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brittany
brittany
3 April 2009

Tiling and grout- what is the norm??

Tiling and grout- what is the norm??

We selected white grout to go with our dark floor tiles. The builder rang me a week ago and asked me if I was mad and did I want to spend my life rewhitening grout with…

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brittany
Apr 03, 2009 2:24 pm
brittany
kexkez
kexkez
3 April 2009

In these times, whats a safe and fair payment schedule??

In these times, whats a safe and fair payment schedule??

we were able to renegotiate to a larger final percentage. BUT only because we considered walking after a huge markup on our expected earth works of nearly 20k or so over…

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kexkez
Apr 03, 2009 8:38 pm
kexkez
Minx
Minx
3 April 2009

4 those far down the line-Wot would u have done Differently?

4 those far down the line-Wot would u have done Differently?

I learned never to visit the 2 million dollar houses that your partner is building, and when you do a walk through of said house and see that the kitchen bench tops are…

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Minx
Apr 03, 2009 8:51 pm
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
3 April 2009

National Builders Group or Master_line homes?

National Builders Group or Master_line homes?

We too are building with NBG, As per previous poster, please do you research on the assigned builder as NBG assigns an independent builder to do the job and your contract…

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blessedpeople
Apr 03, 2009 10:32 pm
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
3 April 2009

Which side for lightswitch?

Which side for lightswitch?

Hi James, As we're also building with NBG and your construction seems to have started about 2 months before ours. When is your expected end date? thanks,

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blessedpeople
Apr 03, 2009 10:35 pm
blessedpeople
gaga
gaga
4 April 2009

Certificate of occupancy

Certificate of occupancy
VIC

thanks Anthea i will try those guy tomorrow or monday haha....i'm not stressed...i would have been happy living here like this if only the other half talked about him may…

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gaga
Apr 03, 2009 11:09 pm
bradsjames
bradsjames
4 April 2009

homesnow - melbourne

homesnow - melbourne

That is cheap. Make sure they have allowed for enough concrete in the slab as you may get hit with a large extra straight away.

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bradsjames
Apr 03, 2009 11:14 pm
starlet
starlet
4 April 2009

Our build with SPH

Our build with SPH
WA
1, 2

Thanks thorney! Funny isn't it, sometimes I look at the carpet and worry I bought it too dark! haha! We don't have much decent furniture in the carpeted rooms yet, it's…

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starlet
Apr 04, 2009 12:16 am
kek
kek
4 April 2009

When did they put your applicances etc in??

When did they put your applicances etc in??

Ours were all done the same day - it would have been a couple of days after handover, except that didn't suit us (we needed the floorboards down before the stove could go…

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kek
Apr 04, 2009 5:43 am
kek
serge44
serge44
4 April 2009

Ivadale Lakes- Caloundra

Ivadale Lakes- Caloundra
QLD

a bloke at work has a block there that settled this week - I'll let him know where to find you..... :D

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serge44
Apr 04, 2009 8:15 am
serge44
Annelies
Annelies
4 April 2009

Survey - Boundery Pegs missing

Survey - Boundery Pegs missing

From the builder we've got the reply that it is the Surveyer who does not want to position the house without ALL PEGS in place. Even the Building Manager of Coral Homes…

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Annelies
Apr 04, 2009 8:48 am
Annelies
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
4 April 2009

Whats everone paying for the follow???

Whats everone paying for the follow???

Batten light fitting: $46.80 double power point: $46.80 TV plug : 4 included in price (didn't need…

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pinkfairymagic
Apr 04, 2009 7:56 pm
pinkfairymagic
Casa2
Casa2
5 April 2009

Penalty Clauses on Building Contracts- R they standard ?

Penalty Clauses on Building Contracts- R they standard ?

Liquidated damages should be for the same amount that the place you're building would rent out for. This is your damages.

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Casa2
Apr 05, 2009 10:14 am
Macy
Macy
5 April 2009

LIST of Everything which Should/Could be included with House

LIST of Everything which Should/Could be included with House

I'm sorry if I'm repeating anything (and I KNOW I'll think of something else as soon as I press submit! :lol: ) rangehood clothesline toilet roll holder soap/shampoo…

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Macy
Apr 05, 2009 10:39 am
CiNnY
CiNnY
5 April 2009

Home Loan Ignorance - Land & House

Home Loan Ignorance - Land & House

We are with CBA our land settled last year so we have a loan for that of which we are paying intrest and principle. We have now applied for a construction loan of which…

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CiNnY
Apr 05, 2009 10:42 am
coolmate
coolmate
5 April 2009

watch today tonight ,,,ie builders going under

watch today tonight ,,,ie builders going under

I missed this episode.. :( Is this available online maybe in youtube?

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coolmate
Apr 05, 2009 11:08 am
FrasheR
FrasheR
5 April 2009

whole of house water purifier

whole of house water purifier

No problems. I believe you may need a plumber because you'd want the filter to go across the mains. Just check with the people from that site, they'll get you in the right…

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FrasheR
Apr 05, 2009 2:50 pm
kirsada
kirsada
5 April 2009

Need help with colours

Need help with colours

Have picked our internal colours...a bit different to previous ideas but still with the Black Onyx kitchen benchtop!! viewtopic.php?f=31&t=14485

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kirsada
Apr 05, 2009 3:49 pm
kirsada
malik
malik
5 April 2009

Need help with kitchen layout - comments welcome!

Need help with kitchen layout - comments welcome!

Thanks for all your inputs. Joles - you are right, I actually visited their tarneit display today and chelsea has the same layout too as the grandview you mentioned. so…

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malik
Apr 05, 2009 5:58 pm
FireFox
FireFox
5 April 2009

Solar Hot Water System Rebate

Solar Hot Water System Rebate

so when i knock down and rebuild and 'replace'…

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FireFox
Apr 05, 2009 10:24 pm
FireFox
anthea
anthea
5 April 2009

Who had the longest house build?

Who had the longest house build?

It feels like me, (but I'm sure there are worse) :roll: start to lock up (mid July08- end Oct08).... lock up to completion.... end Oct to now and still counting. so 8…

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anthea
Apr 05, 2009 11:02 pm

Is there such a thing as a full glass internal bi-fold door, with just a timber strip around the outside like external type…

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wonderland
Apr 05, 2009 11:50 pm
wonderland
mellybuilding
mellybuilding
6 April 2009

Reviews about Clarendon - check before you sign up with them

Reviews about Clarendon - check before you sign up with them

i dont know if i trust product review. :th: :th: I wrote a good report on Clarendon as we have no problems…

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mellybuilding
Apr 06, 2009 9:04 am
mellybuilding
jessica
jessica
6 April 2009

AAARGHHHHH Council said no to Dune Roof [new facade pics]

AAARGHHHHH Council said no to Dune Roof [new facade pics]
NSW
1, 2

Hi Its a personal preference. I think Jasper looks better on the pics above. Anyways good luck with the council ... for your sake i hope u get to keep dune.

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jessica
Apr 06, 2009 10:23 am
King willy
King willy
6 April 2009

Pre-Building Cost Advice

Pre-Building Cost Advice

Carlous May I ask what frustrated you most about the project builders? Soil test $ 250 -350 max I have a good guy in Melb. can give you his number if ya…

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King willy
Apr 06, 2009 12:14 pm
King willy
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jafs
Apr 06, 2009 2:17 pm
just Erin
just Erin
6 April 2009

Do you recommend Henley?

Do you recommend Henley?
VIC
1, 2

Hi All, we're new to this forum, but after spending half the morning reading through posts we thought we'd register. We have bought a block of land in Doreen and are in…

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just Erin
Apr 06, 2009 2:20 pm
Crissy82
Crissy82
6 April 2009

CBA ... unconditional approval .. How long does it take?

CBA ... unconditional approval .. How long does it take?
1, 2

Our lender (my cousin !!) told me that they were contacted by CBA by letter, advising them that they normally do 6000 applications per month, but they are now doing 6000…

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Crissy82
Apr 06, 2009 3:50 pm
Lostris
Lostris
6 April 2009

I think i just won the war!

I think i just won the war!

The "we will be recieveing a post contract variation to sign" concerns me. Did they fix everythign and will now want you to sign a…

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Lostris
Apr 06, 2009 3:59 pm
georgia
georgia
6 April 2009

Price increase after signing contract

Price increase after signing contract

No never even crossed my mind to take it to a solicitor, just thought that they build 900 homes a year and looked after their clients (boy were we wrong!).

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georgia
Apr 06, 2009 5:22 pm
Annietom
Annietom
6 April 2009

PD Quality Inspection - is this for real?

PD Quality Inspection - is this for real?
VIC

We also had independent inspections for our own piece of mind. After all we are spending 100's of thousands in building a house, what is 1000…

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Annietom
Apr 06, 2009 8:51 pm
Annietom
kikin
kikin
6 April 2009

Extra discounts- am I elligible if the contract isnt signed?

Extra discounts- am I elligible if the contract isnt signed?

I think the bank will do the variation less than what you expect as those extra free things being offered with the house are not worth $2K....

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kikin
Apr 06, 2009 9:55 pm
muzzman
muzzman
7 April 2009

Has anyone installed a 'mains flush' system?!

Has anyone installed a 'mains flush' system?!
ACT

Those kind of toilets are in use in a lot of places here in North America - though not with half/full flush - it's all just full flush. Not sure about the Reece ones, but…

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muzzman
Apr 07, 2009 4:05 am
muzzman
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
7 April 2009

Which tiles to choose?

Which tiles to choose?

I'm going to preface all this information with a clause of this is what I have been informed at a multitude of tile shops..... A big difference between cermaic and…

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buildingadreamhome
Apr 07, 2009 7:39 am
buildingadreamhome
kyiee81
kyiee81
7 April 2009

Building at Spring Mountain, Qld : Kitchens and Bathrooms !

Building at Spring Mountain, Qld : Kitchens and Bathrooms !
QLD

:z: :z: :z: :z: :z: :z: i missed this :oops: ...congratulations ozzroo!!! your colour selections are lovely - very rustic bricks and it goes really well with the walnut roof tile! i look…

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kyiee81
Apr 07, 2009 8:22 am
kyiee81
KnockItDown
KnockItDown
7 April 2009

Upgrades and PCV's

Upgrades and PCV's

Hi sg, You are not the only one thinking the same thing. We have just completed the PCV process and yep I agree the prices for some things were just unreal. A builder…

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KnockItDown
Apr 07, 2009 9:08 am
KnockItDown
megzy
megzy
7 April 2009

What does "ENCLOSED" stage include?

What does "ENCLOSED" stage include?

Hi Megzy It is my understanding that enclosed essentially means 'lock up' - bricks, windows, roof, entry/internal garage doors. It is also…

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megzy
Apr 07, 2009 9:10 am
Grace16
Grace16
7 April 2009

Land in Doreen, Melbourne?

Land in Doreen, Melbourne?
VIC
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Our block is 729m2, we're pretty happy with it, it faces paddocks at the moment, and there is a 25m clearance on the opposite side of the…

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Grace16
Apr 07, 2009 11:06 am
leesy
leesy
7 April 2009

How many people got legal advice before signing the contract

How many people got legal advice before signing the contract

We are ready to go through our contracts on Monday, and won't be signing them until we get them looked at by a solicitor. This is the biggest investment you make in your…

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leesy
Apr 07, 2009 6:05 pm
leesy
kirbstar23
kirbstar23
7 April 2009

Site Costs???? Please help!

Site Costs???? Please help!

E.... CONGRATS on your land purchase at Mitchels Run..... such a lovely environment! Great for kiddies to grw up in! We actually ended up purchasing a house and lnad…

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kirbstar23
Apr 07, 2009 7:30 pm
kirbstar23
Jess09
Jess09
7 April 2009

External Colours - Opinions will be appreciated :D

External Colours - Opinions will be appreciated :D
VIC

great job fnd! :: i love those colours, maybe something bright for your front door? that is a lovely facade by the way :wink:

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Jess09
Apr 07, 2009 9:54 pm
Jess09
Bam
Bam
7 April 2009

Putting own Kitchen in..builder says no !!

Putting own Kitchen in..builder says no !!

Yep, we had the issue when we were in talks with a few builders. Couldnt do it ourselves due to WorkCover or what not, and they wouldnt give us credit for it either. So…

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Bam
Apr 07, 2009 10:24 pm
Bam
serge44
serge44
7 April 2009

Construction Loan Approval

Construction Loan Approval

Hi, We are meeting with a mortgage lender tomorrow and he just told us on the phone that another of his customers has been waiting 8 weeks for…

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serge44
Apr 07, 2009 10:24 pm
serge44
sammy_sj
sammy_sj
7 April 2009

lightviews estate

lightviews estate
SA

Not yet...... We'll probably only be checking on our block once a week so I'll have to wait until Friday ::sad:: I'm hoping that they may have a slab down before Easter. The…

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sammy_sj
Apr 07, 2009 10:38 pm
micknshell
micknshell
7 April 2009

help picking external colours (calling photoshop pros)

help picking external colours (calling photoshop pros)
NSW

i like that theme any others ?? anyone using the brick "grange" ?? if anyone has anymore photos with a similar theme it would be much appreciated if ya posted a link…

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micknshell
Apr 07, 2009 10:43 pm
joles
joles
7 April 2009

Help needed - Does anyone know how to read soil test report?

Help needed - Does anyone know how to read soil test report?

Should be one in your land contract. Then your builder will do one. That will show the fall. Has your builder provided you with a breakdown of costs? :?

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joles
Apr 07, 2009 11:13 pm
joles


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