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torourke1
torourke1
19 April 2009

Austral Colourbrick System

Austral Colourbrick System

Hi loretta, My neighbour had the render on the bottom and she ended up painting it a very dark grey because it looked dirty after about 3 years. Maintenance might be a…

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torourke1
Apr 19, 2009 3:41 pm
kyton
kyton
19 April 2009

switch/circuit board to relocate to indoor?

switch/circuit board to relocate to indoor?

Yes you contact your local electricity commission and purchase one of their locks. Then when they read the meter they unlock it with the master key.

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kyton
Apr 19, 2009 5:06 pm
kyton
jamesb
jamesb
19 April 2009

Building Contract Date

Building Contract Date
VIC

Thanks heaps Lisa! I love this forum :D

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jamesb
Apr 19, 2009 6:36 pm
jamesb
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kassan1973
Apr 19, 2009 9:09 pm
cara&heng ly
cara&heng ly
19 April 2009

Builders

Builders

Robenna we have also been wondering about this. So far we have only dealt with salespeople & of course they have all been great, but we worry about how to keep an eye on…

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cara&heng ly
Apr 19, 2009 9:12 pm
misscrow
misscrow
19 April 2009

Getting things fixed after handover?

Getting things fixed after handover?

we have handover on tues, not a single thing on the list has been done. they had 14+ days to fix.

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misscrow
Apr 19, 2009 9:16 pm
misscrow
misscrow
19 April 2009

Siteworks - money back?

Siteworks - money back?

ahh what I meant was settlement of the house I should have said handover yeah its around the end when the do the final accounts. Our…

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misscrow
Apr 19, 2009 9:46 pm
Eager
Eager
20 April 2009

Our Shower Saga - WARNING TO OTHERS

Our Shower Saga - WARNING TO OTHERS

Hey respondants, No problems! It was a frustrating time but we're just very lucky to have an awesome Customer Service chicky babe, who had to put up with our constant…

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Eager
Apr 20, 2009 8:45 am
Eager
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bevcom
Apr 20, 2009 10:13 am
erinleigh
erinleigh
20 April 2009

To Smart wire or not to Smart wire

To Smart wire or not to Smart wire
WA

It was a covenant of our estate that we had to get it included.. however i know we will not be using it to it's full advantage.. hell, we probably wont be able to afford…

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erinleigh
Apr 20, 2009 12:07 pm
erinleigh
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
20 April 2009

PD updated website: now includes Facade finder...

PD updated website: now includes Facade finder...
VIC

joeygbh, I think PD are actually working on the photoshop side of things. They told us last year that they hope to incorporate this into the H/toun appt and do mock-ups…

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House-To-Be
Apr 20, 2009 12:08 pm
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ani
Apr 20, 2009 1:31 pm
ani
Bananas
Bananas
20 April 2009

Parapet Wall

Parapet Wall

Its basically your roof over the garaage will become a brick gable end rather than a hip end with the bricks extending above the line of the roof tiles. I'm pressuming…

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Bananas
Apr 20, 2009 2:17 pm
homemaker
homemaker
20 April 2009

Storage with this floorplan

Storage with this floorplan

Yes Bel, i would make the wall square instead where pantry cupboards go, maybe move it in a bit, i already have an ikea 3m tv stand(besta) which has some storage for the…

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homemaker
Apr 20, 2009 2:48 pm
lj3376
lj3376
20 April 2009

Wardrobes

Wardrobes

We have a walk in robe on our plan which is pretty standard, just railings on 2 sides and shelves on the other, but because our bedroom is quite big we've decided to put…

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lj3376
Apr 20, 2009 3:49 pm
Clarity
Clarity
20 April 2009

Did you go over tender and incur a price rise?

Did you go over tender and incur a price rise?

We went through tender after tender, basically because they couldn't get it right ::frown:: Our 3rd tender dated 14May07 was valid till 22Sep07 (we did have a $4k price rise…

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Clarity
Apr 20, 2009 5:12 pm
Clarity
torourke1
torourke1
20 April 2009

Powder room basin options?

Powder room basin options?
VIC
1, 2

We were charged $950 including basin pedestal and tap plus tiling above the basin and installation (plumbing etc.) I priced the basin pedestal and tap in Reece and it…

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torourke1
Apr 20, 2009 5:27 pm
su ann
su ann
20 April 2009

Prelim agreemt - i need someone to tell me if this is right

Prelim agreemt - i need someone to tell me if this is right

Many thanks Andrew and Casa. another question then would be: I know you mentioned the soil test and contour survey reports are mine to keep, however would the working…

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su ann
Apr 20, 2009 8:20 pm
Michelle
Michelle
20 April 2009

Roof's again!!! tiles?

Roof's again!!! tiles?
WA

Well…..if I live in a really hot climate zone, I would never give black a though. You will not be doing yourself justice here! By the way….every dark colour on a…

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Michelle
Apr 20, 2009 9:21 pm
Michelle
meic
meic
20 April 2009

Building Insurance

Building Insurance

Our builder (porter davis) provides insurance to their clients through a third party. I got the policy details in the mail before our build started.…

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meic
Apr 20, 2009 9:44 pm
thlo
thlo
21 April 2009

FHOG - When and how did yours get paid

FHOG - When and how did yours get paid
NSW

Good point jake84. The First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) was introduced on 1st July 2000 to offset the effect of the GST on home ownership, established by a inter government…

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thlo
Apr 21, 2009 12:20 am
thlo
Helyn
Helyn
21 April 2009

Latest floor plans for Mt Barker build - ranch style

Latest floor plans for Mt Barker build - ranch style

This is so interesting reading everyone suggesting the kitchen sink go under the window - on other threads I have been way out-voted when I say I favour that in preference…

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Helyn
Apr 21, 2009 9:21 am
Helyn
Helyn
Helyn
21 April 2009

Signing the contract - does it lock in the price?

Signing the contract - does it lock in the price?

My understanding is that they can only increase the price (other than upgrades you choose at selections) if there is unforeseen circumstance affecting the price to them…

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Helyn
Apr 21, 2009 9:47 am
Helyn
Pisces
Pisces
21 April 2009

6 weeks for contracts? Building in Perth

6 weeks for contracts? Building in Perth
WA

How long does it take after signing the final contract to have the Prestart…

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Pisces
Apr 21, 2009 10:35 am
Pisces
misscrow
misscrow
21 April 2009

Soakwell & aircon - do I let the builder do this?

Soakwell & aircon - do I let the builder do this?
1, 2

Dh had a look at some info on them but said everything he read talked about them being more for storm water. umm well just what kind of…

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misscrow
Apr 21, 2009 12:07 pm
gizben
gizben
21 April 2009

IQ Living

IQ Living
VIC

Im building with them. Well you buy with them but ABEY actually builds your house. Have a search on ABEY and you will find most of the info you need. My personal…

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gizben
Apr 21, 2009 12:43 pm
ani
ani
21 April 2009

Liquidated damages below 250$

Liquidated damages below 250$
VIC

They were like he's a very busy man, we said yeah busy or just gutless? And then you say... "Well, he'll be busier with a lawsuit on his…

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ani
Apr 21, 2009 1:15 pm
ani
Pisces
Pisces
21 April 2009

Floorplan with Centre Courtyard - ZEN - WA

Floorplan with Centre Courtyard - ZEN - WA
WA
1, 2

oo i saw the zen display home- its an awesome plan!

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Pisces
Apr 21, 2009 1:46 pm
Pisces
Beebie
Beebie
21 April 2009

What about dark bricks and a dark roof? anyone done that?

What about dark bricks and a dark roof? anyone done that?
1, 2

wow, so many great photos! Southies, House-to-be, Stormy and Photogirl - your houses all have the same dark bricks and roof with light accents that I'm planning and they…

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Beebie
Apr 21, 2009 2:57 pm
Beebie

Colorbond "Ironstone" roof with a cream brick. Austral…

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kexkez
Apr 21, 2009 4:06 pm
kexkez
SofiWY
SofiWY
21 April 2009

Facades

Facades
1, 2

another vote for Jazzz.. :D

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SofiWY
Apr 21, 2009 4:40 pm
brendondanielle
brendondanielle
21 April 2009

Alfresco or Pergola?

Alfresco or Pergola?
VIC
1, 2

I don't think a pergola has to look like an add on. Just use your imagination. I've had a small one done with concrete rendered pillars to match…

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brendondanielle
Apr 21, 2009 7:00 pm
cara&heng ly
cara&heng ly
21 April 2009

help with building our first home, so confused....

help with building our first home, so confused....
NSW

Hi kelnmik+4, I'm with you this whole thing is waaay more confusing than either of us anticipated, having said that I've learnt so so much from stalking the lovely ladies…

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cara&heng ly
Apr 21, 2009 7:22 pm
CoNNiE
CoNNiE
21 April 2009

Setbacks

Setbacks

Oh my goodness! What a headache. Do you have an image of your block and it's positioning? What about the back of the block?

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CoNNiE
Apr 21, 2009 7:57 pm
ladsos
ladsos
21 April 2009

Bricks? Larger ones, ?2c size, your thoughts

Bricks? Larger ones, ?2c size, your thoughts

problem solved, hubby doesnt like them. i love them! can see this building process gonna test the old marriage! I get to choose the colour!

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ladsos
Apr 21, 2009 7:59 pm
ladsos
Taffy
Taffy
21 April 2009

Slab pour today and frame goes up tomorrow? Is this normal

Slab pour today and frame goes up tomorrow? Is this normal

My frame was put on the next day but only the timber on the floor like marking the the rooms out. I think from memory it was a day or too later they started erecting the walls.

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Taffy
Apr 21, 2009 8:31 pm
Taffy
King willy
King willy
21 April 2009

Waffle v Raft for extra hight ???

Waffle v Raft for extra hight ???

Nice input Ben. Thanks mate well done. KW.............

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King willy
Apr 21, 2009 8:44 pm
King willy
Conny
Conny
21 April 2009

My new building!

My new building!

I´m using it as a guesthouse and as a place to party!

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Conny
Apr 21, 2009 8:45 pm
homebuddy925
homebuddy925
21 April 2009

Cost of Construction - Per Sq Metre Guide

Cost of Construction - Per Sq Metre Guide

Hi Guys found this page which is a guide for those trying to cost up their house. also for those who think they've got a good/bad deal can use the following.

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homebuddy925
Apr 21, 2009 9:18 pm
Queenstown
Queenstown
21 April 2009

PD Site Costs

PD Site Costs
VIC

I have been to…

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Queenstown
Apr 21, 2009 9:39 pm
issy jo
issy jo
21 April 2009

'inclusion'credits on upgrades

'inclusion'credits on upgrades
SA

thankyou for a speedy reply!!! We were getting A V Jennings to build a house about a year ago but the contract time ran out( contract was under the condition of our…

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issy jo
Apr 21, 2009 10:19 pm
issy jo
funkypopcorn
funkypopcorn
21 April 2009

Can you cut high site costs by doing work ourselves?

Can you cut high site costs by doing work ourselves?

thanks for the post!!! We had another meeting with builder today.. I intially thought they were quoting high because they dont want our work too?? But after meeting with…

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funkypopcorn
Apr 21, 2009 11:52 pm
wake_me
wake_me
22 April 2009

council approval

council approval

Where are you based? ts different in every state, council. For us (we are in Brisbane) council themselves took about 2 and a half weeks. DA took another 3 - 4 weeks but…

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wake_me
Apr 22, 2009 9:57 am
wake_me
Rex
Rex
22 April 2009

Larger Alfresco ?

Larger Alfresco ?
1, 2

Thanks guys. After a quick chat lastnight with DW it looks like it should be a goer! I want to go to our the block and measure out the size difference first but, as this…

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Rex
Apr 22, 2009 10:14 am
ani
ani
22 April 2009

Need help with wish list ???

Need help with wish list ???

Raise the bathroom mirror? A friend of mine is 6'7" and he said he can never see the top of his head in anyone's bathroom mirrors! If you are tall, or have…

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ani
Apr 22, 2009 11:39 am
ani
mattydals
mattydals
22 April 2009

Which one will you pick..

Which one will you pick..

First one for me too! I've always lived in houses that has had separate toilets. ...until now. We have 2 bathrooms in our temp accom, but both…

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mattydals
Apr 22, 2009 12:05 pm
ICK
ICK
22 April 2009

The Plans version 1

The Plans version 1
VIC

I did have concerns re the fridge, a lot of plans have either the fridge or the pantry in a walkway, but not many people seem to mind about it so thought I wouldn't bring…

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ICK
Apr 22, 2009 12:46 pm
ICK
Tillie
Tillie
22 April 2009

They started our house!!!!!!!.....

They started our house!!!!!!!.....
1, 2

I also just happened to drive by as I do :oops: and noticed a truck of some sort on my block scraping it and I had no word from the builder until about a week or so later I…

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Tillie
Apr 22, 2009 12:57 pm
penguin
penguin
22 April 2009

House plan for feedback please :)

House plan for feedback please :)

We thought about the two options early on but pretty quickly decided on side by side. We thought that we would just loose so much space having a driveway to the back one…

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penguin
Apr 22, 2009 1:14 pm
aajinoz
aajinoz
22 April 2009

Advice Please!! ....Refund of holding Deposit

Advice Please!! ....Refund of holding Deposit

WE had two instances where we got our full refund back. And this was mainly due to site costs and issues with the cut of our land and fall. Without sighting what you have…

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aajinoz
Apr 22, 2009 2:01 pm


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