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Elizabeth
Elizabeth
31 May 2007

Shipping containers

Shipping containers

Hi Awelder I was obsessed with the idea of building with shipping containers, but then realised our block just isn't big enough! There's some amazing design happening…

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Elizabeth
May 31, 2007 11:48 pm
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 June 2007

How to save from the start

How to save from the start

Hi Cabinfever There was a long discussion about the merits of different cornices back in February (titled 'square set cornices', in the Getting It Right section -…

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Elizabeth
Jun 01, 2007 12:15 am
Simple
Simple
1 June 2007

My experience

My experience

I am in the final stage of building with Metricon and have had numerous problems. I storngly suggest you make sure they start within 21 days (I didnt and they ended up…

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Simple
Jun 01, 2007 4:10 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
1 June 2007

I have a wood....ie

I have a wood....ie
VIC

I went to your myspace last week and couldn't bring myself to click the XXX text link. It felt dirty! :twisted:

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mattwalker
Jun 01, 2007 10:05 pm
mattwalker
arman
arman
4 June 2007

Single or Triple Phase Power

Single or Triple Phase Power
1, 2

Thanks Casa. This is a newly developed residential area West of Melbourne, approx 30km from Melbourne. It has been cited as the fastest growing corridor in Victoria.…

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arman
Jun 04, 2007 9:34 am
vanderlay
vanderlay
4 June 2007

We have a start date

We have a start date

yay....well done! :D We can certainly understand the pleasures of dealing with the good old S.O.Y.R!! But time now for the exciting part! :D

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vanderlay
Jun 04, 2007 3:47 pm
vanderlay
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
5 June 2007

The second part of the storey...

The second part of the storey...
VIC

Cabinfever, I think the 2 go together? 3xb

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3timesbuilda
Jun 05, 2007 8:10 am
3timesbuilda
vanderlay
vanderlay
5 June 2007

Approved!

Approved!
VIC

no, just belongs to the water company.... we arent actually building over the easement, there will just be some fill over it as it is at the lower end of the block. The…

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vanderlay
Jun 05, 2007 5:18 pm
vanderlay
ahuang
ahuang
6 June 2007

What is "Expansion Joint"?

What is "Expansion Joint"?

Thanks for the info. One question resolved, continue with the others... Cheers Allan http://building-our-first-house.blogspot.com/

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ahuang
Jun 06, 2007 1:07 pm
ahuang
perryr
perryr
6 June 2007

Owner - Builders

Owner - Builders

Thanks to everyone for their input. I also did some research and came up with a few…

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perryr
Jun 06, 2007 9:04 pm
Perth_Euro
Perth_Euro
7 June 2007

Garage Door Position

Garage Door Position

it seems to be common around where im building to just widen it out with wall and no window. (most of the time taking it to parapet) At our place thats what we have done,…

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Perth_Euro
Jun 07, 2007 10:35 am
Amber
Amber
7 June 2007

It's official - we're in our new house!!

It's official - we're in our new house!!
1, 2

The pink was chosen by my 10 year old daughter!! I am no fan of pink but I have actually becoming quite fond of her wall :-)). Her colour is Dulux Enhance. The colour…

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Amber
Jun 07, 2007 10:54 am
Amber
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
8 June 2007

Town planning permit and site cost on demolished land

Town planning permit and site cost on demolished land

Our was complex because we are going to build in a very green protected area with a certain character. We also do not have a builder with experience with such. Ours…

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3timesbuilda
Jun 08, 2007 4:11 pm
3timesbuilda
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
8 June 2007

Ceiling height

Ceiling height
1, 2

Hey Allan - thanks for the council info :)

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stonecutter1309
Jun 08, 2007 5:58 pm
stonecutter1309
mattwalker
mattwalker
9 June 2007

building around sewer mains

building around sewer mains

My parents in law recently sold their house in Maroubra that was actually built over a main drain pipe. It ran right through the centre of the house front to back. The…

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mattwalker
Jun 09, 2007 12:20 am
mattwalker
Vlad76
Vlad76
11 June 2007

Piping depth - any experts out there?

Piping depth - any experts out there?

I think Grime is on the money here. It is located just off the base of the slab, behind the house, near the far left hand corner. If the fill will be returned to that…

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Vlad76
Jun 11, 2007 1:44 pm
Vlad76
Vlad76
12 June 2007

Waffle pod vs monolithic slab

Waffle pod vs monolithic slab
1, 2

Have you had piers put in on your site? It is physically impossible to see them as they…

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Vlad76
Jun 12, 2007 11:25 am
Vlad76
Vlad76
12 June 2007

Gutter Talk

Gutter Talk

Apart from the cost aspect of it, double brick can also cause some dampness with the Melbourne climate. Most double brick houses in Melbourne are old ones - very few…

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Vlad76
Jun 12, 2007 11:31 am
ahuang
ahuang
12 June 2007

How long does it take to build a new home?

How long does it take to build a new home?
1, 2, 3

we are in qld we are building with perry homes we gave them there deposit to start soil etc in early dec 3 months to do this and then other 900…

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ahuang
Jun 12, 2007 3:44 pm
ahuang
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
13 June 2007

Anyone organised their own soil test/contour survey?

Anyone organised their own soil test/contour survey?

Thanks Casa and lrhodes1 :) I had no idea about what actually went into the survey or how it was done - so good to find out! We looked inside most houses at Homeworld…

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stonecutter1309
Jun 13, 2007 9:15 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
13 June 2007

External finishes - clad, Moroka

External finishes - clad, Moroka

What are people using for their external finishes on their new homes? Our covenant states: "1. A range of external wall materials can be used, from masonry to…

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stonecutter1309
Jun 13, 2007 9:52 am
stonecutter1309
rellie
rellie
13 June 2007

Valuation problems . . . please advise!!!

Valuation problems . . . please advise!!!
1, 2

Try HomePath (online branch of Commonwealth) They didn't even do a site inspection! Just lent the money no questions asked ha ha ha! (But they…

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rellie
Jun 13, 2007 10:13 am
Bud977
Bud977
13 June 2007

Diff? - 'Rendered' or 'Bagged and Painted'

Diff? - 'Rendered' or 'Bagged and Painted'
1, 2

Rendering allows the builder to use cheaper bricks, as obviously they are not visible. But there is no way the saving on bricks would give you free rendering. The…

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Bud977
Jun 13, 2007 5:07 pm
snowy
snowy
13 June 2007

Stamp Duty in Queensland

Stamp Duty in Queensland

Someone told me that if you build within 12 months you get some of the duty back but a call to the state revenue office confirmed that this was not the case and from what…

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snowy
Jun 13, 2007 5:14 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
13 June 2007

Walkthrough inspections

Walkthrough inspections
1, 2

Aaurora, I will have the pre plaster inspection and possibly a handover. Kevin suggested the pre-plaster as the…

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mattwalker
Jun 13, 2007 8:41 pm
mattwalker
ahuang
ahuang
13 June 2007

Measure from the inside or out?

Measure from the inside or out?

I think it doesn't matter which way you used, the $/m2 thing is just a rough estimate. Lots of things should also be considered, such as site cost, things builders…

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ahuang
Jun 13, 2007 10:49 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
13 June 2007

Our Site Supervisor has QUIT!

Our Site Supervisor has QUIT!

Haven't start mine yet, but heard that most supervisors are quite forgetful and you have to keep reminding them things. Imagine how many construction sites they have to…

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ahuang
Jun 13, 2007 10:59 pm
ahuang
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ahuang
Jun 13, 2007 11:41 pm
ahuang
ausdesign
ausdesign
14 June 2007

Why strengthening is required ?

Why strengthening is required ?

That reference will normally be in regards to a timber subfloor construction where bearer & joist spans are calculaled to carry 'normal' floor live,dead & point…

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ausdesign
Jun 14, 2007 7:49 am
ausdesign
double07
double07
14 June 2007

Occupancy / Stormwater

Occupancy / Stormwater

Phew... I managed to get onto one of the city engineers and he said that we can move in before the stormwater, retaining wall and driveway is complete (as long as our…

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double07
Jun 14, 2007 9:02 am
ahuang
ahuang
14 June 2007

Frame, meet Matt. Matt, meet frame!!

Frame, meet Matt. Matt, meet frame!!
VIC

Both houses would be sold 5 or 6 times, and you already…

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ahuang
Jun 14, 2007 12:38 pm
ahuang
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ahuang
Jun 14, 2007 1:02 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
14 June 2007

Here it goes... the start & already qns qns ... help?

Here it goes... the start & already qns qns ... help?

3. After the soil test, the builder is saying that the site costs will be fixed except for rock? Doesn't the site cost cover…

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ahuang
Jun 14, 2007 1:33 pm
ahuang
clath
clath
14 June 2007

Building on Landfill

Building on Landfill

hi les im building in the south east ...lakeside pakenham. porter davis lifestyle house and land package. when u spoke about your landfill prob on here thought it may have…

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clath
Jun 14, 2007 10:04 pm
clath
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
15 June 2007

Looks like a house!!

Looks like a house!!
VIC

Ok.....so we get $100 to spend at AV dreams if we win?? I'm tipping it won't get you much :wink: :D Steve

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Yak_Chat
Jun 15, 2007 12:21 pm
Yak_Chat
Vlad76
Vlad76
15 June 2007

Building Townhouse & Subdivision

Building Townhouse & Subdivision

A friend of mine is doing the same thing around East Brighton area. The problem is with land prices at the moment, as soon as a nice big block comes onto the market,…

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Vlad76
Jun 15, 2007 1:47 pm
perthgirl
perthgirl
18 June 2007

Ideas for Kids Playground?

Ideas for Kids Playground?

Wow guys thanks for the ideas! You have got me thinking!! Adrian - love that stuff around the council playgrounds as well...but we have been quoted around $150 sqm for…

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perthgirl
Jun 18, 2007 4:05 pm
Sallyho
Sallyho
19 June 2007

is this normal??

is this normal??

No doubt I'll still question my site manager what the cause of the delay is, but by the sounds of things i shouldn't be worrying too much.

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Sallyho
Jun 19, 2007 10:21 am
ahuang
ahuang
19 June 2007

How to choose??

How to choose??

No not as yet, we are choosing the type of house we want so that we know the size of the block we need. We didnt want to get the land then…

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ahuang
Jun 19, 2007 1:34 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
19 June 2007

How Much To Budget To Finish Off House?

How Much To Budget To Finish Off House?
1, 2, 3, 4

Don't know about other states, in Sydney it depends on who certifies your construction work. If it's council, then the council will issue the occupation certificate, if…

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ahuang
Jun 19, 2007 3:41 pm
ahuang
perryr
perryr
20 June 2007

Seacrest WA

Seacrest WA

The variation situation is pretty normal. The experience we had was that once tender was signed, there were no more structural variations. Once contract was signed,…

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perryr
Jun 20, 2007 9:11 am
perryr
perryr
20 June 2007

Victorian House & Land Specialists

Victorian House & Land Specialists

Sorry - I've not heard of them. Check this site: http://www.bestbuilder.com.au and see if they are listed. I think if you are buying a…

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perryr
Jun 20, 2007 9:17 am
Vlad76
Vlad76
20 June 2007

Scaffolding and Plumbing...still no roof!! :(

Scaffolding and Plumbing...still no roof!! :(
VIC

Interesting. I am also building a double storey, the frame is about to start being erected tomorrow. And I've just spoke to my supervisor who said the bricks will need to…

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Vlad76
Jun 20, 2007 3:01 pm
perryr
perryr
20 June 2007

Building a new house horror stories

Building a new house horror stories

Melt77, There are loads of horror stories - so you need to keep something in mind: 1. There are more negative comments on the web than positive comments, simply…

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perryr
Jun 20, 2007 3:26 pm
perryr
perryr
20 June 2007

The "BEFORE" Pic!

The "BEFORE" Pic!
VIC

nice one - make sure you take lot's a pics as the work progresses. I have a feeling the sheep will be at the other end of the paddock pretty soon. Perry

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perryr
Jun 20, 2007 3:28 pm
Vlad76
Vlad76
20 June 2007

Critique my plan design

Critique my plan design

I know it's hard with the spaces you have in this plan, but a double front door makes a difference look wise and…

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Vlad76
Jun 20, 2007 5:18 pm
perryr
perryr
21 June 2007

Construction proposal...

Construction proposal...

I'd be reluctant to hand over $15,000 without seeing something in writing that say if the whole thing goes pear shaped, I'd be entitled to a big refund. It happens -…

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perryr
Jun 21, 2007 9:13 am
ahuang
ahuang
22 June 2007

Building permits

Building permits
WA

Mine 4 months - Sydney Parramatta Council. But that includes one round of knock back and request for further information about retaining wall engineering details + detail…

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ahuang
Jun 22, 2007 10:32 am
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
22 June 2007

Time required between Slab and Frame stages

Time required between Slab and Frame stages

Never thought this would be something I need to worry. Will keep an eye on this when the construction starts, hopefully sometime before end of July... Cheers Allan

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ahuang
Jun 22, 2007 10:34 am
ahuang


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