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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
georgia
georgia
8 April 2009

Adelaide - Need Building Inspection Recommendation

Adelaide - Need Building Inspection Recommendation
SA

We have just hired an inpector for around $500 per visit and to do a report so the prices sound right. We haven't used him yet he should be out tomorrow so we will let you…

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georgia
Apr 08, 2009 12:07 am
smallOne
smallOne
8 April 2009

Questions about notice of completion

Questions about notice of completion

Do you have items that are not clearly specified in the contract? It may be cosmetic or due to other reasons that you think is not acceptable. Does the builder debate…

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smallOne
Apr 08, 2009 7:13 am
danceswwolves
danceswwolves
8 April 2009

Simonds - Vanity Basins supplier delays

Simonds - Vanity Basins supplier delays

After a furious exchange of e-mails with my CSO and after discussing the issue with the Site Supervisor the vanity basins have finally been installed. The issue was…

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danceswwolves
Apr 08, 2009 7:56 am
gilese
gilese
8 April 2009

Available Rebates

Available Rebates
NSW

interesting, thanks stonecutter.

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gilese
Apr 08, 2009 9:51 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
8 April 2009

Who pays for this?

Who pays for this?

Unusual name -…

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ECOECO
Apr 08, 2009 1:03 pm
ECOECO
erinleigh
erinleigh
8 April 2009

Colour help please :)

Colour help please :)
VIC

Those colors look like great selections! Very similar to what we have chosen. :wink: I'm loving your inspiration, I love that house as well, the garage door in the jarrah…

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erinleigh
Apr 08, 2009 1:18 pm
erinleigh
webbiegareth
webbiegareth
8 April 2009

Slope/fall on land... any advice?

Slope/fall on land... any advice?
VIC

To update.... he's had a look for me around the estates, and found three so far... but they're all corner blocks! So I guess a corner block it'll have to be (damn, that…

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webbiegareth
Apr 08, 2009 1:59 pm
Hels
Hels
8 April 2009

Land Offer/Acceptance Question

Land Offer/Acceptance Question
VIC

There are 6 different levels of slabs - A Class: basically perfect and very rare. S Class for 'Slightly Reactive' or…

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Hels
Apr 08, 2009 2:37 pm
Hels
bluemetal77
bluemetal77
8 April 2009

HAGGLING - Did you do it ?

HAGGLING - Did you do it ?

Land at The Ponds .. $0 possible!!

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bluemetal77
Apr 08, 2009 2:47 pm
bluemetal77
burnettcastle
burnettcastle
8 April 2009

The Surveyors been!!!!

The Surveyors been!!!!

You are going through exactly the same stage as us -we building in Cleveland in Brisbane (Redland City ). Our set back is 5.5m and i was really suprised as all our…

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burnettcastle
Apr 08, 2009 4:19 pm
behw
behw
8 April 2009

Many problems with Clarendon

Many problems with Clarendon
1, 2

Jacq, People working on the Metricon display home called our house a light hosue. So you won't miss it. Initially we picked walnut as the roof colour but was told that we…

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behw
Apr 08, 2009 5:09 pm
Aimeh
Aimeh
8 April 2009

Submitting 2 Planning Permits?

Submitting 2 Planning Permits?
VIC

Hi All, Does anyone know if you can submit 2 planning permits for 2 different houses at the same time (Happy to pay the double submission fee)? We are currrently…

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Aimeh
Apr 08, 2009 9:36 pm
Jochicho
Jochicho
8 April 2009

Who is still building with Wincrest?

Who is still building with Wincrest?
NSW
1, 2

It would be worth contacting Wisdom again as I think they might have expanded their build areas... Knockitdown was told that they would not build in Hornsby back in…

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Jochicho
Apr 08, 2009 10:25 pm
mohit
mohit
9 April 2009

Construction Delays - Rain Days

Construction Delays - Rain Days
NSW

But the completion date is…

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mohit
Apr 09, 2009 8:11 am
MKR
MKR
9 April 2009

Would you Settle?!?!?!

Would you Settle?!?!?!

Thanks for your replies Purple Patch and Ed. We have thought over this quite a bit, and the deciding factor for us was the…

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MKR
Apr 09, 2009 12:33 pm
MKR
georgia
georgia
9 April 2009

Building a new home in S.A

Building a new home in S.A
SA

We are building with Hickinbotham, but to be fair to Hickies its the contractors that have messed up and Hickies are trying to sort it all out for us.

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georgia
Apr 09, 2009 3:56 pm
burnettcastle
burnettcastle
9 April 2009

Question on piers

Question on piers

We will have a lot of piers due to a 'p' class of our block :( Should I also get a inspector just to check the piers before the slab is poured? I am worry not as they…

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burnettcastle
Apr 09, 2009 4:38 pm
Southies
Southies
9 April 2009

Does your builder leave your door open during fixing stage?

Does your builder leave your door open during fixing stage?

But how does the builder know the house has been left unlocked, short if checking it each day ? :?

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Southies
Apr 09, 2009 9:53 pm
Southies
Lily
Lily
10 April 2009

Changes in architectural plans .. needed or not?

Changes in architectural plans .. needed or not?

Hi I think you should definatley ask about the changes and insist they give you a quote. Our sales agent made a big deal about not being able to make structual changes but…

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Lily
Apr 10, 2009 3:10 am
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jolie
Apr 10, 2009 8:21 am
yvette72
yvette72
10 April 2009

How long does it take to get a deposit bond?

How long does it take to get a deposit bond?

last time I used them it was 24 hours with st george

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yvette72
Apr 10, 2009 2:07 pm
FireFox
FireFox
10 April 2009

Builder to lock-up only

Builder to lock-up only
1, 2

You need to have your own hard earned cash, or equity in property to be able to OB, that is my understanding…

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FireFox
Apr 10, 2009 2:55 pm
FireFox
Mtuba2
Mtuba2
10 April 2009

Watering the pad

Watering the pad

Thanks for both your replies. I will have a chat to my contractor.

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Mtuba2
Apr 10, 2009 4:49 pm
Mtuba2
brittany
brittany
10 April 2009

M3tricon Vs Private Builder

M3tricon Vs Private Builder
VIC

We originally went down the path of paying for a custom builder to do plans but went away from that idea in the end. It was a lot more expensive at a base price before we…

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brittany
Apr 10, 2009 5:14 pm
brittany
popcorn-chicken
popcorn-chicken
10 April 2009

Building a PD Hayman (External Colours Added)

Building a PD Hayman (External Colours Added)
VIC
1, 2, 3

The problem is that equivalent sized houses and land are selling between $320k-$350k with a driveway, blinds, land scaping etc. wow!! in Rose…

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popcorn-chicken
Apr 10, 2009 8:57 pm
iTalk
iTalk
10 April 2009

Building The Bardot 29 ... On Hold ..

Building The Bardot 29 ... On Hold ..
VIC
1 ... 5, 6, 7

ITalk, I would suggest that you see if you can talk to some of his customers who he is building for…

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iTalk
Apr 10, 2009 9:15 pm
iTalk
Jadet
Jadet
11 April 2009

402 Construction

402 Construction
VIC

Hi! Thanks for your replies, everyone. If I'm not mistaken they only build in Doreen area. About 40 or 50 houses are built by them in Laurimar. At least that's what we…

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Jadet
Apr 11, 2009 7:06 am


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