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seakyl
seakyl
4 November 2008

How long for your building approval?

How long for your building approval?
QLD

with coral.. they sent it to a private certifier at the sunshine coast.. I was only 23 days including postage back and forth. Hope you hear soon, I would be ringing them!…

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seakyl
Nov 04, 2008 7:40 am
ECOECO
ECOECO
4 November 2008

Interior wall insulation with steel frame

Interior wall insulation with steel frame
SA

... The brochure indicates that a standard wall without insulation has a sound absorbance of 33 Rw but this is only increased to 39Rw with…

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ECOECO
Nov 04, 2008 7:57 am
ECOECO
I_BUILD
I_BUILD
4 November 2008

Tapered Columns

Tapered Columns
SA

Thanks guys. Our builder uses Exin to clad the columns. They also build houses out of Exin (or brick and mortar). Have you any thoughts on a house…

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I_BUILD
Nov 04, 2008 3:42 pm
I_BUILD
Bam
Bam
4 November 2008

Mernda Villages

Mernda Villages
VIC

My fiancee said he'd prefer Mernda over Doreen so thats why we have interest in this block but we're not ruling out Doreen. We want to see whether the owners will…

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Bam
Nov 04, 2008 4:24 pm
Bam
orange
orange
4 November 2008

Structural Engineer causes problems. What can I do?

Structural Engineer causes problems. What can I do?
NSW

Anyway, I did as suggested and yes he is registered on the national engineers registration board until June 2009, but I don't know about the quality of his work. I'll…

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orange
Nov 04, 2008 8:35 pm
JellyLegs
JellyLegs
4 November 2008

Colour Roll Call

Colour Roll Call
QLD

I thought I'd start a collection of colour selections - if anyone is interested in playing along with me. I found it really hard to work out what goes with what, and I've…

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JellyLegs
Nov 04, 2008 10:04 pm
JellyLegs
kyton
kyton
4 November 2008

Paint / Photo shop experts wanted

Paint / Photo shop experts wanted
NSW

Since it is a custom home and that is all they do they have no "standard" as well as to date no display homes.…

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kyton
Nov 04, 2008 10:08 pm
kyton
smeagol
smeagol
5 November 2008

Bank advice needed please!!

Bank advice needed please!!
NSW

A verbal promise is just as good. Tell them you want to speak to their boss ...get names etc etc etc... then let them tell u the reasons why etc.…

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smeagol
Nov 05, 2008 2:50 pm
smeagol
RockStar
RockStar
5 November 2008

new house colours!!

new house colours!!

We have glacier in our kitchen with laminex oyster linea, we love it.

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RockStar
Nov 05, 2008 4:48 pm
Bam
Bam
5 November 2008

render cost

render cost

Excuse my ignorance, but there are alot of newish houses that i see where the render has something like water stains, marks…

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Bam
Nov 05, 2008 6:18 pm
Bam
Kell
Kell
5 November 2008

Building with Dennis Family

Building with Dennis Family
VIC

Hi there, we are also planning on building the Macquarie. We have just put a deposit down on our land at The Ridge in Doreen and payed $1000 deposit to hold the price on…

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Kell
Nov 05, 2008 10:27 pm
adlse
adlse
5 November 2008

I have the keys to my new home...

I have the keys to my new home...
SA
1, 2

Hi there, Sorry for the delay. We had neil Gettins, he was great. Got the job done, easy to talk to. We had a good experience with Statesman, finished 6 weeks…

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adlse
Nov 05, 2008 10:50 pm
bmacs
bmacs
6 November 2008

PDers, please

PDers, please
VIC

Hi nh, We are building the PD Sandhurst 36 and it cost us an extra $2,101 to go from a standard (cat 1) to a category 3 brick (Austral Bricks color MALT). An extra $657…

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bmacs
Nov 06, 2008 1:11 pm
BigKev
BigKev
6 November 2008

custom designs builder - Melbourne

custom designs builder - Melbourne
VIC

You could try New Dimension homes. There was discussion about them in a previous post. http://forum.homeone.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=8915 I…

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BigKev
Nov 06, 2008 1:50 pm
Archieein
Archieein
6 November 2008

Just curious....

Just curious....
1, 2, 3

Could you change any of the colours & bricks etc...or did you have to do it exactly as per their list? Also were the pictures drawings or…

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Archieein
Nov 06, 2008 5:15 pm
Bananas
Bananas
7 November 2008

Is Sarking Required?

Is Sarking Required?

Sarking is generally required when you are in a fire zone and also with some types of tiles. The flat shingle type you need sarking when your rafter goes over a certain…

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Bananas
Nov 07, 2008 9:17 am
Minx
Minx
7 November 2008

Why is a custom design quoted much more?

Why is a custom design quoted much more?

I know and supply many volume builders, my best friend is one. I also know and supply many custom builders. It is impossible to get any…

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Minx
Nov 07, 2008 9:29 am
Jochicho
Jochicho
7 November 2008

Piering allowance - building over sewer pipe

Piering allowance - building over sewer pipe

Thanks Joles and M, it does help. Any info on this helps big time. We have so far allocated $7K for the piering but we get afraid when people say that could be double…

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Jochicho
Nov 07, 2008 10:50 am
grandslam
grandslam
7 November 2008

Jasper roof - exterior colour?

Jasper roof - exterior colour?

Hi, those two colours are the colours we are using on our house. We have the surfmist roof and are using the Jasper as the render colour with some lighter walls such as…

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grandslam
Nov 07, 2008 11:04 am
Drax
Drax
7 November 2008

Metricon Experience

Metricon Experience

We are currently building the Lindeman 27 with M and everything is running well at the moment. The sales consultant was very good, the people at Studio 501 provided good…

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Drax
Nov 07, 2008 1:14 pm
snistr
snistr
7 November 2008

Help... Paint Advise needed

Help... Paint Advise needed

Sorry to hear that snistr :( How different is the colour, ie what does kosciusko pebble look like? Also what colour is your splashback and…

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snistr
Nov 07, 2008 4:29 pm
Lyn
Lyn
7 November 2008

Oh No! Torn between two houses...

Oh No! Torn between two houses...
VIC
1, 2

Personally, as nice as these plans look, I would never consider building a double storey home without a large shower and bedroom downstairs. From bitter experience you…

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Lyn
Nov 07, 2008 9:16 pm
MrT
MrT
7 November 2008

Installation of Sound Batts

Installation of Sound Batts

We had them put in (by the builder, not PD), as they weren't keen on us going on site and actually doing work. Another thing to think about is sound lagging of all your…

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MrT
Nov 07, 2008 10:33 pm
MrT
Polo
Polo
8 November 2008

Depth of sewer pipes and drainage pipes

Depth of sewer pipes and drainage pipes

hi Mudmap, I appreciate your reply and thank you. My land frontage is 14m and length is 30m. The easement is 2m at rear and the land has about 400mm fall from back of…

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Polo
Nov 08, 2008 12:23 am
claego
claego
8 November 2008

Role of Site Developer when choosing new area

Role of Site Developer when choosing new area
VIC

I don't know, never thought that it is important I think you just need to like the surburb/area, traffic and the facilities The only thing i can think of is the…

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claego
Nov 08, 2008 1:05 pm
homeishome
homeishome
8 November 2008

Question No. 2 from Michelle

Question No. 2 from Michelle

Hi Shel we used Ebony Macassar with ice QQ stone benchtop in Ensuite. I saw it in a display house and just loved it. This goes perfect with cream tiles and gives a warmth…

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homeishome
Nov 08, 2008 7:42 pm
Lyn
Lyn
8 November 2008

Land fill, Compaction certificate-what does it mean?

Land fill, Compaction certificate-what does it mean?
SA

The compaction certificate is so that you know the soil was actually compacted to various standards to minimise future settling, not just dumped and flattened. We had…

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Lyn
Nov 08, 2008 11:21 pm
nh
nh
9 November 2008

brick colour - help needed

brick colour - help needed
VIC
1, 2

Hey, Woodsey thank u sooo much for the photo - gives us a good picture of what mushroom bricks will look like in a real house! it is really helpful!!!! happy…

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nh
Nov 09, 2008 10:13 am
Leigh&Sam
Leigh&Sam
9 November 2008

Advice on Statesman and general building

Advice on Statesman and general building
SA

Well we signed up with Staesman to have the Clovelly build on our block at The Boulevard yesterday!!! 8) Upon our discussions we were explained that there…

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Leigh&Sam
Nov 09, 2008 11:18 am
Leigh&Sam
She&He+3+3
She&He+3+3
9 November 2008

Is this ok? or should i be concern?

Is this ok? or should i be concern?

Doh! :oops: We have been assured that all is as it should be. Apparantly, this hole is for a breather pipe that will be run up through the wall and out through the roof…

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She&He+3+3
Nov 09, 2008 4:13 pm
She&He+3+3
mrs_smith
mrs_smith
9 November 2008

Advice needed: Newbie looking at display homes

Advice needed: Newbie looking at display homes
WA
1, 2

Yeah, we were going to stick a patio along the back of the house, no matter what we decided on so that the west side of the house is always sheltered. The shutters are a…

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mrs_smith
Nov 09, 2008 4:56 pm
mrs_smith
Cleishy
Cleishy
9 November 2008

Delaying land settlement

Delaying land settlement
VIC

If the land is already titled and you settled this year, you can often get a reduction in price, land tax is payed at the end of the year on every titled block they hold.

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Cleishy
Nov 09, 2008 6:19 pm
Cleishy
Maxie
Maxie
9 November 2008

Frame Rain Damage During Construction

Frame Rain Damage During Construction

A classic TDL! - I wish I'd had that little ditty running through my head on all my sleepless, RAINY nights.... :D

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Maxie
Nov 09, 2008 6:37 pm
Maxie
sdabel
sdabel
9 November 2008

Painting inside your house after handover

Painting inside your house after handover
NSW

We discovered that most builders here in SA (including ours) only provide 2 coats on the inside walls. This limits the colour choice as only some colours provide enough…

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sdabel
Nov 09, 2008 11:28 pm
sdabel
sdabel
sdabel
10 November 2008

first sign of action - photographic frenzy!

first sign of action - photographic frenzy!
1 ... 9, 10, 11

Nice to see you completed the building process ad are still smiling! regards sean

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sdabel
Nov 10, 2008 12:05 am
sdabel
lildutchgringo
lildutchgringo
10 November 2008

Carlisle V DFH

Carlisle V DFH

Thanx joles.... We did the sums and even though it looks 15-20k more.. in the end it aint that much more in the mortgage payments so... i think a switch could be on the…

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lildutchgringo
Nov 10, 2008 11:43 am
lildutchgringo
Mel&Em
Mel&Em
10 November 2008

New member, Want to build the house in 6months

New member, Want to build the house in 6months
VIC
1, 2

There is a huge difference in build time between single and double story. I have not come across any volume builder who says 6 months for a DS. As Stormy says, that's…

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Mel&Em
Nov 10, 2008 2:50 pm
Mel&Em
carolc
carolc
10 November 2008

HIA New Home contract - definitions

HIA New Home contract - definitions

Where can we get a sample fixed price contract?

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carolc
Nov 10, 2008 3:18 pm
Lyn
Lyn
10 November 2008

Category 1 Bricks

Category 1 Bricks
VIC

I suggest you go the the manufacturer and ask for an address where that brick has recently been delivered. You might be in for a…

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Lyn
Nov 10, 2008 4:11 pm
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 9:01 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 10:10 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 10:30 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 2:16 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 2:32 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 4:33 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 10:43 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 12:56 pm
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 4:31 pm
Subhashish


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