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BaysideBuilder
BaysideBuilder
2 July 2007

Decided not to go with builder - based on this forum?

Decided not to go with builder - based on this forum?
VIC

I haven't ruled a builder out because of what I've read here, but have given some builders a closer look because they regularly get good feedback... All builders will…

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BaysideBuilder
Jul 02, 2007 8:47 pm
BaysideBuilder
uncle_ant
uncle_ant
2 July 2007

heywood 28 extended postformed benchtop

heywood 28 extended postformed benchtop
VIC

Hi Clath I know you have had your appointment already, but thought you may still like some before and after pics of our laundry. There are some update pics on my…

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uncle_ant
Jul 03, 2007 12:17 am
uncle_ant
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Perth_Euro
Jul 03, 2007 12:58 pm
ahuang
ahuang
3 July 2007

Outdoor area - what would you do?

Outdoor area - what would you do?

I love alfresco, so if it's mine, I will extend the roof and get a huge alfresco at the back. If the meal/study is a bit dark, just install a few of those roof light thing…

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ahuang
Jul 03, 2007 2:39 pm
ahuang
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ahuang
Jul 03, 2007 6:29 pm
ahuang
miagi
miagi
3 July 2007

Plumbers and electricians

Plumbers and electricians
1, 2

OK i agree, get several quotes and compare, be aware the cheapest doesnt always mean the best as in everything. But again, it is illegal for any one other than a…

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miagi
Jul 03, 2007 9:41 pm
ahuang
ahuang
3 July 2007

Site Costs + Finance

Site Costs + Finance

Be careful though, site cost might not be fixed due to various reasons. Mostly due to conditions underground, e.g. rocks. Therefore most buider list that as "provisioning"…

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ahuang
Jul 03, 2007 11:07 pm
ahuang
Michelle
Michelle
4 July 2007

Messy Corner Brickwork??

Messy Corner Brickwork??
1, 2, 3

You don’t need to justify your opinions 3xb……and neither do we….. This is an open forum, user be warned! That’s my opinion on public forums; if someone…

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Michelle
Jul 04, 2007 11:49 am
Michelle
jezzcb
jezzcb
4 July 2007

Preparing a budget

Preparing a budget

Ok, so I have had a bit of a look around at prices for a lot of the items mentioned. So, after the cost of the land and the materials for the house we have all these…

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jezzcb
Jul 04, 2007 4:36 pm
perryr
perryr
4 July 2007

Soil tests and surveys

Soil tests and surveys

Look up your local directory or yellow pages for "Geotechnical Engineers". There are usually quite a few listed - and shop around! Costs vary, and I've heard…

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perryr
Jul 04, 2007 5:26 pm
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
4 July 2007

Stumps or slabs

Stumps or slabs

Hi Peter - well I grew up in QLD - so to me stumps are typically timber or steel posts that hold upthe house. My small dwarf walls (stumps) are like little foundation…

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Yak_Chat
Jul 04, 2007 6:48 pm
Yak_Chat
fojean
fojean
4 July 2007

PD, Contract and 3% deposit...

PD, Contract and 3% deposit...
VIC

Thanks for the info..... Am aware of that and it makes it 'attractive' to go through Choice considering that like yourself we are staying with my current…

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fojean
Jul 04, 2007 7:04 pm
vanderlay
vanderlay
5 July 2007

Bricks - Builders Standard Range

Bricks - Builders Standard Range
VIC
1, 2

That is one thing with bricks, for the benefit of those who are just starting out, that I would recommend. See as many displays as possible, as…

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vanderlay
Jul 05, 2007 11:23 am
vanderlay
jezzcb
jezzcb
5 July 2007

Insurances

Insurances

To those who have gone down the path of owner building, can anybody give me some ideas on what the insurances have cost you, including home warranty insurance? Thanks…

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jezzcb
Jul 05, 2007 12:50 pm
vanderlay
vanderlay
5 July 2007

Concrete Piers

Concrete Piers
VIC

Found it, it's "http://ourdreamhouse.blogspot.com/" Please ignore my previous request. Cheers Allan

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vanderlay
Jul 05, 2007 3:11 pm
vanderlay
Jazz
Jazz
5 July 2007

Would you recommend your builder to somebody else?

Would you recommend your builder to somebody else?
VIC

A big NO from me. Our builder totally lacks in customer service, IMO. I'm now starting to regret our decision to go with them.

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Jazz
Jul 05, 2007 8:15 pm
clath
clath
5 July 2007

Anyone with recent experience with H***ey's Cust Svc Reps?

Anyone with recent experience with H***ey's Cust Svc Reps?
VIC

kevin im going to build with pd so far i can only give praise 4 my customer rep. if i send her a email she answer me very quickly . 5 days is a long time to wait for reply…

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clath
Jul 05, 2007 11:03 pm
clath
Vlad76
Vlad76
6 July 2007

Seek your experiences with Bayside council

Seek your experiences with Bayside council
VIC

I am building with Clarendon Homes. They used to have a design specifically done to meet Bayside Regulations. The display house for that design used to be in Sandringham…

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Vlad76
Jul 06, 2007 11:29 am
Yak_Chat
Yak_Chat
6 July 2007

Utilities Bill

Utilities Bill

Totally Agree :) A sliding scale that esculates the cost per litre of water or electricity as the usage level goes up. Low charge to have the services connected.

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Yak_Chat
Jul 06, 2007 6:52 pm
Yak_Chat
ausdesign
ausdesign
6 July 2007

Getting a new design past council and others

Getting a new design past council and others

Jezz a 'drafting' firm needs to be registered in Tas A registered Architect can do designs in all states

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ausdesign
Jul 06, 2007 8:21 pm
ausdesign
fojean
fojean
6 July 2007

Thinking of PD Cremorne 41

Thinking of PD Cremorne 41
VIC

...don't think I paid that much attention to the toilet layout :oops: will have a closer look tomorrow when we go back.... Hopefully will secure land tomorrow as well at…

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fojean
Jul 06, 2007 8:44 pm
royalblue
royalblue
7 July 2007

Front Door Mat

Front Door Mat

Not silly at all! Decisions like this almost never get the 'time of day' that they deserve. Well chosen, large, efficient doormats can save you valuable hours each…

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royalblue
Jul 07, 2007 2:08 am
perryr
perryr
7 July 2007

Time off work for Builder meetings

Time off work for Builder meetings

I saw this done at a Kitome display during the week. Seems to be a good idea, although having the Rumpus Room stuffed full of bricks and tiles does take something away…

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perryr
Jul 07, 2007 8:26 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
8 July 2007

Costs after land and house

Costs after land and house

Hi Jezz - my parents did an owner-builder job on their home - it gets pricey - their initial cost estimate was $535k. The final cost = $975k :shock: I remember that there…

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stonecutter1309
Jul 08, 2007 6:40 pm
stonecutter1309
Hennig
Hennig
8 July 2007

Owner builder preparing for stumps

Owner builder preparing for stumps

I would recommend using a steel sub floor system if going for stumps. If not only for the termite benefit, also the systems that are now available are far superior than…

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Hennig
Jul 08, 2007 10:16 pm
sneakersss
sneakersss
9 July 2007

should i tell them? should i????

should i tell them? should i????
VIC
1, 2

Thanks for the replies guys. And yes, I had thought about the same thing as you have all mentioned. I should then mention that this room is not a dedicated theatre room…

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sneakersss
Jul 09, 2007 6:31 pm
sneakersss
grime
grime
9 July 2007

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH BANG!!

SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH BANG!!
VIC

Have you noticed all the Victorian tradies have grown 30 odd mm in the last couple of weeks :?: Yes its the mud layered on their boots. :lol:

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grime
Jul 09, 2007 6:46 pm
grime
Andrej
Andrej
10 July 2007

Why are wooden houses so popular in Australia?

Why are wooden houses so popular in Australia?
1, 2

Maybe we have more extremes in weather - drought vs floods, temperatures etc that are causing timber to shrink & expand more rapidly…

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Andrej
Jul 10, 2007 11:29 am
Cookiemonster
Cookiemonster
10 July 2007

garage width and length?

garage width and length?

Now I am thinking if I should have made the garage bigger...we do not need to store anything in it except cars due to the aforementioned 6x6mtr…

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Cookiemonster
Jul 10, 2007 2:19 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
10 July 2007

Would you have preferred a bigger or a smaller block?

Would you have preferred a bigger or a smaller block?
VIC
1, 2

I would like 1000 to 1100 for my next project..... 3 or 4 years yet! :lol:

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mattwalker
Jul 10, 2007 9:32 pm
mattwalker
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Vlad76
Jul 11, 2007 12:00 pm
shanem
shanem
11 July 2007

Building to lockup... Good idea????

Building to lockup... Good idea????
VIC

Hi Milt !!! There is no official requirement to complete an owner builders course in order to become an owner builder, in Victoria. Have a look at the Building…

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shanem
Jul 11, 2007 1:13 pm
parker
parker
11 July 2007

Name that brick

Name that brick
NSW

ooh, the regal red looks quite like it! And they are…

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parker
Jul 11, 2007 2:07 pm
parker
Perth_Euro
Perth_Euro
11 July 2007

slowly does it.....

slowly does it.....
VIC

hahahahahahahahah :P

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Perth_Euro
Jul 11, 2007 6:24 pm
pasey25
pasey25
11 July 2007

Best upgrade / variation ideas to builders standard incls

Best upgrade / variation ideas to builders standard incls
VIC
1, 2

so's a 50 square house in my opinion but hey, different strokes for different…

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pasey25
Jul 11, 2007 9:47 pm
pasey25
royalblue
royalblue
12 July 2007

What is your favorite/best bit

What is your favorite/best bit
VIC

Ummm..... A few really. Our high ceilings with lots of fancy plasterwork, (cornices, crowns, roses, arches, etc) Our bold colour schemes throughout our home,…

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royalblue
Jul 12, 2007 3:51 am
milt
milt
12 July 2007

Hebel the good the bad and the ugly? Need advice!

Hebel the good the bad and the ugly? Need advice!

Yes it looks nice, but its not load bearing from what I have read, I may look them up and contact them for an appointment to discuss our custom plan. Many thanks Milt

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milt
Jul 12, 2007 3:33 pm
BaysideBuilder
BaysideBuilder
12 July 2007

Best custom builder

Best custom builder

We have been looking at a builder called New Dimension - they do project homes as well as true custom homes and everything in between. I haven't been able to find any…

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BaysideBuilder
Jul 12, 2007 3:58 pm
BaysideBuilder
Vlad76
Vlad76
12 July 2007

Building in rural areas

Building in rural areas
VIC

Even though I am already builing, I was considering purchasing a cheap block up Healesville way (or closer to Marysville) Would any project home builder build in that…

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Vlad76
Jul 12, 2007 6:47 pm
vanderlay
vanderlay
12 July 2007

Word of Advice - Never Upset the Backhoe Driver

Word of Advice - Never Upset the Backhoe Driver

he wouldn't dare mess with us....or we'll have his excavator fall off his truck..!! hang on..it already did :D :D

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vanderlay
Jul 12, 2007 7:43 pm
vanderlay
vanderlay
vanderlay
13 July 2007

Are we being unrealistic?

Are we being unrealistic?
VIC
1, 2

bummer guys....good luck! the land is probably the hardest bit :(

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vanderlay
Jul 13, 2007 4:25 pm
vanderlay
yvette72
yvette72
14 July 2007

Time Frame from Council Approval to Building

Time Frame from Council Approval to Building

hello I know what you mean about the run around we are building for the first time and our builder has given us the run around we have been waiting 6 months for they…

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yvette72
Jul 14, 2007 1:16 pm
MaylandsManor
MaylandsManor
14 July 2007

Owner Builder : First time post with crazy site costs

Owner Builder : First time post with crazy site costs
SA

I agree, some quotes make it so hard to compare with one another (a conspiracy perhaps!). I think it is reassuring when you get two quotations that are around the same…

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MaylandsManor
Jul 14, 2007 5:16 pm
MaylandsManor
mattwalker
mattwalker
16 July 2007

Carlisle Homes, anyone have any feed back?

Carlisle Homes, anyone have any feed back?
VIC

If you think we are helpful wait until you meet Michelle!!

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mattwalker
Jul 16, 2007 1:24 pm
mattwalker
Spot
Spot
16 July 2007

Rainwater tank in adelaide

Rainwater tank in adelaide
SA

We got ours from a local Ag shop (we are in the country). Ours are massive though, Team Poly ones, 22,000l each, so there probably isn't the demand for ones of our size as…

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Spot
Jul 16, 2007 1:30 pm
uncle_ant
uncle_ant
16 July 2007

Final Payment

Final Payment
VIC

Hi Tam You should give them a bank cheque once you are satisfied with everything concerning the construction. I know of people who have held on to the final payment…

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uncle_ant
Jul 16, 2007 3:56 pm
uncle_ant
bry&cbear
bry&cbear
16 July 2007

Transition Question - Contract to Construction

Transition Question - Contract to Construction
VIC

Thanks everyone for your input and own stories. For some further clarity, I have dug out the exact language in Henley's Home Manual. I'm aware this is only the manual…

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bry&cbear
Jul 17, 2007 12:07 am
Amber
Amber
17 July 2007

Colours, colours, colours....

Colours, colours, colours....
VIC

Colours look brilliant Matt. We had originally chosen a darker brown for the bedroom feature .... should have heard Dad's reaction when we told him!! Apparently he…

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Amber
Jul 17, 2007 10:41 am
Amber
Cookiemonster
Cookiemonster
17 July 2007

Buying Land

Buying Land
VIC

This is a common ploy by agents to get you to…

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Cookiemonster
Jul 17, 2007 7:24 pm
rellie
rellie
17 July 2007

Our Pro Struct Home

Our Pro Struct Home
VIC

You have 'disblogcom' instead of 'djsblogcom' :wink: A tip, when you have your blog page open, highlight the address in…

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rellie
Jul 17, 2007 10:56 pm


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