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HangOver
HangOver
22 October 2009

Need advice Starting from scratch on rural land

Need advice Starting from scratch on rural land
NSW

hi we are in the prcess of building semi-rural which basically means we have power to the boundry but we are lucky the building envelope is only 40m from the…

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HangOver
Oct 22, 2009 5:36 pm
-Rebekah-
-Rebekah-
22 October 2009

CORAL's Hayman 310- frame is up and windows are in.

CORAL's Hayman 310- frame is up and windows are in.
QLD

Very exciting stuff, can't wait to see more photos. Bummer about the splashback, although i'm sure it will be worth the wait :D

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-Rebekah-
Oct 22, 2009 5:41 pm
-Rebekah-
[ fuzzy ]
[ fuzzy ]
22 October 2009

Hnley - 12 month inspection. Not happy.

Hnley - 12 month inspection. Not happy.

Call me cynical, but I bet they use the cheapest varnish or stain they can get their hands on. And while they may well fix it this time around…

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[ fuzzy ]
Oct 22, 2009 7:14 pm
Salt&PepperMkII
Salt&PepperMkII
22 October 2009

Can timber decking cover weep holes?

Can timber decking cover weep holes?

My termite warrantly will void if the weep holes is covered, no matter by planting, soil, decking, and/or pavers... It clearly stated on my…

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Salt&PepperMkII
Oct 22, 2009 8:14 pm
Roz
Roz
22 October 2009

please help me decide between these bricks

please help me decide between these bricks

Hi Makoby, We have just locked in our colour selections yesterday and we picked a beautiful tan brick from Selkirk - Goldfield Haze. We went to the Ballarat office of…

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Roz
Oct 22, 2009 9:48 pm
lisanne
lisanne
23 October 2009

Phone Trenching

Phone Trenching
VIC

PD offer phone trenching? Seriously? Hm. I'm now a bit peeved... We just got the letter saying our frame's almost done, time to ring up…

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lisanne
Oct 23, 2009 7:50 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
23 October 2009

Subdividing property.

Subdividing property.
VIC

It can take months to subdivide a property. I reckon mine took approx 8, and the fees were in excess of $30,000. I think to connect the water/sewer was over $12,000. My…

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buildingwithhamra
Oct 23, 2009 8:30 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
23 October 2009

I need HELP!!!

I need HELP!!!

I think it is excellent council is suggesting you raise your slab. Mine was build slightly lower than the road level which is rubbish. Now I need to spend $$$ on…

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buildingwithhamra
Oct 23, 2009 8:37 am
Casa2
Casa2
23 October 2009

How long until any work is done after slab is laid?

How long until any work is done after slab is laid?

Timber frame: 2 days (3 weeks is better) Bricks: 1 week (2 weeks is better)

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Casa2
Oct 23, 2009 9:17 am
XT4V
XT4V
23 October 2009

BIG M - Provision for tank water -> toilet / laundry

BIG M - Provision for tank water -> toilet / laundry
VIC

We are building with M in Victoria, and our rainwater tank provision is $1,565. It says "to all sanitary flushing systems", which is one upstairs…

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XT4V
Oct 23, 2009 2:13 pm
Eskay40
Eskay40
23 October 2009

Phone Lines and Internet Connection

Phone Lines and Internet Connection

If you do have Internet available at your home and you put the wireless router in the study and then go wireless everywhere else, technically you should be alright. The…

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Eskay40
Oct 23, 2009 3:42 pm
Eskay40
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
23 October 2009

Did anyone use inspectors from New Home Inspections

Did anyone use inspectors from New Home Inspections

Thanks for your good wishes, mango lover. We were happy with the report sent to us from New Home Inspections, but a little disappointed that after promising the report…

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Fiffaro
Oct 23, 2009 4:28 pm
Jayneylou
Jayneylou
23 October 2009

Boral BLUE RIO Bricks!!

Boral BLUE RIO Bricks!!

My original brick choice was Blue Rio - although I think I'm going to have to find another brick. Since changing builders it doesn't seem to be on the new brick list I've…

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Jayneylou
Oct 23, 2009 7:16 pm
jspitz
jspitz
23 October 2009

What is the best product to get off grout from tiles?

What is the best product to get off grout from tiles?

Thanks royalblue, i'll give both those options a go-much appreciated

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jspitz
Oct 23, 2009 10:36 pm
JaHouse
JaHouse
23 October 2009

Re: Masterton Homes - The new thread

Re: Masterton Homes - The new thread
NSW

Hi All Mastertoners, We are building a Santorini in St George Area and have been following this forum and find it very helpful. It may sound awful to say, but I feel…

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JaHouse
Oct 23, 2009 11:18 pm
Nightshade
Nightshade
24 October 2009

Questions? eaves, C/B roof, ref. aircon, hot water service..

Questions? eaves, C/B roof, ref. aircon, hot water service..
VIC

I have a feeling what is standard will depend on council requirements 600mm eaves came standard on my house. When I got my colourbond roof ("free" when we upgraded to…

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Nightshade
Oct 24, 2009 8:07 am
sarahl
sarahl
24 October 2009

Our first build!

Our first build!
VIC

Just to update this - it will hopefully become my thread throughout!! Bank Drama's!! After finally signing on the line, our banker has had to change the whole way…

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sarahl
Oct 24, 2009 10:11 am
Jess09
Jess09
24 October 2009

Help with color combination

Help with color combination
QLD

hey nightshade - i got my burnished wood kitchen on thursday and am absolutely THRILLED with the result - such a beautiful lamiwood! ::kiss:: :z:

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Jess09
Oct 24, 2009 10:22 am
Jess09
D&SG
D&SG
24 October 2009

Reminder to all Newcastle members (Expo * Expo * Expo)

Reminder to all Newcastle members (Expo * Expo * Expo)
NSW

Thanks for that! We knew about the expo but had forgotten about it :lol:

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D&SG
Oct 24, 2009 1:18 pm
D&SG
starryaprilz
starryaprilz
24 October 2009

Porter Davis Homes Melbourne

Porter Davis Homes Melbourne
VIC

Hi im not sure whether this post is active...we are building churchill 30 at alamanda pointcook stage 8B

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starryaprilz
Oct 24, 2009 4:30 pm
jasche77
jasche77
24 October 2009

Jason's Bachelor Pad (Sirocco 7)- The Beginning

Jason's Bachelor Pad (Sirocco 7)- The Beginning
NSW
1, 2

the only down side to being a bachelor is that i will have to clean that whole house all by myself ::wornout::

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jasche77
Oct 24, 2009 4:48 pm
jasche77
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
24 October 2009

Water meter

Water meter

It's only costs $1 per 1000 litres of water. I would stop stressing. The supply charge should be more expensive than the actual usage.

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buildingwithhamra
Oct 24, 2009 7:49 pm
mvcav1
mvcav1
24 October 2009

Problems with Dale Alcock?

Problems with Dale Alcock?

We asked the question on the note of "Hardiflex - Lined on flat" and we were told there would be no joins and all would be flush. If you can't trust what the builder says…

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mvcav1
Oct 24, 2009 9:20 pm
MagicJ
MagicJ
24 October 2009

Damage by next door - Updated/fixed?

Damage by next door - Updated/fixed?
1, 2

They were probably hoping they had fixed it before you noticed, Lisanne!!! They would know better if they knew how much of your heart and soul had gone into your home…

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MagicJ
Oct 24, 2009 9:35 pm
MagicJ
daz82
daz82
24 October 2009

Our Home "The Laundryless25" - Slab Complete (with Photos)

Our Home "The Laundryless25" - Slab Complete (with Photos)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Hey there, Hope you dont mind but Pharley and myself found your house the other day and had a bit of a look. ALl i can say is "FANTASTIC". Loved it! only larger style…

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daz82
Oct 24, 2009 9:53 pm
daz82
just Erin
just Erin
25 October 2009

Problems with brick supplier

Problems with brick supplier

That's a good result! An upgrade at no extra cost :: :: :: I dont know why they wanted to charge you $800 to change the brick though :? :? :? If anything, M should have asked…

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just Erin
Oct 25, 2009 12:12 am
just Erin
oreo
oreo
25 October 2009

STANHOPE GARDENS community levy

STANHOPE GARDENS community levy
NSW

Yes you own the land. Community levy is the quarterly fee you pay for the use of pool and tennis courts plus maintenance (mowing, cleaning etc) of the area.

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oreo
Oct 25, 2009 10:02 am
Kristi
Kristi
25 October 2009

Do we need a solicitor/conveyancer? Builder wants name

Do we need a solicitor/conveyancer? Builder wants name
QLD

Thanks for your replies. We have decided we don't need a solicitor at this stage and the builders are happy with that. waranraz: yes, we already have the land in our…

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Kristi
Oct 25, 2009 5:21 pm
Kristi
lisanne
lisanne
25 October 2009

Junction box in a closed ceiling space

Junction box in a closed ceiling space

If you are worried about a junction box up there, don't freak out about all the houses that have ducted heating units up…

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lisanne
Oct 25, 2009 9:33 pm
Candylea
Candylea
25 October 2009

What do you think this is???

What do you think this is???

If you have the plans your builder gave you, there should be one of the proposed residence on the block plan.. maybe there's a note on it somewhere. Maybe it's to mark the…

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Candylea
Oct 25, 2009 10:39 pm
Candylea
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themax
Oct 26, 2009 9:32 am
themax
ebyelyakov
ebyelyakov
26 October 2009

Almost in Council

Almost in Council
NSW

Welcome. I'm a first timer as well and I'm finally in the construction phase. This forum and community are fantastic and are very helpful. Good luck with your journey, the…

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ebyelyakov
Oct 26, 2009 11:10 am
ebyelyakov
Nicci
Nicci
26 October 2009

Home Buyers Centre?

Home Buyers Centre?
WA

Hi Mae and welcome.. There are a few of us out there building or built with HBC. Our house was built in 5 months.. Slab was poured end of march/ beginning of april and…

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Nicci
Oct 26, 2009 11:44 am
Dollar
Dollar
26 October 2009

Where are the people building with HENLEY

Where are the people building with HENLEY
VIC
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Ok I have refrained so far.... but now I'm…

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Dollar
Oct 26, 2009 2:22 pm
Cleishy
Cleishy
26 October 2009

Did you dump your builder close to starting?

Did you dump your builder close to starting?

I changed my builder about 1 week out from site start. Best decision I ever made. My new builder has caught up to where the other builder is at, even with a 4 week delay…

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Cleishy
Oct 26, 2009 3:58 pm
Cleishy
Felistopher
Felistopher
26 October 2009

M3tr1con Santorini 29.... and land in Doreen

M3tr1con Santorini 29.... and land in Doreen
VIC
1, 2

Welcome Nick :D I'm not too sure about land prices.... I've heard-and someone correct me if this is just a rumour- that the latest release's land prices in The Ridge are…

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Felistopher
Oct 26, 2009 5:11 pm
Felistopher
take2
take2
26 October 2009

Share your building experience with Dixon home CAIRNS QLD

Share your building experience with Dixon home CAIRNS QLD
QLD

Dixon homes is also part of Tamawood homes. They are all franchises, I would start by doing a bsa search on there licence online, also ask if you can see some of there…

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take2
Oct 26, 2009 6:29 pm
take2
Micklou
Micklou
26 October 2009

Micklou's build

Micklou's build
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

Oh themax I can feel your sympathy in your post. Thank you so much for sharing our pain! We feel as if we are grieving a bit.... not over the loss of the house but with…

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Micklou
Oct 26, 2009 8:09 pm
FND
FND
26 October 2009

Arndell Estate, Truganina, Victoria

Arndell Estate, Truganina, Victoria
VIC

Hi there, I am building in Wyndham Waters Estate. Its directly on the opposite of the Forsyth Road. I believe Arndell Estate will have good future prospect. Its close to…

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FND
Oct 26, 2009 8:48 pm
lynnebin1968
lynnebin1968
26 October 2009

Scratched garage door.

Scratched garage door.

Yup a new one! Put your foot down!

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lynnebin1968
Oct 26, 2009 9:54 pm
lynnebin1968
Zerosignal
Zerosignal
26 October 2009

Site costs!!! anyone building/built in Rose Grange Tarneit??

Site costs!!! anyone building/built in Rose Grange Tarneit??
VIC

I'd lock it in, that is a fairly good price in Tarneit I am assuming up the Leakes Road end? The land generally has…

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Zerosignal
Oct 26, 2009 11:11 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
27 October 2009

Help Required: my window n cladding look funny ?

Help Required: my window n cladding look funny ?

Hi The standard is for the door head and window head to be in line. Yes, this is non-standard and is a way of saving money as it will not need the lintel. It looks kind…

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ECOECO
Oct 27, 2009 6:19 am
ECOECO
danc12
danc12
27 October 2009

Can you have window height change after you signing contract

Can you have window height change after you signing contract

Usually once you sign the contract there is a DA in place and in NSW thqt includes a Basxi certificate. so a change to the window sizes affects both. so generally…

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danc12
Oct 27, 2009 6:48 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
27 October 2009

Wall and ceiling insulation

Wall and ceiling insulation

We are in the final stage of our house plan and i'm looking at insulation. At the moment we are getting R1.5 in the external walls and R3.0 in…

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ECOECO
Oct 27, 2009 7:13 am
ECOECO
lightsview
lightsview
27 October 2009

S.A build...floor plan pics

S.A build...floor plan pics
SA
1, 2

Hi Steve, How are things progressing with your build? I think I'm building across the road from you. We started on site yesterday. ~Lightsview

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lightsview
Oct 27, 2009 7:44 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
27 October 2009

Stormwater solutions for backwards sloping site

Stormwater solutions for backwards sloping site

Spend $12000 for stormwater pipes a sump and a pump. I have the same problem, council would not allow me to…

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buildingwithhamra
Oct 27, 2009 9:36 am
Matt1972
Matt1972
27 October 2009

Looking to build next year. Lots and lots of questions.

Looking to build next year. Lots and lots of questions.

We are in Melbourne Looking to build in about 50km's from CBD. Either North or North West of town.

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Matt1972
Oct 27, 2009 10:10 am
itsmeud
itsmeud
27 October 2009

Frame stage payment claim prior to surveyor inspection?

Frame stage payment claim prior to surveyor inspection?

Hi All, Thank you for the replies. To clarify my situation further, When I asked the builder why he claimed progress payment without getting the frame approved by the…

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itsmeud
Oct 27, 2009 10:55 am
clueless2009
clueless2009
27 October 2009

Alfresco Length 1.8m is it worth

Alfresco Length 1.8m is it worth
VIC

like to update, I m going through the Alfresco that will be costing $3112 + for the slab another…

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clueless2009
Oct 27, 2009 12:55 pm


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