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epiphany
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18 January 2007
House and Land PackagesHouse and Land Packages

We had friends who were looking at a house & land package with PD but I honestly couldn't see any advantage to it except you'd only have one lot of finance to deal…

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epiphany
Jan 17, 2007 11:27 pm
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Healeycole
21 January 2007
Feature Walls Still Popular?Feature Walls Still Popular?

Hi Perthgirl. other half is a painter and suggests silk effects instead of suede as it looks the same but is more durable and use as a feature wall only and never on a…

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Healeycole
Jan 20, 2007 11:40 pm
jeevescat
23 January 2007
Queensland planning processQueensland planning process

Can anyone direct me to a decent explalnation of the Queensland planning process, I can find 200 page diatribes of the 2006 IPA, when all I need is an overview of what you…

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jeevescat
Jan 23, 2007 12:26 am
Pleb
25 January 2007
Commencement Delays "Commencement and Price Review DateCommencement Delays "Commencement and Price Review Date

Thankyou all. Nice to know your now alone in being frustrated like this ;)

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Pleb
Jan 25, 2007 2:31 pm
BestBuilder
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26 January 2007
Builders ReputationsBuilders Reputations

Hi Marshy Sounds like things are progressing well. It will be interesting to hear how you go over time. Sounds like you have reaslistic expectations and know the cost…

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BestBuilder
Jan 26, 2007 9:59 am
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bunoluvas
26 January 2007
Smart WiringSmart Wiring

Good point Bestbuilder, One thing I probably neglected to mention is that most of our above comments was aproached by us as "cash" jobs conducted by us with the…

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bunoluvas
Jan 26, 2007 12:13 pm
ausdesign
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29 January 2007
Compaction CertificateCompaction Certificate

A compaction certificate is for fill on sites - sometimes required by councils on new subdivisions. A Geotechnical firm will be able to provide the test & certificate.

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ausdesign
Jan 29, 2007 9:00 am
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scoober
1 February 2007
Building a new houseBuilding a new house

Hi, we have just finished building with Perry Homes. All though construction, they were great! Excellent service and quality. The only downside is the slab construction.…

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scoober
Feb 01, 2007 6:48 pm
Bud977
2 February 2007
New build - Mortgage or Cash buyer - ProtectionNew build - Mortgage or Cash buyer - Protection

The other interesting result is that, according to the NSW Fair Trading Contract, an individual must pay the builder within 5 days of a progress claim. UNLESS the funds…

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Bud977
Feb 02, 2007 10:53 am
Michelle
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3 February 2007
Help External Colour Ideas?Help External Colour Ideas?

Looks like I’ve put a link in that wasn’t acceptable for the forum…sorry HomeOne!!! Choose either of the window colours that will go with both brick and…

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Michelle
Feb 03, 2007 9:25 am
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Terry1
3 February 2007
TermimeshTermimesh

Hello jimbojimmyjames,(your mother named you that?)Termimesh is a brandname for a physical termite barrier.There are alot of different ones available (physical…

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Terry1
Feb 03, 2007 4:34 pm
sneakersss
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6 February 2007
First Homebuyers, Building in Perth - Advice SoughtFirst Homebuyers, Building in Perth - Advice Sought

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
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Casa
6 February 2007
New to Australian Dream, plan to build a house.New to Australian Dream, plan to build a house.

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
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
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8 February 2007
Building CostsBuilding Costs

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
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aaurora
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9 February 2007
Help with External House Ideas for an Adenbrook Home.Help with External House Ideas for an Adenbrook Home.

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
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ausdesign
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9 February 2007
Fixture stageFixture stage

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
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ausdesign
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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
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J&K Perth
11 February 2007
Specifying Cement Render - PerthSpecifying Cement Render - Perth

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
11 February 2007
Buying land in new housing estatesBuying land in new housing estates

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

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Touchingcloth
Feb 11, 2007 9:07 am
archangel
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11 February 2007
Anyone researched or used Grande Homes or Chateau Homes?Anyone researched or used Grande Homes or Chateau Homes?

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
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northlakes
12 February 2007
Brick vs Besser BlocksBrick 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
13 February 2007
is clay ok to build up my blockis clay ok to build up my block

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
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13 February 2007
porter davis structural changesporter davis structural changes

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
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grime
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13 February 2007
problem on bank's guarantee for construction loanproblem 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
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archangel
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15 February 2007
Sydney builders...Sydney builders...

....Anyone ???

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archangel
Feb 15, 2007 7:51 pm
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Perth_Euro
16 February 2007
Anyone built with *?Anyone built with *?

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

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Perth_Euro
Feb 16, 2007 10:54 pm
Gianna
17 February 2007
Building to Lock Up Stage OnlyBuilding 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
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17 February 2007
Shore Group Homes, Young Home and Homestead Home (Sydney)Shore Group Homes, Young Home and Homestead Home (Sydney)

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
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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
18 February 2007
Slab Questions - Help NeededSlab Questions - Help Needed

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
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19 February 2007
Should I raise ceiling height & go with evaporative coolShould 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
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marshy
19 February 2007
Diary of my build:Diary of my build:

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
20 February 2007
Kit Home or Own Design??Kit Home or Own Design??

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
20 February 2007
Anyone used an architect? How much do they cost?Anyone used an architect? How much do they cost?

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
20 February 2007
building surveyorbuilding 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
21 February 2007
Building Contract Gotcha'sBuilding 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
21 February 2007
AdenbrookAdenbrook

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
22 February 2007
Austral vs Boral bricksAustral 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
23 February 2007
Thoughts on Construction Quality to Date.Thoughts on Construction Quality to Date.

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
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23 February 2007
Rainwater TanksRainwater Tanks

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
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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
27 February 2007
SimondsSimonds

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
www.amaroelectronics.com
28 February 2007
Home security and decoration techHome security and decoration tech

Hi just introducing this wonderfull range if is any thing I can quote in your next job please visit our site and contact me . John 0418128398 for your new job I have…

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www.amaroelectronics.com
Feb 27, 2007 11:16 pm
Amber
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28 February 2007
That's not what I thought it would be .....That's not what I thought it would be .....

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
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aaurora
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28 February 2007
rain water tank connected to laundry?rain water tank connected to laundry?

We are building a QLD home with Adenbrook and part of the Gold Coast requirements that all new homes have a rainwater tank connected to the cold washing machine tap and…

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aaurora
Feb 28, 2007 2:05 pm
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Vlad76
28 February 2007
Negotiating with a Building CompanyNegotiating with a Building Company

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
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2 March 2007
temporary fencingtemporary fencing

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
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BestBuilder
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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
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granny flat + big bed room with bath - 2 levelgranny 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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