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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 8:18 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 9:43 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 11:20 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 9:13 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 10:44 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 12:28 pm
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 1:10 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 1:39 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 3:25 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 3:58 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 5:59 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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369
Becster
Jul 16, 2009 6:59 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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342
Pebble
Jul 16, 2009 8:27 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 10:13 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 8:24 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 11:32 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 8:04 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 9:19 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 11:05 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 18, 2009 12:23 am
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 3:05 am
onc_artisan
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whoville
Jul 18, 2009 3:59 am
whoville
whoville
whoville
18 July 2009

~ Kylie's Custom Build ~ Comments on Draft Floorplan please!

~ Kylie's Custom Build ~ Comments on Draft Floorplan please!
QLD

WOW, it looks like it is going to be a fantastic house!! I think I would change the kitchen bench to an Island bench, can't see anything other than that I would…

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whoville
Jul 18, 2009 4:11 am
whoville
greenfarm222
greenfarm222
18 July 2009

Bryan & Peterson Builders

Bryan & Peterson Builders
VIC

Hi We are looking at the Aspen plan with this builder. I know people who have built with them and they are a reputable company. We live in the West of Oz but are building…

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greenfarm222
Jul 18, 2009 1:12 pm
brendondanielle
brendondanielle
18 July 2009

Definition of LOCKUP in your contract pls

Definition of LOCKUP in your contract pls
NSW

That's pretty much what mine says. Also on double story homes lockup does not include garage roof trusses, roof tiles and garage door.

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brendondanielle
Jul 18, 2009 4:57 pm
Juzzo
Juzzo
18 July 2009

Office/study design

Office/study design

Thanks a lot for your reply Renee. That is what we basically had in mind, and I think it fits the room pretty good. Thanks again Juzzo

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Juzzo
Jul 18, 2009 5:37 pm
buildingwithhamra
buildingwithhamra
18 July 2009

Hope less town - interiors

Hope less town - interiors

My builder was brilliant with selections and variations. I could pick any tile/bath/toilet/sink/kitchen cabinet/carpet I liked at their suppliers showroom. I paid of course.

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buildingwithhamra
Jul 18, 2009 7:04 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
18 July 2009

question answered

question answered
QLD

I think original quotes (which are in many cases 'cost estimates') are notoriously low to hook you into handing over $1000 to get a real quote. After you've given them…

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virgin-builder
Jul 18, 2009 10:19 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
18 July 2009

Fastest way to go CBD by transportation from Tarneit???

Fastest way to go CBD by transportation from Tarneit???
VIC

There are some trains from and to Laverton that bypass the Altona line and do not take much longer to get into the city than by car. Have a look www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au

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virgin-builder
Jul 18, 2009 10:28 pm
virgin-builder
homemaker
homemaker
19 July 2009

How would we get into the house?

How would we get into the house?
NSW

We want to have the living areas on the north side and the laundry moved so its next to backyard and so we have an exit thru there to back yard.

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homemaker
Jul 19, 2009 11:05 am
Mtuba2
Mtuba2
19 July 2009

ceilings and cornices..plz help!!

ceilings and cornices..plz help!!
WA

My house had the grey plaster, then the ceiling, then cornices and now the white plaster is being put on. Oh .. the windows were done between the ceiling and the…

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Mtuba2
Jul 19, 2009 2:38 pm
Mtuba2
Rowena
Rowena
19 July 2009

Dilemma about a site survey

Dilemma about a site survey
VIC

Thanks for all of your help. We have decided not to pay because how do we know that the pegs weren't already there to begin with but have now just been uncovered (it…

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Rowena
Jul 19, 2009 7:01 pm
Rowena
Mtuba2
Mtuba2
19 July 2009

Step from house into garage

Step from house into garage
WA

Oh good. I am glad that I hopefully have the Australian Standards on my side, and that I won't have to pay to have it made wider. Even sober I am sure we will have a…

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Mtuba2
Jul 19, 2009 9:39 pm
Mtuba2
gettingThere
gettingThere
19 July 2009

Our neighbor wants to put up a new fence ...

Our neighbor wants to put up a new fence ...
1, 2

So our neighbour has sold their property with the provision that they erect a fence, which is great. She is going to arrange another quote and send some colour samples to…

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gettingThere
Jul 19, 2009 9:40 pm
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
19 July 2009

Stonecutters Ridge site cost

Stonecutters Ridge site cost
NSW

made 4 u - your profile doesn't tell us which state you're in - Stonecutters Ridge is your typical Sydney estate - strong clay component in the…

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stonecutter1309
Jul 19, 2009 10:22 pm
stonecutter1309
kyton
kyton
19 July 2009

Poll - Initial Deposit to Construction - How long?

Poll - Initial Deposit to Construction - How long?
VIC
1, 2

Private builder and really won't help you that much but.... Initial deposit paid Jan 08 Colour Selections Feb 09 Site start Mar 09 No major reasons why the length of…

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kyton
Jul 19, 2009 11:58 pm
kyton
CiNnY
CiNnY
19 July 2009

Bent Gutters

Bent Gutters
SA

we have a section of gutter and fascia that is dinted and we bought it up with our SS who said he will replace it just before we move in so it doesnt get damaged again!

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CiNnY
Jul 20, 2009 12:06 am
fall guy
fall guy
19 July 2009

rough costs for house foundation installation.

rough costs for house foundation installation.
WA

G'day guys & girls, we are in preparation for starting our owner build project & currently obtaining realistic costs before full speed ahead. i was hoping someone on…

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fall guy
Jul 20, 2009 12:11 am
zaphod
zaphod
20 July 2009

Mortor issue/ Brick issue?

Mortor issue/ Brick issue?
VIC

Oh dear ,I feel guilty now, complaining about shonky out of code brickwork, i'm so selfish. I shoud be more forgiving and considerate to the poor, underpaid trades people,…

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zaphod
Jul 20, 2009 8:23 am
78xtc
78xtc
20 July 2009

Why DIDN'T you choose Boral bricks?

Why DIDN'T you choose Boral bricks?

Pl@ntation's preferred supplier was PGH. Whilst we did like some of the Boral bricks we found we loved the PGH Sandstocks even better. Just didnt…

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78xtc
Jul 20, 2009 1:37 pm
poonam
poonam
20 July 2009

Daisy 2400 with Burbank

Daisy 2400 with Burbank
VIC

Thanks for ur inputs Helyn n Vish.... Helyn...we had actually considered swapping kitchen/meals n theatre but bcoz of the extra cost due to structural change n redraw fees…

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poonam
Jul 20, 2009 2:19 pm
vanessad
vanessad
20 July 2009

Interim Occupation Certificate

Interim Occupation Certificate

Thanks guys, I spoke to our independent inspectors, and they have confirmed that the home builder apply for the inspection after practical completion. I was told that it…

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vanessad
Jul 20, 2009 2:33 pm
thechlochlo
thechlochlo
20 July 2009

Worried about Blue Rain Brick any other suggestions?

Worried about Blue Rain Brick any other suggestions?

Hi all we love Selkirks Blue Rain Brick and have picked this for our house, but having heard some horror stories regarding fading and chippings I'm starting to think we…

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thechlochlo
Jul 20, 2009 2:51 pm
thechlochlo
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Macy
Jul 20, 2009 3:53 pm
billdsl
billdsl
20 July 2009

Price of Gas Cylinders.....

Price of Gas Cylinders.....
QLD

hot water systems chew through gas, that's why i opted for a heat pump system as we only have access to gas through bottles. we have 5 in the family now and the gas bill…

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billdsl
Jul 20, 2009 4:15 pm
billdsl
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
20 July 2009

good builder????

good builder????
VIC

Ask for references from the builder but…

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virgin-builder
Jul 20, 2009 7:37 pm
virgin-builder
cheriemaze
cheriemaze
20 July 2009

Framing Stage - are these acceptable??

Framing Stage - are these acceptable??

Thanks for those replies. I am okay with those noggins but not the cracked frames due to unskilled hammering ::study::

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cheriemaze
Jul 20, 2009 7:56 pm
miffers
miffers
20 July 2009

Has your land increased in value in the last 6 mths?

Has your land increased in value in the last 6 mths?
VIC
1, 2

I would have preferred the land value to increase a little bit though in a year.. even $500 would have been nice! I actually work for one of the banks so have seen many a…

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miffers
Jul 20, 2009 9:36 pm
miffers

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