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sdabel
sdabel
25 November 2008

Meter Box Location?

Meter Box Location?

Not sure if they still do this but we used to have locked access and the electricity company kept a spare key. Or lock the gate with a combination lock and let them know…

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sdabel
Nov 25, 2008 8:37 am
sdabel
Toast
Toast
25 November 2008

New to site, confused now, to build or not.

New to site, confused now, to build or not.

Land title is probably the single most likely delay. Your build contract will be fixed length (somewhere between 7 and 9 months), but your little patch of land may not…

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Toast
Nov 25, 2008 8:42 am
Toast
renovation survivor
renovation survivor
25 November 2008

Matrix Cladding

Matrix Cladding

Hi there Actually Matrix is a very cost effective product to install (and much better than blueboard). Blueboard needs to be skim rendered over and matrix is pre-primed…

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renovation survivor
Nov 25, 2008 3:10 pm
Sacha1390
Sacha1390
25 November 2008

Who's got the goods!!!

Who's got the goods!!!

There's a simonds house right across our street and it was started waay before us even before the slab was done and there it is still there with the brick yet to be…

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Sacha1390
Nov 25, 2008 4:36 pm
Sacha1390
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thlo
Nov 25, 2008 9:19 pm
thlo
taylormade
taylormade
26 November 2008

Adenbrook Sandhurst 37

Adenbrook Sandhurst 37
1, 2

Hi there Apparently Adenbrook and PD have an arrangement whereby they share some house floorplans. I'm not sure whose original plan it was, but we love it and I'm sure…

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taylormade
Nov 26, 2008 6:23 am
Maxie
Maxie
26 November 2008

Developer Guidelines

Developer Guidelines
1, 2

Ours is quite strict - only 3 builders you can choose from and only certain designs from those builders. No protruding garages, colour schemes were supposed…

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Maxie
Nov 26, 2008 6:56 pm
Maxie
kyiee81
kyiee81
26 November 2008

We're coming to the end of the journey!!!

We're coming to the end of the journey!!!

hey brisvegas!!!! I haven't posted in a while lots going on (including continual stuff around from our bank!) your house looks fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So envious :wink:

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kyiee81
Nov 26, 2008 6:56 pm
kyiee81
donuts
donuts
26 November 2008

Newbies toy home - Betty update :)

Newbies toy home - Betty update :)
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Yay Newbies, it's all coming along sooo quickly! I think you will beat us too. Mushroom Linea looks good! What is the benchtop there? Betty is also looking good. …

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donuts
Nov 26, 2008 7:05 pm
donuts
MICA
MICA
26 November 2008

Opinion on electrical

Opinion on electrical
VIC

Hi there Nott, Downlights are not for everyone, and in more cases than not, there is always a better alternative. In the family room, a ceiling fan with built in…

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MICA
Nov 26, 2008 8:06 pm
MICA
MICA
MICA
26 November 2008

Spacing for Halogen Lights

Spacing for Halogen Lights

Hi there Madcow, I'm more inclined to agree with Casa. I.e. - 4x4m room you will need 4 downlights, etc. This is a simple rule of thumb, but there are some…

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MICA
Nov 26, 2008 8:29 pm
MICA
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rldragon2003
Nov 27, 2008 8:25 am
08390828
08390828
27 November 2008

I have the site and soil assessment. Is it good or bad?

I have the site and soil assessment. Is it good or bad?

PD just provided us with the site and soil assessment. They said we should be "fine" with the amount quoted in the sales quotation. Just…

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08390828
Nov 27, 2008 8:35 am
reaver
reaver
27 November 2008

Building on a corner block

Building on a corner block
1, 2

It might be abit tricky with your garage, rookie. Ours faces the main street so the layout was just…

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reaver
Nov 27, 2008 12:49 pm
reaver
Becster
Becster
27 November 2008

Building Agreement

Building Agreement

We were given a copy of the signed contract at the time we signed. Why do they need 3-4 weeks to provide you with a copy? Seems strange. :?

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Becster
Nov 27, 2008 1:48 pm
nh
nh
27 November 2008

Can you take your tender home and think about it?

Can you take your tender home and think about it?

thanks to Back Pocket and Becster i hate them saying "if you don't sign, you lose your start date etc.... for goodness sake, how do they expect people to read…

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nh
Nov 27, 2008 4:15 pm
kexkez
kexkez
27 November 2008

Quietwave

Quietwave

http://www.acoustica.com.au/quietwave.html I thought it looked terrific. From the direct link I have posted you can download the brochure…

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kexkez
Nov 27, 2008 6:50 pm
kexkez
ozzroo
ozzroo
27 November 2008

Additional storage area on houseplan

Additional storage area on houseplan

The estimate of $800 per m addon is pretty spot on. They also needed to add cantiliver trusses in the roof plus the doors made up $1700 of the $4500 cost. Its one of…

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ozzroo
Nov 27, 2008 10:42 pm
potplantman
potplantman
28 November 2008

AHD Question?

AHD Question?
NSW

PotPlant Man - yep did mean 1 in 100 year flood zone. And no - no variations will be entered into with our council. Here in Newcastle we had those…

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potplantman
Nov 28, 2008 7:30 am
mattwalker
mattwalker
28 November 2008

Termite reticulation

Termite reticulation

I have my pest controller here now (funnily enough) and he said definately only use the chemical they use (i forget the name) as anything else is nowhere near as…

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mattwalker
Nov 28, 2008 8:42 am
mattwalker
u9026a
u9026a
28 November 2008

Getting what you paid for... how do you know?

Getting what you paid for... how do you know?
VIC

And it's not easy to even access the relevant building standards that are mandated by Councils. I would have thought that all Australian standards should be made available…

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u9026a
Nov 28, 2008 9:19 am
Sacha1390
Sacha1390
28 November 2008

When can we put up a fence???

When can we put up a fence???

oh ok my bad...i didn't read every post on this thread.

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Sacha1390
Nov 28, 2008 2:20 pm
Sacha1390
alfabeta
alfabeta
28 November 2008

Types of home designs for normal residential properties???

Types of home designs for normal residential properties???

Hi Bel, Thanks for your reply... These sites are a good start... I am looking for the external style of houses available for rear sloping blocks. The block is…

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alfabeta
Nov 28, 2008 4:25 pm
grandslam
grandslam
28 November 2008

Would you do it again.

Would you do it again.

The build so far for my partner and I wouldnt have been worth it so far. We are nearly at lock-up and so far wish we got something established. The initial sales…

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grandslam
Nov 28, 2008 5:12 pm
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
28 November 2008

Our troubled start

Our troubled start
1, 2, 3

Oh you poor thing NDY. Perhaps you should start your own thread of your build.....or lack thereof perhaps! :wink:

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buildingadreamhome
Nov 28, 2008 7:06 pm
buildingadreamhome
petal
petal
28 November 2008

Doing things yourself

Doing things yourself

I'm sure it'll be fine to put it in :wink: Fingers crossed that your SS is a good guy!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :D

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petal
Nov 28, 2008 8:14 pm
petal
potplantman
potplantman
28 November 2008

Water Damage on a Sloping Block

Water Damage on a Sloping Block

OK thanks. So yes we are planning a KDRB.

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potplantman
Nov 28, 2008 8:34 pm
Toast
Toast
28 November 2008

Phone connection rant

Phone connection rant

It's some sort of mobile phone sort of arrangement. I'm not sure on the technicalities, but I do know that it doesn't support data. So I'm guessing it's a satellite phone…

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Toast
Nov 28, 2008 10:46 pm
Toast
JellyLegs
JellyLegs
29 November 2008

What would you change

What would you change

Although our block STILL looks like a paddock, I have one too... I wish / next time... I will only buy land that has been titled by council and is ready to build on…

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JellyLegs
Nov 28, 2008 11:41 pm
JellyLegs
Sacha1390
Sacha1390
29 November 2008

left over bricks - how to get rid of

left over bricks - how to get rid of

Oh really? sorry to hear that....i always thought it was a simple job of laying bricks...i mean its not an odd shape or anything you know ...but good that you told me…

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Sacha1390
Nov 29, 2008 8:56 am
Sacha1390
petal
petal
29 November 2008

About to sign with M3tricon. Any Suggestions?

About to sign with M3tricon. Any Suggestions?
1, 2

I don't have any experience with M, but I just wanted to say Yay, now at least I feel better - we're only building a 54 sq house!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Oh, and Jo, you're…

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petal
Nov 29, 2008 9:33 am
petal
1sthomebuilder
1sthomebuilder
29 November 2008

McCarthy Homes

McCarthy Homes

We just went to look at their display homes at Thornlands today. Really nicely presented without being over the top (like other displays we've seen). As we're…

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1sthomebuilder
Nov 29, 2008 7:14 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
29 November 2008

building cost increase

building cost increase

The increase over the past year has been about 4%. No-one knows what will happen going forward, but with copper and steel prices dropping and…

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ECOECO
Nov 29, 2008 7:52 pm
ECOECO
Grace16
Grace16
29 November 2008

Thumbs up to PD on Insulation costs

Thumbs up to PD on Insulation costs

Pringles, who wore the cost of the upgrade - you or your builder????

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Grace16
Nov 29, 2008 9:14 pm
jeanete
jeanete
30 November 2008

Pool fence - how can they do that?

Pool fence - how can they do that?

As I think about it further it seems to me that in addition to climbing issues there is also effectively a "gap" in their fencing. They will have a 1.8m fence along…

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jeanete
Nov 30, 2008 8:39 am
jeanete
shazburger
shazburger
30 November 2008

sharing fencing cost with developer

sharing fencing cost with developer

The estate that we purchased our land in includes all the fencing and we are a corner block. It never hurts to contact them and ask, after all the worst they can say is…

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shazburger
Nov 30, 2008 7:10 pm
shazburger
smeagol
smeagol
1 December 2008

Internal Insulation Poll

Internal Insulation Poll

Only 19 people responded? bit disappointing..i need more to give me a good sample :)

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smeagol
Dec 01, 2008 9:31 am
smeagol
beegeers
beegeers
1 December 2008

Item drawn on plan but not in contract

Item drawn on plan but not in contract

Hi If it is in the drawing and not in contract I would definitely bring it up - I would interpret that that is not included in the building cost. Also have you…

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beegeers
Dec 01, 2008 9:53 am
donuts
donuts
1 December 2008

WHY BUILD

WHY BUILD
1, 2

Found another reason to build, today. Electrical safety. We are renting a 1960s vintage house. Today we noticed an odd burning plastic smell…

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donuts
Dec 01, 2008 3:31 pm
donuts
Helyn
Helyn
1 December 2008

minimum set back required for side boundary

minimum set back required for side boundary

I think this varies enormously from place to place. We have our garage wall on the boundary and this was ok as long as there is no window on the garage side wall. Other…

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Helyn
Dec 01, 2008 5:05 pm
Helyn
Mozzie
Mozzie
1 December 2008

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls

I wouldn't say the link wall blocks option is cheap, especially if you get someone else to put them in. Most of them are around $4-$5 each and if you look at a wall say…

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Mozzie
Dec 01, 2008 7:09 pm
Mozzie
themax
themax
1 December 2008

Demolition or tear down yourself?

Demolition or tear down yourself?

Thank you for the replies. I think we will do as anthea mentoined and sell off what we can (as we have some greaty windows, hate to see them squashed) and then demo the…

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themax
Dec 01, 2008 8:40 pm
themax
cynarion
cynarion
2 December 2008

Why flat roof tiles

Why flat roof tiles
VIC

We were expecting fairly similar ($4-5k) costs to upgrade our tiles to the flat look had we wanted to. However, I just couldn't get past the issue of not having…

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cynarion
Dec 02, 2008 8:45 am
cynarion
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tim the toolman
Dec 02, 2008 9:24 am
Grace16
Grace16
2 December 2008

Variations with PD

Variations with PD
1, 2

Hi nh, Yes you can pull out after you sign the contract, I think you have 5-7days cooling off period. There would be some penalty I would imagine - for their services/…

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Grace16
Dec 02, 2008 10:52 am
bobbuilder
bobbuilder
2 December 2008

Opinions on brickwork please

Opinions on brickwork please
NSW

Thanks for the replies guys. Apparently our builder never uses sarking for the walls unless it's required as a fire retardant in certain areas.

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bobbuilder
Dec 02, 2008 12:35 pm
bobbuilder
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
2 December 2008

Shading of outdoor areas

Shading of outdoor areas

I got a quote for a 2.8m x 5.8m self-retracting shade unit - $1200 Not sure if this is a reasonable price as I haven't looked at covering the propsoed pergola with…

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stonecutter1309
Dec 02, 2008 3:32 pm
stonecutter1309
kek
kek
2 December 2008

has anybody upgraded theri hot water tank with PD?

has anybody upgraded theri hot water tank with PD?

5 star energy rating usually requires an either/or deal with rainwater tank and solar hot water. At least that was my understanding when we were making the decisions. I…

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kek
Dec 02, 2008 5:18 pm
kek


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