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lisanne
lisanne
21 September 2009

Practical Completion inspection

Practical Completion inspection

I just spent the last 20 minutes looking for this thread as my list is at home on my laptop and I wanted to print it off! Just thought I would bump this up for others to…

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lisanne
Sep 21, 2009 9:05 am
ken007
ken007
21 September 2009

Polystyrene with slab?

Polystyrene with slab?

Another function of the waffle pod is to absorb swelling in highly reactive soils. This prevents the slab from doming.

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ken007
Sep 21, 2009 9:24 am
ken007
su ann
su ann
21 September 2009

Is this house expensive to build?

Is this house expensive to build?

Thanks for the explaination. We're at Fixed price contract stage so hopefully a lot of these items will be spelt out. But I'll ask the question about site specific costs.

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su ann
Sep 21, 2009 9:39 am
2pais
2pais
21 September 2009

Drainage of rain water in gardens- new homes in brisbane.

Drainage of rain water in gardens- new homes in brisbane.

Good point there raw29983. I will have to check with the builder as to what they are providing in the plans.

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2pais
Sep 21, 2009 11:38 am
angel
angel
21 September 2009

Studio M Selections - How late is too late to change?

Studio M Selections - How late is too late to change?

Hi Aimeh I'm building with M, I suggest you talk to your customer service coordinator, I found mine to be very helpful when I had to reselect my bricks. It was aslo an…

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angel
Sep 21, 2009 12:57 pm
alk
alk
21 September 2009

DQH vs Burns vs build to lockup

DQH vs Burns vs build to lockup
QLD

I have nothing but praise for DQH. My parents built with them back in 1991 and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the house today. I've been in rentals between 1 - 3…

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alk
Sep 21, 2009 1:09 pm
alk
MrsRose
MrsRose
21 September 2009

Brick &garage door colours-pick1*UPDATED real life pics*

Brick &garage door colours-pick1*UPDATED real life pics*
VIC
1, 2

I voted for the choc brick with manor red door, but I think I like that combo without render :th: ... If you had the choc…

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MrsRose
Sep 21, 2009 8:27 pm
MrsRose
TamDaz
TamDaz
21 September 2009

How long did you slab take?

How long did you slab take?

Our Site scrape was on the 4th of Sept, we still do not have trenches for the footings yet. We were sent a letter today requesting an extension in time (per clause what…

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TamDaz
Sep 21, 2009 11:15 pm

Instead of self building you should buy portable . As they are easy to move from one place to other. I recommend you to buy portable WFPO from ilFornino. They have large…

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Mel&Em
Sep 21, 2009 11:26 pm
Mel&Em
FireFox
FireFox
22 September 2009

Anyone know anything about Stellar Homes in SA?

Anyone know anything about Stellar Homes in SA?
SA

Any updates? went to see them about a quote a few weeks ago and they have come back with something in our ballpark, and they build with materials other than…

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FireFox
Sep 22, 2009 3:33 am
FireFox
Beebob
Beebob
22 September 2009

Extra costs to include in the construction loan

Extra costs to include in the construction loan
1, 2

Thought I would give this thread a bump. Don't want people to forget to budget for some things. I certainly have... I think I will be using some fishing line as a clothesline

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Beebob
Sep 22, 2009 1:52 pm
Shelz
Shelz
22 September 2009

Building Talbot 28 in Craigieburn

Building Talbot 28 in Craigieburn
VIC

My cousin who built with M* had the same issue regarding the invoice being sent before completion of lock up stage. She rang head office complained and refused to make pmt…

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Shelz
Sep 22, 2009 2:09 pm
tinfish
tinfish
22 September 2009

Tiles or Timber/Laminate in Kitchen/meals/entry areas

Tiles or Timber/Laminate in Kitchen/meals/entry areas
VIC

are you serious?! they break/chip/crack so easily! I doubt you'd…

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tinfish
Sep 22, 2009 5:20 pm
tinfish
Southies
Southies
22 September 2009

Building Inspector recommendation in Sydney??

Building Inspector recommendation in Sydney??
NSW

pre-plaster means, brickwork is complete, all electricals & plumbing done ie all ready for the gyprocking

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Southies
Sep 22, 2009 5:58 pm
Southies
simpson
simpson
22 September 2009

Has anyone buy Tonnue and groove timber flooring in auction

Has anyone buy Tonnue and groove timber flooring in auction
NSW

Hi Simpson - I've previously bought timber at Laws Auction. Go to http://www.lawsauctions.com.au. You can view the timber in Sydney (Wetherill…

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simpson
Sep 22, 2009 6:26 pm
juljas
juljas
22 September 2009

Help with fencing dispute

Help with fencing dispute

Worth a thought. Thanks Lou. We already have quotes and can easily show them what we were prepared to pay. When they see the price difference it might make them change…

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juljas
Sep 22, 2009 6:42 pm
JohnnyD
JohnnyD
22 September 2009

What are the pitfalls of building with a small builer?

What are the pitfalls of building with a small builer?
NSW

We are building with Cavalier Homes Macarthur & so far they have been great.The thing we love the most is dealing direct with the builder & they only charge what they get…

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JohnnyD
Sep 22, 2009 8:56 pm
JohnnyD
phil74
phil74
22 September 2009

Could I install a satellite on easement

Could I install a satellite on easement

It basically depends on the type of easement - check with your council

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phil74
Sep 22, 2009 9:56 pm
NcgQ
NcgQ
23 September 2009

Chalk line between tiles and bricks

Chalk line between tiles and bricks

Hi My builder has used chalk to fill gap between tile floor and brick wall as he has cut tiles into different sizes and the gap between tiles and brick is very large. I…

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NcgQ
Sep 23, 2009 8:09 am
Pugs
Pugs
23 September 2009

Pre - Wire New Home - Reasonable price or NOT ?

Pre - Wire New Home - Reasonable price or NOT ?

industry standard is $125 per run, for any runs over 4 points it…

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Pugs
Sep 23, 2009 10:00 am
Pugs
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
23 September 2009

Is Occupancy Cert to be given at PCI?

Is Occupancy Cert to be given at PCI?

Westpac is great. CBA on the other hand insits they need the cert ::hyst::

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blessedpeople
Sep 23, 2009 11:28 am
blessedpeople
Djelibeybi
Djelibeybi
23 September 2009

Retaining wall recommendation - Melbourne?

Retaining wall recommendation - Melbourne?
VIC

Garry from is building our retaining wall. He's been great through the entire process. Don't…

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Djelibeybi
Sep 23, 2009 12:47 pm
borg
borg
23 September 2009

Tiling

Tiling

how do you actually know they are from two batches. To me it sounds like a cut and past answer. it sounds to well written to be custimised to your issue.

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borg
Sep 23, 2009 1:32 pm
borg
lisanne
lisanne
23 September 2009

Pre handover meeting- HELP!

Pre handover meeting- HELP!

I had my PCI yesterday and I didn't feel the need for an inspector as I think I have the worlds best SS! I've not had any real issues with anything through my build and…

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lisanne
Sep 23, 2009 2:01 pm
Sierra
Sierra
23 September 2009

Landscape Plan, did you have to get one?

Landscape Plan, did you have to get one?

We need a landscaping plan, it was part of the land contract and I always thought it was more developer requirements than council. I will have to check it out. I know…

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Sierra
Sep 23, 2009 5:13 pm
Sierra
danniellec
danniellec
23 September 2009

Building with Mirvac?

Building with Mirvac?

Thanks heaps, nice home we are looking at the Southport

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danniellec
Sep 23, 2009 5:36 pm
Poss
Poss
23 September 2009

Two storey time scales - from lockup to completion?

Two storey time scales - from lockup to completion?
VIC

Thanks Blessed, You must be so excited about your PCI.

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Poss
Sep 23, 2009 6:55 pm
Poss
Poochie
Poochie
23 September 2009

What colour render with dark brick?

What colour render with dark brick?

Crap! Having issues attaching the elevation!! ::angry:: I need compress it! Give me a sec!

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Poochie
Sep 23, 2009 7:02 pm
Poochie
Sierra
Sierra
23 September 2009

Question about upgrades

Question about upgrades

By upgrade package do you mean the promotion where you pay $1000 and get $30k worth of extras of something similar? Its a nice thought, but I dont by removing part of…

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Sierra
Sep 23, 2009 8:42 pm
Sierra
dvs_dk
dvs_dk
23 September 2009

Brickwork - can you see the issue?

Brickwork - can you see the issue?

Thanks guys - i spoke to SS and got the same answer. They have installed the lintel and brickwork above garage door. Most of the right hand side is also bricked - exciting! :z:

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dvs_dk
Sep 23, 2009 9:19 pm
dvs_dk
draco76
draco76
23 September 2009

Building process

Building process
VIC

went to the First Home Buyer seminar/presentation from Porter Davis today.. learned a few things.. and their house and land packages are not bad... :D

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draco76
Sep 23, 2009 11:10 pm
tinfish
tinfish
23 September 2009

Any more Seville Grove-ians out there?

Any more Seville Grove-ians out there?
WA

well i hope things get sorted and settled for you soon. It should be exciting choosing the flooring !! keep us posted with some pics! ya lot of changes happen very…

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tinfish
Sep 23, 2009 11:49 pm
tinfish
Hels
Hels
24 September 2009

Driveaway

Driveaway

Our exposed agg driveway was $93 p/m which included site costs. Coloured is costing $53 p/m. If you are in S.E Melb I can give you the details of my concreter as he's very good.

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Hels
Sep 24, 2009 9:58 am
Hels
Dettie
Dettie
24 September 2009

Metric0n in NSW or alternatives?

Metric0n in NSW or alternatives?
NSW

Thanks guys! I will give Wisdom a call. Dettie

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Dettie
Sep 24, 2009 10:17 am
yaslin
yaslin
24 September 2009

Burbank???

Burbank???
VIC

Thanks guys.. I found the other thread.. Will moev any further questions I have regarding Burbank there. Cheers.

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yaslin
Sep 24, 2009 10:24 am
misscrow
misscrow
24 September 2009

How does practical completion & handover work?

How does practical completion & handover work?

Well it can never be worry free, the initial mistake of putting the slab down without approval & then having to add a tiny extra piece is always on my mind. It continues…

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misscrow
Sep 24, 2009 1:09 pm
Eskay40
Eskay40
24 September 2009

Any suggestions about this house plan ? UPDATED 23/09/09

Any suggestions about this house plan ? UPDATED 23/09/09
1, 2

I was talking without the WIR. But, as I said, that's quite generous. 4 x 3.4 will be great, no problem with that at all :: They'll really appreciate that space as they…

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Eskay40
Sep 24, 2009 1:16 pm
Eskay40
jbdave
jbdave
24 September 2009

1st time builder...Advice needed please.........

1st time builder...Advice needed please.........

It wouldn't be hard for the builder to alter his roof plan and allow the roof line to run into a gutter at the front, in lieu of a box gutter in a parapet.

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jbdave
Sep 24, 2009 1:41 pm
mudmap
mudmap
24 September 2009

Builder stuffed up..

Builder stuffed up..

If it's a case of your word against theirs you do have rights. I suggest contacting your state consumer affairs (Consumer Affairs Victoria here) for advice. You are…

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mudmap
Sep 24, 2009 2:24 pm
borg
borg
24 September 2009

Fencing and building delays!

Fencing and building delays!

fencing is always 4-8 wait minimum. Ironically the better are probably the ones you have to wait longer for. Expect to pay atleast $45 per meter for a basic pailing fence.

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borg
Sep 24, 2009 2:30 pm
borg
Felistopher
Felistopher
24 September 2009

Signing contract with H3nley

Signing contract with H3nley
VIC
1, 2, 3

Mmmm. That is a bit different. But don't worry... If you suspect you're getting overcharged for any of these options/upgrades, ask us on here and I'm sure someone will…

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Felistopher
Sep 24, 2009 3:21 pm
Felistopher
royalblue
royalblue
24 September 2009

big holes in the plaster

big holes in the plaster

:roll: From the title, I thought this was Camelia posting about her probs again! :o But no. Sorry about your dissapointment. It'll be fixed right as rain before you know it! :) Ash.

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royalblue
Sep 24, 2009 4:06 pm
helen9
helen9
24 September 2009

When you move in

When you move in

We received a phone call from gas/electricity provider (they got our details from our builder) and got it changed over to our name. For the bins, we went on our…

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helen9
Sep 24, 2009 6:15 pm
C&C
C&C
24 September 2009

Have these bricks been cleaned??

Have these bricks been cleaned??

No rendering to be done - this is meant to be the completed product. I had another look at the house today at other areas of the brickwork and it's almost as if someone…

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C&C
Sep 24, 2009 6:51 pm
kek
kek
24 September 2009

Rainwater tank - Switch or Float..?

Rainwater tank - Switch or Float..?

I'd hate to be dependent on power to be able to flush a toilet. :? Could get stinky if the power company is a bit unreliable. :shock: Ours is the kind with a switch - no idea…

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kek
Sep 24, 2009 7:26 pm
kek
Emmsie
Emmsie
24 September 2009

Site costs in relation to fill-please help

Site costs in relation to fill-please help
VIC

Hi, When we did our soil test, our site cam back as being a P class. With that, and the allowance for rock removal, (which we are more than likely to get most back), our…

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Emmsie
Sep 24, 2009 7:33 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
24 September 2009

Boltic Pine Lining Board

Boltic Pine Lining Board

I would think a flooring type adhesive as its much more flexible. Liquid Nails do make a flooring adhesive as well. I guess the main thing is whether they are outdoor…

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Dukekamaya
Sep 24, 2009 10:42 pm
Dukekamaya


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