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mrsnrub
mrsnrub
27 March 2009

Sarking (under roof tiles)

Sarking (under roof tiles)

A friend has those tiles and he didn't get sarking but now wishes he had. He had a broken tile and the rain leaking in damaged his ceiling. He said if he had sarking the…

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mrsnrub
Mar 27, 2009 6:05 pm
Mr Ed
Mr Ed
27 March 2009

Variations and builders margins

Variations and builders margins

Thanks dynomite, good advice! I reviewed the MBA (Master Builders Association) contract again which is what our contract is based on and it does state that provisional…

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Mr Ed
Mar 27, 2009 7:15 pm
Mr Ed
DARING2Build
DARING2Build
27 March 2009

Irregular frontage of my block..

Irregular frontage of my block..

Thanks all for your comments.. I did send these pictures to council today and they say that the setback is from the boundary of the block So I need to apply for…

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DARING2Build
Mar 27, 2009 10:05 pm
zeke
zeke
28 March 2009

Carpet inlay - Advice needed on options + my first pics :-)

Carpet inlay - Advice needed on options + my first pics :-)

Hi klscomps Thanks for taking the time to give us your opinion. Extending the tiling a bit further from the kitchen to the other side of the passage doorway was one of…

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zeke
Mar 28, 2009 11:44 am
zeke
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Southies
Mar 28, 2009 12:40 pm
Southies
JellyLegs
JellyLegs
28 March 2009

Advice on roof tiles

Advice on roof tiles

Yep, we have Monier Barramundi with PGH Rattan bricks. The bricks are a light brown with a creamy glaze on top - not sure if they're similar to the ones you have in mind.…

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JellyLegs
Mar 28, 2009 1:31 pm
JellyLegs
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
28 March 2009

Another builder goes

Another builder goes
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

to all you home owners who have taken offence, tuff. my position is that i'm about to loose everything i've…

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buildingadreamhome
Mar 28, 2009 4:01 pm
buildingadreamhome
mundie mansion
mundie mansion
28 March 2009

National B.G. price freeze?????

National B.G. price freeze?????

Hi, We locked in for the July bonus offer which then gave us until the end of Oct at the fixed price. We signed with a couple of days to spare and didn't start the…

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mundie mansion
Mar 28, 2009 8:09 pm
Mr Ed
Mr Ed
29 March 2009

HIA contract ... should we use a solicitor?

HIA contract ... should we use a solicitor?

We are on a Master Builders Association (MBA) contract and didn't get a solicitor to review it before we signed because we felt relatively comfortable with it, even…

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Mr Ed
Mar 29, 2009 7:47 am
Mr Ed
petal
petal
29 March 2009

PCI - some advice please

PCI - some advice please

sb - I had them just not put the shelves in , as I had seen some really nice o/head cupboards that matched our kitchen ones ok in Bunnings, so DH did that after h/over. I…

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petal
Mar 29, 2009 9:55 am
petal
gilese
gilese
29 March 2009

APZ - Asset Protection Zone / Bushfire Protection Zone

APZ - Asset Protection Zone / Bushfire Protection Zone
NSW

Sorry stonecutter, just re-read the guidlines book and realised nothing is standard. I was having a moment. :)

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gilese
Mar 29, 2009 10:00 am
craigd
craigd
29 March 2009

Demolition and Wooden Frame House

Demolition and Wooden Frame House
WA

termites are pretty friendly but I intend to place traps around the block. Im more tempted for the wooden frame due to the cost of steel. thanks for the reply.

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craigd
Mar 29, 2009 12:50 pm
kyton
kyton
29 March 2009

Change of the switches and powerpoints

Change of the switches and powerpoints

There was a thread in the Lighting topics (viewtopic.php?f=8&t=5975&hilit=clipsal) They are fairly pricey to purchase as well you need to have a neutral line to any…

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kyton
Mar 29, 2009 2:32 pm
kyton
hamun
hamun
29 March 2009

Anyone building in Wyndella, Truganina?

Anyone building in Wyndella, Truganina?
VIC

hmmm yes, that's excellent. I'm happy that they start building as well. Hope the one next to yours will start soon.

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hamun
Mar 29, 2009 4:17 pm
Hels
Hels
29 March 2009

Re negotiating contract price after seeing old soil report?

Re negotiating contract price after seeing old soil report?

Good to hear that you went ahead with the land purchase. Good luck arranging your build too, I hope it runs smoothly. Keep us posted on how you go :)

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Hels
Mar 29, 2009 10:21 pm
Hels
gettingThere
gettingThere
29 March 2009

Single story versus double story..

Single story versus double story..
1, 2

Depending on where you are building you need to make sure you spend serious money on cooling in a double storey house as all the bedrooms are…

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gettingThere
Mar 29, 2009 11:04 pm
jolie
jolie
29 March 2009

Llightcoloured bricks eg Girraween or Bianca for facade

Llightcoloured bricks eg Girraween or Bianca for facade

Thanks Getting there - Valid point and wished I had thought about that as we have already locked in Giraween at colour selection. Oh well ::sad::

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jolie
Mar 29, 2009 11:56 pm
iTalk
iTalk
30 March 2009

Question to people who are building with PD ..

Question to people who are building with PD ..
VIC

What you're saying is about right. 3 months free fixed price, and $2.5K for each then after. Thanks for clarifying this confusion :)

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iTalk
Mar 30, 2009 8:37 am
iTalk
forest24
forest24
30 March 2009

starting to build new home in western suburbs,VIC,any advise

starting to build new home in western suburbs,VIC,any advise
VIC

Thanks for the advise on building inspections , I think I will get them done, another query regarding solar panels for generating electricity. seeing lot of adv for…

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forest24
Mar 30, 2009 8:45 am
Pebble
Pebble
30 March 2009

Moving in without Handover

Moving in without Handover
QLD

First I would talk to the builder, find out how much longer until handover. I don't think I'd like to risk moving in illegaly, but telling the builder of your situation…

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Pebble
Mar 30, 2009 10:48 am
Pebble
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
30 March 2009

SOLAR PANELS FOR GENERATING ELECTRICITY

SOLAR PANELS FOR GENERATING ELECTRICITY
VIC

My sister has this, I'm not sure how many panels she has or kw's or anything but she gets anywhere between $50-$100 credit a month on her account. I guess that will…

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House-To-Be
Mar 30, 2009 12:05 pm
ICK
ICK
30 March 2009

Pulling out just before contract signing

Pulling out just before contract signing

I had given our first builder the flick after constant stuff ups (wrong house, incorrect changes, too many issues to list), terrible customer service (lowest point was…

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ICK
Mar 30, 2009 12:08 pm
ICK
Shae
Shae
30 March 2009

Variations after contract cooling off period? PD

Variations after contract cooling off period? PD
VIC

haha i am very clucky, i wont deny that! hehe... but yeah kleenex and I werent that close of friends that night :P hehe..

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Shae
Mar 30, 2009 12:41 pm
ny4eva
ny4eva
30 March 2009

Newbie - Carlisle Homes building surcharge

Newbie - Carlisle Homes building surcharge
1, 2

Has anyone had any experience on the length of time building with Carlisle Homes? I'm not sure how long they take for 2 stories?

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ny4eva
Mar 30, 2009 12:51 pm
joles
joles
30 March 2009

Cost of 3rd party to lay down the floor tiles & carpet ?

Cost of 3rd party to lay down the floor tiles & carpet ?

No with PD you pay a few grand for Category 1 floor coverings to the whole house.

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joles
Mar 30, 2009 12:55 pm
joles
gilese
gilese
30 March 2009

Wisdom Homes - Esperence 24sqs

Wisdom Homes - Esperence 24sqs
NSW

Esperence is much more roomier, bigger bedrooms. Just walked it and there was not one thing we said we didnt like. In the Providence there was a few things.

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gilese
Mar 30, 2009 2:23 pm

We are building the cooper by henley, this is our plan that has our changes on it we moved the theatre to the rear so we could put an alfresco off the side as it moved the…

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CiNnY
Mar 30, 2009 5:03 pm
kexkez
kexkez
30 March 2009

Independant Inspections

Independant Inspections

for us SS would be Site supervisor and CSO would be customer service officer. Onsite problems we deal with our SS and anything contractual or where they need to…

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kexkez
Mar 30, 2009 7:05 pm
kexkez
shazburger
shazburger
30 March 2009

PD Customers - how long for your build?

PD Customers - how long for your build?
VIC

We are building a lifestyle home and we will be at 21 weeks including Christmas when keys are handed over on the 7th April.... Now that is pretty good going

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shazburger
Mar 30, 2009 7:51 pm
shazburger

So we've scratched up most of our floor plan so far. Because we are building on a sloping block and want the house to step down the slope we aren't using pre-designed…

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Possumchops
Mar 30, 2009 10:01 pm
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SofiWY
Mar 30, 2009 10:45 pm
daisy86
daisy86
30 March 2009

building our first home...QUESTIONS!!!

building our first home...QUESTIONS!!!

thanks that is really helpful :) yep step one is def to go see mortgage choice and find out the situation...

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daisy86
Mar 30, 2009 11:13 pm
Annelies
Annelies
31 March 2009

Advice please - Slab and foundation costs came back v. high

Advice please - Slab and foundation costs came back v. high
QLD

Minus 10K is much better but still high, I agree. As mentioned in my first mail we went to builder 2, showed him the floorplan from builder 1 and asked a couple of…

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Annelies
Mar 31, 2009 8:22 am
Annelies
chuth77
chuth77
31 March 2009

Getting plans as part of the delivery of your house

Getting plans as part of the delivery of your house

Just do a google search.. There are plenty of programs out there that will do the conversion... The one I use currently is Aide PDF to DXF Converter...

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chuth77
Mar 31, 2009 8:27 am
cookies
cookies
31 March 2009

We are at Lock Up!

We are at Lock Up!
WA

looking good! loving all of the doors to the alfresco!

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cookies
Mar 31, 2009 2:13 pm
cookies
Hels
Hels
31 March 2009

Should we be concerned?

Should we be concerned?

Ours went through pretty quick, we had everything done within a month of paying the deposit. Mind you, I was due to give birth so we got it all rushed through and they…

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Hels
Mar 31, 2009 4:19 pm
Hels
Hellman109
Hellman109
31 March 2009

Private Builder in Caroline Springs

Private Builder in Caroline Springs
VIC

*** = that builders name has been blocked by this site. Their name rhymes with spenley h3nley

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Hellman109
Mar 31, 2009 4:24 pm
webbiegareth
webbiegareth
31 March 2009

Bonus FHOG - Three months to go - too late to build?

Bonus FHOG - Three months to go - too late to build?

I don't understand that... To be clear - the quote of 260k does NOT include the FHOG. So I don't need to add it to the 260k. (Some builders are sneaky and include it in…

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webbiegareth
Mar 31, 2009 5:14 pm
georgie
georgie
31 March 2009

Boral Brick - Lachlan

Boral Brick - Lachlan
VIC

Haha why would anyone do that!!! The bricks are on the outside, no need to see the inside!! They gave me a list last week so some of them obviously still do it! No harm in asking!

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georgie
Mar 31, 2009 10:01 pm
muzzman
muzzman
1 April 2009

Building with Summit for the 2nd time!

Building with Summit for the 2nd time!
WA

Congrats saffie! Hope everything goes well for you ::lol::

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muzzman
Apr 01, 2009 2:55 am
muzzman
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
1 April 2009

3D Home Design

3D Home Design
VIC

Google Sketchup. It's free A lot of imformation and tutorials available. Easy to use.

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ElephantGuy
Apr 01, 2009 7:04 am

This is another colour that I think works well with Cedar doors. It looks like Dulux Stone to me, but its hard to know because it looks like this…

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phantomburner
Apr 01, 2009 7:05 am
phantomburner
claego
claego
1 April 2009

Progress payments

Progress payments

Yes 7 days is too short, but the payment date is negotiable, i have it changed to 10 days

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claego
Apr 01, 2009 9:20 am
claego
claego
1 April 2009

Carlisle Homes - Plumbing Issues...

Carlisle Homes - Plumbing Issues...
VIC

I didn’t get charge for the relocation Does the builder need to…

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claego
Apr 01, 2009 1:35 pm
woodsey
woodsey
1 April 2009

12 month Maintenance checks

12 month Maintenance checks

With us its three months! put in our list a month back have an apt two weeks time, l put down things like hair line crack! Let you know if it gets fixed, but my advise if…

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woodsey
Apr 01, 2009 2:28 pm
shazburger
shazburger
1 April 2009

Corner Treatment Ideas

Corner Treatment Ideas
VIC

we have a corner block and only had to add a couple of windows and render... we asked PD to do the minimum and see what we could get away with... can never hurt... the…

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shazburger
Apr 01, 2009 8:17 pm
shazburger
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russell
Apr 01, 2009 8:43 pm
hysterical1144
hysterical1144
1 April 2009

Building with PD – pray for tomorrow's contract signning....

Building with PD – pray for tomorrow's contract signning....
VIC

2: covenant cost. Builder wouldn't break it down and tell us what it is for each item. Althgough they did alter the value of estate covenant…

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hysterical1144
Apr 01, 2009 9:34 pm
sarahq
sarahq
1 April 2009

Skylights! Central Courtyard!!

Skylights! Central Courtyard!!

thats alright... glad i could actually help someone!! lol :z:

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sarahq
Apr 01, 2009 9:46 pm
sarahq
melanie02
melanie02
1 April 2009

Our new house at Mt Compass, SA

Our new house at Mt Compass, SA
SA

Hi Jim,Adel and Shane :D Yes our contractor was Paul Bushell,I,m not sure what areas he does,but he did a great job and if you want me to pm you his number let me know :D

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melanie02
Apr 01, 2009 10:16 pm


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