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vid
vid
18 May 2009

Basic costs at each building stage

Basic costs at each building stage
VIC

Vid, I was told by my builder that footing progress claim is 20% PLUS 100% of footing and footing related variations. Mine came out to be about…

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vid
May 18, 2009 11:00 pm
vid
King willy
King willy
18 May 2009

Recommendation for a solicitor to look at the contract ?

Recommendation for a solicitor to look at the contract ?

I also think ( know ) it’s best to have a solicitor look it over. Hey, most people get a 15 k second hand car checked over by the RACV or a mechanic. This is a 300k or…

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King willy
May 18, 2009 11:39 pm
King willy
-Rebekah-
-Rebekah-
19 May 2009

Our "Daydream"279".... It's OURS!!! carpet in

Our "Daydream"279".... It's OURS!!! carpet in
QLD
1 ... 4, 5, 6

WOW congratulations :z: It looks fantastic and everything seemed to go so well. Can't wait to see more photos! Have you moved in ???

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-Rebekah-
May 19, 2009 8:30 am
-Rebekah-
JJ305
JJ305
19 May 2009

Fixed Contract ??

Fixed Contract ??
VIC

From what i have seen, Simonds do provide fixed site cost, may be you can negoitate with them of this option, so no…

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JJ305
May 19, 2009 11:44 am
Mel&Em
Mel&Em
19 May 2009

LOCK UP STAGE-

LOCK UP STAGE-
VIC

House is weatherproof. Roof, external walls, external doors and windows are all on. That's lock up.

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Mel&Em
May 19, 2009 1:24 pm
Mel&Em
sparkle
sparkle
19 May 2009

Who else is waiting for their contract, please join me!!

Who else is waiting for their contract, please join me!!
1, 2, 3

Hi, No nasty suprises was very happy with how it went. Was charged for a P class slab not too sure of all the details but came in under $10000 which is what we…

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sparkle
May 19, 2009 4:31 pm
CiNnY
CiNnY
19 May 2009

Looking for a new house in Melbournes North

Looking for a new house in Melbournes North
VIC

We are building in Doreen our block has 1.3m of fall from front corner to back corner and our site costs came in at just over 6k.... that included $1600 provisional for…

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CiNnY
May 19, 2009 6:38 pm
ACTNOW
ACTNOW
19 May 2009

Building our first home in Point Cook, Vic. Inspired Homes?

Building our first home in Point Cook, Vic. Inspired Homes?
VIC
1, 2

" I feel as though I could write a university thesis on PD's Atrium, so fire away an questions! Having said that we haven't even turned the soil yet (!) so I'll be very…

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ACTNOW
May 19, 2009 10:06 pm
Stormy
Stormy
19 May 2009

What are these barrels ?

What are these barrels ?

As a guess, the barrel looks very similar to what we had installed in our underground power pit to house the orange conduit. The concrete 'lid' then just sits in the top…

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Stormy
May 19, 2009 11:24 pm
Stormy
Judie
Judie
20 May 2009

Just got my Building Contract & Prelim Plans - have Question

Just got my Building Contract & Prelim Plans - have Question
WA

Major changes like windows and walls need to be done before the plan is submitted to council. If you make any structural changes once you have your CC, you will have to…

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Judie
May 20, 2009 12:45 am
Judie
Casa2
Casa2
20 May 2009

350 days!!!

350 days!!!
1, 2

Ask to talk to the manager. He would have the final say. When I asked about this the consultant said I could talk to the manager but that he did…

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Casa2
May 20, 2009 8:39 am

Help! need insulation installed quickly

Help! need insulation installed quickly
NSW

if you have seen how it's been installed, it's actually quite simple. Any one can buy a few bags of insulation material from Bunnings, month mask, a long stick with…

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building.our.first.house
May 20, 2009 10:13 am
building.our.first.house
flicka
flicka
20 May 2009

Question re. invoices

Question re. invoices

But surely they know??!!?? Has this happened to anyone else? Do you think they'll just add it to the bill at the end??? :th:

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flicka
May 20, 2009 12:03 pm
JJ305
JJ305
20 May 2009

Fixing stage?

Fixing stage?

Oh all so confusing ::: Good the hear all of this though as we are building through Simonds aswell. And we have lost alot of trust with them so we need all the information…

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JJ305
May 20, 2009 12:14 pm
purpleninja
purpleninja
20 May 2009

Walk Through

Walk Through

Take a digital camera and take photos of anything you write on your list.

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purpleninja
May 20, 2009 1:01 pm
stu
stu
20 May 2009

Electrical Plan

Electrical Plan

Just put cheap lights in and get a contractor to install fans, downlights at a later stage when you have a better idea of where you need them. Put double plugs in. and…

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stu
May 20, 2009 1:39 pm
stu
Eljay
Eljay
20 May 2009

Here I go..Deposits paid, prelim contracts done!

Here I go..Deposits paid, prelim contracts done!

Awww thanks everyone, you're all making me warm and fuzzy :) I am meeting the sales guy again tonight to nut out the plans. I need to get a firm price on the colourbond…

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Eljay
May 20, 2009 1:53 pm

DIY or get Builder to??

DIY or get Builder to??

There's one other thing that is much cheaper by your own tradies: water tank for your ran water. Just make sure the pipes are connected to the toilets/washing machines…

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building.our.first.house
May 20, 2009 2:01 pm
building.our.first.house
samdhamija
samdhamija
20 May 2009

Design standards in Williams Landing - front windows

Design standards in Williams Landing - front windows
VIC

Hi... anyone out there who has bought in release 4? Cheers Simran

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samdhamija
May 20, 2009 2:18 pm
King willy
King willy
20 May 2009

Do i Build or Not

Do i Build or Not
1, 2

I could talk economics all day. I agree the real recession is in the post, not here yet. Land prices will come down. It will impact on the Australian life style more than…

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King willy
May 20, 2009 3:14 pm
King willy
Beebob
Beebob
20 May 2009

Wi$dom Impression 38 or Ma$terton Vallina?

Wi$dom Impression 38 or Ma$terton Vallina?

What should I include in the tender that can relate to upgrades later? eg. wiring by W - after hand over ill buy my own downlights and hook them up duct work - buy air…

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Beebob
May 20, 2009 3:41 pm
Pebble
Pebble
20 May 2009

Standard bricks

Standard bricks

I think in WA they use the maxi bricks (double course) as standard for the internal wall (of a double brick house) even…

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Pebble
May 20, 2009 4:11 pm
Pebble
jcjuice
jcjuice
20 May 2009

Plan came today, comments please.

Plan came today, comments please.
1, 2

nice plans king willy! I will only comment on one thing, the home theatre. I am a home theatre nut -so this is important to me - perhaps not to you, but I just wanted to…

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jcjuice
May 20, 2009 4:14 pm
HellDad
HellDad
20 May 2009

URGENT -moved in a week ago and now bath/toilet won't empty

URGENT -moved in a week ago and now bath/toilet won't empty

Internal drains seem to have a disposable plastic bit that fits in the floor hole before the…

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HellDad
May 20, 2009 7:33 pm
HellDad
roxy1210
roxy1210
20 May 2009

Display Villages - any new ones?

Display Villages - any new ones?

Wow, thanks guys. Will be checking these all out over the coming weekends. Do you know if the Cascades display village has all their displays open? It's a fair drive from…

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roxy1210
May 20, 2009 9:16 pm
Back Pocket
Back Pocket
20 May 2009

PD Customers - Did you use Big Kev the Building Inspector?

PD Customers - Did you use Big Kev the Building Inspector?
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

We have used Peter from Finalinspect at each stage so far. He's been great, we always get the report emailed to us within 48 hours and we just forward it onto PD. The…

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Back Pocket
May 20, 2009 9:59 pm
Bailey
Bailey
20 May 2009

Help! Raked or Flush mortar finish with Austral Brighton

Help! Raked or Flush mortar finish with Austral Brighton

Thanks guys for your responses. I'm thinking of asking if we can get a more subtle raked finish, sort of half way between raked and flush if you catch my drift, maybe…

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Bailey
May 20, 2009 10:51 pm
Bailey
Benji
Benji
21 May 2009

Site Costs - How Accurate?

Site Costs - How Accurate?

We're building with Aaron J Homes, pretty happy so far. Benji

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Benji
May 21, 2009 10:13 am
78xtc
78xtc
21 May 2009

BECSTAR'S BUILD

BECSTAR'S BUILD
SA

I am so completely jealous of your laundry!!!! =P~ =P~ It's quite a different floor plan ::lol:: It's not often you see a two storey house with 3 bedrooms upstairs!!! I love the…

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78xtc
May 21, 2009 10:14 am
joles
joles
21 May 2009

What rights do i have??

What rights do i have??

bs84, I have sent you a PM with the info. :)

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joles
May 21, 2009 12:04 pm
joles
Back Pocket
Back Pocket
21 May 2009

Anyone building in the Yarra Valley?

Anyone building in the Yarra Valley?
VIC

No, we did not have a fire assessment. Our block was about 1.5K from the fires, but we had already started to build before then. We had a few issues at contract stage but…

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Back Pocket
May 21, 2009 2:12 pm
gstfree
gstfree
21 May 2009

Site cut and soil removal

Site cut and soil removal
VIC

Hmmmmm.... why??? There is no reason the soil test can't be done now. This is a massive risk you are taking. What if the builder then says you…

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gstfree
May 21, 2009 6:43 pm
wonderland
wonderland
21 May 2009

Just want to share my kitchen...

Just want to share my kitchen...

::surprise:: ::surprise:: WOW thats AWESOME!! ::surprise:: :: I wish we had a WIP, ours is tiny!! Also, how long is your island…

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wonderland
May 21, 2009 9:18 pm
wonderland
chuth77
chuth77
22 May 2009

Position of your hot water system?

Position of your hot water system?

KW, You can roughly work out how long it will take hot water to come from the system to each tap... Work out the metrage of the 12mm or 1/2 inch pipe... This is a good…

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chuth77
May 22, 2009 6:54 am
fairy blue
fairy blue
22 May 2009

Front door handles - how high how low

Front door handles - how high how low
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Was reading a simple thread about using ones real name on the forum, and D&SG had a link to this thread...referring to Toronto in NSW (not far away…

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fairy blue
May 22, 2009 7:20 am
fairy blue
ifyareckon
ifyareckon
22 May 2009

Choosing your Brick and Roof colors

Choosing your Brick and Roof colors

We narrowed down our brick selection first with the brick we could afford in the builders range, and then went to Boral who gave us a list of properties that had that…

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ifyareckon
May 22, 2009 9:05 am
billdsl
billdsl
22 May 2009

Downpipes and charged water tank system

Downpipes and charged water tank system

Apologies if this has been asked before (and for bumping this thread): If I'm having a "charged system"…

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billdsl
May 22, 2009 10:02 am
billdsl
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borg
May 22, 2009 11:16 am
borg
kirsada
kirsada
22 May 2009

Render color ideas? Photoshop help? Pics attached..

Render color ideas? Photoshop help? Pics attached..

No worries glad to help!!! I know I felt heaps better with our selections once I had seen a rough pic :) The second one has Dune as the main render colour and jasper as the…

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kirsada
May 22, 2009 11:27 am
kirsada
bubbler1978
bubbler1978
22 May 2009

has anyone built with cosmopolitan homes

has anyone built with cosmopolitan homes
NSW

I'm building with Cosmopolitan (well planning to!) - the Rosedale 21. I received the tender back last week (it took 2 weeks & they told me to expect around 3 weeks). I've…

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bubbler1978
May 22, 2009 12:36 pm
TimmyDunlop
TimmyDunlop
22 May 2009

The ups and downs of building - almost beginning

The ups and downs of building - almost beginning

A couple days for the slab to be poured. From what I've seen its about a day for the pipes. a day to box up the slab and a day for the slab to be poured. Then 1 - 4 weeks…

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TimmyDunlop
May 22, 2009 2:09 pm
lisanne
lisanne
22 May 2009

Fencing!!! How do i start??

Fencing!!! How do i start??

However, if the land next door isn't sold and is still owned by the developer, check your land contract. Most of them will have a special…

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lisanne
May 22, 2009 3:03 pm
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
22 May 2009

'W" Trinity

'W" Trinity
NSW

Beebob - should be possible. The other alternative might be the Manhattan - all the bedrooms have ensuites which would be handy for the in laws.

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stonecutter1309
May 22, 2009 3:13 pm
stonecutter1309
Casa2
Casa2
22 May 2009

Good and Bad Expereinces about Clarendon Builders

Good and Bad Expereinces about Clarendon Builders
VIC

With Clarendon you have to make the final payment in full, then 'apply' for liquidated damages, then they calculate an amount and send you a…

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Casa2
May 22, 2009 4:57 pm
misscrow
misscrow
23 May 2009

Please help - which Perth Builder?

Please help - which Perth Builder?
WA

Red Ink is Scott Park's new company so if you like one you'd probably like the other. We went with Gemmill, they had good plans so didn't need to change much at all

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misscrow
May 23, 2009 3:23 am
ozhappy981
ozhappy981
23 May 2009

Two storey builder

Two storey builder
WA

We are building with APG. We are at the stage of bricks going up for the ground floor. Happy so far. They let us to a lot of changes; the internal layout of our house is…

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ozhappy981
May 23, 2009 1:50 pm
brendondanielle
brendondanielle
23 May 2009

Where did your pets live while building?

Where did your pets live while building?

We moved into my Father inlaws while our house is being built. We were only meant to be here for 3-4 months. 6 months later and still counting. It looks like it will be…

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brendondanielle
May 23, 2009 2:14 pm
Southies
Southies
23 May 2009

Letterbox help

Letterbox help

Glad to be of help myebelle :z: :D

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Southies
May 23, 2009 2:18 pm
Southies
pondsie
pondsie
23 May 2009

Queries re The Ponds Wish Gift Card

Queries re The Ponds Wish Gift Card
NSW

Hi, Looking to build a single storey due to budget constraints. Still deciding on which one to choose - Ultima by Jandson or Melrose by Beechwood.

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pondsie
May 23, 2009 11:38 pm


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