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tinfish
tinfish
1 October 2009

keystart has annoyed me, pre start was yesterday!

keystart has annoyed me, pre start was yesterday!
WA

hi im building with blueprint homes in Baldivis, perth. been waiting awhile for formal approval with keystart, they where assessing us last week,…

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tinfish
Oct 01, 2009 2:52 am
tinfish
Beebob
Beebob
1 October 2009

thought i would share a useful website....

thought i would share a useful website....

They have made changes. There isn't as much info anymore on that site. When I went to it last time they had 6 houses with prices on it around the street i was studying.…

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Beebob
Oct 01, 2009 8:39 am
penny77
penny77
1 October 2009

M Price Rise

M Price Rise

We were charged a % for everyday we didn't build after 150 days of paying the deposit. This was due to our land as it didn't settle till June, I think we paid about…

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penny77
Oct 01, 2009 9:56 am
oze
oze
1 October 2009

H class slab, alfresco area always included?

H class slab, alfresco area always included?
VIC

Is it just a H class or H-something? We have on our contract: a) Provide "HD" class waffle foundation system to Alfresco are to suit site classification and…

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oze
Oct 01, 2009 11:56 am
oze
kiarabuild
kiarabuild
1 October 2009

Our build at Spring Mountain - PCI Done Today. H/o 9th Oct

Our build at Spring Mountain - PCI Done Today. H/o 9th Oct
QLD

congratulations ozzroo :: :: :: Great to hear your PCI went well and your happy with your build. It looks like we are both going to get our keys next week. We had an…

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kiarabuild
Oct 01, 2009 1:35 pm
Nathan SteelFab
Nathan SteelFab
1 October 2009

Fence blocking wall to be plastered. Should I be concerned?

Fence blocking wall to be plastered. Should I be concerned?

If that were my garage I would be wanting to have it rendered all the way to the ground and not just the top "bit". The open brickwork that is shown in the pics would…

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Nathan SteelFab
Oct 01, 2009 6:29 pm
Nathan SteelFab
www.ccc
www.ccc
1 October 2009

Perth Builders: Broadway, Ross Griffin, APG. Any experiences

Perth Builders: Broadway, Ross Griffin, APG. Any experiences
WA

I'm not sure about Broadway or APG but my friend is building a single storey 3x2 with Ross Griffin and the costs seem quite reasonable for a boutique builder. The home was…

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www.ccc
Oct 01, 2009 8:50 pm
www.ccc
www.ccc
1 October 2009

Cost for adding a Portico

Cost for adding a Portico

Oops i meant for the front like kek described, you know the roofed porch area as you go through to enter the front door.

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www.ccc
Oct 01, 2009 9:22 pm
metter
metter
1 October 2009

Site preparation

Site preparation
SA

I have just been advised that my footings variation has blown out. I am looking at reducing the cost where possible. Has anyone got the ground work done themselves (just…

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metter
Oct 01, 2009 10:14 pm
2pais
2pais
2 October 2009

Bianca Bricks with ?? roof tiles

Bianca Bricks with ?? roof tiles

I am leaning towards Bianca bricks from Boral. Could anyone suggest which of the following roof tiles from Bristle will compliment this brick. Here are my choices in no…

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2pais
Oct 02, 2009 9:18 am
juljas
juljas
2 October 2009

Who's getting the floor tiles done themselves? .. And ....

Who's getting the floor tiles done themselves? .. And ....

We asked our builder to leave the skirtings loose so that the tiler can secure them after he is finished. He said that he couldnt do this because then they would have to…

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juljas
Oct 02, 2009 10:16 am
singlemum2daughters
singlemum2daughters
2 October 2009

Deposit paid, decisions made!

Deposit paid, decisions made!

CONGRATULATIONS :z: That is great news, even better that you have found comfort in your new builder. My land settles next fri the 9th, so let me know how you go. once…

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singlemum2daughters
Oct 02, 2009 1:02 pm
singlemum2daughters
Daveky
Daveky
2 October 2009

Slab cost

Slab cost

Just found out that they've put 20 MPA in the footings when 25 MPA was specified so have to contact the engineer to see whether this will be ok. keeps getting worse and…

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Daveky
Oct 02, 2009 7:52 pm
wwfreeze
wwfreeze
2 October 2009

Fairhaven Homes

Fairhaven Homes
VIC

Congratulations, we are also building the Whistler and so far so good! I've built once previously with Henley and the process was hell! All…

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wwfreeze
Oct 02, 2009 9:05 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
3 October 2009

plastering ?? how long should it take

plastering ?? how long should it take

Yep, all of mine were done in a few days, but they did the cornice of my bedrooms and stopped. After the kitchen was installed they came back and did the rest of the…

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buildingwithhamra
Oct 03, 2009 3:09 pm
mickeyb
mickeyb
3 October 2009

Building with Met

Building with Met
VIC

You’re not that far at all. We had the same thing happen to us, never had a full walk through and they never take you out side to show you around the outside of the…

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mickeyb
Oct 03, 2009 3:37 pm
mickeyb
sanda
sanda
3 October 2009

please help - how did you choose your custom builder?

please help - how did you choose your custom builder?

Wow, thanks so much for your responses - a big help definitely as it seems you really can't miss any detail out!

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sanda
Oct 03, 2009 6:23 pm
paul.jason
paul.jason
3 October 2009

Sandarra, Sandhurst - Land deposit & payment.

Sandarra, Sandhurst - Land deposit & payment.
VIC

We're actually up the road at Marriott Waters, but had a strong interest in Sandarra prior to that.......wish I would've won the block given away by Eastlink a year or so…

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paul.jason
Oct 03, 2009 8:29 pm
paul.jason
cazoraz
cazoraz
3 October 2009

Austal bricks~Dampier

Austal bricks~Dampier

you can try Austral's website also that sometimes works to give you display home addresses that use the same brick. Its not always up to date though :?

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cazoraz
Oct 03, 2009 10:11 pm
cazoraz
superbadz1
superbadz1
3 October 2009

HELP!! Legal advise needed

HELP!! Legal advise needed

$500 .. If i was you I will pay for it first, so thing can get started. Then I will try to find the way to get that back. PS: Delay builder will cost you more money...…

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superbadz1
Oct 04, 2009 12:20 am
Madison30
Madison30
4 October 2009

Let the fun begin with the Madison 30!!!!

Let the fun begin with the Madison 30!!!!
VIC

Hi Guys, Sorry we have only just got the internet on. So we have been in our house for about 2mths approx now. It's pretty good. The painting and bulk head issues still…

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Madison30
Oct 04, 2009 12:13 pm
sher9002
sher9002
4 October 2009

IQ living

IQ living
VIC

Went to see our place today for a poke in the window, and its finished! We noted a few errors through the window a few weeks ago, got onto Jo (Joanne Hudson, IQs leading…

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sher9002
Oct 04, 2009 3:19 pm
makoby
makoby
4 October 2009

extra cost for m3tr!on to plaster garage??

extra cost for m3tr!on to plaster garage??
1, 2

11K!!?? ::: ::cry:: ::stop:: If you dont mind me asking, what did you add to have it go up that much?? We were thinking maybe an extra 8 power points, 4-5 external lights, an extra TV…

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makoby
Oct 04, 2009 8:30 pm
mudmap
mudmap
5 October 2009

My front yard has caved in!

My front yard has caved in!

If backfilled properly there should have been minimal subsidence but the reality they don't. I wouldn't be placing anything like turf untill you've had some good rain…

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mudmap
Oct 05, 2009 12:02 am
JML
JML
5 October 2009

Smart tiles in bathroom..cost??

Smart tiles in bathroom..cost??

Our builder has quoted us $45, which seems OK. My wife is concerned though, as she has a lot of hair and is worried about grate blockages using the smart tile. Anyone…

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JML
Oct 05, 2009 10:20 am
SharonC
SharonC
5 October 2009

Help with colours of roof please!!

Help with colours of roof please!!
WA

Thanks buildingwithhamra - I do prefer lighter roofs too, but hubby doesn't want house to look too washed out. I'll try and work out how to post my front elevation plan…

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SharonC
Oct 05, 2009 10:57 am
take2
take2
5 October 2009

Building with AVJennings (Gallery 265) in Brisbane

Building with AVJennings (Gallery 265) in Brisbane
QLD

We built with AVJ 8years ago, and lived in the house up until the end of last year, we never had major problem, the build went smoothly and the after build maintainance…

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take2
Oct 05, 2009 4:08 pm
take2
Andronicus
Andronicus
5 October 2009

how do you convert??

how do you convert??

If we apply the formula of: size of Y =/= X (size of Y does not equal X ) we get the well known phrase: "It's not the size of <insert Y here> that matters, it's the way…

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Andronicus
Oct 05, 2009 9:19 pm
eXume
eXume
5 October 2009

Double Brick house. No damp proof course!

Double Brick house. No damp proof course!
WA

Yeh turns out that they dont put in a physical barrier anymore just the dampco stuff. Would of been nice for the SS to tell me rather than just saying no. Ohwell. All the…

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eXume
Oct 05, 2009 9:30 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
5 October 2009

Front Door help needed URGENTLY!!

Front Door help needed URGENTLY!!

intersting combination. I would suggest going for something like this: http://www.locksgalore.com.au/?page=sho ... eadlatches That would solve your problem with needing…

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Andronicus
Oct 05, 2009 11:04 pm
cleoj
cleoj
5 October 2009

HELP! What colour pavers will go well with Sorbetto brick?

HELP! What colour pavers will go well with Sorbetto brick?

I'm interested in these colours too. We've built with Sorbetto, but teamed it with Deep Ocean colourbond roof and gutters. I think we'll go with charcoal concrete too, but…

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cleoj
Oct 05, 2009 11:10 pm
cleoj
milly_monster
milly_monster
6 October 2009

Am I dreaming if i want to be finished by Christmas...?

Am I dreaming if i want to be finished by Christmas...?
1, 2

My OH is reluctant to call our SS at all i wanted to make a few changes just before framing and it took him 2 weeks to call him . noe theres part of the roof that looks…

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milly_monster
Oct 06, 2009 7:00 am
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 12:22 pm
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 3:17 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 3:57 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 6:04 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 6:11 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 6:39 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 8:47 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 10:59 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 4:02 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 7:31 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 7:36 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 8:52 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 11:59 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 5:50 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 8:17 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 11:19 pm
Hels


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