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PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
13 July 2009

Maintenance Inspections - Did you get good after care svc??

Maintenance Inspections - Did you get good after care svc??

DH received a call today from another of the builder tradesmen. This one needs min 2 days access to the house to fix paint, small cracking etc. ::angry:: ::angry:: (during the week of…

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PhoenixStar
Jul 13, 2009 10:34 pm
PhoenixStar
just Erin
just Erin
13 July 2009

Signing Contract before soil test

Signing Contract before soil test

i to was going to buy a block that was unregistard but when i called about the fhog they said they would not approve it ... unless registard…

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just Erin
Jul 13, 2009 10:36 pm
Rowena
Rowena
13 July 2009

Building Fears

Building Fears
VIC

Congratulations on making the decision. I agree with all the above. This forum is fantastic for getting loads of information about the building process. We bought land in…

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Rowena
Jul 13, 2009 10:37 pm
Rowena
ozberg
ozberg
13 July 2009

Electrical work by your own electrician or your builder's?

Electrical work by your own electrician or your builder's?

When doing your electrical layout try and avoid having powerpoints "piggy backed". This allows you to do this later, and will be a cheap and easy task for an electrician…

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ozberg
Jul 13, 2009 11:41 pm
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
14 July 2009

Is it fire hazard to put powerpoint inside the roof?

Is it fire hazard to put powerpoint inside the roof?

Our roof space has a power point for the fans, for the heat lamps, for the kitchen exhaust and toilet exhaust, and the ac. The garage door point is also mounted to the…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Jul 14, 2009 12:30 am
TheGardenWhisperer
zeke
zeke
14 July 2009

Is it easy to change the color of kickplates on cabinets?

Is it easy to change the color of kickplates on cabinets?

The kickboard on our island bench ended up with a couple of screwholes from behind (from careless sparkies). As the others have said, quickly and easily fixed with…

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zeke
Jul 14, 2009 1:21 am
zeke
Pebble
Pebble
14 July 2009

Final inspection today & you'll never guess what was missing

Final inspection today & you'll never guess what was missing

Ohh that's a pretty big oops, lucky it's easily fixed. With our place where the oven sits there is two brick walls either side with a "mini orb" roof on top as a feature.…

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Pebble
Jul 14, 2009 10:23 am
Pebble
Jacelyn
Jacelyn
14 July 2009

Is anyone building in the Melington Estate in Lyndhurst??

Is anyone building in the Melington Estate in Lyndhurst??
VIC

Hi guys, Just wanted to know if you are having trouble getting the town planning permit. My builder is taking care of getting mine approved but it's taking ages. It has…

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Jacelyn
Jul 14, 2009 4:19 pm
homemaker
homemaker
14 July 2009

Can i c yr floor plan, those with 160squ single storey 4 bed

Can i c yr floor plan, those with 160squ single storey 4 bed
NSW

Thank u all and Chris for your email, sorry i am a bit busy with my baby, i will reply soon. :)

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homemaker
Jul 14, 2009 4:22 pm
jmd
jmd
14 July 2009

Water Charges during construction-URGENT!

Water Charges during construction-URGENT!

We are building with H3nley (Melbourne) and have received 2 water bills so far. It says in the contract owner to pay for water consumption during build. I…

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jmd
Jul 14, 2009 5:03 pm
ICK
ICK
14 July 2009

Is anyone building in the Melington Estate in Lyndhurst??

Is anyone building in the Melington Estate in Lyndhurst??
VIC

Sorry to hear about your problems with council Jacelyn. We are just down the road in Marriott Waters, got our permits in just under two weeks. Casey council are normally…

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ICK
Jul 14, 2009 6:26 pm
ICK
Hels
Hels
14 July 2009

Building Process

Building Process

We were given a lot of brochures prior to our colour appt, you can also view a lot of products on the internet. We also visited the colour showroom a couple of times…

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Hels
Jul 14, 2009 7:57 pm
Hels
chickad23
chickad23
14 July 2009

Building Permit

Building Permit
VIC

Hi Reaver Has your site started yet? Would love to see some photos

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chickad23
Jul 14, 2009 8:32 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
14 July 2009

Easement/Inspection point/pit?????

Easement/Inspection point/pit?????

You could go ask the company building behind you what the deal is. Eg why they have put this on your land. Do you have a land title? That's the place to check for listed…

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Andronicus
Jul 14, 2009 10:32 pm
Judie
Judie
14 July 2009

Wincrest Homes in Adminstration

Wincrest Homes in Adminstration
NSW
1 ... 11, 12, 13

My house is a week or…

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Judie
Jul 14, 2009 11:10 pm
Judie
woodvillesouth
woodvillesouth
15 July 2009

How long till completion?

How long till completion?
NSW

The time taken does seem to differ greatly between builders. From where you are at we then had plaster done and then they locked it up. That was about 2 weeks ago now…

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woodvillesouth
Jul 15, 2009 12:00 am
nessbrown
nessbrown
15 July 2009

Kitchen and Bathroom tiles and tile company woes!

Kitchen and Bathroom tiles and tile company woes!
WA

Thank you for that information!! I actually removed my tiles for my house except wet areas at the start and am VERY happy I did so!! I am instead going with Karndean…

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nessbrown
Jul 15, 2009 7:55 am
ibbyk
ibbyk
15 July 2009

Building the "Clarendon Crestmead"

Building the "Clarendon Crestmead"
NSW
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Guys what facade did you choose ? I cant belive the Plantation costs 38K !!!! we are about to do a walk through a crestmead in QLD and tip hints or changes you recommend…

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ibbyk
Jul 15, 2009 9:19 am
Bam
Bam
15 July 2009

Marks house - Lyndarum Epping

Marks house - Lyndarum Epping
VIC

Your house looks beautiful! I love your bricks Are you happy with your builder? I havent heard of them before

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Bam
Jul 15, 2009 12:15 pm
Bam
jodge
jodge
15 July 2009

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins
QLD
1, 2

HAHA. . .we were quoted $5000 to do 700sqm at the front, and $11,660 to do 2000 sqm at the back! AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH! (but this did include levelling and…

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jodge
Jul 15, 2009 12:38 pm
jodge
Bam
Bam
15 July 2009

Can someone help me ID these roof tiles?

Can someone help me ID these roof tiles?
VIC

Update The Metricon Job at ** has Yeoman Shingle Charcoal.This tile is a Colour On as is Yeoman Shake Eclipse. Apparently the Yeoman…

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Bam
Jul 15, 2009 12:40 pm
Bam
Mtfranklin
Mtfranklin
15 July 2009

Hi to all those choosing to live at The Ponds, NSW 2769

Hi to all those choosing to live at The Ponds, NSW 2769
NSW

Berny, We are building at Stream Place facing the Stanhope Parkway closer to the new Bridge & the Stream. Welcome to the Ponds community.

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Mtfranklin
Jul 15, 2009 3:53 pm
jodge
jodge
15 July 2009

Value for money - $$ & squares

Value for money - $$ & squares
NSW

Hi Mummamia. . . which suburb are you building in?

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jodge
Jul 15, 2009 5:30 pm
jodge
MrsRose
MrsRose
15 July 2009

Results of Soil Report and Contour Survey

Results of Soil Report and Contour Survey

Hi Hallie Mia, Have you checked the exact wording of your intial "soil test"? It may have been just a site classification report. There are 3 ways this can be done. (i)…

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MrsRose
Jul 15, 2009 5:41 pm
MrsRose
OMG
OMG
15 July 2009

useful note

useful note

further to nervous's post on recommendations, this is from the buildings act which states builders cannot , for the sake of their margins, force…

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OMG
Jul 15, 2009 7:18 pm
angel
angel
15 July 2009

Those building in Laurimar

Those building in Laurimar
VIC

Hi, i'm building in Laurimar also, been browsing this forum for a couple of weeks and think it is fantastic! Alot of useful information. I'm building with Metric@n in…

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angel
Jul 15, 2009 8:43 pm
wallywombat7
wallywombat7
15 July 2009

pool at wrong level - what to do?

pool at wrong level - what to do?

thanks - yes, we made sure that they had the plans with all the correct measurements and even double checked three times - ie sent plans through, emailed and met on site…

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wallywombat7
Jul 15, 2009 10:20 pm
sluggerdog
sluggerdog
16 July 2009

Building in Griffin Heights

Building in Griffin Heights
QLD

Hi Scotty, Congratz on the first home being built. We are in the same position (first home & building). I haven't heard of Bella QLD homes before, we are building with…

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sluggerdog
Jul 16, 2009 8:13 am
Bam
Bam
16 July 2009

DA Approval Issues(the Ponds)... Your opinion Please!!

DA Approval Issues(the Ponds)... Your opinion Please!!
NSW

I dont think that happens in my estate.... we received nothing from our neighbours, otherwise I would have requested they build on the fence line! :P long…

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Bam
Jul 16, 2009 9:44 am
Bam
slknv
slknv
16 July 2009

Stamp Duty in QLD - OUCH!!!

Stamp Duty in QLD - OUCH!!!
QLD

Wish it was only 7k, our stamp duty was about 26k and we don't get any first home buyer handouts ::angry:: Ah well, it goes both ways I guess. suenmatts' point is generally…

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slknv
Jul 16, 2009 11:28 am
haywgl
haywgl
16 July 2009

PD Lisbon

PD Lisbon
VIC

Excellent, thanks for all your information Timmy. Epping wasn't too bad, took about 30minutes or so... They will do their walk through and upgrade list on Saturday,…

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haywgl
Jul 16, 2009 12:10 pm
haywgl
jbdave
jbdave
16 July 2009

Fencing - who pays & what if adjoining lot still developing?

Fencing - who pays & what if adjoining lot still developing?

Generally you would send the quote to the developer and they would pay half costs. They would then include those costs in the contract of sale for the new property. As…

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jbdave
Jul 16, 2009 12:39 pm
themax
themax
16 July 2009

Where do you store your luggages at home??

Where do you store your luggages at home??

In the garage, but in the new house I think it will be in the roof space.

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themax
Jul 16, 2009 2:25 pm
themax
joles
joles
16 July 2009

Tender process with S*monds

Tender process with S*monds

you should demand for a copy of the soil test, these bozos are obligated under the domestic building contracts act to furnish you with one...go…

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joles
Jul 16, 2009 2:58 pm
joles
Kirra_Bomber_Zeus
Kirra_Bomber_Zeus
16 July 2009

Scrap some house changes for a better block?

Scrap some house changes for a better block?
WA
1, 2

Hi guys Sorry I havent been back to reply for a bit - Ive been sooking ::cry:: I spoke to my finance broker before we were going to sign up for the block - basically just to…

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Kirra_Bomber_Zeus
Jul 16, 2009 4:59 pm
Kirra_Bomber_Zeus
Becster
Becster
16 July 2009

driveway after handover

driveway after handover

We had washed aggregate poured for our driveway. The concreter knew the council specifications and ensured that the driveway was in compliance. We did not need to submit…

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Becster
Jul 16, 2009 5:59 pm
Pebble
Pebble
16 July 2009

final Inspection-HANDOVER

final Inspection-HANDOVER
VIC

Well with our place everything had to be done so it was "livable" before handover (getting the keys after bank payment).Things like hot water, oven, lighting, basically…

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Pebble
Jul 16, 2009 7:27 pm
Pebble
Emmsie
Emmsie
16 July 2009

Hello, hello

Hello, hello
VIC

What a bugger about the curtains! D8llar i just went in with plans and told them what i want- gave me a written quote no problem. Was stood up today for the second time…

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Emmsie
Jul 16, 2009 9:13 pm
Haven
Haven
17 July 2009

Hmm, what to do? Sacrafice something for the brick we want?

Hmm, what to do? Sacrafice something for the brick we want?
VIC

Sun, I love the Zinc brick too. :D We have visited a display home where the facade that we are getting has a feature wall of Zinc bricks. Needless to say, it's the…

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Haven
Jul 17, 2009 7:24 am
Haven
mel_b
mel_b
17 July 2009

My First House - M3tricon Belize @ TG

My First House - M3tricon Belize @ TG
1, 2

So I thought I would add updates based on my house also. I went yesterday to catch up with my carpenter as I'm getting a quote for the decking and possibly a pergola from…

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mel_b
Jul 17, 2009 10:32 am
gettingThere
gettingThere
17 July 2009

gettingThere's house/still deciding on the colour scheme

gettingThere's house/still deciding on the colour scheme
SA
1, 2

Received an email from the Council. Our building approval is appearently in the mail. YAY! Should be hopefully getting it on Monday.

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gettingThere
Jul 17, 2009 7:04 pm
FND
FND
17 July 2009

Henley HIA Contract

Henley HIA Contract
VIC

I would also ensure that the subject to finance clause is there. Look through all the line item costs. Make sure that everything that u have requested are there. And…

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FND
Jul 17, 2009 8:19 pm
zaphod
zaphod
17 July 2009

mortar? with pics

mortar? with pics
1, 2

zaphod... I am so sorry. I think I would cry if this happened to me. Please, if you haven't done so already, take the advice given earlier in…

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zaphod
Jul 17, 2009 10:05 pm
buzz
buzz
17 July 2009

Advice re: small pergola

Advice re: small pergola
NSW

Thanks Dukekamaya! Your expertise is very much appreciated. I'll pass those details on to my DH and Dad... I'm just the coordinator! thanks again :) buzz

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buzz
Jul 17, 2009 11:23 pm
buzz
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
18 July 2009

Tilt-Slab residential builders in Perth, WA?

Tilt-Slab residential builders in Perth, WA?
WA

Recently we priced 24 units - 2 story / 3 level, 3 bed, study, kit/dinning, lounge, undercroft pk, polished concrete throughout, stairs and upperdecks. on 250sq mtrs...…

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onc_artisan
Jul 18, 2009 2:05 am
onc_artisan
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whoville
Jul 18, 2009 2:59 am
whoville


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