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zaphod
zaphod
9 August 2009

Mistakes what did your builder do wrong?

Mistakes what did your builder do wrong?
1, 2, 3

Hi sherwin, did you receive the report, or a report of the report from your builder. were the test results relating to strength, pressure, composition, or all of them, cheers

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zaphod
Aug 09, 2009 10:12 pm
2kaders
2kaders
9 August 2009

Building with Clarendon- any advice please?

Building with Clarendon- any advice please?
QLD

Thanks for the PM Melly- we have it now....very useul!! We are looking to build in Carseldine...haven't signed as we don't officially have the block sorted out yet…

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2kaders
Aug 09, 2009 11:45 pm
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
10 August 2009

Wisdom Homes Sorrento 28

Wisdom Homes Sorrento 28
NSW

Hey MD - welcome! It usually depends on the individual council What does the DCP for your area say?

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stonecutter1309
Aug 10, 2009 11:53 am
stonecutter1309
rj_louise
rj_louise
10 August 2009

Dennis Family Homes

Dennis Family Homes

Hi Gattaca, Overall I think that DFH's variations are pretty reasonable, we added quite a few things even on top of the promotion due to our developer…

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rj_louise
Aug 10, 2009 12:31 pm
Judie
Judie
10 August 2009

Possession Finally.....

Possession Finally.....
NSW

Congratulations! We are also building with Win***** and should have handover either Friday this week or Mon/Tue next week. We have the same sort of work to do that you do. Judie

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Judie
Aug 10, 2009 12:54 pm
Judie
vid
vid
10 August 2009

Rainwater tank question...anybody

Rainwater tank question...anybody

It's quite a while since this topic was posted in but I'd like to ask a slightly different question about rainwater tanks. I thought I had this all sorted out in my head…

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vid
Aug 10, 2009 3:52 pm
vid
JJ305
JJ305
10 August 2009

Insulation under Polished Timber Floors

Insulation under Polished Timber Floors

There is insulation designed to be fitted between joists for under floor use. From memory they are in 10 metre rolls and obviously about 430mm…

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JJ305
Aug 10, 2009 3:56 pm
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
10 August 2009

What do you think?

What do you think?

Yeah true, horror owners likely too I suppose...there are some about three house's and a road down from us, the moment he moved in he started playing doof doof music and…

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Dragonfly
Aug 10, 2009 5:24 pm
tommo6090
tommo6090
10 August 2009

Small block... can I fit a 3 bed 2 bath?

Small block... can I fit a 3 bed 2 bath?

Hi Sallighted, I've recently settled on a small block in Adelaide that I will be building a 3 bed, 2 bathroom villa on. My block is a bit larger though ~370sqm. These…

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tommo6090
Aug 10, 2009 5:30 pm
nh
nh
10 August 2009

Building a PD Brookvale 50 - photos!!!!!

Building a PD Brookvale 50 - photos!!!!!
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

hi, overwhelmed, thanks for your comments! we love the design. good choice on Brookvale ::wink:: hope yours all going well. nh

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nh
Aug 10, 2009 6:48 pm
vid
vid
10 August 2009

Where & How To Live During The Building Process...

Where & How To Live During The Building Process...
VIC
1, 2

Wow, the more I read this topic the luckier I realise we are, I've mentioned this many times before in other threads but we are renting the house next door to our build…

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vid
Aug 10, 2009 8:52 pm
vid
Annelies
Annelies
10 August 2009

Upgrade Elecrical Wiring necessary / possible?

Upgrade Elecrical Wiring necessary / possible?

Thanks for your reply Cyberman, Alk and Hawks, very helpful. I agree that I am worrying too much and I had forgotten about the AS. I hope that Hawk is right and that the…

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Annelies
Aug 10, 2009 10:11 pm
Annelies
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billdsl
Aug 10, 2009 10:27 pm
billdsl
issy jo
issy jo
10 August 2009

Boral Tanami; Fluro orange home?

Boral Tanami; Fluro orange home?

k-if i remember...........i keep forgetting to remember that i've forgotten to remember what i forgot to remember...... hehe. my life's been like that since i decided to…

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issy jo
Aug 10, 2009 11:58 pm
issy jo
brendondanielle
brendondanielle
11 August 2009

HELP!!!! I'm stuck with the choice of my external colours

HELP!!!! I'm stuck with the choice of my external colours

I like #1 better. I agree with Suh #2 looks dreary. There's too much grey

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brendondanielle
Aug 11, 2009 2:14 pm
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ken007
Aug 11, 2009 3:11 pm
ken007
JJ305
JJ305
11 August 2009

Easements

Easements

It doesn't effect us either, as they are not any where near the house. I suppose the best place to put them is along the fence. But it just would of been nice to get…

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JJ305
Aug 11, 2009 3:31 pm
charlie
charlie
11 August 2009

Timeframe for building single story home??

Timeframe for building single story home??

Hi Jeanette, I'm not much help except to tell you what timeframe we've been given for our build. We're building a 26square single story and we've been allocated 260 days…

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charlie
Aug 11, 2009 3:47 pm
charlie
Judie
Judie
11 August 2009

Help needed with the facade colour -multiple images attached

Help needed with the facade colour -multiple images attached

I like No 1, but I'd also like to see it with the render panel (with the two windows) done in the same grey as the single pillar. Judie

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Judie
Aug 11, 2009 3:49 pm
Judie
sloping
sloping
11 August 2009

Sloping blocks in Craigieburn

Sloping blocks in Craigieburn
VIC

Hi, The full fall of the land is about 6m…

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sloping
Aug 11, 2009 5:47 pm
jspitz
jspitz
11 August 2009

How about building with M3tricon in Sanctuary Lakes?

How about building with M3tricon in Sanctuary Lakes?
VIC

Hi we are building with M in the inner SE suburbs and they have been mostly good. If you have any specific questions I can answer them for you if you PM me. Good Luck! …

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jspitz
Aug 11, 2009 5:52 pm

Would you buy this of Ebay?

Would you buy this of Ebay?

most of the stuffs are made in china nowadays any way. main difference is, there's a local company who you can talk to/complaint/return/refund if there's any problem with…

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building.our.first.house
Aug 11, 2009 6:13 pm
building.our.first.house

Did anyone upgrade to Terracotta roof tiles?

Did anyone upgrade to Terracotta roof tiles?

we got Terracotta, one thing you shouldn't forget is to add sarking. as Terracotta cracks more easily than others. with sarking it will help with any leaking problem in…

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building.our.first.house
Aug 11, 2009 6:18 pm
building.our.first.house
houseofl
houseofl
11 August 2009

"BASIX SPECIFICATIONS" FOR CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE - HELP!

"BASIX SPECIFICATIONS" FOR CONSTRUCTION CERTIFICATE - HELP!

Thanks Casa! I do understand that part and a lot of the ticked column is already specified on the plans. But the specs part is presumably the…

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houseofl
Aug 11, 2009 9:50 pm
houseofl
Roar
Roar
12 August 2009

How much has your retaining wall/s cost?

How much has your retaining wall/s cost?

I forgot to mention our house hasn't been built yet! The retaining wall has to be put up after the slab has been poured, according to the builder. Access will be no…

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Roar
Aug 12, 2009 1:16 am
misscrow
misscrow
12 August 2009

building new house(need comment)

building new house(need comment)
WA

How about the price?You guys think is that reasonable? I dont think that is a resonable price at all sorry, when you say Ellenbrook is…

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misscrow
Aug 12, 2009 2:23 am
zammasaurus
zammasaurus
12 August 2009

Recycled Water Toilet Flushing

Recycled Water Toilet Flushing

We are only just got our contract drawings. Our land is due to title in mid September....

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zammasaurus
Aug 12, 2009 11:23 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
12 August 2009

Concrete Slab- Which tradesman to use

Concrete Slab- Which tradesman to use

no i dont think he is a licenesed concretor based on that info

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buildingwithhamra
Aug 12, 2009 11:31 am
cazoraz
cazoraz
12 August 2009

changes to simonds floor plans-good stories welcome!

changes to simonds floor plans-good stories welcome!
VIC

Thanks so much for the kitchen plans!! I am itching to get my hands on all this stuff when we have changed it, so its great to see the existing plan so I know what…

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cazoraz
Aug 12, 2009 11:37 am
cazoraz
stevep79
stevep79
12 August 2009

Offer Land to Builder

Offer Land to Builder

Hi Guys, Would builders eg Simonds etc be intrested if you offered your land and house to them after they finished building the house for you so…

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stevep79
Aug 12, 2009 12:53 pm
stevep79
jcjuice
jcjuice
12 August 2009

anyone knows good fence company in north Melbourne area?

anyone knows good fence company in north Melbourne area?
VIC

any other hints? ? i'm looking for a fencer too.... in Highlands..

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jcjuice
Aug 12, 2009 2:26 pm
Lam
Lam
12 August 2009

Help with your opinions on dramas with our bricks

Help with your opinions on dramas with our bricks
VIC

A co-worker at work build with a smaller builder eastern suburbs of melbourne, he had this problem with the brick work, he pushed it hard with…

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Lam
Aug 12, 2009 3:29 pm
Hels
Hels
12 August 2009

Thoughts on colours???

Thoughts on colours???

Those colours sound pretty stock standard so they should be fine. I really like the timber look garage doors too!

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Hels
Aug 12, 2009 5:03 pm
Hels
danc12
danc12
12 August 2009

Drop Edge Beam

Drop Edge Beam

Our block has a fall west to east of around 1.3 metres consequently we ended up with a DEB design. We also had an engineers design that called for piering down to rock.…

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danc12
Aug 12, 2009 5:12 pm
brendondanielle
brendondanielle
12 August 2009

Negotiating final payment

Negotiating final payment
VIC

I would also get it in writing what needs to be fixed with a time frame and that way you get to move in but also cover yourself for the things to be done.

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brendondanielle
Aug 12, 2009 5:37 pm
D200 Doug
D200 Doug
12 August 2009

will you hand over your last cheque?

will you hand over your last cheque?

Never hand over the final cheque untill the house is finished to your satisfaction. If the builders want to be paid then the faster they finish the work the faster they…

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D200 Doug
Aug 12, 2009 6:32 pm
take2
take2
12 August 2009

Quote - Any tips??

Quote - Any tips??

We have just gone through this process, and it can get confusing. You need to get more than one quote we got quotes from 3 builders all with similar specs 2 came in at…

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take2
Aug 12, 2009 9:26 pm
take2
mohit
mohit
13 August 2009

Occupany Certificate

Occupany Certificate

Thanks Southies...another fee to be paid for IOC...need to plan for a further $200 ::wornout:: mohit

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mohit
Aug 13, 2009 9:28 am
doghouse
doghouse
13 August 2009

Colour Selection Dilemma

Colour Selection Dilemma
VIC
1, 2

I agree, with a dark roof the white mortar will be great. The grey may dull things down or something. Our roof definitely is lighter en masse than the tiny sample - but I…

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doghouse
Aug 13, 2009 12:05 pm
doghouse
2pais
2pais
13 August 2009

Hallmark homes topaz design

Hallmark homes topaz design
QLD

would like to hear from anyone who have built or planning on building this home as the builder does not have a display to visit. thanks. any pictures appreciated.

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2pais
Aug 13, 2009 1:47 pm
billdsl
billdsl
13 August 2009

Step down to garage from house

Step down to garage from house

my builder recommended that we remove it, the garage sits next to our retained side and he said it would cause drainage issue's if we had the brickwork lower for the drop…

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billdsl
Aug 13, 2009 2:13 pm
billdsl
Helloween
Helloween
13 August 2009

Dead Space

Dead Space
1, 2

1m.. But I would compromise to half if it's too pricey.

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Helloween
Aug 13, 2009 2:19 pm
Helloween
zaphod
zaphod
13 August 2009

Termites apparently eat concrete

Termites apparently eat concrete

not only will it prevent termites getting in , but us as well ::

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zaphod
Aug 13, 2009 5:01 pm
claego
claego
13 August 2009

Land Settlement to start of construction - timeframes?

Land Settlement to start of construction - timeframes?
VIC

Mine only took 5 days Land settled on 25Sep, and site cut on 30Sep.. ::celeb::

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claego
Aug 13, 2009 10:26 pm
Emmsie
Emmsie
13 August 2009

Help- need to choose a facade!

Help- need to choose a facade!
VIC

Hi, thanks, We did ask H3nl3y but because of the privacy laws they cannot give us the addresses of any built previously. I find that really strange because Boral could…

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Emmsie
Aug 13, 2009 10:58 pm
tc2000
tc2000
13 August 2009

2 people living in a big house

2 people living in a big house
1, 2, 3

All I can say is that my hubby and I are still not used to the fact that so much wood and plaster board is used in a house build. We're quite amazed that other than the…

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tc2000
Aug 13, 2009 11:18 pm
d3p
d3p
13 August 2009

Selkirk Brick - Anyone with Moon Shadow or Blue Rain

Selkirk Brick - Anyone with Moon Shadow or Blue Rain
1, 2

i like that blue rain ! :) my builder only use Boral though, for some reason i feel Boral colours isnt that appealing :( (i want latte colour just like what australbrick have)

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d3p
Aug 13, 2009 11:39 pm
d3p
d3p
13 August 2009

The last straw!!

The last straw!!
1, 2

If i decide to bite the bullet with my current builder the house ends up at around $8900 per sq it came in at 285k complete 32sq (we pretty much…

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d3p
Aug 14, 2009 12:06 am

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