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ECOECO
ECOECO
31 May 2009

Front Fence - rendered with metal bars - help needed

Front Fence - rendered with metal bars - help needed
VIC

Maybe too late... but you could get your stainless steel one powdercoated in black... Ed

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ECOECO
May 31, 2009 7:26 am
ECOECO
suenmatt
suenmatt
31 May 2009

Covenants and getting approval from developer for plans

Covenants and getting approval from developer for plans

Hi Sue, our estate has some strict covenants too. Our builder (Henley) has just sent our plans off for developers approval. So maybe start…

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suenmatt
May 31, 2009 9:03 am
photogirl
photogirl
31 May 2009

When to apply for new crossover?

When to apply for new crossover?
VIC

In northern Victoria we went to our council and they said that the concreter applies for the permit. The permit is only required to allow…

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photogirl
May 31, 2009 12:26 pm
Hels
Hels
31 May 2009

COLOUR or TILES appointment first?

COLOUR or TILES appointment first?

We had our colour appointment first, but I had already picked the tiles and had samples with me. That way I could tie everything together. The tile…

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Hels
May 31, 2009 10:06 pm
Hels

Thanks for the help! I am attaching our building envelope. Just wondering if anyone here likes playing around with floorplans and has some suggestions of how we could…

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igglepiggle
Jun 01, 2009 12:04 pm
billdsl
billdsl
1 June 2009

Building permit???

Building permit???

yep he got back to me, its not actually ready, but he said plumbing is the big one and the other approvals are usually done at the same time, so he's checking where…

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billdsl
Jun 01, 2009 12:26 pm
billdsl
D&SG
D&SG
1 June 2009

D&SG Custom House Plan

D&SG Custom House Plan

sounds like you can do as you like, change what you want and still get a good price! good deal there! have you heard from Council yet? I hope…

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D&SG
Jun 01, 2009 4:46 pm
D&SG
Andronicus
Andronicus
1 June 2009

Front Elevation and Plans - Take a look

Front Elevation and Plans - Take a look
SA

Had to make a changes to the plan. The engineers plan was to cut the entire block and we'd end up with a 2.6m high retaining wall along the back. This meant 1000 tonne…

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Andronicus
Jun 01, 2009 7:42 pm
JJ305
JJ305
1 June 2009

the cost for screw piling

the cost for screw piling

Yes they are expensive. Also it depends on how many you need. Who are you building through? Can they build on stumps? Maybe cheaper... :wink:

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JJ305
Jun 01, 2009 7:59 pm
jolie
jolie
1 June 2009

Should we look for a better deal? Thoughts please!

Should we look for a better deal? Thoughts please!
QLD

Hi - we are buildling with Hallmark Homes, so far construction hasnt started which means that I can't recommend their quality personally. Even if reviews have generally…

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jolie
Jun 01, 2009 8:30 pm
Nightshade
Nightshade
1 June 2009

Studio M - Energy Saving Options

Studio M - Energy Saving Options
VIC

I got my sales guy to email me a pdf'd copy so I could read it and check it well in advance of the meeting. This gave me time to mull over it and spot any errors, scribble…

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Nightshade
Jun 01, 2009 8:34 pm
houseofl
houseofl
1 June 2009

Could I please have some advice on a sloping site?

Could I please have some advice on a sloping site?
NSW

Hi LKC Wehave a pretty big slope - requiring a 3.5 metre cut and a retaining wall that will be the same height at the back of the house. The site costs are enormous -…

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houseofl
Jun 01, 2009 9:04 pm
houseofl
forest24
forest24
2 June 2009

Progressive Independent Building Inspections

Progressive Independent Building Inspections
NSW

getting a independent building inspector on site during the constrction stage is a very wise investment in your house , I have been getting them done since the start of…

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forest24
Jun 02, 2009 9:00 am
wonderland
wonderland
2 June 2009

Help please!

Help please!

Facebrick just means that they will lay the bricks nicely and no render will be on them

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wonderland
Jun 02, 2009 12:32 pm
wonderland
lisanne
lisanne
2 June 2009

Contract Variations

Contract Variations
QLD

Lisa, if you have a…

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lisanne
Jun 02, 2009 5:11 pm
D&SG
D&SG
2 June 2009

Site costs - Double handling charge

Site costs - Double handling charge
VIC

I have received a response from the builder. The double handling charge applies because there is no access to the block from the…

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D&SG
Jun 02, 2009 5:22 pm
D&SG

While ive been waiting for my land or house to progress my parents block seems to be moving full steam ahead, we're happy that at least someone house is under way finally.…

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Abbey_aj
Jun 02, 2009 7:01 pm
Guest
2 June 2009

Bricks - mortar joints

Bricks - mortar joints

raked and rollled are the strongest mortar joints. Flush isnt that good sometimes as the morter is not push in and compressed like the other two methods.

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Guest
Jun 02, 2009 7:09 pm
Hels
Hels
2 June 2009

I have handover.....

I have handover.....

I just had a quick look at your blog too, it looks like a great house. Congrats on handover, good to hear it was a nice quick and smooth build for you ::

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Hels
Jun 02, 2009 10:05 pm
Hels
kristofw
kristofw
2 June 2009

Wall insulation for new build

Wall insulation for new build

What size batts did you use internally? 430mm or 580m? Just check the stud spacing. For internal walls it's usually 600mm between studs'…

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kristofw
Jun 02, 2009 10:23 pm
kristofw
jolie
jolie
2 June 2009

Building an Alfresco

Building an Alfresco

Sorry, it's just an old joke from an old thread that kept making the rounds.. was just in a silly mood. :lol: You are right, an alfresco is an under roof structure and a…

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jolie
Jun 02, 2009 10:48 pm
Jess09
Jess09
2 June 2009

House in the wrong position? How to check.

House in the wrong position? How to check.

that great annelies! ::smile:: you are so lucky your council uses certifiers - mine doesn't so i think it could be slow going ::sad::

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Jess09
Jun 02, 2009 11:04 pm
Jess09
GSK
GSK
2 June 2009

Price for non standard floor plan changes

Price for non standard floor plan changes

Porter Davis also told us that we would get charged $1,000 for re-design fees + the cost of the modifications. We weren't 100% happy with the plans and didn't want to…

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GSK
Jun 02, 2009 11:19 pm
Deviant
Deviant
2 June 2009

SA builders - anyone know of Precision Homes?

SA builders - anyone know of Precision Homes?
SA

Just a follow up, if you run the name through google they do have a site and a few directory pages which they have edited. Looking at their site on first glance I come…

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Deviant
Jun 02, 2009 11:28 pm
Deviant
cmooring
cmooring
3 June 2009

******* roof tile laying..

******* roof tile laying..

Let us know how you get on. Best of luck.

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cmooring
Jun 03, 2009 12:00 am
cmooring
-Rebekah-
-Rebekah-
3 June 2009

another what would you change on this plan!

another what would you change on this plan!
VIC

Yes I agree with PP's in that you'll need more storage. Another idea is to put a build in robe/shelving in the kids retreat area to store all of their toys/games…

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-Rebekah-
Jun 03, 2009 8:23 am
-Rebekah-
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craigandamy
Jun 03, 2009 8:37 am
adammm
adammm
3 June 2009

FHBG v The Settlement of the Land

FHBG v The Settlement of the Land

I'm not sure if I am correct or not but for victoria, if you do miss the 6months build time, if you still signed before December, it will be 25k not 18, as the federal…

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adammm
Jun 03, 2009 4:16 pm
surfshak
surfshak
3 June 2009

Buying a Sub-divided Block to build on

Buying a Sub-divided Block to build on
VIC

Hi Houseofbell We purchased a "battle axe" block, which was the result of the owner at the front subdividing and selling the back block. Two things that were highlighted…

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surfshak
Jun 03, 2009 7:16 pm
JJ305
JJ305
3 June 2009

No eaves?

No eaves?
1, 2

Love eaves wouldn't have it any other way.

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JJ305
Jun 03, 2009 7:42 pm
Deviant
Deviant
3 June 2009

CITB levy query

CITB levy query
SA

Although I am not an expert on this actual levy I did look at the legislation that covers it. From my understanding, you have paid the levy for the 'project' as a whole…

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Deviant
Jun 03, 2009 8:37 pm
Deviant
Jess09
Jess09
3 June 2009

Callling Porter Davis Lifestyle clients re: colour selection

Callling Porter Davis Lifestyle clients re: colour selection
VIC

Thanks to all your feedback and prices too (thanks, Jo!), I'm not so scared - and kinda looking forward to a sneak peak this Sat morn! …

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Jess09
Jun 03, 2009 9:00 pm
Jess09
Annietom
Annietom
3 June 2009

Big M displays at Eynesbury VIC

Big M displays at Eynesbury VIC
VIC

oh yes, that does look nice, I bet it looks even better in real life! Annie

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Annietom
Jun 03, 2009 10:03 pm
Annietom
mattydals
mattydals
4 June 2009

Demo Guy has left his machine on my block for 2 weeks now

Demo Guy has left his machine on my block for 2 weeks now

Post it on ebay and then send the guy an email with the link to the item and advise him he can bid if he…

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mattydals
Jun 04, 2009 9:18 am
vid
vid
4 June 2009

Builders Rubbish

Builders Rubbish

I have changed the topic description slightly, we received a letter from our builder about the footpath reinstatement, does anyone know if this is something you can ONLY…

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vid
Jun 04, 2009 10:20 am
vid
HellDad
HellDad
4 June 2009

Connection of power cable from house to telegraph pole

Connection of power cable from house to telegraph pole

We received a bill from the electrician for the connection, then the builder told the electrician when he wanted power, and it was connected without us doing anything…

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HellDad
Jun 04, 2009 11:54 am
HellDad
chuth77
chuth77
4 June 2009

slab cost

slab cost

First thing.. Get more than one quote... Secondly it seems reasonably cheap... Normal house slabs I though were costed at around $100/sqm Third... What is your…

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chuth77
Jun 04, 2009 1:20 pm
monkeyupatree
monkeyupatree
4 June 2009

Options for driveway and backyard - to pave or not to pave??

Options for driveway and backyard - to pave or not to pave??

We are getting liquid limestone for our driveway. Cant wait until it is done. We didnt want pavers, because of the weeds, and we would have had to find someone to finish…

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monkeyupatree
Jun 04, 2009 2:55 pm
monkeyupatree
meghan
meghan
4 June 2009

Cost of building

Cost of building

Our base price was $192,500. We added: *1.4 metres to the garage to build to boundary and to make it wider *upgraded carpet and underlay *upgraded taps and…

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meghan
Jun 04, 2009 4:38 pm
ozhappy981
ozhappy981
4 June 2009

New Home in WA

New Home in WA
WA

When we were looking for a…

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ozhappy981
Jun 04, 2009 6:38 pm
btherl
btherl
5 June 2009

P class slab

P class slab

Have a look at this thread: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=9017

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btherl
Jun 05, 2009 1:07 am
btherl
Pixelated
Pixelated
5 June 2009

how LONG to wait for a BUILDER to lodge plans to council????

how LONG to wait for a BUILDER to lodge plans to council????

We have completed the form to fill out in regards to BASIX. We're not required to put up a landscape plan but our CSC told us that they're just waiting for…

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Pixelated
Jun 05, 2009 9:05 am
Pixelated
mattydals
mattydals
5 June 2009

Timber Retaining Walls

Timber Retaining Walls

Price sounds about right. I was quoted $5,900 for 30m of retaining walls 1m in height. 75mm timber H4 treated pine. Alternatively I have been quoted $6600 for…

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mattydals
Jun 05, 2009 12:18 pm
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
5 June 2009

What builder???

What builder???
SA

Be careful trying to get too much "value for money", some builders are just cheap and nasty, where as others may offer true value for money, you need to find someone you…

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pinkfairymagic
Jun 05, 2009 12:40 pm
pinkfairymagic
MBBN
MBBN
5 June 2009

Problem brickwork - options

Problem brickwork - options

Firstly, are they defective or you just aren't happy with how they look? You'll find that all brick companies have a little disclaimer in their brochures which states…

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MBBN
Jun 05, 2009 3:11 pm
alphapk
alphapk
5 June 2009

steel frame builder in Sydney

steel frame builder in Sydney
NSW

Hi Dan c the reason, I am going for steel frame, is termite protection. I think steel frame is a bit dearer than H2F frame treated but it is chemical free. I am looking…

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alphapk
Jun 05, 2009 3:30 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
5 June 2009

Building on Land with a slope. Help!

Building on Land with a slope. Help!

We have 2.6m of fall over the building envelope and are building a 2 storey with the garage sitting lower than the house (so we've split leveled the garage). Our plan…

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Andronicus
Jun 05, 2009 7:16 pm
themax
themax
6 June 2009

Who draws up your elec. plan to include upgrades?

Who draws up your elec. plan to include upgrades?

I'm suprised they are not jumping on you for the $$$'s from the upgrades. ::surprise::

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themax
Jun 06, 2009 7:43 am
themax
ani
ani
6 June 2009

anyone bulding with summit/ easystart?

anyone bulding with summit/ easystart?
WA

Hi Shan! I'm building in Bertram but missed your thread until now. Are you in Belgravia Central? I can PM you and tell you where my land is if you like - we could be…

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ani
Jun 06, 2009 9:49 pm
ani


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