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kyiee81
kyiee81
25 September 2008

Second thoughts about roof tiles advice needed please!

Second thoughts about roof tiles advice needed please!
QLD

:lol: :lol: :lol: thanks everyone we did go with what we liked, we chose a walnut tile at our colour selection appt yesterday. I forgot to say that there is only 7 blocks of land in…

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kyiee81
Sep 25, 2008 8:48 pm
kyiee81
penny73
penny73
25 September 2008

How to "photoshop" your colour scheme

How to "photoshop" your colour scheme

I downloaded myvirtualhome but I think my system is a bit old to run it effectively ( and I have no idea how to update the drivers) I might give that other one a try (or…

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penny73
Sep 25, 2008 8:51 pm
brisvegas
brisvegas
25 September 2008

Walk through inspection

Walk through inspection

OK this might help did a google and hit some info albeit from an American sight but it's a starting point....... am pasting the lot below. Hope that helps Mr Magoo (LOVE…

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brisvegas
Sep 25, 2008 10:17 pm
jensta
jensta
26 September 2008

Where do we stand? HELP please!!

Where do we stand? HELP please!!

Yes, we were correct about the missing door at the back, and yes, they are rectifying it straight away. Goodo. We have come to an agreement on the eaves issue. According…

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jensta
Sep 26, 2008 8:07 am

While at the site recently, I noticed that one of the vertical posts has a small dent on it. It is the last post in a load bearing wall ... Should I be worried about…

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Duminda
Sep 26, 2008 9:35 am
Duminda
Trevor F
Trevor F
26 September 2008

House Inspectors' Book/Guide/Checklist?

House Inspectors' Book/Guide/Checklist?

That '2007_Standards_and_Tolerances.pdf' document is exactly what I was looking for, thanks. :D

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Trevor F
Sep 26, 2008 10:36 am
Trevor F
acm2269
acm2269
26 September 2008

Home Outlet for Blinds

Home Outlet for Blinds

Hi Hannah Thats amazing, its good you found something you like. Do let us know whatever you decide. And maybe some pics on the blinds that you…

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acm2269
Sep 26, 2008 2:15 pm
acm2269
sting
sting
26 September 2008

BUILT-IN WARDROBES

BUILT-IN WARDROBES

not too bad, has anyone done DIY BIR before? considering some places are charging $1k+ for them, this sounds alright...

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sting
Sep 26, 2008 3:25 pm
beegeers
beegeers
26 September 2008

Heigh of double storey AND councils

Heigh of double storey AND councils

Hi smeagol Thanks for that info We just went and submitted our permit application. As ur brother did we have attached relevant documentation images etc etc The…

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beegeers
Sep 26, 2008 10:13 pm
HappyHome
HappyHome
27 September 2008

What is the bottom line??????

What is the bottom line??????
VIC

Wow :shock: This is what I don't follow here in sunny Sydney, my designated CSR, is the same one as Southies, :D although we are far apart on the build timeline (we haven't…

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HappyHome
Sep 27, 2008 2:34 pm
zozzles23
zozzles23
27 September 2008

Our Building Journey: Very early days

Our Building Journey: Very early days

Thanks Judie! I like the burgundy type colour better than the purple, think we will probably go for something like that for the porch section. Thanks for the tip Chris…

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zozzles23
Sep 27, 2008 11:42 pm
zozzles23
carolc
carolc
28 September 2008

Changed Builder and its our turn...

Changed Builder and its our turn...

Hello there, We paid deposit and signed first tender in Dec 2007. It is end of Sept of 2008. We haven't got the DA approved yet. My friend goes to Bellmarch with us.…

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carolc
Sep 28, 2008 12:56 am
Southies
Southies
28 September 2008

looking at building with EB basic or package ?

looking at building with EB basic or package ?
QLD

Ah well , after all that we just went with the packaged home :roll: ... If we are not happy with what they have will get a credit and do what we want…

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Southies
Sep 28, 2008 8:01 am
Southies
Casa2
Casa2
28 September 2008

Help! Crack in slab.

Help! Crack in slab.

I can't see the photos of your crack :(

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Casa2
Sep 28, 2008 12:57 pm
HappyHome
HappyHome
28 September 2008

Base Price versus actual cost

Base Price versus actual cost
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I still think they should build to the standard price, if anything it gives the consumer the same starting point to work from rather than working…

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HappyHome
Sep 28, 2008 2:29 pm
leesy
leesy
28 September 2008

Premier Builders - Yarra Studio - Who has built one?

Premier Builders - Yarra Studio - Who has built one?

We have decided to build the Yarra Studio 249 by Premier Builders. I was hoping that somebody who has also built this house, could supply some photos of what your facade…

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leesy
Sep 28, 2008 4:34 pm
leesy
homeishome
homeishome
28 September 2008

Colour Selections

Colour Selections

Hi stonecutter which software did you buy from this website, as there are many options on this website

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homeishome
Sep 28, 2008 7:41 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
28 September 2008

Steel frame vs timber

Steel frame vs timber
1, 2

- If you live in a high risk termite area....go steel if you don't then its boils down to preference and there isn't any real differences between…

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Dukekamaya
Sep 28, 2008 7:53 pm
Dukekamaya
seakyl
seakyl
28 September 2008

External colours

External colours

Really love the hotham brick, It was our first choise until I discovered that my parents in law have that same brick. We have now gone with rattan- pgh. I think the…

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seakyl
Sep 28, 2008 9:17 pm
enigma_brennan
enigma_brennan
29 September 2008

Progress Payments Percentages

Progress Payments Percentages

Hmmm, definitely true for some but not…

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enigma_brennan
Sep 29, 2008 12:01 pm
enigma_brennan
beegeers
beegeers
29 September 2008

Costs when planning permit is delayed

Costs when planning permit is delayed

Hi What happens to the contract prices when planning permits are delayed or we realize that planning permit is required when contracts are ready? Would love to hear…

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beegeers
Sep 29, 2008 1:38 pm
kristofw
kristofw
29 September 2008

Charcoal roof and white or cream window frames?

Charcoal roof and white or cream window frames?

Blackish or dark red roof increases the ambient temperature by 5-10 degs. Meaning not only the house, but its immediate surroundings. It's even worse for dark, paved…

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kristofw
Sep 29, 2008 2:00 pm
kristofw
loretta
loretta
29 September 2008

Dark bricks & surfmist roof

Dark bricks & surfmist roof

thank you! i found the colorbond one last night but never knew of the burbank one. I will have a play. L

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loretta
Sep 29, 2008 4:51 pm
loretta
Clarity
Clarity
29 September 2008

Laying Grass before Handover???

Laying Grass before Handover???

I was thinking JUST before handover, like the week before-ish... I think I will wait till we're given a date for handover, speak to SS then and see if there is…

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Clarity
Sep 29, 2008 5:36 pm
Clarity

Hi lostlozza, The fire is a jetmaster 700D, gas with ceramic logs, you can get coals but we liked the look of wood. Fairly realistic. It has 2 fan speeds to pump out the…

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kirribilli
Sep 30, 2008 11:37 am
kirribilli
KWOOD2
KWOOD2
30 September 2008

What are site costs

What are site costs

When you say 'site costs', I assume that you mean preliminaries. Preliminaries are the supporting features in a building estimate or quotation in order to run the project.…

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KWOOD2
Sep 30, 2008 11:52 am
KWOOD2
enigma_brennan
enigma_brennan
30 September 2008

House cost to land value ratio - avoid overcapitalising

House cost to land value ratio - avoid overcapitalising

Ours will be 2:1 - this is for everything except the rear landscaping and curtains (may be using old sheets initially). We are building in the ACT.

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enigma_brennan
Sep 30, 2008 11:57 am
enigma_brennan
overthemoon
overthemoon
30 September 2008

Goodbye House Building

Goodbye House Building

I'm quitting :( My aunt is still going ahead with a private…

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overthemoon
Sep 30, 2008 12:26 pm
satskape
satskape
30 September 2008

PD Price Capping

PD Price Capping

We were charged a total of 11K by PD to move from Sep 07 start to June 08 start. I think they charge 1K each month for the initial 4 - 5 months and after that it goes up…

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satskape
Sep 30, 2008 1:26 pm
libechacos
libechacos
30 September 2008

Solar hot water systems with instantaneous gas booster

Solar hot water systems with instantaneous gas booster

Its easy t get confused with all the tewrminology with a TM after it isnt it. Looks like a good system, but my understanding is that evacuated tubes with gas back up…

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libechacos
Sep 30, 2008 2:30 pm
Adrian B
Adrian B
30 September 2008

Good building experiences

Good building experiences

I had a great build with the Big M, times were good, apart from teh contract lady allw e spoke to where fantastic and honest.

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Adrian B
Sep 30, 2008 4:26 pm
Adrian B
Adrian B
Adrian B
30 September 2008

M3tricon and Termite Protection

M3tricon and Termite Protection

Just a little catch to the warranty and company M used. We have been in our house now for 2 yrs in December. The system needs to be reprimed after the first 12 months,…

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Adrian B
Sep 30, 2008 4:43 pm
Adrian B
Peter2084
Peter2084
30 September 2008

Icon constructions Canberra?

Icon constructions Canberra?

Hi, anyone built with these people?? thanks peter

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Peter2084
Sep 30, 2008 8:18 pm
stu
stu
30 September 2008

What type of roof would you choose - Tile or Colorbond???

What type of roof would you choose - Tile or Colorbond???
1, 2

Of course the weight of the tiles would be taken into account when the frame is designed. On a new house you should have a warranty on the frame (at least i would hope you…

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stu
Sep 30, 2008 8:23 pm
stu
penny73
penny73
1 October 2008

Show me your dulux white walls

Show me your dulux white walls

Thanks again off to get a pot of lexicon from a PAINT STORE (promise) :lol:

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penny73
Oct 01, 2008 8:47 am
Sophiebear
Sophiebear
1 October 2008

Our Dream House

Our Dream House

Hi Sophiebear, I said the same thing, how I could have used this site a year ago, nice house you have there. _________________ ....Su I…

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Sophiebear
Oct 01, 2008 12:47 pm
cutajarp
cutajarp
1 October 2008

Site costs for PD - Queenstown

Site costs for PD - Queenstown

Hi Guys, I am just wondering what people experiences with PD have been in terms of site costs for PD's homes. I have been told by PD to expect a $10,000 cost…

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cutajarp
Oct 01, 2008 2:16 pm
Amber
Amber
1 October 2008

What happens at handover?

What happens at handover?

Ours took 15 minutes. Conversation went something like this: PD: "Do you have the final cheque" Us: Yes, here it is PD CSS leaves for 10 minutes and comes…

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Amber
Oct 01, 2008 2:24 pm
Amber
joaninhac
joaninhac
1 October 2008

How long does it take to build?

How long does it take to build?
VIC

hi, it took us 7 months (incl. x-mas holidays) to do all the initial preparations with our builder being 'H', that's colour selection, tenders, getting developer and…

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joaninhac
Oct 01, 2008 4:32 pm
monwon
monwon
1 October 2008

First Step

First Step

My two cents worth: Drafting a house is usually done in 3 steps; 1. Development Approval stage (DA), architectural drawings prepared to…

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monwon
Oct 01, 2008 5:39 pm
buildingwest
buildingwest
1 October 2008

How much does your electrcian charge... extra lights etc

How much does your electrcian charge... extra lights etc

Hi, We ended up meeting with the electrician and paying them cash. Through the builder they were charging us $83 per indoor double power point. Paying cash directly…

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buildingwest
Oct 01, 2008 6:05 pm
Captain Morgan
Captain Morgan
1 October 2008

Anyone out there building with 'Rossdale Homes'??

Anyone out there building with 'Rossdale Homes'??

My folks home is a Rossdale. Pretty solid, no problems and its about 6 years old in Walkley Heights. A mate of mine built with fairmont homes, and he was pretty happy…

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Captain Morgan
Oct 01, 2008 10:17 pm
Captain Morgan
Casa2
Casa2
1 October 2008

Final Inspection...are lights allowed?

Final Inspection...are lights allowed?

You can look for defects using aircraft lights and a microscope. However, when it comes time to classifying it as a defect or not, normal lighting and normal viewing…

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Casa2
Oct 01, 2008 11:51 pm
Grace16
Grace16
2 October 2008

How much did your electrics add up to?

How much did your electrics add up to?

About 5.5k, for lots of downlights, lots of extra power points, extra batten holders, outdoor power points, flood lights etc. It all came to a lot more than we were hoping…

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Grace16
Oct 02, 2008 12:40 am
Stormy
Stormy
2 October 2008

H3nley / "Clendon Vale" in SA

H3nley / "Clendon Vale" in SA

Hi Captain Morgan, No I certainly don't mind that you copy my plans...they're not strictly 'mine' anyway!! ;) I'm building the standard (almost superseaded) version of…

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Stormy
Oct 02, 2008 9:11 am
Stormy
Mozzie
Mozzie
2 October 2008

How long did your PD home take to build?

How long did your PD home take to build?

If the 20 weeks is really important to you Grace I'd go ahead but when you go to sign the H.I.A. contract be carefull to pay close attention to the number of days shown. …

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Mozzie
Oct 02, 2008 10:28 am
Mozzie
nonie
nonie
2 October 2008

Final drawings

Final drawings

Hi we signed the contract on 5th sept. We were told 3 days back that we received our building permit. we building with "H". Now our admin is working at sending us the…

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nonie
Oct 02, 2008 2:11 pm
lildutchgringo
lildutchgringo
2 October 2008

Are we the only ones???

Are we the only ones???

Too late SuH..... She bloody has them all already

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lildutchgringo
Oct 02, 2008 3:17 pm
lildutchgringo
nonie
nonie
2 October 2008

Upgrade package - value for money?

Upgrade package - value for money?

Hi Badh, I will definately go for some of the upgrades like front door, ceasorstone in bathroom. For us some came standard like the ceasor stone in kitchen,…

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nonie
Oct 02, 2008 3:44 pm
penny73
penny73
2 October 2008

Should we swap from a bi-fold to a stacker

Should we swap from a bi-fold to a stacker

Thanks again everyone Do you mean a bi-part door? I was thinking of doing this just widening the space as much as we can and getting a big bi-part door and when (if…

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penny73
Oct 02, 2008 4:14 pm


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