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yvette72
yvette72
15 February 2009

Pouring Concrete slab-rain delays

Pouring Concrete slab-rain delays

my parents are waiting to have there slab poured for there house.the concreter will not pour in the wet we just had a garage build and the concerte would not do it in the…

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yvette72
Feb 15, 2009 4:00 pm
yvette72
yvette72
15 February 2009

NEW HOME - HEBEL

NEW HOME - HEBEL

my husband is a bricklayer and will not touch the stuff and there was some talk a few years back said it could be cancer so at that change many bricklayers would not touch…

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yvette72
Feb 15, 2009 4:05 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
16 February 2009

Advice - starting again after Wincrest?

Advice - starting again after Wincrest?
NSW

Hi Loretta I'm just wondering if it's worth your while to get some legal advice, considering how much money has already been invested. There…

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ECOECO
Feb 16, 2009 6:41 am
ECOECO
Hanson61
Hanson61
16 February 2009

steel frame additional cost and opinions?

steel frame additional cost and opinions?

We have had 2 steel frame homes.. we've had no problems at all.. and of course the termites are sitting hungry in the garden! Seriously though we have exerienced no…

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Hanson61
Feb 16, 2009 7:58 am
McKinnon
McKinnon
16 February 2009

THERMOCELL

THERMOCELL

Whats the go with Thermocell? Is it going to be better than my original idea of brick ground floor and blueboard 1st floor. It will be a rendered finish. Does it…

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McKinnon
Feb 16, 2009 1:04 pm
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anny
Feb 16, 2009 2:14 pm
ozzroo
ozzroo
16 February 2009

coral homes standard ranges...bricks & roof tiles

coral homes standard ranges...bricks & roof tiles
QLD

have seen Rattan in real life and it appears much better with the off white mortar. Everyone will have their own ideas however. Plantation use PGH also and Rattan has…

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ozzroo
Feb 16, 2009 5:34 pm
gweluphome
gweluphome
16 February 2009

Our new adventure....still in plannig....seems like forever

Our new adventure....still in plannig....seems like forever
1, 2, 3, 4

Hey Chuq and Rachelle, I am in the middle of swapping computers so I have had to clear one to go to the next but I am still only able to use email on this (my old one) so…

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gweluphome
Feb 16, 2009 5:41 pm
VJ
VJ
16 February 2009

Exhaust Fan Ducting

Exhaust Fan Ducting

hysterical & Bel, Our builder fixed this issue by fitting in a duct to properly clear all contaminated air from the powder room (ground floor) onto the outside…

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VJ
Feb 16, 2009 9:54 pm
VJ
Neko138
Neko138
16 February 2009

Tradespeople recommendations in Adelaide

Tradespeople recommendations in Adelaide
SA

a lot of tradies are sticking with building co's (or they move around). But some are getting jacked with the developers, especially painters. it depends on what kind of…

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Neko138
Feb 16, 2009 11:29 pm
andrew78m
andrew78m
17 February 2009

choosing land - what is a normal sort of slope?

choosing land - what is a normal sort of slope?

I too will be building on a sloping block 1.5/2m fall. But that fall happens all within a few feet.. Split level is a good option as it will reduce the overall site…

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andrew78m
Feb 17, 2009 1:23 pm
Helyn
Helyn
17 February 2009

Firsty Home Builder - help

Firsty Home Builder - help
SA

McCracken Country Homes, SA. Hellmans post…

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Helyn
Feb 17, 2009 2:54 pm
Helyn
stevep79
stevep79
17 February 2009

extending settlement

extending settlement
SA

We had to same reason as you! Our conveyancerwent to the land office on our behalf and organised it all without penalties apparently you can be…

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stevep79
Feb 17, 2009 3:36 pm
stevep79
Jordann
Jordann
17 February 2009

I've Got Land / Anyone Building at Greenway Views Estate ?

I've Got Land / Anyone Building at Greenway Views Estate ?
NSW

I will be building just down the road in Middleton Grange... We also started off loving Eden Brae as well but after visiting the Wisdom Homes display centre, we decided…

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Jordann
Feb 17, 2009 6:44 pm
Jordann
Adrian B
Adrian B
17 February 2009

Does anyone know what happened to the"Anyone building w

Does anyone know what happened to the"Anyone building w
1, 2

I think the answer has been given by Homeone previously. Here is the simple answer. Stick to the facts, do not be ambiguous, and you will have no issues with posting.…

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Adrian B
Feb 17, 2009 7:59 pm
Adrian B
JohnAndTarin
JohnAndTarin
17 February 2009

PD move in packs?

PD move in packs?
VIC

Oh I'm sure that it would be a very basic one :). Our "extras" ended up costing us a extra 10 grand this included, The Hub, the music part this included Jacks, speakers (4…

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JohnAndTarin
Feb 17, 2009 9:52 pm
JohnAndTarin
Skippa1
Skippa1
17 February 2009

For those whose builder went bust..insurance ?

For those whose builder went bust..insurance ?
NSW

Sue, Hi there.. how are you? have you made any progress with this as yet?? What else needs to be finished off the house?? You say there is a leak on the roof? Is…

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Skippa1
Feb 17, 2009 10:02 pm
Skippa1
jbsj1974
jbsj1974
17 February 2009

PC Program or Website for Facade Visuals?

PC Program or Website for Facade Visuals?

Another free option, and surprisingly excellent, comes from the good folks at Google. It's called Sketchup7. Took me about 20mins to get the facade drawn and then it's…

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jbsj1974
Feb 17, 2009 10:07 pm
emptyvessel
emptyvessel
17 February 2009

Advice Plz - First Home Build as a duplex - Tax, Loans etc

Advice Plz - First Home Build as a duplex - Tax, Loans etc

Here is the specific code for dual-occupancy, I can't see any reason for us having to subdivide except for sale at this point. http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/CSC-Sh…

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emptyvessel
Feb 17, 2009 10:09 pm
Skippa1
Skippa1
17 February 2009

Three more builders go bust.....

Three more builders go bust.....

Yeah bit of a shames with these guys going down, pretty hard to say "Why" as there could be many of things to cause this... Few I have seen that they seem to pay all…

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Skippa1
Feb 17, 2009 10:13 pm
Skippa1
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FND
Feb 17, 2009 10:34 pm
Chuq
Chuq
18 February 2009

Has anyone built with Urban 3dge?

Has anyone built with Urban 3dge?
VIC

We widened our garage, and added an alfresco. But i know a free people have made a lot more changes than us!

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Chuq
Feb 18, 2009 11:57 am
Chuq
Becster
Becster
18 February 2009

amazed at the lack of variation in new home styles...

amazed at the lack of variation in new home styles...

Maybe try residential attitudes? a western australian builder that are a little different...

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Becster
Feb 18, 2009 1:55 pm
seakyl
seakyl
18 February 2009

What made you choose your design

What made you choose your design

We have 4473mtr block so I wanted something that had a great outlook to the whole backyard..so lots of large windows facing north. We also wanted…

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seakyl
Feb 18, 2009 3:47 pm
Back Pocket
Back Pocket
18 February 2009

Porter Davis construction timelines

Porter Davis construction timelines
VIC

The time lines they give you are for a standard plan with no changes. Which I believe they have never built because everyone changes something! From my copy, which is…

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Back Pocket
Feb 18, 2009 4:02 pm
iTalk
iTalk
18 February 2009

Is PD offering you 2.5 ceiling insulation ?

Is PD offering you 2.5 ceiling insulation ?
VIC
1, 2

Okay, I got a call from my Sales Consultant and he said that upgrading the Ceiling insulation into 3.5 would cost $1300, and $900 to upgrade the wall insulation into…

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iTalk
Feb 18, 2009 7:31 pm
iTalk
anthea
anthea
18 February 2009

Building troubles

Building troubles
VIC

building commission? I got some great advice from the Vic branch.

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anthea
Feb 18, 2009 9:49 pm
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
18 February 2009

Anyone built with Rawdon or GJ king? Or on tight budget???

Anyone built with Rawdon or GJ king? Or on tight budget???
VIC

I think you mean JG King.. :lol: We are building the caraway.. it is approx 190k for us (includes everything except of curtains/blinds).. that is 212m2 (23 squares). If…

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wakeboardandy
Feb 18, 2009 9:50 pm
wakeboardandy
wonderland
wonderland
18 February 2009

Permanent vs Temp Fencing?

Permanent vs Temp Fencing?

Even if you dont want to fence all three sides of your land, i think it would be a good idea to fence two sides. Maybe one to the back and one to the side. That way, you…

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wonderland
Feb 18, 2009 10:46 pm
wonderland
Dirtyard Darren
Dirtyard Darren
18 February 2009

claiming damages from builder

claiming damages from builder
VIC

Can't help you with your problem, but we looked into building with the same company a couple of years ago, only to find they wanted near $25,000 for earthworks on land…

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Dirtyard Darren
Feb 18, 2009 10:54 pm
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Jess09
Feb 18, 2009 11:08 pm
Jess09
billdsl
billdsl
18 February 2009

Stormwater easement yes, but what is this?

Stormwater easement yes, but what is this?

with our easement when we had our solicitor do the searches the council provided the details on what you can and cant do with the easement on our block, so maybe you can…

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billdsl
Feb 18, 2009 11:44 pm
billdsl
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
19 February 2009

Variations on Henley plans

Variations on Henley plans
VIC

Dont the display houses have two aircons going? That's why they are so cool. Walk around the outside of a few and you will see two units. I think you…

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Fiffaro
Feb 19, 2009 2:50 am
joles
joles
19 February 2009

Land Survey

Land Survey

Have you double checked the pegs? Sometimes they are buried and you have to dig for them. :shock: :lol: :lol: Have a look where they should be and start digging, they may be there. :lol: :lol:

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joles
Feb 19, 2009 8:28 am
joles
kexkez
kexkez
19 February 2009

Calling D@n again for photoshop.. my bricks blew up!!!

Calling D@n again for photoshop.. my bricks blew up!!!
1, 2

i would love to be able to do what Dan does but don't have the patience to work it out. But for the garage door bit. You can go to the b n d door website and upload a…

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kexkez
Feb 19, 2009 8:37 am
kexkez
Our Dream
Our Dream
19 February 2009

Standard Anything ?

Standard Anything ?

The bricks we wanted were not part of the standard builder's range BUT they were exactly the same price as those that were. Our Builder asked…

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Our Dream
Feb 19, 2009 9:14 am
stevep79
stevep79
19 February 2009

Signing contract with builder before block is titled?

Signing contract with builder before block is titled?
VIC

I'm building with PD and doing fixed site costs and signing the building contract before land settlement I'm going to be doubly making sure that…

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stevep79
Feb 19, 2009 10:03 am
stevep79
danma
danma
19 February 2009

How long to prepare DA

How long to prepare DA

I just had a look at our time line and with Clarendon it took 6 weeks and with Wisdom it took 6 days. That is a huge difference.

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danma
Feb 19, 2009 11:03 am
cazz79
cazz79
19 February 2009

External Colours.......... PLEASE HELP!

External Colours.......... PLEASE HELP!
1, 2, 3

they have used white mortar which has lightened up the bricks, but they also have a dark (monument) roof so this looks great. i had the same trouble deciding on my mortar…

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cazz79
Feb 19, 2009 12:09 pm
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nomad
Feb 19, 2009 12:20 pm
haywgl
haywgl
19 February 2009

Boral Bricks Casmere Blend

Boral Bricks Casmere Blend
VIC

Oh Jo! That brick would go perfect with your roof - I really like it!! What a shame it is such a high category!! Surely they could mark the price down for you!! :?

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haywgl
Feb 19, 2009 12:53 pm
haywgl
pauljackson84
pauljackson84
19 February 2009

Who's responsible for backfilling around a waffle pod?

Who's responsible for backfilling around a waffle pod?

In Vic the damp course is usually at least one brick up. Basically you shouldnt cover your weep wholes. You can fully cover the slab and still have one brick…

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pauljackson84
Feb 19, 2009 3:13 pm
pauljackson84
Chuq
Chuq
19 February 2009

Fire resistant building (High fire rating)

Fire resistant building (High fire rating)

This is something I have been considering, even before the Vic bushfires. A newspaper article reported all new buildings in bushfire areas requiring these rooms, but…

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Chuq
Feb 19, 2009 3:57 pm
Chuq
bel
bel
19 February 2009

Is anyone building this house, The Terrace W3stminster

Is anyone building this house, The Terrace W3stminster
NSW

Balcony - no idea :) will send you a pm about the other items :) Bel

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bel
Feb 19, 2009 5:37 pm
bel
suh
suh
19 February 2009

My New Home...eventually!

My New Home...eventually!
NSW
1, 2, 3

Sorry, no pics, I had a look at the retaining wall after work and it was so advanced I will have to take new…

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suh
Feb 19, 2009 8:15 pm
suh
Chuq
Chuq
20 February 2009

Basements

Basements
TAS

I can only hope that at 160m elevation, 1.5km from the river, the water table will be lower than 155m! Seems like it should be ok. But it's a couple of years away, I'll…

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Chuq
Feb 20, 2009 8:14 am
Chuq
netadelle
netadelle
20 February 2009

Boundary of Your NEW land

Boundary of Your NEW land

Ring the person you are dealing with and say "I've been out to the block, there are no survey pegs there, can you please get it re-surveyed as soon as possible" That is…

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netadelle
Feb 20, 2009 9:55 am
netadelle
kek
kek
20 February 2009

Do you think PD is expensive?

Do you think PD is expensive?
VIC
1, 2

Expensive or not depends entirely on what you add. We had our issues with PD, but price was never one of them. They beat the pants off the other major builders in that…

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kek
Feb 20, 2009 10:04 am
kek
kek
kek
20 February 2009

Building - Hidden Costs

Building - Hidden Costs

I think you can do it for the price you're prepared to pay, but you'll have to really shop around and budget very carefully. Don't fall in love with all the luxury extras,…

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kek
Feb 20, 2009 10:06 am
kek


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