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lobo
lobo
9 June 2008

Delays to Start Building

Delays to Start Building

the 5% was not a penalty, but the CSO said if we pay our 5% downpayment early our file would get a higher priority within…

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lobo
Jun 09, 2008 8:50 pm
lobo
RAPTOR
RAPTOR
10 June 2008

Any first time home owners building?

Any first time home owners building?
NSW
1, 2

I'm also a first home owner who is building. As well as the stamp duty, I decided on building so I could cater for my elderly father whom I care for. His mobility is…

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RAPTOR
Jun 10, 2008 6:22 pm
bec
bec
10 June 2008

claths house updates and a cute addition to the family

claths house updates and a cute addition to the family

awwh what a gorgeous puppy! looks like some house warming party as well ::party:: LOL

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bec
Jun 10, 2008 10:59 pm
ahuang
ahuang
11 June 2008

Post contract Variations....

Post contract Variations....

Make sure you let your supervisor know if you are going to put in any request. Some builders like ours, the CSR only talks to the supervisor once a week. And lots of work…

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ahuang
Jun 11, 2008 10:30 am
ahuang
Toast
Toast
11 June 2008

Advice & opinions needed on altered plans please!

Advice & opinions needed on altered plans please!

You may even buy yourself some more space by removing the entry corridor, and having the entry walk straight into the dining room... could work depending on how you plan…

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Toast
Jun 11, 2008 10:45 am
Toast
Paula
Paula
11 June 2008

Price per Square?

Price per Square?
VIC

Hi radiuz, When I was looking at building a custom home, the price was in total. When I questioned why it was the same price to build a garage as the kitchen, I was…

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Paula
Jun 11, 2008 11:05 am
Paula
mikkyG
mikkyG
11 June 2008

PD no Bathroom accessories?

PD no Bathroom accessories?
VIC
1, 2

Or if its all said and done and you didn't get around to taking photos/ marking the floor etc, just purchase a stud finder, they work just as well on noggins. Wont help…

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mikkyG
Jun 11, 2008 2:56 pm
Kryten
Kryten
11 June 2008

Our turn now! We have lift-off!!!!!

Our turn now! We have lift-off!!!!!
VIC

Congratulations on your start site - you'll be like the rest of us now rushing down every week with camera in hand :D

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Kryten
Jun 11, 2008 6:09 pm
Kryten
ausdesign
ausdesign
11 June 2008

LVL Question

LVL Question

Depending upon the application laminated beams can bear on as little as 30mm. part of 1001 facts . . . . . .

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ausdesign
Jun 11, 2008 9:22 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
ausdesign
11 June 2008

No shower drain in the slab

No shower drain in the slab

It would be normal for the slab to be boxed out roughly 300 square where the trap will go. The pipe is often covered, but it would be unusual not to pick the…

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ausdesign
Jun 11, 2008 9:32 pm
ausdesign
simpson
simpson
12 June 2008

Is it a good floor plan? Please advice

Is it a good floor plan? Please advice
1, 2

Agree Rachelle & Helyn. I appreciate your feedbacks. I need to look into that plan... :roll: The problem is that land is too narrow.... Yes you are right there is no…

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simpson
Jun 12, 2008 10:20 pm
House-To-Be
House-To-Be
13 June 2008

Henley Render Job - Would Value All Your Opinions

Henley Render Job - Would Value All Your Opinions

Have you actually spoken to any rendering companies to get their perspective? They would surely tell you, whether this latest approach from your…

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House-To-Be
Jun 13, 2008 10:23 am
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Peter_OZ
Jun 13, 2008 10:58 am
Judie
Judie
13 June 2008

PD Tile Range

PD Tile Range
VIC

I guess I was lucky. Our builder uses Beaumont Tiles, and the tiles I chose for the wet areas are all standard ones, except for the feature tile. My extra cost came in…

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Judie
Jun 13, 2008 10:32 pm
Judie
myriam
myriam
13 June 2008

concrete slab

concrete slab

Thanks for that, good to have an indication

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myriam
Jun 13, 2008 11:04 pm
lloydmav
lloydmav
14 June 2008

Building Inspection refusal????

Building Inspection refusal????
1, 2

crap crap crap crap crap.... there is no clause 51 in our contract. Stops at 44. The joys of being a first time home owner/builder. Seeing that…

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lloydmav
Jun 14, 2008 3:08 pm
lloydmav
kexkez
kexkez
14 June 2008

Slab Classifications

Slab Classifications
VIC

How did this all go? We found out our block has been rated S4 which is one step better ( just) than an M classification.

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kexkez
Jun 14, 2008 5:52 pm
kexkez
clath
clath
15 June 2008

noisy ducted heating/3month maintence PD

noisy ducted heating/3month maintence PD
VIC

hi Iizzy yes PD fixed the issues in kevins report. As for the noisy ducted heating issue Vulcan sent someone out to look at it. he fitted foam underneath the unit but…

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clath
Jun 15, 2008 11:06 pm
clath
ahuang
ahuang
16 June 2008

Upgrade from Wattyl to Dulux - Grrrrr

Upgrade from Wattyl to Dulux - Grrrrr
NSW

We were very unhappy with the builders when we realised another upgrade was a huge gouge as well. We paid to upgrade the Gyproc Cove Cornice to…

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ahuang
Jun 16, 2008 1:10 pm
ahuang
Lee28
Lee28
16 June 2008

Wide Frontage Home Design

Wide Frontage Home Design

The M'con Denver looks great, only problem is it's too wide. But that style of house would be perfect. That's exactly the type of thing we need so that we can have a…

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Lee28
Jun 16, 2008 2:32 pm
Justin
Justin
16 June 2008

Marshall Baker Homes

Marshall Baker Homes
VIC

We're building a custom home with them in an established area (East Bentleigh). Perhaps they're just not keen on particular areas that might be a bit far away for their…

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Justin
Jun 16, 2008 7:14 pm
Paula
Paula
16 June 2008

Demolition approved

Demolition approved
NSW

:D :D :D It wont be long and you will have lots of pics for us. :D

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Paula
Jun 16, 2008 10:04 pm
Paula
lloydmav
lloydmav
16 June 2008

Trafficable Lid to Sewer

Trafficable Lid to Sewer

hi, haven't got a scanner handy, but I just checked the plans. The driveway is on the left hand side, the sewer junction is just to the right of the driveway. I had a…

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lloydmav
Jun 16, 2008 11:32 pm
lloydmav
ahuang
ahuang
17 June 2008

If your builder is *******.....

If your builder is *******.....
VIC
1, 2

Their web site still working...http://www.fullbrickhomes.com.au so probably not out of business yet... wonder how much they will sue…

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ahuang
Jun 17, 2008 2:02 pm
ahuang
jamiet
jamiet
17 June 2008

Naming our CSR

Naming our CSR
NSW

Hi Southies, I'm glad to hear you're having…

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jamiet
Jun 17, 2008 2:45 pm
Paula
Paula
17 June 2008

Problems during your maintenance period?

Problems during your maintenance period?
NSW

Oh dear, what a muck up, hope it all works out for you.

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Paula
Jun 17, 2008 3:41 pm
Paula
to_do_list
to_do_list
17 June 2008

Foundation Modifications

Foundation Modifications

One of the notes on these plans mention a 'deepened edge beam on the slab due to angle of repose of the exsiting sewer pipe in…

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to_do_list
Jun 17, 2008 5:19 pm
to_do_list
Kryten
Kryten
17 June 2008

My turn: the progress (updated pics 20080507)

My turn: the progress (updated pics 20080507)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Fantastic news Oznow - glad to hear that they fixed the areas of concern . We want lots of pics of your lovely new home :D

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Kryten
Jun 17, 2008 6:18 pm
Kryten
Draconis
Draconis
17 June 2008

Site clean- How clean is it???

Site clean- How clean is it???

Hey P those pics don't look to bad. The first one looked like they only had another ute load to take away that had been moved to the footpath so they could say the "Site…

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Draconis
Jun 17, 2008 7:59 pm
Draconis
Draconis
Draconis
17 June 2008

Garage doors

Garage doors
ACT

everyone in the house if you are a poor sucker who…

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Draconis
Jun 17, 2008 8:36 pm
Draconis
Draconis
Draconis
17 June 2008

"crossover": please explain

"crossover": please explain
SA

You can easily have it changed so that lines up with you garage. However if you are one fo the poor suckers like me that live in an older area that has the big old square…

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Draconis
Jun 17, 2008 10:24 pm
Draconis
brisvegas
brisvegas
18 June 2008

HELP PLEASE!!

HELP PLEASE!!
QLD
1, 2

Hi Mike long time no speak! Was feeling decidedly unloved ::crying:: that noone replied to my last posting about 2 paks etc so good to hear from you albeit on a different topic!!!! …

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brisvegas
Jun 18, 2008 1:50 am
petal
petal
18 June 2008

Has anyone used Boral Slimwood ?

Has anyone used Boral Slimwood ?
NSW

Yay! Thanks so much for that, kirribilli. Will be checking that out very shortly. :wink:

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petal
Jun 18, 2008 11:29 am
petal
wonderland
wonderland
18 June 2008

M3tric0n Promo ends 22 June, what should I do??!!

M3tric0n Promo ends 22 June, what should I do??!!
VIC
1, 2

Vanderlay, that is VERY sneaky of them!! :evil: I think it's so wrong how people can prey on your emotions. Luckily for us, we had also already decided to go with M, our…

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wonderland
Jun 18, 2008 3:20 pm
wonderland
vanderlay
vanderlay
18 June 2008

Developer approval obtained

Developer approval obtained
VIC

Good to hear. :D You dont need that bringing down your whole experience.

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vanderlay
Jun 18, 2008 4:05 pm
vanderlay
penny73
penny73
19 June 2008

Need Help with builders price lock-in Confused :(

Need Help with builders price lock-in Confused :(
1, 2

Yes pretty happy with it especially as the land titling can be delayed by 2 months and we will still be ok. It is a relief. I know alot of people say to wait but we…

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penny73
Jun 19, 2008 12:52 pm
coljacqld
coljacqld
19 June 2008

We have a slab (NOT slab of beer)

We have a slab (NOT slab of beer)

any sign of the concrete trucks? hope the pour goes well Anne

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coljacqld
Jun 19, 2008 2:17 pm
Toast
Toast
19 June 2008

what is a typlical contrat term/days ?

what is a typlical contrat term/days ?
VIC

Ours is 196, single storey 30sq. Seems to be two very different standard build times... one at around 190 and the others around 250. I wonder what they do for the extra…

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Toast
Jun 19, 2008 2:28 pm
Toast
to_do_list
to_do_list
19 June 2008

re-establishment survey

re-establishment survey
VIC

Yep....it ain't always kids that do things...some times it's adults with big toys..

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to_do_list
Jun 19, 2008 3:29 pm
to_do_list
Rikster
Rikster
19 June 2008

What is a reasonable Builder's Margin?

What is a reasonable Builder's Margin?
NSW

Our builder takes a 20% margin. They were up front with the figure before the contract. I must say, that I think 20% is about right. I would hate to do their job. …

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Rikster
Jun 19, 2008 10:31 pm
Rikster
to_do_list
to_do_list
19 June 2008

SETBACKS!!!

SETBACKS!!!
1, 2

::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: Excellent outcome....I'd say the fact that you stood you ground had a lot to do with it. ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader:: ::cheerleader::

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to_do_list
Jun 19, 2008 10:49 pm
to_do_list
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PhoenixStar
Jun 20, 2008 11:32 am
PhoenixStar
vanderlay
vanderlay
20 June 2008

Contract - Building Permit & Trade Certificates

Contract - Building Permit & Trade Certificates

We never saw the building permit application, we just received a copy when it was approved. We received all the certificates at handover. Didnt have to ask for them,…

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vanderlay
Jun 20, 2008 3:31 pm
vanderlay
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Pom down under
Jun 20, 2008 5:02 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
20 June 2008

Solid brick - why don't they build them?

Solid brick - why don't they build them?
1, 2, 3

KexKez - I posted that link for the bit about getting the sun into the back of living area of the house. As I say - each to therir own and I don't expect everyone to…

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Yak_Chat
Jun 20, 2008 10:04 pm
Yak_Chat
Eager
Eager
20 June 2008

HELP: M3tricon electrical, downlight, foxtel, etc

HELP: M3tricon electrical, downlight, foxtel, etc

Jo, I know a little bit about the people at 501. Did you have the , ummmm, mature humourless individual there for electrical selections? If so, she doesn't always know…

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Eager
Jun 20, 2008 10:39 pm
Eager
coljacqld
coljacqld
21 June 2008

FEATURE DOWNPIPES What can be done?

FEATURE DOWNPIPES What can be done?
1, 2

Phoenix** wrote: Paula wrote: Anne, what do you mean by 'chain'? Paula, From Wikipedia, A rain chain is an alternative to the downspout component…

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coljacqld
Jun 21, 2008 2:15 pm
Paula
Paula
23 June 2008

Private Builders?

Private Builders?

A private builder will charge between 10 - 12 K a square, but that will include a good deal of things that PD call upgrades!! If you had very expensive tatse it could…

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Paula
Jun 23, 2008 10:41 am
Paula
Polo
Polo
23 June 2008

BACV

BACV
VIC

hi Louie, I talked to a guy named Joe at BACV and he was pretty helpful when I asked him about building issues my uncle was having.

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Polo
Jun 23, 2008 2:32 pm


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