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mdzzj
mdzzj
17 September 2009

Porter Davis Site Costs

Porter Davis Site Costs
VIC

Hi ours is a H class waffle slab $12800 close to 38 sq house includes piering and concreting the portico and alfresco. excavation $3700 services $5740 due to large…

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mdzzj
Sep 17, 2009 4:02 pm
TamDaz
TamDaz
17 September 2009

Monument roof people- what colour gutters and fascia?

Monument roof people- what colour gutters and fascia?

We will also being doing monument roof, gutters and fascias. I queried if it would look too dark, but as we are having a 2 story I was assured it will break up the render…

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TamDaz
Sep 17, 2009 5:38 pm
nelle
nelle
17 September 2009

Bank valued &approved less than construction contract amount

Bank valued &approved less than construction contract amount
VIC

I got caught out by this! Apparently most banks are under valuing house and land at the moment to try to protect them selves. Our block was valued 10k less then what we…

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nelle
Sep 17, 2009 7:58 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
17 September 2009

Single storey or Double Storey

Single storey or Double Storey

we went double storey as it has a smaller footprint than a single storey and will allow us to have a bigger rear yard (much more room for a swimming pool). Also to take…

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Andronicus
Sep 17, 2009 8:05 pm
SYD-YYZ
SYD-YYZ
17 September 2009

Fixed price or cost plus option?

Fixed price or cost plus option?
NSW

Have you at all considered demolition and construction from scratch, it could be worth a look at the cost of this too. Hope this helps. …

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SYD-YYZ
Sep 17, 2009 9:12 pm
cwoern
cwoern
17 September 2009

First home owners grant & boost.

First home owners grant & boost.
1, 2, 3

Thanks for your answers, I will follow your recommended links. Talked also to the broker, she told me to assist with this form. BTW, I am in Victoria. Chris

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cwoern
Sep 17, 2009 9:23 pm
Sierra
Sierra
17 September 2009

Official information

Official information

Definition of brick veneer: Masonry veneer walls consist of a single non-structural external layer of masonry work, typically brick, backed by an air space. The innermost…

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Sierra
Sep 17, 2009 10:03 pm
Sierra
gettingThere
gettingThere
17 September 2009

white Birch windows and Cream fence = bad idea?

white Birch windows and Cream fence = bad idea?

My partner agreed with me in the end, that primrose was a bit too yellow so we've ordered white birch. YAYYYYY ::lol:: The house will be all face bricks (Boral Jarrah) - no…

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gettingThere
Sep 17, 2009 10:14 pm
Jodie80
Jodie80
17 September 2009

What to ask for in regards to reticulation?

What to ask for in regards to reticulation?

I had to pay an extra $500 (i think) just to get a pipe laid under the driveway... tiny bit of a rip off i think!!! but it means that my retic can all be connected up.…

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Jodie80
Sep 17, 2009 10:37 pm
Jodie80
prasan111
prasan111
17 September 2009

Land title release date - Peet Innisfail

Land title release date - Peet Innisfail
VIC
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Hopefully title will be done before march. I think, limited circumstances the Commissioner may approve an extension to the commencement and completion date where the…

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prasan111
Sep 17, 2009 11:28 pm
scoobydoo
scoobydoo
18 September 2009

Big M's STUDIO M website... Envisage program

Big M's STUDIO M website... Envisage program
VIC

hey guys!!! i'm coming closer to deciding on a house with the help of the envisage tool...i was going to attach the image but it says that 'the board attachment quota has…

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scoobydoo
Sep 18, 2009 11:29 am
mdzzj
mdzzj
18 September 2009

Building My First Home Newtown33 with Porterdavis. :)

Building My First Home Newtown33 with Porterdavis. :)
VIC

Hi Hels Yes they are very alike, I have been watching your house build (lurking quietly) during the whole sales, tender, contract stage. Building permit has been approved…

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mdzzj
Sep 18, 2009 12:17 pm
immu2006
immu2006
18 September 2009

Building Grandview 27 with M3tric0n.. Our journey Nth BNE

Building Grandview 27 with M3tric0n.. Our journey Nth BNE
1, 2

You house is a masterpiece rjm85. May i know how much did it cost you to built grandview 27 including all site costs? Thanks

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immu2006
Sep 18, 2009 2:24 pm
jamestheoz
jamestheoz
18 September 2009

Anyone building house with or knows about HOMESNOW

Anyone building house with or knows about HOMESNOW
VIC

Hi, Look at my reply from a similar recent thread. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=22698 We recently moved into a Homes Now home & are delighted with the final quality of our HN…

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jamestheoz
Sep 18, 2009 3:57 pm
bluemetal77
bluemetal77
18 September 2009

Soil Test Site 'S' Classification ? what does it mean?

Soil Test Site 'S' Classification ? what does it mean?

Your site is namely classified based upon the expected movement of the foundation soils - generally related to the capacity of the soil to shrink and swell. The following…

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bluemetal77
Sep 18, 2009 4:41 pm
bluemetal77
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
18 September 2009

Receiving the contract and signing straight away??

Receiving the contract and signing straight away??
VIC

The default for Vic HIA contract, as per the contract is $250 per week. My builder has it as $250 on mine but it…

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pinkfairymagic
Sep 18, 2009 10:26 pm
pinkfairymagic
taniadeba
taniadeba
19 September 2009

Builder asking for other builder's tenders .. should i?

Builder asking for other builder's tenders .. should i?
1, 2

Hi EcoClassic Could you please help me on finding the pricing of Double glaze will, is it too expensive, i m considering it for my new home Regards Tania

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taniadeba
Sep 19, 2009 12:42 am
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
19 September 2009

Things that shouldn't be missed in a Building Contract

Things that shouldn't be missed in a Building Contract

The builder does not want to deliberately delay building, he wants to get paid as much as you want your house. Sometimes it is better to wait. I had a three week delay…

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buildingwithhamra
Sep 19, 2009 10:29 am
kek
kek
19 September 2009

How much are blocks of land in Lyndarum/Aurora Estate now?

How much are blocks of land in Lyndarum/Aurora Estate now?
VIC

Pop in at the land sales office and ask them.... I do it now and then, to see what the new releases in our estate are going for. Or check local real estate agent's…

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kek
Sep 19, 2009 11:11 am
kek
issy jo
issy jo
19 September 2009

First home builder, with sarah homes

First home builder, with sarah homes
SA

Hi Jess,welcome! My council has been doing the inspections for me so far, though I dare say that will end once lock-up has happened. The council noticed that the septic…

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issy jo
Sep 19, 2009 11:52 am
issy jo
brittany
brittany
19 September 2009

Disaster...my driveway is too steep!

Disaster...my driveway is too steep!

Another thing that may help (and wish we did but hubby talked me out of it) is that the council were going to let us grind down the edge of the footpath 200mm from our…

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brittany
Sep 19, 2009 12:38 pm
brittany
R and R
R and R
19 September 2009

our design

our design

Hi Bexi - With the photos I used our photo program to change the size to 600x800. I then uploaded to photobucket and copied/pasted the img link into the post. Can't wait…

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R and R
Sep 19, 2009 1:34 pm
R and R
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
19 September 2009

Slab pour and wind.

Slab pour and wind.

Arh.. Interesting... is there sand around? some of the coastal slabs we have done had to be delayed, ... because the finishing of the concrete is affected by the continued…

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onc_artisan
Sep 19, 2009 4:08 pm
onc_artisan
SYD-YYZ
SYD-YYZ
19 September 2009

Buying stuff too soon....

Buying stuff too soon....
1, 2

They say indefinitely -…

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SYD-YYZ
Sep 19, 2009 4:41 pm
CarlousMoochous
CarlousMoochous
19 September 2009

Help to choose BORAL NOVO range Brick

Help to choose BORAL NOVO range Brick
VIC

We have used the Boral Nuvo Fusion Espresso Standard bricks.. They look awesome.. Will post some pics on my profile soon.. Garage done so far but we are really happy with them.

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CarlousMoochous
Sep 19, 2009 5:29 pm
CarlousMoochous
shyboy
shyboy
19 September 2009

costs of dropped edge beams (for 500mm fill)

costs of dropped edge beams (for 500mm fill)

Hi There My plans also say Dropped Edge Beam to 650mm below NGL, its a requirement for the estate..its the footing of the wall

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shyboy
Sep 19, 2009 10:55 pm
Eljay
Eljay
20 September 2009

We're in ... finally!

We're in ... finally!

Well done Judie, congratulations!!! Now to enjoy the unpacking part lol

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Eljay
Sep 20, 2009 10:00 am
smcinc
smcinc
20 September 2009

Corner Treatment-Stocklands Design Approval Problems -Mernda

Corner Treatment-Stocklands Design Approval Problems -Mernda
VIC

Hi VengaPalace, our meter box will be going adjacent the garage external wall. Smcinc

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smcinc
Sep 20, 2009 1:54 pm
wrexy
wrexy
20 September 2009

Building in Perth - Comments on my plan please

Building in Perth - Comments on my plan please
WA

That's a great plan. We've also been through the display, very nice. We were considering that design ourselves but as it turned out friends of…

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wrexy
Sep 20, 2009 7:42 pm
wrexy
firsthomebuyer13
firsthomebuyer13
20 September 2009

recs for mornington peninisula vic?

recs for mornington peninisula vic?
VIC

we are hopefully building in hastings, vic on the mornington peninsula, does anyone have anygood recs of builders? thanks

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firsthomebuyer13
Sep 20, 2009 8:13 pm
themax
themax
20 September 2009

How do you know??

How do you know??

You will always be able to find positive AND negative feedback for any builder if you look for it. I think you have to of course, like the floorplan and it has to suit…

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themax
Sep 20, 2009 8:28 pm
themax
kb46
kb46
20 September 2009

Laminex Squareform Benchtops

Laminex Squareform Benchtops

Southies posted a pic of their squareform in a thread of mine - . (Hope she…

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kb46
Sep 20, 2009 9:37 pm
elastic
elastic
20 September 2009

New Land Release- Doreen

New Land Release- Doreen
VIC

The land is very flat on that release. Was out there this morning where they are putting in services for the previously released stage.

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elastic
Sep 20, 2009 11:07 pm
Sierra
Sierra
21 September 2009

Contract is here, not sure if these clause out of ordinary?

Contract is here, not sure if these clause out of ordinary?

Response from my experience (Vic HIA contract), but really if you are worried and dont understand, you should consider a lawyer.. 1. I would have thought it was…

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Sierra
Sep 21, 2009 12:02 am
Sierra
lisanne
lisanne
21 September 2009

Practical Completion inspection

Practical Completion inspection

I just spent the last 20 minutes looking for this thread as my list is at home on my laptop and I wanted to print it off! Just thought I would bump this up for others to…

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lisanne
Sep 21, 2009 9:05 am
ken007
ken007
21 September 2009

Polystyrene with slab?

Polystyrene with slab?

Another function of the waffle pod is to absorb swelling in highly reactive soils. This prevents the slab from doming.

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ken007
Sep 21, 2009 9:24 am
ken007
su ann
su ann
21 September 2009

Is this house expensive to build?

Is this house expensive to build?

Thanks for the explaination. We're at Fixed price contract stage so hopefully a lot of these items will be spelt out. But I'll ask the question about site specific costs.

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su ann
Sep 21, 2009 9:39 am
2pais
2pais
21 September 2009

Drainage of rain water in gardens- new homes in brisbane.

Drainage of rain water in gardens- new homes in brisbane.

Good point there raw29983. I will have to check with the builder as to what they are providing in the plans.

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2pais
Sep 21, 2009 11:38 am
angel
angel
21 September 2009

Studio M Selections - How late is too late to change?

Studio M Selections - How late is too late to change?

Hi Aimeh I'm building with M, I suggest you talk to your customer service coordinator, I found mine to be very helpful when I had to reselect my bricks. It was aslo an…

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angel
Sep 21, 2009 12:57 pm
alk
alk
21 September 2009

DQH vs Burns vs build to lockup

DQH vs Burns vs build to lockup
QLD

I have nothing but praise for DQH. My parents built with them back in 1991 and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the house today. I've been in rentals between 1 - 3…

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alk
Sep 21, 2009 1:09 pm
alk
MrsRose
MrsRose
21 September 2009

Brick &garage door colours-pick1*UPDATED real life pics*

Brick &garage door colours-pick1*UPDATED real life pics*
VIC
1, 2

I voted for the choc brick with manor red door, but I think I like that combo without render :th: ... If you had the choc…

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MrsRose
Sep 21, 2009 8:27 pm
MrsRose
TamDaz
TamDaz
21 September 2009

How long did you slab take?

How long did you slab take?

Our Site scrape was on the 4th of Sept, we still do not have trenches for the footings yet. We were sent a letter today requesting an extension in time (per clause what…

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TamDaz
Sep 21, 2009 11:15 pm
Mel&Em
Mel&Em
21 September 2009

Outdoor woodfire pizza oven

Outdoor woodfire pizza oven
1, 2

Instead of self building you should buy portable . As they are easy to move from one place to other. I recommend you to buy portable WFPO from ilFornino. They have large…

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Mel&Em
Sep 21, 2009 11:26 pm
Mel&Em
FireFox
FireFox
22 September 2009

Anyone know anything about Stellar Homes in SA?

Anyone know anything about Stellar Homes in SA?
SA

Any updates? went to see them about a quote a few weeks ago and they have come back with something in our ballpark, and they build with materials other than…

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FireFox
Sep 22, 2009 3:33 am
FireFox
Beebob
Beebob
22 September 2009

Extra costs to include in the construction loan

Extra costs to include in the construction loan
1, 2

Thought I would give this thread a bump. Don't want people to forget to budget for some things. I certainly have... I think I will be using some fishing line as a clothesline

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Beebob
Sep 22, 2009 1:52 pm
Shelz
Shelz
22 September 2009

Building Talbot 28 in Craigieburn

Building Talbot 28 in Craigieburn
VIC

My cousin who built with M* had the same issue regarding the invoice being sent before completion of lock up stage. She rang head office complained and refused to make pmt…

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Shelz
Sep 22, 2009 2:09 pm
tinfish
tinfish
22 September 2009

Tiles or Timber/Laminate in Kitchen/meals/entry areas

Tiles or Timber/Laminate in Kitchen/meals/entry areas
VIC

are you serious?! they break/chip/crack so easily! I doubt you'd…

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tinfish
Sep 22, 2009 5:20 pm
tinfish
Southies
Southies
22 September 2009

Building Inspector recommendation in Sydney??

Building Inspector recommendation in Sydney??
NSW

pre-plaster means, brickwork is complete, all electricals & plumbing done ie all ready for the gyprocking

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Southies
Sep 22, 2009 5:58 pm
Southies
simpson
simpson
22 September 2009

Has anyone buy Tonnue and groove timber flooring in auction

Has anyone buy Tonnue and groove timber flooring in auction
NSW

Hi Simpson - I've previously bought timber at Laws Auction. Go to http://www.lawsauctions.com.au. You can view the timber in Sydney (Wetherill…

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simpson
Sep 22, 2009 6:26 pm

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