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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 6:56 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 8:27 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 9:39 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 12:32 pm
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 9:55 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 6:13 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 7:22 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 8:51 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 9:58 pm
just Erin
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 10:02 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 6:50 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 12:45 pm
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 5:26 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 5:46 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 7:00 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 8:08 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 11:04 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 1:32 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 8:51 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 9:51 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 9:56 am
cammypunk
cammypunk
28 January 2010

What's a reasonable sized front yard?

What's a reasonable sized front yard?

Our house is set back 4m from the footpath. Like the others explained, that doesn't include the footpath and the nature strip. I think you…

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cammypunk
Jan 28, 2010 10:32 am
KnockItDown
KnockItDown
28 January 2010

Flat block of land - builder says house ready by July 10

Flat block of land - builder says house ready by July 10

There are a 3 key things to get your Sister to request of the builder. 1. Has the Construction Certificate (Building Certificate) been issued? This occurs after the DA is…

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KnockItDown
Jan 28, 2010 10:43 am
KnockItDown
kyton
kyton
28 January 2010

Is it cheaper to source your own PC items???

Is it cheaper to source your own PC items???
QLD

You would have to check with your chosen builder whether it would be allowed or not. Most major builders do not let you provide anything - some smaller builders will, it…

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kyton
Jan 28, 2010 1:00 pm
kyton
joannapaulp
joannapaulp
28 January 2010

How long did your developer approval take ?

How long did your developer approval take ?

our developer approval was really quick, a couple of days, now council approval, that takes some time.

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joannapaulp
Jan 28, 2010 1:10 pm
borg
borg
28 January 2010

Air Con Costs In New Homes

Air Con Costs In New Homes
NSW

with aircond it depends on how well your house is sealed and also the temp you set it to. SOme people like to set there air conds to 18 degrees in summer and i bet the…

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borg
Jan 28, 2010 1:44 pm
borg
humcomfort
humcomfort
29 January 2010

Air-con - Get only ducting or get fully installed ?

Air-con - Get only ducting or get fully installed ?

Most installers will charge LESS during construction as certainly it is easier to run wiring and ducting with no plaster up. Yes, there may be more visits to the site,…

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humcomfort
Jan 29, 2010 7:15 pm
shonzilla
shonzilla
28 January 2010

Building Luxxe with Summit Homes in WA

Building Luxxe with Summit Homes in WA
WA

Hi 2good4me, How is everything going? Im building with Easystart (summit) I looked around at about 6 or so other builders but they all wanted me to 'sign sign sign'…

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shonzilla
Jan 28, 2010 3:40 pm
shonzilla
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jbsj1974
Mar 25, 2010 10:48 pm
mandystoj
mandystoj
28 January 2010

Extra costs in building a home + cost to knockdown?

Extra costs in building a home + cost to knockdown?

We are also knocking down one of our properties and it sounds like it's similar to your Fibro/3 Bedrooms. So FYI the average quote we have got for demolition is…

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mandystoj
Jan 28, 2010 4:57 pm
bek7708
bek7708
28 January 2010

Anyone building around geelong, Vic?

Anyone building around geelong, Vic?
VIC

Yay, nice to find someone else in Geelong! Majority of members seem to be in Melbourne. I'm going to go and check out your blog right now :D Our block is in Waurn Ponds,…

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bek7708
Jan 28, 2010 6:09 pm
bek7708
kateypink
kateypink
28 January 2010

Neighbouring builder (PD) slow to move temporary fences

Neighbouring builder (PD) slow to move temporary fences

If your SS is not fussed what do you care? Your not the builder so if they need to be moved your builder will tell SS or it is so easy for the tradies to shift them over a…

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kateypink
Jan 28, 2010 10:24 pm
kateypink
kateypink
28 January 2010

PD Kitchen Cupboards

PD Kitchen Cupboards

yep around the $400 mark. We got them between the pantry and well over the bench. Not over the fridge space but they were basically the same cost.

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kateypink
Jan 28, 2010 10:37 pm
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
29 January 2010

Help! How long until our house is ours?

Help! How long until our house is ours?
VIC

That's why we have not given notice to our landlord even though we expect to be moving in within four weeks. We will survive a couple of weeks of extra rent, but if…

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Fiffaro
Jan 29, 2010 9:58 am
traceyh
traceyh
29 January 2010

GJ Gardner - Your Finished Homes (any state)

GJ Gardner - Your Finished Homes (any state)

one last thing .. I have done a search but no pics have been posted :) off to search for them again ..

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traceyh
Jan 29, 2010 10:11 am
makoby
makoby
29 January 2010

do floor tiles 'appear' darker when laid?

do floor tiles 'appear' darker when laid?

Im wanting a neutral brown right through the home and Im kind of happy with what ive chosen but im worried it may be a little to dark. The women at Studio M said they tend…

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makoby
Jan 29, 2010 12:44 pm
penny77
penny77
29 January 2010

Progress payments: "Lock up" definitions? help?

Progress payments: "Lock up" definitions? help?
VIC
1, 2

We had the same issue on ervery stage the invoice goes out when the web site says the stage is complete. It never was and one time we wait 5 weeks before paying. But on…

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penny77
Jan 29, 2010 1:31 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
29 January 2010

WIR Fitout - Melbourne

WIR Fitout - Melbourne
VIC

We got our windows from Stegbar and hope that they will give us a good price for all our Built ins and the walk-in/through. *fingers crossed*

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gettingThere
Jan 29, 2010 2:21 pm
Velouria
Velouria
29 January 2010

Rendering on my mind

Rendering on my mind
WA

Hello all, To render or not to render - that is the question. We live outside a country town, where getting anyone to do anything is a drama in itself, as so are…

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Velouria
Jan 29, 2010 3:08 pm
Velouria
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kkatt
Jan 29, 2010 4:23 pm
kkatt
somewoman
somewoman
29 January 2010

Aircon units for a surfmist roof

Aircon units for a surfmist roof
WA

sounds to me like they want you to have as close a match as possible then... They can't enforce an exact match because the manufacturers of the aircon units and roof…

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somewoman
Jan 29, 2010 4:27 pm
somewoman
kateypink
kateypink
29 January 2010

SOOOO annoyed cant wait til this build is finished!

SOOOO annoyed cant wait til this build is finished!

So frustrating, isn't it?! I'm slowly learning the rules don't apply to the builders... :roll: We've recently been told we have to re-pick our colour…

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kateypink
Jan 29, 2010 4:42 pm
just Erin
just Erin
29 January 2010

Carlisle Homes - Facade List

Carlisle Homes - Facade List

Try posting your query in the Carlisle thread... heaps of…

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just Erin
Jan 29, 2010 8:14 pm
just Erin
sanmark1
sanmark1
29 January 2010

Sandarra - Owner's Protection Asset Protection Bond

Sandarra - Owner's Protection Asset Protection Bond

Just wondering if you guys know anything about Community Infrastructure Levy's for Sandarra?? its a fee paid to the council i think, im not quite…

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sanmark1
Jan 29, 2010 9:02 pm
jimmalenko
jimmalenko
29 January 2010

Merticon's "My Merticon" Website

Merticon's "My Merticon" Website

After experiencing similar events I talked to our SS, who told me that the MyMerticon website is updated via their internal project management software, and there is a…

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jimmalenko
Jan 29, 2010 11:29 pm
just Erin
just Erin
30 January 2010

Our Knockdown Rebuild Project - Floorplan Suggestions

Our Knockdown Rebuild Project - Floorplan Suggestions

Hope you had a fab New years Thommo :D I really like the plan. Bed 3 & 4 wardrobes are enormous. I'd worry about furniture placement in bed 4 due to the wardrobe being…

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just Erin
Jan 30, 2010 8:42 am
just Erin
J&K
J&K
30 January 2010

GJ Gardner in Sydney

GJ Gardner in Sydney
NSW

I have not used them, but thanks for the tip, I have sent of an email to see if they are interested in a Custom Build. From what I can see of the structure of the…

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J&K
Jan 30, 2010 10:20 am
J&K
overwhelmed
overwhelmed
30 January 2010

Any suggestions for internal wall colours...

Any suggestions for internal wall colours...

I opted for Wattyl White Pepper and really love how it turned out. You can have a look on my building thread. The whole house has been done in this colour. I have…

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overwhelmed
Jan 30, 2010 2:34 pm
Annietom
Annietom
30 January 2010

Double sided feature open fire place

Double sided feature open fire place
VIC

Hi Annietom, Check out ecosmat fires http://www.ecosmartfire.com/en/home They could be a cheaper alternative…

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Annietom
Jan 30, 2010 4:07 pm
Annietom
EKT
EKT
9 February 2010

Ensuite Shower Width

Ensuite Shower Width

900x900 is the standard shower size.

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EKT
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