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oznow
Nov 09, 2007 3:04 pm
oznow
Michelle
Michelle
9 November 2007

Confidence in the Building Process

Confidence in the Building Process

I feel for everyone building for the first time! Yes it is daunting…. And yes it is a big commitment personally and cost wise. Remember through your selection…

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Michelle
Nov 09, 2007 3:25 pm
Michelle
rerob1
rerob1
9 November 2007

DA Approved!!

DA Approved!!

Congratulations, now the real fun begins! Keep us informed of your progress!! ::

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rerob1
Nov 09, 2007 9:52 pm
rerob1
Michelle
Michelle
10 November 2007

Looking for reputable architect in Lane Cove area

Looking for reputable architect in Lane Cove area

Good luck finding an architect…..one thing to watch out for….maybe a few things to watch out for. Watch what they do with your space, architects seem to love…

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Michelle
Nov 10, 2007 1:50 pm
Michelle
Michelle
Michelle
10 November 2007

Carlisle Home - Progress...

Carlisle Home - Progress...
VIC
1, 2, 3

What a view!!!! :shock: Bet you are all getting very excited. I can see your 2 double troubles loving that stair case of yours!!! :evil: Good luck, can’t wait to see the…

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Michelle
Nov 10, 2007 1:53 pm
Michelle
cutajarp
cutajarp
10 November 2007

Has anyone in Melbourne built with Zuccala homes?

Has anyone in Melbourne built with Zuccala homes?

I was wondering if anyone in Melbourne is building with Zuccalla homes? If you did what was their fit and finish like? Would you build with them again? They have a…

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cutajarp
Nov 10, 2007 3:27 pm
McAngry
McAngry
10 November 2007

NSW Builders Reputation

NSW Builders Reputation

Hi All, Any comments on Champion homes NSW and their after sales service?

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McAngry
Nov 10, 2007 4:27 pm
McAngry
McAngry
10 November 2007

Budget Blues

Budget Blues

Hi All, Do I have any realistic chance of finishing a house with a facade and base price of 230K for 300K in Sydney? Assuming site costs are reasonable - around 25K. …

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McAngry
Nov 10, 2007 7:03 pm
davinci
davinci
10 November 2007

Advice please on handover inspection

Advice please on handover inspection

whether you build a house , get a shed put up , get a concrete driveway or whatever you can by law get your own inspections done by an engineer or structural inspector etc…

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davinci
Nov 10, 2007 8:31 pm
davinci
Steveo
Steveo
11 November 2007

inform Homes any comments ?

inform Homes any comments ?
VIC

We eneded up moving away from inform - and are glad we did !

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Steveo
Nov 11, 2007 12:52 pm
Steveo
Helen
Helen
11 November 2007

Practical Eco Friendly / Sustainable Options

Practical Eco Friendly / Sustainable Options
1, 2

Thanks Chris. I've emailed the company for more information on the eco ventilation. I just gave our plumber some info on the e-vent but this eco ventilator looks…

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Helen
Nov 11, 2007 3:15 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
11 November 2007

What annoys Me

What annoys Me
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I agree with both Rod and Michelle. I apologise for my inflamatory remark regarding The Stig's spelling. That was unjustified and uncalled for. I think this thread…

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mattwalker
Nov 11, 2007 6:36 pm
mattwalker
commodorenut
commodorenut
11 November 2007

Gavan and Shallala

Gavan and Shallala

Yes, possibly a lot more than 30 years. In-laws nearly built with them in the 70s before chosing a different builder at the last minute. Quite a few houses in their…

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commodorenut
Nov 11, 2007 8:35 pm
commodorenut

Tim, This is pretty normal I think. Here is a pic of where my bifold door is (your sliding door is the standard) and it has a piece of wood above it…

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mattwalker
Nov 11, 2007 8:47 pm
mattwalker
Lyn
Lyn
11 November 2007

Exterior Render & Fascia Colours, Traditional Facade

Exterior Render & Fascia Colours, Traditional Facade

The top half of our facade will be rendered, and we are having more colour issues. We have colourbond paperbark windows and garage door. Would it be too much of the one…

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Lyn
Nov 11, 2007 9:24 pm
clath
clath
11 November 2007

Sececting a builder in Melbourne

Sececting a builder in Melbourne

Yes slon go for it .the Grandview by Metricon is a very nice house, saw it displayed and loved the floor plan and everything about it. I thought if i hadnt chosen PD…

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clath
Nov 11, 2007 10:43 pm
clath
Firthy_26
Firthy_26
12 November 2007

Carlisle Homes heading North

Carlisle Homes heading North

Hey Matt, seriously speaking....do they alter their plans? I like the single story layouts but would want to make a…

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Firthy_26
Nov 12, 2007 8:43 am
Firthy_26
mattwalker
mattwalker
12 November 2007

Pockets in Mortar post brick cleaning

Pockets in Mortar post brick cleaning

Matt, what is the scientific difference between a divot and a…

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mattwalker
Nov 12, 2007 11:57 am
mattwalker
davinci
davinci
12 November 2007

The Waffle Raft Slab System

The Waffle Raft Slab System

i learnt to concrete on house slabs and commercial construction waffle pods have several problems 1 - your slab is hollow under the pods , good place for rodents…

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davinci
Nov 12, 2007 6:28 pm
davinci
James
James
13 November 2007

Small local builder - how long should we wait?

Small local builder - how long should we wait?

I think we may be in the same situation. We will probably go with the small/medium private builder on a cost plus contract with us able to arrange some things…

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James
Nov 13, 2007 5:50 am
James
James
13 November 2007

Doing own electrical fittings

Doing own electrical fittings

Thanks for your replies. Getting hubby and friend (who is a licenced contractor with experience) to do it may be more complicated and time consuming. We may see if friend…

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James
Nov 13, 2007 5:54 am
louie
louie
13 November 2007

Warning - always get more than one quote.

Warning - always get more than one quote.

Hi all, Here is the senario. Two reputable major builders, two totally different estimates. Disclousure plan from the estate was M class with 3…

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louie
Nov 13, 2007 8:37 am
horan
horan
13 November 2007

Downlights quantity

Downlights quantity

Yak_Chat, Thanks for your suggestion regarding number of switches. I have not thought about that. I was planning to put one switch per area (kitchen, bedroom,…

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horan
Nov 13, 2007 8:43 am
rellie
rellie
14 November 2007

24 Hours to final Inspection....

24 Hours to final Inspection....
VIC

Good luck, hopefully there won't be any nasty surprises !

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rellie
Nov 14, 2007 2:18 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
14 November 2007

Colours appear darker than chosen

Colours appear darker than chosen
VIC
1, 2

Suprise is one way of putting it...

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mattwalker
Nov 14, 2007 7:29 pm
mattwalker
Adrian B
Adrian B
14 November 2007

Deterring progressive payment untill all faults are fixed

Deterring progressive payment untill all faults are fixed

The banks can with hold payment until the stage meets specifications. You need to remember that banks need to make sure that they can get their money back if needed.…

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Adrian B
Nov 14, 2007 9:40 pm
Adrian B
James
James
15 November 2007

Customade vanity? and some other questions

Customade vanity? and some other questions

My preference would be option a. because I think it would look better (depending on the laminex and basin you choose) . Yes, everything should be in the contract. It…

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James
Nov 15, 2007 5:05 am
James
James
15 November 2007

Blue Rain House

Blue Rain House

Thanks Shane. much appreciated. :D

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James
Nov 15, 2007 5:08 am
The Dynamic Duo
The Dynamic Duo
15 November 2007

Custom design/Architect build

Custom design/Architect build

Hi mate I have sent you a private…

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The Dynamic Duo
Nov 15, 2007 7:35 am
The Dynamic Duo
brittany
brittany
15 November 2007

48 Hours to Handover!

48 Hours to Handover!
VIC

Congratulations - that seems so quick!

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brittany
Nov 15, 2007 11:18 am
brittany
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Michelle
Nov 15, 2007 6:34 pm
Michelle
soup
soup
16 November 2007

Is this acceptable? (paint colour)

Is this acceptable? (paint colour)
1, 2, 3

Ok, now that the *heat* has dissipated from aaurora's icon (lol), I can mention that I *may* have had a win with the builder (yay for me!). I sent the builder customer…

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soup
Nov 16, 2007 7:26 pm
hobbiest
hobbiest
17 November 2007

What's the reasonable price per cubic meter to remove soil?

What's the reasonable price per cubic meter to remove soil?

An online service for hiring is Rentaskip Australia. You can search for the skip bin online and book and…

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hobbiest
Nov 17, 2007 4:32 pm
royalblue
royalblue
17 November 2007

Wrong Carpet Colour

Wrong Carpet Colour
1, 2

Ladyice, This may have been a blessing in disguise! I'm not sure about the specs of the carpet you got as opposed to the 'thicker' one you wanted, but the lower…

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royalblue
Nov 17, 2007 10:05 pm
perryr
perryr
18 November 2007

Bloggers

Bloggers

Let's see... is it addictive? Umm.... I also now have one for the old Holden - does that mean I need to seek professional advice? :roll: It's just a bit too easy to…

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perryr
Nov 18, 2007 7:18 pm
parker
parker
18 November 2007

No to private inspection and no references

No to private inspection and no references
1, 2, 3

Yeah the margin is if you decide you want him to buy a light fitting on your behalf for eg. He'll add %20. The fact there is no consequence to him taking 2 years to…

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parker
Nov 18, 2007 8:11 pm
parker
ahuang
ahuang
18 November 2007

Rising Interest Rates

Rising Interest Rates

Make sure you always leave some buffer for the unexpected expenses...

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ahuang
Nov 18, 2007 10:49 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
18 November 2007

Retaining Walls advice

Retaining Walls advice

Make sure you got all details all written down... Have a look at this tips of mine (thanks to stonercutter1309 for providing the information) "How to record issues…

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ahuang
Nov 18, 2007 10:53 pm
ahuang
perryr
perryr
19 November 2007

Contract / Tender

Contract / Tender

I'll check our contract when I get home tonight, but I'm pretty sure that the final payment is due "on completion". That is, when the keys are handed over. Perry

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perryr
Nov 19, 2007 8:19 am
beegeers
beegeers
19 November 2007

Recommened builders in Melbourne that can custom build

Recommened builders in Melbourne that can custom build

Hi We have a corner block which has a very wide frontage but not much of depth - We are at the drawing stage with Ashford Homes - They do cutom homes and they are…

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beegeers
Nov 19, 2007 8:28 am
DeeElle
DeeElle
19 November 2007

Tiles or wood?

Tiles or wood?
1, 2, 3

[ I'm not sure yet and maybe the experts can confirm, or otherwise, my thoughts: 1) Brings the 12 mm floor up to 24 mm so it (almost) matches…

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DeeElle
Nov 19, 2007 11:18 am
DeeElle
Stormy
Stormy
19 November 2007

Carlisle Homes - Some good news, some bad news...

Carlisle Homes - Some good news, some bad news...
VIC

Good luck with it all, Matt, and I hope it all works out for you and your family, and sooner than later you are all happily in your home, enjoying your beautiful new surroundings!

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Stormy
Nov 19, 2007 1:09 pm
Stormy
coljacqld
coljacqld
19 November 2007

BUILD TIME CALCULATED WRONG - WHOOPS

BUILD TIME CALCULATED WRONG - WHOOPS

how good is that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is Ricci any further advanced? Xmas at you place?

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coljacqld
Nov 19, 2007 5:00 pm
kasiakm
kasiakm
19 November 2007

Will I regret ....

Will I regret ....

Thanks for your replies! Kate - thanks for posting those pics, it definately helps seeing it on a house. When I went to boral, he also showed…

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kasiakm
Nov 19, 2007 5:46 pm
oznow
oznow
20 November 2007

shook hand = deal ?

shook hand = deal ?

Hi Steve Thanks for you reply, but I dont think that is the case. I and friend prepared our lists and give to the builders for quote almost at the same time. It is just…

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oznow
Nov 20, 2007 8:03 am
oznow
bobbuilder
bobbuilder
20 November 2007

Cl@r$ndon Cr$stm$@d

Cl@r$ndon Cr$stm$@d

Hi everyone, thanks for your replies. Bobbuilder - How did you find out there was a house in the bricks you like, do Cl@r$ndon tell you? We loved…

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bobbuilder
Nov 20, 2007 9:28 am
bobbuilder
Michelle
Michelle
20 November 2007

External paint

External paint

NO…the render work is already painted, so you are now painting OVER paint. Any GOOD quality external paint will be fine. 1) You will need a good roller brush &…

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Michelle
Nov 20, 2007 12:49 pm
Michelle
Jimbo
Jimbo
21 November 2007

PD - Telstra Connection.

PD - Telstra Connection.
VIC

Hi Vanderlay, Thats pretty poor they gave you that incorrect information. The "switching on at the exchange" is actually what costs the $299 unfortunantly .. its a rip…

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Jimbo
Nov 21, 2007 9:23 am
Michelle
Michelle
21 November 2007

WE HAVE A HOUSE!

WE HAVE A HOUSE!
VIC
1, 2

:lol: :lol: Rider looks pretty good also!! Could say more but I won't! :shock:

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Michelle
Nov 21, 2007 11:30 am
Michelle
FionaL
FionaL
21 November 2007

Restrictive covenant

Restrictive covenant

The other houses have had their plans passed because the covenant is not issued with the council it's only stated on the land contract which is drawn up by the real…

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FionaL
Nov 21, 2007 4:03 pm


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