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Michelle
Michelle
18 December 2008

Picking colours tomorrow

Picking colours tomorrow

I don’t know anything about the building comp you are with. But here’s my advice for your colour selections. Go prepared! Have everything worked out so all you…

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Michelle
Dec 18, 2008 5:19 pm
Michelle
dymonite69
dymonite69
18 December 2008

ThermaCell = ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)

ThermaCell = ICF (Insulated Concrete Formwork)

Don't be fooled by the seemingly green credentials of the foam insulation. Concrete…

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dymonite69
Dec 18, 2008 8:16 pm
dymonite69
Judie
Judie
18 December 2008

Tree removal - Sydney North Shore

Tree removal - Sydney North Shore
NSW

I ended up emailing/calling a few places, and only one guy got back to me. He quoted the job this morning, and is removing the tree at 7.30am tomorrow. I thought his quote…

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Judie
Dec 18, 2008 10:43 pm
Judie
ahuang
ahuang
18 December 2008

Plaster inspection - i need some urgent advice please!!!!

Plaster inspection - i need some urgent advice please!!!!

Was it because there were leaking somewhere in the roof? How bad is it, do you have a photo to show us? Have a look at mine, and see how it compard to yours: we had 27…

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ahuang
Dec 18, 2008 11:06 pm
ahuang
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
19 December 2008

We got our plans! - Updated - plans now attached

We got our plans! - Updated - plans now attached

Great Room is just their fancy term for open plan living space. JamesBond - Balaustrade sorry I can't help. It's all part of the facade cost which was ridiculously…

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buildingadreamhome
Dec 19, 2008 9:38 am
buildingadreamhome
homeishome
homeishome
19 December 2008

Pre plaster inspection

Pre plaster inspection
VIC

Ok, got something spoke to a friend, who got her Mcon house inspected at all stages thriugh this company. I called then and left my # with the reception and got a call…

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homeishome
Dec 19, 2008 1:14 pm
raw29983
raw29983
19 December 2008

What constitutes Frame Stage

What constitutes Frame Stage

"Frame stage" means the stage when a building's frame is finished on a single storey home. On a 2-storey and split level constructions the frame of the garage and or…

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raw29983
Dec 19, 2008 3:23 pm
Willos74
Willos74
19 December 2008

Progress Payments to Builder

Progress Payments to Builder

Thanks Bob, it is a lovely…

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Willos74
Dec 19, 2008 4:13 pm
joles
joles
19 December 2008

Building with M3tricon - Land settled today

Building with M3tricon - Land settled today
1, 2

I walked away from M3tricon. About 2 weeks before site start so I'm not building with them. Just with Mendo.... double check all her answers. Sometimes "no" is actually…

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joles
Dec 19, 2008 5:25 pm
joles
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown
21 December 2008

Building a cost effective cabin

Building a cost effective cabin
NSW

In regards to recyled/secondhand timber. Be carefull not to introduce whiteants

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Kevin Brown
Dec 21, 2008 12:16 pm
Kevin Brown
vsm2008
vsm2008
21 December 2008

Title insurance policy

Title insurance policy

Hi Kek and borg. Thank you so much! Kindest regards vsm2008.

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vsm2008
Dec 21, 2008 9:39 pm
ZZZ
ZZZ
22 December 2008

Planning on building with Eden Brae

Planning on building with Eden Brae
NSW

Because the mistake was theirs and not yours, I would expect to get a refund.

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ZZZ
Dec 22, 2008 9:32 am
MrT
MrT
22 December 2008

Telstra connection ?

Telstra connection ?

I think the point is that Telstra only have to provide connection to the "first socket". If the house is pre-wired (which I would imagine every newly built house is) then…

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MrT
Dec 22, 2008 3:32 pm
MrT
themax
themax
22 December 2008

no storm water easement and need geotech survey

no storm water easement and need geotech survey
NSW

Thanks mudmap. Having the rep speak to the hydraulics engineer, will be getting back to us. Thanks so much for your input, it has been very helpful. themax

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themax
Dec 22, 2008 9:36 pm
themax
woodsey
woodsey
23 December 2008

Sim*nds - Contract Appointment

Sim*nds - Contract Appointment

Built with $imonds! 1) not sure about that one because we moved in with my dad once our lease was up so didn't bother neg! 2) i asked why they have 220days they said…

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woodsey
Dec 23, 2008 9:29 am
Leigh&Sam
Leigh&Sam
23 December 2008

Burbank

Burbank
VIC

I think the average pre-construction period seems to be between 3-5 months depending on land titles and such? :? Ours is looking to be 3-4 months, then another 4-5 to…

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Leigh&Sam
Dec 23, 2008 10:42 am
Leigh&Sam
bel
bel
23 December 2008

Split level in Sydney. Thinking Huxley

Split level in Sydney. Thinking Huxley
NSW

Hi and welcome micks_k! I had some dealings with Huxley early on in our building journey when we were first looking at designs. I went to an appointment at their…

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bel
Dec 23, 2008 3:43 pm
bel
joles
joles
23 December 2008

Which Estate? Taylor's Hill v Caroline Springs v Craigieburn

Which Estate? Taylor's Hill v Caroline Springs v Craigieburn
VIC
1, 2, 3

I can still get to the city relatively easily, in fact it is far quicker than when I was in Kilsyth both by car and…

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joles
Dec 23, 2008 8:33 pm
joles
Medsy
Medsy
23 December 2008

PC sums - Statesman Homes

PC sums - Statesman Homes
SA

i am at talking through stage with them.... A salesman rep told me they legally have to quote you THE AVERAGE footing costs.... If you go to a salesman, they have a…

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Medsy
Dec 23, 2008 9:01 pm
Southies
Southies
24 December 2008

Sooooo Over It!!!

Sooooo Over It!!!
NSW

Wellllllllll.........I have to…

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Southies
Dec 24, 2008 7:36 am
Southies
inquirer
inquirer
24 December 2008

Has anyone had a great build experience with M'con?

Has anyone had a great build experience with M'con?

M are expanding their business here in NSW. Several display homes will be opening at around Jan/Feb 2009. Hope the group here will be as good.

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inquirer
Dec 24, 2008 10:55 am
da68za
da68za
24 December 2008

Building a Oxford 17 with Eden Brae Homes - SYD

Building a Oxford 17 with Eden Brae Homes - SYD
NSW

Just about all of them are the birmingham facade though ... Not really, there's a good mix of all the standard…

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da68za
Dec 24, 2008 1:13 pm
da68za
do-it-dog
do-it-dog
24 December 2008

Help: A variation fee if it's not in the contract?

Help: A variation fee if it's not in the contract?
VIC

I'll be very interested to hear what happens. Please keep us posted!

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do-it-dog
Dec 24, 2008 4:04 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
24 December 2008

Slightly O/T...but....

Slightly O/T...but....
SA

If refreshing the water seal in the traps doesn't work there could be a problem with insufficient venting of your drain and needs your landlord/agent to call a plumber.…

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Uncle Arfur
Dec 24, 2008 7:22 pm
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
24 December 2008

White marks on our roof tiles???

White marks on our roof tiles???

"we think all they are doing in painting the tiles and in time the paint with flake off etc" Exactly, I think you may have to flex your (legal) muscles at this. Or hire…

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Uncle Arfur
Dec 24, 2008 7:34 pm
Michelle
Michelle
25 December 2008

balcony extension, opinions please?

balcony extension, opinions please?

Thank you themax. All the best to you as well! :D

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Michelle
Dec 25, 2008 10:02 am
Michelle
yvette72
yvette72
25 December 2008

Anyone get a credit for painting themselves?

Anyone get a credit for painting themselves?
VIC

yes we spent a bit on paint but they donot seal the gyrock I am told and they spray paint the wall up here so I wanted a better job then that.

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yvette72
Dec 25, 2008 8:29 pm
yvette72
yvette72
25 December 2008

House falling apart

House falling apart

you poor thing not good as other said seek legal advice

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yvette72
Dec 25, 2008 9:11 pm
yvette72
yvette72
26 December 2008

Anyone heard of gdevelopments?

Anyone heard of gdevelopments?
QLD

when I went to coral to compare prices I found them between $15,000 to $20,00 more expensive than perry homes and perry home was about 10 sqm bigger.but its a personal…

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yvette72
Dec 26, 2008 4:13 pm
PringlesMk2
PringlesMk2
27 December 2008

Drinking water in a new house

Drinking water in a new house

I'm yet to move into my new home, so maybe I will see what the fuss is all about then? :D

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PringlesMk2
Dec 27, 2008 7:20 pm
Hoffies
Hoffies
27 December 2008

Smallest gap size usable with ceramic tiles?

Smallest gap size usable with ceramic tiles?
1, 2

we just laid 600 x 600mm porcelein tiles. It is matt on the top. We had to do wet cement over the existing slab so that the surface is flat…

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Hoffies
Dec 27, 2008 10:26 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
27 December 2008

What are people looking for in size for outdoor space now?

What are people looking for in size for outdoor space now?
1, 2

exactly WBA ... a bit of planning goes a long way! I have a 2 car garage with room in the driveway for a further 2 cars and parking out the back for 2 more. Total 6…

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mattwalker
Dec 27, 2008 11:08 pm
mattwalker
Jacq_n_Paul
Jacq_n_Paul
28 December 2008

Chipped Bricks - will they be fixed????

Chipped Bricks - will they be fixed????
NSW

Hi Behw. Our issue was fixed. We asked our site supervisor to fix the bricks and after some hesitation they were replaced. Its really important that you stick to your…

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Jacq_n_Paul
Dec 28, 2008 10:42 pm
Jacq_n_Paul
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
29 December 2008

Good home designs with a large top floor deck?

Good home designs with a large top floor deck?
QLD

I'm in Syd so I can't offer suggestions of specific builders - but perhaps sloping block specialists would probably have something suitable (there are a few in NSW who…

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stonecutter1309
Dec 29, 2008 7:19 am
stonecutter1309
dymonite69
dymonite69
29 December 2008

What are variables in a buiding contract you negotiated on?

What are variables in a buiding contract you negotiated on?
SA

Anyways..... when you go in to look/sign/negotiate a HIA building contract with a builder..what are some of the pitfalls to look out for or…

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dymonite69
Dec 29, 2008 9:35 am
dymonite69
petal
petal
29 December 2008

own applianes - when to install

own applianes - when to install

We had our own appliances, but PD wouldn't credit us for that (ie we HAD to take theirs) They did install our r/hood, oven and hot plates, but I think that was b/c they'd…

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petal
Dec 29, 2008 8:37 pm
petal
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
29 December 2008

URGENT! - Photoshop Facade Please! HELP!

URGENT! - Photoshop Facade Please! HELP!
VIC

d@n you are a champion.. the amount of photoshoping you do on this forum!!!

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wakeboardandy
Dec 29, 2008 9:29 pm
wakeboardandy
chuth77
chuth77
29 December 2008

One rainhead enough? please help

One rainhead enough? please help
VIC

How big is the garage? What roof area drains to the downpipe? What do you mean by rainhead?

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chuth77
Dec 29, 2008 10:11 pm
starlet
starlet
31 December 2008

Comments for our new floor plan please

Comments for our new floor plan please
VIC
1, 2

I would definitely sacrifice some space in the WIR to enclose the toilet in the ensuite.

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starlet
Dec 31, 2008 9:20 am
kek
kek
31 December 2008

cost of water tap in fridge space

cost of water tap in fridge space

Didn't add a water point to our fridge space (d'oh!) but we did add capped hot and cold water points to the garage, at a cost of $128 each. We also added a floor waste,…

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kek
Dec 31, 2008 11:56 pm
kek
ChrisL
ChrisL
1 January 2009

DIY Stormwater to curb???

DIY Stormwater to curb???

Builder is asking for $3500 to do the stormwater. So, I think that I'll do it myself. IMO labour is a big component, so if you've got some elbow grease, you'll end up…

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ChrisL
Jan 01, 2009 4:01 pm
chuth77
chuth77
1 January 2009

Has anyone put their water tank underground??

Has anyone put their water tank underground??
ACT

If you get a poly tank and plan to burry it, what ever you do don't foget to fill it before you back fill the hole. Have heard of people's tanks…

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chuth77
Jan 01, 2009 10:08 pm
Nexus
Nexus
2 January 2009

Need help with House exterior colours!

Need help with House exterior colours!
VIC

A fine choice in brick, as we are having Homestead Tan ourselves :D I can really relate about choosing colours, it is so overwhelming. As kek says, there are a lot of…

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Nexus
Jan 02, 2009 10:05 am
Nexus
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
2 January 2009

Costs of single story vs double story

Costs of single story vs double story

Galomp, to give you some idea of PD prices click on the link below and use the price range guide at the top left of the page. These prices are for the base cost only. …

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House-To-Be
Jan 02, 2009 11:29 am
chb
chb
3 January 2009

Costs of building a house?

Costs of building a house?
VIC
1, 2

I think if Canberra was reasonably priced i would stay here and live but the way things are right now its just incredibly unaffordable. More unaffordable than sydney!!…

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chb
Jan 03, 2009 11:28 am
Eager
Eager
3 January 2009

Planning a workshop and garage: HELP

Planning a workshop and garage: HELP

4. Windows for light in the garage. Handy or a complete waste of time? Natural light will save on power bills... besides,…

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Eager
Jan 03, 2009 9:59 pm
Eager
kikin
kikin
3 January 2009

Land titlement

Land titlement

are you in vic... you could look at land.vic.gov.au and go to the interactive map. It will show the street number... normally they don't…

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kikin
Jan 03, 2009 11:26 pm
BlackRain
BlackRain
4 January 2009

Fencing issue

Fencing issue

Personally I…

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BlackRain
Jan 04, 2009 2:18 pm
BlackRain
MBBN
MBBN
4 January 2009

Cracked concrete slab

Cracked concrete slab

Unless you can get a $1 coin in the crack, then the shrinkage cracks are fine. It's only when you can get a coin in there that you have issues.

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MBBN
Jan 04, 2009 8:26 pm
zozzles23
zozzles23
4 January 2009

I have a front tap!!!

I have a front tap!!!
1, 2

Hehe I love that everyone is so excited about their water taps! We took a drive past our block on boxing day and noticed we had a water tap. And yep we got excited…

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zozzles23
Jan 04, 2009 11:33 pm
zozzles23


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