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Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
29 July 2008

New site problems - lots of fill

New site problems - lots of fill
VIC

Thanks for your replies. We have decided to back out, disappointing as a great location but just too risky...Back to looking…

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Peter_OZ
Jul 29, 2008 7:21 pm
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MeThinks
Jul 29, 2008 8:03 pm
Casa2
Casa2
29 July 2008

When the Architect doubles your budget!

When the Architect doubles your budget!

Okay guys - this is where we're up to. Thank you all for your advice so far. We have called the Australian Institute of Architects and have…

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Casa2
Jul 29, 2008 8:42 pm
petal
petal
29 July 2008

Modern Flat Style Roof Tiles and Sarking?

Modern Flat Style Roof Tiles and Sarking?
NSW
1, 2

Btw our roof was pretty much finished today (at loooong last!) :D

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petal
Jul 30, 2008 12:18 am
petal
MJAB
MJAB
30 July 2008

Fridge + water = ?

Fridge + water = ?

are you really talking about a drain point to drain a potential leakage outside or down an adjacent drain ??? A friend a plumber told us to put a drain under fridge and…

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MJAB
Jul 30, 2008 2:11 pm
Lorraine44
Lorraine44
31 July 2008

Buying home and land package what to look out for?

Buying home and land package what to look out for?
VIC

Not all small building companies are nightmares! Ours only build around 45 houses a year but we extremely pleased with the quality and workmanship of our house. Nothing…

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Lorraine44
Jul 31, 2008 6:58 pm
Lorraine44
snistr
snistr
31 July 2008

Temporary Crossing Question

Temporary Crossing Question

Maybe they are using the wrong terminology? Perhaps they are referring to mud-prevention whereby the Melton council does require you to have…

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snistr
Jul 31, 2008 8:33 pm
Lyn
Lyn
31 July 2008

roof pitch and ceiling height costs

roof pitch and ceiling height costs

Here I was thinking "wow- we didn't pay that much for 2700mm…

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Lyn
Jul 31, 2008 10:49 pm
Sahana
Sahana
31 July 2008

Wattyl/Pascol colours

Wattyl/Pascol colours

Thanks Michelle, will head down to Bunnings over the weekend and try that.

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Sahana
Jul 31, 2008 11:10 pm
lobo
lobo
1 August 2008

Excess soil removal charges

Excess soil removal charges

Simple Rule... Speak to the person working and offer cash. I have always found it works wonders and is very very cost effective. In todays market there is nothing…

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lobo
Aug 01, 2008 3:07 am
lobo
MJAB
MJAB
1 August 2008

concrete slab waterproofing

concrete slab waterproofing

Hi 'chelle You do need a ventilation gap with fan (solar is popular) everyone tells me that It does look like he has made reasonable provision with a lot of drainage…

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MJAB
Aug 01, 2008 1:07 pm
Minx
Minx
1 August 2008

Section 96...

Section 96...

You did know that a basement is going to very much increase the cost of the build? I know of someone that spent…

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Minx
Aug 01, 2008 2:47 pm
monkeyupatree
monkeyupatree
1 August 2008

Plans and Measures

Plans and Measures

On our plans it says something like..... "dimensions are to internal brick add approx "xxmm" for finished dimensions". If that wasn't on there, I would have thought it…

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monkeyupatree
Aug 01, 2008 8:00 pm
monkeyupatree
kyiee81
kyiee81
1 August 2008

A question for all the women out there...

A question for all the women out there...
QLD
1, 2

Oh I spent nearly 8 years doing that, got on every course at their expense I could think of and one of the reasons I trippled my salary! Contrary to…

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kyiee81
Aug 01, 2008 8:20 pm
kyiee81
Paula
Paula
1 August 2008

Practical Completion ............. finally

Practical Completion ............. finally
VIC

Yes those windows will make putting on make up a breeze - no horrible down light to cast shadows. Great Idea.

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Paula
Aug 01, 2008 9:17 pm
Paula
Michelle
Michelle
1 August 2008

Comments on Silkwood flooring

Comments on Silkwood flooring

It’s basically like any other type of wood flooring. Silkwood is just the type of timber. Yes check out a show room, if you see it and are explained to how it…

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Michelle
Aug 01, 2008 10:27 pm
Michelle
Paula
Paula
2 August 2008

Trespassing?

Trespassing?

I checked with a lawyer at work - trespassing is technically when you're on another's property. However, you can only be legally charged…

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Paula
Aug 02, 2008 9:30 am
Paula
DeeElle
DeeElle
2 August 2008

Contract Gotchas

Contract Gotchas
VIC
1, 2

Just wanted to put my two cents worth in :D . We put down 3K with a builder and then didn't sell our house and had to forfeit the deposit. This made us furious as they…

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DeeElle
Aug 02, 2008 2:13 pm
DeeElle
to_do_list
to_do_list
2 August 2008

Progress Payments

Progress Payments

That's when the…

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to_do_list
Aug 02, 2008 9:47 pm
to_do_list
Clarity
Clarity
4 August 2008

post contract variations - interior

post contract variations - interior

We've made a few changes post-contract and even some since building has started... A big pain in the bum!! But it did have to be put in writing so it needed to go through…

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Clarity
Aug 04, 2008 1:33 pm
Clarity
Toast
Toast
4 August 2008

Garage Door Gaps / Tolerances

Garage Door Gaps / Tolerances

Ah right... makes sense now :) So it is bowed as if someone was pushing up against it. I wonder if that is because the opening is too narrow and flexing it outwards?…

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Toast
Aug 04, 2008 1:52 pm
Toast
thesunchaser
thesunchaser
4 August 2008

poor brick work.. PLEASE HELP!!! WE HAVE RESULTS!!! THANKS!

poor brick work.. PLEASE HELP!!! WE HAVE RESULTS!!! THANKS!
1, 2

i'm having the same issue with my bricks. i have read the Guide to Standards and Tolerances document and have raised defects regarding my bricks. My builder is looking…

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thesunchaser
Aug 04, 2008 1:56 pm
just started
just started
4 August 2008

How much do builders actually pay for a contour survey?

How much do builders actually pay for a contour survey?
NSW

We had a very similar situation to you, though it was in late 2006. We signed a prelim contract but included condition "Deposit Fully refundable until Cost estimate is…

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just started
Aug 04, 2008 3:12 pm
oztish
oztish
4 August 2008

Additional Concrete Charge

Additional Concrete Charge

Apparently they estimate how much concrete will be required, dependant on certain factors and certain soil types/composition. Then when they actually go out and start…

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oztish
Aug 04, 2008 8:51 pm
dewi
dewi
4 August 2008

Porter Davis Blogs/Pictures

Porter Davis Blogs/Pictures
VIC

We have moved into our new PD home Hamilton 34. Whole building process was pretty good. PD promised to complete few things post handover all paid for. Looks like PD and…

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dewi
Aug 05, 2008 12:31 am
haywgl
haywgl
5 August 2008

Raz - your external colours...

Raz - your external colours...
NSW

Also agree- no render - great job Rachelle! :)

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haywgl
Aug 05, 2008 10:01 am
haywgl
Tony & Emma
Tony & Emma
5 August 2008

Opinions on our facade please....

Opinions on our facade please....

Thanks for all the comments - looks like grey is the current winner. Michelle - the light cement sheeting wont actually be as light as that ad will complement the…

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Tony & Emma
Aug 05, 2008 1:40 pm
KristyDave
KristyDave
5 August 2008

Strange One, Porter Davis Upgrade Possible?

Strange One, Porter Davis Upgrade Possible?
VIC

Hey All, Thank you for the promt replies; mikkyG: Yeah we agree but we just wanting to get a feeling if anyone had done this before and what happened, not wanting to…

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KristyDave
Aug 05, 2008 3:40 pm
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
5 August 2008

Cold Feet?????

Cold Feet?????
QLD

BOO! back again

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Peter_OZ
Aug 05, 2008 8:34 pm
firstbuild
firstbuild
5 August 2008

Render vs Face Brick

Render vs Face Brick

Our price is for render just on the front, if we want face brick instead may save us about $3000. To render the whole house was about another $8000. A lot of builders…

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firstbuild
Aug 05, 2008 9:01 pm
Mel&Em
Mel&Em
5 August 2008

retaining walls

retaining walls
VIC

Hi Matt Do you mind telling us how much your rear retaining walls cost as well as the extra dirt to level. Your block seems to be very similar in slope and size to…

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Mel&Em
Aug 05, 2008 10:07 pm
Mel&Em
snistr
snistr
6 August 2008

Anyone Building with PD in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne

Anyone Building with PD in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne
VIC

Hi Guys, For anyone buildingwith PD in Melbournes western suburbs, just wondering how you are all getting allong with your site supervisor? Please PM me your S/S…

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snistr
Aug 06, 2008 12:58 pm
dewi
dewi
6 August 2008

PD Post hand over experience

PD Post hand over experience
VIC

When we checked with the SS last week, he said it will be all done last week. The sub contractors came and did half of the job and made a excuse delay it more. When I…

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dewi
Aug 06, 2008 8:59 pm
matamber
matamber
7 August 2008

Does a deck need antcapping?

Does a deck need antcapping?

Hi, hopefully Ive posted this is the right section, the Building Codes section might be better, but it doesnt seem to get much traffic! We are owner builders and have a…

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matamber
Aug 07, 2008 2:21 pm
petal
petal
7 August 2008

On The Magic Roundabout - building with PD !!!!!!!

On The Magic Roundabout - building with PD !!!!!!!
1, 2, 3

Sorry to hear you haven't been well - no wonder with all this stress! Hope you're all 100% fighting fiit soon! Wow, what a nightmare.....just makes me cringe thinking…

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petal
Aug 07, 2008 2:58 pm
petal
Heathen
Heathen
7 August 2008

Problems before building has begun.

Problems before building has begun.

Thanks everyone for your honest comments and thoughts, they did give us a small window of time in which to have everything ready for building, which is a bit fairer than…

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Heathen
Aug 07, 2008 7:02 pm
Heathen
MeThinks
MeThinks
8 August 2008

RANT: How not to do a web site

RANT: How not to do a web site
QLD
1, 2, 3

Thanks for the feedback D@n its appreciated, your comment about the renovator has been noted and will be addressed buildersearch is only 5 weeks old and is still in the…

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MeThinks
Aug 08, 2008 9:50 am
thesunchaser
thesunchaser
8 August 2008

brick letterbox to match house

brick letterbox to match house

im hoping to use the left-overs bricks to build a letterbox... might be fun ... check this site out i've found - <a…

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thesunchaser
Aug 08, 2008 6:43 pm
sammy
sammy
8 August 2008

Should I complain to Building Commission or not?

Should I complain to Building Commission or not?
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

It's good to see that they are trying to fix the problems. Hope that things get better and you get your house in a month's time ::praying::

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sammy
Aug 08, 2008 6:49 pm
sammy
donuts
donuts
8 August 2008

progress photos

progress photos

Congratulations on reaching lock-up braveheart. I love your view.

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donuts
Aug 08, 2008 9:48 pm
donuts
donuts
donuts
8 August 2008

Blog Updated - Site Start

Blog Updated - Site Start

congratulations on the start duminda! Your little girl looks very happy exploring in the dirt! What a cutie. Can you imagine her excitement when the house starts to go up!

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donuts
Aug 08, 2008 10:15 pm
donuts
fletch
fletch
9 August 2008

PD Hebel - here we go

PD Hebel - here we go
VIC

Pictures of the Hebel are now up on our blog.

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fletch
Aug 09, 2008 2:02 pm
DeeElle
DeeElle
10 August 2008

at planning stage - Adelaide SA

at planning stage - Adelaide SA
SA

DeeElle, Beware of the standard footings included clause. Some people in the know have told me that some in the industry are "a bit dodgy" on…

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DeeElle
Aug 10, 2008 2:51 am
DeeElle
chloe787
chloe787
10 August 2008

2 Story price Per Metre

2 Story price Per Metre
WA

I probably looking at about $1000 per sqm in Brisbane area including floor covering etc. Again it depends on the size of the house and inclusion.

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chloe787
Aug 10, 2008 11:28 am
pcmrhz
pcmrhz
10 August 2008

Marriott Waters Site Costs Shock

Marriott Waters Site Costs Shock
VIC

How much is the deposit? We are in a similar position - titles registered Sept and hopefully starting in Oct/Nov. We signed our Tender…

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pcmrhz
Aug 10, 2008 7:44 pm
Dukekamaya
Dukekamaya
10 August 2008

kit home costs

kit home costs

Hi we are thinking of demolishing our house & building a kit home, instead of extending. We have came across a 26sq house for $105 000…

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Dukekamaya
Aug 10, 2008 10:49 pm
Dukekamaya
Peter_OZ
Peter_OZ
11 August 2008

Photoshop Help Please ! ! !

Photoshop Help Please ! ! !
VIC
1 ... 5, 6, 7

hmmm maybe yes, maybe no. Still a rip…

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Peter_OZ
Aug 11, 2008 9:42 am

Ok then here is the progress after two days of brick laying Garage Back…

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lloydmav
Aug 11, 2008 10:12 pm
lloydmav
davinci
davinci
12 August 2008

$150k enough to cover this extension and renovation?

$150k enough to cover this extension and renovation?

gat plans drawn up, get them tendered, work out the labour and material cost and you will have a ball park figure if it is a slab extension then you will run short as AL…

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davinci
Aug 12, 2008 6:12 pm
davinci

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