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brisvegas
brisvegas
22 August 2008

Building in Brisbane area

Building in Brisbane area

Take heart Jersey, if you think it's hard going through this process from another state, try doing it from another country. We live in Hong Kong and last July had exactly…

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brisvegas
Aug 22, 2008 12:29 am
to_do_list
to_do_list
22 August 2008

Hole in the Pod - Should I be Worried?

Hole in the Pod - Should I be Worried?

Thanks for the advice everyone, Mike's probably right ... some pods have been vandalised (while in storage) and looks like the concreter has…

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to_do_list
Aug 22, 2008 9:15 am
to_do_list
adlse
adlse
22 August 2008

Statesman Homes SA

Statesman Homes SA

Hi there, We are building with Statesman, and have been really happy so far. Originally signed with them in march 2007, but our land took longer to develop than…

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adlse
Aug 22, 2008 1:55 pm
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
22 August 2008

Steel frame in Adelaide

Steel frame in Adelaide

Id like to add 2 cents worth here, if I may. 1)Steel is good, probably more expensive, but well worth the initial outlay (no more termite worries). Very strong and…

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Pat the draftie
Aug 22, 2008 5:49 pm
Pat the draftie
VJ
VJ
22 August 2008

They've started!!!!!

They've started!!!!!
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Must be a nice feeling!!! Handover very soon! Hope you get your house on time!

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VJ
Aug 22, 2008 10:54 pm
VJ
MrT
MrT
23 August 2008

Lock up?? Or not?

Lock up?? Or not?

Thanks all - an update. I did pay the stage payment. In hindsight, I should have held out for the additional bits of roof to go on, as this took quite a while. However,…

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MrT
Aug 23, 2008 1:15 am
MrT
simpson
simpson
23 August 2008

canberra builders

canberra builders

Hi Michael, AVjennings has finally started in Canberra ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: They have already started building 25 houses in Canberra. It's good. I want to have a look on their homes…

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simpson
Aug 23, 2008 10:47 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
24 August 2008

My floor plans

My floor plans
1, 2

I'm of the same opion re the 3 way bathroom. Particularly on a large block and large house, it will impact on the feel of the house. While youa re there and when you…

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Yak_Chat
Aug 24, 2008 9:50 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
24 August 2008

Heat pump water heater

Heat pump water heater

50dbi is like a normal voice level. Solar is much quieter and lots cheaper to run. :D Here is an article on how heat pumps work -…

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Yak_Chat
Aug 24, 2008 2:09 pm
Yak_Chat
homeishome
homeishome
24 August 2008

Advice on buying a block of land - new question pg2

Advice on buying a block of land - new question pg2
QLD

Hi My soil test also came up as "P" class site, which requires either P class slab or HD class slab, which means for a 29-32 sq house, the slab will cost atleast…

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homeishome
Aug 24, 2008 2:19 pm
Michelle
Michelle
24 August 2008

External Colour Sceme

External Colour Sceme

That’s great…..glade to help, and very glade DH has seen something similar, it always helps to see things!! :D

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Michelle
Aug 24, 2008 7:15 pm
Michelle
mudmap
mudmap
25 August 2008

Anyone understand the process to develop land?

Anyone understand the process to develop land?

Soda the surveyor explained the process how I understand it also. I take it all the services have been built including roads? There is also contributions to be made…

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mudmap
Aug 25, 2008 12:07 am
mudmap
mudmap
25 August 2008

Busy site supervisor

Busy site supervisor

Sammy We are currently doing our reserch into a builder in Melb called New Dimension and their SS tels me he looks after 20 -30 at one time and all over Melb and down to…

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mudmap
Aug 25, 2008 12:18 am
gweluphome
gweluphome
25 August 2008

Where would you add a storage cupboard on this floor plan

Where would you add a storage cupboard on this floor plan

I would push your walk in robe down towards your bed a little more and that would create some extra space in your laundry you could then have a full wall of cupboards…

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gweluphome
Aug 25, 2008 9:28 am
Paul&bitsy
Paul&bitsy
25 August 2008

soil and slab types

soil and slab types

Soil types are A,S,M,H1,H2,E1,E2,P P is for a problem site , there can numerous things that determine what the P is actually for , trees,uncontrolled fill, unsually high…

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Paul&bitsy
Aug 25, 2008 2:36 pm
gweluphome
gweluphome
25 August 2008

Stanthorpe 33 and Dennis Family Homes

Stanthorpe 33 and Dennis Family Homes

Novice builder I am thinking that maybe you could take your architectually designed plans to an independant builder who could help you adjust the price of building so you…

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gweluphome
Aug 25, 2008 3:02 pm
alidee
alidee
25 August 2008

Where do I start?

Where do I start?

Thanks for your replies. Our new home we aren't going to make to much money. After fees for selling we'll prob come out with about $20,000. Our budget for building…

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alidee
Aug 25, 2008 4:21 pm
gweluphome
gweluphome
25 August 2008

What to expect on Maintenance Inspection

What to expect on Maintenance Inspection

The only thing I am aware of with his inspection that the builder will fix is if the crack is as big as the size of a credit card thickness. My english is…

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gweluphome
Aug 25, 2008 6:31 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
25 August 2008

Changing internal door to sliding cavity

Changing internal door to sliding cavity

You don't need a second wall though you will need to remove the gyprock from at least one side of the wall. You will need to know you stud size before ordering (70mm or…

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Dukekamaya
Aug 25, 2008 8:18 pm
Dukekamaya
Southies
Southies
25 August 2008

Noggin height

Noggin height
NSW

Thanks Nicola, have checked out your study thread - very helpful ! Will use your ideas for inspiration :wink:

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Southies
Aug 25, 2008 9:24 pm
Southies
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
25 August 2008

Towel rails, toilet roll holders and other bathroom accessor

Towel rails, toilet roll holders and other bathroom accessor

You are welcome, that's what we are here for. Hope she gets it sorted out and that it's all correct :wink:

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House-To-Be
Aug 25, 2008 10:18 pm
mudmap
mudmap
25 August 2008

2nd Driveway

2nd Driveway

Hi I've heard of Council knocking back permission for a second driveway in an area where street parking was in short supply as it took away a public car spot. ???

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mudmap
Aug 25, 2008 11:23 pm
Mozzie
Mozzie
26 August 2008

Do you have to sign the tender at the appointment

Do you have to sign the tender at the appointment

One thing to be cautious of is when they make changes on the spot. I had ammendments done to my tender on the spot and they wrote it incorrectly but read it out to me as…

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Mozzie
Aug 26, 2008 11:35 am
Mozzie
T1ms
T1ms
26 August 2008

S-type flashing to garage??

S-type flashing to garage??

Hi papa, if you don't mind, how much did they charged you for the s-flashing ? Can we get around this somehow?? hmm.. I wonder.. :th:

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T1ms
Aug 26, 2008 3:49 pm
T1ms
Stormy
Stormy
26 August 2008

HELP can they change the price from tender to contract

HELP can they change the price from tender to contract

I've signed the Tender and the Contract and still the prices are not absolutely 100%. In our situation, we have an existing house in the way, and need to do further soil…

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Stormy
Aug 26, 2008 5:13 pm
Stormy
bothered
bothered
26 August 2008

Woods Submerged in Water

Woods Submerged in Water

Thank God I heard good news from our builder. They rang me and advised that roof tiles will be delivered on Thursday, finished the roof by Tuesday next week and it will be…

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bothered
Aug 26, 2008 7:23 pm
brisvegas
brisvegas
26 August 2008

NEED Yr expertise - time frame for build

NEED Yr expertise - time frame for build

Well we're building a single storey home so that should help but looking at other peoples blogs of the process I'm seriously doubting it will be finished by Xmas :cry: You…

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brisvegas
Aug 26, 2008 10:00 pm
Tolstoy
Tolstoy
27 August 2008

Sliding Door or Bi-Fold Doors?

Sliding Door or Bi-Fold Doors?

Thanks for the feedback all. We are now looking at having internal bi-folds as we think it may be a bit difficult installing sliding doors after wall/plaster is completed.

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Tolstoy
Aug 27, 2008 8:05 am
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
27 August 2008

Our new house in the country...

Our new house in the country...
1, 2, 3, 4

Thanks Bel, Steve & Toni we are really happy with how the Sydney Blue Gum has come up! & yes, we are having the murray red splash :wink:

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House-To-Be
Aug 27, 2008 9:09 am
Newbies
Newbies
27 August 2008

Post Contract Variation

Post Contract Variation

ohh crappy....do u have a door in the rumpus to access the alfresco already? We've got two sets of sliding doors instead of bi folds cos finacee didnt like the…

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Newbies
Aug 27, 2008 9:43 am
Newbies
cutajarp
cutajarp
27 August 2008

Anyone built with Grandville Homes?

Anyone built with Grandville Homes?

Hi, My fiance's parents are building with Grandville in Sunbury. They are meant to be a luxury home builder. They only build a handful of homes a year (low volume),…

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cutajarp
Aug 27, 2008 12:47 pm
joles
joles
27 August 2008

Facade Frustrations! Please help me!

Facade Frustrations! Please help me!
1, 2, 3

I really do like both of them...you can also maybe consider the windows where it is one window but split into 3 panes…

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joles
Aug 27, 2008 5:12 pm
joles
scardee66b
scardee66b
28 August 2008

Victorian 5 Star Ratings for Water flow and Temperature

Victorian 5 Star Ratings for Water flow and Temperature

Ok, I spoke to Plumbing Commission: This is my understanding of the reg.s: 500kpa into house. Flow from Taps 7.5 - 9 litres per minute Temperature - bathrooms…

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scardee66b
Aug 28, 2008 1:05 pm
Lyn
Lyn
28 August 2008

When do PD do their 5 star energy rating??

When do PD do their 5 star energy rating??

Out of interest Peter, how many points do you need to get seven stars? What is the worst star rating you have seen for a new home?

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Lyn
Aug 28, 2008 1:54 pm
Draconis
Draconis
28 August 2008

New...ish house in Toowoomba!

New...ish house in Toowoomba!
1, 2, 3

Ok people if you have been following this thread I've now moved it all t othe Owner Builder Forum where I think it's a little more appropriate. So if you still wish to…

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Draconis
Aug 28, 2008 7:18 pm
Draconis
CMET
CMET
29 August 2008

Fowler & Sarpel Homes

Fowler & Sarpel Homes

Hi all, We have just purchased land in Sydney and we are looking at who to build with. We are down to three designs that we like and they are from Eden Brae, Fowler…

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CMET
Aug 29, 2008 12:43 pm
ahuang
ahuang
29 August 2008

Plaster advice

Plaster advice

Do this at your own risk, as technically you shouldn't enter the house before hand over. Be careful not to hurt yourself, otherwise....... To check your ceiling at…

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ahuang
Aug 29, 2008 2:42 pm
ahuang
ausdesign
ausdesign
29 August 2008

stormwater plan

stormwater plan

Even if the stormwater was 'to be done by owner', the layout & discharge should have been included on the submitted drawings. The builder would know this or at least who…

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ausdesign
Aug 29, 2008 5:23 pm
ausdesign
Southies
Southies
30 August 2008

Eden Brae contract

Eden Brae contract

Hi, Southies, yes we have seen the "standard electrical plan" they gave me one to have a look at tender stage but the one in the contract is…

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Southies
Aug 30, 2008 7:51 am
Southies
Mal
Mal
30 August 2008

Building with CH in Melbourne

Building with CH in Melbourne

I think the owner of Carlisle Homes might have a little something to say about that now! He was / is not a big fan of my blog and made it…

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Mal
Aug 30, 2008 8:17 am
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
30 August 2008

A question about our roof colour - savannah

A question about our roof colour - savannah
QLD

mmm wonder whether a koala could bear the look? hohoho yuk yuk sorry bored!

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Peter_OZ
Aug 30, 2008 7:36 pm
HappyHome
HappyHome
30 August 2008

Are we mad going with Clarendon?

Are we mad going with Clarendon?

A big thank you to everyone. :D Thank goodness for sites like this where real stories are told with no razzle dazzle thrown in. We've decided to go elsewhere, too many…

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HappyHome
Aug 30, 2008 8:53 pm
donuts
donuts
31 August 2008

Concrete tiles to Colorbond roofing

Concrete tiles to Colorbond roofing

We paid $2000 to upgrade to Colorbond. Not sure about insulation, but one advantage is that it's lighter than tiles so doesn't place as much stress on the frame. I…

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donuts
Aug 31, 2008 9:58 am
donuts
gweluphome
gweluphome
31 August 2008

Flooring/Lighting/Decks etc

Flooring/Lighting/Decks etc

Another example (but this is crazy WA pricing) If we get the builder to paint our house internally......just our walls......(ceilings,doors and door frames are included…

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gweluphome
Aug 31, 2008 1:47 pm
Sahana
Sahana
31 August 2008

As promised! Lorraine and Simons house build.

As promised! Lorraine and Simons house build.

Dear Lorraine, Love your house esp your kitchen. Just wanted to ask, are your cupboards vinyl or polyurethane? CaI ask what company and profile you used for your doors…

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Sahana
Aug 31, 2008 2:33 pm
haywgl
haywgl
31 August 2008

Help needed from my homies!!! PD querie

Help needed from my homies!!! PD querie
VIC

I also changed from 2 banks of 2 pot drawers to the 2 banks of 3 pot drawers so it can definatly be done. I was charged $788 for this - we didn't get pot drawers in our…

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haywgl
Aug 31, 2008 4:25 pm
haywgl
lisa_may_22
lisa_may_22
31 August 2008

Fairmont Homes Adelaide

Fairmont Homes Adelaide

Nope. We're building with Sterling Homes. Very slow, very unorganised. Not sure whether all builders are like that, but it's so frustrating!

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lisa_may_22
Aug 31, 2008 6:13 pm
lisa_may_22


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