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klscomps
klscomps
11 September 2009

Time between Walkthrough and Settlement?

Time between Walkthrough and Settlement?
VIC

Hi, I had my final inspection on a Tuesday and handover was the same week on Friday. I had pre-booked both dates and was fairly confident that there was going to be…

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klscomps
Sep 11, 2009 5:14 pm
zircon
zircon
11 September 2009

HOW LONG TO WAIT FOR TITLES *PERTH*

HOW LONG TO WAIT FOR TITLES *PERTH*
WA

The estate I've bought in started selling the land in July 2008. At the time the developer said titles would be ready in October. The developer didn't lodge the…

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zircon
Sep 11, 2009 7:01 pm
Manda
Manda
11 September 2009

Brick discoloration Austral nougat

Brick discoloration Austral nougat

A limestone coloured house in our street is almost completely green from these brick "acids and element" staining. The midland brick and Austral website or consultants…

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Manda
Sep 11, 2009 9:45 pm
Manda
take2
take2
11 September 2009

Roof tiles not coloured correctly?

Roof tiles not coloured correctly?

We had this problem with shade difference with monier tiles in our previous home, a rep from monier came out and arranged the roof to be sprayed the correct colour. If…

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take2
Sep 11, 2009 10:35 pm
take2
take2
take2
11 September 2009

How long does it really take!!!!????!!!!!

How long does it really take!!!!????!!!!!

Thanks Jess Brookwater with a small builder designer homes. I can't believe we finally have approval we started this process over 12mths ago. I've attached a link to our…

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take2
Sep 11, 2009 10:44 pm
take2
take2
take2
11 September 2009

Can you request a second "walk through" meeting?

Can you request a second "walk through" meeting?

I would be getting another one to make sure all the problems you have found have been addressed. Don't forget you have paid a lot of money for your home and I would keep…

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take2
Sep 11, 2009 11:15 pm
take2
kec2712
kec2712
12 September 2009

Building contract signed before land title?

Building contract signed before land title?

We signed a building contract and even paid our 5 % deposit 12 months ago. Our land was being subdivided from our parents and did not get titled into our name until 3…

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kec2712
Sep 12, 2009 7:55 am
jeremy_ville
jeremy_ville
12 September 2009

design approval declined, admin mistake costing us

design approval declined, admin mistake costing us

Thanks for the replies people, We knew full well the design guidelines of the estate hence our dissappiontment is directed at the admin, when we first sat down with the…

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jeremy_ville
Sep 12, 2009 10:03 am
jeremy_ville
sikander
sikander
12 September 2009

building lexington with henley.

building lexington with henley.
VIC
1, 2

i love the lexington floor plan. which one are you building? 1 or 2 we wanted to build…

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sikander
Sep 12, 2009 11:46 am
kek
kek
12 September 2009

Structural beam

Structural beam

We have structural beams in our house and they're all timber. Other than steel lintels over garage opening and doorways, of course You don't normally get a full set of…

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kek
Sep 12, 2009 1:53 pm
kek
pemulwuyhouse
pemulwuyhouse
12 September 2009

tactics used by builders to increase their margin of profit

tactics used by builders to increase their margin of profit
1, 2, 3

yup everything seems settled for the moment hope the building part is not so difficult with them . have my fingers crossed :? :?

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pemulwuyhouse
Sep 12, 2009 4:28 pm
mundie mansion
mundie mansion
13 September 2009

Our Windosr 47 with Porter Davis

Our Windosr 47 with Porter Davis
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

What wonderful news that you have found an SS who cares about your house. Hope to see some pics soon ::smile::

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mundie mansion
Sep 13, 2009 8:44 am
Sierra
Sierra
13 September 2009

Any lawyers out there?

Any lawyers out there?
NSW

I would dispute that this is beyond his control, given that teh contract has been in force for several months and at the time of signing, the A/C…

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Sierra
Sep 13, 2009 10:46 am
Sierra
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
13 September 2009

Stormwater - closed system

Stormwater - closed system

So are you just having the toilets and the washing machine as rainwater now instead of the taps as well. That is what I am having, in SA you have to have one toilet…

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buildingwithhamra
Sep 13, 2009 5:06 pm
justcamping
justcamping
13 September 2009

Electrical plans for a Clar Crestmead- please help

Electrical plans for a Clar Crestmead- please help

Hi, I have a couple of hints to make it easy for you.Get a copy of your plans blown up a little bit bigger. Measure your big furniture(beds etc) and make little scale…

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justcamping
Sep 13, 2009 6:08 pm
justcamping
jspitz
jspitz
13 September 2009

Is it okay to sit the hot water service on a mound of clay?

Is it okay to sit the hot water service on a mound of clay?

Thanks danc12, that's a good idea to ring the company and see what they say.

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jspitz
Sep 13, 2009 6:10 pm
lizzy stardust
lizzy stardust
13 September 2009

Stormwater Question - Grated Drain?

Stormwater Question - Grated Drain?

Thanks EmoH. I'm so annoyed by this. I really don't want that great big drain sitting right in the middle of my backyard! Did you explore the possibility of seeking an…

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lizzy stardust
Sep 13, 2009 11:26 pm
lizzy stardust
oze
oze
14 September 2009

Soil Tests Back - Slab Confusion

Soil Tests Back - Slab Confusion

Thanks heaps wellinformed. Your posts are making it a lot easier to understand. I hope the following comes across right, i'm looking at the report and for the fill, A…

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oze
Sep 14, 2009 9:27 am
oze
faerie
faerie
14 September 2009

Grout Sealing

Grout Sealing
VIC

I believe its something you can do yourself. You can purchase the sealer from a hardware store (its like paint) and just get a brush and go over your grout. Make sure you…

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faerie
Sep 14, 2009 10:24 am
faerie
juljas
juljas
14 September 2009

Laminex Showroom Brisbane

Laminex Showroom Brisbane
QLD

Hi Renee, I haven't been to the laminex showroom in Brisbane, but I went to one in Victoria and it was great. The people were really helpful and you could get bigger…

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juljas
Sep 14, 2009 1:22 pm

Today I visited our land to check out what is happening with the neighbouring properties because we are hoping to have a site start soon. The land has a mild sidewards…

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Let's_Build
Sep 14, 2009 5:26 pm
theveiw
theveiw
14 September 2009

Planning permit time - Nillumbik

Planning permit time - Nillumbik
VIC

Thank you everyone. We knew when we purchased the property we would be up for a long wait and would have to be patient. I suppose we just need to get cracking and submit…

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theveiw
Sep 14, 2009 7:41 pm
trepidman
trepidman
15 September 2009

Steep site surcharge

Steep site surcharge

I sent them the photo. This is the final hurdle, so once this is clear I sign the contracts. I'll accept the re-survey bit. The charge for the site costs is good, great…

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trepidman
Sep 15, 2009 12:06 pm
trepidman
ZZZ
ZZZ
15 September 2009

Building Madison 40 with Eden Brae

Building Madison 40 with Eden Brae
NSW

Its taking so long for them to put the downstairs roof. And progress is very slow. Yours seems to have been put up alot faster!! I dont think we are moving in this year! Bummer

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ZZZ
Sep 15, 2009 3:49 pm
[JADED]
[JADED]
15 September 2009

Builder Customer Service - Any Nice Stories About Builders?

Builder Customer Service - Any Nice Stories About Builders?

Was the same with us - treated all builders with suspicion after hearing nothing but horror stories ! Hoping we can spread some nice stories and encourage people to build ::lol::

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[JADED]
Sep 15, 2009 4:03 pm
[JADED]
Andronicus
Andronicus
15 September 2009

Colorbond Monument Roof - Dune Render???? Thoughts?

Colorbond Monument Roof - Dune Render???? Thoughts?

I know it's a personal choice - but I'm going to have to side with your partner on this one - re: woodland grey. I used it on my last build and it is much more dark grey…

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Andronicus
Sep 15, 2009 6:40 pm
Chedasha
Chedasha
15 September 2009

time between pre-start and signing contract?

time between pre-start and signing contract?
WA

I am not sure for us we had to actually pay it out of our own money. That is why we put alot of our changes into our contract to get our loan. The prestart upgrades you…

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Chedasha
Sep 15, 2009 7:38 pm

I took a few pics today of the quality concreting, looking back, the paths are alright, just looks like a backyard job. The driveway just isnt thick enough. Lovely…

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billdsl
Sep 15, 2009 7:53 pm
billdsl
myhardcandy
myhardcandy
15 September 2009

Are there neighbours in Saltwater Coast, Point Cook?

Are there neighbours in Saltwater Coast, Point Cook?
VIC

Hi! Gonna sign the contrat tmr. A bit excited...the first time for us, after all. BTW, we've decided to swap our block to a smaller one, which is 12.5 x 32, for a flexible…

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myhardcandy
Sep 15, 2009 9:19 pm
fully
fully
16 September 2009

Henley house settlement today 11/09/09 Fingers crossed!!!!!

Henley house settlement today 11/09/09 Fingers crossed!!!!!
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Thanks again all, The concreters have started doing the sides and back yard, out side the sliding door, future pergola is going to be 4.2 x 5.0 meters, that should be…

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fully
Sep 16, 2009 12:51 am
aya99
aya99
16 September 2009

what mistake have u done to build your new home?

what mistake have u done to build your new home?
1, 2

The conveyancer quoted me her cost price before the land purchased which was quite good, but after we exchange contract for the land and have to sign cost agreement with…

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aya99
Sep 16, 2009 12:56 am
aya99
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willcres
May 18, 2012 5:32 pm
willcres
kfc
kfc
16 September 2009

Building a home remotely

Building a home remotely

Well its been 18 months since we left our home in the capable hands of Webb & Browne-Neaves in WA and left for Sydney, we chose a premium build to ensure that we not only…

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kfc
Sep 16, 2009 9:53 am
Pug
Pug
16 September 2009

Cost of building per SQ?

Cost of building per SQ?
VIC

Thanks jbdave and the rest for your thoughts and experiences. We are planning to build a 26SQ TH to sell and keep the other (30SQ) to live in. So 56SQ total, we’re…

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Pug
Sep 16, 2009 10:04 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
16 September 2009

For those who built with Jarrah Boral bricks

For those who built with Jarrah Boral bricks

getting there the examples you have posted are an example of very good work. The reason for the mortor on the brick may be due to the type of rod…

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gettingThere
Sep 16, 2009 10:31 am
amyife
amyife
16 September 2009

Regarding Carlisle home color selection

Regarding Carlisle home color selection
VIC

Yesterday I made my color selection at Sepctra...but still not very sure about the ensuite & bathroom, I appreciate any comments please: Wall paint & internal doors: Hog…

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amyife
Sep 16, 2009 10:33 am
Djelibeybi
Djelibeybi
16 September 2009

Who pays for the power?

Who pays for the power?

Both of our neighbours' builders stole power from us. Now we'll be…

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Djelibeybi
Sep 16, 2009 11:20 am
Hels
Hels
16 September 2009

Certificate of Occupancy - what's the procedure

Certificate of Occupancy - what's the procedure
VIC

Oh Hels, just realized you put the blog back in your sig! :P Guess you don't have to worry about anyone reading it anymore. EDIT: Sorry went…

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Hels
Sep 16, 2009 12:42 pm
Hels
all the sand
all the sand
16 September 2009

Bricks: Austral Chocolate or Latte?

Bricks: Austral Chocolate or Latte?

Hi, I am having a similar problem at the moment trying to decide between chocolate and grange through austral. Im not having any render and was worried about it being…

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all the sand
Sep 16, 2009 1:31 pm
gaving
gaving
16 September 2009

block & building in alamanda - PC

block & building in alamanda - PC
VIC

1. we R buying a block in stage8, wat's the Soil condition's like at alamanda point cook? 2.does one have to pay land…

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gaving
Sep 16, 2009 2:30 pm
eXume
eXume
16 September 2009

Slab down for 2 days and Backhoe is driving on it

Slab down for 2 days and Backhoe is driving on it

Ok so all ended up being ok. Someone came to check it out, thanks Ivan! I chipped some slab away at the rear and the plastic sheeting was there, just hiding. Thank…

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eXume
Sep 16, 2009 5:07 pm
Micklou
Micklou
16 September 2009

Building with Clarendon

Building with Clarendon
NSW

Thanks for the tips justcamping. I notice you are in the Shire too. hmmmmmmm Hope your build goes really well. Cheers! ::smile::

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Micklou
Sep 16, 2009 6:58 pm
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
16 September 2009

Space required for Scaffolding

Space required for Scaffolding

Thanks Jon and Dave. I'm sure they'll work out something. I'm sure it's not the skinniest envelope they've had before! Every week there is something!! :roll:

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buildingadreamhome
Sep 16, 2009 7:12 pm
buildingadreamhome
just Erin
just Erin
16 September 2009

Aaron & Erin's WIR pendant dilemma - OVER!!

Aaron & Erin's WIR pendant dilemma - OVER!!
VIC
1, 2

Cant wear old shoes with a new dress. New dress needs new shoes... :shock: So that's what my problem is...

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just Erin
Sep 16, 2009 7:57 pm
Jess09
Jess09
16 September 2009

Coral Hamilton 278, Handover Done

Coral Hamilton 278, Handover Done
QLD
1 ... 5, 6, 7

looking good raw! :: thanks for the pics and keeping us updated - i know there was some discussion with the tiler about the tiles being too dark, but i think the look great :z:

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Jess09
Sep 16, 2009 8:12 pm
Jess09
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cazoraz
Sep 16, 2009 9:27 pm
cazoraz
gsm
gsm
16 September 2009

Slab down Monday & framing up Wednesday?!

Slab down Monday & framing up Wednesday?!

Thanks all for the replies :) It's put my mind at ease a bit now..phew!!lol Was just worried that they weren't allowing the slab time to set b4 putting up the frame. …

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gsm
Sep 16, 2009 9:28 pm
roachy
roachy
16 September 2009

I'm getting disappointed with Kevin (house inspector)

I'm getting disappointed with Kevin (house inspector)

Not that this is any help to you, but I had Darren from Darbecca do an inspection for us yesterday and he had the report to me within 3 hours of him leaving the site. Was…

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roachy
Sep 16, 2009 10:23 pm
cazoraz
cazoraz
16 September 2009

Thinking of Pulling Out of our PD Contract

Thinking of Pulling Out of our PD Contract

Ooh I like the Monterey too, think I played in it at a display village recently :wink: A very decent sized kitchen you have there! Good choice :D

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cazoraz
Sep 16, 2009 10:27 pm
cazoraz


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