Building A New House
This furry fella had the same issue too:
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…
We've come to a standstill
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.
HOW OFTEN DOES YOUR BUILDER UPDATE YOU?
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…
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.
No....but some of the tradies that worked on our place would struggle to match wits…
Next door dumping dirt on our block
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…
TheStig started a very controversial topic about this
As a 'non project' builder he may give you some insight on what he can offer.
Oct 22, 2007 3:42 pm
New Telephone Connection Options
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…
Oct 23, 2007 10:15 am
What type of insulation is best (price, healthy)?
Glasswool and rockwool batts/blankets
I have just read…
Oct 23, 2007 11:49 am
Hill in middle of building envelope
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,…
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…
Oct 23, 2007 3:25 pm
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…
Bulk Excavation costs?
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
Handover is Tomorrow!
One of our downlights has blown already and it is in the pantry! It was installed about a week ago (noticed this on the weekend when we got into our house). So that's an…
Oct 24, 2007 2:34 pm
Experience with LP Warren Homes
Im just in the final stages of building with LP Warren on a slope,and had a total nightmare from start to finish,with no…
New photos from today’s development, and as I had hoped, I don’t think the off set looks as bad now that the roof is going on. Although everything, including my small…
Thanks everyone, there has been even more progress this morning (won't bore you with loads more photos; check out our blog if you are interested!). Yeah, the recycled…
House design software
Yeah I agree - MVH is definitely the best 'home user' one.
Another one is Plan 3D but it's more expensive and harder to use and more leaning towards USA builders. MVH…
The house is getting there. We should hit the inspection stage next week. But everything depens on when the inspections are carried out and how many issues there are with…
Useful price resource
Just thought this site might be useful to some when trying to get an idea of pricing, I stumbled across it when trying to find prices for sound insulation bats.
M3tricon Progress Payments
Lock - Up ---------25%
Now I feel bad that I didn't pay for the pile of Merbau I'm going to build my steps out of.....NOT!
Oct 26, 2007 10:32 am
Gap above toilet door
Don't understand, I thought nowadays all the bathroom doors can be easily opened from outside using a coin or something.…
Oct 26, 2007 12:07 pm
Our First Building Project
spend a few weeks going through as many discussions in this forum as you can, and keep asking questions about anything you are not sure.
Rainwater tank costs?
We have the exact same one with our tank, the pump only works when there is enough water in the tank for starters. It knows what level it can use to flush. I assume that…
Soil tests done - split level house?
My block has around an 8 metre slope front to back - the house has two levels, with a 1 metre drop to the lower level which then extends out and ends up 2 metres above the…
East v West - Where to put the bedrooms?
I have to agree that shading would be the best option. We are going to have the main bedroom facing west, and because of the angle of the house, the bedroom will somewhat…
I like your idea of the harden on the west side. Plenty of shady plants/trees in the summer will certainly help…
Custom building - how to even start?
We have designed our own home and are going through National Builders. It is a custom build, nothing too fancy, single story of about 38sq.
They have been very…
Benching a Block of Land?
Thankyou so much and thanks for making me feel less of an idiot
What a fantastic blog you have, I really enjoyed browsing through it
we have a building permit
Clath, it's great you have a start date, it will be interesting to see how PD and M3tricon compare over the journey with speed and the quality of the final job.
Come to think of it, there was no pool but a bloody big gong!
It was a nice and different layout from the run of the mill styles.
Anyone looking to see a different…
How to fill out Warranty Cards
Maybe Consumer Affairs might be able to help you with this one Tam. You want to make sure you can claim on any warranty if something breaks down.
Oct 31, 2007 9:37 am
Oct 31, 2007 12:22 pm
Small Builder Questions
Would you have to technically be an owner builder to do this though? (eg say install the kitchen yourself)
I thought if the builder is the 'offical builder' (??) for…
it is a lot of bricks you are right. in total it will be 33,000 bricks! we have 4 brickies in total. they work 6am til about 3.30pm monday to friday. they don't…
What to do??
I have learnt my lesson. My suggestions are
1) The best way is to have your draftman to draw the plan based on your verbal instruction. Bring a recorder and record your…
Nov 02, 2007 3:47 pm
Enjoy our Christmas Special* and become a Professional for only $172 for 13 months. Join Now
*OFFER APPLIES TO NEW CUSTOMERS, INCLUDES GST AND VALID UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2017