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gettingThere
gettingThere
25 April 2009

Why is it so difficult to find a plumber for new houses? :S

Why is it so difficult to find a plumber for new houses? :S

Have found two plumbers now, both were recommended by family members. Would still like to get a few more quotes but never realised how difficult this would be :S

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gettingThere
Apr 25, 2009 5:57 pm
themax
themax
25 April 2009

Change colour of Gliderol Sectional Overhead Garage Door?

Change colour of Gliderol Sectional Overhead Garage Door?
SA

We had this problem and ended up changing the render colour to Paperbark so the garage would match. We wanted the seamless colour look by having them both the same colour.…

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themax
Apr 25, 2009 7:37 pm
themax
malik
malik
25 April 2009

M3tricon Santorini Plantation

M3tricon Santorini Plantation
VIC

Hi fellow santorini builders, I have just started a new thread "need help with facade" and would really appreciate your input. malik

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malik
Apr 25, 2009 9:51 pm
bingoshelley
bingoshelley
25 April 2009

HELP...Leaking ceiling!!!

HELP...Leaking ceiling!!!

normal practise maybe but i would want it replaced as mould will come give it 3 mths

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bingoshelley
Apr 25, 2009 10:43 pm
DeeElle
DeeElle
26 April 2009

BUILDING update

BUILDING update
SA
1 ... 30, 31, 32

thanks Gettingthere I had to laugh reading back over our journey. Yes it is possible to look back and laugh even if the trip is a bit fraught. We had water leaking in…

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DeeElle
Apr 26, 2009 2:08 pm
DeeElle
Wanna
Wanna
26 April 2009

Shocker before the tender appointment

Shocker before the tender appointment
1, 2

We're having discussions with PD regarding concrete in the alfresco right now too. Our slab has been poured but without a slab in the alfresco area. We assumed that this…

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Wanna
Apr 26, 2009 4:16 pm
virgin-builder
virgin-builder
26 April 2009

Extending Water Mains

Extending Water Mains

We got half of a subdivided block and we need to either get a water pipe running across our neighbor's property or get an extension of the water mains. At this point it…

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virgin-builder
Apr 26, 2009 6:14 pm
virgin-builder
kek
kek
26 April 2009

Tender Deposit

Tender Deposit
VIC

We didn't pay anything at tender, thanks to a problem with funds being temporarily tied up because of a technical hitch at the time. It was no big deal to PD, who gave us…

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kek
Apr 26, 2009 8:56 pm
kek
lgale
lgale
27 April 2009

Building in WA?? Why no frame

Building in WA?? Why no frame
WA

A good list (although perhaps slightly biased being from a brick manufacturer): http://www.australbrick.com.au/vic/why_ ... _brick.php

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lgale
Apr 27, 2009 12:10 am
ani
ani
27 April 2009

Light bricks and a light roof???

Light bricks and a light roof???
1, 2

ooh, I like it! I also really like that elevation of your house is very similar to mine! Garage, rendered wall and windows! Now if you could just paint the render green…

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ani
Apr 27, 2009 10:03 am
ani
raeking
raeking
27 April 2009

Building an Urbanedge Larne 002 - almost finished pics

Building an Urbanedge Larne 002 - almost finished pics
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

Hi Raeking, Yes we love the facade and love the way it turned out with our colours. We would have liked the render on the feature…

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raeking
Apr 27, 2009 10:42 am
JJ305
JJ305
27 April 2009

Before you bought your land...

Before you bought your land...
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

Its not the end of the world is you get a block with a bit of fall. Larger builders still may build on it. Our block is 816sqm (32.75 X 26.72) with roughly 1.4m fall. The…

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JJ305
Apr 27, 2009 11:14 am
willow04
willow04
27 April 2009

Contract appointment with PD

Contract appointment with PD
VIC

PD will try and get you to sign the contact on the date however you dont have to. You have every right to take it away to have a read over it to make sure you are happy…

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willow04
Apr 27, 2009 12:46 pm
Hellman109
Hellman109
27 April 2009

what kind of garage door

what kind of garage door

You havent seen a display home of it? Luan is the type of veneer as per above, and its weather proof by the naming... Perhaps you pick the actual style in your colour selection?

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Hellman109
Apr 27, 2009 2:57 pm
kexkez
kexkez
27 April 2009

Last month before handover

Last month before handover

the other thing to consider what if there are supplier problems who will deal with those? if you need to change some color choice? to be honest…

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kexkez
Apr 27, 2009 3:40 pm
kexkez

Thanks everyone for the great feedback. I had listed you all individually, but was called away for other duties and the web site timed out. Anyway to cut what was my…

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mallouby1
Apr 27, 2009 9:48 pm
Annietom
Annietom
27 April 2009

Opinion about builder

Opinion about builder

we are about to start building... we went with a customised plan so it won't be on their website, but have a chat to them, see if they can compete with your short list of…

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Annietom
Apr 27, 2009 10:41 pm
Annietom
Macy
Macy
27 April 2009

Feedback on house plan...please

Feedback on house plan...please

A bigger portico should give the door more protection from the rain too.

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Macy
Apr 27, 2009 11:48 pm
jackieclegg
jackieclegg
28 April 2009

Flashy Entrance Door

Flashy Entrance Door
1, 2, 3

I have seen some beautiful pivot entrance doors that were made by ICE Door Systems, Beenleigh, Brisbane. They are very competitive and offer technical support if you have…

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jackieclegg
Apr 28, 2009 7:59 am
wonderland
wonderland
28 April 2009

Hidden costs to building a home

Hidden costs to building a home
NSW
1, 2

Yea it's funny how they give you a promo with stuff that should and normally is standard :lol: . I think all builders do that, makes you think that you're getting a good deal.…

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wonderland
Apr 28, 2009 10:30 am
wonderland
homemaker
homemaker
28 April 2009

Pre-lodgement meeting with council

Pre-lodgement meeting with council

bump! our meeting is today if anyone has any helpful info please lmk! :D

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homemaker
Apr 28, 2009 12:09 pm
Grace16
Grace16
28 April 2009

Looking for a design - Double story

Looking for a design - Double story
VIC

Ambassador or Ambassador 483 by H3nley?? They give you the option of having either 3 or 4 bedrooms upstairs. Not sure about about the potential for an upstairs balcony to…

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Grace16
Apr 28, 2009 2:11 pm
Mel&Em
Mel&Em
28 April 2009

Soil Removal - Costing?

Soil Removal - Costing?

I had 9 truck loads removed as well as 28 retaining wall post holes dug by an excavator for $1600. Dumping dirt was free as they are building a road nearby (as long as…

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Mel&Em
Apr 28, 2009 5:46 pm
Mel&Em
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
28 April 2009

Timber frame observations

Timber frame observations
VIC

Must be good not worrying about bows or twists in them. We have three frame and truss plants near us, none use them which is strange.

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Dukekamaya
Apr 28, 2009 7:23 pm
Dukekamaya
nothandy
nothandy
28 April 2009

Costs to knock down and rebuild

Costs to knock down and rebuild
NSW

Hi all, We have a small 3 bedroom cottage style property in Newcastle. We really enjoy the area and are currently at completely renovating which in essence would mean…

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nothandy
Apr 28, 2009 7:24 pm

Hey there D2B. We used the Jarrah with the Off-White mortar. We liked it best out of the Cat 1 bricks. It looked a bit funny in the showroom but it's come up SO well!! I'm…

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majikalmushroom
Apr 28, 2009 8:11 pm
majikalmushroom
ElephantGuy
ElephantGuy
28 April 2009

Frustrated with H3nley

Frustrated with H3nley
VIC

Good on ya Lam. If that happened to me I'd walk as well.

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ElephantGuy
Apr 28, 2009 8:24 pm
Casa2
Casa2
28 April 2009

Stressed over Wind & Soil Report

Stressed over Wind & Soil Report

An N2 wind rating is pretty well middle of the road, no problems there. (Just about everyone will be an N1 (mild), N2 or N3 (stronger) rating.) A P classification with a…

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Casa2
Apr 28, 2009 9:06 pm
Annietom
Annietom
28 April 2009

Decision stage to go with builder

Decision stage to go with builder
VIC

hey there, my experience was pretty much the same as Virgin's. BUT, you should haggle, if they want your purchase, tell them what you want before you will sign. I bet…

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Annietom
Apr 28, 2009 10:32 pm
Annietom
tanaka1
tanaka1
28 April 2009

Land sales contract, should we take solicitors advice?

Land sales contract, should we take solicitors advice?
VIC

Hi Janet, Im Danielle. You are my neighbour. We are lot 504. It's so nice to meet you. Our house is up to lock up as of tomorrow. Our…

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tanaka1
Apr 28, 2009 10:42 pm
donuts
donuts
28 April 2009

ceiling height

ceiling height
1, 2

I agree that 2.4m ceilings are absolutely fine!!! We upgraded to 3m (10ft) ceilings throughout, as most of our previous houses had been period ones with similar heights…

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donuts
Apr 28, 2009 11:06 pm
donuts
scrappinfreak
scrappinfreak
28 April 2009

building inspectors...

building inspectors...

where do i find one?? will he notice scrached door handles and joints that arent square??? i am at final stages now :roll:

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scrappinfreak
Apr 28, 2009 11:10 pm
purpleninja
purpleninja
29 April 2009

New telephone connection and phone points Help!

New telephone connection and phone points Help!

Assuming the prep work has been done by the builder (trenching and cabling), Telstra will put in the line for $299 http://www.telstra.com.au/movinghome/newhome.cfm Bear…

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purpleninja
Apr 29, 2009 6:40 am
Southies
Southies
29 April 2009

questions for ss

questions for ss

Can we have a weekly/ fortnightly catchup on how the build is going & what is on schedule for the following week ?

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Southies
Apr 29, 2009 7:27 am
Southies
bob.saccamanno
bob.saccamanno
29 April 2009

What did you expect your building journey to be like

What did you expect your building journey to be like

I strongly beleive that, in general, the effort you put into research in the beginning, pays off in the form of less stress and often, less $$$. Many people make the…

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bob.saccamanno
Apr 29, 2009 10:00 am
pinkfairymagic
pinkfairymagic
29 April 2009

How long from final contract signing - starting to build?

How long from final contract signing - starting to build?

From signing the authority to proceed and paying our builder a deposit (signing off on tender) to site start we are expecting a total…

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pinkfairymagic
Apr 29, 2009 10:49 am
pinkfairymagic
stu
stu
29 April 2009

Our house with Perry Homes heaps of photos 9/04!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our house with Perry Homes heaps of photos 9/04!!!!!!!!!!!!!
QLD
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Bricks are awesome, thats when you get a good idea of what your new house feels like. Have you arranged a building inspector Kylie, before they plaster up the walls it may…

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stu
Apr 29, 2009 1:27 pm
stu
mrs_martin
mrs_martin
29 April 2009

Cost % per Room

Cost % per Room

hey connie, ob here... i think your better off maybe looking at areas like foundations electrical plumbing cabnetmaker frame roof bricky...etc the major stuff then go…

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mrs_martin
Apr 29, 2009 1:55 pm
chriskq
chriskq
29 April 2009

building a inner city terrace - advice please

building a inner city terrace - advice please
NSW

thankyou kyton and i will have to learn to be more patient... its not my fault im a developer and expect alot of stuff to happen instantly *jokes* hopefully might have…

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chriskq
Apr 29, 2009 3:43 pm
Aimeh
Aimeh
29 April 2009

M3tricon Site Vistit - FINAL TIPS?

M3tricon Site Vistit - FINAL TIPS?
VIC

Site visit went well. Our site is almost dead flat so will only require a site scrape. HOWEVER a nearby M house that was recently built has a H class slab...any idea of…

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Aimeh
Apr 29, 2009 7:00 pm
mrs kiwi
mrs kiwi
29 April 2009

Anyone building along Victoria's Surfcoast?

Anyone building along Victoria's Surfcoast?
VIC

We are in Torquay, have bought land, any reccs on builders? I am also concerned about these waffle slabs, any thoughts?

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mrs kiwi
Apr 29, 2009 7:32 pm
CiNnY
CiNnY
29 April 2009

Render Plans

Render Plans

I don't believe that light bricks will be easier to cover as the render should be applied at a certain thickness anyway therefore the colour of the brick underneath should…

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CiNnY
Apr 29, 2009 8:32 pm
ChrisL
ChrisL
29 April 2009

Brick Color

Brick Color

cygrace, Don't trust photos, esp on the web or on the computer. Use display walls to decide on a short-list. Then get some addresses from the brick manufacturer, and go…

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ChrisL
Apr 29, 2009 8:34 pm
Hanson61
Hanson61
29 April 2009

Mongtomery Home recommendations

Mongtomery Home recommendations
NSW

From what I hear they are a good builder..they have a display home in the estate we live in... on our walk around the estate we have bumped into the salesmana couple of…

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Hanson61
Apr 29, 2009 8:56 pm
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Ari
Apr 29, 2009 9:43 pm
possum2
possum2
29 April 2009

AARON J HOMES

AARON J HOMES
VIC

Hi ICK Glad to hear you have started! weather permitting. I built this house, so I understand the delays. I fell in love with the Boardwalk about a year ago, then they…

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possum2
Apr 29, 2009 11:31 pm
Annelies
Annelies
30 April 2009

Water Tanks Inground or Above Ground in QLD, costs.

Water Tanks Inground or Above Ground in QLD, costs.
QLD

Yesterday we made the next move after the tank manufacturer told us that the tanks will be made today, so no changes possible anymore regarding where the IN and OUTlets…

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Annelies
Apr 30, 2009 7:49 am
Annelies


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