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u9026a
u9026a
28 November 2008

Getting what you paid for... how do you know?

Getting what you paid for... how do you know?
VIC

And it's not easy to even access the relevant building standards that are mandated by Councils. I would have thought that all Australian standards should be made available…

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u9026a
Nov 28, 2008 9:19 am
Sacha1390
Sacha1390
28 November 2008

When can we put up a fence???

When can we put up a fence???

oh ok my bad...i didn't read every post on this thread.

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Sacha1390
Nov 28, 2008 2:20 pm
Sacha1390
alfabeta
alfabeta
28 November 2008

Types of home designs for normal residential properties???

Types of home designs for normal residential properties???

Hi Bel, Thanks for your reply... These sites are a good start... I am looking for the external style of houses available for rear sloping blocks. The block is…

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alfabeta
Nov 28, 2008 4:25 pm
grandslam
grandslam
28 November 2008

Would you do it again.

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…

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grandslam
Nov 28, 2008 5:12 pm
buildingadreamhome
buildingadreamhome
28 November 2008

Our troubled start

Our troubled start
1, 2, 3

Oh you poor thing NDY. Perhaps you should start your own thread of your build.....or lack thereof perhaps! :wink:

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buildingadreamhome
Nov 28, 2008 7:06 pm
buildingadreamhome
petal
petal
28 November 2008

Doing things yourself

Doing things yourself

I'm sure it'll be fine to put it in :wink: Fingers crossed that your SS is a good guy!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :D

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petal
Nov 28, 2008 8:14 pm
petal
potplantman
potplantman
28 November 2008

Water Damage on a Sloping Block

Water Damage on a Sloping Block

OK thanks. So yes we are planning a KDRB.

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potplantman
Nov 28, 2008 8:34 pm
Toast
Toast
28 November 2008

Phone connection rant

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…

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Toast
Nov 28, 2008 10:46 pm
Toast
JellyLegs
JellyLegs
29 November 2008

What would you change

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…

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JellyLegs
Nov 28, 2008 11:41 pm
JellyLegs
Sacha1390
Sacha1390
29 November 2008

left over bricks - how to get rid of

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…

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Sacha1390
Nov 29, 2008 8:56 am
Sacha1390
petal
petal
29 November 2008

About to sign with M3tricon. Any Suggestions?

About to sign with M3tricon. Any Suggestions?
1, 2

I don't have any experience with M, but I just wanted to say Yay, now at least I feel better - we're only building a 54 sq house!!!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Oh, and Jo, you're…

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petal
Nov 29, 2008 9:33 am
petal
1sthomebuilder
1sthomebuilder
29 November 2008

McCarthy Homes

McCarthy Homes
QLD

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…

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1sthomebuilder
Nov 29, 2008 7:14 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
29 November 2008

building cost increase

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…

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ECOECO
Nov 29, 2008 7:52 pm
ECOECO
Grace16
Grace16
29 November 2008

Thumbs up to PD on Insulation costs

Thumbs up to PD on Insulation costs
VIC

Pringles, who wore the cost of the upgrade - you or your builder????

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Grace16
Nov 29, 2008 9:14 pm
shazburger
shazburger
30 November 2008

sharing fencing cost with developer

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…

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shazburger
Nov 30, 2008 7:10 pm
shazburger
smeagol
smeagol
1 December 2008

Internal Insulation Poll

Internal Insulation Poll

Only 19 people responded? bit disappointing..i need more to give me a good sample :)

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smeagol
Dec 01, 2008 9:31 am
smeagol
beegeers
beegeers
1 December 2008

Item drawn on plan but not in contract

Item drawn on plan but not in contract

Hi 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…

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beegeers
Dec 01, 2008 9:53 am
donuts
donuts
1 December 2008

WHY BUILD

WHY BUILD
1, 2

Found another reason to build, today. Electrical safety. We are renting a 1960s vintage house. Today we noticed an odd burning plastic smell…

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donuts
Dec 01, 2008 3:31 pm
donuts
Helyn
Helyn
1 December 2008

minimum set back required for side boundary

minimum set back required for side boundary

I think this varies enormously from place to place. We have our garage wall on the boundary and this was ok as long as there is no window on the garage side wall. Other…

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Helyn
Dec 01, 2008 5:05 pm
Helyn
Mozzie
Mozzie
1 December 2008

Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls

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…

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Mozzie
Dec 01, 2008 7:09 pm
Mozzie
themax
themax
1 December 2008

Demolition or tear down yourself?

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…

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themax
Dec 01, 2008 8:40 pm
themax
cynarion
cynarion
2 December 2008

Why flat roof tiles

Why flat roof tiles
VIC

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…

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cynarion
Dec 02, 2008 8:45 am
cynarion
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tim the toolman
Dec 02, 2008 9:24 am
Grace16
Grace16
2 December 2008

Variations with PD

Variations with PD
VIC
1, 2

Hi nh, 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/…

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Grace16
Dec 02, 2008 10:52 am
bobbuilder
bobbuilder
2 December 2008

Opinions on brickwork please

Opinions on brickwork please
NSW

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.

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bobbuilder
Dec 02, 2008 12:35 pm
bobbuilder
kek
kek
2 December 2008

has anybody upgraded theri hot water tank with PD?

has anybody upgraded theri hot water tank with PD?
VIC

5 star energy rating usually requires an either/or deal with rainwater tank and solar hot water. At least that was my understanding when we were making the decisions. I…

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kek
Dec 02, 2008 5:18 pm
kek
Eager
Eager
2 December 2008

Street number

Street number

Absolutely! Errr, well, I was drinking coffee at the time!

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Eager
Dec 02, 2008 7:58 pm
Eager
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
3 December 2008

Good things come to those who wait (and wait!)

Good things come to those who wait (and wait!)
1, 2, 3

Yay! I was just thinking about your house the other day and wondering whether you were finished. Can't wait to see the pics! Enjoy tassie :D

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stonecutter1309
Dec 03, 2008 8:25 am
stonecutter1309
kek
kek
3 December 2008

liquidated damages - how much in your contract

liquidated damages - how much in your contract

$250 is the standard in Vic and you'd be crazy to accept a cent less - that doesn't even cover rent for most people, including us. Our cheque from PD for $4000 (16…

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kek
Dec 03, 2008 8:51 am
kek
kek
kek
3 December 2008

HIA CONTRACT

HIA CONTRACT

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…

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kek
Dec 03, 2008 9:02 am
kek
penny73
penny73
3 December 2008

Cheap poolfencing in Melbourne

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

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penny73
Dec 03, 2008 3:34 pm
zeke
zeke
3 December 2008

retaining wall or strip footing?

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…

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zeke
Dec 03, 2008 4:24 pm
zeke
raw29983
raw29983
3 December 2008

Building inspectors in QLD

Building inspectors in QLD
QLD

I'm looking for someone in Northwest Brisbane (Samford) if anyone can help

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raw29983
Dec 03, 2008 6:24 pm
kexkez
kexkez
3 December 2008

ROCK CLAUSE NOT IN CONTRACT! HELP!!

ROCK CLAUSE NOT IN CONTRACT! HELP!!

well we just got the price for our additional costs. ... 2976 or 2970 :) either way it's ouch!

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kexkez
Dec 03, 2008 6:43 pm
kexkez
brittany
brittany
3 December 2008

does anyone have a lock up list?

does anyone have a lock up list?

He rang today to say the invoice is on the way!

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brittany
Dec 03, 2008 7:51 pm
brittany
Bec N Craig
Bec N Craig
4 December 2008

Soil Test Results ?????

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…

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Bec N Craig
Dec 04, 2008 11:54 am
Bec N Craig
bobbuilder
bobbuilder
4 December 2008

When does building begin

When does building begin

Hang on in there stormy. That's a bewdiful house you've selected.

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bobbuilder
Dec 04, 2008 1:29 pm
bobbuilder
Lostris
Lostris
4 December 2008

Looking good so far!

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 :)

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Lostris
Dec 04, 2008 2:59 pm
sdabel
sdabel
4 December 2008

$840 ... for a noggin???

$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…

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sdabel
Dec 04, 2008 6:52 pm
sdabel

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…

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peach
Dec 04, 2008 8:40 pm
dymonite69
dymonite69
4 December 2008

Ducted vacuuming systems.

Ducted vacuuming systems.
1, 2, 3, 4

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…

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dymonite69
Dec 04, 2008 9:38 pm
dymonite69
James Bond
James Bond
5 December 2008

Where do we start?

Where do we start?
VIC

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.

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James Bond
Dec 05, 2008 8:09 am
James Bond
anny
anny
5 December 2008

front tap problem - who has to pay?

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…

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anny
Dec 05, 2008 10:38 am
MBBN
MBBN
5 December 2008

Front water tap - located in front of garage??!!!!!!

Front water tap - located in front of garage??!!!!!!
1, 2

Anny, depends on who you are building with but the compaies I have work with would liaise with the clients right from the start. If you are still dealing with a sales…

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MBBN
Dec 05, 2008 10:51 am
mydreamhome
mydreamhome
5 December 2008

frame question - size and spacing of timber

frame question - size and spacing of timber

oops - I did mean 600 centres. the floor is a concrete slab, and it is a brick vaneer construction. the 90x35 at 600 centres is in line with australain standards, but…

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mydreamhome
Dec 05, 2008 12:19 pm
sha
sha
5 December 2008

Yey!

Yey!

woohoo! How exciting for you :) Wont be long now -Sha

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sha
Dec 05, 2008 1:20 pm
kyton
kyton
5 December 2008

Garage door - roller or panel lift - opinions please!

Garage door - roller or panel lift - opinions please!

Stonecutter - no we are the same as you. Timber look aluminium - a lot less maintenance over the years to come. Plus they will match our aluminium timber-look windows on…

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kyton
Dec 05, 2008 2:14 pm
kyton
kpny
kpny
5 December 2008

How's the flow of PD?

How's the flow of PD?
VIC

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),…

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kpny
Dec 05, 2008 3:40 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
5 December 2008

what is timber infill

what is timber infill
VIC

According to our builder infills cause drafts and are a cheap finish. Our builder has lots of opinions that cost us money :?

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ECOECO
Dec 05, 2008 4:58 pm
ECOECO
King willy
King willy
5 December 2008

Is this poor framing an issue ?

Is this poor framing an issue ?
NSW

Hi 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…

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King willy
Dec 05, 2008 5:09 pm
King willy


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