Building A New House
Would you do it again.
The build so far for my partner and I wouldnt have been worth it so far. We are nearly at lock-up and so far wish we got something established.
The initial sales…
Our troubled start
Oh you poor thing NDY. Perhaps you should start your own thread of your build.....or lack thereof perhaps!
Nov 28, 2008 8:14 pm
Phone connection rant
It's some sort of mobile phone sort of arrangement. I'm not sure on the technicalities, but I do know that it doesn't support data. So I'm guessing it's a satellite phone…
Nov 28, 2008 10:46 pm
What would you change
Although our block STILL looks like a paddock, I have one too...
I wish / next time... I will only buy land that has been titled by council and is ready to build on…
left over bricks - how to get rid of
Oh really? sorry to hear that....i always thought it was a simple job of laying bricks...i mean its not an odd shape or anything you know ...but good that you told me…
Nov 29, 2008 9:33 am
We just went to look at their display homes at Thornlands today. Really nicely presented without being over the top (like other displays we've seen). As we're…
building cost increase
The increase over the past year has been about 4%. No-one knows what will happen going forward, but with copper and steel prices dropping and…
sharing fencing cost with developer
The estate that we purchased our land in includes all the fencing and we are a corner block.
It never hurts to contact them and ask, after all the worst they can say is…
Item drawn on plan but not in contract
If it is in the drawing and not in contract I would definitely bring it up - I would interpret that that is not included in the building cost.
Also have you…
Found another reason to build, today.
We are renting a 1960s vintage house. Today we noticed an odd burning plastic smell…
Dec 01, 2008 5:05 pm
I wouldn't say the link wall blocks option is cheap, especially if you get someone else to put them in. Most of them are around $4-$5 each and if you look at a wall say…
Demolition or tear down yourself?
Thank you for the replies. I think we will do as anthea mentoined and sell off what we can (as we have some greaty windows, hate to see them squashed) and then demo the…
Why flat roof tiles
We were expecting fairly similar ($4-5k) costs to upgrade our tiles to the flat look had we wanted to.
However, I just couldn't get past the issue of not having…
Variations with PD
Yes you can pull out after you sign the contract, I think you have 5-7days cooling off period. There would be some penalty I would imagine - for their services/…
Opinions on brickwork please
Thanks for the replies guys. Apparently our builder never uses sarking for the walls unless it's required as a fire retardant in certain areas.
Errr, well, I was drinking coffee at the time!
Dec 02, 2008 7:58 pm
Our build time was 167 days, with 10 inclement weather days built in. There were no other allowances for holidays etc. And we started construction in February, so there…
Cheap poolfencing in Melbourne
Sorry we are looking for metal pool fencing (on the ARC fences website it is the bass fencing) probably need about 9 panels of 2.4 long and 1.2 high
retaining wall or strip footing?
The other issue here is the style of house you end up with. Our first house followed the contours of the land and was on 5 levels as a consequence. A cut and fill…
Soil Test Results ?????
Our land has alot of clay and rock we are getting waffel slab H class. we also have to get about 20 holes dug and filled with concrete under our slab... to stop later…
Looking good so far!
B3ntley Homes. They have a display out in Mernda. Smaller builder, but that means they can actually spend some time on their clients
$840 ... for a noggin???
We were charged $90 for reinforcing in the laundry wall or the dryer. When we asked about wall mount for TV in lounge room they said wait and talk to the SS and if we…
Ok all bricks for the first storey are done. I have some news from my neighbour though that I'm not sure what to read into it. I'll quote:
Oh by the way…
Dec 04, 2008 8:40 pm
Ducted vacuuming systems.
Damn you all!!
Just when I thought we were happy with everything and all extras and changes were final, now I want ducted vacuuming too.. and of…
Where do we start?
Make your offer subject to "soil tests - the results of which are to your satisfaction". Allow 2 weeks for the tests, before the offer goes unconditional.
front tap problem - who has to pay?
Builder said that when we handed the land to them (builders) the tapping was already there so they cannot be held responsible. they came up with the offer that they will…
Dec 05, 2008 10:38 am
Dec 05, 2008 10:51 am
woohoo! How exciting for you
Wont be long now
Dec 05, 2008 2:14 pm
How's the flow of PD?
Our build has just started and so far I am very impressed with PD and the progress.
We had a 1 week delay due to next door having bricks on our land (not PD’s fault),…
what is timber infill
According to our builder infills cause drafts and are a cheap finish. Our builder has lots of opinions that cost us money
Is this poor framing an issue ?
IMPO you can see the bottom plate is nailed to the slab. The nail has chiped off the side of the slab, simple as that. If I was allowed & it was my house I would fix…