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monkeyupatree
monkeyupatree
14 November 2008

Anyone built with Affordable Living or Impression home Perth

Anyone built with Affordable Living or Impression home Perth
WA

Thats fantastic....We were also looking at them briefly, they didnt have a plan to suit what we needed though, but there were a couple of display houses that were really…

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monkeyupatree
Nov 14, 2008 5:42 pm
monkeyupatree
Justin
Justin
14 November 2008

Vent about my building experience, LONG, with q's at the end

Vent about my building experience, LONG, with q's at the end
SA

That's a good result Tamsin, especially that you've made it past the pleb gatekeepers and are able to communicate directly with someone that has some authority. Keep the…

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Justin
Nov 14, 2008 8:06 pm
Fazz
Fazz
14 November 2008

Just started building in perth

Just started building in perth
WA
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Hi Lloyd The reason why I asked about Vanessa is that we have meet our neighbours who will be building in the new year next to us. They mentioned they know someone else…

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Fazz
Nov 14, 2008 9:43 pm
suh
suh
15 November 2008

Glass or Stainless Steel on Balcony

Glass or Stainless Steel on Balcony
NSW
1, 2

Thanks girls...OMG 10.30pm last night had friends surprise us from QLD, hence my hasty retreat. Thanks so much for the link gweluphome, I will be looking into that…

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suh
Nov 15, 2008 7:01 pm
suh
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
15 November 2008

Thinking of of building with M3tricon? Look elsewhere!!!!

Thinking of of building with M3tricon? Look elsewhere!!!!
QLD
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Past friend in the same predicament ! Unscrupulous individual of the opposite sex…

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Peter_OZ
Nov 15, 2008 9:57 pm
miss81
miss81
16 November 2008

Our Journey Flagstone - We are In!!!!!

Our Journey Flagstone - We are In!!!!!
1 ... 8, 9, 10

Hi Guys, it's been ages sicne i have been on the forum as I have no net!!! It's like losing my right arm :( It's going to be a while before we get connected and I find…

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miss81
Nov 16, 2008 10:12 am
miss81
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
16 November 2008

Making a submission to improve our chances of DA approval?

Making a submission to improve our chances of DA approval?

I'd write a nice polite letter about it - then once you're DA has been received - see if you can speak with the officer assessing your DA either in person or over the…

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stonecutter1309
Nov 16, 2008 2:29 pm
stonecutter1309
Helyn
Helyn
16 November 2008

Bathtub in Brookvale 45??

Bathtub in Brookvale 45??
VIC

I'm not familiar with this specific design but I think it is amazing a house of that size, obviously intended for a family, does not have a bath. Actually I would think…

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Helyn
Nov 16, 2008 4:11 pm
Helyn
short_stuff
short_stuff
16 November 2008

Concrete slab for second floor?

Concrete slab for second floor?
NSW

Would love to hear of more experiences with what they have used for the second floor and how effective it was with noise and heating insulation. thanks

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short_stuff
Nov 16, 2008 4:53 pm
donuts
donuts
16 November 2008

Kirribilli's House - pics for donuts!

Kirribilli's House - pics for donuts!
WA
1, 2

Yes please kirribilli. Is your avatar that one where it translates as 'your e-mail has not been forwarded'?

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donuts
Nov 16, 2008 8:41 pm
donuts
Pat the draftie
Pat the draftie
17 November 2008

cost of home design drawing

cost of home design drawing

Finally, 'there are limits to what a draftie can do' is not really a valid statement, they are completely…

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Pat the draftie
Nov 17, 2008 9:02 am
Pat the draftie
alpalot
alpalot
17 November 2008

Looking for a good builder in southeast Melbourne

Looking for a good builder in southeast Melbourne
VIC

I am ready to build 2 town houses in Glen Waverley, seeking for help with good builder or construction company who is honest and does quality job with fixed price, fixed…

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alpalot
Nov 17, 2008 9:52 am
penny73
penny73
17 November 2008

Reccs for someone in Melbourne SW for Pest and building insp

Reccs for someone in Melbourne SW for Pest and building insp
VIC

Thanks everyone we ended up with aussiespect. They could come on wednesday and we used them for our last house and thought Rob was very thorough. Wasnt sure if we would…

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penny73
Nov 17, 2008 4:14 pm
penny73
penny73
17 November 2008

How much to add an internal garage access door?

How much to add an internal garage access door?

Thanks for that $500 to $600 is ok and worth it I think This is the link to the floorplan in any case http://www.vic.henley.com.au/#/House/69/FloorPlans/ Thanks again

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penny73
Nov 17, 2008 5:51 pm
sammy
sammy
18 November 2008

Practical completion- Private inspector?

Practical completion- Private inspector?

Thanks Matt, We just really want to get our keys because it has taken so long. We tried to be very observant, checked all walls are plumb and gutters not damaged etc…

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sammy
Nov 18, 2008 7:47 am
sammy
homeishome
homeishome
18 November 2008

Noggins

Noggins
VIC

Hmm, will try doing that. Dh is now convinced that he will do it himself. Thanks everyone.

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homeishome
Nov 18, 2008 1:20 pm
joles
joles
18 November 2008

Breach of Contract M3tricon due to their developer delays

Breach of Contract M3tricon due to their developer delays

They may be doing you a favour. I expect house building prices are now dropping. Look around and see which way prices are…

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joles
Nov 18, 2008 1:41 pm
joles

Thanks for the kind words. Wonderland: wow that is a long wait. It wasn't long between our titles and settlement just the delay of the titles itself. Initially being…

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RosieA
Nov 18, 2008 2:01 pm
RosieA
cynarion
cynarion
19 November 2008

Brookvale 45 in Alamanda

Brookvale 45 in Alamanda
VIC

Re: Inspections. What you will most likely find (based on what I've read, not what I've experienced) is that PD's "independent" inspections will be cursory inspections…

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cynarion
Nov 19, 2008 8:54 am
cynarion
Michelle
Michelle
19 November 2008

Wow...someone used our new toilet!!

Wow...someone used our new toilet!!
1, 2

I think a bag of prawns thrown in the back of a Ute could be good! :shock: :lol:

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Michelle
Nov 19, 2008 12:58 pm
Michelle
martyme
martyme
19 November 2008

Building the "Cascade" (photo updates)

Building the "Cascade" (photo updates)
VIC
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Well it has been a fair while since our last update, as you may have seen if you had been following our blog our walkthru that was scheduled for the 17th Nov was cancelled…

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martyme
Nov 19, 2008 9:50 pm
martyme
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Michelle
Nov 19, 2008 10:01 pm
Michelle
wonderland
wonderland
20 November 2008

Raised Bathroom and Laundry floors

Raised Bathroom and Laundry floors
NSW

:th: :oops: Sorry I'm abit confused. I thought all houses which have tiling throughout the house have one level between the laundry and whatever its next to. Is there really a…

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wonderland
Nov 20, 2008 3:11 pm
wonderland
haywgl
haywgl
20 November 2008

Not another Cremorne ?

Not another Cremorne ?
VIC
1, 2

Wooohoo! How exciting!!! :) I am trying to imagine how they are going to get that big machine in to my narrow street without running over my neighbours houses :shock: :lol:

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haywgl
Nov 20, 2008 8:17 pm
haywgl
homeishome
homeishome
20 November 2008

Slab question

Slab question
VIC

Thats amazing news rock, good to know that at least some people are able to get work done as per their satisfaction. Have added your blog on my list and will follow yours…

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homeishome
Nov 20, 2008 9:45 pm
HellDad
HellDad
20 November 2008

Ceilngs Collapse - Plantation Homes QLD

Ceilngs Collapse - Plantation Homes QLD
QLD

It seems a bit far fetched to be relying on sarking to keep out rain, even if highly unusual rain - that's not its job. IMO it's more likely some weakness in the design…

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HellDad
Nov 20, 2008 10:28 pm
HellDad
archangelAU
archangelAU
21 November 2008

Setback when next to corner block

Setback when next to corner block

Well got signatures and "no-objection" from neighbours last night and took it to council this morning. Council say that it can take up to 3 weeks and that we have supplied…

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archangelAU
Nov 21, 2008 12:06 pm
cynarion
cynarion
21 November 2008

Costs incurred in pulling out of contract with Simonds Homes

Costs incurred in pulling out of contract with Simonds Homes

Despite the fact that our returned soil tests increased our site costs by a total of nearly $10,000, I've been relatively happy with the site costs part of our experience…

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cynarion
Nov 21, 2008 12:29 pm
cynarion
Maxie
Maxie
21 November 2008

How much would you expect to pay - outdoor shower?

How much would you expect to pay - outdoor shower?

That seems a very good price - I saw one in Freedom today for $342

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Maxie
Nov 21, 2008 6:28 pm
Maxie
kek
kek
22 November 2008

Dark render on blueboard? Is it ok?

Dark render on blueboard? Is it ok?

I think it depends on: a) what kind of render is used; and b) the climate. Cement renders would seem more likely to crack, whatever the weather conditions, bendy polymer…

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kek
Nov 22, 2008 3:20 pm
kek
russell
russell
23 November 2008

Changing standard floor plans - yes or don't bother......?

Changing standard floor plans - yes or don't bother......?

Sorry to be off-topic bluesteel, but sean I'd love to know what you ended…

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russell
Nov 23, 2008 6:47 am
sammy_sj
sammy_sj
23 November 2008

Stage Building Inspector - Adelaide

Stage Building Inspector - Adelaide
SA

Hi If you could also PM me his details as well that would be great. Being first time buliders/home buyers I'm sure there is things we may miss when buliding.

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sammy_sj
Nov 23, 2008 2:06 pm
ECOECO
ECOECO
23 November 2008

down pipes not draining

down pipes not draining

hello all we have started putting drainage pits in on one side of the house but when we went to connect it to the down pipes under the…

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ECOECO
Nov 23, 2008 3:37 pm
ECOECO
suh
suh
23 November 2008

Think we know why ours is going so slow

Think we know why ours is going so slow
NSW

ASIC's definition of insolvency is "Unable to pay all debts when they fall due for payment." It sounds to me like your builders are trading…

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suh
Nov 23, 2008 6:39 pm
suh
dembi_2000
dembi_2000
23 November 2008

mortar color

mortar color

hey everyone, We had the…

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dembi_2000
Nov 23, 2008 9:29 pm
potplantman
potplantman
24 November 2008

Contour Survey - Newbie question

Contour Survey - Newbie question
QLD

Can anyone recommend a surveyor who can do a contour survey on my block? Also what would be a reasonable price to pay for this? Thanks.

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potplantman
Nov 24, 2008 7:35 am
Bananas
Bananas
24 November 2008

Dumping on our block!

Dumping on our block!
1, 2

If anyone has any problems with dumping on their blocks try to find if you have these guys or something similar in your area. Its called a RID squad ( Regional Illegal…

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Bananas
Nov 24, 2008 11:50 am
sammy
sammy
24 November 2008

The Aspiration 35MKII

The Aspiration 35MKII
NSW
1, 2

they've usually been pretty good - I even took some video footage! They asked for a copy in case they ever wanted to use it. Maybe they…

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sammy
Nov 24, 2008 1:41 pm
sammy
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sammy
Nov 24, 2008 1:51 pm
sammy
JellyLegs
JellyLegs
24 November 2008

I am FURIOUS

I am FURIOUS

We needed to get council to relax the height restriction for our retaining walls. My wife went to the G.C. council office lodge the application. …

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JellyLegs
Nov 24, 2008 5:07 pm
JellyLegs
Garn
Garn
24 November 2008

builder charging for inspection

builder charging for inspection

Hi, while some builders may say that they "own" the site during the building process, they don't. They do have 'charge' over the site, whereby they have a responsibility…

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Garn
Nov 24, 2008 8:44 pm
sdabel
sdabel
25 November 2008

Meter Box Location?

Meter Box Location?

Not sure if they still do this but we used to have locked access and the electricity company kept a spare key. Or lock the gate with a combination lock and let them know…

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sdabel
Nov 25, 2008 8:37 am
sdabel
Toast
Toast
25 November 2008

New to site, confused now, to build or not.

New to site, confused now, to build or not.

Land title is probably the single most likely delay. Your build contract will be fixed length (somewhere between 7 and 9 months), but your little patch of land may not…

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Toast
Nov 25, 2008 8:42 am
Toast
renovation survivor
renovation survivor
25 November 2008

Matrix Cladding

Matrix Cladding

Hi there Actually Matrix is a very cost effective product to install (and much better than blueboard). Blueboard needs to be skim rendered over and matrix is pre-primed…

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renovation survivor
Nov 25, 2008 3:10 pm
Sacha1390
Sacha1390
25 November 2008

Who's got the goods!!!

Who's got the goods!!!

There's a simonds house right across our street and it was started waay before us even before the slab was done and there it is still there with the brick yet to be…

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Sacha1390
Nov 25, 2008 4:36 pm
Sacha1390
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thlo
Nov 25, 2008 9:19 pm
thlo
taylormade
taylormade
26 November 2008

Adenbrook Sandhurst 37

Adenbrook Sandhurst 37
QLD
1, 2

Hi there Apparently Adenbrook and PD have an arrangement whereby they share some house floorplans. I'm not sure whose original plan it was, but we love it and I'm sure…

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taylormade
Nov 26, 2008 6:23 am


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