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78xtc
78xtc
26 May 2009

How much mortar should there be between bricks?

How much mortar should there be between bricks?

It seems usual to have very uneven mortar on the back side of the brickwork, gaps, overflows etc. PS This raises a pet peeve of mine. Why aren't…

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78xtc
May 26, 2009 7:05 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
26 May 2009

Comfort Tone Glazing

Comfort Tone Glazing

Thanks guys! Much appreciated :) I thought for some reason that double glazing cost a LOT more than that, Ed. That's why I was worried about…

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ECOECO
May 26, 2009 10:59 am
ECOECO
JellyLegs
JellyLegs
26 May 2009

Oh No! Help please!!

Oh No! Help please!!

Good advice Purpleninja. That's what we were thinking we'd have to do - get it documented and get it fixed later. Thankfully, Coral are brilliant and are one step ahead…

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JellyLegs
May 26, 2009 11:45 am
JellyLegs
mareetina
mareetina
26 May 2009

Timberline Homes

Timberline Homes

Thanks for your reply. We went and saw a display home of theirs and the sales guy seemed to know what he was talking about, but he house fitttings did seem cheap. I was…

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mareetina
May 26, 2009 2:13 pm
azeeb
azeeb
26 May 2009

Gemmill Homes vs Ross North

Gemmill Homes vs Ross North
WA

I'm about to pick a company so I can start building in Perth. Does anyone have any good or bad comments on Gemmill Homes or Ross…

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azeeb
May 26, 2009 4:33 pm
hysterical1144
hysterical1144
26 May 2009

Subject to finance

Subject to finance
VIC

Hi guys, I need your help. I'm going to buy a block in Wyndham Waters in Melbourne. But I was told by the agent that I can not add 'Subject to…

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hysterical1144
May 26, 2009 9:00 pm
James Bond
James Bond
26 May 2009

Building on Stumps

Building on Stumps

Have a look at my blog. That has some good…

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James Bond
May 26, 2009 9:07 pm
James Bond

Still waiting for our slab to be poured so no pics just yet. I did however come across the below homes / images using the Vic Blue. They look great with off white mortar.…

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dvs_dk
May 26, 2009 9:12 pm
dvs_dk
Flop
Flop
26 May 2009

Northcliff 21 by Cosmopolitan

Northcliff 21 by Cosmopolitan
NSW

Maybe we will be the first :P Thanks for the replies, we will just probably take it slow and make sure everything is as we want. I have to admit the base inclusions…

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Flop
May 26, 2009 9:59 pm
larajane
larajane
23 January 2010

Colour Selection - Opinions / Advice Please

Colour Selection - Opinions / Advice Please

Hey Cara, I love your colour choices! I find that a lot of people are choosing mainly dark colours, like black and grey through the majority of their house, so it is nice…

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larajane
Jan 23, 2010 11:57 pm
larajane
bip
bip
26 May 2009

Wrong rooftiles?

Wrong rooftiles?

I'm glad I can help with this one! Our bricks are Austral Bricks,…

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bip
May 26, 2009 11:07 pm
kexkez
kexkez
26 May 2009

Cedar Homes, Perth

Cedar Homes, Perth
WA

hi We looked at the cedar homes displays out at Ellenbrook a couple of years ago. They had some lovely designs but for me I couldn't get past having to have internal…

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kexkez
May 26, 2009 11:21 pm
kexkez
jolie
jolie
26 May 2009

Struct. variation after DA approved-Lost my fight today

Struct. variation after DA approved-Lost my fight today

Yes, it is a bummer what I went through today but I guess I tried and wasnt meant to be.. now I need to go to sleep and recover my shaky nerves!!

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jolie
May 27, 2009 12:59 am
vid
vid
27 May 2009

HELP WITH BRICKS PLEASE

HELP WITH BRICKS PLEASE

Sorry to hijack this thread too: I have posted at the link following about our brick variation problem. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=3737&p=233616#p233616

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vid
May 27, 2009 10:51 am
vid
Helloween
Helloween
27 May 2009

I want a secret passage...

I want a secret passage...
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

One of the bonus's about owning a secret passage has got to be the instant coolness factor for all visiting kids... but really loving the idea…

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Helloween
May 27, 2009 12:43 pm
Helloween
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Anna1
May 27, 2009 6:01 pm
Anna1
Jess09
Jess09
27 May 2009

coral homes & coral coast homes

coral homes & coral coast homes
QLD

thanks glenn - unfortunately the media attention has caused some confusion (and a few near heart attacks ::wink:: ) - your reassurance is much appreciated ::smile::

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Jess09
May 27, 2009 6:03 pm
Jess09
jolie
jolie
27 May 2009

My Council Saga - new design; comments please

My Council Saga - new design; comments please

How weird, I left the computer for 10 mins and when I got back the images were opened. Ok, now I am with you Anna - well the revised plan with the main bedroom swapped…

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jolie
May 27, 2009 8:47 pm
borg
borg
27 May 2009

ZIP Tap Delima

ZIP Tap Delima

Decided to sell it, and then upgarde to cold water. Going cheap in the classified section. If it doesnt sell this week you will find it on ebay next week.

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borg
May 27, 2009 10:06 pm
borg
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ken007
May 28, 2009 7:38 am
ken007
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
28 May 2009

Sandstone blockwork in leiu of traditional brick $$$

Sandstone blockwork in leiu of traditional brick $$$
TAS

Thanks for that, I have seen a brochure, comparing costs to brick vaneer?? Like my walls lined so, not really my…

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ElephantGuy
May 28, 2009 8:55 am
coralhomes
coralhomes
28 May 2009

Coral Homes name confusion with Bundaberg based builder

Coral Homes name confusion with Bundaberg based builder

Hi there everyone. My name is Glenn Kennedy - Marketing Manager of Coral Homes. There has been significant media attention given recently to a small Bundaberg based…

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coralhomes
May 28, 2009 10:13 am
Maniradha10
Maniradha10
28 May 2009

Conveyancer or Solicitor?

Conveyancer or Solicitor?
VIC
1, 2

Hey Focus06 Can you please PM me the details for both? $165? We used a Conveyencor for all our legal and transfer on the land which costs us…

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Maniradha10
May 28, 2009 10:57 am
penguin
penguin
28 May 2009

First final plan and furnishings?? Suggestions??

First final plan and furnishings?? Suggestions??

Haha Yes, we have definately thought about this, but again as we are breaking council restrictions and will need permission from the neighbour on the bedroom side of the…

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penguin
May 28, 2009 11:29 am
JJ305
JJ305
28 May 2009

Should I get a site survey? Help.

Should I get a site survey? Help.

Yes I think it is a good idea getting your own completed. But be careful. The first builder we were looking at went out and did their soil test and the result came back…

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JJ305
May 28, 2009 12:05 pm
Maniradha10
Maniradha10
28 May 2009

Conveyancer Required Urgently- MELBOURNE

Conveyancer Required Urgently- MELBOURNE
VIC

Thanks all I am finally going with Home Conveyancers.. Cheers

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Maniradha10
May 28, 2009 2:42 pm
klscomps
klscomps
28 May 2009

TILES AND PAINT before Vanities???

TILES AND PAINT before Vanities???

My vanities were installed prior to the paint and tiling. I would imagine they would have to do some patching if they are going to do it around the other way. When your…

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klscomps
May 28, 2009 11:06 pm
gkx64
gkx64
28 May 2009

Taking my first step. All advice welcome!!!!

Taking my first step. All advice welcome!!!!

I have my floor and spoken to a builder and he have come back with a rough quote of $247.000 for approximately 27.86sq with builder standard range of fittings and…

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gkx64
May 28, 2009 11:16 pm
mjl
mjl
28 May 2009

Building in Caloundra - help choosing between 4 builders!

Building in Caloundra - help choosing between 4 builders!
QLD
1, 2

Just throwing another builder in the mix... We are building with m3tricon @ The Glasshouse and they have been great so far... Thats my 2 cents worth...

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mjl
May 28, 2009 11:18 pm

I'm sorry but what do you mean by considering a "step back" floorplan, rather than an "L" shape? Would def be willing to consider options to…

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woodvillesouth
May 29, 2009 1:37 pm
gettingThere
gettingThere
29 May 2009

Electrical Plan

Electrical Plan

We did it all by hand on a print of the floor plans. That was fine for the builder. The following are very useful:

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gettingThere
May 29, 2009 7:38 pm
themax
themax
29 May 2009

Who organised your demolition through council

Who organised your demolition through council

We organised our own council approval, it's very easy. The demo guy told us what to do, and we just went to the Council and did it.

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themax
May 29, 2009 7:52 pm
themax
kexkez
kexkez
29 May 2009

Insurance after /at handover

Insurance after /at handover

DH pointed out I forgot to get the persons name. duh but it's all done and paid for. and the 60 days sounds pretty much like what we had when we took a trip overseas…

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kexkez
May 29, 2009 9:08 pm
kexkez
kbudgie
kbudgie
29 May 2009

conveyancer- what should we use them for?

conveyancer- what should we use them for?

we got the standard hia one sent to us - so once it comes to progress payments they will verify that it is time to pay, is that right? Thanks- they have seen the land…

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kbudgie
May 29, 2009 11:08 pm
kbudgie
31231
31231
30 May 2009

Evergreen Roof Tiles

Evergreen Roof Tiles

Tiles are a poor choice for roof as regards future energy costs for aircon because they are heavy (have a high thermal mass). That means that in summer, the sun heats…

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31231
May 30, 2009 8:30 am
joles
joles
30 May 2009

Should we build with metr!c0n or s!m0nds

Should we build with metr!c0n or s!m0nds

Before I begin, let me say, I almost built with M3tricon. We had a nightmare run with them admin wise and pulled out. But I believed then and I believe now, we were just…

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joles
May 30, 2009 10:26 am
joles
kek
kek
30 May 2009

maintenance of P-Class soil

maintenance of P-Class soil
VIC

Hi all, Although developer claiming that block has been comapcted upto 95% of M class soil and block should be treated as M-Class or H-Class. but…

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kek
May 30, 2009 11:18 am
kek
dymonite69
dymonite69
30 May 2009

Colorbond cost vs Roof Tiles?

Colorbond cost vs Roof Tiles?
NSW

Tiles are a poor choice for roof as regards cooling properties because they are heavy (have a high thermal mass). In winter timee there is a lot…

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dymonite69
May 30, 2009 12:39 pm
dymonite69

sorry for delay, here is better pic taken with proper camera, you can see how the door strip or the tiles appear to be crooked but in fact the wall is out of alignment by…

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Helyn
May 30, 2009 12:40 pm
Helyn
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 8:26 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 10:03 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 1:26 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 11:06 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 1:04 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 1:26 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 5:46 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 8:42 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 8:59 pm


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