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Annietom
Annietom
27 July 2009

Slab today!

Slab today!

yayyy for that! Keep us up on progress etc...

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Annietom
Jul 27, 2009 9:37 pm
Annietom
houseofl
houseofl
27 July 2009

Retaining wall help!

Retaining wall help!

Heya I will be of absolutely no help to you at all but wanted you to know that I share your retaining wall pain. Ours are still being built - we are in week 8 now - at a…

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houseofl
Jul 27, 2009 9:38 pm
houseofl
serge44
serge44
27 July 2009

Driveway-Sunshine Coast

Driveway-Sunshine Coast
QLD

let me know how you get on - I'll need one in a coupla months time. :lol:

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serge44
Jul 27, 2009 10:36 pm
serge44
kyton
kyton
27 July 2009

BIR's for bedrooms

BIR's for bedrooms
VIC

Joles, Joles Joles :n: don't you know Helyn is correct on this one :th: We are having sliders on all the built ins in our home simply because they take up way less space then…

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kyton
Jul 27, 2009 10:52 pm
kyton
slknv
slknv
27 July 2009

Vic builders that do not require progress payments??

Vic builders that do not require progress payments??
VIC

One of my staff is building a townhouse investment in caroline springs, pretty sure it's with Urbayne with 5% deposit and then a final payment.

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slknv
Jul 27, 2009 11:34 pm
monkeymoo
monkeymoo
27 July 2009

Any experiences with Silkwood Dream or Abode Living?

Any experiences with Silkwood Dream or Abode Living?
VIC

We are building with Abode Living and my sister has just moved into the house they built with Abode. So far, we have found the service from Karen the sales rep to be…

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monkeymoo
Jul 28, 2009 12:12 am
monkeymoo
shan
shan
27 July 2009

Prestart

Prestart

Hi Linney, i think it actually depends on your budget, how fussy you are and how handy you are. I have just had prestart and i spent $200. I added an extra power point, a…

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shan
Jul 28, 2009 12:40 am
shan
kyles
kyles
28 July 2009

Default Inclusions for Wisdom Providence

Default Inclusions for Wisdom Providence
NSW

Hi, The standard floor tiles for the living areas are great, i was very impressed with them! But thats only my personal opinion. There is a lot to choose from too. I have…

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kyles
Jul 28, 2009 9:24 am
JJ305
JJ305
28 July 2009

Soil test variance... how much extra did it cost you?

Soil test variance... how much extra did it cost you?

Don't worry to much. If they do hit rock, they may hit you up for a little bit extra - but honestly hitting rock isn't such a problem with post footings.…

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JJ305
Jul 28, 2009 1:14 pm
coobowie
coobowie
28 July 2009

Sterling Homes in Tungkillo area

Sterling Homes in Tungkillo area
SA

Hi there Thanks for the reply. We were originally looking for an established house in the Western Adelaide Hills area but have decided on building. We are looking for…

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coobowie
Jul 28, 2009 3:26 pm
northernspirit
northernspirit
28 July 2009

garage size

garage size

ours is 5.5 x 5.7 and it does seem on the small side i definately wouldnt go any smaller and we have 2 large sedans so there wont be any storage space in there for us…

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northernspirit
Jul 28, 2009 4:41 pm
northernspirit
Manda
Manda
28 July 2009

Building Company demanding payment before work completed

Building Company demanding payment before work completed

That is pretty bad I think... I guess it makes sense that if it was on the scheduling to be done then an invoice would be sent but builders should really double check that…

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Manda
Jul 28, 2009 10:40 pm
Manda
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Pug
Jul 28, 2009 10:49 pm
Tillie
Tillie
28 July 2009

AV Jennings - Traditional Facade?

AV Jennings - Traditional Facade?

Hi I am building the Coventry 33 with the traditional facade which they only had a sketch of, but changed the portico pillars to brick instead of the wood that they had.

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Tillie
Jul 28, 2009 11:37 pm
sammy_sj
sammy_sj
28 July 2009

Richie's Build - First Home!

Richie's Build - First Home!
WA

Goodluck on your journey, Looking forward to seeing some pictures :D

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sammy_sj
Jul 28, 2009 11:49 pm
Annietom
Annietom
29 July 2009

Frame stage and surveyor........

Frame stage and surveyor........
VIC

hi dan, we had a site start date of 22 June 09, we've finished frame, and we are now getting roof tiles (I think 4 weeks frame finished). I think your builders are having…

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Annietom
Jul 29, 2009 1:38 am
Annietom
harribeka
harribeka
29 July 2009

Boral Brown Terrain

Boral Brown Terrain
VIC

Thanks for that guys. I am now very happy in my choice. Exactly the look I thought I would achieve.

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harribeka
Jul 29, 2009 8:39 am
harribeka
GSK
GSK
29 July 2009

Anyone has got soil test done at Karinya Point Cook ?

Anyone has got soil test done at Karinya Point Cook ?
VIC

Inspired Homes (who build with Hermitage Homes but with custom designs) include 100m's of fencing standard. As we didn't need rock or soil removed, we didn't have any of…

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GSK
Jul 29, 2009 10:36 am
arkraider
arkraider
29 July 2009

Rawd0n Hill builders ------ Anyone?

Rawd0n Hill builders ------ Anyone?

if we get the standard range of carpet then we will Deffinately upgrade the underlay!!! I think $400 is nothing for nice comfy carpet, and we…

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arkraider
Jul 29, 2009 11:16 am
arkraider
kyton
kyton
29 July 2009

Trying to charge us extra, is this right?

Trying to charge us extra, is this right?
QLD

I would think there would be a clause in your contract as a PP stated that they are not liable for any Council requirements and that these will be passed onto you in full.…

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kyton
Jul 29, 2009 11:53 am
kyton
Jess09
Jess09
29 July 2009

How long did it take you for DA in Council?

How long did it take you for DA in Council?

somerset regional council (45 mins from brissy qld) 3 weeks - private certifier did the build, and somerset only had to approve the boudary relaxation & the plumbing :z:

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Jess09
Jul 29, 2009 2:43 pm
Jess09
Sierra
Sierra
29 July 2009

waffle pod or conventional slab?

waffle pod or conventional slab?

I thought the fill needed to be in excess of 400mm under the Aus Standard for the site to be classed as P, regardless if it is compacted or not?

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Sierra
Jul 29, 2009 5:35 pm
Sierra
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
29 July 2009

How many days in your M3tricon home building contract?

How many days in your M3tricon home building contract?
1, 2

Does anyone know if Merticon is likely to keep within the number of days given in the contract? Or do they…

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virgin-builder
Jul 29, 2009 6:51 pm
virgin-builder
Sierra
Sierra
29 July 2009

Deposit for construction loan - worrying myself sick!!!

Deposit for construction loan - worrying myself sick!!!

If you use the advertised PD broker they only require $2.5k deposit, not the full 5%. This is for lifestyle PD, not sure about the others but assume it is the same..

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Sierra
Jul 29, 2009 8:36 pm
Sierra
issy jo
issy jo
29 July 2009

What did you pick first? Colour selections.

What did you pick first? Colour selections.
QLD
1, 2

hi, i remember reading on a 'colour' website somewhere that its more pleasing on the eye if the floor is a dark colour then work upwards getting lighter in colour. But…

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issy jo
Jul 29, 2009 9:40 pm
issy jo
2pais
2pais
29 July 2009

Building in Carseldine

Building in Carseldine
QLD

I have an issue with my house design as in the width does not meet the covenants of the estate. I would like to hear from anyone else who faced similar issue and how it…

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2pais
Jul 29, 2009 10:14 pm
karen_rlu
karen_rlu
29 July 2009

Looking for a right builder

Looking for a right builder
VIC

Why can't they build on 1.7m slope?? I'm building with PD (Prestige) and I have around 2m slope across the house so they DO build on that type of…

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karen_rlu
Jul 29, 2009 10:36 pm
brittany
brittany
29 July 2009

NBG West Melbourne area

NBG West Melbourne area

I had more issues with NBG than I did with the builder - or they didn't resolve them as well as he did. I found the time taken to get the plans correct and the amount of…

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brittany
Jul 29, 2009 11:23 pm
brittany
eggman
eggman
30 July 2009

Land Insurance?

Land Insurance?

As part of our contents insurance with Suncorp, we automatically have liabiltiy cover if we purchase a block of land When we cover your contents we will also cover your…

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eggman
Jul 30, 2009 11:25 am
emmzy
emmzy
30 July 2009

PD Stanford with Barwon Facade pics wanted

PD Stanford with Barwon Facade pics wanted
VIC

Yea we think the black windows will look good from the inside too because we are going for a neutral colour scheme of whites and then adding colour with furnishings. i…

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emmzy
Jul 30, 2009 12:07 pm
dmynott
dmynott
30 July 2009

basic price to actual price

basic price to actual price

about 45% for me and still have the normal after build expences that need to be added on, Curtains, fencing, flyscreens, turf and landscaping. ::cry:: ::cry:: ::cry::

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dmynott
Jul 30, 2009 12:25 pm
lisanne
lisanne
30 July 2009

Contract and handover

Contract and handover

Well i spoke to the builder and he dint have a clue about the 900mm ( you were right). I was a little bit disappointed because these things if not…

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lisanne
Jul 30, 2009 12:52 pm
rj_louise
rj_louise
30 July 2009

Wood stain to match Caoba Dawn garage door?

Wood stain to match Caoba Dawn garage door?

We're using Wattyl Red Ebony as that was what we found to be the closest match.

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rj_louise
Jul 30, 2009 1:43 pm
misscrow
misscrow
30 July 2009

LF Smart wiring installer - Perth Metro

LF Smart wiring installer - Perth Metro
WA

Isn't intelligent homes the only telstra prefered installer? thats what we were told.

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misscrow
Jul 30, 2009 2:36 pm
nh
nh
30 July 2009

Who else is losing sleep over building their house???

Who else is losing sleep over building their house???
1, 2, 3

for me, i have had countless nights waing up 3 or 4'o clock in the morning stressing over the mistatkes/stuff ups that builder made and some nights for furnitures…

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nh
Jul 30, 2009 9:02 pm
suh
suh
30 July 2009

Moving in next week...We're In

Moving in next week...We're In
NSW
1 ... 8, 9, 10

\ Have a look in the Chocolate…

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suh
Jul 30, 2009 10:51 pm
suh
jspitz
jspitz
30 July 2009

M3tricon Site Costs Building Grandview 36

M3tricon Site Costs Building Grandview 36

Hi Nik, check out house at "Our Tribeca 40" on a search. Our electricals were about $8K and that was with being really careful with the amount of downlights we chose and…

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jspitz
Jul 31, 2009 12:28 am
Nervous
Nervous
31 July 2009

De-registered builders.

De-registered builders.

Hi, I haven't heard of any websites exposing dodgy builders, but we have found it is easier to check on a builder's current registration rather than whether one is…

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Nervous
Jul 31, 2009 9:56 am
Nervous
JJ305
JJ305
31 July 2009

Is this a slope??

Is this a slope??

Hi Moodyfish, We got our energy report back and it actually wasn't bad for stumps. All we needed to get extra was R1.5 insulation in the floor. Which only brought our…

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JJ305
Jul 31, 2009 12:03 pm
vroom
vroom
31 July 2009

What did you do?

What did you do?
1, 2

Hello, Iam a victim of this :( !!! Please donot give a notice for your rental property until everything is fixed. I have understood that if they tell you JUN is…

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vroom
Jul 31, 2009 12:04 pm
charlie
charlie
31 July 2009

Exterior Colour Comination.... I need help!!!!!

Exterior Colour Comination.... I need help!!!!!

Yeah, it's stunning! Just what I think I would have liked but we couldn't afford the brick upgrade so we've ended up with something very different. LOL Good luck with…

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charlie
Jul 31, 2009 2:01 pm
charlie
JJ305
JJ305
31 July 2009

any builder for sloping blocks?

any builder for sloping blocks?
1, 2, 3

Hi dracosan, I have heard Buzzbee are pretty good. A guy I work with is building with them in Healesville. He just got his estimated start date. The only thing he had…

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JJ305
Jul 31, 2009 2:21 pm
bluemetal77
bluemetal77
31 July 2009

The Ponds- How long to approve from Design Panel Review?

The Ponds- How long to approve from Design Panel Review?
NSW

Ours took a little over 2 weeks - 17th day we had the approval! .. So i guess 2-3 weeks is the going time! Good luck :)

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bluemetal77
Jul 31, 2009 3:33 pm
bluemetal77
mellybuilding
mellybuilding
31 July 2009

Brokers/Banks and the FHOG - Be careful!

Brokers/Banks and the FHOG - Be careful!
1, 2

dont know why, but my dad lent me 28,000 toward my house and build. I was told that I cannot use that money toward…

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mellybuilding
Jul 31, 2009 3:37 pm
mellybuilding
sparkycarla
sparkycarla
31 July 2009

Denis homes and also renting ideas, thanks....

Denis homes and also renting ideas, thanks....

HI, Flinders is the one, same as you! Looking forward to it, will be exciting! ;)

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sparkycarla
Jul 31, 2009 4:02 pm
take2
take2
31 July 2009

Montgomery Homes - Upslope Block

Montgomery Homes - Upslope Block
NSW

Hi Believe, We had the same problem with our block a lot of builders didn't want to go near a slopping block, we also went for a smaller builder who has been a lot more…

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take2
Jul 31, 2009 6:57 pm
take2
brittany
brittany
31 July 2009

NBG - Vaucluse ... anyone else?

NBG - Vaucluse ... anyone else?
VIC

Hi Green Snake, We paid lots of money to put a balcony on top of our alfresco of the buckingham. We wanted the balcony because we have a view and the buckingham was the…

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brittany
Jul 31, 2009 10:03 pm
brittany
homemaker
homemaker
1 August 2009

Size of kids room

Size of kids room

We have the bunker single bed, will get the rest of it later when we need it. I plan to have the kids share one room when they are little, the other room they can keep…

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homemaker
Aug 01, 2009 10:42 am


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