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Hels
Hels
16 September 2009

Certificate of Occupancy - what's the procedure

Certificate of Occupancy - what's the procedure
VIC

Oh Hels, just realized you put the blog back in your sig! :P Guess you don't have to worry about anyone reading it anymore. EDIT: Sorry went…

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Hels
Sep 16, 2009 1:42 pm
Hels
all the sand
all the sand
16 September 2009

Bricks: Austral Chocolate or Latte?

Bricks: Austral Chocolate or Latte?

Hi, I am having a similar problem at the moment trying to decide between chocolate and grange through austral. Im not having any render and was worried about it being…

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all the sand
Sep 16, 2009 2:31 pm
gaving
gaving
16 September 2009

block & building in alamanda - PC

block & building in alamanda - PC
VIC

1. we R buying a block in stage8, wat's the Soil condition's like at alamanda point cook? 2.does one have to pay land…

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gaving
Sep 16, 2009 3:30 pm
eXume
eXume
16 September 2009

Slab down for 2 days and Backhoe is driving on it

Slab down for 2 days and Backhoe is driving on it

Ok so all ended up being ok. Someone came to check it out, thanks Ivan! I chipped some slab away at the rear and the plastic sheeting was there, just hiding. Thank…

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eXume
Sep 16, 2009 6:07 pm
Micklou
Micklou
16 September 2009

Building with Clarendon

Building with Clarendon
NSW

Thanks for the tips justcamping. I notice you are in the Shire too. hmmmmmmm Hope your build goes really well. Cheers! ::smile::

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Micklou
Sep 16, 2009 7:58 pm
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
16 September 2009

Space required for Scaffolding

Space required for Scaffolding

Thanks Jon and Dave. I'm sure they'll work out something. I'm sure it's not the skinniest envelope they've had before! Every week there is something!! :roll:

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buildingadreamhome
Sep 16, 2009 8:12 pm
buildingadreamhome
just Erin
just Erin
16 September 2009

Aaron & Erin's WIR pendant dilemma - OVER!!

Aaron & Erin's WIR pendant dilemma - OVER!!
VIC
1, 2

Cant wear old shoes with a new dress. New dress needs new shoes... :shock: So that's what my problem is...

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just Erin
Sep 16, 2009 8:57 pm
just Erin
Jess09
Jess09
16 September 2009

Coral Hamilton 278, Handover Done

Coral Hamilton 278, Handover Done
QLD
1 ... 5, 6, 7

looking good raw! :: thanks for the pics and keeping us updated - i know there was some discussion with the tiler about the tiles being too dark, but i think the look great :z:

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Jess09
Sep 16, 2009 9:12 pm
Jess09
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cazoraz
Sep 16, 2009 10:27 pm
cazoraz
gsm
gsm
16 September 2009

Slab down Monday & framing up Wednesday?!

Slab down Monday & framing up Wednesday?!

Thanks all for the replies :) It's put my mind at ease a bit now..phew!!lol Was just worried that they weren't allowing the slab time to set b4 putting up the frame. …

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gsm
Sep 16, 2009 10:28 pm
roachy
roachy
16 September 2009

I'm getting disappointed with Kevin (house inspector)

I'm getting disappointed with Kevin (house inspector)

Not that this is any help to you, but I had Darren from Darbecca do an inspection for us yesterday and he had the report to me within 3 hours of him leaving the site. Was…

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roachy
Sep 16, 2009 11:23 pm
cazoraz
cazoraz
16 September 2009

Thinking of Pulling Out of our PD Contract

Thinking of Pulling Out of our PD Contract

Ooh I like the Monterey too, think I played in it at a display village recently :wink: A very decent sized kitchen you have there! Good choice :D

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cazoraz
Sep 16, 2009 11:27 pm
cazoraz
Jess09
Jess09
17 September 2009

Coral Homes Upgrade Cost $$, Bathroom, Louvers, Sound Proof

Coral Homes Upgrade Cost $$, Bathroom, Louvers, Sound Proof
QLD
1, 2

thanks for that website DS ::smile:: looks good - i definitely want a lovely native garden :P

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Jess09
Sep 17, 2009 1:10 am
Jess09
tc2000
tc2000
17 September 2009

What's the benefit to rendered a house?

What's the benefit to rendered a house?
1, 2, 3

We're building in Adelaide but living in London at the moment.…

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tc2000
Sep 17, 2009 2:06 am
vincy
vincy
17 September 2009

About the Boral Brick selection

About the Boral Brick selection
VIC

Maybe ask Boral to give you some address that used these bricks ?

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vincy
Sep 17, 2009 8:56 am
doghouse
doghouse
17 September 2009

Our Carlisle Monaco 32 - All moved in! Photos!

Our Carlisle Monaco 32 - All moved in! Photos!
VIC
1 ... 13, 14, 15

Thanks Sarah. Hoping for some lovely weather on the weekend and we shall be out there! :D Lights mostly done yesterday and loving them. Shall take photos on the weekend…

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doghouse
Sep 17, 2009 11:05 am
doghouse
starrrlet
starrrlet
17 September 2009

Sooty's house - Commodore Homes, Perth WA

Sooty's house - Commodore Homes, Perth WA
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Love the house Sooty. :) Was wondering what colour(s) your gutters/fascia are? Are they also electra to match the render? My roof will also be black astral tiles and a…

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starrrlet
Sep 17, 2009 12:45 pm
rj_louise
rj_louise
17 September 2009

Class M Slab, different grades??

Class M Slab, different grades??

Our soil report came back as requiring an M class (which was the standard inclusion) but we also had to pay an additional $3,000 as we required 21 piers due to the site…

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rj_louise
Sep 17, 2009 4:26 pm
mdzzj
mdzzj
17 September 2009

Porter Davis Site Costs

Porter Davis Site Costs
VIC

Hi ours is a H class waffle slab $12800 close to 38 sq house includes piering and concreting the portico and alfresco. excavation $3700 services $5740 due to large…

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mdzzj
Sep 17, 2009 5:02 pm
TamDaz
TamDaz
17 September 2009

Monument roof people- what colour gutters and fascia?

Monument roof people- what colour gutters and fascia?

We will also being doing monument roof, gutters and fascias. I queried if it would look too dark, but as we are having a 2 story I was assured it will break up the render…

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TamDaz
Sep 17, 2009 6:38 pm
nelle
nelle
17 September 2009

Bank valued &approved less than construction contract amount

Bank valued &approved less than construction contract amount
VIC

I got caught out by this! Apparently most banks are under valuing house and land at the moment to try to protect them selves. Our block was valued 10k less then what we…

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nelle
Sep 17, 2009 8:58 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
17 September 2009

Single storey or Double Storey

Single storey or Double Storey

we went double storey as it has a smaller footprint than a single storey and will allow us to have a bigger rear yard (much more room for a swimming pool). Also to take…

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Andronicus
Sep 17, 2009 9:05 pm
SYD-YYZ
SYD-YYZ
17 September 2009

Fixed price or cost plus option?

Fixed price or cost plus option?
NSW

Have you at all considered demolition and construction from scratch, it could be worth a look at the cost of this too. Hope this helps. …

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SYD-YYZ
Sep 17, 2009 10:12 pm
cwoern
cwoern
17 September 2009

First home owners grant & boost.

First home owners grant & boost.
1, 2, 3

Thanks for your answers, I will follow your recommended links. Talked also to the broker, she told me to assist with this form. BTW, I am in Victoria. Chris

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cwoern
Sep 17, 2009 10:23 pm
Sierra
Sierra
17 September 2009

Official information

Official information

Definition of brick veneer: Masonry veneer walls consist of a single non-structural external layer of masonry work, typically brick, backed by an air space. The innermost…

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Sierra
Sep 17, 2009 11:03 pm
Sierra
gettingThere
gettingThere
17 September 2009

white Birch windows and Cream fence = bad idea?

white Birch windows and Cream fence = bad idea?

My partner agreed with me in the end, that primrose was a bit too yellow so we've ordered white birch. YAYYYYY ::lol:: The house will be all face bricks (Boral Jarrah) - no…

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gettingThere
Sep 17, 2009 11:14 pm
Jodie80
Jodie80
17 September 2009

What to ask for in regards to reticulation?

What to ask for in regards to reticulation?

I had to pay an extra $500 (i think) just to get a pipe laid under the driveway... tiny bit of a rip off i think!!! but it means that my retic can all be connected up.…

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Jodie80
Sep 17, 2009 11:37 pm
Jodie80
prasan111
prasan111
17 September 2009

Land title release date - Peet Innisfail

Land title release date - Peet Innisfail
VIC
1, 2

Hopefully title will be done before march. I think, limited circumstances the Commissioner may approve an extension to the commencement and completion date where the…

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prasan111
Sep 18, 2009 12:28 am
scoobydoo
scoobydoo
18 September 2009

Big M's STUDIO M website... Envisage program

Big M's STUDIO M website... Envisage program
VIC

hey guys!!! i'm coming closer to deciding on a house with the help of the envisage tool...i was going to attach the image but it says that 'the board attachment quota has…

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scoobydoo
Sep 18, 2009 12:29 pm
mdzzj
mdzzj
18 September 2009

Building My First Home Newtown33 with Porterdavis. :)

Building My First Home Newtown33 with Porterdavis. :)
VIC

Hi Hels Yes they are very alike, I have been watching your house build (lurking quietly) during the whole sales, tender, contract stage. Building permit has been approved…

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mdzzj
Sep 18, 2009 1:17 pm
immu2006
immu2006
18 September 2009

Building Grandview 27 with M3tric0n.. Our journey Nth BNE

Building Grandview 27 with M3tric0n.. Our journey Nth BNE
1, 2

You house is a masterpiece rjm85. May i know how much did it cost you to built grandview 27 including all site costs? Thanks

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immu2006
Sep 18, 2009 3:24 pm
jamestheoz
jamestheoz
18 September 2009

Anyone building house with or knows about HOMESNOW

Anyone building house with or knows about HOMESNOW
VIC

Hi, Look at my reply from a similar recent thread. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=22698 We recently moved into a Homes Now home & are delighted with the final quality of our HN…

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jamestheoz
Sep 18, 2009 4:57 pm
bluemetal77
bluemetal77
18 September 2009

Soil Test Site 'S' Classification ? what does it mean?

Soil Test Site 'S' Classification ? what does it mean?

Your site is namely classified based upon the expected movement of the foundation soils - generally related to the capacity of the soil to shrink and swell. The following…

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bluemetal77
Sep 18, 2009 5:41 pm
bluemetal77
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
18 September 2009

Receiving the contract and signing straight away??

Receiving the contract and signing straight away??
VIC

The default for Vic HIA contract, as per the contract is $250 per week. My builder has it as $250 on mine but it…

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pinkfairymagic
Sep 18, 2009 11:26 pm
pinkfairymagic
taniadeba
taniadeba
19 September 2009

Builder asking for other builder's tenders .. should i?

Builder asking for other builder's tenders .. should i?
1, 2

Hi EcoClassic Could you please help me on finding the pricing of Double glaze will, is it too expensive, i m considering it for my new home Regards Tania

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taniadeba
Sep 19, 2009 1:42 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
19 September 2009

Things that shouldn't be missed in a Building Contract

Things that shouldn't be missed in a Building Contract

The builder does not want to deliberately delay building, he wants to get paid as much as you want your house. Sometimes it is better to wait. I had a three week delay…

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buildingwithhamra
Sep 19, 2009 11:29 am
kek
kek
19 September 2009

How much are blocks of land in Lyndarum/Aurora Estate now?

How much are blocks of land in Lyndarum/Aurora Estate now?
VIC

Pop in at the land sales office and ask them.... I do it now and then, to see what the new releases in our estate are going for. Or check local real estate agent's…

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kek
Sep 19, 2009 12:11 pm
kek
issy jo
issy jo
19 September 2009

First home builder, with sarah homes

First home builder, with sarah homes
SA

Hi Jess,welcome! My council has been doing the inspections for me so far, though I dare say that will end once lock-up has happened. The council noticed that the septic…

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issy jo
Sep 19, 2009 12:52 pm
issy jo
brittany
brittany
19 September 2009

Disaster...my driveway is too steep!

Disaster...my driveway is too steep!

Another thing that may help (and wish we did but hubby talked me out of it) is that the council were going to let us grind down the edge of the footpath 200mm from our…

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brittany
Sep 19, 2009 1:38 pm
brittany
R and R
R and R
19 September 2009

our design

our design

Hi Bexi - With the photos I used our photo program to change the size to 600x800. I then uploaded to photobucket and copied/pasted the img link into the post. Can't wait…

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R and R
Sep 19, 2009 2:34 pm
R and R
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
19 September 2009

Slab pour and wind.

Slab pour and wind.

Arh.. Interesting... is there sand around? some of the coastal slabs we have done had to be delayed, ... because the finishing of the concrete is affected by the continued…

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onc_artisan
Sep 19, 2009 5:08 pm
onc_artisan
SYD-YYZ
SYD-YYZ
19 September 2009

Buying stuff too soon....

Buying stuff too soon....
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They say indefinitely -…

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SYD-YYZ
Sep 19, 2009 5:41 pm
CarlousMoochous
CarlousMoochous
19 September 2009

Help to choose BORAL NOVO range Brick

Help to choose BORAL NOVO range Brick
VIC

We have used the Boral Nuvo Fusion Espresso Standard bricks.. They look awesome.. Will post some pics on my profile soon.. Garage done so far but we are really happy with them.

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CarlousMoochous
Sep 19, 2009 6:29 pm
CarlousMoochous
shyboy
shyboy
19 September 2009

costs of dropped edge beams (for 500mm fill)

costs of dropped edge beams (for 500mm fill)

Hi There My plans also say Dropped Edge Beam to 650mm below NGL, its a requirement for the estate..its the footing of the wall

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shyboy
Sep 19, 2009 11:55 pm
Eljay
Eljay
20 September 2009

We're in ... finally!

We're in ... finally!

Well done Judie, congratulations!!! Now to enjoy the unpacking part lol

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Eljay
Sep 20, 2009 11:00 am
smcinc
smcinc
20 September 2009

Corner Treatment-Stocklands Design Approval Problems -Mernda

Corner Treatment-Stocklands Design Approval Problems -Mernda
VIC

Hi VengaPalace, our meter box will be going adjacent the garage external wall. Smcinc

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smcinc
Sep 20, 2009 2:54 pm
wrexy
wrexy
20 September 2009

Building in Perth - Comments on my plan please

Building in Perth - Comments on my plan please
WA

That's a great plan. We've also been through the display, very nice. We were considering that design ourselves but as it turned out friends of…

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wrexy
Sep 20, 2009 8:42 pm
wrexy
firsthomebuyer13
firsthomebuyer13
20 September 2009

recs for mornington peninisula vic?

recs for mornington peninisula vic?
VIC

we are hopefully building in hastings, vic on the mornington peninsula, does anyone have anygood recs of builders? thanks

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firsthomebuyer13
Sep 20, 2009 9:13 pm
themax
themax
20 September 2009

How do you know??

How do you know??

You will always be able to find positive AND negative feedback for any builder if you look for it. I think you have to of course, like the floorplan and it has to suit…

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themax
Sep 20, 2009 9:28 pm
themax
kb46
kb46
20 September 2009

Laminex Squareform Benchtops

Laminex Squareform Benchtops

Southies posted a pic of their squareform in a thread of mine - . (Hope she…

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kb46
Sep 20, 2009 10:37 pm


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