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Izzys123
Izzys123
21 October 2008

How do i know the inspector is not working for my builder?

How do i know the inspector is not working for my builder?
VIC

As long as it is not working for my builder, it would be fine.. but is there any way i can find out? can i ask them and will they tell me the…

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Izzys123
Oct 21, 2008 9:50 pm
gpierce
gpierce
22 October 2008

Any one know of any good company installing "stormwater

Any one know of any good company installing "stormwater

He works for Binet too, he did our design. He's good, but a bit of a worry that he's the only one around really doing this work. Greg

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gpierce
Oct 22, 2008 10:27 am
Helyn
Helyn
22 October 2008

H&L vs purch. land then build

H&L vs purch. land then build

I'm pretty sure you only pay stamp duty on the land if you go for the H&L packages Correct. If it is a package where the land sale…

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Helyn
Oct 22, 2008 1:41 pm
Helyn
Southies
Southies
22 October 2008

Sydney Building Inspectors...list

Sydney Building Inspectors...list
NSW

YBI don't do sydney. They're based up hte coast north of sydney. HIS only do completion inspections. That's what I've already discovered with these companies. They find…

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Southies
Oct 22, 2008 5:03 pm
Southies
zergling
zergling
22 October 2008

Left over supplies

Left over supplies
VIC

we had surplus bricks and were told to put it to the back otherwise it might be taken away. We couldnt be bothered taking it to the back yard, we stacked about 1 and a…

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zergling
Oct 22, 2008 7:01 pm
jspitz
jspitz
22 October 2008

moving telstra pole to build new crossover

moving telstra pole to build new crossover

Thanks for all the info. Yes i thought it might be in the too hard basket to move the telstra pole. We have a 7.6m setback-are considering whether to get a permit to…

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jspitz
Oct 22, 2008 7:50 pm
blessedpeople
blessedpeople
23 October 2008

Melton Shire Council

Melton Shire Council

Arch, I honestly can't rmember how much we paid. The fee would depend on the cost of your dwelling etc and it is something that council would advise you on. Please…

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blessedpeople
Oct 23, 2008 9:00 am
blessedpeople
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Bam
Oct 23, 2008 1:11 pm
Bam
Clarity
Clarity
23 October 2008

Almost there! pics included!

Almost there! pics included!

Kitchen looks fantastic. Well done :D

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Clarity
Oct 23, 2008 1:19 pm
Clarity
snipfer
snipfer
23 October 2008

No Sewerage service?

No Sewerage service?

thanks a lot, brett(boliver) and mrs martin. will check with the council.

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snipfer
Oct 23, 2008 2:42 pm
Bam
Bam
23 October 2008

Gap between wall and cupboard

Gap between wall and cupboard

Is the bench laminate or stone? If its stone then you have may have more luck in getting an extra piece added and having the joins sanded back so they cant be seen (same…

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Bam
Oct 23, 2008 6:48 pm
Bam
Bam
Bam
23 October 2008

Type of Slab?

Type of Slab?

^ Thankyou! :)

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Bam
Oct 23, 2008 6:53 pm
Bam
Casa2
Casa2
23 October 2008

Retaining Wall - measure the wall by 3 surfaces????

Retaining Wall - measure the wall by 3 surfaces????

If he has quoted in m2 that only refers to the face unless the wall has a return at the end in which case the returns would be measured also. So…

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Casa2
Oct 23, 2008 7:35 pm
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
23 October 2008

How much did your electrical cost?

How much did your electrical cost?

wonderland - a junction box comes with a light switch. Yes - you can use those for garden lighting. We'll be having some JBs at ground level for that purpose. You…

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stonecutter1309
Oct 23, 2008 8:22 pm
stonecutter1309
Cabinfever
Cabinfever
23 October 2008

Cost for cabinet maker to build shelves to a blank wall

Cost for cabinet maker to build shelves to a blank wall
1, 2

I once had 10 (or was it 12 ?) Billy bookcases from Ikea. They were pretty good for a few years. I moved a few times and each time they suffered. Then the laminate started…

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Cabinfever
Oct 23, 2008 9:40 pm
Cabinfever
Bailey
Bailey
24 October 2008

Newby

Newby
VIC

Hi Serge, I know you're probably well past finished your house, but I am building in the same area with similar situation, can you tell me which builder you went with,…

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Bailey
Oct 24, 2008 1:07 pm
Bailey
wonderland
wonderland
25 October 2008

photos external wall painting started

photos external wall painting started

Wow your house looks amazing braveheart!!! I especially love the LONG kitchen. Is there somewhere where we can see your floorplans? I tried searching your blog for it but…

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wonderland
Oct 25, 2008 1:26 am
wonderland
asimpson43
asimpson43
26 October 2008

Massive delays, no communication, threatening to jump! Help!

Massive delays, no communication, threatening to jump! Help!
QLD

Thanks for the quick replies all. I guess it's just a case of 'wait and see'. it would really be good if my builder actually returned my calls or let me know if something…

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asimpson43
Oct 26, 2008 8:45 pm
wellinformed
wellinformed
27 October 2008

Re-establishment survey on land

Re-establishment survey on land

always best to get the builder to do this for you...incase there are complications the onus is on the builders surveyors and not the ones who did the work for you.

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wellinformed
Oct 27, 2008 10:18 am
smeagol
smeagol
27 October 2008

building over an easement

building over an easement

geee this sounds like de ja vu.... the deal with easement is depending on what type of easement it is..if its for drainage then its a battle with the council..if its…

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smeagol
Oct 27, 2008 11:45 am
smeagol
brittany
brittany
27 October 2008

Site & other after costs.

Site & other after costs.

Our site costs were massive with the same builder (we are at bricking stage and pretty happy). We also got a quote off Metricon who were slightly cheaper but not enough…

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brittany
Oct 27, 2008 1:54 pm
brittany
brittany
brittany
27 October 2008

Custom Build - Melbourne Western Suburbs

Custom Build - Melbourne Western Suburbs
VIC

We nearly built with Jacman homes who are out this side of the city but changed our minds due to cost and we found a display home with a better floor plan than we could…

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brittany
Oct 27, 2008 2:01 pm
brittany
Snake
Snake
27 October 2008

site slope issue

site slope issue
VIC

As for the extra concrete, I don't really know. I don't think its for the retaining wall because when we visited the site, there's no wall…

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Snake
Oct 27, 2008 2:26 pm
Snake
Lyn
Lyn
27 October 2008

Excess soil removal..........rip off....??????

Excess soil removal..........rip off....??????

Builder is probably not paying tip fees, and just charging some other poor customer for a bit of fill instead! We had extra fill put on, then it all got scraped back…

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Lyn
Oct 27, 2008 3:25 pm
wakeboardandy
wakeboardandy
27 October 2008

Australand

Australand

That is the thing with convenants.. they only last so long.. In my estate laurimar my land contract states, these convenants cease to apply from 2017.

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wakeboardandy
Oct 27, 2008 9:17 pm
wakeboardandy
snipfer
snipfer
28 October 2008

Has anyone changed the house they are building post tender?

Has anyone changed the house they are building post tender?
VIC

hi, does PD allows you to change certain parts of the floorplan? example like - changing the location of the kitchen/rooms?

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snipfer
Oct 28, 2008 2:03 am
seakyl
seakyl
28 October 2008

OXXO or XOX

OXXO or XOX

I decided to go with the XOX, therefor we will have a large glass opening with no security screen in the way. I'm not sure what sort of window covering we will put in…

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seakyl
Oct 28, 2008 9:22 am
Southies
Southies
28 October 2008

Providing subbies with goodies

Providing subbies with goodies
NSW
1, 2

I remember asking the carpenters what they like to drink - beer, wine or spirits. And they were like "Oh no, really you don't have to....... But if…

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Southies
Oct 28, 2008 5:35 pm
Southies
Maxie
Maxie
28 October 2008

Building Contracts

Building Contracts

I was wondering whether we're quite within our rights to insist on adding clauses about date of completion now that one might be a toughie! :D

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Maxie
Oct 28, 2008 6:34 pm
Maxie
Samira
Samira
29 October 2008

buying off the plan or a display home?

buying off the plan or a display home?

Hi Lyn, They don't actually have any floorplans online of their verve range at all! It just has some graphics and a little information etc. You will have to visit…

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Samira
Oct 29, 2008 10:51 am
Mozzie
Mozzie
29 October 2008

Acratex render colors

Acratex render colors
VIC

Thanks KWOOD2 - at least I now know the color can be changed if I want it to be. I'll pop out tomorrow and check what Sorell should actually be and if I was wrong and…

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Mozzie
Oct 29, 2008 11:29 pm
Mozzie
Snake
Snake
30 October 2008

Planning Permit Responsibility

Planning Permit Responsibility
VIC

Hi We have height regulation. As per council we need planning permit. The builder in the contract has said that planning permit is owners…

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Snake
Oct 30, 2008 7:46 am
Snake
woodsey
woodsey
30 October 2008

So close...

So close...
1, 2

Well, Now, all we need is the HWS, rainwater tank, stove and air-con condenser installed, and we'll be right to move in (after we have carpet and…

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woodsey
Oct 30, 2008 8:36 am
beegeers
beegeers
30 October 2008

Anyone for the Empire?

Anyone for the Empire?
QLD

Hi muzzman We did consider the Empire cos this was one of the few ones that sort of fitted till we added the alfresco Pluses were Minor bedrooms are big and they…

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beegeers
Oct 30, 2008 2:23 pm
Newbies
Newbies
30 October 2008

New to this - which comes first, land or builder?

New to this - which comes first, land or builder?
VIC

heheh i'm going to throw in a vote for picking house then land...thats what we did...although we did it both in a couple of days of each other anyway...hehe good luck!…

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Newbies
Oct 30, 2008 9:20 pm
Newbies
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
31 October 2008

Correct height of picture rails?

Correct height of picture rails?

I'm currently living in a 190's red brick where the picture rails were added at a later date. The…

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buildingadreamhome
Oct 31, 2008 9:02 am
buildingadreamhome
woodsey
woodsey
31 October 2008

progress payments

progress payments

My understanding is you don't sign off a payment till you are satisfied, thats what our banks declarations say which we have to sign before sending that and a copy of an…

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woodsey
Oct 31, 2008 9:17 am
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Stormy
Oct 31, 2008 2:00 pm
Stormy
funkypopcorn
funkypopcorn
31 October 2008

choosing a block?

choosing a block?
VIC

:D thanks for all your replies! we will keep looking for a better block!

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funkypopcorn
Oct 31, 2008 11:05 pm
~*InfiniteLoop*~
~*InfiniteLoop*~
31 October 2008

Building a house for the tribe....Seaford Rise, SA.

Building a house for the tribe....Seaford Rise, SA.
SA

Ahhh, I gotcha now :lol: . See, I have no idea what ZZ Top even look like! Now I do, and I feel honoured they laid my slab :D

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~*InfiniteLoop*~
Oct 31, 2008 11:11 pm
Jochicho
Jochicho
1 November 2008

ANYONE BUILT WTH WISDOM OR CASAVIEW HOMES?

ANYONE BUILT WTH WISDOM OR CASAVIEW HOMES?
NSW

Hi rexie_build, I am sort of new on this forum and just read your postings. Your house sounds lovely. We are trying to decide if we should build with Wisdom or EBH. We…

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Jochicho
Nov 01, 2008 1:38 am
suh
suh
1 November 2008

Update...what there is of it!

Update...what there is of it!
NSW

Thanks girls, didn't really think anyone would notice I wasn't around, lol. The computer is being kind to me this morning. All the electricals are done, air cond,…

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suh
Nov 01, 2008 11:03 am
suh
Izzys123
Izzys123
1 November 2008

Inspection issue

Inspection issue

Contracts are derived from statute, that is statutes…

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Izzys123
Nov 01, 2008 5:05 pm
donuts
donuts
1 November 2008

North Lakes, Queensland - colour update

North Lakes, Queensland - colour update
QLD

Hi jeanete, I love the blue colour too, gives it a real seaside look! That's a gorgeous kitchen :)

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donuts
Nov 01, 2008 8:12 pm
donuts
homeishome
homeishome
1 November 2008

Termite Protection

Termite Protection
VIC

Thanks hysterical1144 Even i want to know the answer to this question. Hopefully someone knows the answer to this. Also does someone has any idea how much this system…

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homeishome
Nov 01, 2008 10:56 pm
Dakis
Dakis
1 November 2008

Architect in melbourne South East

Architect in melbourne South East
VIC

A break down of typical town planning costs and working drawing drawings are usually as follows, keep in mind town planning is seperate process to building permit…

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Dakis
Nov 01, 2008 11:26 pm
Dakis
Dakis
2 November 2008

Implied easement discussions

Implied easement discussions
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that's why in victoria we have legally binding protection works agreements to resolve and avoid such issues. No one can do any works or affect your site without protection…

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Dakis
Nov 02, 2008 9:22 am
dmcclurg
dmcclurg
2 November 2008

Building on a small block

Building on a small block
VIC

Thanks Dakis. We are meeting with a draftsman tomorrow to discuss the project, i was just wondering what other builders experiences might have been. d

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dmcclurg
Nov 02, 2008 9:38 am
Dakis
Dakis
2 November 2008

Architect recommendations and costs - Melbourne

Architect recommendations and costs - Melbourne
VIC

$1500 for a chat with an architect !! Wow wish I can charge that with my clients. reality is most don't. There are plenty of building designers and Architects as myself…

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Dakis
Nov 02, 2008 12:16 pm

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