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HellDad
HellDad
4 June 2009

Connection of power cable from house to telegraph pole

Connection of power cable from house to telegraph pole

We received a bill from the electrician for the connection, then the builder told the electrician when he wanted power, and it was connected without us doing anything…

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HellDad
Jun 04, 2009 12:54 pm
HellDad
chuth77
chuth77
4 June 2009

slab cost

slab cost

First thing.. Get more than one quote... Secondly it seems reasonably cheap... Normal house slabs I though were costed at around $100/sqm Third... What is your…

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chuth77
Jun 04, 2009 2:20 pm
monkeyupatree
monkeyupatree
4 June 2009

Options for driveway and backyard - to pave or not to pave??

Options for driveway and backyard - to pave or not to pave??

We are getting liquid limestone for our driveway. Cant wait until it is done. We didnt want pavers, because of the weeds, and we would have had to find someone to finish…

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monkeyupatree
Jun 04, 2009 3:55 pm
monkeyupatree
meghan
meghan
4 June 2009

Cost of building

Cost of building

Our base price was $192,500. We added: *1.4 metres to the garage to build to boundary and to make it wider *upgraded carpet and underlay *upgraded taps and…

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meghan
Jun 04, 2009 5:38 pm
ozhappy981
ozhappy981
4 June 2009

New Home in WA

New Home in WA
WA

When we were looking for a…

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ozhappy981
Jun 04, 2009 7:38 pm
btherl
btherl
5 June 2009

P class slab

P class slab

Have a look at this thread: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=9017

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btherl
Jun 05, 2009 2:07 am
btherl
Pixelated
Pixelated
5 June 2009

how LONG to wait for a BUILDER to lodge plans to council????

how LONG to wait for a BUILDER to lodge plans to council????

We have completed the form to fill out in regards to BASIX. We're not required to put up a landscape plan but our CSC told us that they're just waiting for…

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Pixelated
Jun 05, 2009 10:05 am
Pixelated
mattydals
mattydals
5 June 2009

Timber Retaining Walls

Timber Retaining Walls

Price sounds about right. I was quoted $5,900 for 30m of retaining walls 1m in height. 75mm timber H4 treated pine. Alternatively I have been quoted $6600 for…

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mattydals
Jun 05, 2009 1:18 pm
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
5 June 2009

What builder???

What builder???
SA

Be careful trying to get too much "value for money", some builders are just cheap and nasty, where as others may offer true value for money, you need to find someone you…

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pinkfairymagic
Jun 05, 2009 1:40 pm
pinkfairymagic
MBBN
MBBN
5 June 2009

Problem brickwork - options

Problem brickwork - options

Firstly, are they defective or you just aren't happy with how they look? You'll find that all brick companies have a little disclaimer in their brochures which states…

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MBBN
Jun 05, 2009 4:11 pm
alphapk
alphapk
5 June 2009

steel frame builder in Sydney

steel frame builder in Sydney
NSW

Hi Dan c the reason, I am going for steel frame, is termite protection. I think steel frame is a bit dearer than H2F frame treated but it is chemical free. I am looking…

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alphapk
Jun 05, 2009 4:30 pm
Andronicus
Andronicus
5 June 2009

Building on Land with a slope. Help!

Building on Land with a slope. Help!

We have 2.6m of fall over the building envelope and are building a 2 storey with the garage sitting lower than the house (so we've split leveled the garage). Our plan…

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Andronicus
Jun 05, 2009 8:16 pm
themax
themax
6 June 2009

Who draws up your elec. plan to include upgrades?

Who draws up your elec. plan to include upgrades?

I'm suprised they are not jumping on you for the $$$'s from the upgrades. ::surprise::

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themax
Jun 06, 2009 8:43 am
themax
ani
ani
6 June 2009

anyone bulding with summit/ easystart?

anyone bulding with summit/ easystart?
WA

Hi Shan! I'm building in Bertram but missed your thread until now. Are you in Belgravia Central? I can PM you and tell you where my land is if you like - we could be…

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ani
Jun 06, 2009 10:49 pm
ani
kbudgie
kbudgie
6 June 2009

Things I regret not having - or having in the contract

Things I regret not having - or having in the contract

You know Jess, one thing a wise person wrote once on the thread, when it comes to upgrades, faced with budgetary constraints, go for what will be…

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kbudgie
Jun 06, 2009 11:35 pm
kbudgie
stark
stark
7 June 2009

Wisdom Display Homes - Elderslie

Wisdom Display Homes - Elderslie
NSW
1, 2

In regards to the doors, you pay to upgrade the height of the doors ontop of getting the Hume doors aswell.

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stark
Jun 07, 2009 10:36 am
karakarakara
karakarakara
7 June 2009

Our first home (WA - HBC) - feedback on plan please :)

Our first home (WA - HBC) - feedback on plan please :)
WA

wow, hi everyone. I haven't written anymore in this thread for a while because we are currently looking at changing builders and going with a totally different…

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karakarakara
Jun 07, 2009 12:32 pm
aajinoz
aajinoz
7 June 2009

PUll down brickwall (rebricking whole house)

PUll down brickwall (rebricking whole house)

Undertaking the project to rebrick a house is a major renovation. Through…

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aajinoz
Jun 07, 2009 2:25 pm

We went for a dark coloured brown brick - Labassa from…

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beegeers
Jun 07, 2009 5:51 pm
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
7 June 2009

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8 Software Prog

Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite 8 Software Prog

I'd suggest looking into Vray or Kerkythea. There's quite a number of them out there at the moment, each with their own good and bads. Kerky's a…

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ElephantGuy
Jun 07, 2009 11:55 pm

There were a few forum members who did the batts DIY We added sound batts in our HT walls, around all the internal plumbing insulation in roofs for HT and some roof…

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beegeers
Jun 08, 2009 12:08 am
Back Pocket
Back Pocket
8 June 2009

No footpath in front of the house !!

No footpath in front of the house !!

Our first house only had footpaths on one side and it was not ours. We were on the corner block. I hated it, we had people parking way over where the nature strip would…

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Back Pocket
Jun 08, 2009 1:48 am
JustinH
JustinH
8 June 2009

Quick question about GPOs in garage.

Quick question about GPOs in garage.

Thanks guys. There's no gyprock going in our garage, so I imagine ours will be like 16.sfc said, which is good, means I'll get it done after so I can save some money atm.

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JustinH
Jun 08, 2009 10:34 am
ozhappy981
ozhappy981
8 June 2009

A question about plans.....

A question about plans.....
VIC

But after seeing a few people talk about their kitchens - should there be a plan for the kitchen (ie how many drawers and where they are…

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ozhappy981
Jun 08, 2009 1:46 pm
King willy
King willy
8 June 2009

To sign or not to sign my contract.

To sign or not to sign my contract.

Thanks all Its not the builder that is the problem. Its the company in the middle, that do the paper work and broker the deal. I got a good price due to a slow period in…

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King willy
Jun 08, 2009 6:52 pm
King willy
dymonite69
dymonite69
8 June 2009

Does a black roof make the house hotter?

Does a black roof make the house hotter?
NSW
1, 2, 3

We really like black/charcoal roofs, but after seeing how much of an effect it can have on house…

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dymonite69
Jun 08, 2009 7:29 pm
dymonite69
suh
suh
8 June 2009

McDonald Jones Homes

McDonald Jones Homes

No probs, thought it might be helpful :D

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suh
Jun 08, 2009 7:43 pm
suh
danc12
danc12
8 June 2009

What stage to actually sign HIA Contract...?

What stage to actually sign HIA Contract...?
SA

Basically, you don't sign the HIA agreement until you know that you can build something and that is usually after you have the Construction Certificate in your hands. i…

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danc12
Jun 08, 2009 8:09 pm
oztish
oztish
8 June 2009

Anyone building with Zuccala Homes in Aurora Estate??

Anyone building with Zuccala Homes in Aurora Estate??
VIC

Polo - there's still a few Mel homes to go up (like the 3 houses right next door to mine) - they're all with my builder. From what I've seen from the Zuccala and JGK…

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oztish
Jun 08, 2009 8:31 pm
Adele
Adele
8 June 2009

met?icon builders victoria

met?icon builders victoria
VIC

Hi btherl Who is the international sales person you have been liaising with? What stage are you in with the building process?

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Adele
Jun 08, 2009 10:26 pm
onc_artisan
onc_artisan
8 June 2009

Plumbing Concerns... Help / Thoughts Required...

Plumbing Concerns... Help / Thoughts Required...
QLD

More likely the plumbing prelay was incorrect and has now become obsalete :wink: Not an issue so long as it has no connection to the sewer system, :wink: But now they need a new…

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onc_artisan
Jun 08, 2009 11:36 pm
onc_artisan
Beebob
Beebob
8 June 2009

first floor plan opinions

first floor plan opinions
NSW

thanks guys. waiting for tender to come back. hopefully by weds

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Beebob
Jun 09, 2009 12:02 am
Howie
Howie
9 June 2009

Should we use an independent inspector????

Should we use an independent inspector????
VIC

hi bj. thats a question many have asked lol but heres my say..... i handed over a couple of months ago, and i am now helping my…

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Howie
Jun 09, 2009 10:34 am
Howie
Emzy
Emzy
9 June 2009

Cost of Building - Melbourne

Cost of Building - Melbourne
VIC

If you go owner builder, it might cost you less $$, but you would need to sub-contract all the work out to tradies etc. and if possible, do dome on ur own. Approx cost…

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Emzy
Jun 09, 2009 2:42 pm
sparkle
sparkle
9 June 2009

questions about the standard builders ranges from Dennis

questions about the standard builders ranges from Dennis

Hi, We are also building with Dennis Family Homes the Flinders 270 in Whittlesea. We were very impressed with the standard range and needed to upgrade very little. The…

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sparkle
Jun 09, 2009 3:35 pm
Howie
Howie
9 June 2009

PERTH: Photovoltaic Power - Deal for home builders

PERTH: Photovoltaic Power - Deal for home builders
WA

I'd try anyway.. some places are asking people to post their applications back via Aust Post Platinum Post (Same/Next day). So chances are you've got till midnight tonight.

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Howie
Jun 09, 2009 4:37 pm
Howie
jimmalenko
jimmalenko
9 June 2009

Feedback on these contract items?

Feedback on these contract items?

We suggested that we were OK with changes due to legislative items, as often these things can't be helped and inevitably there is a cost, but we clearly stated that…

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jimmalenko
Jun 09, 2009 5:56 pm
beegeers
beegeers
9 June 2009

For those who have used a building inspector.....

For those who have used a building inspector.....
WA

We felt we did not have know enough knowledge to check everything out and so had an independent inspection at pre-plaster and would have one at pre-handover…

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beegeers
Jun 09, 2009 10:56 pm
Zerosignal
Zerosignal
9 June 2009

Our Journey-Everything You Need To Know - Metric Avendon 32

Our Journey-Everything You Need To Know - Metric Avendon 32

Yeah I love the ensuite design, seriously looked at the Everest which has the same ensuite but was just a little too costly for us.

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Zerosignal
Jun 10, 2009 12:05 am
Salt&Pepper
Salt&Pepper
9 June 2009

Different Color Bricks at front of house to rest - Bad Idea?

Different Color Bricks at front of house to rest - Bad Idea?
VIC

Agree with what woodvillesouth just said, put contrasting bricks on a blade wall or something like that. Make sure you know EXACTLY what and how you want the front to be,…

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Salt&Pepper
Jun 10, 2009 12:45 am
Salt&Pepper
Haven
Haven
10 June 2009

Austral Blackwood bricks anyone?????

Austral Blackwood bricks anyone?????

Hi Renee, We selected the Blackwood bricks last week when we had our colour appointment. We were shown samples against Tan and Latrobe. Latrobe seemed to have more red…

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Haven
Jun 10, 2009 8:45 am
Haven
m&n
m&n
10 June 2009

Cornices and Skirtings

Cornices and Skirtings
VIC

Thanks for your help everyone. We went for our tender on Friday and our builder advised that packing out the cornices is not an option. They said that they could leave…

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m&n
Jun 10, 2009 10:04 am
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
10 June 2009

We're going home, very very soon - New Photos

We're going home, very very soon - New Photos
1, 2, 3, 4

WOWWEEEEZZZZ what a stunning house, after 2yrs of hell, I imagine, you deserve it! Enjoy!

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pinkfairymagic
Jun 10, 2009 10:28 am
pinkfairymagic
pravvy
pravvy
10 June 2009

Where O Where to buy - Point cook

Where O Where to buy - Point cook
VIC

Wow thanks so much for you help guys! I am thinking either Karinya or Water haven at the moment. What is a good price for say 512m2 block? Also did any of you bargain?…

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pravvy
Jun 10, 2009 10:29 am
ICK
ICK
10 June 2009

Has anyone built with P & J Constructions?

Has anyone built with P & J Constructions?
VIC

We looked into P&J when we were investigating. They were flexible, they have a high start price, but you'd get very few suprises later on as they have a lot of quality…

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ICK
Jun 10, 2009 11:44 am
ICK

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