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donuts
donuts
1 December 2008

WHY BUILD

WHY BUILD
1, 2

Found another reason to build, today. Electrical safety. We are renting a 1960s vintage house. Today we noticed an odd burning plastic smell…

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donuts
Dec 01, 2008 4:31 pm
donuts
Helyn
Helyn
1 December 2008

minimum set back required for side boundary

minimum set back required for side boundary

I think this varies enormously from place to place. We have our garage wall on the boundary and this was ok as long as there is no window on the garage side wall. Other…

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Helyn
Dec 01, 2008 6:05 pm
Helyn
Mozzie
Mozzie
1 December 2008

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls

I wouldn't say the link wall blocks option is cheap, especially if you get someone else to put them in. Most of them are around $4-$5 each and if you look at a wall say…

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Mozzie
Dec 01, 2008 8:09 pm
Mozzie
themax
themax
1 December 2008

Demolition or tear down yourself?

Demolition or tear down yourself?

Thank you for the replies. I think we will do as anthea mentoined and sell off what we can (as we have some greaty windows, hate to see them squashed) and then demo the…

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themax
Dec 01, 2008 9:40 pm
themax
cynarion
cynarion
2 December 2008

Why flat roof tiles

Why flat roof tiles
VIC

We were expecting fairly similar ($4-5k) costs to upgrade our tiles to the flat look had we wanted to. However, I just couldn't get past the issue of not having…

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cynarion
Dec 02, 2008 9:45 am
cynarion
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tim the toolman
Dec 02, 2008 10:24 am
Grace16
Grace16
2 December 2008

Variations with PD

Variations with PD
VIC
1, 2

Hi nh, Yes you can pull out after you sign the contract, I think you have 5-7days cooling off period. There would be some penalty I would imagine - for their services/…

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Grace16
Dec 02, 2008 11:52 am
bobbuilder
bobbuilder
2 December 2008

Opinions on brickwork please

Opinions on brickwork please
NSW

Thanks for the replies guys. Apparently our builder never uses sarking for the walls unless it's required as a fire retardant in certain areas.

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bobbuilder
Dec 02, 2008 1:35 pm
bobbuilder
kek
kek
2 December 2008

has anybody upgraded theri hot water tank with PD?

has anybody upgraded theri hot water tank with PD?
VIC

5 star energy rating usually requires an either/or deal with rainwater tank and solar hot water. At least that was my understanding when we were making the decisions. I…

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kek
Dec 02, 2008 6:18 pm
kek
Eager
Eager
2 December 2008

Street number

Street number

Absolutely! Errr, well, I was drinking coffee at the time!

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Eager
Dec 02, 2008 8:58 pm
Eager
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
3 December 2008

Good things come to those who wait (and wait!)

Good things come to those who wait (and wait!)
1, 2, 3

Yay! I was just thinking about your house the other day and wondering whether you were finished. Can't wait to see the pics! Enjoy tassie :D

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stonecutter1309
Dec 03, 2008 9:25 am
stonecutter1309
kek
kek
3 December 2008

liquidated damages - how much in your contract

liquidated damages - how much in your contract

$250 is the standard in Vic and you'd be crazy to accept a cent less - that doesn't even cover rent for most people, including us. Our cheque from PD for $4000 (16…

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kek
Dec 03, 2008 9:51 am
kek
kek
kek
3 December 2008

HIA CONTRACT

HIA CONTRACT

Our build time was 167 days, with 10 inclement weather days built in. There were no other allowances for holidays etc. And we started construction in February, so there…

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kek
Dec 03, 2008 10:02 am
kek
penny73
penny73
3 December 2008

Cheap poolfencing in Melbourne

Cheap poolfencing in Melbourne

Sorry we are looking for metal pool fencing (on the ARC fences website it is the bass fencing) probably need about 9 panels of 2.4 long and 1.2 high

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penny73
Dec 03, 2008 4:34 pm
zeke
zeke
3 December 2008

retaining wall or strip footing?

retaining wall or strip footing?

The other issue here is the style of house you end up with. Our first house followed the contours of the land and was on 5 levels as a consequence. A cut and fill…

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zeke
Dec 03, 2008 5:24 pm
zeke
raw29983
raw29983
3 December 2008

Building inspectors in QLD

Building inspectors in QLD
QLD

I'm looking for someone in Northwest Brisbane (Samford) if anyone can help

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raw29983
Dec 03, 2008 7:24 pm
kexkez
kexkez
3 December 2008

ROCK CLAUSE NOT IN CONTRACT! HELP!!

ROCK CLAUSE NOT IN CONTRACT! HELP!!

well we just got the price for our additional costs. ... 2976 or 2970 :) either way it's ouch!

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kexkez
Dec 03, 2008 7:43 pm
kexkez
brittany
brittany
3 December 2008

does anyone have a lock up list?

does anyone have a lock up list?

He rang today to say the invoice is on the way!

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brittany
Dec 03, 2008 8:51 pm
brittany
Bec N Craig
Bec N Craig
4 December 2008

Soil Test Results ?????

Soil Test Results ?????

Our land has alot of clay and rock we are getting waffel slab H class. we also have to get about 20 holes dug and filled with concrete under our slab... to stop later…

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Bec N Craig
Dec 04, 2008 12:54 pm
Bec N Craig
bobbuilder
bobbuilder
4 December 2008

When does building begin

When does building begin

Hang on in there stormy. That's a bewdiful house you've selected.

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bobbuilder
Dec 04, 2008 2:29 pm
bobbuilder
Lostris
Lostris
4 December 2008

Looking good so far!

Looking good so far!

B3ntley Homes. They have a display out in Mernda. Smaller builder, but that means they can actually spend some time on their clients :)

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Lostris
Dec 04, 2008 3:59 pm
sdabel
sdabel
4 December 2008

$840 ... for a noggin???

$840 ... for a noggin???

We were charged $90 for reinforcing in the laundry wall or the dryer. When we asked about wall mount for TV in lounge room they said wait and talk to the SS and if we…

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sdabel
Dec 04, 2008 7:52 pm
sdabel

Ok all bricks for the first storey are done. I have some news from my neighbour though that I'm not sure what to read into it. I'll quote: Oh by the way…

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peach
Dec 04, 2008 9:40 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
4 December 2008

Ducted vacuuming systems.

Ducted vacuuming systems.
1, 2, 3, 4

Damn you all!! Just when I thought we were happy with everything and all extras and changes were final, now I want ducted vacuuming too.. and of…

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dymonite69
Dec 04, 2008 10:38 pm
dymonite69
James Bond
James Bond
5 December 2008

Where do we start?

Where do we start?
VIC

Make your offer subject to "soil tests - the results of which are to your satisfaction". Allow 2 weeks for the tests, before the offer goes unconditional.

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James Bond
Dec 05, 2008 9:09 am
James Bond
anny
anny
5 December 2008

front tap problem - who has to pay?

front tap problem - who has to pay?

Builder said that when we handed the land to them (builders) the tapping was already there so they cannot be held responsible. they came up with the offer that they will…

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anny
Dec 05, 2008 11:38 am
MBBN
MBBN
5 December 2008

Front water tap - located in front of garage??!!!!!!

Front water tap - located in front of garage??!!!!!!
1, 2

Anny, depends on who you are building with but the compaies I have work with would liaise with the clients right from the start. If you are still dealing with a sales…

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MBBN
Dec 05, 2008 11:51 am
mydreamhome
mydreamhome
5 December 2008

frame question - size and spacing of timber

frame question - size and spacing of timber

oops - I did mean 600 centres. the floor is a concrete slab, and it is a brick vaneer construction. the 90x35 at 600 centres is in line with australain standards, but…

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mydreamhome
Dec 05, 2008 1:19 pm
sha
sha
5 December 2008

Yey!

Yey!

woohoo! How exciting for you :) Wont be long now -Sha

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sha
Dec 05, 2008 2:20 pm
kyton
kyton
5 December 2008

Garage door - roller or panel lift - opinions please!

Garage door - roller or panel lift - opinions please!

Stonecutter - no we are the same as you. Timber look aluminium - a lot less maintenance over the years to come. Plus they will match our aluminium timber-look windows on…

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kyton
Dec 05, 2008 3:14 pm
kyton
kpny
kpny
5 December 2008

How's the flow of PD?

How's the flow of PD?
VIC

Our build has just started and so far I am very impressed with PD and the progress. We had a 1 week delay due to next door having bricks on our land (not PD’s fault),…

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kpny
Dec 05, 2008 4:40 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
5 December 2008

what is timber infill

what is timber infill
VIC

According to our builder infills cause drafts and are a cheap finish. Our builder has lots of opinions that cost us money :?

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ECOECO
Dec 05, 2008 5:58 pm
ECOECO
King willy
King willy
5 December 2008

Is this poor framing an issue ?

Is this poor framing an issue ?
NSW

Hi IMPO you can see the bottom plate is nailed to the slab. The nail has chiped off the side of the slab, simple as that. If I was allowed & it was my house I would fix…

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King willy
Dec 05, 2008 6:09 pm
King willy
ironpaw
ironpaw
5 December 2008

new house woes

new house woes

Get yourself to a solicitor asap. Take all your letters & documents. Stick to the facts forget about tin should be cheaper & the extra weight.…

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ironpaw
Dec 05, 2008 7:05 pm
peach
peach
5 December 2008

What's need to do a "fill in" on your slab mean?

What's need to do a "fill in" on your slab mean?
WA

It's good to hear there were no problems later on for you zeke. I'm annoyed with myself really. Should have paid someone independent to check it.

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peach
Dec 05, 2008 8:14 pm

Absolutely. Congratulations - you're on your way! Posting pics is easy - click on the Img button above, paste in the location of the pic (easy to get....just…

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kek
Dec 06, 2008 6:54 am
kek
darsh
darsh
6 December 2008

Dennis Family Brookdale Classic 20

Dennis Family Brookdale Classic 20

thanx for replying... plan is of course brookdale 20 classic facade ....the major variations that i have gone through is to increase the size of the bed room by 500 mm…

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darsh
Dec 06, 2008 8:56 am
darsh
jamestheoz
jamestheoz
6 December 2008

Brick or plaster lined garage walls? Opinions required

Brick or plaster lined garage walls? Opinions required

Hi Bob, The pic of what you've posted is something like what our plans showed and what we were expecting, however, we have a stud wall on the slab. No bricks as yet,…

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jamestheoz
Dec 06, 2008 3:18 pm
thlo
thlo
7 December 2008

Finished At Last.

Finished At Last.
NSW

Our home is now completed after just over 4 months construction time.Pretty good considering the 14 rain days and 3 weeks Christmas…

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thlo
Dec 07, 2008 5:47 pm
thlo
VJ
VJ
7 December 2008

Hand Over Tomorrow!!!

Hand Over Tomorrow!!!
VIC
1, 2

I'm so jealous!!!! I want my house now!!!!!! I also want to be busy with handover stuff... :cry:

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VJ
Dec 07, 2008 9:10 pm
VJ
Grace16
Grace16
7 December 2008

should I change to colorbond roof?

should I change to colorbond roof?
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

Ooh, just the PD website nh, love that facade..that and the Sante Fe and Chicago....really nice, and doubley sure the Dune will look great!

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Grace16
Dec 07, 2008 10:40 pm
joles
joles
8 December 2008

New stage in planning

New stage in planning

King Willy, I think that's sort of the risk you take at the end of a street, that there may eventually be further development. :( I wouldn't worry too much about the…

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joles
Dec 08, 2008 9:14 am
joles
mrs_smith
mrs_smith
8 December 2008

WA: Anyone built/building with Ultim@te homes?

WA: Anyone built/building with Ultim@te homes?
WA

Yay! That's great to hear :D We're getting plans with all the changes we would like to make (both need and wants) given to us before Xmas to discuss (since I'm in Perth…

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mrs_smith
Dec 08, 2008 9:31 am
mrs_smith
Bec N Craig
Bec N Craig
8 December 2008

Can anyone recommend a good electrican - Melbourne West?

Can anyone recommend a good electrican - Melbourne West?
VIC

Cleago, My Partner is a sparky.... and we will be living in periwinkle way. :lol: Next street over. i wish you the best of luck im sure once we move in (may - June) if you…

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Bec N Craig
Dec 08, 2008 6:12 pm
Bec N Craig
kek
kek
8 December 2008

what brand of evaporative cooling does PD offer in promo?

what brand of evaporative cooling does PD offer in promo?
VIC

nh, the evap cooling offered for the Prestige range at least is by Brivis. And we specified our colour at the colour selection appointment - we had to match the roof…

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kek
Dec 08, 2008 6:38 pm
kek
nh
nh
8 December 2008

location of PD's ducted heating vents

location of PD's ducted heating vents
VIC

Thanks, Mozzie for your knowledge - very valid point. nh

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nh
Dec 08, 2008 9:54 pm
homeishome
homeishome
8 December 2008

DFH Platinum Pack can anyone advise to take it or not?

DFH Platinum Pack can anyone advise to take it or not?

Hi Darsh Am glad that you found my 2 cents worth useful. We have been through all this as well, so can understand what you feel. The $15000, upgrades for $1500 is a…

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homeishome
Dec 08, 2008 10:43 pm
fordehouse
fordehouse
9 December 2008

Surely someone has built with Rawson ? Someone ? Anyone ?

Surely someone has built with Rawson ? Someone ? Anyone ?
NSW

Hi, A friend of mine built with Rawson in Murrumbateman (outside Canberra). I haven't been to their place yet but they were very happy with the build and also the…

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fordehouse
Dec 09, 2008 8:52 am
eho
eho
9 December 2008

Where do the brickies go in those "possible showers&quo

Where do the brickies go in those "possible showers&quo

I have just given a call to my SS. A wrong batch of bricks got delivered!! :evil: :evil: :evil: :cry: :cry: :cry: That's why brickwork was called to halt. SS can't even tell me for sure when a…

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eho
Dec 09, 2008 9:55 am
eho

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