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Rachelle
Rachelle
10 November 2008

Which project builder in NSW offers best value for money?

Which project builder in NSW offers best value for money?

If you want a basic home I think Wesmtinster might come in at the lowest, but don't plan on uprading anything as they whack up the prices there. Site costs are also…

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Rachelle
Nov 10, 2008 8:01 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
10 November 2008

Stumps V Slab for unstable soils

Stumps V Slab for unstable soils

Houses aren't generally built on wooden…

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Dukekamaya
Nov 10, 2008 9:10 pm
Dukekamaya
beegeers
beegeers
10 November 2008

House Plans - Council

House Plans - Council

Hi TheGang We had to deal with the council We applied for planning permit 26/09/2009 and got it last week (much to our surprise) What we did do was call up the…

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beegeers
Nov 10, 2008 9:30 pm
fabes
fabes
11 November 2008

Rear-facing living areas in volume building plans

Rear-facing living areas in volume building plans
1, 2

Hello We are building the 'Oxford' with Rendition. We wanted the back of our house to be all open plan living and we too found this floor plan hard to find. Hope this helps.

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fabes
Nov 11, 2008 1:16 pm
woodsey
woodsey
11 November 2008

Any tips for a easy building process.

Any tips for a easy building process.

At the end of the day all sales consultants have the same drive, their pay check, but there are ones who know have to give good customer service as well! to me that is how…

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woodsey
Nov 11, 2008 1:32 pm
mrs_smith
mrs_smith
11 November 2008

cost escalation clause in contract.

cost escalation clause in contract.
NSW

Can you ask for them to remove the clause? You can change the conditions of a contract before signing it. Edit: And if they refuse, I'd be tempted to switch companies…

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mrs_smith
Nov 11, 2008 3:33 pm
mrs_smith

thanks guys! I expect much drinking will be done out there paula.. :D it was DH idea (design) for the porch,flower box and fireplace (he built it all himself..isnt he…

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zonk
Nov 12, 2008 9:43 am
zonk
dymonite69
dymonite69
12 November 2008

Display home locations in Adelaide?

Display home locations in Adelaide?
SA

Hi guys, Taking a drive to Adelaide tomorrow to visit a few display homes and gather some inspiration for our upcoming build. Can anyone…

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dymonite69
Nov 12, 2008 11:56 am
dymonite69
Subhashish
Subhashish
12 November 2008

Help needed with Inspection Blues

Help needed with Inspection Blues
VIC

Thanks for all the help !! ... In addition to the responses here, I also got lot of PMs from this post which helped me talk to some people to address my concern...…

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Subhashish
Nov 12, 2008 3:31 pm
Subhashish
GriffBNE
GriffBNE
12 November 2008

Lakewood 29 at Jacobs Ridge

Lakewood 29 at Jacobs Ridge
QLD

Hey.. We built the Lakewood 28 in Shailer park... Could not be happier. We had an excellent experience from start to finish... Would go with them again in a second! Hope…

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GriffBNE
Nov 12, 2008 7:30 pm
amilelka
amilelka
12 November 2008

Copyright Issue

Copyright Issue

As soon as you design something the copyright is yours. In future you can put your own copyright symbol on your work so that builders or draftspeople don't try to claim…

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amilelka
Nov 12, 2008 9:33 pm
beegeers
beegeers
13 November 2008

Hometec builders?

Hometec builders?

Hi fatrex The last time we contacted Hometec was a little over a year ago Their company email did not work and we had to contact the CSR using her personal mail.…

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beegeers
Nov 13, 2008 7:14 am
lildutchgringo
lildutchgringo
13 November 2008

Deposit Return???

Deposit Return???

thx guys that sounds promising.... as nothing has been done yet....

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lildutchgringo
Nov 13, 2008 10:57 am
lildutchgringo
nh
nh
13 November 2008

a PD home, what do we need to be prepared for?

a PD home, what do we need to be prepared for?
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

hi henry218 i had the thoughts as you have now :) Henley's render adn facade price scared me away :shock: , also i think all henley's double stories, their upstairs have…

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nh
Nov 13, 2008 1:00 pm
surfshak
surfshak
13 November 2008

Time to title land?

Time to title land?

We are in Sydney and buying a block that is in a very small subdivision (2 blocks from one)......ours has (apparently) been with the lands title office for over 4 weeks…

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surfshak
Nov 13, 2008 2:03 pm
joles
joles
13 November 2008

Photoshop help for facade please!

Photoshop help for facade please!
1, 2, 3

So you don't want grey then.... :D: :shock: I got confused somewhere along the way of reading this thread.....How about Dune then that looks…

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joles
Nov 13, 2008 2:47 pm
joles
Newbies
Newbies
13 November 2008

Mistakes in your favour

Mistakes in your favour

Mistakes/freebies are always nice! :D We had to change the location of a window in our ensuite for our estate, and so in turn we got a wall length mirror instead of the…

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Newbies
Nov 13, 2008 8:14 pm
Newbies
nh
nh
13 November 2008

PD, colour appointment after the tender appointment?

PD, colour appointment after the tender appointment?
VIC
1, 2

Newbies, feeling better after reading haywgl's clarification of 2500 including the waterfall edge? :D so goodness, that 25K will have to be on the budget?! but i…

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nh
Nov 13, 2008 8:28 pm
Lostris
Lostris
14 November 2008

Purchasing the perfect block of land....

Purchasing the perfect block of land....

Also, get a conveyancer to look at the contracts before you sign.

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Lostris
Nov 14, 2008 9:09 am
d@n
d@n
14 November 2008

3D House Rendering

3D House Rendering
ACT

I need special software just to manage my lists.... :shock:

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d@n
Nov 14, 2008 9:16 am
Toast
Toast
14 November 2008

water bill whilst building

water bill whilst building

We paid water. Electricity and gas were signed over to us at handover

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Toast
Nov 14, 2008 10:27 am
Toast
dembi_2000
dembi_2000
14 November 2008

what's included in the site cost?

what's included in the site cost?

Thanks for your responses guys. We are still awaiting for the site survey from the builder. 2 weeks already. If we prove that the site survey was not done properly, the…

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dembi_2000
Nov 14, 2008 11:30 am
anny
anny
14 November 2008

Who pays for water / utilities during construction?

Who pays for water / utilities during construction?

i think it depends who u build with. for us we paid for the water bill but was told by my builders that once the building is done they will reimburse the amount for the…

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anny
Nov 14, 2008 2:42 pm
'chelle
'chelle
14 November 2008

When can you get council approval?

When can you get council approval?

It most probably varies from council to council, but we were allowed to lodge our Development Application before titles, but they said we couldn't get a building permit…

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'chelle
Nov 14, 2008 3:30 pm
'chelle
monkeyupatree
monkeyupatree
14 November 2008

Anyone built with Affordable Living or Impression home Perth

Anyone built with Affordable Living or Impression home Perth
WA

Thats fantastic....We were also looking at them briefly, they didnt have a plan to suit what we needed though, but there were a couple of display houses that were really…

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monkeyupatree
Nov 14, 2008 5:42 pm
monkeyupatree
Justin
Justin
14 November 2008

Vent about my building experience, LONG, with q's at the end

Vent about my building experience, LONG, with q's at the end
SA

That's a good result Tamsin, especially that you've made it past the pleb gatekeepers and are able to communicate directly with someone that has some authority. Keep the…

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Justin
Nov 14, 2008 8:06 pm
Fazz
Fazz
14 November 2008

Just started building in perth

Just started building in perth
WA
1, 2, 3

Hi Lloyd The reason why I asked about Vanessa is that we have meet our neighbours who will be building in the new year next to us. They mentioned they know someone else…

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Fazz
Nov 14, 2008 9:43 pm
suh
suh
15 November 2008

Glass or Stainless Steel on Balcony

Glass or Stainless Steel on Balcony
NSW
1, 2

Thanks girls...OMG 10.30pm last night had friends surprise us from QLD, hence my hasty retreat. Thanks so much for the link gweluphome, I will be looking into that…

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suh
Nov 15, 2008 7:01 pm
suh
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
15 November 2008

Thinking of of building with M3tricon? Look elsewhere!!!!

Thinking of of building with M3tricon? Look elsewhere!!!!
QLD
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Past friend in the same predicament ! Unscrupulous individual of the opposite sex…

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Peter_OZ
Nov 15, 2008 9:57 pm
miss81
miss81
16 November 2008

Our Journey Flagstone - We are In!!!!!

Our Journey Flagstone - We are In!!!!!
1 ... 8, 9, 10

Hi Guys, it's been ages sicne i have been on the forum as I have no net!!! It's like losing my right arm :( It's going to be a while before we get connected and I find…

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miss81
Nov 16, 2008 10:12 am
miss81
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
16 November 2008

Making a submission to improve our chances of DA approval?

Making a submission to improve our chances of DA approval?

I'd write a nice polite letter about it - then once you're DA has been received - see if you can speak with the officer assessing your DA either in person or over the…

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stonecutter1309
Nov 16, 2008 2:29 pm
stonecutter1309
Helyn
Helyn
16 November 2008

Bathtub in Brookvale 45??

Bathtub in Brookvale 45??
VIC

I'm not familiar with this specific design but I think it is amazing a house of that size, obviously intended for a family, does not have a bath. Actually I would think…

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Helyn
Nov 16, 2008 4:11 pm
Helyn
short_stuff
short_stuff
16 November 2008

Concrete slab for second floor?

Concrete slab for second floor?
NSW

Would love to hear of more experiences with what they have used for the second floor and how effective it was with noise and heating insulation. thanks

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short_stuff
Nov 16, 2008 4:53 pm
donuts
donuts
16 November 2008

Kirribilli's House - pics for donuts!

Kirribilli's House - pics for donuts!
WA
1, 2

Yes please kirribilli. Is your avatar that one where it translates as 'your e-mail has not been forwarded'?

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donuts
Nov 16, 2008 8:41 pm
donuts
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
17 November 2008

cost of home design drawing

cost of home design drawing

Finally, 'there are limits to what a draftie can do' is not really a valid statement, they are completely…

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Pat the draftie
Nov 17, 2008 9:02 am
Pat the draftie
alpalot
alpalot
17 November 2008

Looking for a good builder in southeast Melbourne

Looking for a good builder in southeast Melbourne
VIC

I am ready to build 2 town houses in Glen Waverley, seeking for help with good builder or construction company who is honest and does quality job with fixed price, fixed…

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alpalot
Nov 17, 2008 9:52 am
penny73
penny73
17 November 2008

Reccs for someone in Melbourne SW for Pest and building insp

Reccs for someone in Melbourne SW for Pest and building insp
VIC

Thanks everyone we ended up with aussiespect. They could come on wednesday and we used them for our last house and thought Rob was very thorough. Wasnt sure if we would…

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penny73
Nov 17, 2008 4:14 pm
penny73
penny73
17 November 2008

How much to add an internal garage access door?

How much to add an internal garage access door?

Thanks for that $500 to $600 is ok and worth it I think This is the link to the floorplan in any case http://www.vic.henley.com.au/#/House/69/FloorPlans/ Thanks again

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penny73
Nov 17, 2008 5:51 pm
sammy
sammy
18 November 2008

Practical completion- Private inspector?

Practical completion- Private inspector?

Thanks Matt, We just really want to get our keys because it has taken so long. We tried to be very observant, checked all walls are plumb and gutters not damaged etc…

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sammy
Nov 18, 2008 7:47 am
sammy
homeishome
homeishome
18 November 2008

Noggins

Noggins
VIC

Hmm, will try doing that. Dh is now convinced that he will do it himself. Thanks everyone.

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homeishome
Nov 18, 2008 1:20 pm
joles
joles
18 November 2008

Breach of Contract M3tricon due to their developer delays

Breach of Contract M3tricon due to their developer delays

They may be doing you a favour. I expect house building prices are now dropping. Look around and see which way prices are…

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joles
Nov 18, 2008 1:41 pm
joles

Thanks for the kind words. Wonderland: wow that is a long wait. It wasn't long between our titles and settlement just the delay of the titles itself. Initially being…

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RosieA
Nov 18, 2008 2:01 pm
RosieA
cynarion
cynarion
19 November 2008

Brookvale 45 in Alamanda

Brookvale 45 in Alamanda
VIC

Re: Inspections. What you will most likely find (based on what I've read, not what I've experienced) is that PD's "independent" inspections will be cursory inspections…

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cynarion
Nov 19, 2008 8:54 am
cynarion
Michelle
Michelle
19 November 2008

Wow...someone used our new toilet!!

Wow...someone used our new toilet!!
1, 2

I think a bag of prawns thrown in the back of a Ute could be good! :shock: :lol:

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Michelle
Nov 19, 2008 12:58 pm
Michelle
martyme
martyme
19 November 2008

Building the "Cascade" (photo updates)

Building the "Cascade" (photo updates)
VIC
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Well it has been a fair while since our last update, as you may have seen if you had been following our blog our walkthru that was scheduled for the 17th Nov was cancelled…

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martyme
Nov 19, 2008 9:50 pm
martyme
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Michelle
Nov 19, 2008 10:01 pm
Michelle
wonderland
wonderland
20 November 2008

Raised Bathroom and Laundry floors

Raised Bathroom and Laundry floors
NSW

:th: :oops: Sorry I'm abit confused. I thought all houses which have tiling throughout the house have one level between the laundry and whatever its next to. Is there really a…

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wonderland
Nov 20, 2008 3:11 pm
wonderland
haywgl
haywgl
20 November 2008

Not another Cremorne ?

Not another Cremorne ?
VIC
1, 2

Wooohoo! How exciting!!! :) I am trying to imagine how they are going to get that big machine in to my narrow street without running over my neighbours houses :shock: :lol:

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haywgl
Nov 20, 2008 8:17 pm
haywgl
homeishome
homeishome
20 November 2008

Slab question

Slab question
VIC

Thats amazing news rock, good to know that at least some people are able to get work done as per their satisfaction. Have added your blog on my list and will follow yours…

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homeishome
Nov 20, 2008 9:45 pm
HellDad
HellDad
20 November 2008

Ceilngs Collapse - Plantation Homes QLD

Ceilngs Collapse - Plantation Homes QLD
QLD

It seems a bit far fetched to be relying on sarking to keep out rain, even if highly unusual rain - that's not its job. IMO it's more likely some weakness in the design…

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HellDad
Nov 20, 2008 10:28 pm
HellDad


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