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perryr
perryr
5 May 2008

Does Lockup include the garage door?

Does Lockup include the garage door?

External doors will be fitted and locked for lockup. Internal doors probably won't even be delivered until the fix - ours were delivered at the same time as the skirt and…

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perryr
May 05, 2008 7:28 pm
VJ
VJ
5 May 2008

eekk help!

eekk help!

Great to hear that everything's sorted out now.. We're also in a corner block - from Stockland too! They're pretty reasonable when it comes to adhering to the design…

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VJ
May 05, 2008 8:31 pm
VJ
Michelle
Michelle
6 May 2008

SLEEK OR SANDSTOCK STYLE BRICKS ?

SLEEK OR SANDSTOCK STYLE BRICKS ?
NSW

I don’t think it looks that bad!!!! :D Your bricks are a lot like mine! I…

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Michelle
May 06, 2008 8:40 am
Michelle
donuts
donuts
6 May 2008

door/skirting colours.....confused

door/skirting colours.....confused

Hi miss81, Another idea is to paint the skirts / architraves / doors in the same colour as your walls - but in gloss. That's what we're doing, although most of our…

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donuts
May 06, 2008 9:31 am
donuts
perryr
perryr
6 May 2008

our windows are in...looks like a house now

our windows are in...looks like a house now

Wow. Neat building site. Grass.... not something I have much of at our place! Windows make a huge difference. Wait until the brickwork is up!

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perryr
May 06, 2008 1:39 pm
zonk
zonk
6 May 2008

a couple more window shots

a couple more window shots

thanks....the next door neighbour has one too, but in black. the car I mean....not the window

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zonk
May 06, 2008 2:59 pm
zonk
bec
bec
6 May 2008

neat building site

neat building site

is there such a thing! mess onsite drives me :twisted:

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bec
May 06, 2008 3:06 pm
brittany
brittany
6 May 2008

1.8m wide Balcony cost $15K?

1.8m wide Balcony cost $15K?

We're paying $16677 for an 18m2 balcony including merabu decking, waterproofing and balustrade off the back of our house over the alfresco area - great view out the back…

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brittany
May 06, 2008 4:44 pm
brittany
Toast
Toast
7 May 2008

Downpipe Location and colours

Downpipe Location and colours

Plant a bloody big conifer in front of it :)

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Toast
May 07, 2008 9:12 am
Toast
lobo
lobo
7 May 2008

Rawson home builder

Rawson home builder

Hello my neighbour has built with them and speaks well about them. That was around 5-6 years ago and things may have changed by now. They are a bit more expensive for…

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lobo
May 07, 2008 9:43 am
lobo
Clarity
Clarity
7 May 2008

building 1st house advice

building 1st house advice

We are building with clarendon in sydney metro (a knock down and rebuild) and found it was the best house suitable for all our needs and the best use of usable space and…

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Clarity
May 07, 2008 10:57 am
Clarity
MICA
MICA
7 May 2008

Down-lights or NOT?

Down-lights or NOT?
1, 2, 3

Hi there Aulyna_1 LED lights are fantastic, but only for highlighting things! Personally, i wouldn't be using them to light up a room. Hope this helps.

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MICA
May 07, 2008 2:33 pm
MICA
MICA
MICA
7 May 2008

Lighpoint location (plan)?

Lighpoint location (plan)?

the best places for bed side wall lights is just to the side of the bed head. the best way to measure it, is to lay in bed, and make sure you can reach the switch ...…

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MICA
May 07, 2008 4:05 pm
MICA
sneakersss
sneakersss
7 May 2008

Front water tap too close to future driveway

Front water tap too close to future driveway

Hey guys We are about to receive handover on our new home, and in the process of organizing a concrete driveway. However the location of the…

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sneakersss
May 07, 2008 10:15 pm
sneakersss
Minx
Minx
8 May 2008

Internal garage access

Internal garage access
1, 2

I do at my house, also grew up with it with my parents house. At my house it opens out into the hallway. In this hallway there is a door for the cellar s easy access for…

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Minx
May 08, 2008 10:01 am
to_do_list
to_do_list
8 May 2008

att mattwalker: brushwood fence

att mattwalker: brushwood fence

The ones at the front of our estate have been there for at least eight, but they are thicker and I suspect may be "preserved" as the color is still reddy-brown.

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to_do_list
May 08, 2008 10:43 am
to_do_list
piranha
piranha
8 May 2008

Boral Connex Mortarless Masonry Blocks

Boral Connex Mortarless Masonry Blocks

also as these are relativly new products you may wish to ask one of the sales reps if they can refer any block layers that can do the job who would be more familiar with…

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piranha
May 08, 2008 11:57 am
penny73
penny73
8 May 2008

Tips please on things you forget to ask about at quote stage

Tips please on things you forget to ask about at quote stage

Dont have the quote with me atm can let you know sunday when I get back home. Thanks for the link stonecutter

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penny73
May 08, 2008 5:49 pm
Paula
Paula
8 May 2008

DOES BRICKWORK LOOK LEVEL ?

DOES BRICKWORK LOOK LEVEL ?
1, 2

::cheerleader:: Another win, congratulations..good to hear.

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Paula
May 08, 2008 10:30 pm
Paula
andrew_123
andrew_123
8 May 2008

Has anyone built with....???

Has anyone built with....???

hey all, apparently they are expanding and now building in south east. they are in the saturday herald sun HOME MAGAZINE, and they are priced as displayed. i called up…

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andrew_123
May 08, 2008 11:04 pm
andrew_123
Sharee
Sharee
9 May 2008

My colours so far (cross-post)

My colours so far (cross-post)

Hi judie, I actually wouldn't change the colours at all. I think the windows standing out in that colour is more a photoshop thing than an actual problem. To me they look…

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Sharee
May 09, 2008 10:50 am
Sharee
Maxie
Maxie
9 May 2008

What is your feedback building with WCrest homes?

What is your feedback building with WCrest homes?

We were initially attracted to one of their new designs - there is a display home of it and then there is an enlarged version of it that they had brochures and floorplans…

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Maxie
May 09, 2008 2:03 pm
Maxie
DeeElle
DeeElle
10 May 2008

1 colour…..and wow look how it good it looks!

1 colour…..and wow look how it good it looks!
NSW
1, 2

Michelle - slightly off-topic - but do you think the home with the eaves will be a similar look to our place? In case you've forgotten…

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DeeElle
May 10, 2008 8:23 pm
DeeElle
haywgl
haywgl
11 May 2008

PD Electrical

PD Electrical

Hey Andy That's what I hoped - but I wasn't sure the SS would allow it - but it seems most do :) It was home theatre wiring - just general around the house…

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haywgl
May 11, 2008 10:11 am
haywgl
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pasey25
May 11, 2008 12:02 pm
pasey25
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
12 May 2008

Laundry pipes and power cables

Laundry pipes and power cables
VIC

Our builder puts the taps under the sink as standard, but I didn't even think of the powerpoints... should have put them in the cupboards too. Nevermind, I can live with…

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First_Timer_Ray
May 12, 2008 10:25 am
First_Timer_Ray
clath
clath
12 May 2008

we have moved in

we have moved in

hi everyone at the library posting again internet on next week but wont tell my son its been peaceful without it :lol: its been good so far had the driveway done exposed…

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clath
May 12, 2008 12:58 pm
clath
ahuang
ahuang
12 May 2008

What to do ???

What to do ???

I am not sure if I understand your problem correctly. Are you saying the wires are supposed to be connected through the walls but it wasn't? Isn't it quite straight…

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ahuang
May 12, 2008 1:00 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
12 May 2008

Did you ever feel overwhelmed?

Did you ever feel overwhelmed?

I would suggest to calm down a bit Julie, don't let your emotion drives your decision... it's a looooooooooooooooooooong process and needs lot of time and careful planing…

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ahuang
May 12, 2008 1:21 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
12 May 2008

Land Tax...what!!!

Land Tax...what!!!

I got one too, as it takes a long time to build the house, I guess they "assume" if you are not living there (for our case) you might have rented it out during the…

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ahuang
May 12, 2008 1:38 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
12 May 2008

rain and floors

rain and floors

we got very bad floor lipping problem due to floor board exposed in rains during the long 6 weeks brick work period. our builder did floor sanding twice (extra one because…

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ahuang
May 12, 2008 1:45 pm
ahuang
oznow
oznow
12 May 2008

For those who had Inspection done: are these defects?

For those who had Inspection done: are these defects?

Thanks Allan, i will remember to flip every rubber strip... The builder said that they holey thingy will be fixed before handover.

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oznow
May 12, 2008 2:32 pm
oznow
Judie
Judie
12 May 2008

NSW BASIX requirements

NSW BASIX requirements

So, now there's a fly in the ointment. I specified Colorbond roofing - they put the BASIX in as tiles in the medium classification. To change to Colorbond would mean a lot…

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Judie
May 12, 2008 4:59 pm
Judie
Colleen
Colleen
12 May 2008

quoted time vs actual time

quoted time vs actual time

I think, as far as the contracted time goes, my builder has until the end of July to finish, but they'll be finished on Friday :) . As far as timelines given by site…

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Colleen
May 12, 2008 7:46 pm
Colleen
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Mission
May 12, 2008 9:57 pm
Toast
Toast
13 May 2008

Downlights - Builder or organise ourselves.

Downlights - Builder or organise ourselves.

Having said that, keep in mind everything you get your builder to do will cost you more than getting your own guy to do it. Carpet, tiles, lighting, feature walls, water…

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Toast
May 13, 2008 9:28 am
Toast
courtypaulie
courtypaulie
13 May 2008

Standard Builder or Private Builder for Caroline Springs ?

Standard Builder or Private Builder for Caroline Springs ?

Hi buddy Sorry dont have any advice on private builders but I see you are building in Caroline Spring Edenfield estate... We are also building there wonder if we are…

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courtypaulie
May 13, 2008 4:14 pm
VJ
VJ
13 May 2008

Oxidisation (rust marks) on bricks and Mortar

Oxidisation (rust marks) on bricks and Mortar

stevec, i checked our contract... when we upgraded our bricks, it includes 'neutralising to avoid vanadium staining where required by manufacturer' so i reckon…

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VJ
May 13, 2008 8:13 pm
VJ
Raz
Raz
13 May 2008

Updated photos

Updated photos

This is a really nice house and designed with a big balcony and alresco to enjoy the view. Spectacular! Raz

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Raz
May 13, 2008 11:00 pm
Paula
Paula
14 May 2008

I know you love photos...

I know you love photos...
1, 2, 3

Ray, I notice you are moving this weekend as well ::cheerleader:: Good luck with the move, and dont forget moving pics :D

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Paula
May 14, 2008 8:26 am
Paula
penny73
penny73
14 May 2008

How long can contract signing be delayed?

How long can contract signing be delayed?

Thanks all really very excited. Colleen - :lol: I am sure I will change my mind dozens of times. I do have a pretty fixed idea on a colour scheme but having no experience…

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penny73
May 14, 2008 9:49 am
dembi_2000
dembi_2000
14 May 2008

Boutique builder?

Boutique builder?

Thanks SFSG and DeeElle for the tips. Yep, we also believe we'd get better quality and a more personalized service with a boutique builder. We think these 2 are very…

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dembi_2000
May 14, 2008 1:54 pm
donuts
donuts
14 May 2008

Asbestos removal

Asbestos removal

we paid $8800 for an approx 13 square 3 bdrm post-war home including asbestos removal - not sure exactly how much asbestos though - it was never an issue for our people.

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donuts
May 14, 2008 2:50 pm
donuts
claego
claego
14 May 2008

We have tiles!

We have tiles!

look fantastic, i love the silver framing, not sure if i can get it (not sure will it cost) from my builder, i may call them tomorrow

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claego
May 14, 2008 7:51 pm
VJ
VJ
14 May 2008

Tiling Query

Tiling Query

VJ, Thanks for your input. Quote: IF we do it after handover, it would be around $12K-$14k only. Still very costly, but cheaper than the builder's…

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VJ
May 14, 2008 8:26 pm
VJ
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
14 May 2008

Garage of PD Cremorne

Garage of PD Cremorne

We asked if we could have the internal walls of our garage - Cremorne 41 - bricked and were advised by our CSC that no, they had to be plastered. Then at tender we asked…

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House-To-Be
May 14, 2008 10:17 pm
haywgl
haywgl
15 May 2008

Cremorne Question

Cremorne Question
1, 2

Will definatly be starting a blog - when we get some land!! We had what i thought was a certainty until yesterday when I read Snsitr's post about side setbacks and PD's…

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haywgl
May 15, 2008 10:19 am
haywgl
Justin
Justin
15 May 2008

Marshall Baker Homes

Marshall Baker Homes

We've got scaffold, a messy site and bricks not cleaned yet. Will do an outside pic when things are more tidy.

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Justin
May 15, 2008 12:16 pm
kiwi056
kiwi056
15 May 2008

Estimated time for each trade on site

Estimated time for each trade on site

Its going to be a big house…I guess with some of the trades time will be determined by the amount of content for them. Obviously some houses have more of this and less…

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kiwi056
May 15, 2008 12:27 pm
kiwi056


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