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DeeElle
DeeElle
4 November 2007

External colours - advice needed

External colours - advice needed
SA

thanks Ray. I'll check CB paperbark out as well. Sounds like a good alternative. I feel like we are getting closer now we're deciding on external colours.

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DeeElle
Nov 04, 2007 8:05 pm
DeeElle
MaylandsManor
MaylandsManor
4 November 2007

Slab issue

Slab issue

hi robert, we had a couple of places where the concrete was not cut away where it was supposed to be and one place where it was unnecessarily cut out. our concreters came…

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MaylandsManor
Nov 04, 2007 8:24 pm
MaylandsManor
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
5 November 2007

Save YOUR bricks

Save YOUR bricks
VIC

Middy is right on this one, most contracts include a clause that all left over materials are the property of the builder. On the other hand, most site supervisors will…

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3timesbuilda
Nov 05, 2007 9:52 am
3timesbuilda
Casa2
Casa2
5 November 2007

order engineering report prior to signing (piers etc)?

order engineering report prior to signing (piers etc)?

oznow, Another option, that won't cost you a cent unless there is a site problem, is to state that "if site classificaiton is worse than H or if piering is required…

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Casa2
Nov 05, 2007 5:08 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
5 November 2007

Concrete Mess

Concrete Mess

No that's a job for us moderators!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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PhoenixStar
Nov 05, 2007 5:39 pm
PhoenixStar
off2theburbs
off2theburbs
5 November 2007

Using Rainwater from our rainwater tank

Using Rainwater from our rainwater tank

we have had water restrictions placed on bore water in WA you can now only use between 6pm and 9am and depending on where you are some can only use bore water on their…

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off2theburbs
Nov 05, 2007 8:59 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
6 November 2007

CLENDON VALE HOMES

CLENDON VALE HOMES
VIC

I know, but i love them, they can add so much to a room. Didn't put too much effort into it in the old house, mainly downlights, but the new house, i want t make it a…

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PhoenixStar
Nov 06, 2007 7:11 pm
PhoenixStar
Michelle
Michelle
6 November 2007

Sydney Project Home - Blueboard?

Sydney Project Home - Blueboard?
NSW

Well the good thing is McAngry, there seem to be more from Sydney joining the forum. I hope so! Your blueboard question will no doubt be answered soon from someone how…

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Michelle
Nov 06, 2007 8:16 pm
Michelle

well heres some more then, My Virtual Home pic as…

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miagi
Nov 06, 2007 9:12 pm
sueau
sueau
6 November 2007

Brick/mortar question

Brick/mortar question

:shock: Eleven (11) LONG months after bringing it to J* K***'s attention, the brick/mortar work has finally been fixed. The bricks still get damp in heavy rain, but the water…

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sueau
Nov 06, 2007 10:34 pm
PhoenixStar
PhoenixStar
6 November 2007

we have a tap

we have a tap
VIC

clath, thanks for the info, try this when posting photos: I upload files using a site called…

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PhoenixStar
Nov 06, 2007 11:14 pm
PhoenixStar
Michelle
Michelle
7 November 2007

NEED HELP - BRICKLAYERS USED 2 DIFFERENT COLORED BRICKS

NEED HELP - BRICKLAYERS USED 2 DIFFERENT COLORED BRICKS
1, 2

How on earth did that happen? Looks like they used the darker coloured bricks first on the bottom bit. Were they…

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Michelle
Nov 07, 2007 7:13 pm
Michelle
penjay
penjay
8 November 2007

Electrical Plan: to scale?????

Electrical Plan: to scale?????
VIC

No - ours is Prestige and it doesn't have all markings.

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penjay
Nov 08, 2007 2:34 pm
penjay
horan
horan
8 November 2007

Demolition contractor in Wollongong area

Demolition contractor in Wollongong area
NSW

Thanks for the replies... ;) Just to let you know that the old house was already demolished (as Michelle said). The "crash! bang! ka-boom!" was done by one…

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horan
Nov 08, 2007 3:21 pm
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
8 November 2007

Sliding doors are in!

Sliding doors are in!

I don't see any doors - I only see the frame... Ray.

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First_Timer_Ray
Nov 08, 2007 5:13 pm
First_Timer_Ray
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
8 November 2007

throw a few coins

throw a few coins

Never hurts - If you believe in it - do it. Steve

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Yak_Chat
Nov 08, 2007 11:14 pm
Yak_Chat
dj
dj
9 November 2007

Footing report...AARRGGHHHH

Footing report...AARRGGHHHH

Hi That is the salesman, He was very abusive and head office were not much better. I have heard of a house being built and the carport was on the nabours block so I…

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dj
Nov 09, 2007 10:34 am
louie
louie
9 November 2007

ED soil classification, would you build on it?

ED soil classification, would you build on it?

Hi there CookieMonster They provide a 25 year structual gaurantee as well. So I guess if they are willing to build on…

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louie
Nov 09, 2007 11:21 am
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oznow
Nov 09, 2007 4:04 pm
oznow
Michelle
Michelle
9 November 2007

Confidence in the Building Process

Confidence in the Building Process
VIC

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 4:25 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 10:52 pm
rerob1
Michelle
Michelle
10 November 2007

Looking for reputable architect in Lane Cove area

Looking for reputable architect in Lane Cove area
NSW

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 2:50 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 2:53 pm
Michelle
cutajarp
cutajarp
10 November 2007

Has anyone in Melbourne built with Zuccala homes?

Has anyone in Melbourne built with Zuccala homes?
VIC

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 4:27 pm
McAngry
McAngry
10 November 2007

Budget Blues

Budget Blues
NSW

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 8:03 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 9:31 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 1:52 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 4:15 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 7:36 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 9:35 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 9:47 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 10:24 pm
clath
clath
11 November 2007

Sececting a builder in Melbourne

Sececting a builder in Melbourne
VIC

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 11:43 pm
clath
Firthy_26
Firthy_26
12 November 2007

Carlisle Homes heading North

Carlisle Homes heading North
VIC

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 9:43 am
Firthy_26
mattwalker
mattwalker
12 November 2007

Pockets in Mortar post brick cleaning

Pockets in Mortar post brick cleaning
VIC

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

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mattwalker
Nov 12, 2007 12:57 pm
mattwalker
davinci
davinci
12 November 2007

The Waffle Raft Slab System

The Waffle Raft Slab System
TAS

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 7:28 pm
davinci
James
James
13 November 2007

Small local builder - how long should we wait?

Small local builder - how long should we wait?
VIC

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 6:50 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 6:54 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 9:37 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 3:18 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 8:29 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 10:40 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 6:05 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 6:08 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 8:35 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 12:18 pm
brittany
Michelle
Michelle
15 November 2007

Interior Paint Trims

Interior Paint Trims
QLD

My pleasure! :D

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Michelle
Nov 15, 2007 7:34 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 8:26 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 5:32 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 8:18 pm

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