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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 ?
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::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
Southies
Southies
15 May 2008

CALLING JAMIET

CALLING JAMIET
NSW

Hi jamiet we recently signed a contract with them & that 'customer guarantee" page was actually bound with the contract. We wanted to have the phrase relating to the…

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Southies
May 15, 2008 3:10 pm
Southies
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown
15 May 2008

Base Price

Base Price

In our case it wasn't a low doc loan, as we only borrowed 60%, which the bank was happy to do without proof of income. But yes, a low doc will do…

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Kevin Brown
May 15, 2008 8:05 pm
Kevin Brown
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Michelle
May 15, 2008 8:26 pm
Michelle
glowwave
glowwave
15 May 2008

Building with 0rbit...feedback will be great

Building with 0rbit...feedback will be great

Hi there. My dad works for Orbit and I think they're pretty good. ;) Hope it all goes well for you. We built with Devine Pioneer about 6 years ago (before my dad started…

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glowwave
May 15, 2008 8:31 pm
to_do_list
to_do_list
15 May 2008

Cracks in slab

Cracks in slab

The only question in my mind is to make sure the builder does actually spray the slab with curing oil! My experience is that in the housing…

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to_do_list
May 15, 2008 10:00 pm
to_do_list
to_do_list
to_do_list
15 May 2008

Alarm pad location?

Alarm pad location?
1, 2

Just had the alarm installed today for the new place. Keypad is by the the internal door to the garage, but unlikely to use it as the key fob activates and…

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to_do_list
May 15, 2008 11:18 pm
to_do_list
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Judie
May 16, 2008 12:04 am
Judie
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
16 May 2008

First inspection

First inspection

Hi, Our inspection took about 2 hours. We started from one end and systematically went through all rooms - starting from the roof, down to the floor. Check windows…

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First_Timer_Ray
May 16, 2008 5:59 am
First_Timer_Ray
clath
clath
16 May 2008

Outlook Terrace (Pakenham)

Outlook Terrace (Pakenham)

HI Rodda interesting about your comment on Hampton park. it has a stigma. i agree i lived there for 14 yrs and all i had was trouble sorry if i might offend people there…

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clath
May 16, 2008 3:04 pm
clath
dj
dj
16 May 2008

Building Inspector in Adelaide

Building Inspector in Adelaide

I hope all goes well for you but Hick**botham and Sta**man homes are the same company, I have had and heard of many horror stories and some good, It would be wise to have…

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dj
May 16, 2008 4:31 pm
jacquiace
jacquiace
17 May 2008

Looking for a project manager to build my home

Looking for a project manager to build my home

Hello all, Thank you for all your responses. As I gathered it will be hard to find a builder who's ready to build. Can anyone recommend a builder who is prepared to…

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jacquiace
May 17, 2008 1:51 pm
brittany
brittany
17 May 2008

Homes Now

Homes Now

I think they are the bargain basement arm of National Builders Group.

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brittany
May 17, 2008 8:04 pm
brittany
Draconis
Draconis
17 May 2008

Wet Plaster and Insulation

Wet Plaster and Insulation

how bad is the gyprock? normaly if that gets too wet it starts to swell and never drys out properly (it's one way of finding leeking pipes in your walls!) Personally I…

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Draconis
May 17, 2008 9:37 pm
Draconis
kexkez
kexkez
17 May 2008

New fence

New fence

i think Draconis is right about future owners. i remember an issue with one of our back neighbours who hadn't paid his half off, on several of the neighbouring fences.…

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kexkez
May 17, 2008 10:14 pm
kexkez


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