email it to me, at

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Casa2
Jan 25, 2010 5:48 pm
kek
kek
25 January 2010

Full floor plan could not be drawn before land title?

Full floor plan could not be drawn before land title?
VIC

Hi everyone, My builder is Burbank. My admin told me that I can't get a full floor plan which reflect the specifications I want (like extral…

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kek
Jan 25, 2010 6:29 pm
kek
Jodie80
Jodie80
25 January 2010

Tinfish First build.. update!

Tinfish First build.. update!
WA
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Took us 10 days to move everything to the new house from rental and to clean and handover the…

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Jodie80
Jan 25, 2010 6:56 pm
Jodie80
lisanne
lisanne
25 January 2010

PD Upgrade Prices

PD Upgrade Prices
VIC

My Tri-lock deadbolt front door handle thingy cost about $250 (from memory) with PD Access

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lisanne
Jan 25, 2010 7:49 pm
corked
corked
25 January 2010

Latrobe austral bricks with zinc roof.

Latrobe austral bricks with zinc roof.

hi FionaD what a coincidence, these are exactly two bricks we are tossing between. the only difference is that in our case they are cat 3…

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corked
Jan 25, 2010 8:57 pm
Macy
Macy
25 January 2010

Alfresco ideas

Alfresco ideas

I don't know but I guess a builder who specialises in small jobs/extensions, or maybe do the owner-builder thing and organise all the tradies yourself. Somewhat…

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Macy
Jan 25, 2010 9:19 pm
westy
westy
26 January 2010

Site works - and Soil Terminology

Site works - and Soil Terminology

The forum search function is your friend... :wink: This thread should interest you: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=9017

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westy
Jan 26, 2010 2:53 am
westy
MrsRose
MrsRose
26 January 2010

What Things did you Spot at your first Inspection Meeting ?

What Things did you Spot at your first Inspection Meeting ?
WA

I've also heard of .... Filling up the bath tub and standing in it to make sure its been fitted correctly and then letting the water drain away. Taking a light bulb to…

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MrsRose
Jan 26, 2010 5:56 am
MrsRose
makoby
makoby
26 January 2010

M'con people...changing carpet after tile selection?

M'con people...changing carpet after tile selection?

I will have something to say if they try and charge us $500!! They never told us to go and look at tiles to see. We were just told, 'dont worry about it you'll do that…

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makoby
Jan 26, 2010 7:27 am
walker79
walker79
26 January 2010

A question for people building with Coral..

A question for people building with Coral..
NSW

Hey Nic, Sorry but I can only help with one of your questions as we haven't started yet so I don't know how much the tiler charges for extras. We upgraded our internal…

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walker79
Jan 26, 2010 8:39 am
walker79
slknv
slknv
26 January 2010

SURCHARGED by builder for building permit, reasonable?

SURCHARGED by builder for building permit, reasonable?

Our builder picked up from our title that our house would be sited partially over a side easement, so it was up to us to pay for the "building over application" to both…

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slknv
Jan 26, 2010 11:32 am
Lex
Lex
4 February 2010

A Question About The Slab @ The Garage

A Question About The Slab @ The Garage

Note to self: roller door rebate is an important feature need to locate it first :oops: then…

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Lex
Feb 04, 2010 8:55 pm
Lex
kel_da_star69
kel_da_star69
26 January 2010

completion dates

completion dates
VIC

thanks for that and good luck, hope it all goes to plan ::smile::

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kel_da_star69
Jan 26, 2010 5:13 pm
Casa2
Casa2
26 January 2010

Ceiling height error with Hickinbotham

Ceiling height error with Hickinbotham

I would get it fixed. It should only take a day or two to do.

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Casa2
Jan 26, 2010 6:22 pm
Annietom
Annietom
26 January 2010

Clarendon demands money on top of the $4000 when I cancelled

Clarendon demands money on top of the $4000 when I cancelled

that's graet synth - although I thought their $1K admin fee was a bit of a giggle!!! builders really do try it on don't they. good luck with your next venture...

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Annietom
Jan 26, 2010 7:51 pm
Annietom
just Erin
just Erin
26 January 2010

My site manager wont show up

My site manager wont show up

How is this person still on the payroll? :shock: :shock: :shock: Document everything, put in a formal written complaint to his manager, or someone up high in the company, that behaviour…

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just Erin
Jan 26, 2010 8:58 pm
Dirtyard Darren
Dirtyard Darren
26 January 2010

Jasper Colorbond roof and Boral Coco bricks - any pics?

Jasper Colorbond roof and Boral Coco bricks - any pics?

Oh thank you SOOO much for posting those pics - your place looks FABULOUS! You've just confirmed for me that we've picked the right colours! I…

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Dirtyard Darren
Jan 26, 2010 9:02 pm
chmaiden
chmaiden
27 January 2010

what shall i ask for and how?

what shall i ask for and how?

yeah - gone a bit crazy this evening. spoke to a lawyer - she reckons i would have a good case for VCAT but it would cost about 10-15k and that costs arent awarded most…

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chmaiden
Jan 27, 2010 5:50 am
anurishiagarwal
anurishiagarwal
27 January 2010

Is there a builder who accepts payment at the end of build

Is there a builder who accepts payment at the end of build
NSW

Henley Properties Group does it in some cases Their ready-built homes option.

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anurishiagarwal
Jan 27, 2010 11:45 am
mdzzj
mdzzj
27 January 2010

Site Cost

Site Cost

We are currently building with PD and they estimated what you have been told also. They usually have an idea if they have built before in the same estate. We were lucky…

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mdzzj
Jan 27, 2010 4:26 pm
Judie
Judie
27 January 2010

DA approved..but hate the window colours !

DA approved..but hate the window colours !

Looking at the bricks, I actually think the Stone Beige is a good choice. It's the same colour as Paperbark, so it will go nicely with your garage door. Judie

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Judie
Jan 27, 2010 4:46 pm
Judie
apom
apom
27 January 2010

Building PAAL Steel Frame Home

Building PAAL Steel Frame Home

We are thinking of building with PAAL homes now. I would be interested in your experiences in dealing with them and the quality of materials, instructions and overall…

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apom
Jan 27, 2010 6:00 pm
andy
andy
27 January 2010

Timing of Last Progress Payment

Timing of Last Progress Payment

We are not upto that stage as yet,our broker told us ANZ will need to do a valuation before handing over the cheque for the final payment.What nonsense ,what happens if…

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andy
Jan 27, 2010 7:08 pm
Macy
Macy
27 January 2010

Folding Veranda Roof

Folding Veranda Roof
VIC

Hey, that's good news! :) Gives you lots more options for style and materials.

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Macy
Jan 27, 2010 10:04 pm
bluebear
bluebear
28 January 2010

Building - Frames

Building - Frames

In response to questions about progress payment. The standard building contract says that they will issue the payment after substantial completion of the frame. In my…

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bluebear
Jan 28, 2010 12:32 am
jodge
jodge
28 January 2010

Feedback on floor plans required (plans now attached)

Feedback on floor plans required (plans now attached)
1, 2

Wow! Even better then! We're getting a Silentmaster 3.5 horsepower beauty. . . I think it's a bit gruntier than your average. After seeing them roughing it in though, I…

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jodge
Jan 28, 2010 7:51 am
jodge
paulfe
paulfe
28 January 2010

Full Render - How much extra $$ are we talking about?

Full Render - How much extra $$ are we talking about?

Thanks all. Probably not as bad as I expected. I appreciate your comments!

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paulfe
Jan 28, 2010 8:51 am
first_timers
first_timers
28 January 2010

Brick Selection - Austral Symmetry Earth vs Boral Blackheath

Brick Selection - Austral Symmetry Earth vs Boral Blackheath

Hi Everyone, We are building our first home and have narrowed our brick selection down to two options. Does anyone have any images or thoughts on Austral Symmetry in…

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first_timers
Jan 28, 2010 8:56 am


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