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picklemouse
picklemouse
6 October 2009

Picklemouse's House - more Photos uploaded to blog

Picklemouse's House - more Photos uploaded to blog

I have just uploaded a few photos to my blog to show our progess for anyone that is interested. Our plan has changed it is reversed and some of our colours have too. Check it out.

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picklemouse
Oct 06, 2009 11:22 am
picklemouse
JonG
JonG
6 October 2009

Buying own Oven/cooktop rather than Builders

Buying own Oven/cooktop rather than Builders

An update Builder will give a $1000 credit for Rangehood, Cooktop and Oven. Retail is approx $1300 worth so not too bad. However, just called…

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JonG
Oct 06, 2009 2:17 pm
JilaMint
JilaMint
6 October 2009

Upper storey extension - what material?

Upper storey extension - what material?

I think you'll find that comparing brick veneer to blueboard/weatherboard for insulation properties there will be negligible difference if you use a good quality wall wrap…

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JilaMint
Oct 06, 2009 2:57 pm
MrsRose
MrsRose
6 October 2009

Private Builder vs Volume Builder

Private Builder vs Volume Builder

Hi Sassy, My FIL is a building designer/builder and he has said that the cheapest he could build a 'standard' house would be at least $1200 - 1500 per sqm. We're getting…

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MrsRose
Oct 06, 2009 5:04 pm
MrsRose
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
6 October 2009

getting a sparky to put in some extras

getting a sparky to put in some extras
WA

I'm building with HBC in WA and they will not allow any variations what so ever after pre-start which is a pain in a backside. I now would like…

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pinkfairymagic
Oct 06, 2009 5:11 pm
pinkfairymagic
rcklbrt
rcklbrt
6 October 2009

5 Star Energy Rating - No dimmers???

5 Star Energy Rating - No dimmers???

I would say you should go for the one which save your energy...If you want detail on energy saving you can refer to http://earth-kiss.com…

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rcklbrt
Oct 06, 2009 5:39 pm
meldives
meldives
7 October 2009

Anybody built the same house as someone else in the street?

Anybody built the same house as someone else in the street?
NSW
1, 2

Meldives, that's cute...looks like a doll's house village or something. :D But yeah, it's nice to have some individuality. We have plenty of that.... :lol:

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meldives
Oct 07, 2009 7:47 am
Daveky
Daveky
7 October 2009

How long after pour can you drive on footings with excavtor

How long after pour can you drive on footings with excavtor

We've told the engineer about the concrete and he said there should be no long term problems with the strength but I only just checked the photos and dates for the pipes…

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Daveky
Oct 07, 2009 9:59 am
aya99
aya99
7 October 2009

Termite Protection

Termite Protection

Most builders give reticulated termite system as standard in Sydney, but some good builders give Termimesh. Not sure what's the difference.

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aya99
Oct 07, 2009 3:02 pm
aya99
jspitz
jspitz
7 October 2009

M3trIcon 'time limit' to have contracts signed....Question

M3trIcon 'time limit' to have contracts signed....Question

We could not get any appointment to see our CSC to sign the contracts for a few weeks. There was multiple mistakes on our drawings that had to get redrafted. We were…

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jspitz
Oct 07, 2009 6:31 pm
jspitz
jspitz
7 October 2009

Anyone heard of Dulux 'Bilby' and have any thoughts?

Anyone heard of Dulux 'Bilby' and have any thoughts?
ACT

Hi, we have used the Rameau color that is very similar to your choice. When we first saw it on our house it was quite striking and I wasn't sure if it was a too strong a…

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jspitz
Oct 07, 2009 6:36 pm
fartass
fartass
8 October 2009

SJD Homes

SJD Homes
VIC

I am building with them at the moment..... constrction hasnt started yet though. Have not had any issues yet

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fartass
Oct 08, 2009 7:52 am
Charlie28
Charlie28
8 October 2009

Conveyancer for building contract

Conveyancer for building contract
VIC

We decided to have a lawyer look over our building contract recently and it cost $300 for a two hour meeting. This is our first time building and we wanted to make sure we…

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Charlie28
Oct 08, 2009 10:59 am
jaelee
jaelee
8 October 2009

Tiling and finishes

Tiling and finishes

The tile shop sells the metal edging too.

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jaelee
Oct 08, 2009 4:50 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
8 October 2009

Wall wrapping / sisalation and double storey houses

Wall wrapping / sisalation and double storey houses

Usually after the bricking is done to the bottom and then the scaffolding will go up for the second floor. Well that's what happened with our…

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gettingThere
Oct 08, 2009 7:17 pm
Hels
Hels
8 October 2009

aarrggggHHH : Front door Issue - handover tomorrow

aarrggggHHH : Front door Issue - handover tomorrow

That really sucks about the door, what a stupid stuff up. I hope you can find something that you like just as much.

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Hels
Oct 08, 2009 10:19 pm
Hels
singlemum2daughters
singlemum2daughters
9 October 2009

Issues with significant trees & councils - SA

Issues with significant trees & councils - SA
SA

i think its a pretty well across the board. you'll likely find they'll have something similar.

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singlemum2daughters
Oct 09, 2009 4:41 am
singlemum2daughters
kiarabuild
kiarabuild
9 October 2009

Occupational certificates

Occupational certificates

You can get your COO during the week of PCI. Its basically a certificate to say that its fit to live in and usually your builder won't apply for it until your house is…

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kiarabuild
Oct 09, 2009 8:30 am
cyberman
cyberman
9 October 2009

Alarm System

Alarm System

I think…

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cyberman
Oct 09, 2009 9:20 am
cyberman
trepidman
trepidman
9 October 2009

Late Variation before handover

Late Variation before handover
VIC

It's a great feeling having a win and right before handover. You probably won't read this for awhile as you're moving in today. You'll probably log on some time down the…

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trepidman
Oct 09, 2009 10:23 am
trepidman
Uber Urban
Uber Urban
9 October 2009

Urban Edge - Bonus for November site start???

Urban Edge - Bonus for November site start???

Thank you for the suggestion, but I tried googling and either they never put it on the internet (we only saw a flyer at the display home) or I am not googling the right words.

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Uber Urban
Oct 09, 2009 12:09 pm
the mont
the mont
9 October 2009

3rd coat of paint (Teflon) - how can you tell?

3rd coat of paint (Teflon) - how can you tell?

wow - thanks Swarvy, so it sounds like we got conned into the 3rd coat then! I was actually going for the 3rd as the 2 coats they normally put on as project home builders…

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the mont
Oct 09, 2009 12:43 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
9 October 2009

Contractor has built the wrong house

Contractor has built the wrong house
QLD
1, 2

stano, are you still around? I remembered your FU... err... balls-up and wondered if you managed to resolve it. Just curious :)

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virgin-builder
Oct 09, 2009 5:02 pm
virgin-builder
bigred
bigred
9 October 2009

How to choose your OWN builder...

How to choose your OWN builder...
VIC
1, 2, 3

I realise you're not aware, but would it be possible to stick with Internet etiquette and not SHOUT at people or worse still…

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bigred
Oct 09, 2009 5:10 pm
bigred
kirsada
kirsada
9 October 2009

shans house- my own thread!!

shans house- my own thread!!
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

YAY - a SLAB ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: I bet your excited now?!!!!

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kirsada
Oct 09, 2009 7:17 pm
kirsada
Ari
Ari
9 October 2009

PD - House and Land Package

PD - House and Land Package
VIC

oh my....look at the colour of that kettle! Venga, I hope your land titles as expected. Ours was delayed 18 months and the wait is a killer.

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Ari
Oct 09, 2009 9:34 pm
btherl
btherl
10 October 2009

FHOG and contract - will we make the 31/12 deadline?

FHOG and contract - will we make the 31/12 deadline?
VIC

We bought land in Renaissance Rise stage 12, original expected title date was September 2009. They sent us a letter (which we can use if an…

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btherl
Oct 10, 2009 1:20 am
btherl
FND
FND
10 October 2009

DFH

DFH
VIC

Hi T-F build, Congratulations of your house being finished! I too am building with DFH and it is pleasing to know that DFH has done a good job. My build with DFH is so…

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FND
Oct 10, 2009 7:43 am
Pugs
Pugs
10 October 2009

at what stage of building does the .. ?

at what stage of building does the .. ?

first fix for plumbing and electical happens when the building is "water tight"

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Pugs
Oct 10, 2009 10:50 am
Pugs
angel
angel
10 October 2009

Help - selections now not available

Help - selections now not available

Hi kranskydan I know its very frustrating, dissappointing and inconvenient when your selections are not available. I had to reselect bricks, tiles and now have just this…

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angel
Oct 10, 2009 11:12 am
Daveky
Daveky
10 October 2009

Is a project manager the principal contractor

Is a project manager the principal contractor

not for ohs but for keeping within budgets and creating contracts. there has been an issue with contractors overcharging and because we've only taken over just now we've…

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Daveky
Oct 10, 2009 7:10 pm
leebee1
leebee1
11 October 2009

Calling Telstra BEFORE you build?

Calling Telstra BEFORE you build?

I hope you all excuse my ignorance here but could someone tell me this .... we have had our initial smartwire install (not by builder) and the rest will be completed once…

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leebee1
Oct 11, 2009 6:08 am
secondhome
secondhome
11 October 2009

Do you know this builder

Do you know this builder
VIC

Thanks EKT, I think i have to start…

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secondhome
Oct 11, 2009 9:24 am
makoby
makoby
11 October 2009

please show me your external colours

please show me your external colours

and if you could tell me what colour your bricks are aswell Thanks

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makoby
Oct 11, 2009 10:24 am
Salt&PepperMkII
Salt&PepperMkII
11 October 2009

NEWS: Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards

NEWS: Master Builders Excellence in Housing Awards
VIC

mickeyb, the only customer service awards I know of are the Australian Achiever Awards for Victoria’s Building & Construction Services/ Excellence in Customer…

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Salt&PepperMkII
Oct 11, 2009 1:27 pm
painter
painter
11 October 2009

This painting quote must be a joke! Got a better one YAY! :)

This painting quote must be a joke! Got a better one YAY! :)
ACT
1, 2

im a fully qualified painter/decorator with over 11 years experience, it does sound a bit too steep to me...the product is a bit more expensive to use, there is alot of…

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painter
Oct 11, 2009 5:13 pm
kek
kek
11 October 2009

How to count building days?

How to count building days?

If someone states 365 days (and thee is no definition), there is a strong suggestion that it's 1 year. Otherwise, why pick a figure that's exactly…

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kek
Oct 11, 2009 8:33 pm
kek
Jess88
Jess88
11 October 2009

Commodore Homes

Commodore Homes
WA

Thanks so much for answering my questions, I really appreciate it. We're at the very early stages still so I'm sure I will have many more questions/concerns as things…

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Jess88
Oct 11, 2009 8:34 pm
lynnebin1968
lynnebin1968
11 October 2009

Reprocussions WA Name and Shame register.

Reprocussions WA Name and Shame register.

it whould be Australia wide, maybe other builders and shires will get together and start something hopefully ::dizzy::

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lynnebin1968
Oct 11, 2009 9:50 pm
lynnebin1968
Maniradha10
Maniradha10
12 October 2009

Construction vandalism

Construction vandalism
1, 2

Thanks.. M building in Tarneit-Melbourne :) Will have to be careful as this can happy…

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Maniradha10
Oct 12, 2009 11:04 am
nornan
nornan
12 October 2009

Anyone building new house with Westminter Homes?

Anyone building new house with Westminter Homes?
VIC

Hi there, thanks for sharing me your story,i am constantly communicating with liason officer and i was told that carperter is not available and our access to driveway is…

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nornan
Oct 12, 2009 12:22 pm
just Erin
just Erin
12 October 2009

How long between contract signing and site start?

How long between contract signing and site start?

We're building with Henley and have our Pre-approval from the…

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just Erin
Oct 12, 2009 2:56 pm
Salt&PepperMkII
Salt&PepperMkII
12 October 2009

Problem solved - Carlisle Homes/ Technika microwave

Problem solved - Carlisle Homes/ Technika microwave
VIC

Thanks for your reply coljacqld. Our benchtop doesnt get warm, not that I can remember. Were still waiting for the new microwave and trim kit to be delivered.. :roll: Cant…

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Salt&PepperMkII
Oct 12, 2009 5:11 pm
nietzche
nietzche
12 October 2009

Carlisle or M3Tric0N

Carlisle or M3Tric0N

Had a look on the Carlisle webpage and I didn't see any of the double stories with a colorbond roof. I'd be…

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nietzche
Oct 12, 2009 6:21 pm
Annelies
Annelies
12 October 2009

Difference between off-white & 'white sand and grey cement ?

Difference between off-white & 'white sand and grey cement ?

'Offwihte' refers to the cement type not the sand colour :D Grey cement will never be 'offwhite'. Creme cement or bright and light or white as…

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Annelies
Oct 12, 2009 7:21 pm
Annelies
ibfragalot99
ibfragalot99
12 October 2009

Refund Deposit

Refund Deposit

when they give you your refund, they have to give you a detailed breakdown of the costs they have already incurred. only thing I'm not sure about - you say you've gone 40…

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ibfragalot99
Oct 12, 2009 8:59 pm
ibfragalot99
jodge
jodge
12 October 2009

Ducted vacumm

Ducted vacumm

Thanks heaps guys. Just one more thing, someone advised me against getting ducted vacuum due to high maintenance costs...is this true? We were looking at a Silentmaster…

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jodge
Oct 12, 2009 9:05 pm
jodge
kiarabuild
kiarabuild
13 October 2009

HANDY HINTS FOR FIRST TIME BUILDER

HANDY HINTS FOR FIRST TIME BUILDER

There is no such thing as having too many downlights.....we didn't put in enough at consultation and totally regret it :(

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kiarabuild
Oct 13, 2009 7:32 am
fairy blue
fairy blue
13 October 2009

position of laundry taps

position of laundry taps

Ours are in the laundry cupboard, with a hole drilled in the side to put the hoses through. The only problem with ours is that the powerpoint was supposed to go in there…

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fairy blue
Oct 13, 2009 4:45 pm
fairy blue


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