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sneakersss
sneakersss
6 February 2007

First Homebuyers, Building in Perth - Advice Sought

First Homebuyers, Building in Perth - Advice Sought
WA

There are SOOOO may houses to chose from these days that it can be overwhelming. I think it's important that you know what it is you want in a house so I suggest sitting…

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sneakersss
Feb 06, 2007 8:49 pm
sneakersss
Casa
Casa
6 February 2007

New to Australian Dream, plan to build a house.

New to Australian Dream, plan to build a house.
NSW

Floor space is the total floor area, so if you have two storeys the floor space can be up to twice the "footprint" of the building. The external enclosing walls are…

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Casa
Feb 06, 2007 9:21 pm
Touchingcloth
Touchingcloth
7 February 2007

Pulling out before tender.

Pulling out before tender.

Tough question, touchingcloth. But wouldn't that be dependant on the builder? And perhaps what it is exactly that you signed? We also paid a $600…

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Touchingcloth
Feb 07, 2007 7:07 am
Amber
Amber
8 February 2007

Building Costs

Building Costs
VIC

Hi Ray, Re the 5 star rating in Vic .. when you start upgrading features, just be very aware that a lot of things do effect the star rating. We got caught out big time…

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Amber
Feb 08, 2007 11:16 am
Amber
aaurora
aaurora
9 February 2007

Help with External House Ideas for an Adenbrook Home.

Help with External House Ideas for an Adenbrook Home.
QLD

YSSIM - thank you, you have been a great help. It is wonderful to get other opinions :) Perhaps for the window frames a lighter than black colour would look better.... Hey,…

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aaurora
Feb 09, 2007 6:35 am
aaurora
ausdesign
ausdesign
9 February 2007

Fixture stage

Fixture stage
VIC

Raj, the long & the short of it is that if the stage IS completed then you will be in breach of the contract if you don't pay within the number of days stipulated in your…

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ausdesign
Feb 09, 2007 7:04 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
ausdesign
9 February 2007

Still debating... stumps or fill?

Still debating... stumps or fill?

Clueless by my calculations around 300 cubic meters If compacted sand is used you can fill up to 800mm without altering the site classification from what is was for the…

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ausdesign
Feb 09, 2007 7:37 am
ausdesign
J&K Perth
J&K Perth
11 February 2007

Specifying Cement Render - Perth

Specifying Cement Render - Perth
WA

Hi Notts Not sure if this response is timely enough for you - this is my first post to the website and I have been reading some interesting comments. We have just…

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J&K Perth
Feb 11, 2007 12:18 am
Touchingcloth
Touchingcloth
11 February 2007

Buying land in new housing estates

Buying land in new housing estates
SA

Yep. We purchased a block of land last year (currently…

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Touchingcloth
Feb 11, 2007 9:07 am
archangel
archangel
11 February 2007

Anyone researched or used Grande Homes or Chateau Homes?

Anyone researched or used Grande Homes or Chateau Homes?
NSW

G'day again... No, this mate who recommended them hasn't actually used them, but has literally watched them build a number of homes in his area... As for Meadowbank,…

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archangel
Feb 11, 2007 4:53 pm
archangel
northlakes
northlakes
12 February 2007

Brick vs Besser Blocks

Brick vs Besser Blocks

Hi All, We a just about to sign our contract with Adenbrook It's a 2 story home and with have a smooth render & paint finish. We can choose eith brick or Besser…

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northlakes
Feb 12, 2007 10:26 am
jimjam
jimjam
13 February 2007

is clay ok to build up my block

is clay ok to build up my block
NSW

Im going to start building a project home this year,my block which is 20m wide by 50 deep needs to be built up slightly to make sure i get drainage to the street,im going…

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jimjam
Feb 13, 2007 7:52 am
grime
grime
13 February 2007

porter davis structural changes

porter davis structural changes
VIC

PD will not do structural changes after signing contract. In fact you can be sitting there ready to sign the contract and they will not do structural…

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grime
Feb 13, 2007 5:54 pm
grime
grime
grime
13 February 2007

problem on bank's guarantee for construction loan

problem on bank's guarantee for construction loan

How about sending the builder a copy of the signed loan docs, some builders want that.Some banks provide a "builders pack" which can do the trick. Doesn't seem to be a…

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grime
Feb 13, 2007 6:13 pm
grime
archangel
archangel
15 February 2007

Sydney builders...

Sydney builders...
NSW

....Anyone ???

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archangel
Feb 15, 2007 7:51 pm
archangel
Perth_Euro
Perth_Euro
16 February 2007

Anyone built with *?

Anyone built with *?
WA

& also no glass shower doors, no ranghood (fan in roof)

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Perth_Euro
Feb 16, 2007 10:54 pm
Gianna
Gianna
17 February 2007

Building to Lock Up Stage Only

Building to Lock Up Stage Only

Thanks for your replies. We will ask the builder prior to signing up. Our problem is we don't trust the quality of installation for bathrooms and kitchens from our…

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Gianna
Feb 17, 2007 10:42 am
archangel
archangel
17 February 2007

Shore Group Homes, Young Home and Homestead Home (Sydney)

Shore Group Homes, Young Home and Homestead Home (Sydney)
NSW

Hey Gianna, Let us know if you get any further feedback on Shore... Cheers

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archangel
Feb 17, 2007 8:16 pm
archangel
vpande
vpande
18 February 2007

Home construction estimation software/spreadsheet?

Home construction estimation software/spreadsheet?

Hi I am going through the assessing the overall cost of a new home as well as compare builder bids, e.g metricon vs porter davis vs simmonds etc for a new home in…

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vpande
Feb 18, 2007 8:37 am
Perth-1st Timer
Perth-1st Timer
18 February 2007

Slab Questions - Help Needed

Slab Questions - Help Needed
QLD

Thanks to you guys who responded to this - apologies for not getting on here again sooner - however I did read your advice and it was invaluable. The hole turned out to…

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Perth-1st Timer
Feb 18, 2007 7:27 pm
sneakersss
sneakersss
19 February 2007

Should I raise ceiling height & go with evaporative cool

Should I raise ceiling height & go with evaporative cool

If you haven't thought about it alreay, you should consider the option of installing 3 phse power with the builder... It will be less than…

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sneakersss
Feb 19, 2007 8:30 am
sneakersss
marshy
marshy
19 February 2007

Diary of my build:

Diary of my build:
QLD

I thought i'd post a diary of the build of our house and comment on any hiccups we have along the way. I shan't mention the builder but thought it might help people gauge…

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marshy
Feb 19, 2007 3:55 pm
Emma 6
Emma 6
20 February 2007

Kit Home or Own Design??

Kit Home or Own Design??
NSW

I am new to both the forum and the owner building avenue. I have been working with a kit home company for a little while trying to get a floor plan that will suit what i…

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Emma 6
Feb 20, 2007 12:45 pm
Casa
Casa
20 February 2007

Anyone used an architect? How much do they cost?

Anyone used an architect? How much do they cost?
NSW

From what I can gather: * Project homes cost about $800 to $1200 per sq metre. * Custom designs cost about $1500 to $3000 per sq metre + $50k for the design There…

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Casa
Feb 20, 2007 5:40 pm
Casa
Casa
20 February 2007

building surveyor

building surveyor

If I can’t tell my surveyors apart, how am I going to get a house designed and built without being burnt ! :o From www.buildingcommission.com.au, we have the following…

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Casa
Feb 20, 2007 7:36 pm
Beaner
Beaner
21 February 2007

Building Contract Gotcha's

Building Contract Gotcha's

Hey Marshy….no biggie….. I well knew what you meant by “own the site”….. I just find it hard to come to terms with. As for rough trot….. Have you seen my…

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Beaner
Feb 20, 2007 11:33 pm
spalen
spalen
21 February 2007

Adenbrook

Adenbrook

Hi We're at signing stage with adenbrook on a 45 square home. Anyone got any views or experience of them. So far we've been through drawings and quotes but had massive…

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spalen
Feb 21, 2007 6:12 pm
Terry1
Terry1
22 February 2007

Austral vs Boral bricks

Austral vs Boral bricks

Quote:"We are even paying an extra $1000 for the mortar to be flush" Flush joints would be the most popular way of finishing off brickwork here but it doesn't cost any…

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Terry1
Feb 22, 2007 2:43 pm
Terry1
Terry1
23 February 2007

Thoughts on Construction Quality to Date.

Thoughts on Construction Quality to Date.
WA

Hello Beaner,Yes,you are probably right about the reasons for the methods used over your way.The window company would never come onto site to do the glazing here even if…

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Terry1
Feb 23, 2007 7:27 am
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
23 February 2007

Rainwater Tanks

Rainwater Tanks
QLD

Bud977, Sorry but I have to say that I strongly disagree with your statement that water is too cheap. Perth is currently getting is desalinated sea water for just over…

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3timesbuilda
Feb 23, 2007 10:46 am
3timesbuilda
Dani_J
Dani_J
26 February 2007

A question about Retaining Walls...

A question about Retaining Walls...
VIC

Hi everyone! I am new to the forum but have been a 'guest' for some time - reading all your helpful advice - so thank you! :D We are almost finished building. Our…

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Dani_J
Feb 26, 2007 1:26 pm
basaad
basaad
27 February 2007

Simonds

Simonds

Well Sonia333, I'm really happy for you, and it's great that the issues you had with Simonds eventually turned out well. This is my minor brush with them.... We saw a…

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basaad
Feb 27, 2007 12:44 pm
Amber
Amber
28 February 2007

That's not what I thought it would be .....

That's not what I thought it would be .....
VIC

Hey Dani, We ended up going with 'Old Maple Blaze'. My concern now is that the render colour I chose (to match the bricks and the roof tiles) may not look so good…

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Amber
Feb 28, 2007 12:27 pm
Amber
Vlad76
Vlad76
28 February 2007

Negotiating with a Building Company

Negotiating with a Building Company
VIC

The cost of building is definitely going up, That's no rocket science. But as far as negotiating with companies goes, from my experience it's not possible. You can, as…

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Vlad76
Feb 28, 2007 4:34 pm
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
2 March 2007

temporary fencing

temporary fencing
VIC

I guess my point is that I don't have an issue paying for it, or having it - as long as it's serving it's purpose. Yes the council requires it, but I doubt the council is…

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First_Timer_Ray
Mar 02, 2007 4:07 pm
First_Timer_Ray
BestBuilder
BestBuilder
4 March 2007

Why won't the builder accept variations?

Why won't the builder accept variations?

Hi Just looked at the HIA contracts (was a WA builder) and seems to say its up to the builder whether they will accept variations. I think the issue here is that if…

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BestBuilder
Mar 04, 2007 11:34 am
BestBuilder

granny flat + big bed room with bath - 2 level

granny flat + big bed room with bath - 2 level

Yes ray... I need to satisfy two requirements. 1. A granny flat (It is going to be used as dance studio). Separate entry is preferred. 2. Large…

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build.my.dream.home
Mar 05, 2007 5:04 pm
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guym
Mar 07, 2007 1:56 pm
guym
First_Timer_Ray
First_Timer_Ray
8 March 2007

Keogh Homes

Keogh Homes
VIC

Hi Guym They appear to have a website... www.keoghhomes.com.au Have added them to BB. Let us know how you get on! Regards

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First_Timer_Ray
Mar 08, 2007 7:23 am
First_Timer_Ray
Michelle
Michelle
8 March 2007

Building a new home... where to start?

Building a new home... where to start?

Well said epiphany!!!! And who’s to say that they will get YOUR home right when the time comes. Building the perfect dream home takes a lot of work on your behave…

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Michelle
Mar 08, 2007 8:40 pm
Michelle
epiphany
epiphany
9 March 2007

Construction Loan Letter

Construction Loan Letter

Hehe. We're building with PD as well (only a couple of weeks till handover...hoorah!). Not only did we have to have a specific letter from the bank saying how much the…

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epiphany
Mar 09, 2007 1:59 pm
epiphany
miagi
miagi
9 March 2007

Insurance on vacant block

Insurance on vacant block

Yes, I went through this as well, but seeing as there wasnt any sort of insurable loss on the block I figured if somebody was on my land and hurt themselves then I would…

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miagi
Mar 09, 2007 7:08 pm
Adrian B
Adrian B
10 March 2007

Down Pipe on my boundry

Down Pipe on my boundry

I currently have this situation at them mement, and ourneighbour has put a box gutter in next door, so the has done it all by the book. Simply put: NO PIPES, NOT…

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Adrian B
Mar 10, 2007 6:20 pm
Adrian B
vpande
vpande
12 March 2007

poor drainage soil- p class?

poor drainage soil- p class?
VIC

the builder is M'con. sorry it didnt come up in my previous post vp

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vpande
Mar 12, 2007 2:22 pm
perryr
perryr
13 March 2007

What is it?

What is it?
VIC

:lol: I saw them in your blog, and assumed they were to hold up the plaster. I always thought they were called plaster holderupperers, rather and watchemecallits. I could…

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perryr
Mar 13, 2007 2:58 pm
Vlad76
Vlad76
14 March 2007

vehicle parked infront of my lot

vehicle parked infront of my lot

Could be FBI surveylance. What line of business are you in? :wink:

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Vlad76
Mar 14, 2007 4:14 pm
ms_platimum
ms_platimum
14 March 2007

Any owner builders in Adelaide?

Any owner builders in Adelaide?
SA

Just wondering if there are any owner builders in Adelaide and if so where did you get your bricks from? :)

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ms_platimum
Mar 14, 2007 6:19 pm
shooey
shooey
16 March 2007

Land settles today!

Land settles today!

:lol: We did check which take aways there are but we haven't eaten from them yet! We have Bunnings, 3 furniture shops, autobarn, supercheap, pizza, la porchetta,…

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shooey
Mar 16, 2007 4:33 pm
sneakersss
sneakersss
17 March 2007

Any feedback on Burbank

Any feedback on Burbank
VIC

They forget to tell you guys that they have started building. But I'm definitely sure they won't foger to send you that invoice! :lol:

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sneakersss
Mar 17, 2007 10:32 pm
sneakersss
Montbrehain
Montbrehain
19 March 2007

Comparison with home building in Mexico with pics

Comparison with home building in Mexico with pics

Great build, Nice to see how they do it in other countries. A place like that would be nice here in England , but the walls would have to be 10 foot higher with barbed…

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Montbrehain
Mar 19, 2007 5:58 pm
Montbrehain


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