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ausdesign
ausdesign
23 November 2007

Soil Test Result - What shall we do

Soil Test Result - What shall we do
VIC

A couple of points to look at - The fall on the site should not have a bearing on the footing depth If you are going to cut into…

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ausdesign
Nov 23, 2007 10:26 am
ausdesign
kasiakm
kasiakm
23 November 2007

The role of Supervisor should be renamed to Co-ordinator

The role of Supervisor should be renamed to Co-ordinator

I have totally different impression. My supervisor was always when needed. He sorted out builders next door literring our land, organised different things and kept…

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kasiakm
Nov 23, 2007 6:19 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
24 November 2007

Timing for a new driveway?

Timing for a new driveway?

Thanks everyone for the feedback.. Just have to make sure all ends are tied up as we also have to arrange carpet and timber flooring. I thought that we could move in the…

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PhoenixStar
Nov 24, 2007 11:51 am
PhoenixStar
abroun
abroun
24 November 2007

Building on a difficult terrain

Building on a difficult terrain

Building on a difficult terrain Adjusting the house to the landscape is the first task to be solved when building on a difficult terrain. If your block of land has…

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abroun
Nov 24, 2007 2:10 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
24 November 2007

stumps or slab?

stumps or slab?

I would never build on a slab. I love being able to get under my house to 'see' everything. Its so easy to run cabling or move/fix things. Floorboards in a slab house can…

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Dukekamaya
Nov 24, 2007 6:25 pm
Dukekamaya
clath
clath
25 November 2007

Anyone for a beer?????

Anyone for a beer?????
VIC

cool Adam soon you will have a frame. :wink:

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clath
Nov 24, 2007 11:41 pm
clath
DeeElle
DeeElle
25 November 2007

HELP... Price per m2

HELP... Price per m2

Hi Everyone, After we shaved 10m2 off the size of the house, we've made it to the 222m2 that we need. Now here is the question. How much should…

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DeeElle
Nov 25, 2007 1:27 pm
DeeElle
cutajarp
cutajarp
25 November 2007

Recommended meduim/small builders in Melbourne

Recommended meduim/small builders in Melbourne
VIC

Howdy, I'm planning to build in Melbourne's north west. There are so many builders around.

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cutajarp
Nov 25, 2007 6:05 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
26 November 2007

Handover, Homepresentation, Final Inspection,Settlement etc

Handover, Homepresentation, Final Inspection,Settlement etc

Touchingcloth, if you are building with H3nley, look up your complete home manual that you would have been given. Chapter 12 covers Settlement. Hope that helps.

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PhoenixStar
Nov 26, 2007 5:53 pm
PhoenixStar
Emi
Emi
26 November 2007

lock up/enclosed

lock up/enclosed

I believe it depends on your builder and the method they choose under the HIA contract. It may be a % of the total progress of your home. This can mean it is classified as…

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Emi
Nov 26, 2007 8:34 pm
Casa2
Casa2
27 November 2007

Why choose a builder you know is bad?

Why choose a builder you know is bad?

You'd think the builder would quickly fix it up and remove the fence as quickly as humanly possible.

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Casa2
Nov 27, 2007 7:28 am
muzzman
muzzman
27 November 2007

Comments on our plan

Comments on our plan
VIC

Hi beegeers Welcome to the forum :) I love your design - and I agree with almost everyone - you should join the alfresco and put a bath in the main bathroom. I'd…

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muzzman
Nov 27, 2007 2:14 pm
muzzman
arkraider
arkraider
27 November 2007

Electrical Plans

Electrical Plans

I think your are dreaming for this to be done exactly to plan, any questions re that point speak to Matt about. :) But yes, they should fix this and do it the right way.…

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arkraider
Nov 27, 2007 3:25 pm
arkraider
Maxie
Maxie
27 November 2007

Building with Clarendon

Building with Clarendon
NSW

We missed out on that promotion as our tender was done in June - it does sound like a good deal to me though. We have upgraded to a caesarstone splashback and that is…

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Maxie
Nov 27, 2007 8:59 pm
Maxie
brittany
brittany
27 November 2007

Brick Photos

Brick Photos
NSW

bring on the bricks !!!!

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brittany
Nov 27, 2007 9:25 pm
brittany
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
28 November 2007

Is this acceptable ?

Is this acceptable ?

The problem would be that the meter box is there long before anything else (before frame, bricks etc) and the person (plumber?) installing the guttering probably just put…

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First_Timer_Ray
Nov 28, 2007 7:59 am
First_Timer_Ray
VJ
VJ
28 November 2007

PD have finally started

PD have finally started
VIC

VJ i heard form someone if you ring the local council and if you can prove who is dumping the rubbish, the council will fine them, wonder if its possible…

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VJ
Nov 28, 2007 12:49 pm
VJ
grime
grime
29 November 2007

PD Builders - Termite protection

PD Builders - Termite protection
VIC

Im appearing dumb here :oops: but grime why would concreting your paths up against the house void PDS warranty?in regards to the termite barrier? Im…

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grime
Nov 29, 2007 6:06 am
grime
dna
dna
29 November 2007

New Home Inspection - Sydney

New Home Inspection - Sydney
NSW

It seems a few of us Sydney-ites are trying to find an inspector for our new homes. I find this…

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dna
Nov 29, 2007 10:14 am
GriffBNE
GriffBNE
29 November 2007

Extremely Reactive Soil.

Extremely Reactive Soil.

We're looking at a 'E' Class Void Former Slab System. Including Upgrade strip footings to the portico and Alfresco area. Anyone know what this is??

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GriffBNE
Nov 29, 2007 1:19 pm
plunger
plunger
30 November 2007

Electricity V's Gas the 6m rule

Electricity V's Gas the 6m rule
QLD

As I understand the rules.. Out side gas supplies/appliances must be 6m from an electrical supply/appliance in Qld? Any one know the correct distance as ours are not.

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plunger
Nov 30, 2007 12:26 pm
plunger
plunger
30 November 2007

Building Sth Bris with Adenbrook

Building Sth Bris with Adenbrook
QLD

We had a terible run with them... We are so very very disapointed with service they gave us and quality of the finished product, what was supposed to be our "Dream…

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plunger
Nov 30, 2007 1:16 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
30 November 2007

Quick update & Poll Question

Quick update & Poll Question
VIC

Hey guys, we collected our construction dwgs today and have been told that H3nley's office will be closed from 21st Dec until the 7th of Jan. But the tradies have the…

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PhoenixStar
Nov 30, 2007 4:00 pm
PhoenixStar
Michelle
Michelle
30 November 2007

useful link

useful link

Oznow……good link, very useful. :D I grabbed this one out since most people like to talk about their kitchens and bathrooms.

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Michelle
Nov 30, 2007 6:58 pm
Michelle
VJ
VJ
30 November 2007

Kev from new home inspections

Kev from new home inspections

We'll definitely ring Kevin very soon and inform our builder that we'll use an independent inspector. That way we get the best tradies too! :lol:

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VJ
Nov 30, 2007 7:38 pm
VJ
Touchingcloth
Touchingcloth
3 December 2007

Paling fence cost

Paling fence cost
VIC

Thanks for the replies guys!

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Touchingcloth
Dec 03, 2007 11:25 am
Casa2
Casa2
3 December 2007

Builders Need To Improve.

Builders Need To Improve.

I would ask for two things of a builder: 1) How much will it cost? I don't care if they charge $1 for the house and $249,999 for site costs or $249,999 for the…

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Casa2
Dec 03, 2007 2:54 pm
Jet79
Jet79
3 December 2007

pole post homes

pole post homes
SA

Hi Kylie, welcome to the forum. We have a steep block too and had a lot of issues finding the right house to fit on the block. We love our block and the views we have…

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Jet79
Dec 03, 2007 4:22 pm
Jet79
arkraider
arkraider
3 December 2007

Mirror Images....

Mirror Images....

Phoenix wrote: Alternatively Gav, you could upload your site plan, makes it easier to visualise for some??? I could! But I can't at…

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arkraider
Dec 03, 2007 5:58 pm
arkraider
clath
clath
3 December 2007

we have a slab

we have a slab

Ahuang was the concrete pierrings question for me? :?:

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clath
Dec 03, 2007 9:52 pm
clath
robenkel
robenkel
4 December 2007

Carlisle Homes - Purple = Gone!

Carlisle Homes - Purple = Gone!
VIC
1, 2

Looks FANTASTIC! Good luck with the handover!

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robenkel
Dec 04, 2007 11:27 am
VJ
VJ
4 December 2007

We have a site start! Finally!!!

We have a site start! Finally!!!

Ok We're in ... Wow, this is getting exciting! The more, the merrier!

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VJ
Dec 04, 2007 12:38 pm
VJ
Jet79
Jet79
4 December 2007

How quickly they turn nasty

How quickly they turn nasty

Phoenix, I'm tempted!! They were $45k more expensive in site works and not willing to look at other options (location of the house on block etc). They wanted a 4.5m…

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Jet79
Dec 04, 2007 5:07 pm
Jet79
davino
davino
4 December 2007

Quote from a project builder.

Quote from a project builder.

Hi Davino Some ouf your quotes to seem a bit steep. A word on the water tank. We ar about to build with M and we are paying $7200 because in…

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davino
Dec 04, 2007 7:37 pm
Amber
Amber
5 December 2007

How long does the slab sit for???

How long does the slab sit for???

our frame started 4 days after slab was laid. bricks were about 4 weeks after from memory

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Amber
Dec 05, 2007 7:47 am
Amber
shanem
shanem
5 December 2007

Mortar colour: off white - natural - white?

Mortar colour: off white - natural - white?

The builders certainly make the variations worth their while. People building for the first time generally are not aware of the costs involved and the builders prey on…

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shanem
Dec 05, 2007 8:50 am
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
5 December 2007

Melbourne home design magazine

Melbourne home design magazine

Hi Simon, if you find it let us know which one it is - i love to look at other peoples houses and get ideas.....hmmmm maybe not a good thing as i keep changing my mind or…

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PhoenixStar
Dec 05, 2007 5:45 pm
PhoenixStar
perryr
perryr
6 December 2007

Exposed Aggregate Driveway

Exposed Aggregate Driveway

Also, check Matt's blog: http://ourgrandeplan.blogspot.com He has some good pictures, and you can see the process there.

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perryr
Dec 06, 2007 2:48 pm
davinci
davinci
6 December 2007

about to sign up with national builders group... help!!

about to sign up with national builders group... help!!
VIC

i had a mate that built with them, read every single letter of your contract and know exactly what you are paying for ie : full trusses with Á frame not just three bits…

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davinci
Dec 06, 2007 4:37 pm
davinci
Arc
Arc
6 December 2007

Colourbond & Anti-Ponding Board

Colourbond & Anti-Ponding Board

I'm having Anticon installed;…

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Arc
Dec 06, 2007 9:51 pm
VJ
VJ
6 December 2007

Almost started.

Almost started.

Congrats not2oldru! We'll follow your journey from start to finish.. We just started today.......... so very happy just like you!

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VJ
Dec 06, 2007 10:32 pm
VJ
perryr
perryr
7 December 2007

Opinion on house orientation please.

Opinion on house orientation please.
VIC

I like the crescent driveway if the block is big enough - check with the council first though. Some councils don't like you to have two crossovers, and will ask you to…

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perryr
Dec 07, 2007 6:45 am
_Al_
_Al_
7 December 2007

Should I clean?

Should I clean?
VIC

Why do you care if there's dust in your wall cavities? There's probably a body under your kitchen bench, but unless you looked you wouldn't know. Just get in with a…

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_Al_
Dec 07, 2007 7:36 am
Tony & Emma
Tony & Emma
7 December 2007

Can you mirror the internal layout?

Can you mirror the internal layout?
VIC
1, 2

We thought about requesting to have an additional one, and making a crescent on-off drive. We'd obviously…

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Tony & Emma
Dec 07, 2007 11:45 am
sirgoat
sirgoat
7 December 2007

im not happy

im not happy
1, 2

Got the black and decker one with the laser level built in. It's great! And it even tells you where there are…

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sirgoat
Dec 07, 2007 4:27 pm
Damon
Damon
7 December 2007

Need advice: Change to Sliding Door?

Need advice: Change to Sliding Door?

and because u are enlarging a north facing window to a door, it may have minimum effect to ur 5 stars rating as well!

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Damon
Dec 07, 2007 10:22 pm
brittany
brittany
8 December 2007

Underground Powerpit

Underground Powerpit
VIC

Pootle - was I glad to read your post - for a moment I felt very ripped off. We could get the builders to do it for $5500 or we could do it ourselves - but it had to be a…

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brittany
Dec 08, 2007 11:54 am
brittany


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