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Beetle
Beetle
1 July 2007

Toy Storage Ideas?

Toy Storage Ideas?

hi perthgirl we have a 4.5 yr old ... I don't think you can ever have too much storage for the toys. we bought 3 of the pine Ikea shelving units (you can use either…

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Beetle
Jul 01, 2007 12:43 pm
ahuang
ahuang
1 July 2007

Triangular block

Triangular block

Heard that the "Fung Shuai" for triangular lands might not be that good??!! For the one next to roundabout, if the road is not wide enough and got busy traffic, it…

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ahuang
Jul 01, 2007 9:24 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
1 July 2007

From Fix Up Stage to completion- What's the time frame

From Fix Up Stage to completion- What's the time frame

We've paid the fix up installment. What is the process/steps to completion. What is expected of us, the builder etc. What do we get apart form…

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ahuang
Jul 01, 2007 9:28 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
1 July 2007

Big beautiful trees

Big beautiful trees

One of our friend's toilet got blocked by tree root, and it was disastrous..... Another client of AllCastle whose house was close to a huge gum tree forgot to ask for…

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ahuang
Jul 01, 2007 9:50 pm
ahuang
Andrej
Andrej
2 July 2007

How old are the people who are building new homes

How old are the people who are building new homes
1, 2, 3

I bought the first house when I was 27 years old. And demolished it 6 months later. :D

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Andrej
Jul 02, 2007 3:08 am
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mek
Jul 02, 2007 9:07 am
mek
sneakersss
sneakersss
2 July 2007

Fencing

Fencing

Thanks cookie. Probably just wait then because I suppose August isn't too far away. Just going to make sure all the window furnishing is up so we don't get any peeping toms. Hehe

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sneakersss
Jul 02, 2007 10:52 am
sneakersss
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
2 July 2007

Downlights use a lot of power

Downlights use a lot of power
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Doubt it, the silicon is barely visible to…

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3timesbuilda
Jul 02, 2007 11:57 am
3timesbuilda
perryr
perryr
2 July 2007

How many homes?

How many homes?

Building houses is like having kids - you always swear "never again", but it keeps happening. Perry

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perryr
Jul 02, 2007 5:43 pm
BaysideBuilder
BaysideBuilder
2 July 2007

Decided not to go with builder - based on this forum?

Decided not to go with builder - based on this forum?

I haven't ruled a builder out because of what I've read here, but have given some builders a closer look because they regularly get good feedback... All builders will…

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BaysideBuilder
Jul 02, 2007 7:47 pm
BaysideBuilder
uncle_ant
uncle_ant
2 July 2007

heywood 28 extended postformed benchtop

heywood 28 extended postformed benchtop

Hi Clath I know you have had your appointment already, but thought you may still like some before and after pics of our laundry. There are some update pics on my…

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uncle_ant
Jul 02, 2007 11:17 pm
uncle_ant
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Perth_Euro
Jul 03, 2007 11:58 am
ahuang
ahuang
3 July 2007

Outdoor area - what would you do?

Outdoor area - what would you do?

I love alfresco, so if it's mine, I will extend the roof and get a huge alfresco at the back. If the meal/study is a bit dark, just install a few of those roof light thing…

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ahuang
Jul 03, 2007 1:39 pm
ahuang
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ahuang
Jul 03, 2007 5:29 pm
ahuang
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
3 July 2007

Owner builder courses

Owner builder courses

Jezz - my mum did the regulated course in NSW - what a farce! When it came time to set the test - the teacher was hinting at the answers during the exam :lol:

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stonecutter1309
Jul 03, 2007 5:55 pm
stonecutter1309
miagi
miagi
3 July 2007

Plumbers and electricians

Plumbers and electricians
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OK i agree, get several quotes and compare, be aware the cheapest doesnt always mean the best as in everything. But again, it is illegal for any one other than a…

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miagi
Jul 03, 2007 8:41 pm
ahuang
ahuang
3 July 2007

Site Costs + Finance

Site Costs + Finance

Be careful though, site cost might not be fixed due to various reasons. Mostly due to conditions underground, e.g. rocks. Therefore most buider list that as "provisioning"…

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ahuang
Jul 03, 2007 10:07 pm
ahuang
Michelle
Michelle
4 July 2007

Messy Corner Brickwork??

Messy Corner Brickwork??
1, 2, 3

You don’t need to justify your opinions 3xb……and neither do we….. This is an open forum, user be warned! That’s my opinion on public forums; if someone…

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Michelle
Jul 04, 2007 10:49 am
Michelle
jezzcb
jezzcb
4 July 2007

Preparing a budget

Preparing a budget

Ok, so I have had a bit of a look around at prices for a lot of the items mentioned. So, after the cost of the land and the materials for the house we have all these…

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jezzcb
Jul 04, 2007 3:36 pm
perryr
perryr
4 July 2007

Soil tests and surveys

Soil tests and surveys

Look up your local directory or yellow pages for "Geotechnical Engineers". There are usually quite a few listed - and shop around! Costs vary, and I've heard…

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perryr
Jul 04, 2007 4:26 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
4 July 2007

Stumps or slabs

Stumps or slabs

Hi Peter - well I grew up in QLD - so to me stumps are typically timber or steel posts that hold upthe house. My small dwarf walls (stumps) are like little foundation…

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Yak_Chat
Jul 04, 2007 5:48 pm
Yak_Chat
fojean
fojean
4 July 2007

PD, Contract and 3% deposit...

PD, Contract and 3% deposit...

Thanks for the info..... Am aware of that and it makes it 'attractive' to go through Choice considering that like yourself we are staying with my current…

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fojean
Jul 04, 2007 6:04 pm
vanderlay
vanderlay
5 July 2007

Bricks - Builders Standard Range

Bricks - Builders Standard Range
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That is one thing with bricks, for the benefit of those who are just starting out, that I would recommend. See as many displays as possible, as…

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vanderlay
Jul 05, 2007 10:23 am
vanderlay
jezzcb
jezzcb
5 July 2007

Insurances

Insurances

To those who have gone down the path of owner building, can anybody give me some ideas on what the insurances have cost you, including home warranty insurance? Thanks…

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jezzcb
Jul 05, 2007 11:50 am
vanderlay
vanderlay
5 July 2007

Concrete Piers

Concrete Piers
VIC

Found it, it's "http://ourdreamhouse.blogspot.com/" Please ignore my previous request. Cheers Allan

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vanderlay
Jul 05, 2007 2:11 pm
vanderlay
Jazz
Jazz
5 July 2007

Would you recommend your builder to somebody else?

Would you recommend your builder to somebody else?
VIC

A big NO from me. Our builder totally lacks in customer service, IMO. I'm now starting to regret our decision to go with them.

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Jazz
Jul 05, 2007 7:15 pm
clath
clath
5 July 2007

Anyone with recent experience with H***ey's Cust Svc Reps?

Anyone with recent experience with H***ey's Cust Svc Reps?

kevin im going to build with pd so far i can only give praise 4 my customer rep. if i send her a email she answer me very quickly . 5 days is a long time to wait for reply…

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clath
Jul 05, 2007 10:03 pm
clath
Vlad76
Vlad76
6 July 2007

Seek your experiences with Bayside council

Seek your experiences with Bayside council

I am building with Clarendon Homes. They used to have a design specifically done to meet Bayside Regulations. The display house for that design used to be in Sandringham…

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Vlad76
Jul 06, 2007 10:29 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
6 July 2007

Utilities Bill

Utilities Bill

Totally Agree :) A sliding scale that esculates the cost per litre of water or electricity as the usage level goes up. Low charge to have the services connected.

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Yak_Chat
Jul 06, 2007 5:52 pm
Yak_Chat
ausdesign
ausdesign
6 July 2007

Getting a new design past council and others

Getting a new design past council and others

Jezz a 'drafting' firm needs to be registered in Tas A registered Architect can do designs in all states

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ausdesign
Jul 06, 2007 7:21 pm
ausdesign
fojean
fojean
6 July 2007

Thinking of PD Cremorne 41

Thinking of PD Cremorne 41

...don't think I paid that much attention to the toilet layout :oops: will have a closer look tomorrow when we go back.... Hopefully will secure land tomorrow as well at…

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fojean
Jul 06, 2007 7:44 pm
royalblue
royalblue
7 July 2007

Front Door Mat

Front Door Mat

Not silly at all! Decisions like this almost never get the 'time of day' that they deserve. Well chosen, large, efficient doormats can save you valuable hours each…

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royalblue
Jul 07, 2007 1:08 am
perryr
perryr
7 July 2007

Time off work for Builder meetings

Time off work for Builder meetings

I saw this done at a Kitome display during the week. Seems to be a good idea, although having the Rumpus Room stuffed full of bricks and tiles does take something away…

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perryr
Jul 07, 2007 7:26 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
8 July 2007

Costs after land and house

Costs after land and house

Hi Jezz - my parents did an owner-builder job on their home - it gets pricey - their initial cost estimate was $535k. The final cost = $975k :shock: I remember that there…

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stonecutter1309
Jul 08, 2007 5:40 pm
stonecutter1309
Hennig
Hennig
8 July 2007

Owner builder preparing for stumps

Owner builder preparing for stumps

I would recommend using a steel sub floor system if going for stumps. If not only for the termite benefit, also the systems that are now available are far superior than…

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Hennig
Jul 08, 2007 9:16 pm
sneakersss
sneakersss
9 July 2007

should i tell them? should i????

should i tell them? should i????
1, 2

Thanks for the replies guys. And yes, I had thought about the same thing as you have all mentioned. I should then mention that this room is not a dedicated theatre room…

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sneakersss
Jul 09, 2007 5:31 pm
sneakersss
grime
grime
9 July 2007

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH BANG!!

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH BANG!!
VIC

Have you noticed all the Victorian tradies have grown 30 odd mm in the last couple of weeks :?: Yes its the mud layered on their boots. :lol:

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grime
Jul 09, 2007 5:46 pm
grime
Andrej
Andrej
10 July 2007

Why are wooden houses so popular in Australia?

Why are wooden houses so popular in Australia?
1, 2

Maybe we have more extremes in weather - drought vs floods, temperatures etc that are causing timber to shrink & expand more rapidly…

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Andrej
Jul 10, 2007 10:29 am
Cookiemonster
Cookiemonster
10 July 2007

garage width and length?

garage width and length?

Now I am thinking if I should have made the garage bigger...we do not need to store anything in it except cars due to the aforementioned 6x6mtr…

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Cookiemonster
Jul 10, 2007 1:19 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
10 July 2007

Would you have preferred a bigger or a smaller block?

Would you have preferred a bigger or a smaller block?
1, 2

I would like 1000 to 1100 for my next project..... 3 or 4 years yet! :lol:

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mattwalker
Jul 10, 2007 8:32 pm
mattwalker
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Vlad76
Jul 11, 2007 11:00 am
shanem
shanem
11 July 2007

Building to lockup... Good idea????

Building to lockup... Good idea????

Hi Milt !!! There is no official requirement to complete an owner builders course in order to become an owner builder, in Victoria. Have a look at the Building…

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shanem
Jul 11, 2007 12:13 pm
parker
parker
11 July 2007

Name that brick

Name that brick

ooh, the regal red looks quite like it! And they are…

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parker
Jul 11, 2007 1:07 pm
parker
Perth_Euro
Perth_Euro
11 July 2007

slowly does it.....

slowly does it.....
VIC

hahahahahahahahah :P

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Perth_Euro
Jul 11, 2007 5:24 pm
pasey25
pasey25
11 July 2007

Best upgrade / variation ideas to builders standard incls

Best upgrade / variation ideas to builders standard incls
1, 2

so's a 50 square house in my opinion but hey, different strokes for different…

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pasey25
Jul 11, 2007 8:47 pm
pasey25
royalblue
royalblue
12 July 2007

What is your favorite/best bit

What is your favorite/best bit

Ummm..... A few really. Our high ceilings with lots of fancy plasterwork, (cornices, crowns, roses, arches, etc) Our bold colour schemes throughout our home,…

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royalblue
Jul 12, 2007 2:51 am
milt
milt
12 July 2007

Hebel the good the bad and the ugly? Need advice!

Hebel the good the bad and the ugly? Need advice!

Yes it looks nice, but its not load bearing from what I have read, I may look them up and contact them for an appointment to discuss our custom plan. Many thanks Milt

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milt
Jul 12, 2007 2:33 pm
BaysideBuilder
BaysideBuilder
12 July 2007

Best custom builder

Best custom builder

We have been looking at a builder called New Dimension - they do project homes as well as true custom homes and everything in between. I haven't been able to find any…

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BaysideBuilder
Jul 12, 2007 2:58 pm
BaysideBuilder
Vlad76
Vlad76
12 July 2007

Building in rural areas

Building in rural areas

Even though I am already builing, I was considering purchasing a cheap block up Healesville way (or closer to Marysville) Would any project home builder build in that…

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Vlad76
Jul 12, 2007 5:47 pm
vanderlay
vanderlay
12 July 2007

Word of Advice - Never Upset the Backhoe Driver

Word of Advice - Never Upset the Backhoe Driver

he wouldn't dare mess with us....or we'll have his excavator fall off his truck..!! hang on..it already did :D :D

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vanderlay
Jul 12, 2007 6:43 pm
vanderlay


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