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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 12:46 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 5:52 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 6:29 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 6:43 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 7:09 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 7:31 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 9:26 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 10:36 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 08, 2009 11:02 pm
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 9:34 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 1:42 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 2:35 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 3:37 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 4:56 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 9:56 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 09, 2009 11:05 pm
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 09, 2009 11:45 pm
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 7:45 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 9:04 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 9:28 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 9:29 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 10:44 am
ICK
beegeers
beegeers
10 June 2009

Our Build - How long did it take from lockup to handove???

Our Build - How long did it take from lockup to handove???

No Probs Lizzy stardust - External colours are Bricks - Labassa from Boral (Elan series) Roof Tiles - Walnut from Boral Render - Francescan Robe from Wattyl Windows -…

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beegeers
Jun 10, 2009 12:19 pm
lynnebin1968
lynnebin1968
10 June 2009

My garage isn't enclosed at all help please!!

My garage isn't enclosed at all help please!!
1, 2

We use it for storage too, but hey it's mostly junk (at least to me :lol: ) so I don't know how much worth it is to someone looking to steal it! :lol:

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lynnebin1968
Jun 10, 2009 4:19 pm
lynnebin1968
awen
awen
10 June 2009

Boundary pegs incomplete, settlement next week, pls advise?

Boundary pegs incomplete, settlement next week, pls advise?

Hi, I believe we are in the same estate :D. I probably recommend to speak to your solicitor before you settle, as I did. Mine told me that the developer going to do end…

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awen
Jun 10, 2009 7:05 pm
thorney
thorney
10 June 2009

Possible silly question about bricks

Possible silly question about bricks

Thanks for your responses guys, it's very interesting to learn the finer details of the making bricks process :D Ok so l just got to see what my batch comes up like…

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thorney
Jun 10, 2009 9:42 pm
thorney
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Gambarol
Jun 11, 2009 6:11 am
Gambarol
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
11 June 2009

Building Inspection stages (Sydney build)

Building Inspection stages (Sydney build)
NSW

Wow - that's a lot of individual inspections. I think most of us are going for pre-plaster and then final inspection. I suppose it would depend on the reputation of the…

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stonecutter1309
Jun 11, 2009 6:49 am
stonecutter1309
hallie_mia
hallie_mia
11 June 2009

All Castle Homes

All Castle Homes
NSW

I think if you look hard enough, you can find negative reviews on most builders which makes it hard to feel 100% comfortable with whoever you go with. We've actually been…

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hallie_mia
Jun 11, 2009 10:01 am
hallie_mia
sparkle
sparkle
11 June 2009

No double vanity to ensuite for Lisbon 22 PD

No double vanity to ensuite for Lisbon 22 PD
VIC

When looking on the Porter Davis website at the floorplan for the Lisborne 22 it also says ensuite option, whats that option include. It looks like a fairly big ensuite…

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sparkle
Jun 11, 2009 12:06 pm
mundie mansion
mundie mansion
11 June 2009

Building the Huntley HX/Cheviot Homes - nearly at handover!!

Building the Huntley HX/Cheviot Homes - nearly at handover!!
VIC
1, 2

Hi Fredstar, I have just been looking at some of your pics and it is like looking in my own house we are building. Our plans have some similarities and some of the…

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mundie mansion
Jun 11, 2009 2:16 pm
JJ305
JJ305
11 June 2009

Drafting service cost

Drafting service cost
VIC
1, 2

I started this thread. Finally went to a small private builder and then asked him to factor in drafting architecture and engineering costs in his…

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JJ305
Jun 11, 2009 2:47 pm
urbanesoul
urbanesoul
11 June 2009

Acrylic render on wrong wall.

Acrylic render on wrong wall.

I am not too sure but paint is very tricky. If they were to paint a lighter colour over that wall it would pick up the colour in the darker paint and still change the…

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urbanesoul
Jun 11, 2009 3:20 pm
urbanesoul
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
11 June 2009

Cost of building in country Victoria? (Daylesford)

Cost of building in country Victoria? (Daylesford)
VIC

Hi All, Newbies here :D We're trying to decide between OB or having a home built for us in Daylesford. Ignoring site costs can anyone give a rough…

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ElephantGuy
Jun 11, 2009 5:19 pm
Helyn
Helyn
11 June 2009

Building a fence surrounding the property

Building a fence surrounding the property

Unless you are buying a house/land package in which fencing is sometimes included, then the builder is not usually responsible for fencing - within council/ estate…

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Helyn
Jun 11, 2009 5:36 pm
Helyn
FND
FND
11 June 2009

Do Not Build with AVJennings!!!

Do Not Build with AVJennings!!!

I am sorry to hear your situation. Its good that you let people know how bad situation can be if we decide to build with this company. Thats good if they see this thread…

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FND
Jun 11, 2009 8:52 pm
yellowdieselgolf
yellowdieselgolf
11 June 2009

frustrations with first home contract.

frustrations with first home contract.
NSW
1, 2

This thread started off as a vent, so it's not the best place for progress…

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yellowdieselgolf
Jun 11, 2009 9:19 pm
yellowdieselgolf
kingroly
kingroly
11 June 2009

Shock announcement - Solar Rebate ends today (09/06/2009)

Shock announcement - Solar Rebate ends today (09/06/2009)
1, 2

To say that my day was wasted spending in dealing with my builder over this issue would be putting it mildly. No notice and we were still trying…

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kingroly
Jun 11, 2009 11:36 pm
D&SG
D&SG
12 June 2009

New NSW Housing Code - Good news for some!

New NSW Housing Code - Good news for some!
NSW
1, 2, 3

Oddly enough, we expected council to be the one thing that held us up, it turned out to be the bank :lol:

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D&SG
Jun 12, 2009 4:21 pm
D&SG
Anna1
Anna1
12 June 2009

Variation Cost for Generator

Variation Cost for Generator

We have an HIA plain language building contract for new homes We have been stung with these clauses by the builder submitting changes to council (that we hated) without…

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Anna1
Jun 12, 2009 8:31 pm
Anna1
Emzy
Emzy
12 June 2009

Looking for a decent draftsman in Melbourne...

Looking for a decent draftsman in Melbourne...
VIC

We're hoping to be OB's too, but from what I understand banks will generally only lend you between 60-80% of the funds. But I do think you need to…

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Emzy
Jun 12, 2009 10:48 pm
VJ
VJ
13 June 2009

Re: Light off centre 8-10". What do you guys think?

Re: Light off centre 8-10". What do you guys think?

If you don't want to delay the handover, you can accept it with the condition that they fix it after handover (it should be documented). That's what we did with most of…

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VJ
Jun 13, 2009 8:22 am
VJ
Casa2
Casa2
13 June 2009

What additional / hidden cost appear when signing contract

What additional / hidden cost appear when signing contract

Hi Joles and others, I can understand that builders, particularly project builders, must squeeze every cent out of their base price and that along the way you're going to…

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Casa2
Jun 13, 2009 12:12 pm
hiker
hiker
13 June 2009

House cost as advertised, what's missing?

House cost as advertised, what's missing?

Some things that might be missing: - eaves: although they used to be standard on houses, many volume builders now leave them off in order to cut costs. You will have to…

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hiker
Jun 13, 2009 3:27 pm
kek
kek
13 June 2009

if anybody has the experience with SILKWOOD DREAMS builder

if anybody has the experience with SILKWOOD DREAMS builder
VIC

My Tupperware lady built with Silkwood and is happy with the experience overall, and more than happy with the house. They had a few problems along the way, as everybody…

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kek
Jun 13, 2009 5:24 pm
kek
thorney
thorney
13 June 2009

BORAL Elan range - colour Cleveland

BORAL Elan range - colour Cleveland

Hi, I almost went with Cleveland (there is a thread on here about it, so you may…

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thorney
Jun 13, 2009 7:15 pm
thorney

Could anyone pretty please photoshop this facade with the following colours?!?!? It would remain very much appreciated. External: Bricks: Boral Sandy Beach Roof tiles:…

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185
stanleyho
Jun 14, 2009 2:59 am


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