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Helyn
Helyn
20 August 2009

Questions on progressing house and land package

Questions on progressing house and land package

House/land packages often include fixed footing costs as the soil tests have been done by the builder.The builder has usually done them already before the package is…

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Helyn
Aug 20, 2009 9:05 am
Helyn
Edward
Edward
20 August 2009

Survey Peg missing due to developer

Survey Peg missing due to developer

Thanks for all your suggestions. I really appreciate it! I went to the block yesterday and tried locating all the pegs but to no avail. The back of the lot has lots of…

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Edward
Aug 20, 2009 9:14 am
ring09
ring09
20 August 2009

New Member - building costs in future.

New Member - building costs in future.

Hello, I am building a 24sq incl garage and costing approx 6700 base price house, no site costs included or any promo deal, with these included it's $7600. I would like…

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ring09
Aug 20, 2009 11:11 am
ring09
Peppi
Peppi
21 August 2009

NEW HOME

NEW HOME
VIC

Thanks for the reply. Well your experience sounds horrifying. How has it all turned out? I’m currently waiting for building permits to begin building. How long did the…

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Peppi
Aug 21, 2009 9:58 am
billdsl
billdsl
21 August 2009

What constitutes a "fixing stage" in general

What constitutes a "fixing stage" in general

it would be good if someone created an "average builder" stage breakdown and stickied for all of us building noobs

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billdsl
Aug 21, 2009 3:16 pm
billdsl
aya99
aya99
21 August 2009

Rainwtr tank required in a recycle water area,is it normal?

Rainwtr tank required in a recycle water area,is it normal?
NSW

My Baulkham Hills council required a minimum 9000 litres although our land is in a recycle water area, is this normal? My solicitor or the agent, who sold the land, didn't…

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aya99
Aug 21, 2009 4:03 pm
aya99
Salt&Pepper
Salt&Pepper
21 August 2009

CARLISLE HOME, ALAMANDA , Bradford 21

CARLISLE HOME, ALAMANDA , Bradford 21
VIC

I just hope all our builds go well seeing there will be so many of us building at the same…

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Salt&Pepper
Aug 21, 2009 6:14 pm
Salt&Pepper
Marclau
Marclau
21 August 2009

Needing advice about Carlisle

Needing advice about Carlisle
VIC

Thanks S & P And great advice and could'nt agree more..........In fact that is where my problem is !! We can see ourselves living in both but a double storey would be…

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Marclau
Aug 21, 2009 8:20 pm
Marclau
ani
ani
21 August 2009

Scott Park homes!

Scott Park homes!
WA

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=18401 Here's my thread. You can read all about it here!

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ani
Aug 21, 2009 8:42 pm
ani
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
21 August 2009

I am now ...

I am now ...
NSW

Congratulations Judie! With all the hiccups with Wincrest it's wonderful to see you have come through the other side with a smile! ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: Now where are the photos?????

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buildingadreamhome
Aug 21, 2009 9:05 pm
buildingadreamhome
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onc_artisan
Aug 21, 2009 9:17 pm
onc_artisan
kexkez
kexkez
21 August 2009

Internal Painting - WA v eastern states

Internal Painting - WA v eastern states
WA

the wait time in the west is to allow the plaster time to completely dry. depending on when your roof/plaster went on. they suggest best to leave 4-6 months. less time…

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kexkez
Aug 21, 2009 11:09 pm
kexkez
lisanne
lisanne
22 August 2009

Handover- how picky were you?

Handover- how picky were you?

Will the chip in the tiles bug and annoy you for a long time? If yes then get it fixed :) I have quite a few chips in my bricks but I'm not that fussed as with my type of…

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lisanne
Aug 22, 2009 11:13 am
thechlochlo
thechlochlo
22 August 2009

Help need Feedback should this slab hold water like this

Help need Feedback should this slab hold water like this

This is pretty common when floor plates have been placed as the water will pond with no where to run off. Once the DPC (Damp Proof Course) is…

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thechlochlo
Aug 22, 2009 12:28 pm
thechlochlo
fully
fully
22 August 2009

capped water to fridge space.

capped water to fridge space.

Does anyone have a pic of what it should look like once its completed???

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fully
Aug 22, 2009 2:01 pm
leesy
leesy
22 August 2009

Newbie Building In Cascades on Clyde...

Newbie Building In Cascades on Clyde...
VIC

Hi, We are also building in Cascades. Our block came up as a "MD" soil, which is not as bad as a P, but worse than an M. It wasnt the fill that was the problem, just…

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leesy
Aug 22, 2009 2:54 pm
leesy
jspitz
jspitz
22 August 2009

builder has laid wrong tiles and painted walls wrong colour

builder has laid wrong tiles and painted walls wrong colour

Hi, we had a similar problem with our M tilers. We had wrong tiles in rooms, wrong orientation of tiles and them asking me where what tiles went where as they couldn't…

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jspitz
Aug 22, 2009 6:13 pm
chickad23
chickad23
22 August 2009

Eve Cranbourne

Eve Cranbourne
VIC
1, 2

Hi Deepa I am building in Stage 1 at Eve and Stockland are providing our fencing. I dont remember seeing a requirement that you had to have fencing up before you move on…

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chickad23
Aug 22, 2009 6:14 pm
JuiceMoose
JuiceMoose
22 August 2009

How well do you get on with your builder?

How well do you get on with your builder?
VIC

I'm sure nearly all builders start out with the best of intentions but as an earlier post advises, they just get busy and overworked and things start falling through the…

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JuiceMoose
Aug 22, 2009 7:00 pm
Sierra
Sierra
22 August 2009

Screw piles in the slab - What For??

Screw piles in the slab - What For??

We have 21 concrete piers under our slab located in the areas where there is fill (the back half of the house where the fill is from the cut and fill and along one side…

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Sierra
Aug 22, 2009 11:21 pm
Sierra
Marclau
Marclau
22 August 2009

Were your site costs blown out of the water?

Were your site costs blown out of the water?
VIC

Hang in there Rowena......... I know your probably upset but i can honestly tell you, and speaking from experience, open dialogue is better.....even being frank with them…

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Marclau
Aug 22, 2009 11:28 pm
Marclau

Having gone through this process myself I can explain it a little. The affinity range comes with spas, upgraded front door, better kitchen appliances and a larger…

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Zerosignal
Aug 23, 2009 11:32 am
wallacetai
wallacetai
23 August 2009

UrbanEdge Exceed 49 Inclusions ~

UrbanEdge Exceed 49 Inclusions ~
VIC

Thanks for the comments, Actually, I am choosing just the Urban Options (with Exceed 49 offer for $9,000) NOT the Edge Series ~ as I couldn't afford that ~ The house…

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wallacetai
Aug 23, 2009 6:21 pm
Brosman
Brosman
23 August 2009

garage door colour

garage door colour

yeah, I guess building with a private builder has been good in terms of flexibility. We have changed out minds on a few things at the last moment. It can work both ways…

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Brosman
Aug 23, 2009 8:42 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
23 August 2009

how to compare builders when they want $$$ to fix price?

how to compare builders when they want $$$ to fix price?

in sa, builders cannot charge you a hefty deposit, they can only charge you for work done such as soil tests, contour plans etc. once you pay for a soil test the builder…

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buildingwithhamra
Aug 23, 2009 10:44 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
23 August 2009

Timeframe advice

Timeframe advice

What does your contract say? I would check with your SS to get a rough guide for finishing contract guidelines are rubbish, mine has 15…

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buildingwithhamra
Aug 23, 2009 10:51 pm
d3p
d3p
23 August 2009

Newbie question: How far can you negotiate price?

Newbie question: How far can you negotiate price?

true that how do we know ? i wish it works just like ombudsman, where's there is watchdog to ensure the quality it's good, so builders dont "bully"…

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d3p
Aug 23, 2009 11:22 pm
mjl
mjl
24 August 2009

Invoices

Invoices

We are building with them also and they have sent the last 4 invoices early and I keep delaying them everytime... It truly is poor communication... The funny part is…

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mjl
Aug 24, 2009 9:46 am
Issy79
Issy79
24 August 2009

Henley Regatta 288 Floor Plan

Henley Regatta 288 Floor Plan

Hi, We are building Regatta 288 too. We wanted similar thing to open and close when ever we wanted and glass door. Just signed Tender, unfortunately we cant have cavity…

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Issy79
Aug 24, 2009 1:42 pm
MaisonDeBritts
MaisonDeBritts
24 August 2009

New User Intro & RAAF related noise question

New User Intro & RAAF related noise question
NSW

Hi Lisanne We are going to be the negotiators from hell on this if we go ahead. Thankfully there is a block nearby that is for sale OUTSIDE the zone... but it's a…

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MaisonDeBritts
Aug 24, 2009 1:57 pm
MaisonDeBritts
JJ305
JJ305
24 August 2009

Electrical Plan symbols?

Electrical Plan symbols?
VIC

Hi, We want to do our own electrical plan as we are building through a small builder. Does anyone know of a program/ website which allows you to do this?? A electrician…

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JJ305
Aug 24, 2009 2:39 pm
Pigdaddy
Pigdaddy
24 August 2009

Do you get updated on your build progess?

Do you get updated on your build progess?
WA
1, 2

Our builder doesn't update us. We update them hehe. We go to our site every wed. Haven't been called by our ss yet and don't think we will. We have a contact person if…

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Pigdaddy
Aug 24, 2009 5:13 pm
notgotapen
notgotapen
24 August 2009

House orientation advice

House orientation advice

cheers Macy that was really helpful and we'll be sure to check out the link you posted. ta.

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notgotapen
Aug 24, 2009 6:50 pm
dilla
dilla
24 August 2009

House and Land packages

House and Land packages

sometimes it's better to buy the block and choose your own house (if it's an option). we were looking at a house and land…

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dilla
Aug 24, 2009 7:05 pm
dilla
kb46
kb46
24 August 2009

Toilet Wall Tiling

Toilet Wall Tiling

Geez, I'm glad we had girls - LOL! ::wink:: We'll be…

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kb46
Aug 24, 2009 8:56 pm
Manda
Manda
24 August 2009

quick HELP needed for render colour choice

quick HELP needed for render colour choice

Does anyone have a picture of Colorbond Paperbark Render?

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Manda
Aug 24, 2009 9:55 pm
Manda
Andronicus
Andronicus
24 August 2009

Butlers Pantry - is it too expensive?

Butlers Pantry - is it too expensive?
QLD

my panty is 2.1x1m and shelving on 3 sides was $900. a tiled splash back are over $300 a m2. i cant help with…

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Andronicus
Aug 24, 2009 10:55 pm
TimmyDunlop
TimmyDunlop
25 August 2009

Site Supervisor - certificate expired!!!

Site Supervisor - certificate expired!!!

Approach your builders and tell them you want a new SS under the advice of the FTO. Better to cover your a... then to be spanked raw..

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TimmyDunlop
Aug 25, 2009 2:42 pm
Emmsie
Emmsie
25 August 2009

Catholic School at Doreen?

Catholic School at Doreen?
VIC
1, 2

Well, i checked it out with the planning department at the catholic education office, and there is no proposed date for the opening of a catholic school in Doreen. I was…

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Emmsie
Aug 25, 2009 5:02 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
25 August 2009

fixed house and land price

fixed house and land price

yep I am sure you can negotiate a higher price, lower I highly doubt it. Sorry not very helpul. I havent had any experience here but if you buy off the plan, and want to…

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buildingwithhamra
Aug 25, 2009 5:29 pm
kylznrobboSA
kylznrobboSA
25 August 2009

Insurance for owner supplied items

Insurance for owner supplied items
SA

Awsome, Thanx heaps for that!!! I'll call them tomorrow and suss it out. :z: Cheers, Robbo

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kylznrobboSA
Aug 25, 2009 5:37 pm
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Zerosignal
Aug 25, 2009 7:55 pm
d3p
d3p
25 August 2009

Privacy due to Fence height

Privacy due to Fence height

different people, different culture, different action

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d3p
Aug 25, 2009 9:39 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
25 August 2009

Tiling cost

Tiling cost

The one we have is about $21,573 without tiles. So the breakdown is $16,025.97 For total cost of tiling , $2599 for waterproofing (Dryflex membrane 47 m's…

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buildingwithhamra
Aug 25, 2009 11:16 pm

Building Inspections

Building Inspections

This is the bible that all builder must follow but some will try to short cut What is a reasonable standard of constuction and workmanship in a building project from…

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BuildingCostsEstimating
Aug 26, 2009 10:23 am
CoNNiE
CoNNiE
26 August 2009

What is this on the land?

What is this on the land?

I called the council, they told me it's a power box... it's a great block, so the challenge will be building a frontage that hides the box.

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CoNNiE
Aug 26, 2009 11:54 am


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