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Lancebishop
Lancebishop
2 August 2009

The building begins....**updated**

The building begins....**updated**
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Hey monkey looking great. Those roof tiles still look more black that brown to me. I love how yours look. I chose the Graphite in the marseilles style. With Leonora (red,…

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Lancebishop
Aug 02, 2009 3:34 pm
Beebie
Beebie
2 August 2009

Jo's Bridgeport..... guttering and fascia! 27/07

Jo's Bridgeport..... guttering and fascia! 27/07
1 ... 14, 15, 16

hey jo... don't know if you're still home-one-ing since you wont be updating this thread anymore. but just wanted to say I only just checked back in now after ages and…

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Beebie
Aug 02, 2009 4:00 pm
Beebie
danc12
danc12
2 August 2009

Styrofoam floaties

Styrofoam floaties

They are in the middle of the main floor areas, My biggest concern is that they cause problems from the termite barrier point of view. I guess they will fill them, since…

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danc12
Aug 02, 2009 4:02 pm
CarolineJ
CarolineJ
2 August 2009

New House broken into

New House broken into

A week after my mate had moved in, the tradies next door moved in whilst they were out at work and completely cleaned out all the new…

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CarolineJ
Aug 02, 2009 5:12 pm
dvs_dk
dvs_dk
2 August 2009

pipes too close to boundary?

pipes too close to boundary?

Thanks hunts01, i ended up speaking to our SS explained everything.

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dvs_dk
Aug 02, 2009 5:56 pm
dvs_dk
Jas 'n' Rach
Jas 'n' Rach
2 August 2009

Building in Hawkstowe- at lockup!

Building in Hawkstowe- at lockup!
VIC
1, 2

Have you noticed single storey house along Hawkstowe parade (further around from us, past the 'community centre', on…

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Jas 'n' Rach
Aug 02, 2009 7:26 pm
Manda
Manda
3 August 2009

WA Perth: The Floreat with Scott Park Homes

WA Perth: The Floreat with Scott Park Homes
WA

I have used housepect (http://www.houspect.com.au/construction.asp) once for a plate height inspection and will be getting them back for more…

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Manda
Aug 03, 2009 12:49 am
Manda
ozzybird
ozzybird
3 August 2009

Can someone help me out with soil classifications?

Can someone help me out with soil classifications?
NSW

Another Coral builder here. Ours was M/P class and what Coral quoted us is pretty much what we paid. The P is because we already had a bit of fill on the land.

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ozzybird
Aug 03, 2009 7:29 am
Felistopher
Felistopher
3 August 2009

exposed aggregate vs. coloured concrete

exposed aggregate vs. coloured concrete

Spot on 3win... I reckon if you do go the coloured concrete option, the only way to do it is to have the colour mixed in, otherwise it does peel off after a while in the…

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Felistopher
Aug 03, 2009 8:31 am
Felistopher
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
3 August 2009

Fencing on the side of the house: raked at the front or not?

Fencing on the side of the house: raked at the front or not?

Yep that's what mine looks like. Others in the estate have done it different though, just the one raked section, stops before the lower one. Or they do one raked one right…

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Dragonfly
Aug 03, 2009 1:02 pm
Helloween
Helloween
3 August 2009

Simonds - Building Variations

Simonds - Building Variations
VIC

They worry about the 3rd party doing damage. Well because of them not wanting a 3rd party in, I am having my heating and A/c done after hand over, but I have asked that…

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Helloween
Aug 03, 2009 1:22 pm
Helloween
mandystoj
mandystoj
3 August 2009

Architect/Draftsman Designs

Architect/Draftsman Designs
WA

I got quotes for an architect to build our Duplex.....highest was 30k lowest 4k, we chose 7k and he is doing great. I have found that he lets us do whatever we want but…

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mandystoj
Aug 03, 2009 3:30 pm
lisahello
lisahello
3 August 2009

SLOPING BLOCK DESIGNS

SLOPING BLOCK DESIGNS

We have cut our block (using our own contractor) and now are building a PD home Marina 42 - not split level but when we were looking at options I figured you have to have…

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lisahello
Aug 03, 2009 5:15 pm
rileysmum
rileysmum
3 August 2009

Slab classification in Gisborne

Slab classification in Gisborne
VIC

Thanks Jo, Am in very early stages of looking, we are currently living in a town an hour north of Melbourne on the Hume- not the greatest town and my husband would like…

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rileysmum
Aug 03, 2009 5:39 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
3 August 2009

Rain on Frame

Rain on Frame

Thank you. That makes me feel a little better :D

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virgin-builder
Aug 03, 2009 8:13 pm
virgin-builder
borg
borg
3 August 2009

Blue Rio brick with Monument/Woodland Grey roof???

Blue Rio brick with Monument/Woodland Grey roof???

my neighbour is currently building and has used Victorian Blue with monument roof the combination looks real cool and slick.

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borg
Aug 03, 2009 10:01 pm
borg
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
3 August 2009

Rheem Heat Pump for HWS - is it noisy? Anyone installed one?

Rheem Heat Pump for HWS - is it noisy? Anyone installed one?

Ours is not rheem but Dux (top mounted)325ltr I wouldn't say it was quiet :n: But then there is no road noise here :th: (just possums screeching and dogs) When the Fish tanks…

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onc_artisan
Aug 03, 2009 11:04 pm
onc_artisan
issy jo
issy jo
4 August 2009

Electricity Connection??

Electricity Connection??

I'm in SA and living in a shed on-site while we are waiting, waiting, waiting for builder to start. Because we already had the power running on to our property we got our…

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issy jo
Aug 04, 2009 12:22 am
issy jo
JohnAndTarin
JohnAndTarin
4 August 2009

Pebbles progress ...living and loving

Pebbles progress ...living and loving
WA
1 ... 12, 13, 14

Wow Beautiful hun bet your so excited to be in :)

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JohnAndTarin
Aug 04, 2009 7:59 am
JohnAndTarin
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
4 August 2009

Changing the plans, how much $$?

Changing the plans, how much $$?

Lots of houses are built around 300mm iincrements. This is because timber, steel, gyprock, frames etc are in 300mm sizes lengths and widths ie 450mm centres, 2 give…

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onc_artisan
Aug 04, 2009 10:34 am
onc_artisan
Judie
Judie
4 August 2009

We had our PCI this morning!

We had our PCI this morning!

Thanks Rosewood. I guess that means handover is Friday? Judie

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Judie
Aug 04, 2009 10:43 am
Judie
Draconis
Draconis
4 August 2009

Lighter Walls/Darker trims o Vice Versa..??

Lighter Walls/Darker trims o Vice Versa..??

Not sure if I missed it or not but are you going for a warm white or a cold white?

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Draconis
Aug 04, 2009 4:50 pm
Draconis
Andronicus
Andronicus
4 August 2009

Renting while building - Venting

Renting while building - Venting

We lived in Ealing Broadway for 2 years (West of London) last time we came here. Now we are…

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Andronicus
Aug 04, 2009 5:26 pm
mellybuilding
mellybuilding
4 August 2009

Slab going down, what does the termite barrier look like?

Slab going down, what does the termite barrier look like?

hey !! i built with clarendon and ours is a white plastic about 7mm (thick hard plastic) that sits slightly exposed after the first course of bricks. It then also has…

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mellybuilding
Aug 04, 2009 5:26 pm
mellybuilding
Rinny
Rinny
4 August 2009

$130 Council inspection fee - who pays???

$130 Council inspection fee - who pays???

Just to close out on this thread, spoke to M today and they are happy for me to send the invoice to them for payment.

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Rinny
Aug 04, 2009 8:01 pm
bluemetal77
bluemetal77
4 August 2009

Cost of Recycled Water System

Cost of Recycled Water System

I think we paid $1300 to connect to the recycled water ...

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bluemetal77
Aug 04, 2009 9:05 pm
bluemetal77
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
4 August 2009

Average Time Frames

Average Time Frames

I hope your answers are more accurate than ours. The actual work does not seam to have any bearing to the dates the builder gives :-(

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virgin-builder
Aug 04, 2009 9:40 pm
virgin-builder
Pugs
Pugs
4 August 2009

Congratulation to the tradespeople responsible for this.....

Congratulation to the tradespeople responsible for this.....

umm have a yell at them and donpt put all tradesmen in the same barrel...

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Pugs
Aug 04, 2009 9:56 pm
Pugs
vid
vid
4 August 2009

Sheds in SA

Sheds in SA
SA

Thanks Spud McDoug, I will check it out with the council. Vid

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vid
Aug 04, 2009 11:36 pm
vid
billdsl
billdsl
5 August 2009

Be nice if someone would sell me some insulation...

Be nice if someone would sell me some insulation...

Im terminating it in the study cupboard and have done a lot of reading and checking into how to cable it. Basically the norm is to keep it about a stud away from power so…

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billdsl
Aug 05, 2009 10:22 am
billdsl
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nh
Aug 05, 2009 10:54 am
Spaceopera
Spaceopera
5 August 2009

What do u think of this floorplan? comments appreciated =)

What do u think of this floorplan? comments appreciated =)
1, 2, 3, 4

Hi guys! We're also building the Harvard, we are building in Torquay. Our slab was laid on Friday and I'm going out to visit the site today to see the progress of the…

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Spaceopera
Aug 05, 2009 12:51 pm
stippy
stippy
5 August 2009

Any one building with dennis Family in Point Cook???

Any one building with dennis Family in Point Cook???
VIC

I know there is land & house package available for sale in Point Cook around $380,000-390,000. I think its a good area to live and its in the up market, trying to be like…

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stippy
Aug 05, 2009 4:11 pm
Ari
Ari
5 August 2009

Our Monterey

Our Monterey
VIC

I hope we dont have your Site Supervisor. All the best for Friday. Thistle, have you taken any updated photos?

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Ari
Aug 05, 2009 5:18 pm
houseofl
houseofl
5 August 2009

Rock Excavation- What to do????

Rock Excavation- What to do????
QLD

Hi seast, We struck rock during out site cut - which was about 9 weeks ago. After my experience with it I recommend taking the fixed price, but clarify exactly what your…

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houseofl
Aug 05, 2009 8:03 pm
houseofl
jcjuice
jcjuice
6 August 2009

Does anyone else have incompetent tilers?

Does anyone else have incompetent tilers?

our tiler isn't incompetent , but they did go on three weeks leave after finishing only half our roof. We've had half a roof for about a month now... annoying!

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jcjuice
Aug 06, 2009 1:00 pm
suh
suh
6 August 2009

What do i do - homeless in 5 weeks frombuilder incompetence

What do i do - homeless in 5 weeks frombuilder incompetence
1, 2

Well - still havent completed the FIX stage yet!!!! phoned VCAT - they suggested i consult a lawyer but cant see how that will help to be…

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suh
Aug 06, 2009 3:15 pm
suh
cazoraz
cazoraz
6 August 2009

P class site costs??

P class site costs??
VIC

spoke to our builders and they said instead of $5k it would be between $10-15k.....which isnt too bad i guess. we really love the block and location so i dont want to lose…

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cazoraz
Aug 06, 2009 4:23 pm
cazoraz
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
6 August 2009

How much PD charge for the timber look front door?

How much PD charge for the timber look front door?
VIC

Provide 2no. 2040mm high x 820mm wide Corinthian MAD104 front entry doors with translucent glazing in lieu of standard. $712 Provide Corinthian Translucent glazing to…

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House-To-Be
Aug 06, 2009 9:02 pm
Candylea
Candylea
6 August 2009

Is anyone waiting on Building Licence from Cockburn Council?

Is anyone waiting on Building Licence from Cockburn Council?
WA

Mine came in today! It's electronic, so it gets emailed. I assume your builder has it, or will get it very soon.

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Candylea
Aug 06, 2009 9:12 pm
Candylea
jeraldo
jeraldo
7 August 2009

My custom build [Planning] Dreams start somewhere!

My custom build [Planning] Dreams start somewhere!

What size/shape land is the house on ? What is the maximum size of a home in your budget ? You may be able to reconfigure the area to make it…

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jeraldo
Aug 07, 2009 8:55 am
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
7 August 2009

werribee line

werribee line
VIC

Sorry to hear of the car break ins Cococrunch & Eljay, That's horrible ::angry:: ::angry:: ::angry:: I have a friend who gets off at St Albans and his car (not a new one i might add) has…

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blessedpeople
Aug 07, 2009 9:18 am
blessedpeople
JJ305
JJ305
7 August 2009

Weatherboard vs Bricks - opinions please

Weatherboard vs Bricks - opinions please

4. We've been told that Weatherboards have a higher energy efficient rating as they have better insulation - anybody…

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JJ305
Aug 07, 2009 9:27 am
alk
alk
7 August 2009

Holding back payment until defects are rectified

Holding back payment until defects are rectified

i plan on doing the exact same thing as you.... its only fair, why pay for somthing that ur not happy with and thats not right

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alk
Aug 07, 2009 3:30 pm
alk
jojoeyes
jojoeyes
7 August 2009

Need advice on mortar finish! Ironed or Flush?

Need advice on mortar finish! Ironed or Flush?

I have to agree with Casa2 as well... We had flush mortar, and unless the mortar job is absolutely perfect, you will see the gaps, holes, etc.…

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jojoeyes
Aug 07, 2009 3:52 pm
ozzroo
ozzroo
7 August 2009

Question about Slope and site cost

Question about Slope and site cost
NSW

Yeah the dotted line on the first elevation gives you a good idea to the slope. It's funny as the pics of the actual block at the bottom of the blog don't look that steep.

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ozzroo
Aug 07, 2009 4:59 pm
wombat
wombat
7 August 2009

Worth upgrading from 8.5ft to 9ft ?

Worth upgrading from 8.5ft to 9ft ?

Hi We were going with 9ft right up to the evening before contract signing. Looked at the numbers at it was like, $5k difference. That's our Alfresco!

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wombat
Aug 07, 2009 5:01 pm


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