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Leece
Leece
11 March 2008

Thanks to Adelaide's heat wave, no slab...

Thanks to Adelaide's heat wave, no slab...

we were at the beach as well on monday. it was so lovely. contemplating heading there today after hubby finishes work. i don't want to complain about the heat too much,…

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Leece
Mar 11, 2008 3:13 pm
Shady
Shady
11 March 2008

A bunch of newbie questions

A bunch of newbie questions
1, 2

Other than the tiling, did organizing stuff yourself take lots of extra time? It would be great to shave some cost off the overall…

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Shady
Mar 11, 2008 7:03 pm
micjod
micjod
11 March 2008

house design opinions please

house design opinions please

it is a modified plan too suit our needs and of course our block

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micjod
Mar 11, 2008 8:04 pm
Maxie
Maxie
11 March 2008

Our grey pride and joy! After all this time, she's arrived..

Our grey pride and joy! After all this time, she's arrived..

Did the builder suggest an alternative to using the vast amount of concrete - say a timber or steel framed floor on stumps with either a timber…

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Maxie
Mar 11, 2008 9:05 pm
Maxie
mattwalker
mattwalker
12 March 2008

get rid of the spam

get rid of the spam

Taken care of! On fire was right! :evil:

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mattwalker
Mar 12, 2008 8:00 am
mattwalker
dj
dj
12 March 2008

Site works can not go ahead

Site works can not go ahead

Hi Donna I searched the site for the…

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dj
Mar 12, 2008 8:10 am
joaninhac
joaninhac
12 March 2008

Site Handover

Site Handover

HI We wanted to do the same in melbourne, however we built with a high volume builder and they wouldn't allow us to carry out the final stages of the job.. the only…

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joaninhac
Mar 12, 2008 12:15 pm
joaninhac
joaninhac
12 March 2008

Annoyed with PD...

Annoyed with PD...

i had a similar experience with our builder at the start of documentation... basically all i said to them was you either accomodate us or we go elsewhere even though it…

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joaninhac
Mar 12, 2008 12:31 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
12 March 2008

We Got Plastered Today!!!!

We Got Plastered Today!!!!

Do you still have access to the house??? We can only look through the windows now... :cry: :cry: :cry:

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PhoenixStar
Mar 12, 2008 12:59 pm
PhoenixStar
Rose72
Rose72
12 March 2008

Rock provision credit

Rock provision credit

our rock allowance was credited back to us - the credit was shown on the final invoice.

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Rose72
Mar 12, 2008 1:30 pm
zonk
zonk
12 March 2008

Boral concrete tile - Blue Dusk (striata profile)

Boral concrete tile - Blue Dusk (striata profile)

thankyou. It doesnt look blue at all does it? maybe if the sun was out the color would be a bit different? anyway, now I can show my DH, I think the profile looks…

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zonk
Mar 12, 2008 1:34 pm
zonk
adamtram
adamtram
12 March 2008

negotiating land.

negotiating land.

hi brendondanielle, Like it was said earlier all you can do is ask, we are building in Lakeside Pakenham a Delfin Estate and being new into the game we thought it can't…

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adamtram
Mar 12, 2008 2:36 pm
adamtram
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
12 March 2008

CARLISLE HOMES - FINALLY BUILDING!

CARLISLE HOMES - FINALLY BUILDING!

Andrew, due to our confidentiality agreement i can't disclose the…

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PhoenixStar
Mar 12, 2008 5:43 pm
PhoenixStar
Adrian B
Adrian B
12 March 2008

Games played to avoid liquidated damages

Games played to avoid liquidated damages

I rang our bank to authorise payments, and then rang M Etricon back to advise them that I had done this. The accounts people were really nice and appreciated th feedback.

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Adrian B
Mar 12, 2008 9:35 pm
Adrian B
Treechangers
Treechangers
13 March 2008

Can't see how this could cost so much!!!!!

Can't see how this could cost so much!!!!!

Thanks for all your input. Have emailed the builders and now await their response.

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Treechangers
Mar 13, 2008 10:33 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
13 March 2008

Another plan to critique

Another plan to critique
1, 2

I simply pointed out some personal experience - having been through hundreds of display homes and formed an opinion on them I noted that…

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stonecutter1309
Mar 13, 2008 10:52 am
stonecutter1309
davinci
davinci
13 March 2008

Builders dumping rubbish and rubble on our site

Builders dumping rubbish and rubble on our site

call the local council and report it, have a look through the rubbish there is probably a company name on boxes etc for delivery and quite often the delivery slip, if you…

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davinci
Mar 13, 2008 3:25 pm
davinci
Mrs B
Mrs B
13 March 2008

Frustration

Frustration

7 years?! You must be joking! Do you mean by selling the house, you sort of got it "fixed"? Or did they actually return to fix it before you…

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Mrs B
Mar 13, 2008 7:10 pm
Mrs B
haywgl
haywgl
13 March 2008

Advice please

Advice please
1, 2

Thanks for that info vpande - will give them a call. Just out of interest has anyone had an underground pit installed - what sort of costs would I be up for?? I…

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haywgl
Mar 13, 2008 7:40 pm
haywgl
The Dynamic Duo
The Dynamic Duo
14 March 2008

Need Trees Moved / Removed in Sydney?

Need Trees Moved / Removed in Sydney?

I have a couple of trees that I hope I can relocate too. They are Eucalypts about 12 feet high, a few…

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The Dynamic Duo
Mar 14, 2008 6:56 am
The Dynamic Duo
Paula
Paula
14 March 2008

WE'RE BACK!!! Latest Pics...

WE'RE BACK!!! Latest Pics...
1, 2, 3

I'd keep quiet and say "but its not in the contract!" Just as he would do to you if the tables were turned. :D

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Paula
Mar 14, 2008 7:56 am
Paula
joaninhac
joaninhac
14 March 2008

ALUMINIUM BIFOLD OR TIMBER BIFOLD?

ALUMINIUM BIFOLD OR TIMBER BIFOLD?

we went for timber bi-folds - set of 6 they cost us $5500. Our builder didn't have the option of alluminium, otherwise i would have preferred it instead!

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joaninhac
Mar 14, 2008 9:48 am
joaninhac
joaninhac
14 March 2008

BUILDING CONTRACT ENDED... AND STILL NO HANDOVER

BUILDING CONTRACT ENDED... AND STILL NO HANDOVER

aliand... gosh that's a long time to be waiting.... i hope we don't have the same problem.... i would be screaming if we do! It's just ridiculous!!! The builders just…

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joaninhac
Mar 14, 2008 9:52 am
yvette72
yvette72
14 March 2008

Need advice in a big way!

Need advice in a big way!

stage away from p**** homes building with them at present every slow try dave robson at murwuillah I thing he buildings at pottsville

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yvette72
Mar 14, 2008 2:08 pm
haywgl
haywgl
15 March 2008

Is this possible

Is this possible

Good Point Paula :lol:

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haywgl
Mar 15, 2008 8:41 am
haywgl
brittany
brittany
15 March 2008

site costs asbestos mornington penninsula

site costs asbestos mornington penninsula

We were given site costs before we demolished. We had soil tests done and they put site costs in as fixed except two provisional costs for retaining walls. Our site…

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brittany
Mar 15, 2008 6:49 pm
brittany
IndecisiveMe
IndecisiveMe
16 March 2008

Porter Davis Kitchens

Porter Davis Kitchens

Thanks Penjay! It's funny, because he talked me out of the black granite, said it was too porous and suggested I go with Quantum Quartz in a black instead. He priced…

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IndecisiveMe
Mar 16, 2008 1:22 pm
IndecisiveMe
Paula
Paula
16 March 2008

any experience with CARLISLE HOMES?

any experience with CARLISLE HOMES?

Well done, now dont think about it any more!! :D :D

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Paula
Mar 16, 2008 3:53 pm
Paula
SouthBris
SouthBris
16 March 2008

Gaps at sides of wooden venitian blinds

Gaps at sides of wooden venitian blinds

Umm just a little thing but if the window is a standard 1810mm and the blind is 1800mm then that is a 5mm gap either side…

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SouthBris
Mar 16, 2008 8:19 pm
Arc
Arc
17 March 2008

Any knowledge of Plunket Homes here in WA

Any knowledge of Plunket Homes here in WA

Not personal experience but I asked someone who has built with them (he moved in last year) if he would do so again and he gave an emphatic no. It appears that once he'd…

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Arc
Mar 17, 2008 10:47 pm
Helyn
Helyn
18 March 2008

Another Room

Another Room
NSW

As I never priced building one myself, I cannot say. Ours was actually assembled on site rather than transported ready made, but could now be removed whole, it was 10…

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Helyn
Mar 18, 2008 2:11 pm
Helyn
muzzman
muzzman
18 March 2008

Contract Clauses- Feedback would be appreciated

Contract Clauses- Feedback would be appreciated

My experience... Get your solicitor to read and re-read the contract, and anything that you can put in there to minimise risk then do so. As said in previous posts,…

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muzzman
Mar 18, 2008 2:40 pm
muzzman
mattwalker
mattwalker
19 March 2008

Mortar colour issue

Mortar colour issue

I agree.... Wet mortar is the culprit here! Leave it for another week and you will be pleasantly suprised :)

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mattwalker
Mar 19, 2008 9:31 am
mattwalker
sammy
sammy
19 March 2008

Additional $$$

Additional $$$

I was told that builders can give a fixed price contract but that price is more expensive to cover themselves in case something unexpected happened. You should ask your…

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sammy
Mar 19, 2008 9:35 am
sammy
joaninhac
joaninhac
19 March 2008

Face brick facade - should be raked?

Face brick facade - should be raked?

thanks for your feedback Al!!! Are you a builder by any chance?? You sound like one of them!!

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joaninhac
Mar 19, 2008 10:24 am
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
19 March 2008

Firthy_26 - Updates please??????

Firthy_26 - Updates please??????

Mike that's fantastic news!!!! I'm so glad it all went…

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PhoenixStar
Mar 19, 2008 4:04 pm
PhoenixStar
epiphany
epiphany
19 March 2008

PD - Changes to plan

PD - Changes to plan
1, 2, 3, 4

Some other variations you might like to think about (while you're thinking about them) is additional insulation throughout (we also did sound proofing) - costs relatively…

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epiphany
Mar 19, 2008 5:25 pm
epiphany
clath
clath
20 March 2008

UPDATE OF BLOG

UPDATE OF BLOG

$12,000 Quote for the decking, my god :shock: What was the size of your decking? I have to get my courtyard decked .

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clath
Mar 19, 2008 11:12 pm
clath
Michelle
Michelle
20 March 2008

Facade Colors

Facade Colors

That’s even better than the grey, looking real good now! :D

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Michelle
Mar 20, 2008 8:34 am
Michelle
Adrian B
Adrian B
20 March 2008

is building tiring? should we just buy?

is building tiring? should we just buy?

We had a really good build with MEtriic0n. Apart from the contracts part, we had no major issues, Build time was very good and we got exactly what we wanted. Quality has…

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Adrian B
Mar 20, 2008 12:04 pm
Adrian B
Paula
Paula
20 March 2008

HELP!! HELP WITH FLOOR PLAN.. NEED TO ADD A WALK IN ROBE!!

HELP!! HELP WITH FLOOR PLAN.. NEED TO ADD A WALK IN ROBE!!

Hi Bed 4 is 3840 x 3340. take the tv recess out and put the WIR there but make it bigger into the room as it is longer than the others. Remove the old one on the wall…

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Paula
Mar 20, 2008 12:59 pm
Paula
mel08
mel08
20 March 2008

what is Hygienist clearance certificate after the demolition

what is Hygienist clearance certificate after the demolition

if they arent happy the demolition company should fix site for you with no dramas

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mel08
Mar 20, 2008 5:42 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
20 March 2008

The avatar image file size must be less than 15 KB

The avatar image file size must be less than 15 KB

Zonk, Typically if you do a save as , you can select the quality level and that will reduce the colour ratio and picture size. What program are you using? i use…

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Yak_Chat
Mar 20, 2008 9:17 pm
Yak_Chat
Talinsmum
Talinsmum
21 March 2008

How many bathrooms is excessive?

How many bathrooms is excessive?
1, 2

Currently we have a 3 bedroom house and 1 internal bathroom (+ 1 toilet in the garage next to the laundry) ... in the house we are building - single story, there will be…

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Talinsmum
Mar 21, 2008 11:18 am
Talinsmum
VJ
VJ
21 March 2008

Probs with Windows ... what next??

Probs with Windows ... what next??
SA

Option 3: split the 3 window panes at the top to match the upstairs windows (upper right side of elevation) I would go for option…

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VJ
Mar 21, 2008 11:29 am
VJ
Michelle
Michelle
21 March 2008

Building on acreage Town Planning

Building on acreage Town Planning

I think you have been VERY accommodating with your council! More than most would. I see here, a bit of bullying going on, on their part. Some of what you say they…

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Michelle
Mar 21, 2008 12:20 pm
Michelle
Michelle
Michelle
21 March 2008

Render colour suggestions/

Render colour suggestions/

Just tried to find it for you, no luck sorry! Have fun. :D

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Michelle
Mar 21, 2008 6:59 pm
Michelle


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