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kbudgie
kbudgie
6 June 2009

Things I regret not having - or having in the contract

Things I regret not having - or having in the contract

You know Jess, one thing a wise person wrote once on the thread, when it comes to upgrades, faced with budgetary constraints, go for what will be…

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kbudgie
Jun 06, 2009 10:35 pm
kbudgie
stark
stark
7 June 2009

Wisdom Display Homes - Elderslie

Wisdom Display Homes - Elderslie
NSW
1, 2

In regards to the doors, you pay to upgrade the height of the doors ontop of getting the Hume doors aswell.

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stark
Jun 07, 2009 9:36 am
karakarakara
karakarakara
7 June 2009

Our first home (WA - HBC) - feedback on plan please :)

Our first home (WA - HBC) - feedback on plan please :)
WA

wow, hi everyone. I haven't written anymore in this thread for a while because we are currently looking at changing builders and going with a totally different…

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karakarakara
Jun 07, 2009 11:32 am
aajinoz
aajinoz
7 June 2009

PUll down brickwall (rebricking whole house)

PUll down brickwall (rebricking whole house)

Undertaking the project to rebrick a house is a major renovation. Through…

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aajinoz
Jun 07, 2009 1:25 pm

We went for a dark coloured brown brick - Labassa from…

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beegeers
Jun 07, 2009 4:51 pm
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
7 June 2009

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8 Software Prog

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8 Software Prog

I'd suggest looking into Vray or Kerkythea. There's quite a number of them out there at the moment, each with their own good and bads. Kerky's a…

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ElephantGuy
Jun 07, 2009 10:55 pm

There were a few forum members who did the batts DIY We added sound batts in our HT walls, around all the internal plumbing insulation in roofs for HT and some roof…

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beegeers
Jun 07, 2009 11:08 pm
Back Pocket
Back Pocket
8 June 2009

No footpath in front of the house !!

No footpath in front of the house !!

Our first house only had footpaths on one side and it was not ours. We were on the corner block. I hated it, we had people parking way over where the nature strip would…

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Back Pocket
Jun 08, 2009 12:48 am
JustinH
JustinH
8 June 2009

Quick question about GPOs in garage.

Quick question about GPOs in garage.

Thanks guys. There's no gyprock going in our garage, so I imagine ours will be like 16.sfc said, which is good, means I'll get it done after so I can save some money atm.

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JustinH
Jun 08, 2009 9:34 am
ozhappy981
ozhappy981
8 June 2009

A question about plans.....

A question about plans.....
VIC

But after seeing a few people talk about their kitchens - should there be a plan for the kitchen (ie how many drawers and where they are…

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ozhappy981
Jun 08, 2009 12:46 pm
King willy
King willy
8 June 2009

To sign or not to sign my contract.

To sign or not to sign my contract.

Thanks all Its not the builder that is the problem. Its the company in the middle, that do the paper work and broker the deal. I got a good price due to a slow period in…

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King willy
Jun 08, 2009 5:52 pm
King willy
dymonite69
dymonite69
8 June 2009

Does a black roof make the house hotter?

Does a black roof make the house hotter?
NSW
1, 2, 3

We really like black/charcoal roofs, but after seeing how much of an effect it can have on house…

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dymonite69
Jun 08, 2009 6:29 pm
dymonite69
suh
suh
8 June 2009

McDonald Jones Homes

McDonald Jones Homes

No probs, thought it might be helpful :D

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suh
Jun 08, 2009 6:43 pm
suh
danc12
danc12
8 June 2009

What stage to actually sign HIA Contract...?

What stage to actually sign HIA Contract...?
SA

Basically, you don't sign the HIA agreement until you know that you can build something and that is usually after you have the Construction Certificate in your hands. i…

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danc12
Jun 08, 2009 7:09 pm
oztish
oztish
8 June 2009

Anyone building with Zuccala Homes in Aurora Estate??

Anyone building with Zuccala Homes in Aurora Estate??
VIC

Polo - there's still a few Mel homes to go up (like the 3 houses right next door to mine) - they're all with my builder. From what I've seen from the Zuccala and JGK…

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oztish
Jun 08, 2009 7:31 pm
Adele
Adele
8 June 2009

met?icon builders victoria

met?icon builders victoria
VIC

Hi btherl Who is the international sales person you have been liaising with? What stage are you in with the building process?

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Adele
Jun 08, 2009 9:26 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
8 June 2009

Plumbing Concerns... Help / Thoughts Required...

Plumbing Concerns... Help / Thoughts Required...
QLD

More likely the plumbing prelay was incorrect and has now become obsalete :wink: Not an issue so long as it has no connection to the sewer system, :wink: But now they need a new…

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onc_artisan
Jun 08, 2009 10:36 pm
onc_artisan
Beebob
Beebob
8 June 2009

first floor plan opinions

first floor plan opinions
NSW

thanks guys. waiting for tender to come back. hopefully by weds

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Beebob
Jun 08, 2009 11:02 pm
Howie
Howie
9 June 2009

Should we use an independent inspector????

Should we use an independent inspector????
VIC

hi bj. thats a question many have asked lol but heres my say..... i handed over a couple of months ago, and i am now helping my…

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Howie
Jun 09, 2009 9:34 am
Howie
Emzy
Emzy
9 June 2009

Cost of Building - Melbourne

Cost of Building - Melbourne
VIC

If you go owner builder, it might cost you less $$, but you would need to sub-contract all the work out to tradies etc. and if possible, do dome on ur own. Approx cost…

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Emzy
Jun 09, 2009 1:42 pm
sparkle
sparkle
9 June 2009

questions about the standard builders ranges from Dennis

questions about the standard builders ranges from Dennis

Hi, We are also building with Dennis Family Homes the Flinders 270 in Whittlesea. We were very impressed with the standard range and needed to upgrade very little. The…

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sparkle
Jun 09, 2009 2:35 pm
Howie
Howie
9 June 2009

PERTH: Photovoltaic Power - Deal for home builders

PERTH: Photovoltaic Power - Deal for home builders
WA

I'd try anyway.. some places are asking people to post their applications back via Aust Post Platinum Post (Same/Next day). So chances are you've got till midnight tonight.

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Howie
Jun 09, 2009 3:37 pm
Howie
jimmalenko
jimmalenko
9 June 2009

Feedback on these contract items?

Feedback on these contract items?

We suggested that we were OK with changes due to legislative items, as often these things can't be helped and inevitably there is a cost, but we clearly stated that…

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jimmalenko
Jun 09, 2009 4:56 pm
beegeers
beegeers
9 June 2009

For those who have used a building inspector.....

For those who have used a building inspector.....
WA

We felt we did not have know enough knowledge to check everything out and so had an independent inspection at pre-plaster and would have one at pre-handover…

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beegeers
Jun 09, 2009 9:56 pm
Zerosignal
Zerosignal
9 June 2009

Our Journey-Everything You Need To Know - Metric Avendon 32

Our Journey-Everything You Need To Know - Metric Avendon 32

Yeah I love the ensuite design, seriously looked at the Everest which has the same ensuite but was just a little too costly for us.

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Zerosignal
Jun 09, 2009 11:05 pm
Salt&Pepper
Salt&Pepper
9 June 2009

Different Color Bricks at front of house to rest - Bad Idea?

Different Color Bricks at front of house to rest - Bad Idea?
VIC

Agree with what woodvillesouth just said, put contrasting bricks on a blade wall or something like that. Make sure you know EXACTLY what and how you want the front to be,…

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Salt&Pepper
Jun 09, 2009 11:45 pm
Salt&Pepper
Haven
Haven
10 June 2009

Austral Blackwood bricks anyone?????

Austral Blackwood bricks anyone?????

Hi Renee, We selected the Blackwood bricks last week when we had our colour appointment. We were shown samples against Tan and Latrobe. Latrobe seemed to have more red…

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Haven
Jun 10, 2009 7:45 am
Haven
m&n
m&n
10 June 2009

Cornices and Skirtings

Cornices and Skirtings
VIC

Thanks for your help everyone. We went for our tender on Friday and our builder advised that packing out the cornices is not an option. They said that they could leave…

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m&n
Jun 10, 2009 9:04 am
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
10 June 2009

We're going home, very very soon - New Photos

We're going home, very very soon - New Photos
1, 2, 3, 4

WOWWEEEEZZZZ what a stunning house, after 2yrs of hell, I imagine, you deserve it! Enjoy!

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pinkfairymagic
Jun 10, 2009 9:28 am
pinkfairymagic
pravvy
pravvy
10 June 2009

Where O Where to buy - Point cook

Where O Where to buy - Point cook
VIC

Wow thanks so much for you help guys! I am thinking either Karinya or Water haven at the moment. What is a good price for say 512m2 block? Also did any of you bargain?…

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pravvy
Jun 10, 2009 9:29 am
ICK
ICK
10 June 2009

Has anyone built with P & J Constructions?

Has anyone built with P & J Constructions?
VIC

We looked into P&J when we were investigating. They were flexible, they have a high start price, but you'd get very few suprises later on as they have a lot of quality…

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ICK
Jun 10, 2009 10:44 am
ICK
beegeers
beegeers
10 June 2009

Our Build - How long did it take from lockup to handove???

Our Build - How long did it take from lockup to handove???

No Probs Lizzy stardust - External colours are Bricks - Labassa from Boral (Elan series) Roof Tiles - Walnut from Boral Render - Francescan Robe from Wattyl Windows -…

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beegeers
Jun 10, 2009 12:19 pm
lynnebin1968
lynnebin1968
10 June 2009

My garage isn't enclosed at all help please!!

My garage isn't enclosed at all help please!!
1, 2

We use it for storage too, but hey it's mostly junk (at least to me :lol: ) so I don't know how much worth it is to someone looking to steal it! :lol:

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lynnebin1968
Jun 10, 2009 4:19 pm
lynnebin1968
awen
awen
10 June 2009

Boundary pegs incomplete, settlement next week, pls advise?

Boundary pegs incomplete, settlement next week, pls advise?

Hi, I believe we are in the same estate :D. I probably recommend to speak to your solicitor before you settle, as I did. Mine told me that the developer going to do end…

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awen
Jun 10, 2009 7:05 pm
thorney
thorney
10 June 2009

Possible silly question about bricks

Possible silly question about bricks

Thanks for your responses guys, it's very interesting to learn the finer details of the making bricks process :D Ok so l just got to see what my batch comes up like…

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thorney
Jun 10, 2009 9:42 pm
thorney
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Gambarol
Jun 11, 2009 6:11 am
Gambarol
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
11 June 2009

Building Inspection stages (Sydney build)

Building Inspection stages (Sydney build)
NSW

Wow - that's a lot of individual inspections. I think most of us are going for pre-plaster and then final inspection. I suppose it would depend on the reputation of the…

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stonecutter1309
Jun 11, 2009 6:49 am
stonecutter1309
hallie_mia
hallie_mia
11 June 2009

All Castle Homes

All Castle Homes
NSW

I think if you look hard enough, you can find negative reviews on most builders which makes it hard to feel 100% comfortable with whoever you go with. We've actually been…

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hallie_mia
Jun 11, 2009 10:01 am
hallie_mia
sparkle
sparkle
11 June 2009

No double vanity to ensuite for Lisbon 22 PD

No double vanity to ensuite for Lisbon 22 PD
VIC

When looking on the Porter Davis website at the floorplan for the Lisborne 22 it also says ensuite option, whats that option include. It looks like a fairly big ensuite…

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sparkle
Jun 11, 2009 12:06 pm
mundie mansion
mundie mansion
11 June 2009

Building the Huntley HX/Cheviot Homes - nearly at handover!!

Building the Huntley HX/Cheviot Homes - nearly at handover!!
VIC
1, 2

Hi Fredstar, I have just been looking at some of your pics and it is like looking in my own house we are building. Our plans have some similarities and some of the…

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mundie mansion
Jun 11, 2009 2:16 pm
JJ305
JJ305
11 June 2009

Drafting service cost

Drafting service cost
VIC
1, 2

I started this thread. Finally went to a small private builder and then asked him to factor in drafting architecture and engineering costs in his…

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JJ305
Jun 11, 2009 2:47 pm
urbanesoul
urbanesoul
11 June 2009

Acrylic render on wrong wall.

Acrylic render on wrong wall.

I am not too sure but paint is very tricky. If they were to paint a lighter colour over that wall it would pick up the colour in the darker paint and still change the…

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urbanesoul
Jun 11, 2009 3:20 pm
urbanesoul
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
11 June 2009

Cost of building in country Victoria? (Daylesford)

Cost of building in country Victoria? (Daylesford)
VIC

Hi All, Newbies here :D We're trying to decide between OB or having a home built for us in Daylesford. Ignoring site costs can anyone give a rough…

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ElephantGuy
Jun 11, 2009 5:19 pm
Helyn
Helyn
11 June 2009

Building a fence surrounding the property

Building a fence surrounding the property

Unless you are buying a house/land package in which fencing is sometimes included, then the builder is not usually responsible for fencing - within council/ estate…

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Helyn
Jun 11, 2009 5:36 pm
Helyn
FND
FND
11 June 2009

Do Not Build with AVJennings!!!

Do Not Build with AVJennings!!!

I am sorry to hear your situation. Its good that you let people know how bad situation can be if we decide to build with this company. Thats good if they see this thread…

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FND
Jun 11, 2009 8:52 pm
yellowdieselgolf
yellowdieselgolf
11 June 2009

frustrations with first home contract.

frustrations with first home contract.
NSW
1, 2

This thread started off as a vent, so it's not the best place for progress…

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yellowdieselgolf
Jun 11, 2009 9:19 pm
yellowdieselgolf
kingroly
kingroly
11 June 2009

Shock announcement - Solar Rebate ends today (09/06/2009)

Shock announcement - Solar Rebate ends today (09/06/2009)
1, 2

To say that my day was wasted spending in dealing with my builder over this issue would be putting it mildly. No notice and we were still trying…

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kingroly
Jun 11, 2009 11:36 pm


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