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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
Catty
Catty
24 October 2007

Handover is Tomorrow!

Handover is Tomorrow!
QLD
1, 2

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…

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Catty
Oct 24, 2007 2:34 pm
The Dynamic Duo
The Dynamic Duo
24 October 2007

Experience with LP Warren Homes

Experience with LP Warren Homes
VIC

Hi Guys, 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…

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The Dynamic Duo
Oct 24, 2007 3:48 pm
The Dynamic Duo

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…

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Michelle
Oct 24, 2007 6:33 pm
Michelle

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…

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MaylandsManor
Oct 25, 2007 9:36 am
MaylandsManor
muzzman
muzzman
25 October 2007

House design software

House design software
VIC

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…

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muzzman
Oct 25, 2007 9:42 am
muzzman
vanderlay
vanderlay
25 October 2007

Carlisle Homes - Updated 24/10/2007 - A new beginning...

Carlisle Homes - Updated 24/10/2007 - A new beginning...
VIC
1 ... 4, 5, 6

I want to be a "CUB"... The new generation of rich people! Its an acronym for Cashed Up Bogans. They are our best clients :)

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vanderlay
Oct 25, 2007 1:33 pm
vanderlay
kdee10
kdee10
25 October 2007

H*enl*y

H*enl*y
1, 2

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…

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kdee10
Oct 25, 2007 5:17 pm
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
25 October 2007

Useful price resource

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.

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3timesbuilda
Oct 25, 2007 5:30 pm
3timesbuilda
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
25 October 2007

Adenbrook / Porter Davis??

Adenbrook / Porter Davis??
VIC

Eden Brae = NSW equiv of PD (even the marketing material is the same layout)

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stonecutter1309
Oct 25, 2007 8:14 pm
stonecutter1309
VJ
VJ
25 October 2007

M3tricon Progress Payments

M3tricon Progress Payments
VIC

Ours is: Deposit ------------5% Base ---------------20% Frame--------------20% Lock - Up ---------25% Fixing --------------20% Completion ------10%

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VJ
Oct 25, 2007 10:16 pm
VJ
Firthy_26
Firthy_26
26 October 2007

Phases for independent inspection

Phases for independent inspection

Anyway, Kev was our man, too. We just got him to do pre-plaster and handover as even he says that's the two most important…

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Firthy_26
Oct 26, 2007 9:49 am
Firthy_26
_Al_
_Al_
26 October 2007

Decking wood

Decking wood
VIC

Here here! Now I feel bad that I didn't pay for the pile of Merbau I'm going to build my steps out of.....NOT!

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_Al_
Oct 26, 2007 10:32 am
louie
louie
26 October 2007

Gap above toilet door

Gap above toilet door
1, 2

Don't understand, I thought nowadays all the bathroom doors can be easily opened from outside using a coin or something.…

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louie
Oct 26, 2007 12:07 pm
ahuang
ahuang
26 October 2007

Our First Building Project

Our First Building Project
QLD

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.

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ahuang
Oct 26, 2007 6:28 pm
ahuang
Steveo
Steveo
27 October 2007

indicative costs - custom builder

indicative costs - custom builder
VIC

Hi BDA, Was that a brick custom home for $9k? can you share who it was?

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Steveo
Oct 27, 2007 5:12 pm
Steveo
aaurora
aaurora
27 October 2007

Rainwater tank costs?

Rainwater tank costs?
1, 2

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…

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aaurora
Oct 27, 2007 9:09 pm
aaurora
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
28 October 2007

Soil tests done - split level house?

Soil tests done - split level house?
VIC

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…

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Yak_Chat
Oct 28, 2007 10:57 am
Yak_Chat
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
28 October 2007

East v West - Where to put the bedrooms?

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…

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First_Timer_Ray
Oct 28, 2007 11:50 am
First_Timer_Ray
cynarion
cynarion
28 October 2007

Sold!

Sold!

I like your idea of the harden on the west side. Plenty of shady plants/trees in the summer will certainly help…

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cynarion
Oct 28, 2007 7:45 pm
cynarion
MJ
MJ
28 October 2007

Custom building - how to even start?

Custom building - how to even start?
VIC

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…

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MJ
Oct 28, 2007 8:59 pm
Antoxa
Antoxa
29 October 2007

Defects in Contract Drawings. Shoud we sign the contarct?

Defects in Contract Drawings. Shoud we sign the contarct?
1, 2

Hi All, I had a meeting with a lawyer. He advised to put notes on the defect drawings in red and put references to items in Post Contract Variation. Also he said…

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Antoxa
Oct 29, 2007 9:00 am
Amber27
Amber27
29 October 2007

Benching a Block of Land?

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 :)

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Amber27
Oct 29, 2007 10:30 am
adamtram
adamtram
29 October 2007

we have a building permit

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. We…

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adamtram
Oct 29, 2007 11:53 pm
adamtram
MJ
MJ
30 October 2007

PD Atrium

PD Atrium
VIC

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…

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MJ
Oct 30, 2007 10:35 pm
Helen
Helen
31 October 2007

How to fill out Warranty Cards

How to fill out Warranty Cards
VIC

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.

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Helen
Oct 31, 2007 9:37 am
muzzman
muzzman
31 October 2007

building fault advice needed.

building fault advice needed.
WA

Awesome - it's great to hear some good news about building a house for a change :D

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muzzman
Oct 31, 2007 9:52 am
muzzman
Casa2
Casa2
31 October 2007

Comparing Building Prices with Volumne Builders

Comparing Building Prices with Volumne Builders

I agree, a small builder cannot compete with a large project home builder. The project builder gets volume pricing for the material and can reduce site supervision…

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Casa2
Oct 31, 2007 12:22 pm
Pebble
Pebble
31 October 2007

PORTER DAVIS refusing to build on a block

PORTER DAVIS refusing to build on a block
VIC

Good luck with it. Otherwise changing the house plan a bit sounds like the way to go.

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Pebble
Oct 31, 2007 8:17 pm
Pebble
Zoidberg
Zoidberg
1 November 2007

Small Builder Questions

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…

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Zoidberg
Nov 01, 2007 5:46 pm
MaylandsManor
MaylandsManor
2 November 2007

More Bricks

More Bricks

Hi Allan, 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…

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MaylandsManor
Nov 02, 2007 12:01 pm
MaylandsManor
oznow
oznow
2 November 2007

What to do??

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…

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oznow
Nov 02, 2007 3:47 pm
oznow

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