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ahuang
ahuang
22 July 2008

Update and possible problems

Update and possible problems

regarding the wet slab, may be check for a leak somewhere? Do you have a photo? If it's from somewhere underground then you could have a bigger problem... If it still…

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ahuang
Jul 22, 2008 3:57 pm
ahuang
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
22 July 2008

help with budgeting

help with budgeting
SA

What is the standard kitchen and bathroom package like? You may want to upgrade the benchtops now - it could be tricky to do later. When it comes to extra costs - our…

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stonecutter1309
Jul 22, 2008 6:04 pm
stonecutter1309
builderpete
builderpete
22 July 2008

Lightweight & Render vs Brick

Lightweight & Render vs Brick

i would be cautious of having colour mixed in to your render. its easy to pick out areas that are a few shades off, especially if some bits need touching up. With the…

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builderpete
Jul 22, 2008 10:08 pm
summergrace
summergrace
22 July 2008

custom design bulider in Melbourne

custom design bulider in Melbourne
VIC

We are doing the same research, just that we are now debating whether to go with a builder designer or architect. These are a few. They all should be able to help you with…

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summergrace
Jul 22, 2008 10:22 pm
Paula
Paula
23 July 2008

My turn for a whinge!

My turn for a whinge!
TAS
1, 2

:lol: :lol: :lol: Mmm sorry my space isnt that big that it needs a…

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Paula
Jul 23, 2008 9:31 am
Paula
Tam
Tam
23 July 2008

Opinions on ensuite/WIR plans?

Opinions on ensuite/WIR plans?
1, 2, 3

This will make it hard for a towell rail and the toilet roll holder. I put in a slider in the ensuite and now wish I hadn't. Tam

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Tam
Jul 23, 2008 2:41 pm
Tam
brittany
brittany
23 July 2008

Oh, come on now...

Oh, come on now...
1, 2, 3, 4

Poor adlse - I couldn't bare the waiting another four weeks :( and I'd just go the tree planting. Compensation would be good - but don't get your hopes set on it.

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brittany
Jul 23, 2008 5:04 pm
brittany
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
23 July 2008

Hebel vs Blueboard vs Brick?

Hebel vs Blueboard vs Brick?
SA

Rob, As per above, consider foam and concrete. There will be a house open in Adelaide on Sustainable house day that has used this technology. Owned and designed by a…

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Yak_Chat
Jul 23, 2008 9:34 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
23 July 2008

HWS

HWS

You know what I'm going to say - Post pics - then we can suggest :D

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Yak_Chat
Jul 23, 2008 9:39 pm
Yak_Chat
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d@n
Jul 24, 2008 1:00 am
Paula
Paula
24 July 2008

New to it all- General Advice please!!

New to it all- General Advice please!!
QLD

welcome to the fourm PrincessB, Cant answer your questions but enjoy your time here and I'm sure you will get lots of information here.

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Paula
Jul 24, 2008 6:03 pm
Paula

Does this sound right for an MD class slab?

Does this sound right for an MD class slab?

Hi Petal Yes, I thought the name was more than appropriate - it's been nine months of red tape and very poor customer service and we still don't look any closer to…

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overthebuildingprocess
Jul 24, 2008 7:35 pm
miss81
miss81
24 July 2008

We can't have the tiles we ordered? WHAT?????

We can't have the tiles we ordered? WHAT?????

Well after getting very angry at the SS, and sending an 'angry' email to head office, we got a lovely call from our CSR today informing us that our tiles will be here in…

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miss81
Jul 24, 2008 10:46 pm
miss81
Toast
Toast
24 July 2008

Just bought a land = convancing?

Just bought a land = convancing?

Glad your worries were resolved. I know it can be a bit daunting at first! If you're like a lot of us, you're doing this for the first time and there is A LOT of…

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Toast
Jul 24, 2008 11:06 pm
Toast
Subhashish
Subhashish
25 July 2008

Building Update [25/07] Home on the Horizon !!

Building Update [25/07] Home on the Horizon !!
VIC

H3nley called up yesterday to let us know that our building permit have come through !! But also gave us a not so good news - Our survey pegs were missing. So they…

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Subhashish
Jul 25, 2008 5:11 pm
Subhashish
bessie
bessie
25 July 2008

Tree Root Barrier

Tree Root Barrier

Thank you so much for your prompt replies, all extremely informative and really appreciated! I did forget to mention that because of our sloping block we will not be…

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bessie
Jul 25, 2008 8:33 pm
chloe787
chloe787
26 July 2008

Very new...rock block?

Very new...rock block?

This is our block which has a 'H' Class. :( We also have some rocks and still waiting for our builder's cost on the extra piers The neighbor has a bore because of…

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chloe787
Jul 26, 2008 12:50 pm
Michelle
Michelle
26 July 2008

Help - External Colours!

Help - External Colours!

Good luck with it all!!!! :D

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Michelle
Jul 26, 2008 10:44 pm
Michelle
Judie
Judie
26 July 2008

NSW Basix & detention tanks...

NSW Basix & detention tanks...
NSW

Ancient Mariner - these costs are specific to Ku-ring-gai Council. They like to make you jump through flaming hoops! I feel the pain: I'm trying to jump them right now. Judie

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Judie
Jul 26, 2008 11:21 pm
Judie
kkaz
kkaz
27 July 2008

Steep Site Costs

Steep Site Costs

[quote=" The shadecloth may be due to the proximity to the trainline - to prevent tools and objects falling onto the lines and tracks. Hmmm... I never thought…

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kkaz
Jul 27, 2008 9:08 am
Justin
Justin
27 July 2008

Should we be concerned bad feedback on our builder

Should we be concerned bad feedback on our builder

In my opinion if you're dealing with a builder that does any type of volume, the concept of them being "your builder" is really just a fallacy. I believe builders such as…

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Justin
Jul 27, 2008 2:27 pm
Clarity
Clarity
27 July 2008

Our journey begins …

Our journey begins …
NSW
1, 2

Congrats on your demolition, hope you were able to see it! Your floor plans and elevation and mock up plans look fantastic! I think its a great design especially…

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Clarity
Jul 27, 2008 3:50 pm
Clarity
kyiee81
kyiee81
27 July 2008

Is this OK. I know I wouldn't have been happy .... :(

Is this OK. I know I wouldn't have been happy .... :(

The house next door to us is being built at the moment. Obviously, they are having great difficulty attracting a brickie, because everything…

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kyiee81
Jul 27, 2008 8:59 pm
kyiee81
Tony & Emma
Tony & Emma
28 July 2008

Site Costs?

Site Costs?
1, 2

All our sites costs were included, except for any slab variation, we allowed an extra $5,000 when we signed our contract. Our soil test showed we…

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Tony & Emma
Jul 28, 2008 9:25 am
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
28 July 2008

******* Deliveries (Or where did my other stuff go?)

******* Deliveries (Or where did my other stuff go?)

best of luck getting them back! Don't like your chances much though as I think somebody else has built a barbie with them by now.

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Peter_OZ
Jul 28, 2008 9:50 am
tomking.chen
tomking.chen
28 July 2008

Looking for a PCI inspector at Craigieburn area

Looking for a PCI inspector at Craigieburn area
VIC

Hi Guys, for you who got Kevin to inspect your home. How long did it take to receive your report? It's been nearly a week and I still haven't got the list. Not sure this…

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tomking.chen
Jul 28, 2008 10:56 am
tomking.chen
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
28 July 2008

Standing ground

Standing ground

Hello everyone, Well it has been a busy time in the past few months, but we recently attended our PCI, which was surpising given that the house…

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Peter_OZ
Jul 28, 2008 11:06 am
to_do_list
to_do_list
28 July 2008

some houses do go up fast

some houses do go up fast
QLD

Got your drift....works for me.

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to_do_list
Jul 28, 2008 12:54 pm
to_do_list
Tony & Emma
Tony & Emma
28 July 2008

has anyone built with burbank.

has anyone built with burbank.

Our payment break-down is slightly different, we pay 35% on lock up and 25% on…

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Tony & Emma
Jul 28, 2008 4:42 pm
Toast
Toast
29 July 2008

Nearly there!!

Nearly there!!
1, 2

Its stencilled concrete but I think it looks great. The website our builder told us to look at for colour and pattern options was

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Toast
Jul 29, 2008 10:24 am
Toast
Peer
Peer
29 July 2008

Disappointed in marketing of Display Homes

Disappointed in marketing of Display Homes
QLD
1, 2

So far I found only Allcastle homes to be reasonable in terms of base price. Their price include what ever you see on display (- coverings and…

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Peer
Jul 29, 2008 1:29 pm
davino
davino
29 July 2008

Stormwater Drainage Certificate

Stormwater Drainage Certificate
NSW

Hi, Thanks for all your replies, our builder got a quote and it was fairly reasonable, so we went ahead -no markup either ! The engineers in their tender letter…

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davino
Jul 29, 2008 2:21 pm
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Peter_OZ
Jul 29, 2008 6:12 pm
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
29 July 2008

New site problems - lots of fill

New site problems - lots of fill
VIC

Thanks for your replies. We have decided to back out, disappointing as a great location but just too risky...Back to looking…

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Peter_OZ
Jul 29, 2008 7:21 pm
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MeThinks
Jul 29, 2008 8:03 pm
Casa2
Casa2
29 July 2008

When the Architect doubles your budget!

When the Architect doubles your budget!

Okay guys - this is where we're up to. Thank you all for your advice so far. We have called the Australian Institute of Architects and have…

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Casa2
Jul 29, 2008 8:42 pm
petal
petal
29 July 2008

Modern Flat Style Roof Tiles and Sarking?

Modern Flat Style Roof Tiles and Sarking?
NSW
1, 2

Btw our roof was pretty much finished today (at loooong last!) :D

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petal
Jul 30, 2008 12:18 am
petal
MJAB
MJAB
30 July 2008

Fridge + water = ?

Fridge + water = ?

are you really talking about a drain point to drain a potential leakage outside or down an adjacent drain ??? A friend a plumber told us to put a drain under fridge and…

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MJAB
Jul 30, 2008 2:11 pm
Lorraine44
Lorraine44
31 July 2008

Buying home and land package what to look out for?

Buying home and land package what to look out for?
VIC

Not all small building companies are nightmares! Ours only build around 45 houses a year but we extremely pleased with the quality and workmanship of our house. Nothing…

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Lorraine44
Jul 31, 2008 6:58 pm
Lorraine44
snistr
snistr
31 July 2008

Temporary Crossing Question

Temporary Crossing Question

Maybe they are using the wrong terminology? Perhaps they are referring to mud-prevention whereby the Melton council does require you to have…

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snistr
Jul 31, 2008 8:33 pm
Lyn
Lyn
31 July 2008

roof pitch and ceiling height costs

roof pitch and ceiling height costs

Here I was thinking "wow- we didn't pay that much for 2700mm…

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Lyn
Jul 31, 2008 10:49 pm
Sahana
Sahana
31 July 2008

Wattyl/Pascol colours

Wattyl/Pascol colours

Thanks Michelle, will head down to Bunnings over the weekend and try that.

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Sahana
Jul 31, 2008 11:10 pm
lobo
lobo
1 August 2008

Excess soil removal charges

Excess soil removal charges

Simple Rule... Speak to the person working and offer cash. I have always found it works wonders and is very very cost effective. In todays market there is nothing…

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lobo
Aug 01, 2008 3:07 am
lobo
MJAB
MJAB
1 August 2008

concrete slab waterproofing

concrete slab waterproofing

Hi 'chelle You do need a ventilation gap with fan (solar is popular) everyone tells me that It does look like he has made reasonable provision with a lot of drainage…

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MJAB
Aug 01, 2008 1:07 pm
Minx
Minx
1 August 2008

Section 96...

Section 96...

You did know that a basement is going to very much increase the cost of the build? I know of someone that spent…

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Minx
Aug 01, 2008 2:47 pm
monkeyupatree
monkeyupatree
1 August 2008

Plans and Measures

Plans and Measures

On our plans it says something like..... "dimensions are to internal brick add approx "xxmm" for finished dimensions". If that wasn't on there, I would have thought it…

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monkeyupatree
Aug 01, 2008 8:00 pm
monkeyupatree
kyiee81
kyiee81
1 August 2008

A question for all the women out there...

A question for all the women out there...
QLD
1, 2

Oh I spent nearly 8 years doing that, got on every course at their expense I could think of and one of the reasons I trippled my salary! Contrary to…

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kyiee81
Aug 01, 2008 8:20 pm
kyiee81
Paula
Paula
1 August 2008

Practical Completion ............. finally

Practical Completion ............. finally
VIC

Yes those windows will make putting on make up a breeze - no horrible down light to cast shadows. Great Idea.

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Paula
Aug 01, 2008 9:17 pm
Paula
Michelle
Michelle
1 August 2008

Comments on Silkwood flooring

Comments on Silkwood flooring

It’s basically like any other type of wood flooring. Silkwood is just the type of timber. Yes check out a show room, if you see it and are explained to how it…

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Michelle
Aug 01, 2008 10:27 pm
Michelle

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