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Catty
Catty
9 October 2007

3D Homes in Melbourne

3D Homes in Melbourne
VIC

If someone doesn't have a website i am always sceptical, but that could just be me having too much of a reliance on the internet!! Find out how many years they have…

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Catty
Oct 09, 2007 2:27 pm
brittany
brittany
9 October 2007

The finished product - Adenbrook home 'Lakewood'

The finished product - Adenbrook home 'Lakewood'
QLD

Wow another awesome house - all you girls are nearly finished - and wow at the end results!

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brittany
Oct 09, 2007 6:08 pm
brittany
Vlad76
Vlad76
10 October 2007

Carlisle Homes - even more issues...Updated Tuesday 9th Oct

Carlisle Homes - even more issues...Updated Tuesday 9th Oct
VIC
1, 2

Builders that look after their customers will still be in business in 10 years time. Those that don't will die a slow business…

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Vlad76
Oct 10, 2007 1:30 pm
off2theburbs
off2theburbs
11 October 2007

Not so smart

Not so smart
WA

our part of the estate is wired up for fibre optic already its just a matter of whether or not you want to use it. It would have just been cheaper if it could have been…

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off2theburbs
Oct 11, 2007 4:55 pm
ahuang
ahuang
12 October 2007

NICE DESIGN….?

NICE DESIGN….?
NSW

Michelle, We planned to have something similar... but instead of the houe, we are thinking of using it for the retaining walls at the back and the fence at the…

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ahuang
Oct 13, 2007 12:00 am
ahuang
off2theburbs
off2theburbs
12 October 2007

Pipes that don't line up

Pipes that don't line up
WA

AH excellent so they arn't as silly as i thought they were :D

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off2theburbs
Oct 13, 2007 12:46 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
13 October 2007

Basix Commitment

Basix Commitment
NSW

DQQ, Do you think the basix and it's variations across the veriosu states, are really that good an objective? From my understanding these specs were all a bit "hip…

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Yak_Chat
Oct 13, 2007 9:53 am
Yak_Chat
Catty
Catty
13 October 2007

Power points

Power points
WA

They were missing a few things with our electrical and it turned out that they had given the wrong plan to the electrition. My SM said "oh yeah, well that happens…

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Catty
Oct 13, 2007 10:25 pm
vpande
vpande
14 October 2007

Alfresco's and law suits...

Alfresco's and law suits...
VIC

This must be one of their ways to be in the 'limelight' just to get more sign-ups during pre-xmas so as to fill their'waiting lists' post x-mas... Another desparate sales trick.

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vpande
Oct 14, 2007 9:08 am
rerob1
rerob1
14 October 2007

Home building blogs - links for lazy people.

Home building blogs - links for lazy people.
VIC

Thanks Matt, this is soooooooooo much easier than looking up everyones blogs, and I do love keeping up to date with peoples progress - sticky nose that I am!!

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rerob1
Oct 15, 2007 12:02 am
rerob1
commodorenut
commodorenut
14 October 2007

WHILE BUILDING YOUR HOME….

WHILE BUILDING YOUR HOME….
NSW

Gee, we've had our share of them in the reno work at the old place.... Usually I do everything myself, but there are times when a tradie legally has to be called in for…

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commodorenut
Oct 15, 2007 12:09 am
commodorenut
devank
devank
15 October 2007

External colour advice

External colour advice

That's right. Black roof. Cream Gutters (generally people chose black) Maroon or dark red Fascias (that's something new. We thought it would give some…

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devank
Oct 15, 2007 5:04 pm
devank
Michelle
Michelle
15 October 2007

Who can build our dream home?

Who can build our dream home?

Milly…..in all honesty…..I would take your dream home to a building draftsman. He will be able to put all your ideas together and show you the end result with his…

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Michelle
Oct 15, 2007 8:31 pm
Michelle
Casa2
Casa2
15 October 2007

Mortar Joints

Mortar Joints

Thanks.

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Casa2
Oct 15, 2007 9:26 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
16 October 2007

Calculating Specifications

Calculating Specifications

Hi kfc, i would recommend, that if you are building from scratch, you start with what YOU would like to have in YOUR home and work from there. The builders will have…

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PhoenixStar
Oct 16, 2007 10:58 am
PhoenixStar
aaurora
aaurora
16 October 2007

Yardbirds Metal Art

Yardbirds Metal Art

hehe, they are cute!

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aaurora
Oct 16, 2007 12:39 pm
aaurora
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
16 October 2007

Need help from Jasmin

Need help from Jasmin

Hey allan - I'm here! I simply recommended a method for documenting all the issues/variations that happen in the building process - so that the document can then be…

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stonecutter1309
Oct 16, 2007 12:43 pm
stonecutter1309
mattwalker
mattwalker
16 October 2007

Looking for suggestions from experts

Looking for suggestions from experts
VIC

From my experience with the Chase development if the crossover is not in yet then you can ask to have it wherever you like (within guidelines). Even if the crossover is…

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mattwalker
Oct 16, 2007 6:58 pm
mattwalker
Emi
Emi
16 October 2007

Simonds or Porter Davis

Simonds or Porter Davis
VIC

We built with Porter Davis and we had a few issues and found their customer service to be lacking big time. We have a few friends that are building with Simonds in the…

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Emi
Oct 16, 2007 7:35 pm
Zozomiester
Zozomiester
16 October 2007

Has anyone built with RPC? QLD

Has anyone built with RPC? QLD
QLD

Hi All, We are looking at building in Queensland on the sunshine coast and were looking at a building company called RPC (Real Property Construction.) Has anyone had…

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Zozomiester
Oct 16, 2007 7:57 pm
Michelle
Michelle
16 October 2007

Opinion Needed on Poor Mortar Work

Opinion Needed on Poor Mortar Work
1, 2

Duracell Battery……that’s you Ash…..he just keeps going! :lol: Or is that Ever-ready???

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Michelle
Oct 16, 2007 10:46 pm
Michelle
Michelle
Michelle
17 October 2007

Preparation for the Brickies

Preparation for the Brickies

thanks for that Allan, the first time i posted the picture was tiny so i went huge! michelle, there isn't a slab underneath, just dirt…

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Michelle
Oct 17, 2007 11:29 am
Michelle
ahuang
ahuang
17 October 2007

Start again or proceed?

Start again or proceed?

I know I'm undercapitalising a bit, but the block cost $380k, my neighbour's house is nothing flash (2 story, red brick + tile, no internal…

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ahuang
Oct 17, 2007 12:12 pm
ahuang
DuckyQuackQuack
DuckyQuackQuack
18 October 2007

CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS

CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENTS
1, 2

It's funny, even AV Jennings who was massive all those years ago, died and was re-born, but in a smaller scale... Must be careful, they are…

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DuckyQuackQuack
Oct 18, 2007 6:40 pm
DuckyQuackQuack
Michelle
Michelle
18 October 2007

Choosing a house plan

Choosing a house plan

What I calculate cost per sm I use the internal living area is that correct? Correct! Some charged 1-2k to do up a once off design for the…

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Michelle
Oct 18, 2007 8:34 pm
Michelle
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
18 October 2007

Newbie needs help!

Newbie needs help!
QLD

Jet - my house is on a pretty sloping block and my neighbours whole house is the same height as my lower level. So I enjoy lots of nice sunlight in the morning while they…

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Yak_Chat
Oct 18, 2007 10:13 pm
Yak_Chat
rldragon2003
rldragon2003
18 October 2007

How much did you pay for your sewer line connection? UPDATED

How much did you pay for your sewer line connection? UPDATED

As mentioned in my blog, my builder called this afternoon and want to charge extra $700-800 for sewer line connection. The quote is as below…

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rldragon2003
Oct 19, 2007 12:10 am
louie
louie
19 October 2007

White Foam in Slab

White Foam in Slab

Wow, some ugly, scarey cracks in those pictures. Thanks for the link

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louie
Oct 19, 2007 9:24 am
louie
louie
19 October 2007

Have you seen steel beams been joined like this? (Updated)

Have you seen steel beams been joined like this? (Updated)
1, 2

I'd be telling the builder to order in a new steel span to the correct length and if you have to foot the bill then do so. How much would that steel cost?

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louie
Oct 19, 2007 10:41 am
Lyn
Lyn
19 October 2007

Tank you

Tank you

From the websites I've read, a 20,000L tank should definitely be able to run a house for a year - especially if you've got greywater…

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Lyn
Oct 19, 2007 3:24 pm
Vlad76
Vlad76
19 October 2007

Retaining walls and landscaping

Retaining walls and landscaping
VIC

Thanks Phoenix - I sent him an email. By the look of it he does exactly the things I'm looking for.

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Vlad76
Oct 19, 2007 4:47 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
19 October 2007

The wait is over...

The wait is over...
VIC
1, 2, 3

Mike! Thats awesome mate.... Looking very nice indeed!

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mattwalker
Oct 19, 2007 4:50 pm
mattwalker

This furry fella had the same issue too:

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mattwalker
Oct 19, 2007 11:17 pm
mattwalker
donuts
donuts
20 October 2007

How long does a demolition permit take?

How long does a demolition permit take?

Must have missed this one last time. Ruth we are building with Western Design Homes. They are a small (? 30 homes per year - is that small?) firm who mainly build in…

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donuts
Oct 20, 2007 9:29 pm
donuts
Vlad76
Vlad76
21 October 2007

We've come to a standstill

We've come to a standstill
VIC

What a shame Ray :( Those Melbourne series bricks are so popular aren't they. I like the Canterbury ones. I'm sure they'll be worth the wait. :D

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Vlad76
Oct 21, 2007 2:44 am
rerob1
rerob1
21 October 2007

HOW OFTEN DOES YOUR BUILDER UPDATE YOU?

HOW OFTEN DOES YOUR BUILDER UPDATE YOU?
VIC
1, 2

We live only 400 metres from where we are building (I measured exactly!) - so you can imagine the level of communication we will expect to have - first name basis and know…

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rerob1
Oct 21, 2007 1:19 pm
rerob1
penjay
penjay
21 October 2007

construction fence

construction fence
1, 2

When we questioned the questionable security of the temporary fencing we were told that the aim of the fencing is to contain rubbish within the site rather than provide security.

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penjay
Oct 21, 2007 1:55 pm
penjay
Sallyho
Sallyho
22 October 2007

another question

another question

Just to let you all know I paid the vriance this morning....

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Sallyho
Oct 22, 2007 9:57 am
vanderlay
vanderlay
22 October 2007

Curious Question

Curious Question

No....but some of the tradies that worked on our place would struggle to match wits…

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vanderlay
Oct 22, 2007 1:23 pm
vanderlay
adamtram
adamtram
22 October 2007

Next door dumping dirt on our block

Next door dumping dirt on our block
VIC

Hi everyone, Thank you all for you replies, after some suggestions and a couple of beers in the arvo i thought i will go for a walk with my wheelbarrow and shovel and…

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adamtram
Oct 22, 2007 2:03 pm
adamtram
Amber
Amber
22 October 2007

Custom plans

Custom plans
VIC

TheStig started a very controversial topic about this :D As a 'non project' builder he may give you some insight on what he can offer.

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Amber
Oct 22, 2007 3:42 pm
Amber
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
23 October 2007

New Telephone Connection Options

New Telephone Connection Options
VIC

Yes Lobo it is a good service - but ONLY if you exchange is optus enabled. :) Otherwise it's not an option. So shop around. I agree the BIG T's is one of the more hungry…

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Yak_Chat
Oct 23, 2007 9:49 am
Yak_Chat
_Al_
_Al_
23 October 2007

Neighbour burnt his block - and mine!

Neighbour burnt his block - and mine!

Or just go and paint the post/s affected with bitumous paint.

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_Al_
Oct 23, 2007 10:15 am
_Al_
_Al_
23 October 2007

Ceiling insulation

Ceiling insulation

What type of insulation is best (price, healthy)? Glasswool and rockwool batts/blankets Natural wool Cellulose fibre Polyester I have just read…

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_Al_
Oct 23, 2007 11:49 am
The Dynamic Duo
The Dynamic Duo
23 October 2007

Hill in middle of building envelope

Hill in middle of building envelope
VIC

We have just signed contracts on a large block which has a hill covering half the building envelope. We've signed subject to site survey and soil tests thank goodness,…

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The Dynamic Duo
Oct 23, 2007 2:57 pm
The Dynamic Duo
Rodda
Rodda
23 October 2007

Would you do it again?

Would you do it again?

The floor of our outdoor area is patterned (stencil and colour) concrete, same as our driveway and surrounding paths. My wife tried to choose a colour scheme that matched…

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Rodda
Oct 23, 2007 3:25 pm
Rodda
The Dynamic Duo
The Dynamic Duo
23 October 2007

Hoverflies

Hoverflies
1, 2

Suffice it to…

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The Dynamic Duo
Oct 23, 2007 8:43 pm
The Dynamic Duo
kasiakm
kasiakm
23 October 2007

Number of days to make Progress Payment ...

Number of days to make Progress Payment ...

... after stage completed and notice received. Hi All, How many days are usually given to owner to inspect the stage by Lender and his/her hired…

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kasiakm
Oct 23, 2007 8:51 pm
off2theburbs
off2theburbs
23 October 2007

Crossovers

Crossovers
WA

I guess the benefit would be being able to choose which side your driveway is on... If we want to change ours I guess we would have to pay for a…

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off2theburbs
Oct 23, 2007 10:06 pm
shanem
shanem
24 October 2007

Bulk Excavation costs?

Bulk Excavation costs?

Hi Matt :D Sometimes you get lucky !!! In my area at present, it seems like everybody has got fill to get rid of, and those who need it know it :D

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shanem
Oct 24, 2007 1:18 pm


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