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donuts
donuts
17 October 2008

Builing inpectors during construction

Builing inpectors during construction

Another vote for Kevin from New Home Inspections from me. He had no problem with coming to the west for me.

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donuts
Oct 17, 2008 9:39 pm
donuts
donuts
donuts
17 October 2008

What is considered "Fixings" stage?

What is considered "Fixings" stage?

Great news Jet79! We have also just passed fixing stage too, but I don;t think we'll be in by November. Just checked your blog, the house is looking good, esp the…

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donuts
Oct 17, 2008 10:08 pm
donuts
VJ
VJ
17 October 2008

Electrical Issues -- M won't fix! Help!

Electrical Issues -- M won't fix! Help!

Oh no, so close to handover too!! Maybe they said no because they are expecting you to be in a rush to move in and will accept it. Stand your ground.…

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VJ
Oct 17, 2008 10:19 pm
VJ
chuth77
chuth77
18 October 2008

M's Denver 43 or 46... Anybody built one?

M's Denver 43 or 46... Anybody built one?
QLD

Hi Guys, Just wondering if anyone is building or has built recently a Denver 43 or 46? I've seen the 30 on display but wondering how big the 40's actually are? They…

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chuth77
Oct 18, 2008 11:42 am
jspitz
jspitz
18 October 2008

Alfresco orientation

Alfresco orientation

Thanks everyone for your comments, think we will stick to the sw orientation as it is far less hassles and cost all round although still annoyed our side yards are split.

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jspitz
Oct 18, 2008 4:10 pm
I_BUILD
I_BUILD
19 October 2008

temporary fencing, building with M

temporary fencing, building with M

Yeah Adrian I see that many times mainly due to trades opening up or removing a section to gain easy access and then not putting it back before they leave. As for the…

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I_BUILD
Oct 18, 2008 11:33 pm
I_BUILD
waterhaven
waterhaven
19 October 2008

Mortar Issue - Has anyone re-pointed their new home?

Mortar Issue - Has anyone re-pointed their new home?

Hi all, Our mortar failed and will be grinded out and new mortar replaced, re-pointed. Has anyone had their new home re-pointed before? Any…

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waterhaven
Oct 19, 2008 7:31 am
waterhaven
C&C
C&C
19 October 2008

Brick colour

Brick colour

Is that something we can actually request or specify somewhere? Are we entitled to reject bricks if the colour doesn't go all the way through?

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C&C
Oct 19, 2008 9:37 am
jeanete
jeanete
19 October 2008

Termite dipped timber or perimeter protection

Termite dipped timber or perimeter protection

I'm also interested to hear thoughts on this. My builder has used the Termimesh system, which I'm quite happy with. However, I wasn't really aware there were options until…

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jeanete
Oct 19, 2008 1:01 pm
jeanete
Bailey
Bailey
20 October 2008

Melbourne indpendent builders?

Melbourne indpendent builders?
VIC

Thanks everyone, I will look into a couple of those, thanks for the suggestions. Good luck Ozkarnak, I'll keep you posted on how I go. Cheers, Bailey.

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Bailey
Oct 20, 2008 9:27 am
Bailey
Paula
Paula
20 October 2008

Which way to spend 10k......

Which way to spend 10k......
1, 2, 3

Great lesson - sound good for everyday - but for the races I need to make sure - hair stays in place all day and night, therefore need to go to the hairdresser for…

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Paula
Oct 20, 2008 10:34 am
Paula
ok180
ok180
20 October 2008

Builders with house designs for acerage in Sydney

Builders with house designs for acerage in Sydney
VIC

hehe i wish. It's my parents who are going for the land. We're…

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ok180
Oct 20, 2008 11:31 am
ok180
soda
soda
20 October 2008

Subdivide process

Subdivide process
VIC

No worries, It's nice to get a thank you! Clause 56 is just one of the reasons its now tougher than year gone by. Go to this page for your Council, this example is…

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soda
Oct 20, 2008 11:34 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
20 October 2008

Would like some advice about new building costs.

Would like some advice about new building costs.

Welcome Miss Sunshine! Unless specified in your contract and documents going to the authorities, most builders will only cut/fill the site…

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stonecutter1309
Oct 20, 2008 1:30 pm
stonecutter1309
wonderland
wonderland
20 October 2008

Sign contract to build b4 land stlmnt?

Sign contract to build b4 land stlmnt?
VIC

I saw on Sunrise last week that they were talking about the FHOG and the guy said that when you sign into a building contract to build on YOUR land, you must build within…

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wonderland
Oct 20, 2008 4:08 pm
wonderland
Lyn
Lyn
20 October 2008

Building the Rawdon Hill Canterbury.....

Building the Rawdon Hill Canterbury.....
VIC
1, 2, 3

Just had a look at your blog and the house is looking great! Did they muck up your WIR shelving too? Took them three goes to get ours almost right!

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Lyn
Oct 20, 2008 8:40 pm
majikalmushroom
majikalmushroom
20 October 2008

Problems with PD CSC

Problems with PD CSC
VIC
1, 2

Hi guys! Quick update: Final PCV's signed! Next up, a chat with the lenders and hopeful site start on predicted date! Woo hoo!

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majikalmushroom
Oct 20, 2008 10:08 pm
majikalmushroom
TheGardenWhisperer
TheGardenWhisperer
21 October 2008

height of your slab...

height of your slab...

I think that is a great thing. It can be a challange when landscaping to lay pavers at the slab height on many properties. Once the home owner has been there a bit the…

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TheGardenWhisperer
Oct 21, 2008 9:39 am
TheGardenWhisperer
TommyR01
TommyR01
21 October 2008

Raked or Flush Bricks

Raked or Flush Bricks

Hi, I'd go for the raked joints if it was me, it gives you a flexibility if you decide not to go ahead with rendering, and really the difference in cost for a…

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TommyR01
Oct 21, 2008 9:44 am
Samira
Samira
21 October 2008

Anyone with Face Brick and Stackstone?

Anyone with Face Brick and Stackstone?
NSW

Hi Kyton, I am about to start building and we have chosen stackstone (called Idaho) to cover a section of the house as well as a medium brown face brick colour. In…

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Samira
Oct 21, 2008 1:50 pm
woodsey
woodsey
21 October 2008

Slack Customer Service Officer

Slack Customer Service Officer

l got told if it got too much go to there manager, mind you l tried that and she didnt return my call! you might have more luck! Like others have said the SS is usually…

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woodsey
Oct 21, 2008 7:40 pm
Izzys123
Izzys123
21 October 2008

How do i know the inspector is not working for my builder?

How do i know the inspector is not working for my builder?
VIC

As long as it is not working for my builder, it would be fine.. but is there any way i can find out? can i ask them and will they tell me the…

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Izzys123
Oct 21, 2008 8:50 pm
gpierce
gpierce
22 October 2008

Any one know of any good company installing "stormwater

Any one know of any good company installing "stormwater

He works for Binet too, he did our design. He's good, but a bit of a worry that he's the only one around really doing this work. Greg

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gpierce
Oct 22, 2008 9:27 am
Helyn
Helyn
22 October 2008

H&L vs purch. land then build

H&L vs purch. land then build

I'm pretty sure you only pay stamp duty on the land if you go for the H&L packages Correct. If it is a package where the land sale…

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Helyn
Oct 22, 2008 12:41 pm
Helyn
Southies
Southies
22 October 2008

Sydney Building Inspectors...list

Sydney Building Inspectors...list
NSW

YBI don't do sydney. They're based up hte coast north of sydney. HIS only do completion inspections. That's what I've already discovered with these companies. They find…

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Southies
Oct 22, 2008 4:03 pm
Southies
zergling
zergling
22 October 2008

Left over supplies

Left over supplies
VIC

we had surplus bricks and were told to put it to the back otherwise it might be taken away. We couldnt be bothered taking it to the back yard, we stacked about 1 and a…

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zergling
Oct 22, 2008 6:01 pm
jspitz
jspitz
22 October 2008

moving telstra pole to build new crossover

moving telstra pole to build new crossover

Thanks for all the info. Yes i thought it might be in the too hard basket to move the telstra pole. We have a 7.6m setback-are considering whether to get a permit to…

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jspitz
Oct 22, 2008 6:50 pm
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
23 October 2008

Melton Shire Council

Melton Shire Council

Arch, I honestly can't rmember how much we paid. The fee would depend on the cost of your dwelling etc and it is something that council would advise you on. Please…

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blessedpeople
Oct 23, 2008 8:00 am
blessedpeople
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Bam
Oct 23, 2008 12:11 pm
Bam
Clarity
Clarity
23 October 2008

Almost there! pics included!

Almost there! pics included!

Kitchen looks fantastic. Well done :D

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Clarity
Oct 23, 2008 12:19 pm
Clarity
snipfer
snipfer
23 October 2008

No Sewerage service?

No Sewerage service?

thanks a lot, brett(boliver) and mrs martin. will check with the council.

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snipfer
Oct 23, 2008 1:42 pm
Bam
Bam
23 October 2008

Gap between wall and cupboard

Gap between wall and cupboard

Is the bench laminate or stone? If its stone then you have may have more luck in getting an extra piece added and having the joins sanded back so they cant be seen (same…

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Bam
Oct 23, 2008 5:48 pm
Bam
Bam
Bam
23 October 2008

Type of Slab?

Type of Slab?

^ Thankyou! :)

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Bam
Oct 23, 2008 5:53 pm
Bam
Casa2
Casa2
23 October 2008

Retaining Wall - measure the wall by 3 surfaces????

Retaining Wall - measure the wall by 3 surfaces????

If he has quoted in m2 that only refers to the face unless the wall has a return at the end in which case the returns would be measured also. So…

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Casa2
Oct 23, 2008 6:35 pm
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
23 October 2008

How much did your electrical cost?

How much did your electrical cost?

wonderland - a junction box comes with a light switch. Yes - you can use those for garden lighting. We'll be having some JBs at ground level for that purpose. You…

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stonecutter1309
Oct 23, 2008 7:22 pm
stonecutter1309
Cabinfever
Cabinfever
23 October 2008

Cost for cabinet maker to build shelves to a blank wall

Cost for cabinet maker to build shelves to a blank wall
1, 2

I once had 10 (or was it 12 ?) Billy bookcases from Ikea. They were pretty good for a few years. I moved a few times and each time they suffered. Then the laminate started…

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Cabinfever
Oct 23, 2008 8:40 pm
Cabinfever
Bailey
Bailey
24 October 2008

Newby

Newby
VIC

Hi Serge, I know you're probably well past finished your house, but I am building in the same area with similar situation, can you tell me which builder you went with,…

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Bailey
Oct 24, 2008 12:07 pm
Bailey
wonderland
wonderland
25 October 2008

photos external wall painting started

photos external wall painting started

Wow your house looks amazing braveheart!!! I especially love the LONG kitchen. Is there somewhere where we can see your floorplans? I tried searching your blog for it but…

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wonderland
Oct 25, 2008 12:26 am
wonderland
asimpson43
asimpson43
26 October 2008

Massive delays, no communication, threatening to jump! Help!

Massive delays, no communication, threatening to jump! Help!
QLD

Thanks for the quick replies all. I guess it's just a case of 'wait and see'. it would really be good if my builder actually returned my calls or let me know if something…

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asimpson43
Oct 26, 2008 7:45 pm
wellinformed
wellinformed
27 October 2008

Re-establishment survey on land

Re-establishment survey on land

always best to get the builder to do this for you...incase there are complications the onus is on the builders surveyors and not the ones who did the work for you.

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wellinformed
Oct 27, 2008 9:18 am
smeagol
smeagol
27 October 2008

building over an easement

building over an easement

geee this sounds like de ja vu.... the deal with easement is depending on what type of easement it is..if its for drainage then its a battle with the council..if its…

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smeagol
Oct 27, 2008 10:45 am
smeagol
brittany
brittany
27 October 2008

Site & other after costs.

Site & other after costs.

Our site costs were massive with the same builder (we are at bricking stage and pretty happy). We also got a quote off Metricon who were slightly cheaper but not enough…

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brittany
Oct 27, 2008 12:54 pm
brittany
brittany
brittany
27 October 2008

Custom Build - Melbourne Western Suburbs

Custom Build - Melbourne Western Suburbs
VIC

We nearly built with Jacman homes who are out this side of the city but changed our minds due to cost and we found a display home with a better floor plan than we could…

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brittany
Oct 27, 2008 1:01 pm
brittany
Snake
Snake
27 October 2008

site slope issue

site slope issue
VIC

As for the extra concrete, I don't really know. I don't think its for the retaining wall because when we visited the site, there's no wall…

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Snake
Oct 27, 2008 1:26 pm
Snake
Lyn
Lyn
27 October 2008

Excess soil removal..........rip off....??????

Excess soil removal..........rip off....??????

Builder is probably not paying tip fees, and just charging some other poor customer for a bit of fill instead! We had extra fill put on, then it all got scraped back…

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Lyn
Oct 27, 2008 2:25 pm
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
27 October 2008

Australand

Australand

That is the thing with convenants.. they only last so long.. In my estate laurimar my land contract states, these convenants cease to apply from 2017.

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wakeboardandy
Oct 27, 2008 8:17 pm
wakeboardandy
snipfer
snipfer
28 October 2008

Has anyone changed the house they are building post tender?

Has anyone changed the house they are building post tender?
VIC

hi, does PD allows you to change certain parts of the floorplan? example like - changing the location of the kitchen/rooms?

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snipfer
Oct 28, 2008 1:03 am
seakyl
seakyl
28 October 2008

OXXO or XOX

OXXO or XOX

I decided to go with the XOX, therefor we will have a large glass opening with no security screen in the way. I'm not sure what sort of window covering we will put in…

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seakyl
Oct 28, 2008 8:22 am
Southies
Southies
28 October 2008

Providing subbies with goodies

Providing subbies with goodies
NSW
1, 2

I remember asking the carpenters what they like to drink - beer, wine or spirits. And they were like "Oh no, really you don't have to....... But if…

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Southies
Oct 28, 2008 4:35 pm
Southies


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