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raj
raj
14 January 2007

Soil tests ??

Soil tests ??

Hi, I got a soil test done through one builder with whom I am still having discussions re my home project. In the mean time I found a design from another builder, which…

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raj
Jan 14, 2007 8:37 am
Glint-Bladesong
Glint-Bladesong
15 January 2007

Independant Building Inspections

Independant Building Inspections

There are less expensive options for building inspectors. We hired a building inspector to inspect 4 stages of the house construction (Slab down, Walls up, roof on and…

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Glint-Bladesong
Jan 15, 2007 9:15 am
Touchingcloth
Touchingcloth
15 January 2007

Slab thickness

Slab thickness

The minimum depth of the beams in a class H slab varies depending on the the construction type. clad frame - 400mm articulated masonry -…

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Touchingcloth
Jan 15, 2007 8:13 pm
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
16 January 2007

Robot built homes - Looks like fun

Robot built homes - Looks like fun

Came across this, homes are going to be built by the equivalent of of bubblejet printer. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/ ... 74,00.html Sounds like lots of…

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3timesbuilda
Jan 16, 2007 10:51 am
3timesbuilda
epiphany
epiphany
18 January 2007

House and Land Packages

House and Land Packages
VIC

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
epiphany
Healeycole
Healeycole
21 January 2007

Feature Walls Still Popular?

Feature Walls Still Popular?
WA

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
jeevescat
23 January 2007

Queensland planning process

Queensland planning process
QLD

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
Pleb
25 January 2007

Commencement Delays "Commencement and Price Review Date

Commencement Delays "Commencement and Price Review Date
QLD

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
BestBuilder
26 January 2007

Builders Reputations

Builders Reputations
QLD

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
BestBuilder
bunoluvas
bunoluvas
26 January 2007

Smart Wiring

Smart 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
ausdesign
29 January 2007

Compaction Certificate

Compaction Certificate
QLD

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
ausdesign
scoober
scoober
1 February 2007

Building a new house

Building a new house
QLD

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
Bud977
2 February 2007

New build - Mortgage or Cash buyer - Protection

New 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
Michelle
3 February 2007

Help External Colour Ideas?

Help External Colour Ideas?
WA

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
Michelle
Terry1
Terry1
3 February 2007

Termimesh

Termimesh
QLD

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
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


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