Building A New House
what is a typlical contrat term/days ?
Ours is 196, single storey 30sq. Seems to be two very different standard build times... one at around 190 and the others around 250. I wonder what they do for the extra…
Jun 19, 2008 1:28 pm
anne ,I had to change from blue dusk
we went through my nephew for the aluminium windows and we got such a good deal on them we really had no choice but to use…
What is a reasonable Builder's Margin?
Our builder takes a 20% margin. They were up front with the figure before the contract.
I must say, that I think 20% is about right. I would hate to do their job. …
Solid brick - why don't they build them?
KexKez - I posted that link for the bit about getting the sun into the back of living area of the house.
As I say - each to therir own and I don't expect everyone to…
Jun 20, 2008 9:39 pm
FEATURE DOWNPIPES What can be done?
Anne, what do you mean by 'chain'?
A rain chain is an alternative to the downspout component…
Where to from here?
Bought the block of land with plans (drawn by architect) and hold planning permit from council.
No building permit.
Next step is getting quotations to sub-contract. Am…
A private builder will charge between 10 - 12 K a square, but that will include a good deal of things that PD call upgrades!!
If you had very expensive tatse it could…
Jun 23, 2008 9:41 am
I talked to a guy named Joe at BACV and he was pretty helpful when I asked him about building issues my uncle was having.
Jun 23, 2008 2:11 pm
The 'design wind gust speed' is calculated on the conditions that exist at the time of the building application.
many volume builders…
thankyou Petal & Brittany - sounds like it needs to go - I owe you one. Weez
Demolition permit - $850?
We're building in Ku-ring-gai Council. It cost me $455 to lodge the DA for demolition. The fee is based on the value of the work. I assume it includes all the relevant…
Jun 23, 2008 9:59 pm
Which builder ?
I think choosing a builder is probably the hardest part of the whole process. It is such a massive factor in the whole outcome.
Personally, we asked for references. I…
Jun 24, 2008 12:12 pm
Feature Wall - which color - burgundy?
Very true Mike!
A feature wall is just that………..a feature wall!
Nothing in the room should oppose that wall; everything has to complement it.
Jun 24, 2008 5:34 pm
Rain rain go away... until lockup!
Block is about 10.7m wide, with the main body of the house 6m wide. It is actually a B0utique H0mes Manhattan, but lengthened from the standard 3bdrm house, and with a…
What consitutes mud protection?
Looking through my list of tender cost items, I note that we've been charged about $1200 for 16m x 5m of mud protection.
I always expected mud protection to be in the…
Buy yourself a good quality spirit level ( no less than 1200mm) and take it to the inspection. Put it down near where the frame was propped up. If the slab is way out of…
oh and the other day we saw our street starting to take shape... its looked like paddocks for the last 9 months....i think i saw…
Hi matrix, we are building with Ultimate homes (part of Peter Stannard group). It is part of…
q. regarding inspections
Your builder cannot prevent you from entering your site (or a person authorised by you). The fencing is an OHS…
Jun 27, 2008 12:41 pm
Introducing Myself to my new CSR
Same thing has happened to us (twice!). After the second time, I cracked it, as emails weren't being responded to. The next time the CSR changed (which I knew was going to…
Gas shortage WA
Guess what - I have grey toughened glass on 4 of my windows - however as the slab only went down this week - it should not be a big problem.
base stage to frame stage without payment
Agree that accounts department is by far the most efficient part of our builders. On a Friday afternoon, at 5:20pm, I got an email with the lock up stage payment. On that…
Is the bricks too dark?
thanks everyone for the kind thoughts.
Eager, that is a great photo. I will keep it in mind as they continue with the brick work.
Jun 28, 2008 11:20 am
Hi, no havent built with them but had a look at one of their display homes at Berwick today. Was very impressed with the quality of the display home. One thing that is a…
Jun 28, 2008 8:54 pm
how much does a panel lift cost?
yak chat thanks anyway that link kept freezing on me, and I am a she (Jo)
$650 for single roller
$500 for motorization
"?" for double panel glide
Pantry advice needed!
melamine shelving and shelves across the end, so that the shelves are in a ¬ configuration.
That way they will be stronger and you…
Handover- Urgent Question
I rang the council and they said they do it, but it'll take approx a week depending on the weather. As this is a development I would've thought the builders would have…
I would not use WiFi be it 802.11a/b/g/n simply because its not secure... Most people will…