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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
HomeReview
HomeReview
2 November 2007

Am blaming all of you...

Am blaming all of you...
VIC

Adenbrook Homes in QLD is a sister company to Porter Davis.

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HomeReview
Nov 02, 2007 7:24 pm
oznow
oznow
3 November 2007

Indemnity insurance allowance? and some others questioms

Indemnity insurance allowance? and some others questioms

Thanks Ray & Casa I have no idea of thosethings, and have tried to search in the internet for further info, but could not find anything, so here i posted the…

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oznow
Nov 03, 2007 7:23 am
oznow
off2theburbs
off2theburbs
3 November 2007

Customer Service???

Customer Service???
QLD

our updates were like that saying that this was going to be done this week and then again when it was finish, normally left on the voicemail cause we are both unable to…

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off2theburbs
Nov 03, 2007 9:40 am
sueau
sueau
3 November 2007

JG King and other questions

JG King and other questions
VIC
1, 2

Hi Steveo, The bricks are from the Selkirk range. They are called 'Rebellion Red'. Glad you like them - we are disappointed because they do not look like what we…

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sueau
Nov 03, 2007 11:28 am
Michelle
Michelle
3 November 2007

Glass/ceramic tile

Glass/ceramic tile
WA

Go get em girl!!! :D

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Michelle
Nov 03, 2007 6:41 pm
Michelle
clath
clath
4 November 2007

Vehicle crossovers

Vehicle crossovers

Our layback ( near the gutter) has been cracked and damaged by the builders constructing the houses either side of me. ( We dont have a crossover as yet) fortunately they…

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clath
Nov 04, 2007 1:05 am
clath
Pebble
Pebble
4 November 2007

Recommend builders in WA

Recommend builders in WA
WA

I certainly don't believe it's soft, it's merely an impression from what I've seen (in an aged? building in somewhat of a state of disrepair), even still the word "soft"…

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Pebble
Nov 04, 2007 10:30 am
Pebble
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


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