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Pixelated
Pixelated
24 November 2009

Alterations during construction

Alterations during construction

We received a call from our Customer Service Rep with the name and mobile number of our SS before our build began. She arranged for us to meet him on-site on the day the…

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Pixelated
Nov 24, 2009 11:17 pm
Pixelated
somewoman
somewoman
25 November 2009

Sarking or Batons Insulation?

Sarking or Batons Insulation?

I would personally do both. In fact, I'm "putting my money where my mouth is" and doing exactly that. I wanted to share a post that my husband put on the "building in…

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somewoman
Nov 25, 2009 5:01 am
somewoman
lisanne
lisanne
25 November 2009

under construction and stamp duty

under construction and stamp duty
VIC

Quick question, do I need to pay stamp duty on the property that is still under construction (not off plan)? The property is in Victoria and I…

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lisanne
Nov 25, 2009 7:45 am
greatgenes
greatgenes
25 November 2009

Building the Vogue 40

Building the Vogue 40

Hiya, I am disabling this account and switching to the a new username. Will keep you guys posted on how we go with our dream of building the Vogue :). Here's the new link

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greatgenes
Nov 25, 2009 9:34 am
paul.jason
paul.jason
25 November 2009

Meter Box Radiation

Meter Box Radiation

No idea how to post a house plan, but are thinking of putting the meter box at the front door inside the portico. This way it's the complete opposite…

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paul.jason
Nov 25, 2009 3:16 pm
paul.jason
lisahello
lisahello
25 November 2009

PD Query - Should I pay??

PD Query - Should I pay??
VIC

Thanks so much guys for responding! I sent an email today saying we did not think we had to pay as it was clearly stated by us exactly what we asked for but we were open…

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lisahello
Nov 25, 2009 5:22 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
25 November 2009

Is this what we called Lock Up campletion???

Is this what we called Lock Up campletion???

Quite often tradies are the last people to leave the site and they sometimes leave the doors wide open. Sounds about the same state that our house was in when we go the…

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virgin-builder
Nov 25, 2009 7:06 pm
virgin-builder
Mel_24_
Mel_24_
25 November 2009

a really helpful document im sure you will all appreciate

a really helpful document im sure you will all appreciate

good luck tomorrow, and let us know thanks Lex. im a bit nervous but should be prepared. ive got a lengthy list of things to check off…

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Mel_24_
Nov 25, 2009 9:23 pm
joles
joles
25 November 2009

Varying Site Costs

Varying Site Costs

Site costs are one of the hardest things to get your head around. One of the best things you can do is get an idea of blocks in your area. What type of slabs, if there's…

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joles
Nov 25, 2009 9:41 pm
joles
jbdave
jbdave
26 November 2009

$300-$350k Budget, First Time Home Builder.

$300-$350k Budget, First Time Home Builder.
VIC
1, 2

I remember looking at the PD "Inspiration" 34 home before I decided on building one myself. By the time I hade put in the base price, added the extras from PD I wanted,…

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jbdave
Nov 26, 2009 11:07 am
jimmm
jimmm
26 November 2009

Has anyone received the "Allworth electrical handy pack"???

Has anyone received the "Allworth electrical handy pack"???
NSW

Hi, Not very exciting just 20 old style light bulbs and 2 four boards. cheers jim

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jimmm
Nov 26, 2009 12:20 pm
jobinjohn
jobinjohn
26 November 2009

Should I Paint before I move in???

Should I Paint before I move in???
WA

Hey Swarvy and Thudd, Thanks for the suggestions. I guess I've got to dig more into this and make sure I get the right guy to paint. Pls keep the posts coming. Will keep…

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jobinjohn
Nov 26, 2009 1:30 pm
kes1984
kes1984
26 November 2009

variations - how and when did you pay for them

variations - how and when did you pay for them
WA

I know for me, my variations actually reduced the contract price by around $13k. I still had to make progress payments based on the percentage of the original contract…

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kes1984
Nov 26, 2009 2:45 pm
kes1984
kes1984
26 November 2009

Slow build progress

Slow build progress
VIC

there are times where not much happens. I am onto week 19 currently. Weeks 12-16 saw hardly any work done. Prior to that 4 week down time, everything was going nice and…

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kes1984
Nov 26, 2009 2:49 pm
kes1984
kes1984
26 November 2009

Questions re handover

Questions re handover
VIC

crap! lol Yeah, I get what you're saying. I have to make sure it's all correct. Have been staying on top of things from the start - found they did the BIR at 2200 high…

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kes1984
Nov 26, 2009 3:09 pm
principessa
principessa
26 November 2009

What do I need for first home owners grant?

What do I need for first home owners grant?

Usually the JP or whoever is certifying the copy can just put their stamp on the first page and certify that the front page "and the following pages" are a true and…

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principessa
Nov 26, 2009 4:01 pm
principessa
Markus1984
Markus1984
26 November 2009

Rawson Homes

Rawson Homes
NSW

Hi Gambit Great to hear that there's another builder interested in the Bedarra.. Where abouts you building ? Eventually settled on the Majestic Facade (as displayed @…

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Markus1984
Nov 26, 2009 4:10 pm
kes1984
kes1984
26 November 2009

Which stage take longest time to complete?

Which stage take longest time to complete?

oh damn! My tiling was just done late last week! lol

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kes1984
Nov 26, 2009 5:48 pm
Fernyhouse
Fernyhouse
26 November 2009

Tips for chosing carpet?

Tips for chosing carpet?

ooh I love the idea of double layer underlay. I think I MUST include that in my budget now. Remember that carpeting is not too difficult to replace so you can easily do…

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Fernyhouse
Nov 26, 2009 8:03 pm
vid
vid
26 November 2009

PCI inspection tomorrow for EBH Metro 29

PCI inspection tomorrow for EBH Metro 29

We had our PCI today and our SS who is great said that if we notice anything when we move in let him know and he will get it fixed, he told us we can't be expected to see…

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vid
Nov 26, 2009 9:23 pm
vid
mpcj
mpcj
26 November 2009

To spa or not to spa...

To spa or not to spa...
VIC

hahahaha :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: could be a winner....oh yeah back to the kid factor :lol: :lol:

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mpcj
Nov 26, 2009 10:00 pm
mpcj
moogle
moogle
27 November 2009

Recommendation for good fencer in western suburb?

Recommendation for good fencer in western suburb?
VIC

Thank you both melissa81 and enzo, can you please pm me contact details?

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moogle
Nov 27, 2009 12:19 am
dadandsue
dadandsue
27 November 2009

The NASTY HIA RED QLD CONTRACT NOT HAPPY

The NASTY HIA RED QLD CONTRACT NOT HAPPY
QLD

So I deleted a number of clauses including the "unforseen circumstances" which is basically an open ended possibility of extra costs. The builder was concerned that he…

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dadandsue
Nov 27, 2009 12:36 pm
Casa2
Casa2
27 November 2009

slab size laid smaller than plans.

slab size laid smaller than plans.
1, 2

Mr X - who measured the slab and came up with the 50mm and 20mm short? Is this your measurement? the builders? the third party engineer? (please…

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Casa2
Nov 27, 2009 7:41 pm

here is an updated pic that might help explain my problem... you can see how far across we would need to move it to get it out of the road and that is why i am wondering…

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Em and Jim
Nov 27, 2009 11:55 pm
Em and Jim
mandylee0216
mandylee0216
28 November 2009

Refund for Unused Concrete ?

Refund for Unused Concrete ?
NSW
1, 2

Binet homes also have some houses that are for sale. The houses look brilliant, it is also a good choice to buy a house that is already built. But if you prefer a brand…

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mandylee0216
Nov 28, 2009 12:52 am
corked
corked
28 November 2009

Applying for extension to FHOB commencement date

Applying for extension to FHOB commencement date

Thanks for the info peoples. We might be in a similiar situation. Hope all goes well for you. :D

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corked
Nov 28, 2009 8:58 am
brendondanielle
brendondanielle
28 November 2009

Need help choosing a brick!

Need help choosing a brick!

Out of the 2 of them I really like the newport. We were tossing up between these 2 bricks as well. We ended up upgrading to cat 3 Hawthorn. You can ring Austral and they…

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brendondanielle
Nov 28, 2009 11:02 am
Pixelated
Pixelated
28 November 2009

Rain on colourbond roof?

Rain on colourbond roof?

I think it depends on many factors including *where* you are. In NSW (where I am) CB roofs can be more expensive than tiles simply because there are fewer CB…

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Pixelated
Nov 28, 2009 9:10 pm
Pixelated
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CarolineJ
Nov 28, 2009 9:15 pm
Lex
Lex
28 November 2009

The role of a building surveyor.

The role of a building surveyor.
VIC

Oh, I just noticed this post!! My understanding is that King Willy was talking about the PCAs, not building surveyors hired privately by the owner. Anyway, I will say…

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Lex
Nov 28, 2009 10:21 pm
Lex
rocketleaves
rocketleaves
29 November 2009

Simonds homes building timeframe

Simonds homes building timeframe
VIC

I am also building with S at Mill Park Lakes. My slab was down on 18 Nov 2009. I wonder if we both have the same SS by the initials of AN? I was told by SS that his guys…

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rocketleaves
Nov 29, 2009 1:11 am
andy
andy
29 November 2009

Caesorstone or Laminate bench top in the bathroom

Caesorstone or Laminate bench top in the bathroom

Hi , Price is a factor for us ,what did it cost for stone in the bathroom and ensuite darling 2build . :z:

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andy
Nov 29, 2009 7:51 pm
katherineandadrian
katherineandadrian
29 November 2009

26 Weeks (for FHOG) are almost up... What do i do???

26 Weeks (for FHOG) are almost up... What do i do???

Well i sent off a letter requesting an extension and the reply that we got was that they required: * The reasons in writing for the delays in commencing within 26 weeks.…

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katherineandadrian
Nov 29, 2009 8:34 pm
Mel_24_
Mel_24_
30 November 2009

brick mailbox construction - anyone got a contact?

brick mailbox construction - anyone got a contact?

I can take a picture of it for you tommorrow if you want. Let me know. hi Staz 88, thanks for your help. no need to go to the trouble of…

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Mel_24_
Nov 30, 2009 9:56 am
danc12
danc12
30 November 2009

What goes in a tender?

What goes in a tender?
NSW

The more detail the better! That way there is little possibility of misunderstanding, you know exactly what you are going to get and the builder knows what he is going to…

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danc12
Nov 30, 2009 10:36 am
danc12
danc12
30 November 2009

Project Home Tender

Project Home Tender
NSW

Check this thread out viewtopic.php?f=31&t=26676 My experience was that going from builder to builder I really had no confidence in what I was getting and the price…

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danc12
Nov 30, 2009 10:51 am
jcjuice
jcjuice
30 November 2009

P class site and H class soil site cost?

P class site and H class soil site cost?
VIC
1, 2

Well we got the call back from the builder and lucky we were on there case about the above. They called up the engineering company and spoke with…

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jcjuice
Nov 30, 2009 2:02 pm
joshua
joshua
30 November 2009

Ecobrick Homes

Ecobrick Homes
WA

This is related to the topic I started here. Austral Bricks Urban Range Quality Question I am sure WA are much more fluent with eco bricks as well as US and UK people.…

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joshua
Nov 30, 2009 3:37 pm
kek
kek
1 December 2009

Shower heads

Shower heads
WA

If you're just changing a shower head with a standard fitting, it's easy enough. But the rain showers are usually ceiling-mounted, while standard ones are mounted on the…

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kek
Dec 01, 2009 8:04 am
kek
Uber Urban
Uber Urban
1 December 2009

New Homes in Eynesbury...... West Melbourne

New Homes in Eynesbury...... West Melbourne
VIC

It been a while since I have looked at this thread. We now have a slab and most of the frame completed. Things are going up so fast, I almost want to tell them to slow…

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Uber Urban
Dec 01, 2009 8:52 am
Lex
Lex
1 December 2009

Raising issues when you're not supposed to be there

Raising issues when you're not supposed to be there
QLD
1, 2

It probably depends on your SS whether or not they are happy for you to go there or not. Mine said that even though you shouldn't go…

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Lex
Dec 01, 2009 9:23 am
Lex
overwhelmed
overwhelmed
1 December 2009

Driveway

Driveway
VIC

We've been umming and aaaahing about driveways for a couple of months now and last weekend we paid a visit to Midway in Sunshine. It was fantastic...they have a big…

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overwhelmed
Dec 01, 2009 9:39 am
joles
joles
1 December 2009

End of the build to Handover process.....help!!!

End of the build to Handover process.....help!!!
VIC

I'm with PD and my PCI is the 8th, and handover 15th (two weeks,yay!). We had a pre PCI yesterday :lol: ... just a quick get together at the house with the SS to go through any…

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joles
Dec 01, 2009 9:48 am
joles
overwhelmed
overwhelmed
1 December 2009

Independent Inspector / Surveyor

Independent Inspector / Surveyor
VIC

We used Big Kev from New Home Inspections and he is fantastic and worth every cent for the peace of mind. We have opted to have 3 inspections. Frame, Pre-Plaster and…

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overwhelmed
Dec 01, 2009 9:53 am
mattym
mattym
1 December 2009

FHOG-NSW- What does construction commencement constitute to?

FHOG-NSW- What does construction commencement constitute to?

We lose 4 of the 26 weeks due to builders closing down over Xmas/New Year. I'm getting a letter from the builder to say that if it was any other time of year they would…

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mattym
Dec 01, 2009 10:29 am
Mel_24_
Mel_24_
1 December 2009

House at Lockup - is the Key kept on Site ?

House at Lockup - is the Key kept on Site ?

My bath spout went missing to, I wonder where they go? thats so weird!...the spout thief!!! im still waiting for my replacement.

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Mel_24_
Dec 01, 2009 12:00 pm
jaz_ben
jaz_ben
1 December 2009

Anyone building the achiever 203 with scott park homes?

Anyone building the achiever 203 with scott park homes?

Hi was wondering if anyone is building the acheiver 203 with scott park homes? It'll be great to see final finsh.

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jaz_ben
Dec 01, 2009 3:03 pm
cosmos
cosmos
1 December 2009

decking

decking

hey we're building a deck right now that is almost finished and we are using merbau and it looks great and its held out with all these horrible storm in melbs at the moment.

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cosmos
Dec 01, 2009 4:15 pm
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
1 December 2009

Our PorterDavis Cremorne 42: 14 months later

Our PorterDavis Cremorne 42: 14 months later

The couches were custom built using australian hardwood, australian fabric and dunlop foam. They were purchased from LUST firniture. I highely…

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House-To-Be
Dec 01, 2009 11:31 pm

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