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alk
alk
16 April 2009

Rectangular thingy on my land?

Rectangular thingy on my land?

I'd just ignore it but be prepared to provide access to it should it ever be needed. My dad has one at the back of his land, it's never been touched in the 19 years we've…

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alk
Apr 16, 2009 11:36 pm
alk
Emma
Emma
16 April 2009

Builders in SA

Builders in SA

We are building with Hickis at Strathalbyn, going at a cracking pace......no dramas so far *touch wood* ($4000 transport fee though) Good luck with your choice, Mt…

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Emma
Apr 17, 2009 12:41 am
woodsey
woodsey
17 April 2009

Practical Completion Inspection

Practical Completion Inspection

Our builder uses a carbon pad where we get one of the three copies, we signed that what was on it was correct and then we signed again once completed. l would say you def…

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woodsey
Apr 17, 2009 10:57 am
lisanne
lisanne
17 April 2009

Items Variation in contract

Items Variation in contract
VIC

Keep an eye on your 24/7 on the website as well. Our contract was yesterday.... but our contract document when up on 24/7 late Friday... we had the…

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lisanne
Apr 17, 2009 1:10 pm
Helyn
Helyn
17 April 2009

Steel frame companies in Adelaide

Steel frame companies in Adelaide
SA

hanson61, we have a Supaloc steel frame too and like you have had no problems at all with it. I have heard people saying steel frames are noisy but havent found this to be so.

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Helyn
Apr 17, 2009 7:17 pm
Helyn
chuth77
chuth77
17 April 2009

Brick overhang and slab curing questions!!

Brick overhang and slab curing questions!!

Ask the SS to show you how it complies with the Building Code of Australia?

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chuth77
Apr 17, 2009 7:23 pm
Moonos21
Moonos21
17 April 2009

PD Upgrades

PD Upgrades
VIC

Our csc emailed us with a price of $1527 to upgrade to cat3 bricks. Pretty happy with that. We've got our tender on the 28th so looking forward to seeing some of the…

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Moonos21
Apr 17, 2009 7:35 pm
mellybuilding
mellybuilding
17 April 2009

Why is my builder refusing to pivot my front door?

Why is my builder refusing to pivot my front door?
QLD

Did they get back to you about the pivot door today at all?? Like I said this morning- if its in the contract then they have to honour it! When…

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mellybuilding
Apr 17, 2009 7:41 pm
mellybuilding
hiker
hiker
17 April 2009

Risky clause in land contract?

Risky clause in land contract?
VIC

Ours was 18 months, but in the end they were only 2 months later than their original timeframe.

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hiker
Apr 18, 2009 12:41 am
thlo
thlo
18 April 2009

Variation on home loan

Variation on home loan

YESYES kek is correct!!! The banks, especially for those big 4 banks, won't let you get any extra allowance or payback from builder in order to…

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thlo
Apr 18, 2009 1:59 am
thlo
Pixelated
Pixelated
18 April 2009

Has anyone had experience with Bowral Dry Pressed bricks

Has anyone had experience with Bowral Dry Pressed bricks

Hi Dan, I have a friend who built her entire house with the Bowral Dry pressed bricks (90% Murray Grey -- 10% Blue on the facade) and it looks great. She has had no…

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Pixelated
Apr 18, 2009 9:29 am
Pixelated
Helyn
Helyn
18 April 2009

909m2 block on hold, wanting to build Coral Hamilton 278

909m2 block on hold, wanting to build Coral Hamilton 278

Re corner blocks, I lived on one for 22 years and was quite happy with it, large block, over 1000m2. You are looking at a 909m2 block which is quite large; corner blocks…

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Helyn
Apr 18, 2009 9:49 am
Helyn
lizzy stardust
lizzy stardust
18 April 2009

What extras should we be thinking about?

What extras should we be thinking about?

Jolie, it's very annoying when you see the high ceilings as standard in pretty much all display homes, but they don't come standard with the homes! It was just fluke…

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lizzy stardust
Apr 18, 2009 11:13 am
lizzy stardust
cyberman
cyberman
18 April 2009

1 quote only for house

1 quote only for house
VIC

I got quotes from 5 architects/building designers before deciding on one, based on both cost and if I thought he had good ideas and was on the…

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cyberman
Apr 18, 2009 1:20 pm
cyberman
Jess09
Jess09
18 April 2009

What extras to include, what to source yourself cost wise?

What extras to include, what to source yourself cost wise?

o yeah, forgot about the soundproofing - coral lets you do this yourself as you get a construction key, seakyl built with coral in maryborough and she bought her…

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Jess09
Apr 18, 2009 3:07 pm
Jess09
lizzy stardust
lizzy stardust
18 April 2009

Our House Plans

Our House Plans

Great plans Mrs Smith. You'll have dedicated room for everything. :)

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lizzy stardust
Apr 18, 2009 6:32 pm
lizzy stardust
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
18 April 2009

Any mentor around ??

Any mentor around ??

Hi DARING2Build, I'd recommend visiting the showroom first, even watching other couples go through the process. Hen...y gave us a sheet with the various upgrade and…

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Fiffaro
Apr 18, 2009 10:46 pm
hunts01
hunts01
18 April 2009

House Plan

House Plan

I did a bit of research and I will quote if you like. In November 1934, Wright visited Bear Run. He asked for a survey of the…

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hunts01
Apr 18, 2009 11:19 pm
lizzy stardust
lizzy stardust
19 April 2009

L&T's house plans

L&T's house plans

Love the size of your kitchen laurend! Great house plans.

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lizzy stardust
Apr 19, 2009 1:37 am
lizzy stardust
Eljay
Eljay
19 April 2009

I'm so confused, can anyone help??? :(

I'm so confused, can anyone help??? :(
VIC

Hi Annie, I got an email from the builder today saying he would do the larger rumpus to cover where the alfresco was in the 1st plan for $1900, including the carpet. He…

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Eljay
Apr 19, 2009 2:13 am
georgie
georgie
19 April 2009

Annoyed with PD - tiles selection!

Annoyed with PD - tiles selection!
VIC

We have now worked out it will probably save us around 6k to get it done after handover so we are definately going to do it that way! We are going to keep the carpets…

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georgie
Apr 19, 2009 1:02 pm
mrsnrub
mrsnrub
19 April 2009

variations after contract

variations after contract

It depends on the builder. My builder won't allow any changes whatsoever after contract signing.

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mrsnrub
Apr 19, 2009 1:32 pm
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 4:41 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 6:06 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 7:36 pm
jamesb
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kassan1973
Apr 19, 2009 10:09 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 10:12 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 10:16 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 10:46 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 9:45 am
Eager
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bevcom
Apr 20, 2009 11:13 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 1:07 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 1:08 pm
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ani
Apr 20, 2009 2:31 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 3:17 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 3:48 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 4:49 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 6:12 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 6:27 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 9:20 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 10:21 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 10:44 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 1:20 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 10:21 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 10:47 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 11:35 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 1:07 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 1:43 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 2:15 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 2:46 pm
Pisces


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