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just Erin
just Erin
25 October 2009

Problems with brick supplier

Problems with brick supplier

That's a good result! An upgrade at no extra cost :: :: :: I dont know why they wanted to charge you $800 to change the brick though :? :? :? If anything, M should have asked…

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just Erin
Oct 24, 2009 11:12 pm
oreo
oreo
25 October 2009

STANHOPE GARDENS community levy

STANHOPE GARDENS community levy
NSW

Yes you own the land. Community levy is the quarterly fee you pay for the use of pool and tennis courts plus maintenance (mowing, cleaning etc) of the area.

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oreo
Oct 25, 2009 9:02 am
Kristi
Kristi
25 October 2009

Do we need a solicitor/conveyancer? Builder wants name

Do we need a solicitor/conveyancer? Builder wants name
QLD

Thanks for your replies. We have decided we don't need a solicitor at this stage and the builders are happy with that. waranraz: yes, we already have the land in our…

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Kristi
Oct 25, 2009 4:21 pm
Kristi
lisanne
lisanne
25 October 2009

Junction box in a closed ceiling space

Junction box in a closed ceiling space

If you are worried about a junction box up there, don't freak out about all the houses that have ducted heating units up…

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lisanne
Oct 25, 2009 8:33 pm
Candylea
Candylea
25 October 2009

What do you think this is???

What do you think this is???

If you have the plans your builder gave you, there should be one of the proposed residence on the block plan.. maybe there's a note on it somewhere. Maybe it's to mark the…

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Candylea
Oct 25, 2009 9:39 pm
Candylea
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themax
Oct 26, 2009 8:32 am
themax
ebyelyakov
ebyelyakov
26 October 2009

Almost in Council

Almost in Council
NSW

Welcome. I'm a first timer as well and I'm finally in the construction phase. This forum and community are fantastic and are very helpful. Good luck with your journey, the…

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ebyelyakov
Oct 26, 2009 10:10 am
ebyelyakov
Nicci
Nicci
26 October 2009

Home Buyers Centre?

Home Buyers Centre?
WA

Hi Mae and welcome.. There are a few of us out there building or built with HBC. Our house was built in 5 months.. Slab was poured end of march/ beginning of april and…

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Nicci
Oct 26, 2009 10:44 am
Dollar
Dollar
26 October 2009

Where are the people building with HENLEY

Where are the people building with HENLEY
VIC
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Ok I have refrained so far.... but now I'm…

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Dollar
Oct 26, 2009 1:22 pm
Cleishy
Cleishy
26 October 2009

Did you dump your builder close to starting?

Did you dump your builder close to starting?

I changed my builder about 1 week out from site start. Best decision I ever made. My new builder has caught up to where the other builder is at, even with a 4 week delay…

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Cleishy
Oct 26, 2009 2:58 pm
Cleishy
Felistopher
Felistopher
26 October 2009

M3tr1con Santorini 29.... and land in Doreen

M3tr1con Santorini 29.... and land in Doreen
VIC
1, 2

Welcome Nick :D I'm not too sure about land prices.... I've heard-and someone correct me if this is just a rumour- that the latest release's land prices in The Ridge are…

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Felistopher
Oct 26, 2009 4:11 pm
Felistopher
take2
take2
26 October 2009

Share your building experience with Dixon home CAIRNS QLD

Share your building experience with Dixon home CAIRNS QLD
QLD

Dixon homes is also part of Tamawood homes. They are all franchises, I would start by doing a bsa search on there licence online, also ask if you can see some of there…

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take2
Oct 26, 2009 5:29 pm
take2
Micklou
Micklou
26 October 2009

Micklou's build

Micklou's build
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

Oh themax I can feel your sympathy in your post. Thank you so much for sharing our pain! We feel as if we are grieving a bit.... not over the loss of the house but with…

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Micklou
Oct 26, 2009 7:09 pm
FND
FND
26 October 2009

Arndell Estate, Truganina, Victoria

Arndell Estate, Truganina, Victoria
VIC

Hi there, I am building in Wyndham Waters Estate. Its directly on the opposite of the Forsyth Road. I believe Arndell Estate will have good future prospect. Its close to…

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FND
Oct 26, 2009 7:48 pm
lynnebin1968
lynnebin1968
26 October 2009

Scratched garage door.

Scratched garage door.

Yup a new one! Put your foot down!

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lynnebin1968
Oct 26, 2009 8:54 pm
lynnebin1968
Zerosignal
Zerosignal
26 October 2009

Site costs!!! anyone building/built in Rose Grange Tarneit??

Site costs!!! anyone building/built in Rose Grange Tarneit??
VIC

I'd lock it in, that is a fairly good price in Tarneit I am assuming up the Leakes Road end? The land generally has…

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Zerosignal
Oct 26, 2009 10:11 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
27 October 2009

Help Required: my window n cladding look funny ?

Help Required: my window n cladding look funny ?

Hi The standard is for the door head and window head to be in line. Yes, this is non-standard and is a way of saving money as it will not need the lintel. It looks kind…

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ECOECO
Oct 27, 2009 5:19 am
ECOECO
danc12
danc12
27 October 2009

Can you have window height change after you signing contract

Can you have window height change after you signing contract

Usually once you sign the contract there is a DA in place and in NSW thqt includes a Basxi certificate. so a change to the window sizes affects both. so generally…

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danc12
Oct 27, 2009 5:48 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
27 October 2009

Wall and ceiling insulation

Wall and ceiling insulation

We are in the final stage of our house plan and i'm looking at insulation. At the moment we are getting R1.5 in the external walls and R3.0 in…

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ECOECO
Oct 27, 2009 6:13 am
ECOECO
lightsview
lightsview
27 October 2009

S.A build...floor plan pics

S.A build...floor plan pics
SA
1, 2

Hi Steve, How are things progressing with your build? I think I'm building across the road from you. We started on site yesterday. ~Lightsview

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lightsview
Oct 27, 2009 6:44 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
27 October 2009

Stormwater solutions for backwards sloping site

Stormwater solutions for backwards sloping site

Spend $12000 for stormwater pipes a sump and a pump. I have the same problem, council would not allow me to…

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buildingwithhamra
Oct 27, 2009 8:36 am
Matt1972
Matt1972
27 October 2009

Looking to build next year. Lots and lots of questions.

Looking to build next year. Lots and lots of questions.

We are in Melbourne Looking to build in about 50km's from CBD. Either North or North West of town.

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Matt1972
Oct 27, 2009 9:10 am
itsmeud
itsmeud
27 October 2009

Frame stage payment claim prior to surveyor inspection?

Frame stage payment claim prior to surveyor inspection?

Hi All, Thank you for the replies. To clarify my situation further, When I asked the builder why he claimed progress payment without getting the frame approved by the…

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itsmeud
Oct 27, 2009 9:55 am
clueless2009
clueless2009
27 October 2009

Alfresco Length 1.8m is it worth

Alfresco Length 1.8m is it worth
VIC

like to update, I m going through the Alfresco that will be costing $3112 + for the slab another…

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clueless2009
Oct 27, 2009 11:55 am
jbdave
jbdave
27 October 2009

How long to get the Cert of Occupancy issued?

How long to get the Cert of Occupancy issued?
VIC

The inspector only "signs off" on the job if the builder has nothing to do and everything is to code and standards. The builder may have to fix a thing or two for the…

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jbdave
Oct 27, 2009 1:45 pm
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
27 October 2009

Lock Up Bill?

Lock Up Bill?

We just got our fixing bill... which technically we dont have to pay as the fixings arent finished yet. However the next stage which is PCI…

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Fiffaro
Oct 27, 2009 5:12 pm

We've got the Homstead Tan with off white mortar. White Birch windows were chosen to match the off white mortar (and to stand out a little). We chose paperbark fascias…

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jbdave
Oct 27, 2009 5:40 pm
sbudge
sbudge
27 October 2009

Rainwater Tanks ... To Top Up, or Not?

Rainwater Tanks ... To Top Up, or Not?
QLD

Hi, THis may be a bit late to help, but there are other products on the market that allow you to have a mains switching device from rainwater to mainswater and enables you…

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sbudge
Oct 27, 2009 8:08 pm
Casa2
Casa2
28 October 2009

Carpet on Screed

Carpet on Screed

Dan, Use plywood to get the desired level under the carpet. Cheers, Casa

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Casa2
Oct 28, 2009 12:34 am
stockt12
stockt12
28 October 2009

Brickwork Issues

Brickwork Issues
1, 2, 3

i'm shattered reading this.. i really hope you get a resolution to this hopefully there has been one and/or you exist on this board still so that we can have an update.

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stockt12
Oct 28, 2009 2:45 am
mcniks
mcniks
28 October 2009

How does the whole demolition thing work?

How does the whole demolition thing work?

Thanks for your info! I will be checking out your blogs. It seems like there is more work involved in getting the land cleared than actually building the house!...... Our…

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mcniks
Oct 28, 2009 11:43 am
Bek
Bek
28 October 2009

Category 1 bricks

Category 1 bricks

Thanks MickeyB. I've emailed my sales consultant, so hopefully i'll get some sort of reply within a week......... :lol: :lol: :lol: No doubt the ones i want are in the highest…

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Bek
Oct 28, 2009 2:25 pm
Candylea
Candylea
28 October 2009

Builders Risk Insurance Question

Builders Risk Insurance Question

I would have thought the builder would already have Builders Risk Insurance that covers any job they do.. so every contract is covered under the one Certificate of…

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Candylea
Oct 28, 2009 3:55 pm
Candylea
kek
kek
28 October 2009

Keeping same landline number ?

Keeping same landline number ?

Me too Vincy.... plus we'd had our home…

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kek
Oct 28, 2009 5:46 pm
kek
just Erin
just Erin
28 October 2009

Can building permit be issued before land settles?

Can building permit be issued before land settles?

Even if your builder is using a private building surveyor, all the building permits need to be lodged through the local council. Still keep in mind calling the building…

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just Erin
Oct 28, 2009 9:04 pm
Southies
Southies
28 October 2009

Advice on Vacuum Systems

Advice on Vacuum Systems

When researching the same thing, we were told by several ducted vacuum companies that the airflow is the critical specification and that to service our 34 square 4 bed dbl…

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Southies
Oct 28, 2009 10:12 pm
Southies
bigred
bigred
29 October 2009

Inspection Report

Inspection Report

Alrighty, I've GUESSED all of the following (so I'm probably ENTIRELY wrong). #1 - The mortar between the bricks are upto 35mm in thickness. #2 - Sill flashing goes…

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bigred
Oct 29, 2009 3:53 am
bigred
kek
kek
29 October 2009

who is meant to landscape the nature strip?

who is meant to landscape the nature strip?

It depends on the council and developer. Our developer did all the nature strips along with street construction, and once housse construction was complete, they came back…

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kek
Oct 29, 2009 5:31 am
kek
cazoraz
cazoraz
29 October 2009

Building Millbank Fusion with S!m0*ds

Building Millbank Fusion with S!m0*ds
VIC
1, 2

Ooh nice frame!! love seeing those big pallets of bricks, its all happening :) We did our colours and electrics yesterday, contracts today, site start in 30days :)

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cazoraz
Oct 29, 2009 9:15 am
cazoraz
ebyelyakov
ebyelyakov
29 October 2009

Anyone wants to share All About The Start of Construction?

Anyone wants to share All About The Start of Construction?
NSW

That young fellow -- did you go to their office in Glenwood? (just checked there and could not see that display centre was listed -- it seems they sold it out...)... The…

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ebyelyakov
Oct 29, 2009 10:12 am
ebyelyakov
lisanne
lisanne
29 October 2009

Construction delays due to MELBOURNE CUP??

Construction delays due to MELBOURNE CUP??
VIC

Also it's probably not them just taking time off, they probably have other jobs to do/finish this week and if it wasn't for the cup then they probably wouldn't have…

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lisanne
Oct 29, 2009 11:44 am
MaisonDeBritts
MaisonDeBritts
29 October 2009

Window Splashback

Window Splashback
NSW

We have one and it is my favourite thing in the kitchen-it lets in so much light into the kitchen which would have been very dark otherwise. Ours…

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MaisonDeBritts
Oct 29, 2009 2:05 pm
MaisonDeBritts
ekman
ekman
29 October 2009

Your suggestion for Flooring, and photos too!

Your suggestion for Flooring, and photos too!

you have to remember always that it is the mass that generates and keeps heat/warmth. Tiles on concrete slab are the best retainers and radiate heat generated by the…

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ekman
Oct 29, 2009 2:27 pm
Candylea
Candylea
29 October 2009

Progress Payment Claim 4 plaster set but external not finish

Progress Payment Claim 4 plaster set but external not finish

I would think plaster set was the inside plaster... not outside render. Normally you have 10 days to pay the bill, maybe the render will be done by then :th: If you are not…

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Candylea
Oct 29, 2009 3:51 pm
Candylea
Anna1
Anna1
29 October 2009

Internal Doors

Internal Doors
1, 2

We've gone plain flush but raised height to 2340. We originally picked a different corinthian…

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Anna1
Oct 29, 2009 5:24 pm
Anna1
Hels
Hels
29 October 2009

OMG, variations!!!!!

OMG, variations!!!!!

Yes it does add up very quickly. We had $10k in site costs, $40k of upgrades and extras through the builder and approx $60k of extras after handover such as roller…

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Hels
Oct 29, 2009 7:54 pm
Hels
andy_min
andy_min
29 October 2009

Recommendations: Private builders west syd NSW

Recommendations: Private builders west syd NSW
NSW

Hi, I also have a good builder, very reasonably priced. We will be starting very soon also at The Ponds. He has completed a few jobs recently over your way too. All his…

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andy_min
Oct 29, 2009 9:39 pm
andy_min
BecH
BecH
29 October 2009

Bargaining

Bargaining

Yeah I'm pretty happy with that, dh is a tradie though and does alot of work for…

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BecH
Oct 29, 2009 10:15 pm
Ami
Ami
30 October 2009

Bricks & Mortar Issue----Pls help

Bricks & Mortar Issue----Pls help
VIC

Thanks Guys. I was also hoping to get an independent inspection done on them. Also I will post some pics for you to give me your views on it.

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Ami
Oct 29, 2009 11:00 pm


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