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kikin
kikin
3 January 2010

Plans Approved on Xmas Eve!! Best Pressie ever!

Plans Approved on Xmas Eve!! Best Pressie ever!
WA

Great news!!! We are looking forwards to seeing your house updates :)

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kikin
Jan 03, 2010 11:08 am
neil_se
neil_se
3 January 2010

Custom design - feedback sought

Custom design - feedback sought
QLD

I'd prefer to have separation between the living areas and the bedrooms, and I want to have some windows opposite the entry for a feature and cross ventilation. If i can…

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neil_se
Jan 03, 2010 11:50 am
mickeyb
mickeyb
3 January 2010

For all those using Austral Nougat...please step on in lol

For all those using Austral Nougat...please step on in lol
VIC

I have some pics on my blog of Austral Nougat Bricks as we are building with this brick.

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mickeyb
Jan 03, 2010 3:58 pm
mickeyb
hsv216
hsv216
3 January 2010

2Qs: 2700mm Garage door & custom front door size

2Qs: 2700mm Garage door & custom front door size
VIC

lol u welcome. I know I spent a long time on the Corinthian doors site, and also looked at the various internal doors... :roll: Sorry cannot help you on the garage door…

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hsv216
Jan 03, 2010 7:04 pm
dilla
dilla
3 January 2010

Could I be in big trouble?!

Could I be in big trouble?!
1, 2

I know someone who works out there!…

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dilla
Jan 03, 2010 10:19 pm
dilla
jodge
jodge
3 January 2010

Questions on choosing a builder

Questions on choosing a builder
WA

Hi abbeybox! We've gone with a local builder and we're building a custom design. From our experience, builders like to build what they've built before and like to do…

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jodge
Jan 03, 2010 10:54 pm
jodge
builda
builda
4 January 2010

Building Problems - What to do.

Building Problems - What to do.
VIC

One resource you can download from the Victorian Building Commission is the Guide to Standards and Tolerances…

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builda
Jan 04, 2010 8:25 am
builda
builda
builda
4 January 2010

looking for a builder in melbourne

looking for a builder in melbourne
VIC

As per PM, will be in touch soon. We have good systems that are designed to exactly work to the process you have outlined so we look forward to catching up when we can.

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builda
Jan 04, 2010 8:52 am
builda
kexkez
kexkez
4 January 2010

Brick retaining wall at front of property?

Brick retaining wall at front of property?
VIC

oh he quoted us 3600 to do the other side of the house too ( about the same length with several direction changes) . that's a little more difficult for access because we…

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kexkez
Jan 04, 2010 11:02 am
kexkez
themax
themax
4 January 2010

Garage Door Change?

Garage Door Change?

Well it IS YOUR…

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themax
Jan 04, 2010 12:10 pm
themax
amilelka
amilelka
4 January 2010

12 volt down lights v. fluorescent down lights.

12 volt down lights v. fluorescent down lights.
VIC
1, 2

I've just had installed some Espar downlights from ebay. We bought the 18W lights in cool white. They take about 20 seconds to fully warm up, and after that they give a…

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amilelka
Jan 04, 2010 1:18 pm
Lex
Lex
4 January 2010

What do you think of this?

What do you think of this?

Hi arrowl, It is stated in the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995, frame stage means the stage when a home's frame is completed and approved…

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Lex
Jan 04, 2010 5:13 pm
Lex
PLGH
PLGH
4 January 2010

Metricon And Others

Metricon And Others
NSW

Thanks, great suggestion.

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PLGH
Jan 04, 2010 8:35 pm
Eskay40
Eskay40
4 January 2010

Developers and Council

Developers and Council

Hi Hoffdog, Yes, we're hoping to build in Croydon, Vic, and the plans have to go to the developer first who check on everything meeting the design guidelines and then it…

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Eskay40
Jan 04, 2010 9:01 pm
Eskay40
builda
builda
4 January 2010

Melbourne House Demolation

Melbourne House Demolation
VIC

Good-cheap demolition contractors is surely an oxymoron! Who is doing the building? If you have a builder then get them to organise it for you, or at least quote it. If…

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builda
Jan 04, 2010 9:34 pm
builda
serrz
serrz
5 January 2010

Building a new home from overseas, advice please!

Building a new home from overseas, advice please!
NSW

Thanks for the advice so far. So can anyone recommend a project management company? I do have family in oz who will be able to keep an eye on the project, but I would…

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serrz
Jan 05, 2010 4:33 am
to_do_list
to_do_list
5 January 2010

Driveway turnaround - How much space is required?

Driveway turnaround - How much space is required?

What you are looking for is "turning circle radius"... http://www.ballina.nsw.gov.au/content/u ... gandac.pdf Last para on page 3 should be of assistance.

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to_do_list
Jan 05, 2010 12:57 pm
to_do_list

Ours is 151.69sqm (16.32 squares) of living. With the alfresco, porch and garage it's 224.46sqm (24.16…

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dilla
Jan 05, 2010 5:26 pm
dilla
chmaiden
chmaiden
5 January 2010

Liquidated damages and additional compensation

Liquidated damages and additional compensation

cheers mate -that is an excellent suggestion and a good opening gambit- on that thinking, it will be 10 months late, i suggest LD is reasonable for 3 months - so 7 months…

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chmaiden
Jan 05, 2010 5:45 pm
Striking
Striking
5 January 2010

Subsidance under waffle pod slabs.

Subsidance under waffle pod slabs.
VIC

King, It depends on the engineering of the slab design. generally subsidence is an issued, however there are some slab designees that incorporate a "scarification"…

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Striking
Jan 05, 2010 7:39 pm
Striking
Striking
5 January 2010

The first course of bricks.

The first course of bricks.
VIC

King, all of the brickies work is in the set out and laying of the first course, not only to ensure the bricks are level from 1 corner to the corner of the house, but to…

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Striking
Jan 05, 2010 8:03 pm
Striking
Striking
5 January 2010

certificate of currency

certificate of currency
VIC

You really need to ensure that they are insured. While it is their responsibility to maintain their insurance be law, it is your responsibility to ensure that you contract…

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Striking
Jan 05, 2010 8:18 pm
yanchenw
yanchenw
5 January 2010

Building with customised plan (melbourne)

Building with customised plan (melbourne)
VIC

I also forgot to add that your cheapest quote will not always equal the cheapest in the end ... One of the builders that quoted us was…

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yanchenw
Jan 05, 2010 8:39 pm
boiselfish
boiselfish
6 January 2010

Anybody done this

Anybody done this

There is always a catch. Our builders current promotion is WAY better than the one we paid for. However the base price of the house has now increased by around $20k. SO…

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boiselfish
Jan 06, 2010 12:43 am
builda
builda
6 January 2010

Testing of Internal Plumbing and Drainage

Testing of Internal Plumbing and Drainage
NSW

Regardless of the builder, the plumber should provide you with a compliance certificate - I think this applies to all States and that compliance certificate is designed to…

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builda
Jan 06, 2010 7:07 am
builda
xcelfence
xcelfence
6 January 2010

Notice to fence received

Notice to fence received

Have you called some fence install companies and compared their quotation yet? price may different from areas. :)

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xcelfence
Jan 06, 2010 1:18 pm
Leah...
Leah...
6 January 2010

Exterior Colour Choices... I think I need help...

Exterior Colour Choices... I think I need help...
1, 2

Hi guys, Just bumping up your posts. I am also building a house (well 2 actually) in Adelaide in Broadview. We have knocked down an old house and split the block in…

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Leah...
Jan 06, 2010 2:52 pm
Leah...
lachjor
lachjor
6 January 2010

Electricity + water in the same pipe?

Electricity + water in the same pipe?
WA

Thanks! :) We spoke to the site supervisor this morning who told us they never run water + electricity in the same pipe which is why we were stumped as to how they'd sort…

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lachjor
Jan 06, 2010 5:24 pm
lachjor
Kristi
Kristi
6 January 2010

How long after council approval did the builder let you know

How long after council approval did the builder let you know
WA

We haven't heard from our builder, but we got the full approval letter direct from council 2 days ago. Not in a rush, as our bank is taking their time, so building can't…

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Kristi
Jan 06, 2010 8:03 pm
Kristi
issy jo
issy jo
6 January 2010

Opinions on my Brickwork.

Opinions on my Brickwork.

EEK I thought my brick work was bad, then I saw SherWins, and now I've just seen yours. I…

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issy jo
Jan 06, 2010 9:32 pm
issy jo
Sheepdog
Sheepdog
7 January 2010

Feedback on proposed floor plan

Feedback on proposed floor plan
VIC

Heya, regarding the billiard room, I just had an idea but would involve redrawing the 'kitchen side' of the plan. I haven't thought it the whole way through but is more of…

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Sheepdog
Jan 07, 2010 8:21 am
Lex
Lex
7 January 2010

NEED URGENT HELP re. Overhang

NEED URGENT HELP re. Overhang
NSW
1, 2

Thanks, tdl, great info here! BTW, I mentioned the Z ones specifically because I think they can be useful for house (foundations) construction just because they seem to…

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Lex
Jan 07, 2010 10:55 am
Lex
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Djelibeybi
Jan 07, 2010 12:08 pm
Striking
Striking
7 January 2010

Window and door height

Window and door height

Common joinery height is 2150 but this also depends on the aesthetic appearance, some people place 600mm high windows and seating level you will also get different height…

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Striking
Jan 07, 2010 8:13 pm
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
7 January 2010

Will I need to do a new BASIX - roof colour change

Will I need to do a new BASIX - roof colour change

Hey Beebob we had to go from Shale Grey to Windspray as council wouldn't let us have a lighter colour roof. It passed Basix/Nathers BUT we didn't have to pay any fees.…

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buildingadreamhome
Jan 07, 2010 9:23 pm
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
7 January 2010

certificate of occupancy

certificate of occupancy

You'll either need to check with your certifier, or council. My certifier (I'm in Sydney) said he will give us an interim OC so we can move in before we do our driveway,…

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buildingadreamhome
Jan 07, 2010 9:27 pm
buildingadreamhome
Guest
7 January 2010

Can I DIY my Colorbond roof?

Can I DIY my Colorbond roof?
NSW

In Vic you need an actual roofing licence, anyone can sit the course to obtain a roofing…

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Guest
Jan 07, 2010 10:33 pm
cream
cream
8 January 2010

Anyone used Austral tan or chocolate bricks??

Anyone used Austral tan or chocolate bricks??
VIC

What abt Blackwood bricks? Anyone else used that do you know?

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cream
Jan 08, 2010 1:18 pm
cream
megzy
megzy
8 January 2010

NBG Carrington 280.. a couple more pics 7/01/2010!!!

NBG Carrington 280.. a couple more pics 7/01/2010!!!
VIC
1 ... 46, 47, 48

MM Love the shed. We have to wait for our developer to leave the area before we can put our shed up - DP wants double garage size one. All looks fantastic. Awww I want…

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megzy
Jan 08, 2010 1:43 pm
Belial
Belial
8 January 2010

recommend property loitigation solicitor

recommend property loitigation solicitor
VIC

Another option you may want to consider is to use the Law institute of Vicotria's referral service Details at…

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Belial
Jan 08, 2010 2:48 pm
Belial
Yellow
Yellow
8 January 2010

Anyone using Austral Cotham or Newport bricks?

Anyone using Austral Cotham or Newport bricks?

Hi Anyone using Austral Cotham or Newport Bricks in your house. If you do, can you please post some photos. Thanks

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Yellow
Jan 08, 2010 3:15 pm
Vundaful!
Vundaful!
9 January 2010

How did you know?

How did you know?

It's hard isn't it - there is so much choice. For us, we knew we were building with the right people mainly because of reputation, but other things served to set our mind…

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Vundaful!
Jan 09, 2010 6:15 pm
Vundaful!
Purple Butterfly
Purple Butterfly
9 January 2010

Total $$$$$

Total $$$$$

Just my house was $190,000, drive was included up to the crossover which will cost us $1000, we get fencing and landscaping included in the land deal. Land was…

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Purple Butterfly
Jan 09, 2010 7:58 pm
Purple Butterfly
Vundaful!
Vundaful!
10 January 2010

Bricks under roof beams - is this safe?

Bricks under roof beams - is this safe?
WA

Update: My site manager (bless his cotton socks) got back to me over the weekend and has put my mind at ease. He said that it was standard building practice to put bricks…

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Vundaful!
Jan 10, 2010 12:04 pm
Vundaful!
Vundaful!
Vundaful!
10 January 2010

AHHH! Chippie has put front door handle in wrong spot!!

AHHH! Chippie has put front door handle in wrong spot!!
QLD

Most people really do try to do the same thing, and I've noticed a tendency for people on forums to develop a kind of "victimised herd mentality" where, in the absence of…

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Vundaful!
Jan 10, 2010 3:30 pm
Vundaful!
Fernyhouse
Fernyhouse
10 January 2010

counting down to contract signing !

counting down to contract signing !

Good luck, we're due to sign our contract on Friday, but we are still waiting on the final plans. Hoping they arrive tomorrow actually but I'm guessing it won't be until…

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Fernyhouse
Jan 10, 2010 8:01 pm


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