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petal
petal
29 December 2008

own applianes - when to install

own applianes - when to install

We had our own appliances, but PD wouldn't credit us for that (ie we HAD to take theirs) They did install our r/hood, oven and hot plates, but I think that was b/c they'd…

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petal
Dec 29, 2008 8:37 pm
petal
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
29 December 2008

URGENT! - Photoshop Facade Please! HELP!

URGENT! - Photoshop Facade Please! HELP!
VIC

d@n you are a champion.. the amount of photoshoping you do on this forum!!!

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wakeboardandy
Dec 29, 2008 9:29 pm
wakeboardandy
chuth77
chuth77
29 December 2008

One rainhead enough? please help

One rainhead enough? please help
VIC

How big is the garage? What roof area drains to the downpipe? What do you mean by rainhead?

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chuth77
Dec 29, 2008 10:11 pm
starlet
starlet
31 December 2008

Comments for our new floor plan please

Comments for our new floor plan please
VIC
1, 2

I would definitely sacrifice some space in the WIR to enclose the toilet in the ensuite.

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starlet
Dec 31, 2008 9:20 am
kek
kek
31 December 2008

cost of water tap in fridge space

cost of water tap in fridge space

Didn't add a water point to our fridge space (d'oh!) but we did add capped hot and cold water points to the garage, at a cost of $128 each. We also added a floor waste,…

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kek
Dec 31, 2008 11:56 pm
kek
ChrisL
ChrisL
1 January 2009

DIY Stormwater to curb???

DIY Stormwater to curb???

Builder is asking for $3500 to do the stormwater. So, I think that I'll do it myself. IMO labour is a big component, so if you've got some elbow grease, you'll end up…

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ChrisL
Jan 01, 2009 4:01 pm
chuth77
chuth77
1 January 2009

Has anyone put their water tank underground??

Has anyone put their water tank underground??
ACT

If you get a poly tank and plan to burry it, what ever you do don't foget to fill it before you back fill the hole. Have heard of people's tanks…

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chuth77
Jan 01, 2009 10:08 pm
Nexus
Nexus
2 January 2009

Need help with House exterior colours!

Need help with House exterior colours!
VIC

A fine choice in brick, as we are having Homestead Tan ourselves :D I can really relate about choosing colours, it is so overwhelming. As kek says, there are a lot of…

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Nexus
Jan 02, 2009 10:05 am
Nexus
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
2 January 2009

Costs of single story vs double story

Costs of single story vs double story

Galomp, to give you some idea of PD prices click on the link below and use the price range guide at the top left of the page. These prices are for the base cost only. …

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House-To-Be
Jan 02, 2009 11:29 am
chb
chb
3 January 2009

Costs of building a house?

Costs of building a house?
VIC
1, 2

I think if Canberra was reasonably priced i would stay here and live but the way things are right now its just incredibly unaffordable. More unaffordable than sydney!!…

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chb
Jan 03, 2009 11:28 am
Eager
Eager
3 January 2009

Planning a workshop and garage: HELP

Planning a workshop and garage: HELP

4. Windows for light in the garage. Handy or a complete waste of time? Natural light will save on power bills... besides,…

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Eager
Jan 03, 2009 9:59 pm
Eager
kikin
kikin
3 January 2009

Land titlement

Land titlement

are you in vic... you could look at land.vic.gov.au and go to the interactive map. It will show the street number... normally they don't…

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kikin
Jan 03, 2009 11:26 pm
BlackRain
BlackRain
4 January 2009

Fencing issue

Fencing issue

Personally I…

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BlackRain
Jan 04, 2009 2:18 pm
BlackRain
MBBN
MBBN
4 January 2009

Cracked concrete slab

Cracked concrete slab

Unless you can get a $1 coin in the crack, then the shrinkage cracks are fine. It's only when you can get a coin in there that you have issues.

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MBBN
Jan 04, 2009 8:26 pm
zozzles23
zozzles23
4 January 2009

I have a front tap!!!

I have a front tap!!!
1, 2

Hehe I love that everyone is so excited about their water taps! We took a drive past our block on boxing day and noticed we had a water tap. And yep we got excited…

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zozzles23
Jan 04, 2009 11:33 pm
zozzles23
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
5 January 2009

Stonecutters Ridge - Will it be a Secure Estate

Stonecutters Ridge - Will it be a Secure Estate
NSW

Welcome amk! There is currently a security guard because the site is not approved for general public access because of OH&S issues - people could fall into any of the…

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stonecutter1309
Jan 05, 2009 8:48 am
stonecutter1309
Southies
Southies
5 January 2009

Plan price and Package price? EDEN BRAE.

Plan price and Package price? EDEN BRAE.
NSW

You could definitely do it cheaper yourself ! What you have to weigh up is how much time it would take you to get it all organised & how much your time is worth. The…

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Southies
Jan 05, 2009 6:40 pm
Southies
billdsl
billdsl
5 January 2009

Questions regarding quotes from several builders

Questions regarding quotes from several builders

Sounds like he stands to make some good cash out of running with that builder, it would put me offside straight away and id be skeptical about anything he did from then on....

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billdsl
Jan 05, 2009 10:07 pm
billdsl
ECOECO
ECOECO
6 January 2009

External Finishes

External Finishes

Just do the front, and if you can't live with it do the rest later. Ed

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ECOECO
Jan 06, 2009 12:04 am
ECOECO
iDarren
iDarren
6 January 2009

Mud Brick home building classes?

Mud Brick home building classes?
VIC

Thanks folks :D kek - I'll give mudbrick.org a call :D

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iDarren
Jan 06, 2009 12:25 pm
vid
vid
6 January 2009

New home colour suggestions

New home colour suggestions

We are choosing black windows with Ironstone roof,gutters etc but we are also stuck on what colour render to use, Wattyl have a colour called Dune that we think we like,…

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vid
Jan 06, 2009 12:51 pm
vid
donuts
donuts
6 January 2009

I can,t believe they,ve finally started !!

I can,t believe they,ve finally started !!
SA
1 ... 7, 8, 9

HI mel, yeah it is sloooowly happening ... dishwasher got connected yesterday gosh that took a long time, but it is making strange noises today :shock: so I am back to washing…

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donuts
Jan 06, 2009 10:21 pm
donuts
mikkyG
mikkyG
6 January 2009

stains on brickwork

stains on brickwork

Hi guys, sorry to thread mine, but seems I've stumbled across a similar problem out at our site, check here…

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mikkyG
Jan 06, 2009 10:47 pm
yvette72
yvette72
7 January 2009

Payment question

Payment question

the bank paid ours but we did own the land

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yvette72
Jan 07, 2009 8:28 pm
suenmatt
suenmatt
7 January 2009

Buying land: what 'subject to conditions' for the Offer?

Buying land: what 'subject to conditions' for the Offer?

Definately look at the covenents first! With our block, our solicitor added a clause into the contract that read something like: "1)this contract is subject to buyer…

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suenmatt
Jan 07, 2009 9:43 pm
amanda062
amanda062
7 January 2009

Exterior colour problems

Exterior colour problems
WA

Hi We are building our new home in Gwelup WA. We have a problem in we chose our colourbond colours for the exterior of the home; Roof - Surf Mist Gutters - Surf…

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amanda062
Jan 07, 2009 9:51 pm
petal
petal
7 January 2009

Grey water ready plumbing with volume builders?

Grey water ready plumbing with volume builders?
VIC

Sorry, just saw this. We built with PD, and we were going to have the Nubian Grey Water system installed post build , so PD were going to build the house 'grey water…

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petal
Jan 07, 2009 10:14 pm
petal
zeke
zeke
7 January 2009

Enclosed stage problem with Coral Homes

Enclosed stage problem with Coral Homes
QLD

Well, if I get a progress payment request and the work is 95%+ complete and other work well in excess of the deficiency has been done (as in the internal plastering in…

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zeke
Jan 07, 2009 10:16 pm
zeke
d@n
d@n
7 January 2009

Calling Photoshop Expert D@n!

Calling Photoshop Expert D@n!
VIC

Eg, if I ask Dan to photoshop the facade of my house, then change my mind about the colour several times. If it's a fee-for-service thing relative…

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d@n
Jan 07, 2009 10:55 pm
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Djelibeybi
Jan 08, 2009 1:13 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
8 January 2009

Custom Builders? Recommendations? Are they Cheaper?

Custom Builders? Recommendations? Are they Cheaper?
VIC

Volume building is cheaper because; 1) Ordering supplies is predictable - known sizes, lengths and quantities 2) Economies of scale / Buying…

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ECOECO
Jan 08, 2009 2:20 pm
ECOECO
taththi
taththi
8 January 2009

How do you stay sane?

How do you stay sane?

Jim Millisons book is the best - A heavy read for a beginner, but permaculture is all about the principles of nature…

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taththi
Jan 08, 2009 4:14 pm
Li da
Li da
8 January 2009

Perth builders - who/how to pick?

Perth builders - who/how to pick?
WA

When I worked out the numbers it just wasn't worth demolishing and rebuilding so I haven't gone ahead.

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Li da
Jan 08, 2009 7:32 pm
Zerosignal
Zerosignal
8 January 2009

adding a third garage..how much? PD or other volume builder

adding a third garage..how much? PD or other volume builder
VIC

We have been quoted on the PD Prestige Hayman 29. To extend our garage to side of the property (16m frontage) adds 770m to the garage for a cost of $2,230 plus $647 for…

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Zerosignal
Jan 08, 2009 8:48 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
8 January 2009

Vanity Basins with overflow outlet

Vanity Basins with overflow outlet
TAS

We have the square bowls with the overflow holes and the pop up wastes - i think they are the Fowler brand. The overflow is formed into the unit itself and drains…

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PhoenixStar
Jan 08, 2009 10:00 pm
PhoenixStar
TheGang
TheGang
8 January 2009

"shell builders" in South Australia ?

"shell builders" in South Australia ?
SA

We are building with GJ Gardner They have quite a few franchises in SA Mt Barker, Victor Harbour, Holden Hill and another in the Northern Suburbs Good Luck!

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TheGang
Jan 08, 2009 11:05 pm
Rod1949
Rod1949
9 January 2009

Gyprock ShadowSet™ Profile

Gyprock ShadowSet™ Profile

No! I was going to use it and had convinced the wife but I installed the wall and ceiling sheets (steelframed) before I read the gap requirements for ShadowSet. So we…

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Rod1949
Jan 09, 2009 2:55 pm
Jlamb
Jlamb
9 January 2009

Building with Burbank...

Building with Burbank...
VIC

We are currently at the stage of receiving the contract with Burbank. We are planning to build a Violet with them. Since being a first home buyer, we would like to hear…

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Jlamb
Jan 09, 2009 3:26 pm
ok180
ok180
9 January 2009

Cost Of Building a New Home in Sydney

Cost Of Building a New Home in Sydney
NSW

Inner west, very good-excellent finish, probably about 250-300k for something around 120m2. Your best off going to see an architect to talk costs. It will cost you way…

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ok180
Jan 09, 2009 4:36 pm
ok180
JNR
JNR
9 January 2009

Contract question

Contract question

From my experience, if it is not in the contract, it does not exist. You may see something in the provisional allowances. A clause you may wish to add to the contract…

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JNR
Jan 09, 2009 5:23 pm
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Michelle
Jan 09, 2009 7:42 pm
Michelle
popcorn-chicken
popcorn-chicken
9 January 2009

Help!

Help!

gees.. I think most of the builders have increased their price right after 1st Jan anyway, more or less. If they threaten you to sign the contract this way, ya, i'd walk…

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popcorn-chicken
Jan 09, 2009 9:58 pm
kirribilli
kirribilli
9 January 2009

Calling all from WA: Dale Alcock Homes

Calling all from WA: Dale Alcock Homes

Sorry Joles, highjacking your thread - dollars will go up I'm afraid, we had massive increases to upgrade some things, like the toilets, wanted to upgrade from the basic…

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kirribilli
Jan 09, 2009 10:26 pm
kirribilli
Southies
Southies
10 January 2009

Batten Lights

Batten Lights

Hey guys you need to read this thread re new rules for downlight installation :…

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Southies
Jan 10, 2009 11:38 am
Southies
kirribilli
kirribilli
10 January 2009

Advice on fencing/retaining walls/neighbours

Advice on fencing/retaining walls/neighbours

We checked with the council about this exact same thing and a retaining wall and expense is the responsibility of the house on the lower side, sorry! I would check with…

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kirribilli
Jan 10, 2009 4:51 pm
kirribilli
bluesteel
bluesteel
10 January 2009

Major major renovation in Magill SA

Major major renovation in Magill SA

Not a particularly constructive reply........ :) Well done, looks good - look forward to seeing more pics especially of facade front on. Which facade colours have you…

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bluesteel
Jan 10, 2009 11:13 pm
bluesteel
dymonite69
dymonite69
11 January 2009

Solicitor - building contract

Solicitor - building contract
1, 2

. So the contract must have balance. (I recently had a customer in NSW give me a list of conditions for buying windows and I refused to…

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dymonite69
Jan 11, 2009 8:51 am
dymonite69
kexkez
kexkez
11 January 2009

1st Time Builders - Your best hint, tips etc..

1st Time Builders - Your best hint, tips etc..
1, 2

Consider carefully any additional doors you might like on areas in the house later. If you can't afford to have the doors put on now at least get the framework put in for…

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kexkez
Jan 11, 2009 9:46 am
kexkez


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