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jcjuice
jcjuice
1 July 2009

GO AWAY RAIN

GO AWAY RAIN
VIC

i'm worried about our frame too. It's sitting out in the rain!! No roof yet... :(

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jcjuice
Jul 01, 2009 5:40 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
1 July 2009

Changing/Upgrading during the construction process.

Changing/Upgrading during the construction process.
WA

If you have an HIA contract, it states that both parties may request a variation (I think section 23). But your builder might have ordered your bench-top already so you…

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virgin-builder
Jul 01, 2009 6:44 pm
virgin-builder
sweety
sweety
1 July 2009

need info regrading :First home buyers grantafter july 2009

need info regrading :First home buyers grantafter july 2009

Hi All, The First Home Grant is approved to $32K from July 1st 2009 to Sep 30th 2009.The details are updated in SRO site.

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sweety
Jul 01, 2009 7:28 pm
MissAlison
MissAlison
1 July 2009

First Home Buyers grants

First Home Buyers grants

Do you mean they gave you a cash advance? Does it say anything about it in the contracts? I second seeing a lawyer.

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MissAlison
Jul 01, 2009 7:43 pm
HellDad
HellDad
1 July 2009

Energy Australia spins my new meter

Energy Australia spins my new meter
NSW
1, 2

Agreed, it's a way of more accurately measuring when you use your energy…

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HellDad
Jul 01, 2009 9:05 pm
HellDad
kid81
kid81
2 July 2009

Building designs for a shallow block

Building designs for a shallow block

www.Hotondo.com.au - Look for the Illawarra or Hawkesbury They have a number of designs you could play with too.

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kid81
Jul 02, 2009 9:54 am
Haven
Haven
2 July 2009

Building PD Newtown 33 - Tender Appointment Tips?

Building PD Newtown 33 - Tender Appointment Tips?
VIC

WRT the contract signing, I was told by the PD SC that we have to sign it in the office, which is fair. However, did PD provide a copy of the…

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Haven
Jul 02, 2009 10:19 am
Haven
mundie mansion
mundie mansion
2 July 2009

Building 263 design with Impression

Building 263 design with Impression
WA

I think it will depend on the building company but ours were happy for us to deal directly with the electricians when they were on site to arrange some extra powerpoints ::smile::

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mundie mansion
Jul 02, 2009 4:46 pm
Zerosignal
Zerosignal
2 July 2009

Help us colour our facade!

Help us colour our facade!

We are probably going to go with a stained Timber door so I think the garage will be ok mixed in with it all. Something to think about though.

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Zerosignal
Jul 02, 2009 4:48 pm
fairy blue
fairy blue
2 July 2009

Lauren and Tony's first home: Blog

Lauren and Tony's first home: Blog

Love your kitchen selections. That is going to look awesome!

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fairy blue
Jul 02, 2009 9:11 pm
fairy blue
our place
our place
2 July 2009

My first build & post

My first build & post
QLD

Thanks for your responses.Our Builder rang, now meeting him tomorrow with final contract!! hopefully it's all ok and we can get a start sometime soon!!

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our place
Jul 02, 2009 9:29 pm
mudmap
mudmap
2 July 2009

WARNING - Dulux Buff v Dulux Buff_it

WARNING - Dulux Buff v Dulux Buff_it
VIC

I'm glad I posted this post. It's made me feel a bit better that it may help others avoid the same problem. And the advise 'check and double check' has to be the best…

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mudmap
Jul 03, 2009 12:44 am
kid81
kid81
3 July 2009

Ponderings on the differences between W.A. and the East

Ponderings on the differences between W.A. and the East

Thought I would make a couple of quick points for you In the East; It is not Illegal to enter your own site however it is highly discouraged. This is mainly due to the…

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kid81
Jul 03, 2009 1:01 am
charlie
charlie
3 July 2009

Finally... I actually have something to report LOL

Finally... I actually have something to report LOL

Thanks for celebrating with me! :D We're building with the Big M - the Santorini 26.

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charlie
Jul 03, 2009 9:06 am
charlie
shan
shan
3 July 2009

contract signing tomorrow... last minute query!

contract signing tomorrow... last minute query!

Thankyou so much everyone, I dont have the contract yet and didnt realise I could take it away to read. I will do that today and go back to sign next week. Disaster averted! ::wink::

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shan
Jul 03, 2009 9:21 am
shan
lisanne
lisanne
3 July 2009

PD Access Range - Which add-ons to choose ?

PD Access Range - Which add-ons to choose ?
VIC

If by Contract appointment you mean the "Tender…

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lisanne
Jul 03, 2009 9:41 am
charlie
charlie
3 July 2009

Compaction report - likely to change slab costs much?

Compaction report - likely to change slab costs much?

Thanks heaps Aqua! That does clear things up a bit for me. What a pity you weren't able to knock that $8k off the costs. But like you said, at least you can be…

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charlie
Jul 03, 2009 10:05 am
charlie
jspitz
jspitz
3 July 2009

Making changes to Metricon plans

Making changes to Metricon plans
VIC

Hi Wizard, we are also building with M. We also had a great sales consultant who said we could do lots of things but when we got to head office our CSC was appalling and…

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jspitz
Jul 03, 2009 11:32 am
Macy
Macy
3 July 2009

i am so frustrated with our c.s.c.

i am so frustrated with our c.s.c.

I know how big something can seem to become over the years when it started with a…

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Macy
Jul 03, 2009 4:25 pm
ethomas09
ethomas09
3 July 2009

Building in WA, Perth - Queries regarding pre-start.

Building in WA, Perth - Queries regarding pre-start.
WA

Thanks a lot all for replying back....appreciate your inputs in this matter.

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ethomas09
Jul 03, 2009 8:02 pm
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
3 July 2009

Basement?

Basement?

My Dad built a two storey house on the old farm years ago, and the first thing he did was dig a big hole 3x3m roughly, bricked it in and concreted the floor and fully…

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Dragonfly
Jul 03, 2009 8:54 pm
Tornado_ALIVE
Tornado_ALIVE
3 July 2009

TV Aerial - how much?

TV Aerial - how much?
NSW
1, 2

I've read you can get internal roof cavity antennas as well as external roof - which is better ? Our caveats won't let the antenna go above…

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Tornado_ALIVE
Jul 03, 2009 9:40 pm
Tornado_ALIVE
Salt&Pepper
Salt&Pepper
3 July 2009

OurPagoda32

OurPagoda32
1, 2, 3

OHOHG, any updates please??? You must be all moved in now! :D :D

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Salt&Pepper
Jul 03, 2009 11:27 pm
Salt&Pepper
mellybuilding
mellybuilding
3 July 2009

Building approval from Council

Building approval from Council

We had an issue with relaxation required for our plans to be approved. Our builder advised that we do it ourselves. Apparently, if the builder does it. it can take a lot…

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mellybuilding
Jul 03, 2009 11:32 pm
mellybuilding
thechlochlo
thechlochlo
3 July 2009

Building on a 3m fall :? :?

Building on a 3m fall :? :?
VIC
1, 2

Hi all Just thought I would add my bit - we are building on a block that has required a 3.5mt cut - pretty big. Site works commenced 4 weeks…

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thechlochlo
Jul 04, 2009 12:06 am
thechlochlo
Monichi
Monichi
3 July 2009

Water tank installation/ provision

Water tank installation/ provision

Hi guys thanks for all your inputs :D yes our builder did mention that when the water level in the tank is low, then the main water system would kick in. I just don't…

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Monichi
Jul 04, 2009 12:17 am
kirbstar23
kirbstar23
4 July 2009

telstra high velocity estate at laurimar

telstra high velocity estate at laurimar
VIC

I honestly have no idea...... We have been built without eaves.... and in major breach of contract talks with our builder at the moment as they just went directly to…

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kirbstar23
Jul 04, 2009 9:12 am
kirbstar23
serge44
serge44
4 July 2009

****building inspector on SUNSHINE COAST

****building inspector on SUNSHINE COAST
QLD

I got a thorough report from him when I bought a house in Mackay about 10 years ago. I'd recommend him.

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serge44
Jul 04, 2009 11:41 am
serge44
oztish
oztish
4 July 2009

Builder has charged us for electricity usage during build

Builder has charged us for electricity usage during build

I agree it's alot - and it's not the final charge - they're going to bills us the final electricity bill once they get their invoice. I went today and noticed the…

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oztish
Jul 04, 2009 3:06 pm
kangabat
kangabat
4 July 2009

any independent inspector to recommend(Melbourne)?

any independent inspector to recommend(Melbourne)?
VIC

I recently had Kevin from New Home Inspections (his website is working now!) do a frame stage inspection of our property. He was great to deal…

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kangabat
Jul 04, 2009 5:06 pm
kangabat
kangabat
4 July 2009

Question for knockdown rebuilders

Question for knockdown rebuilders

Hi there, We demolished a 3 BDR brick veneer single storey circa 1948. There was some asbestos in the eaves to be removed by the demolishers…

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kangabat
Jul 04, 2009 7:09 pm
dvs_dk
dvs_dk
4 July 2009

DFH Build time?

DFH Build time?
VIC

OMG - ok you take the cake :) It's a long time to wait especially if it's unexpected. Ah well, I'm sure it will be worth the wait in the end.

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dvs_dk
Jul 04, 2009 7:14 pm
dvs_dk
mandystoj
mandystoj
4 July 2009

Custom plans. I need your opinions!

Custom plans. I need your opinions!
1, 2

Cleaning those bathrooms is not a problem, my mum cleaned 5 bathrooms all her life, or get a cleaner! The only thing I would say that would annoy the HELL out of me is…

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mandystoj
Jul 04, 2009 7:27 pm
Kristi
Kristi
4 July 2009

stylemaster/alliance homes - want to do some own work

stylemaster/alliance homes - want to do some own work
QLD

We are going to build with stylemaster as well. All of the extra work we are getting done is going to be post-handover, so I don't think it's an issue? Can you do it…

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Kristi
Jul 05, 2009 12:02 am
Kristi
Ownerbuilder1
Ownerbuilder1
4 July 2009

Approx cost of building a verandah down one side of house?

Approx cost of building a verandah down one side of house?

k thank you so much! lol I understand that more!!! I really appreciate it! Thank you so much! :)

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Ownerbuilder1
Jul 05, 2009 12:04 am
Judie
Judie
5 July 2009

building progress

building progress

Our build is a minute away around the corner, so I usually get there at least once a day. Since I'm getting driveway, curtain and landscaping quotes I'm there more often…

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Judie
Jul 05, 2009 1:14 am
Judie
billdsl
billdsl
5 July 2009

Why is the garage floor level always below the house slab

Why is the garage floor level always below the house slab
1, 2

I met my site supervisor at our block to get it cut and he suggested we should take the drop down out, his main reasoning was that as the garage will be lower than the…

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billdsl
Jul 05, 2009 9:07 am
billdsl
Annelies
Annelies
5 July 2009

Rectified WALL tiles, what did your Tiler quote you ???

Rectified WALL tiles, what did your Tiler quote you ???
QLD

Had a chat with our CSO who mentioned that she had had more of these questions from clients but could only tell me that the extra costs could range from $0 to 20/M2 for…

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Annelies
Jul 05, 2009 11:04 am
Annelies
Ownerbuilder1
Ownerbuilder1
5 July 2009

Thoughts/comments on house plan?

Thoughts/comments on house plan?

That is beautiful! That is something I would build! Love the veranda and the layout is nice to! It is a shame - a lot of cottage kit homes and or builders aren't in…

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Ownerbuilder1
Jul 05, 2009 11:17 am
houseofl
houseofl
5 July 2009

Flat roof home

Flat roof home

Hi, how would you take the roof off?? Ours is a steel roof of some sort so i can't imagine getting it off easily. I'm hoping there is a…

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houseofl
Jul 05, 2009 5:32 pm
houseofl
elastic
elastic
5 July 2009

deleting extras from contracts

deleting extras from contracts

Thanks for the advice guys. I will get on to it tomorrow

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elastic
Jul 05, 2009 7:19 pm
troubz
troubz
5 July 2009

ANYONE BUILDING IN LAURIMAR ESTATE

ANYONE BUILDING IN LAURIMAR ESTATE
1, 2

Hi guys, I think we are all getting off point here. The fact of it is Laurimar Delfin has paid around 4k a block to provide FTTH in order to ensure we are able to get…

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troubz
Jul 05, 2009 10:04 pm
HellDad
HellDad
5 July 2009

Water tank pump - what do I need?

Water tank pump - what do I need?

We have the which fits in a box on the wall near the tank, it's the same size as an electricity…

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HellDad
Jul 05, 2009 10:05 pm
HellDad

Hey all, Have a concrete slab due for early next next week. Just wondering if any of you guys are superstitious, and are or have thrown…

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Hels
Jul 05, 2009 11:13 pm
Hels
aya99
aya99
5 July 2009

Dealing with council fee

Dealing with council fee
1, 2

Hi Cookiemonster, did you hear anything about the Northwest raillink? I'm buying a land near that area, should be a great news if they continue the plan.…

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aya99
Jul 05, 2009 11:38 pm
aya99
Carmel
Carmel
5 July 2009

Protecting footpaths

Protecting footpaths
NSW

Our council made us pay a $600 bond. They inspected the gutters (no path on our side) and will inspect again soon. The bond will go towards repairing any damage found. We…

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Carmel
Jul 06, 2009 12:08 am
Carmel
take2
take2
5 July 2009

has anyone experience with AvJenning?

has anyone experience with AvJenning?

Built with AVJ in 1999, had no problem during the build, when the ensuit shower leaked 2year later they resealed & retiled and they even replaced the carpet when in was…

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take2
Jul 06, 2009 12:24 am
take2
mudmap
mudmap
6 July 2009

Water Tank Rebate Victoria

Water Tank Rebate Victoria
VIC

I think the rebate is a bit of political spin. Water tanks should be compulsory in Victoria. We exceeded the 5 star benchmark without the tank. I'd be interested to see…

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mudmap
Jul 06, 2009 10:37 am

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