Building A New House
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…
Nov 25, 2008 8:42 am
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…
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…
Adenbrook Sandhurst 37
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…
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…
Nov 26, 2008 6:56 pm
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 …
Newbies toy home - Betty update :)
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. …
Opinion on electrical
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…
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…
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.
I thought it looked terrific. From the direct link I have posted you can download the brochure…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Our troubled start
Oh you poor thing NDY. Perhaps you should start your own thread of your build.....or lack thereof perhaps!
Nov 28, 2008 8:14 pm
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…
Nov 28, 2008 10:46 pm
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…
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…
Nov 29, 2008 9:33 am
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…
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…
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…
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…
Item drawn on plan but not in contract
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…
Found another reason to build, today.
We are renting a 1960s vintage house. Today we noticed an odd burning plastic smell…
Dec 01, 2008 5:05 pm
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…
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…
Why flat roof tiles
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…
Variations with PD
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/…
Opinions on brickwork please
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.
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…