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Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
4 November 2009

does anyone have tallowwood floors??.....Photos please!

does anyone have tallowwood floors??.....Photos please!

Some feature grade tallowood could be compared to a pin cushion - I'd look at standard grade

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Dukekamaya
Nov 04, 2009 9:26 pm
Dukekamaya
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Jose27
Nov 04, 2009 9:41 pm
Chedasha
Chedasha
4 November 2009

Confession Time: How often do you visit your site?

Confession Time: How often do you visit your site?
1, 2

I said hardly ever. As Its about a 140km round trip so not something you just do as daily trip. Probably once every so often when things happen we go down on a weekend…

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Chedasha
Nov 04, 2009 10:33 pm
arkanah
arkanah
4 November 2009

Brisbane knockdown and rebuild

Brisbane knockdown and rebuild
QLD

Hi, long time reader, first time poster :) yes it is possible. We are currently in the last throes of sub dividing a northside block. There was an old house on it which…

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arkanah
Nov 04, 2009 11:16 pm
Macy
Macy
5 November 2009

How much did your termitte protection cost?

How much did your termitte protection cost?

Sorry blessedpeople, I got a little confused there. I saw your reply on the other thread and for some reason thought you were the OP. That cost is much more reasonable…

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Macy
Nov 05, 2009 4:07 pm
mrs_smith
mrs_smith
5 November 2009

Grrrrr more fencing dramas!

Grrrrr more fencing dramas!

Very true. After I've calmed down for a bit, my fiance and I decided because they are letting him do some electrical work (something they originally said no to as their…

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mrs_smith
Nov 05, 2009 6:09 pm
mrs_smith
Aimen
Aimen
5 November 2009

Anyone building a Riva?

Anyone building a Riva?
VIC

Hi yer i am building a riva too very nice home just perfect. :D

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Aimen
Nov 05, 2009 6:42 pm
Aimen
mechx
mechx
6 November 2009

Gate automation

Gate automation

I'm buiding a telescopic gate using this idea: http://www.telescopicgate.com it seems to work (I hope :th: ). I'll post pix when it'll be…

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mechx
Nov 06, 2009 8:15 am
dmynott
dmynott
6 November 2009

Lock up to completion - how long?

Lock up to completion - how long?

Hey, just wanted to revive this as we hit Lock up yesterday. Really want to know how long if things go well till we get the keys. 15 weeks seems really long compared…

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dmynott
Nov 06, 2009 8:33 am
jimmalenko
jimmalenko
6 November 2009

Calling all Porter Davis / Metr1con people

Calling all Porter Davis / Metr1con people
VIC
1, 2

We have used MyMetr1con through the pre-construction phase and it has been reasonable ... but only as good as the CSC updating it. Often there can…

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jimmalenko
Nov 06, 2009 1:17 pm
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
6 November 2009

What defines a linen cupboard?? Our builder needs to know.

What defines a linen cupboard?? Our builder needs to know.

A linen cupboard definitely comes wth shelves. We had a slightly difference occurence (not as much drama though) Our plans showed linen cupboard in WIL. After handover, we…

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blessedpeople
Nov 06, 2009 4:32 pm
blessedpeople
Dreamhome2009
Dreamhome2009
6 November 2009

Help Please?

Help Please?

Initially we were planing to have two single split systems economical wise, cheaper for the installations as well, but now by doing so we are having issues with the…

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Dreamhome2009
Nov 06, 2009 5:30 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
6 November 2009

Soil Removal

Soil Removal

Our builder priced in $16.50 per tonne for removal. Originally we had just over 1,000 tonne due to a big cut of 2.6m from the rear - so $17,000 for removal discounted down…

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Andronicus
Nov 06, 2009 8:39 pm
maxyb
maxyb
6 November 2009

Are we being strung along

Are we being strung along
1, 2

Building is a funny game and one needs a lot of patience. Our schedule has run like this Land Settlement - 27/07/09 Building Permit Issued - 10/09/09 Construction Start -…

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maxyb
Nov 06, 2009 9:52 pm
maxyb
Annietom
Annietom
6 November 2009

Thoughts please! Final Stage invoice & bank query

Thoughts please! Final Stage invoice & bank query

yeah chicky, i think the builders just made a mistake when they issued the $190K invoice, they just don't want to admit it!!! ( A Builder, not admit a mistake - NEVERRRRR!!! haha)

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Annietom
Nov 06, 2009 11:29 pm
Annietom
hakenspit
hakenspit
7 November 2009

Building in Perth

Building in Perth
WA

Hi, Firstly apologies I know tehre is no such thing as a stupid questions just stuid people of which I feel like I am one! (ehehe) Stumbled across this site whilst…

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hakenspit
Nov 07, 2009 1:16 pm
J&K
J&K
7 November 2009

Sydney Home building List

Sydney Home building List
NSW

We are still in Design but geting close. Location: Picnic Point Architect: MDA Architects Builder - TBA Stage: Subdivision DA submittted I guess it is time to start my…

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J&K
Nov 07, 2009 2:09 pm
J&K
suh
suh
7 November 2009

worry about paint colour 'lexington' opinions please

worry about paint colour 'lexington' opinions please

It's definitely not white. We were advised to use it next to our white tiles in the powder rooms but it's wasn't white enough.

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suh
Nov 07, 2009 5:23 pm
suh
kec2712
kec2712
7 November 2009

Window Tinting

Window Tinting

we are getting the front windows done because the sun rises there in the morning plus for privacy and the back of the house because the large slider leads to the back…

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kec2712
Nov 07, 2009 5:47 pm
Casa2
Casa2
7 November 2009

Need some advice on liquidated damages

Need some advice on liquidated damages

To me it's clear: 1) The standard HIA contract mentions that the builder needs to give the owner written notice of an entitlement to an extension of time - done within 10…

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Casa2
Nov 07, 2009 8:05 pm
shell83
shell83
8 November 2009

What is the WORST Part of the whole Building Process ?

What is the WORST Part of the whole Building Process ?
VIC
1, 2

Also finances for us, we had two lots of loan documents sent out from the bank with mistakes. Took 8 weeks to get it rectified. All they needed to do was just change one…

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shell83
Nov 08, 2009 12:46 am
shell83
kek
kek
8 November 2009

Colour schemes

Colour schemes

Also have a play with some of the online visualisers. Colorbond has one that's quite good - you can choose roofing (only Colorbond,of course, but at least you can get an…

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kek
Nov 08, 2009 10:49 am
kek
Djelibeybi
Djelibeybi
8 November 2009

Homestead Tan Bricks - Are they Category 1?

Homestead Tan Bricks - Are they Category 1?

No idea. Depends on the number of bricks your house…

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Djelibeybi
Nov 08, 2009 11:15 am
Chedasha
Chedasha
8 November 2009

Help required Atwell WA

Help required Atwell WA
WA

Oh I feel for you. We just went through the whole process of trying to find somewhere to stay from Dec to about March as our lease it up come Dec and owners are being…

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Chedasha
Nov 08, 2009 2:56 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
8 November 2009

My light switch rant

My light switch rant

I also forgot the light switch from the garage. My builder moved 2 light switches to the outside of the bathroom and powder room, as they were too close to water. The…

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buildingwithhamra
Nov 08, 2009 6:57 pm
len929
len929
8 November 2009

Boundary and windows

Boundary and windows
NSW

Hi have you considered glass bricks? They have a good fire rating. I looked into them they other day for a boundary wall but my DA approval has no windows on bndry wall so…

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len929
Nov 08, 2009 7:46 pm
Matboy
Matboy
8 November 2009

Land Level Issues

Land Level Issues
NSW

Hi, thanks for your response! :: We were not giving any real surveys from the developer. However the builders plans note a 100mm difference between heights. These heights…

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Matboy
Nov 08, 2009 10:19 pm
Lex
Lex
8 November 2009

does anyone have any ideas about the cost of screed?

does anyone have any ideas about the cost of screed?

Which city are you in? I've heard about 25-35 dollars psqm.

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Lex
Nov 08, 2009 10:39 pm
Lex
dadandsue
dadandsue
8 November 2009

Dixon Homes

Dixon Homes
QLD

Usually a franchise so I would suggest doing a BSA search on the owning company of the franchise you are dealing with. This will tell you what their record is like

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dadandsue
Nov 08, 2009 10:47 pm
swarvy
swarvy
8 November 2009

Painting

Painting

For the most part a new home is built useing around a dozen trade contractors and then retail suppliers and fitters i.e Blinds cupboard sliders etc, A builders Job is…

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swarvy
Nov 08, 2009 11:53 pm
Medsy
Medsy
9 November 2009

How sad am I?

How sad am I?

I used a local guy a mate put me onto.... He charged me $600 flat for the job for the site scrape - semi clean with fair amount of shrubs....turned out it was about 54…

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Medsy
Nov 09, 2009 7:45 am
rlay1
rlay1
9 November 2009

Is this the worst plumber ever? can you beat this?

Is this the worst plumber ever? can you beat this?
VIC

Haha, it was winter so it could've been steaming! When the toilet was installed, there was no water going into the cistern. At this stage, the hot water unit had not yet…

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rlay1
Nov 09, 2009 9:54 am
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
9 November 2009

Damage and theft

Damage and theft
1, 2, 3, 4

jackjellybean, i dont know how your SS can have the nerve to ask you to drive by another M house and take their excess tiles, that's just so so bad :n: He should pull his…

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blessedpeople
Nov 09, 2009 10:54 am
blessedpeople
AndreaA
AndreaA
9 November 2009

Independent Building Inspectors

Independent Building Inspectors
VIC

Thanks, for the responses. I've just found out that building on my land started last week and the only reason I found that out was because I went for a drive to see what…

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AndreaA
Nov 09, 2009 2:21 pm
D&SG
D&SG
9 November 2009

Plantation Home Building Supervisors

Plantation Home Building Supervisors

Sorry, I can't comment on your query. I just kind of cringe when I see people post full names of others without their knowledge. If you're not willing to post your own,…

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D&SG
Nov 09, 2009 5:50 pm
D&SG
cyberman
cyberman
9 November 2009

Example invoice please

Example invoice please

I think all they need to say is Progress Payment No XX, with your name and some sort of contract description (as the contract has details of the progress payments you…

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cyberman
Nov 09, 2009 6:59 pm
cyberman
Candylea
Candylea
9 November 2009

contracts - practical completion, payment points , damages

contracts - practical completion, payment points , damages

Don't know about other builders... but where I work, you don't get your keys until you've paid everything. Saying that, they would have completed everything so you don't…

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Candylea
Nov 09, 2009 9:43 pm
Candylea
Annietom
Annietom
9 November 2009

Please help me, I need a Landscape Plan.

Please help me, I need a Landscape Plan.
VIC

my local nursery Grevillea in Werribee did my landscape plan (front & back) for $500 - on computer... pretty good too

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Annietom
Nov 09, 2009 10:55 pm
Annietom
kek
kek
10 November 2009

advice on downlights that are incorrectly located

advice on downlights that are incorrectly located

It's a ridiculous shortcoming in the design process - there should be a simple computer application where the electrical plan can be overlaid on the roof truss…

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kek
Nov 10, 2009 8:17 am
kek
DIVYA
DIVYA
10 November 2009

kitchen caeserstone different to bathrooms?? opinions??

kitchen caeserstone different to bathrooms?? opinions??

I have different colors in kitchen and bath, ensuite,powder room. In Kitchen, i went with Zulu caesarstone benchtop and cabinets: Stipple seal and overhead cabinets :…

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DIVYA
Nov 10, 2009 12:47 pm
Moogles
Moogles
10 November 2009

First Draft Delays

First Draft Delays
NSW

Ours was within 2 weeks, this however was just a starting sketch, and was with an independent architect, so don't know whether this would make it any quicker...? Hope you…

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Moogles
Nov 10, 2009 2:49 pm
kek
kek
10 November 2009

Need some assistance - PD Stanford 24

Need some assistance - PD Stanford 24
VIC

Things can be a bit different between the different ranges, so I can't really tell you what's normal for an Access home (we built a Prestige). But you should be able to…

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kek
Nov 10, 2009 4:35 pm
kek
rocketleaves
rocketleaves
10 November 2009

Slab in hot weather

Slab in hot weather

I am happy that my slab can be done by end of this week, nice dry weather around low 30+ is ok to lay the slab. If the weather is too rainy then there's might need to be…

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rocketleaves
Nov 10, 2009 5:08 pm
calzo
calzo
10 November 2009

M3tr!con people....timeline before building starts??????

M3tr!con people....timeline before building starts??????

We signed our contracts the 8th of may and site start was the 23rd July. We'll be in just after christmas

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calzo
Nov 10, 2009 6:07 pm
buzz
buzz
10 November 2009

from council stamp to site scrape..how long?

from council stamp to site scrape..how long?

Similar to ebyelyakov.... Council approval 13th July, then everything went to the bank they issued ACC on 23rd July, Site start for us was to be within 20 days (business…

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buzz
Nov 10, 2009 8:25 pm
buzz
MagicJ
MagicJ
10 November 2009

We got our keys today!

We got our keys today!

Fabulous news, Caroline, congratulations ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: !!! Hanging out for the pics ::smile:: !

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MagicJ
Nov 10, 2009 8:46 pm
MagicJ


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