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charlie0000
charlie0000
28 February 2009

3months into new house - cracked bricks!

3months into new house - cracked bricks!

I would say that if it cracked the mortar and bricks then it has probably exceeded its max bend capacity. Remember that these things are supposed to…

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charlie0000
Feb 28, 2009 12:17 am
charlie0000
ChrisL
ChrisL
28 February 2009

Did you get an independent inspection?

Did you get an independent inspection?

It's not an easy call. Bear in mind though, an inspection prior to handover would only cover the cosmetic items only. Chris

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ChrisL
Feb 28, 2009 11:00 am
yvette72
yvette72
28 February 2009

Not building

Not building

how awful for you.my view with life has all ways been it was not mean to be for some reason and there is something better out there for you

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yvette72
Feb 28, 2009 5:11 pm
brittany
brittany
28 February 2009

AGHHHHHHHHHHH! Bloody builders!!!!

AGHHHHHHHHHHH! Bloody builders!!!!
VIC

I think variations don't effect when you are at fixing stage - in other words yes you probably are at fixing stage. The fixing stage payment is usually fairly large and…

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brittany
Feb 28, 2009 6:15 pm
brittany
Annietom
Annietom
28 February 2009

Variation Fees

Variation Fees
WA

we've been told $600, but now that I've seen everyone else's fee I'm not too happy about that!

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Annietom
Feb 28, 2009 7:44 pm
Annietom
Grace16
Grace16
28 February 2009

Building at Hawkstowe

Building at Hawkstowe
VIC
1, 2

Well done Jas n Rach! The Rowland is lovely, I'm sure you'll be very happy. Gotta be happy with the difference in site costs! :D

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Grace16
Feb 28, 2009 9:54 pm
thorney
thorney
28 February 2009

Estimate of the Site Cost ? Land Fall Image Attached

Estimate of the Site Cost ? Land Fall Image Attached

WOW Thorney, I'd be buying Tatts tickets :wink: .... the major builders down here would have had a field day with site costs for that block. :shock: :lol: :lol:

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thorney
Feb 28, 2009 11:33 pm
thorney
kristo
kristo
28 February 2009

3D modelling?

3D modelling?
1, 2

my experience has been that most aussie landscape designers use vectorworks,…

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kristo
Feb 28, 2009 11:59 pm
sha
sha
1 March 2009

Thought id say hi

Thought id say hi
VIC

Hi Jazz, I just signed up to follow your blog.. We are half way through building the homestead 37 (minus games room) from Newstart Homes on 10 acres. Look forward to…

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sha
Mar 01, 2009 12:55 am
wombat
wombat
1 March 2009

Natnat's house Land Update. We have curb and guttering!

Natnat's house Land Update. We have curb and guttering!
SA
1, 2, 3

Hi How much m2 was the living space in the Hickinbotham? I've been on their website but the MKII does not show? Thanks

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wombat
Mar 01, 2009 7:28 pm
tuned86
tuned86
1 March 2009

Reg. getting extras from builders.

Reg. getting extras from builders.
WA

From a med-sized vol builder: Round 1 got me a 'coupon' promotion * 2590 ceiling height * 900mm stovetop, rangehood, oven * stonebench for kitchen Round 2; *…

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tuned86
Mar 01, 2009 7:55 pm
Annelies
Annelies
1 March 2009

Anyone experienced this ??

Anyone experienced this ??

Hi looks a bit like what we experienced. In our case the magic word was Modified Standard Plan (MSP) which resulted in an increase in costs. Have a read at this topic -…

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Annelies
Mar 01, 2009 10:06 pm
Annelies
Onebuild
Onebuild
1 March 2009

Restrictive Covenants, Rescode, no permits, can you help?

Restrictive Covenants, Rescode, no permits, can you help?

5m X 4m sounds like a garage or large garden shed, unfortunately they may not need permits or breach the covenent. If it is a granny flat, order 1 cubic metre of…

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Onebuild
Mar 01, 2009 10:44 pm
georgie
georgie
1 March 2009

Which house to build on a 20m wide block?

Which house to build on a 20m wide block?
VIC

Just be careful with your budgeting because I don't know about others but we can't use our FHOG as an actual deposit because you don't get it till your slab is poured…

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georgie
Mar 01, 2009 11:15 pm
ozzroo
ozzroo
2 March 2009

Tiles - How much did you spend?

Tiles - How much did you spend?

The glass mosaic sheets are exy. We priced some more yesterday at $38.84 per 300x300. We were thinking over doing both bath hobs however could be looking at around $1000…

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ozzroo
Mar 02, 2009 8:47 am
Douglas
Douglas
2 March 2009

Corner blocks and Axe Heads - Pros and Cons?

Corner blocks and Axe Heads - Pros and Cons?

Thanks for all the feedback. I hadn't considered that there were different types of battle-axe blocks. I was just thinking of those that had a long drive and otherwise no…

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Douglas
Mar 02, 2009 1:14 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
2 March 2009

Advice on frame concerns

Advice on frame concerns
VIC

The members you are hi-lighting are studs, not beams. The 'bow' on them is of no concern, the gyprock will be set square in the corners and you'll never see them. The…

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Dukekamaya
Mar 02, 2009 1:19 pm
Dukekamaya
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
2 March 2009

Building Expo?

Building Expo?
NSW

Or it could be the HIA one which is in April/May

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buildingadreamhome
Mar 02, 2009 1:50 pm
buildingadreamhome
Hanson61
Hanson61
2 March 2009

Refused building contract,until tender signed & deposit

Refused building contract,until tender signed & deposit

gsm..I don't think the building contract is prepared in full until some 8 to 10 weeks into the process... my builder advised that they used the Standard HIA contract but…

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Hanson61
Mar 02, 2009 1:56 pm
Ricky
Ricky
2 March 2009

Colourbond or tiles??

Colourbond or tiles??

Although they both have their advantages and dis advantages. It also depends of the external look of the home. Some elevations look better in one than the other. Concrete…

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Ricky
Mar 02, 2009 7:24 pm
-Rebekah-
-Rebekah-
2 March 2009

Render Colour

Render Colour

Thanks girls I appreciate your input :D I think i'll just have to get some sample pots and have a play around. SuH - Lovely house, we have very similar taste in…

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-Rebekah-
Mar 02, 2009 8:25 pm
-Rebekah-
jamesb
jamesb
2 March 2009

PD Contract

PD Contract
VIC

Also its Henty Park in Pakenham. And bank is CBA. Cheers

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jamesb
Mar 02, 2009 9:22 pm
jamesb
Ricky
Ricky
2 March 2009

Gable in Modwood?

Gable in Modwood?

I've been using moodwood for some time now in landscape designs....the product is great. It costs a bit more than real timber. Moodwood is a carefree product, no…

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Ricky
Mar 02, 2009 10:22 pm
Judie
Judie
3 March 2009

What do you think is a good size for a new home?

What do you think is a good size for a new home?

The size of your house should be determined by your needs, either present or future. I think our house is close to 40sq. We are, however, including a bedroom/lounge…

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Judie
Mar 03, 2009 1:45 am
Judie
chuth77
chuth77
3 March 2009

PCV's Full height Tiling

PCV's Full height Tiling

Why would you pack out the cornice... Use the cornince as a nice point to finish the tiles, or even better, and to create a visual trick of greater cieling height, stop…

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chuth77
Mar 03, 2009 8:24 am
lobo
lobo
3 March 2009

Building in a Battle Axe Land

Building in a Battle Axe Land
NSW

Hello We are building in a battle axe site and went to C for the exact reasons as you have been thinking of.... it will be a slow slow build thats for sure. Do you…

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lobo
Mar 03, 2009 8:44 am
lobo
lildutchgringo
lildutchgringo
3 March 2009

How to Blog?

How to Blog?

thx for the tips guys... i will have a crack today and see what happens!!! LDH

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lildutchgringo
Mar 03, 2009 8:55 am
lildutchgringo
dreamz
dreamz
3 March 2009

WOW!

WOW!
NSW

Oh thats good!! i was thinking i'd have to spend extra.. ehehehhe yeh with a view like that! that balcony is a great idea! How long until your house is completed…

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dreamz
Mar 03, 2009 10:57 am
jessica
jessica
3 March 2009

Restablishmnet survey - Update - Topic closed

Restablishmnet survey - Update - Topic closed

Thanks everyone. On thorough search I have found other threads with similar issues and feel that my question has been answered. Sorry for the incovenience.

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jessica
Mar 03, 2009 11:15 am
stevep79
stevep79
3 March 2009

Council DA Approvals Before Settlement on Land

Council DA Approvals Before Settlement on Land

Already been a few threads on this recently, yes it can and has been…

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stevep79
Mar 03, 2009 12:57 pm
stevep79
FarRez
FarRez
3 March 2009

Asiration 32 or Caprice 30... anyone?

Asiration 32 or Caprice 30... anyone?
NSW

Bluemetal: your site cost are not bad with caprice. do you think they will change later on?

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FarRez
Mar 03, 2009 1:45 pm
FarRez
clm1982
clm1982
3 March 2009

Contract says waffle slab, got stumps!

Contract says waffle slab, got stumps!

Ive heard really bad stories about waffle pod you should be glad its stumps (we are really hoping ours will come back non waffle). I believe that waffle pod is the…

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clm1982
Mar 03, 2009 1:51 pm
FarRez
FarRez
3 March 2009

stormwater detention tanks in the ponds

stormwater detention tanks in the ponds
NSW

thanks stevep79! I thought so too, but then one of the builders that we tendered with told us that and obviously the cost was added to the tender for hydraulic design.…

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FarRez
Mar 03, 2009 1:56 pm
FarRez
stevep79
stevep79
3 March 2009

New NSW Housing Code

New NSW Housing Code
NSW

My builder did the checklist for us as we wanted to try the new system. We qualified under every item except one which was that our…

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stevep79
Mar 03, 2009 2:19 pm
stevep79
ECOECO
ECOECO
3 March 2009

Waffle slab vs concrete

Waffle slab vs concrete

Waffle pods cheaper to install and much better for thermal efficiency. Ed

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ECOECO
Mar 03, 2009 3:05 pm
ECOECO
sarina
sarina
3 March 2009

Wrong Tiles laid??

Wrong Tiles laid??

I hope everything goes well with the construction manager. My parents had the same problem last year. Good thing that the person they talked to was so nice and agreed to…

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sarina
Mar 03, 2009 4:02 pm
lisanne
lisanne
3 March 2009

Land advice needed please

Land advice needed please

Which direction would you prefer your living area's and your back yard? For me i wanted mine north/west

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lisanne
Mar 03, 2009 4:37 pm
lisanne
lisanne
3 March 2009

Who decides the installation of broadband/phone systems ?

Who decides the installation of broadband/phone systems ?

In my estate we have no access to any form of ADSL or cable at all. The only option is dial up or Telstra Next G - thats it. I have enquired…

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lisanne
Mar 03, 2009 5:19 pm
hornet18
hornet18
3 March 2009

Program to see design

Program to see design

Guys, I found the following sites handy, well maybe not me (The better half) http://www.colorbondcolours.com/go/home ... visualiser The colourbond site has a…

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hornet18
Mar 03, 2009 6:20 pm
hornet18
JohnAndTarin
JohnAndTarin
3 March 2009

scaffolding

scaffolding

oh well hopefully work will resume on Monday :)

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JohnAndTarin
Mar 03, 2009 9:38 pm
JohnAndTarin
Cleishy
Cleishy
3 March 2009

How long should we wait for a quote from a builder?

How long should we wait for a quote from a builder?

Waiting that long for contracts is ridiculous. I waited ages for mine too. Now knowing that builders can get them to clients within 2 -3 days.

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Cleishy
Mar 03, 2009 10:41 pm
Cleishy
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serge44
Mar 03, 2009 10:46 pm
serge44
jaelee
jaelee
3 March 2009

Post Contract Variation - Is this fair?

Post Contract Variation - Is this fair?

I understand where you are coming from. I have asked if I could change my cornices. We are building a 2 storey home in WA and are only at first brick height. I have…

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jaelee
Mar 03, 2009 11:09 pm
JADED6
JADED6
4 March 2009

We have some action...(new pics 24 August 2008)

We have some action...(new pics 24 August 2008)
QLD
1, 2, 3

Just found this thread (linked in another thread) ANY UPDATES?? :D I'll have to do some searching tomorrow. There might already be another thread. Would hate for this…

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JADED6
Mar 04, 2009 3:32 am
joeygbh
joeygbh
4 March 2009

Completion walk through - Tips Anyone

Completion walk through - Tips Anyone

Check that all keys open where they should...

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joeygbh
Mar 04, 2009 10:04 am
joeygbh
-Rebekah-
-Rebekah-
4 March 2009

Is this expensive for render?

Is this expensive for render?
1, 2

Our whole house is being rendered and it's costing us $8000 extra :shock:

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-Rebekah-
Mar 04, 2009 1:05 pm
-Rebekah-
lisahello
lisahello
4 March 2009

Help - can't build what we wanted - build single or double?

Help - can't build what we wanted - build single or double?
VIC

Thanks Guys that helps no end - we have had double and didn't like it - but PD have one that has the master bedroom downstairs - the only reason I am considering it! …

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lisahello
Mar 04, 2009 1:34 pm
dreamz
dreamz
4 March 2009

Prices at Stonecutters Ridge

Prices at Stonecutters Ridge
NSW

I've been reading about stone cutters ridge today! and all i have to say that it seems to me like the ideal place i'd love to live in. Read alot of good news about…

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dreamz
Mar 04, 2009 2:10 pm


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