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Skippa1
Skippa1
17 February 2009

For those whose builder went bust..insurance ?

For those whose builder went bust..insurance ?
NSW

Sue, Hi there.. how are you? have you made any progress with this as yet?? What else needs to be finished off the house?? You say there is a leak on the roof? Is…

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Skippa1
Feb 17, 2009 9:02 pm
Skippa1
jbsj1974
jbsj1974
17 February 2009

PC Program or Website for Facade Visuals?

PC Program or Website for Facade Visuals?

Another free option, and surprisingly excellent, comes from the good folks at Google. It's called Sketchup7. Took me about 20mins to get the facade drawn and then it's…

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jbsj1974
Feb 17, 2009 9:07 pm
emptyvessel
emptyvessel
17 February 2009

Advice Plz - First Home Build as a duplex - Tax, Loans etc

Advice Plz - First Home Build as a duplex - Tax, Loans etc

Here is the specific code for dual-occupancy, I can't see any reason for us having to subdivide except for sale at this point. http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/CSC-Sh…

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emptyvessel
Feb 17, 2009 9:09 pm
Skippa1
Skippa1
17 February 2009

Three more builders go bust.....

Three more builders go bust.....

Yeah bit of a shames with these guys going down, pretty hard to say "Why" as there could be many of things to cause this... Few I have seen that they seem to pay all…

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Skippa1
Feb 17, 2009 9:13 pm
Skippa1
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FND
Feb 17, 2009 9:34 pm
Chuq
Chuq
18 February 2009

Has anyone built with Urban 3dge?

Has anyone built with Urban 3dge?
VIC

We widened our garage, and added an alfresco. But i know a free people have made a lot more changes than us!

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Chuq
Feb 18, 2009 10:57 am
Chuq
Becster
Becster
18 February 2009

amazed at the lack of variation in new home styles...

amazed at the lack of variation in new home styles...

Maybe try residential attitudes? a western australian builder that are a little different...

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Becster
Feb 18, 2009 12:55 pm
seakyl
seakyl
18 February 2009

What made you choose your design

What made you choose your design

We have 4473mtr block so I wanted something that had a great outlook to the whole backyard..so lots of large windows facing north. We also wanted…

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seakyl
Feb 18, 2009 2:47 pm
Back Pocket
Back Pocket
18 February 2009

Porter Davis construction timelines

Porter Davis construction timelines
VIC

The time lines they give you are for a standard plan with no changes. Which I believe they have never built because everyone changes something! From my copy, which is…

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Back Pocket
Feb 18, 2009 3:02 pm
iTalk
iTalk
18 February 2009

Is PD offering you 2.5 ceiling insulation ?

Is PD offering you 2.5 ceiling insulation ?
VIC
1, 2

Okay, I got a call from my Sales Consultant and he said that upgrading the Ceiling insulation into 3.5 would cost $1300, and $900 to upgrade the wall insulation into…

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iTalk
Feb 18, 2009 6:31 pm
iTalk
anthea
anthea
18 February 2009

Building troubles

Building troubles
VIC

building commission? I got some great advice from the Vic branch.

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anthea
Feb 18, 2009 8:49 pm
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
18 February 2009

Anyone built with Rawdon or GJ king? Or on tight budget???

Anyone built with Rawdon or GJ king? Or on tight budget???
VIC

I think you mean JG King.. :lol: We are building the caraway.. it is approx 190k for us (includes everything except of curtains/blinds).. that is 212m2 (23 squares). If…

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wakeboardandy
Feb 18, 2009 8:50 pm
wakeboardandy
wonderland
wonderland
18 February 2009

Permanent vs Temp Fencing?

Permanent vs Temp Fencing?

Even if you dont want to fence all three sides of your land, i think it would be a good idea to fence two sides. Maybe one to the back and one to the side. That way, you…

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wonderland
Feb 18, 2009 9:46 pm
wonderland
Dirtyard Darren
Dirtyard Darren
18 February 2009

claiming damages from builder

claiming damages from builder
VIC

Can't help you with your problem, but we looked into building with the same company a couple of years ago, only to find they wanted near $25,000 for earthworks on land…

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Dirtyard Darren
Feb 18, 2009 9:54 pm
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Jess09
Feb 18, 2009 10:08 pm
Jess09
billdsl
billdsl
18 February 2009

Stormwater easement yes, but what is this?

Stormwater easement yes, but what is this?

with our easement when we had our solicitor do the searches the council provided the details on what you can and cant do with the easement on our block, so maybe you can…

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billdsl
Feb 18, 2009 10:44 pm
billdsl
Fiffaro
Fiffaro
19 February 2009

Variations on Henley plans

Variations on Henley plans
VIC

Dont the display houses have two aircons going? That's why they are so cool. Walk around the outside of a few and you will see two units. I think you…

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Fiffaro
Feb 19, 2009 1:50 am
joles
joles
19 February 2009

Land Survey

Land Survey

Have you double checked the pegs? Sometimes they are buried and you have to dig for them. :shock: :lol: :lol: Have a look where they should be and start digging, they may be there. :lol: :lol:

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joles
Feb 19, 2009 7:28 am
joles
kexkez
kexkez
19 February 2009

Calling D@n again for photoshop.. my bricks blew up!!!

Calling D@n again for photoshop.. my bricks blew up!!!
1, 2

i would love to be able to do what Dan does but don't have the patience to work it out. But for the garage door bit. You can go to the b n d door website and upload a…

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kexkez
Feb 19, 2009 7:37 am
kexkez
Our Dream
Our Dream
19 February 2009

Standard Anything ?

Standard Anything ?

The bricks we wanted were not part of the standard builder's range BUT they were exactly the same price as those that were. Our Builder asked…

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Our Dream
Feb 19, 2009 8:14 am
stevep79
stevep79
19 February 2009

Signing contract with builder before block is titled?

Signing contract with builder before block is titled?
VIC

I'm building with PD and doing fixed site costs and signing the building contract before land settlement I'm going to be doubly making sure that…

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stevep79
Feb 19, 2009 9:03 am
stevep79
danma
danma
19 February 2009

How long to prepare DA

How long to prepare DA

I just had a look at our time line and with Clarendon it took 6 weeks and with Wisdom it took 6 days. That is a huge difference.

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danma
Feb 19, 2009 10:03 am
cazz79
cazz79
19 February 2009

External Colours.......... PLEASE HELP!

External Colours.......... PLEASE HELP!
1, 2, 3

they have used white mortar which has lightened up the bricks, but they also have a dark (monument) roof so this looks great. i had the same trouble deciding on my mortar…

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cazz79
Feb 19, 2009 11:09 am
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nomad
Feb 19, 2009 11:20 am
haywgl
haywgl
19 February 2009

Boral Bricks Casmere Blend

Boral Bricks Casmere Blend
VIC

Oh Jo! That brick would go perfect with your roof - I really like it!! What a shame it is such a high category!! Surely they could mark the price down for you!! :?

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haywgl
Feb 19, 2009 11:53 am
haywgl
borg
borg
19 February 2009

Who's responsible for backfilling around a waffle pod?

Who's responsible for backfilling around a waffle pod?

In Vic the damp course is usually at least one brick up. Basically you shouldnt cover your weep wholes. You can fully cover the slab and still have one brick…

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borg
Feb 19, 2009 2:13 pm
borg
Chuq
Chuq
19 February 2009

Fire resistant building (High fire rating)

Fire resistant building (High fire rating)

This is something I have been considering, even before the Vic bushfires. A newspaper article reported all new buildings in bushfire areas requiring these rooms, but…

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Chuq
Feb 19, 2009 2:57 pm
Chuq
bel
bel
19 February 2009

Is anyone building this house, The Terrace W3stminster

Is anyone building this house, The Terrace W3stminster
NSW

Balcony - no idea :) will send you a pm about the other items :) Bel

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bel
Feb 19, 2009 4:37 pm
bel
suh
suh
19 February 2009

My New Home...eventually!

My New Home...eventually!
NSW
1, 2, 3

Sorry, no pics, I had a look at the retaining wall after work and it was so advanced I will have to take new…

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suh
Feb 19, 2009 7:15 pm
suh
Chuq
Chuq
20 February 2009

Basements

Basements
TAS

I can only hope that at 160m elevation, 1.5km from the river, the water table will be lower than 155m! Seems like it should be ok. But it's a couple of years away, I'll…

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Chuq
Feb 20, 2009 7:14 am
Chuq
netadelle
netadelle
20 February 2009

Boundary of Your NEW land

Boundary of Your NEW land

Ring the person you are dealing with and say "I've been out to the block, there are no survey pegs there, can you please get it re-surveyed as soon as possible" That is…

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netadelle
Feb 20, 2009 8:55 am
netadelle
kek
kek
20 February 2009

Do you think PD is expensive?

Do you think PD is expensive?
VIC
1, 2

Expensive or not depends entirely on what you add. We had our issues with PD, but price was never one of them. They beat the pants off the other major builders in that…

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kek
Feb 20, 2009 9:04 am
kek
kek
kek
20 February 2009

Building - Hidden Costs

Building - Hidden Costs

I think you can do it for the price you're prepared to pay, but you'll have to really shop around and budget very carefully. Don't fall in love with all the luxury extras,…

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kek
Feb 20, 2009 9:06 am
kek
jspitz
jspitz
20 February 2009

Anyone know about sewer ties?

Anyone know about sewer ties?

Thanks everyone for the info-i'm praying this doesn't hold up the build process yet again-frustration!!!!

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jspitz
Feb 20, 2009 9:30 am
da68za
da68za
20 February 2009

Spring Farm, Camden

Spring Farm, Camden
NSW

One thing for certain your gardens will grow well as that hole area used to be the main inghams breeding farms for there chickens ... From memory there was about 9…

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da68za
Feb 20, 2009 10:06 am
da68za
suh
suh
20 February 2009

PINKAPPLES Now has fit out- Pics Incl

PINKAPPLES Now has fit out- Pics Incl
1, 2

It's look great pinkapples :D I love your kitchen cupboards... very 8) and your laundry looks very similar to my own. Thanks for the piccies!

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suh
Feb 20, 2009 12:24 pm
suh
dreamz
dreamz
20 February 2009

First home Process..

First home Process..

hmmmmm thanks great tips. will definetly keep this in mind. definetly have left me thinking.. hahaha So all that fancy tiles and stuff obviously cost more. so…

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dreamz
Feb 20, 2009 1:57 pm
Mel&Em
Mel&Em
20 February 2009

How often does your SS / Construction team contact you?

How often does your SS / Construction team contact you?

We get a call from our builder every couple of weeks, maybe more frequently if there are a lot of things happening at the block. Pretty good so far.

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Mel&Em
Feb 20, 2009 2:04 pm
Mel&Em
Southies
Southies
20 February 2009

Standard Bricks with EB

Standard Bricks with EB

Yes, just go to PGH, tell them you're an EB customer & ask them to outline what the standard selection is. That's what we did.

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Southies
Feb 20, 2009 4:19 pm
Southies
donuts
donuts
20 February 2009

Which Facade for your 2-Storey!? Part II

Which Facade for your 2-Storey!? Part II

I do like number 3 the best, it is lovely, but like others, not sure if it's $5200 more lovely than #1... if you've got better things to spend $5200 on then I'd go for number 1.

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donuts
Feb 20, 2009 7:40 pm
donuts
themax
themax
20 February 2009

dark feature walls.... help

dark feature walls.... help

Just wondering if can you actually FEEL those dips in the plaster? I mean it IS the plaster isn't it? I had marks on my dark wall and it was the line where the paint…

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themax
Feb 20, 2009 8:00 pm
themax
mihir
mihir
20 February 2009

Facade Help Needed - Calling D@n - The photoshop guru

Facade Help Needed - Calling D@n - The photoshop guru
VIC

Thanks D@n... I really appreciate your effort.... Cheers

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mihir
Feb 20, 2009 9:20 pm
diego
diego
21 February 2009

Anyone who bought land in Taylors Hills?

Anyone who bought land in Taylors Hills?
VIC

Hi guys. We acquired land in Taylors Hills last October 2008 but has not yet settled since it is supposed to be titled this Feb. But as of today we haven't heard any…

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diego
Feb 21, 2009 9:35 am
diego
Helyn
Helyn
21 February 2009

House Plan Feedback please

House Plan Feedback please
WA

Ou WIR is 2.1 x2.4, this comfortably fits hanging space on either side and 2 side by side tallboys on the back wall. 3x 3.5 , or 10.5 m2 is very normal for a minor…

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Helyn
Feb 21, 2009 2:22 pm
Helyn
thlo
thlo
21 February 2009

Is it normal after deposit, no interest

Is it normal after deposit, no interest

Hi there, I have paid deposit to just get the soil tests and the base price done a week ago. I want to know is it normal for the sales…

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thlo
Feb 21, 2009 6:11 pm
thlo
becksanddan
becksanddan
21 February 2009

Agreed Damages for late completion of work - Hen3ey - note

Agreed Damages for late completion of work - Hen3ey - note

Just having a look at our contract now as there is every chance this could happen to us! We only have 38 clauses... Our contract is the standard HIA 'Plain Language…

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becksanddan
Feb 21, 2009 7:08 pm
themax
themax
21 February 2009

Site Costs?

Site Costs?

I agree with Joles, more like the $20k end of the scale. We also had to add $10k for a stupid council storm water/tank/pit issue... :x

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themax
Feb 21, 2009 8:03 pm
themax

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gracesmith
Feb 21, 2009 8:55 pm

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