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FND
FND
11 June 2009

Do Not Build with AVJennings!!!

Do Not Build with AVJennings!!!

I am sorry to hear your situation. Its good that you let people know how bad situation can be if we decide to build with this company. Thats good if they see this thread…

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FND
Jun 11, 2009 9:52 pm
yellowdieselgolf
yellowdieselgolf
11 June 2009

frustrations with first home contract.

frustrations with first home contract.
NSW
1, 2

This thread started off as a vent, so it's not the best place for progress…

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yellowdieselgolf
Jun 11, 2009 10:19 pm
yellowdieselgolf
kingroly
kingroly
11 June 2009

Shock announcement - Solar Rebate ends today (09/06/2009)

Shock announcement - Solar Rebate ends today (09/06/2009)
1, 2

To say that my day was wasted spending in dealing with my builder over this issue would be putting it mildly. No notice and we were still trying…

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kingroly
Jun 12, 2009 12:36 am
D&SG
D&SG
12 June 2009

New NSW Housing Code - Good news for some!

New NSW Housing Code - Good news for some!
NSW
1, 2, 3

Oddly enough, we expected council to be the one thing that held us up, it turned out to be the bank :lol:

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D&SG
Jun 12, 2009 5:21 pm
D&SG
Anna1
Anna1
12 June 2009

Variation Cost for Generator

Variation Cost for Generator

We have an HIA plain language building contract for new homes We have been stung with these clauses by the builder submitting changes to council (that we hated) without…

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Anna1
Jun 12, 2009 9:31 pm
Anna1
Emzy
Emzy
12 June 2009

Looking for a decent draftsman in Melbourne...

Looking for a decent draftsman in Melbourne...
VIC

We're hoping to be OB's too, but from what I understand banks will generally only lend you between 60-80% of the funds. But I do think you need to…

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Emzy
Jun 12, 2009 11:48 pm
VJ
VJ
13 June 2009

Re: Light off centre 8-10". What do you guys think?

Re: Light off centre 8-10". What do you guys think?

If you don't want to delay the handover, you can accept it with the condition that they fix it after handover (it should be documented). That's what we did with most of…

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VJ
Jun 13, 2009 9:22 am
VJ
Casa2
Casa2
13 June 2009

What additional / hidden cost appear when signing contract

What additional / hidden cost appear when signing contract

Hi Joles and others, I can understand that builders, particularly project builders, must squeeze every cent out of their base price and that along the way you're going to…

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Casa2
Jun 13, 2009 1:12 pm
hiker
hiker
13 June 2009

House cost as advertised, what's missing?

House cost as advertised, what's missing?

Some things that might be missing: - eaves: although they used to be standard on houses, many volume builders now leave them off in order to cut costs. You will have to…

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hiker
Jun 13, 2009 4:27 pm
kek
kek
13 June 2009

if anybody has the experience with SILKWOOD DREAMS builder

if anybody has the experience with SILKWOOD DREAMS builder
VIC

My Tupperware lady built with Silkwood and is happy with the experience overall, and more than happy with the house. They had a few problems along the way, as everybody…

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kek
Jun 13, 2009 6:24 pm
kek
thorney
thorney
13 June 2009

BORAL Elan range - colour Cleveland

BORAL Elan range - colour Cleveland

Hi, I almost went with Cleveland (there is a thread on here about it, so you may…

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thorney
Jun 13, 2009 8:15 pm
thorney

Could anyone pretty please photoshop this facade with the following colours?!?!? It would remain very much appreciated. External: Bricks: Boral Sandy Beach Roof tiles:…

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stanleyho
Jun 14, 2009 3:59 am
will0305
will0305
14 June 2009

Our Coral Heron:We're in and LOVING IT!

Our Coral Heron:We're in and LOVING IT!
QLD
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Hi Jelly legs, Loved your blog. Thought the way you were so excited about the portaloo getting put on the site was rather funny/sweet! We are about to start building the…

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will0305
Jun 14, 2009 7:12 am
kek
kek
14 June 2009

Can you tile showers when the house is built on stumps

Can you tile showers when the house is built on stumps

Our old house was on stumps and there was a lot of movement due to unstable soil. We were forever filling gaps between cornices and ceilings/walls. :roll: We had no issues…

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kek
Jun 14, 2009 10:34 am
kek
Bam
Bam
14 June 2009

Design guru's.... Master Layout

Design guru's.... Master Layout
VIC

*phew* Good to hear D&SG :P kek and jo, thats exactly what I was playing around with last night! :lol: George doesnt like the idea of a "hallway" eating in to the space, so…

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Bam
Jun 14, 2009 11:43 am
Bam
kristofw
kristofw
14 June 2009

Any info on Water tank & plumbing

Any info on Water tank & plumbing

$1400 for the 3000l tank $1200 to connect it, including: leaf eater, first flush, filter and the pump. The pipe layout, including the mains feed and a separate loop for…

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kristofw
Jun 14, 2009 12:49 pm
kristofw
FND
FND
14 June 2009

Volume Builder - What can be excluded and done on your own?

Volume Builder - What can be excluded and done on your own?
VIC

Hi all, Just a quick question: If say for example, you do the driveways, landscaping and fencing on your own (ie. not through the builder), this means that the building…

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FND
Jun 14, 2009 1:40 pm
jspitz
jspitz
14 June 2009

Building with Fairmont footings cost blowout

Building with Fairmont footings cost blowout
SA

Hi Vid, we had a similar experience building with M in Melbourne. We also did a demolition and had a few surrounding trees. But our additional site costs were because we…

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jspitz
Jun 14, 2009 6:41 pm
commodorenut
commodorenut
14 June 2009

Something for all those of you building at the Ponds...

Something for all those of you building at the Ponds...
NSW

I saw that as we passed through Prestons on the M7, on our way over to that area - not quite the Ponds, but only next door in Kellyville.

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commodorenut
Jun 14, 2009 8:44 pm
commodorenut
Stormy
Stormy
14 June 2009

Damaged concrete curbs on driveway

Damaged concrete curbs on driveway

For our demolition, we had to take out Asset Protection from the Council. We paid about $155 for a piece of paper (the permit) and an $1800 bond. The permit is to protect…

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Stormy
Jun 14, 2009 9:21 pm
Stormy
1sttimer
1sttimer
14 June 2009

Our Eden Brae Oxford 24

Our Eden Brae Oxford 24
NSW

nice pics, we looked at the oxford before going with wisdom

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1sttimer
Jun 14, 2009 10:05 pm
Macy
Macy
14 June 2009

build on stump

build on stump

When I was a kid we were unusual having a slab. :) Just a few things that occur to me . . . slab is better for energy efficiency, absorbs heat during the day and releases…

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Macy
Jun 14, 2009 11:33 pm
NoviceBuilder
NoviceBuilder
14 June 2009

Our House

Our House
VIC
1, 2

A further update on the progress of the house. After speaking with our building supervisor on Friday we found out that the plasterer had finished and the kitchen went in…

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NoviceBuilder
Jun 14, 2009 11:43 pm
Pugs
Pugs
14 June 2009

fitt offs

fitt offs

hehee i'm installing into a hosue where just the data cabling will take 2 days to finish off... hmm 74 points to terminate

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Pugs
Jun 14, 2009 11:45 pm
Pugs
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Djelibeybi
Jun 15, 2009 2:11 pm
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TamDaz
Jun 15, 2009 4:32 pm
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
15 June 2009

Where is the love ?????

Where is the love ?????

Hi everyone I just had a good long chat on the phone with A about this. No customers are receiving preference in regards to site starts. The contractors doing site…

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stonecutter1309
Jun 15, 2009 4:55 pm
stonecutter1309
kymvass
kymvass
15 June 2009

Display homes v/s Builders ?? Who is cheaper

Display homes v/s Builders ?? Who is cheaper
QLD

Hi, Yep - just an innocent blog. I dont have any problems with it and noone else has complained. Sorry that you do - hope you can sort it out. cheers Kym

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kymvass
Jun 15, 2009 9:50 pm
Reens76
Reens76
15 June 2009

Building M3tricon Denver31 - progress

Building M3tricon Denver31 - progress
VIC
1, 2, 3

Hey Aido, Excellent news. We are nearly at the painting stage and are looking forward to getting in there soon hopefully. Can't wait for your final pics. Cheers, reens76.

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Reens76
Jun 15, 2009 10:27 pm
alk
alk
15 June 2009

Access to your building site.

Access to your building site.
1, 2

Coral give you a construction key, big ups to Coral :z: I think its excellent customer service, a home…

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alk
Jun 15, 2009 11:31 pm
alk
claire bear
claire bear
15 June 2009

Building in Perth - Question about after Lock Up?

Building in Perth - Question about after Lock Up?
WA
1, 2

I am building with goodlife homes as well in byford! we are building the southport promo! We are at lock…

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claire bear
Jun 16, 2009 12:20 am
thorney
thorney
16 June 2009

Alulei's house has bricks!

Alulei's house has bricks!
1, 2

Thanks Thorney and woodvillesouth! :) Our neighbours do have the same roof tiles - good eye, Thorney. Their bricks are a creamy colour from what I…

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thorney
Jun 16, 2009 1:06 am
thorney
monkeyupatree
monkeyupatree
16 June 2009

Our WA Treechange - Floorboards going in!

Our WA Treechange - Floorboards going in!
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

Floors look great, such a nice colour. We still haven't got our driveway done yet...hopefully tomorrow *fingers crossed*

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monkeyupatree
Jun 16, 2009 3:29 am
monkeyupatree
Brickie
Brickie
16 June 2009

Beware of poor quality brickwork

Beware of poor quality brickwork

Its actually 6.1.1, has been since time began. lots of…

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Brickie
Jun 16, 2009 7:32 am
MrFlibbles
MrFlibbles
16 June 2009

Fill In Lot - Should we be stressed?

Fill In Lot - Should we be stressed?

Hi Missy87, I am afraid we are in a similar position to you but have actually purchased the land already :/ Our small block is part of a redevelopment site which had a…

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MrFlibbles
Jun 16, 2009 10:07 am
Liana
Liana
16 June 2009

What to watch for during the Final Inspection??

What to watch for during the Final Inspection??
VIC

So how to you know that your SS is not just making it up when they say "Thats within tolerance" ? The answer : From…

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Liana
Jun 16, 2009 11:06 am
Brickie
Brickie
16 June 2009

PGH Cassica Bricks

PGH Cassica Bricks
NSW

Probably not. I did a job years ago with PGH and at the end of the job we had over 1000…

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Brickie
Jun 16, 2009 12:19 pm
Caroline
Caroline
16 June 2009

How deep should stormwater drain pipe be below the downpipe?

How deep should stormwater drain pipe be below the downpipe?

Thanks for that. I wish I could attached a photo but I am being told the board attachement quota has been reached.

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Caroline
Jun 16, 2009 2:18 pm
stanleyho
stanleyho
16 June 2009

Could Any photoshop experts help me to photoshop this Facade

Could Any photoshop experts help me to photoshop this Facade
VIC

I'm short on time so please excuse the amateurish effort. Better than nothing I…

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stanleyho
Jun 16, 2009 6:42 pm
Macy
Macy
16 June 2009

Feedback on Plans

Feedback on Plans
VIC

Yeah, it's a bit hard to see, especially where the tiles are, and understand the dimensions. Your garage and three narrow windows in the sitting room face north-ish? :shock:

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Macy
Jun 16, 2009 7:24 pm
locus
locus
16 June 2009

Land extensions - did you need one??

Land extensions - did you need one??

Found out today our plans and contract won't be ready until the 24th, so we've been granted an extension on our land settlement until 20/07/09 so we can sort out our…

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locus
Jun 16, 2009 7:29 pm
locus
claire bear
claire bear
16 June 2009

austral bricks: naturaliste.....

austral bricks: naturaliste.....

AWW thanks all!!! i soo wish i had found this forum and joined before i stated building, i am finding the best info on here!!!! but i still have a…

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claire bear
Jun 16, 2009 8:46 pm
Eager
Eager
16 June 2009

m3tricon homes...

m3tricon homes...

Hey no problem, good luck! We had a few issues along the way but we're totally happy now. :)

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Eager
Jun 16, 2009 9:06 pm
Eager
Helyn
Helyn
16 June 2009

Building New Home Total Cost

Building New Home Total Cost

I did not find this, bator.h - we did a house/land package and in fact our land was very competitively priced, I would say at a discount price compared to similar blocks…

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Helyn
Jun 16, 2009 9:38 pm
Helyn
jimmalenko
jimmalenko
16 June 2009

Head Office Fun n games

Head Office Fun n games

Hi jspitz, Yes, same volume builder ! I think we're a bit fortunate in that we've already been through the nightmare experience that is building…

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jimmalenko
Jun 16, 2009 10:34 pm
reaver
reaver
16 June 2009

Sandhurst 36 Porter Davis

Sandhurst 36 Porter Davis
VIC

We are building one and we are looking at a July site start as well. We upgraded to the raked ceiling in the lounge and the corner window at the family room. We initially…

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reaver
Jun 16, 2009 10:58 pm
reaver
bel
bel
16 June 2009

Building codes and standards

Building codes and standards

Bump! ::wink:: Thanks to HellDad for reminding us about this document....a great guide to have in your back pocket for the…

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bel
Jun 16, 2009 11:06 pm
bel
lisanne
lisanne
17 June 2009

Too impatient?

Too impatient?

What part of Melbourne? I am building in the North and discovered yesterday that the builder claimed last Tuesday as a rain day but they worked the other days and I had…

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lisanne
Jun 17, 2009 9:30 am
lynnebin1968
lynnebin1968
17 June 2009

Council approval help please.

Council approval help please.
1, 2

:oops: Yes, he threw the pre start folder down to distract me and I got lost…

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lynnebin1968
Jun 17, 2009 1:53 pm
lynnebin1968


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