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buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
23 February 2009

Stormwater & council

Stormwater & council

Thanks Loretta! I hope it doesn't either. How are your plans going? Casa2 I don't think we would have anywhere to put a 10600L tank other than underground. Have you…

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buildingadreamhome
Feb 23, 2009 9:31 pm
buildingadreamhome
bris73
bris73
23 February 2009

Builder - Character Res Brisbane

Builder - Character Res Brisbane
QLD

Thanks for that. We are happy to have a traditional facade, so should be able to fast track DA. Just don't know which builder to go for! Thanks for the responses.

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bris73
Feb 23, 2009 10:13 pm
gsm
gsm
23 February 2009

Can anyone recommend good builders for South Sydney area?

Can anyone recommend good builders for South Sydney area?
NSW

Ok, thanks for the all the info :) Once I find a builder I am confidant with, I will also be seeking legal advice from my solicitor, before paying any deposit and signing…

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gsm
Feb 23, 2009 11:49 pm
Wanna
Wanna
23 February 2009

Can a soil test be conducted even land has not yet titled?

Can a soil test be conducted even land has not yet titled?

Our soil test was done before title too. The builders weren't supposed to access the land beforehand but we had a clause in the land sale contract subject to site costs…

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Wanna
Feb 23, 2009 11:50 pm
beegeers
beegeers
24 February 2009

Tiling after handover

Tiling after handover

what we did was to ask the builder to exclude the tiling of wet areas downstairs and do the upstairs wet areas only. then, we tiled the whole ground floor…

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beegeers
Feb 24, 2009 7:08 am
Sonnyg
Sonnyg
24 February 2009

Cracks in concrete slab - common?

Cracks in concrete slab - common?

Well thats a little more comforting. Yeah I might bring this up with me inspector, when he checks the house. Thanks

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Sonnyg
Feb 24, 2009 8:54 am
Ari
Ari
24 February 2009

Building with Henley Site Survey - 8 weeks +!

Building with Henley Site Survey - 8 weeks +!

...I'm thinking of going there (Cosham) this morning and checking to see whether they still have alecon lace...you've got me…

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Ari
Feb 24, 2009 9:00 am
claego
claego
24 February 2009

General procedure of Handover/Settlement

General procedure of Handover/Settlement

Thanks Woodsey I will have a site meeting this Thursday, so properly can get a good idea of how many more weeks to go, then properly just give the bank a call and check... :D

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claego
Feb 24, 2009 1:12 pm
Leah...
Leah...
24 February 2009

Required-land surveyor in Adelaide

Required-land surveyor in Adelaide
SA

Hey Mark, We are currently using Sawley Lock O'Callaghan in Prospect and they have been really good. We didnt really look around much at prices but these guys were…

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Leah...
Feb 24, 2009 3:00 pm
Leah...
thorney
thorney
24 February 2009

Looking for land - is this too big a slope?

Looking for land - is this too big a slope?
NSW

My 2 cents :) As much as you can fall in love with a house plan...I would suggest you find a block of land in the area you want that is the…

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thorney
Feb 24, 2009 5:15 pm
thorney
Leah...
Leah...
24 February 2009

The adventures of a long, narrow block..

The adventures of a long, narrow block..
SA

Thank Mr T. Your pics look great. We did consider building a double story but as we are building to eventually rent the properties out we decided it wasnt worth…

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Leah...
Feb 24, 2009 5:25 pm
Leah...
brittany
brittany
24 February 2009

Anyone built with National Builders Group

Anyone built with National Builders Group
VIC

We signed up with NBG before all the nice inclusions. Our house cost moved from $227k base cost to $314 at quotation including site costs, carpet, tiles, a large…

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brittany
Feb 24, 2009 10:22 pm
brittany
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
25 February 2009

What Hot Water System would you use?

What Hot Water System would you use?

It's worth checking the noise rating of the particular heat pump that you intend purchasing. You might not want to place the unit near your bedrooms or where the…

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Fiffaro
Feb 25, 2009 12:11 am
JohnAndTarin
JohnAndTarin
25 February 2009

MUST Haves for the HOUSE

MUST Haves for the HOUSE
VIC
1, 2

Ducted Vacuum OME i would be lost with out mine!

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JohnAndTarin
Feb 25, 2009 6:11 am
JohnAndTarin
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
25 February 2009

Steel Frames vs timber frames?

Steel Frames vs timber frames?

Do a search on this as there is already threads on this. Some people will tell you they are better and some will tell you they aren't, so have a read of the information…

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wakeboardandy
Feb 25, 2009 7:03 am
wakeboardandy
Hellman109
Hellman109
25 February 2009

Where can i find house designs for 25m width block?

Where can i find house designs for 25m width block?
NSW

^^ Thats what I was thinking, put the house on one side and put up a fence to give you a large side yard. However, the OP may not have a deep block :|

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Hellman109
Feb 25, 2009 12:10 pm
thorney
thorney
25 February 2009

Extra Money on Home Loan

Extra Money on Home Loan

As our BIL will be doing all the electrical work, we are submitting his electrical plans and detailed quote to the Bank along with the building contract. He will the be…

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thorney
Feb 25, 2009 12:54 pm
thorney
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
25 February 2009

Excavating Rock!

Excavating Rock!

The slab was largely cut and fill for us however we had minor rock issues with the excavation for the foundation piers. About $2000 of…

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buildingadreamhome
Feb 25, 2009 1:22 pm
buildingadreamhome
building.our.first.house
building.our.first.house
25 February 2009

NBG Build now Pay Later offer

NBG Build now Pay Later offer
VIC

I would suggest to get all the detail figures/terms & conditions and compare with a normal construction loan. Or even get a copy from both parties, and show it to the…

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building.our.first.house
Feb 25, 2009 1:41 pm
building.our.first.house
erinleigh
erinleigh
25 February 2009

National Tiles - Those building with PD

National Tiles - Those building with PD
VIC

Very nice kek! We'll be getting the same kind of detailed tiling, but only in one ensuite. The pebble look is lovely. We'll definately be going with more of a grey…

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erinleigh
Feb 25, 2009 3:03 pm
erinleigh
stevep79
stevep79
25 February 2009

Contract Question - please help

Contract Question - please help

Do you guys in Victoria have to comply with BASIX? Dause if you do, is the rain garden something to do with that??? Our neighbour has to add a…

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stevep79
Feb 25, 2009 3:31 pm
stevep79
shellb78
shellb78
25 February 2009

Help with decision on block purchase please

Help with decision on block purchase please

Thanks so much everyone for your comments. I am waiting on a call back from the r/e agent so I may be able to get a better copy of the block and its dimensions so I can…

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shellb78
Feb 25, 2009 3:54 pm
fruitty
fruitty
25 February 2009

Bristile Aberdeen roof tile matching bricks

Bristile Aberdeen roof tile matching bricks
VIC

Next time I'm out at my estate I'll have a look for you. Brighton would go with red or orange roof. Hmmm... the Austral lady suggested them to me…

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fruitty
Feb 25, 2009 8:21 pm
fruitty
lazywriterbum
lazywriterbum
25 February 2009

Building with PD - Interior Colour Selection

Building with PD - Interior Colour Selection
VIC

Georgie, What we ended up being told on the day of our colour selection appointment was that we were only supposed to have chosen from the Finishing Touches booklet,…

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lazywriterbum
Feb 25, 2009 11:00 pm
lazywriterbum
Hellman109
Hellman109
26 February 2009

Wall insulation batts for external walls only ?

Wall insulation batts for external walls only ?

For energy ratings it only needs to be the outside walls, and depending on the layout of your house you may choose for noise reasons to put it in other walls. Its very…

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Hellman109
Feb 26, 2009 10:15 am
Laine
Laine
26 February 2009

Colour help please

Colour help please

Thanks Wonderland for putting me right, as I said I'm new to this and still finding my way around.

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Laine
Feb 26, 2009 3:54 pm
CiNnY
CiNnY
26 February 2009

Putting in an offer on a block

Putting in an offer on a block

ahh fair enough there were a few dams on that land before the developed it as far as i can remember!

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CiNnY
Feb 26, 2009 5:24 pm
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Helyn
Feb 26, 2009 7:30 pm
Helyn
dflaks
dflaks
26 February 2009

Mixers - Sydney Water require change that cost $400 per room

Mixers - Sydney Water require change that cost $400 per room
NSW

Got further info. That charge is basically for putting stop cocks in the ceiling piping....only applicable to bath and shower mixers, not basins as they are easily added…

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dflaks
Feb 26, 2009 7:52 pm
SYD-YYZ
SYD-YYZ
26 February 2009

Advice re new house

Advice re new house

I don't think there is a difference, surely most kitchen makers will do all wetrooms, and plumbing suppliers (like Reece) will only supply goods…

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SYD-YYZ
Feb 26, 2009 8:20 pm
rock
rock
26 February 2009

At what point do you get a handover date?

At what point do you get a handover date?
VIC

our paint and tiles are done we got a date for two weeks for pci stil have outside to paint thou

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rock
Feb 26, 2009 8:29 pm
summergrace
summergrace
26 February 2009

Help with this house floor tiles :)

Help with this house floor tiles :)

Awful. Too stark. Very vampire themed..... :shock: The home featured in today's Grand Designs got it right. Right mix of steel, timber and stark white that complements each…

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summergrace
Feb 26, 2009 9:25 pm

C/B Night…

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Michelle
Feb 26, 2009 9:27 pm
Michelle
thorney
thorney
26 February 2009

Why I like Master Bedrooms at the front of the house..

Why I like Master Bedrooms at the front of the house..
1, 2

How scary for you erinleigh. I have always had this plan if anyone tried to get into my bedroom window (I just always figure this is where they…

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thorney
Feb 26, 2009 11:32 pm
thorney
dymonite69
dymonite69
27 February 2009

New Block - North Facing Frontage

New Block - North Facing Frontage

You can lose significant amount of radiant heat gain with tints which will compromise…

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dymonite69
Feb 27, 2009 12:12 am
dymonite69
joles
joles
27 February 2009

Getting alfresco slab only with 2 pillars (no roof for now)

Getting alfresco slab only with 2 pillars (no roof for now)

Check out pergola costs, may not be much cheaper than the integrated alfresco. :? Rather than get them to actually build the brick piers, just get the builder to supply…

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joles
Feb 27, 2009 8:37 am
joles
ken007
ken007
27 February 2009

When Can I Get Site Costs?

When Can I Get Site Costs?

Jessica, Thanks for the reply! We are hoping to build the Parkside @ the carlingford estate in Lalor. What about you ?? first time building ?? ps: yeah got the…

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ken007
Feb 27, 2009 9:05 am
ken007
Ames84
Ames84
27 February 2009

My House Plans - let me know what you think!!

My House Plans - let me know what you think!!
1, 2

Hi All, Thanks for the replies. Kek, thanks for your input. I hadnt really thought too much about the front door, but not sure what we are going to do. We are going…

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Ames84
Feb 27, 2009 10:41 am
Ames84
Tillie
Tillie
27 February 2009

How many post contract variations???

How many post contract variations???

Thanks for all the replies and wishes of luck :D I can't believe 9 Gongbuilding :shock: I am meeting with the Contract Administrator at 3pm this afternoon and have all my…

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Tillie
Feb 27, 2009 10:48 am
Tillie
Tillie
27 February 2009

A question about downpipes

A question about downpipes

Thanks for the reply, am meeting with the builders yet again this afternoon to sort this out.

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Tillie
Feb 27, 2009 10:49 am
klo338
klo338
27 February 2009

Has anyone built with Simonds?

Has anyone built with Simonds?
VIC
1, 2

Hi klo338, When I told my SS that I was getting Kevin to do my inspection, he was OK by it (he actually told me that Kevin is a top bloke and that…

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klo338
Feb 27, 2009 10:55 am
King willy
King willy
27 February 2009

Need help, surgestions, not sure what to do..............

Need help, surgestions, not sure what to do..............
VIC

Thanks kind people. Yes its up to me. I know I need to make up my mind and just do it. Pros & cons in all things in life. If it was a perfect world I would build, Im sold…

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King willy
Feb 27, 2009 11:24 am
King willy
claego
claego
27 February 2009

Cost of adding alfresco to floorplan ?

Cost of adding alfresco to floorplan ?
1, 2

NP, will let you know I haven’t started getting quote yet, but i had a casual chat with Stratco the other day, they said 7k for pengola is workable, but they cannot…

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claego
Feb 27, 2009 12:22 pm
newbie.2009
newbie.2009
27 February 2009

newbie - sa building inspectors

newbie - sa building inspectors
SA

Thanks for all your help Mark, its much appreciated! called the guy you give me...and have agreed to use his services! ,ay even go a few more like you have! thanks for…

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newbie.2009
Feb 27, 2009 12:26 pm
Our Dream
Our Dream
27 February 2009

The WOW effect

The WOW effect

I think the beauty of building your own house is, on the same piece of land, you can build a $200K - $2M house, and you can do…

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Our Dream
Feb 27, 2009 1:23 pm
kyton
kyton
27 February 2009

What would you modify on this house plan

What would you modify on this house plan
VIC
1, 2

Not sure why on earth you want more windows in the Home Theater room (its a theater ie no windows would be better, and where would you put the TV if you…

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kyton
Feb 27, 2009 2:57 pm
kyton
lisanne
lisanne
27 February 2009

Site cost - Coburg, Melbourne

Site cost - Coburg, Melbourne
VIC

Every block of land is different, noone here could really tell you how much site costs will be - perhaps a soil test will…

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lisanne
Feb 27, 2009 9:19 pm


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