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ozken
ozken
13 June 2006

Need some help with stage 1 (Base Stage)

Need some help with stage 1 (Base Stage)

But , please realise that there is no allowance made here for poor weather conditions, and do not forget the "curing " of the concrete.. Ken... :) :) :)

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ozken
Jun 14, 2006 12:22 am
builda
builda
24 June 2006

Windows Installed Before or After Rendered House?

Windows Installed Before or After Rendered House?

Yes, mandatory to install them first. Sometimes they are left out for a short time but only if the job has to continue and they are'nt ready from the manufacturer but a…

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builda
Jun 24, 2006 2:45 pm
builda
mek
mek
30 June 2006

Finding a design

Finding a design
QLD

Thanks for that - done!

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mek
Jun 30, 2006 3:24 pm
mek
wander25m
wander25m
1 July 2006

Soil classification and implication

Soil classification and implication
QLD

Great thanks for your response builda, No I haven't signed any building contract, so I am just tinkling between the ideas of getting it done myself, or squeeze a litte…

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wander25m
Jul 01, 2006 10:15 pm
goboy
goboy
11 July 2006

Building time

Building time
QLD

Hi all. Just thought I give you my experience. We signed up in October 2005 and will be moving in next week!!!! From the time we signed up in October, the slab wasn't…

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goboy
Jul 11, 2006 10:34 pm
builda
builda
14 July 2006

Anyone building in the NSW Fairfield Council area???

Anyone building in the NSW Fairfield Council area???
NSW

In Melbourne some councils charge an 'open air contribution' for unit developments which is supposed to pay to provide more public open space because you nasty developers…

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builda
Jul 14, 2006 9:30 am
builda
mek
mek
28 July 2006

house position

house position

Hi Budwah, I hope this will help you (chapters 3 and 4). http://www.seav.sustainability.vic.gov. ... p#chapter3 Quick rules are: living areas to face north, bedrooms to…

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mek
Jul 28, 2006 1:24 pm
mek
Australian5Star
Australian5Star
8 August 2006

Insulation assistance ?

Insulation assistance ?
VIC

Hi Micky, Builders ask me about doing the course and the time involved to do a rating and they have decided against doing the course because of the time it takes to do…

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Australian5Star
Aug 08, 2006 11:49 am
Australian5Star
Alf Flamin' Stewart
Alf Flamin' Stewart
8 August 2006

Block slope... the fun begins

Block slope... the fun begins

With all due respect, this is not an option for the home handyman and if you don't know what you are doing then you are better off paying someone…

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Alf Flamin' Stewart
Aug 08, 2006 11:03 pm
builda
builda
10 August 2006

Scaffolding

Scaffolding

Yes, the hidden costs of building...welcome to my world! You could easily spend $10,000 for scaffold on a two storey 300 square metre home - that add up to an easy $33.00…

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builda
Aug 10, 2006 4:05 pm
builda
alto
alto
13 August 2006

Alto's new home

Alto's new home

a couple more…

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alto
Aug 13, 2006 8:29 pm
KingLeo
KingLeo
17 August 2006

Building on the Mornington Peninsula

Building on the Mornington Peninsula
VIC

Hi King Leo (your royal highness ???), If you require a few quotes from quality builders in your local area we can definately help! We have about 5 local builders down…

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KingLeo
Aug 17, 2006 10:42 pm
Michelle
Michelle
29 August 2006

Site Works

Site Works
WA

I would defiantly threaten legal action with these guys! Even if you don’t go ahead it…it will tell them you mean business. Look into the company see what you can…

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Michelle
Aug 29, 2006 8:59 pm
Michelle
Nervous 1st timer
Nervous 1st timer
30 August 2006

Advise please - 2months to handover - what to start?

Advise please - 2months to handover - what to start?

Hi all, Michelle - thanks for your advise. I will have to decide on light fittings soon and get quotes from electricians. 3timesbuilda - thanks for your advise as…

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Nervous 1st timer
Aug 31, 2006 12:15 am
builda
builda
1 September 2006

Do You need Plasterboard or plastering contractors??

Do You need Plasterboard or plastering contractors??
VIC

You should register on http://www.bangitup.com.au because the only people that call are the ones that want a plasterer. Fees for it are…

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builda
Sep 01, 2006 9:05 am
builda
js
js
3 September 2006

Stumps or slab???

Stumps or slab???

Hi, We have had the same dilema and decided to go with bearers and joists because we wanted a wooden floor and it allows us more flexibility. In the future should we…

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js
Sep 04, 2006 12:50 am
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
7 September 2006

Demolishing permit + building permit

Demolishing permit + building permit
VIC

I have heard about this not needing a permit for certain developments such as decking. Can you point me in the right direction as to where I can research this further? Is…

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3timesbuilda
Sep 07, 2006 4:12 pm
3timesbuilda
zenithconstructions
zenithconstructions
11 September 2006

Full Brick Construction

Full Brick Construction

Full brick is more expensive because: a) Bricks are more expensive than timber b) Brickies are more expensive laying brick-by-brick than carpenters erecting a pre-fab…

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zenithconstructions
Sep 11, 2006 12:09 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
13 September 2006

Second house on the same block, what to do?

Second house on the same block, what to do?

Junk3569, this type of developement is very common & yes if you're not experienced in the building industry or source the correct advice there is a good chance of getting…

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ausdesign
Sep 13, 2006 4:56 pm
ausdesign
mek
mek
18 September 2006

URGENT HELP REQUIRED PLEASE!! HERMITAGE HOMES

URGENT HELP REQUIRED PLEASE!! HERMITAGE HOMES
VIC

You need to ask for what you want, and make everything clear, there's lots of room for misunderstanding and assumptions, especially when it comes to inclusions.

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mek
Sep 18, 2006 9:06 pm
mek
zenithconstructions
zenithconstructions
22 September 2006

Builder's insurance

Builder's insurance
VIC

In the process of getting quotes for building a home in Victoria. Have been told by one builder that our quote also includes builder's insurance…

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zenithconstructions
Sep 22, 2006 10:21 am
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
22 September 2006

Building prices / square in tassie

Building prices / square in tassie
TAS

Hi miagi, That seems quite steep per square - most project builders in melbourne seem to be in the $4500 to $6000 per square. They do of course have the luxury of bulk.…

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3timesbuilda
Sep 22, 2006 2:55 pm
3timesbuilda
ausdesign
ausdesign
22 September 2006

Using an agent to oversea the build

Using an agent to oversea the build
VIC

Hi all :D , Firstly I'd like to say that having stumbled across this forum, I think it's a great place for to centralise ideas/experiences realting to contruction.…

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ausdesign
Sep 22, 2006 8:08 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
ausdesign
27 September 2006

Energy Ratings for new homes

Energy Ratings for new homes
VIC

Mek, the print out is 4 pages. 1 page is a 'compliance report' which lists the critical features of the design. The owner & builder sign this to state there are no…

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ausdesign
Sep 27, 2006 6:42 pm
ausdesign
OurLoveShack
OurLoveShack
9 October 2006

Burbank Complete

Burbank Complete

Take my advice, take the plans to another builder and go with them, otherwise youre just going to have heaps of…

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OurLoveShack
Oct 09, 2006 9:24 pm
Glint-Bladesong
Glint-Bladesong
16 October 2006

THEY PUT OUR SLAB IN THE WRONG SPOT!

THEY PUT OUR SLAB IN THE WRONG SPOT!

I'm sure its redundant information, but I'll say it anyway - Make notes about everything that is said, write it all down, log it with time and date and get everything you…

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Glint-Bladesong
Oct 16, 2006 11:12 am
Herriot
Herriot
16 October 2006

Dealing with sub-division

Dealing with sub-division

Thank you! that has given me some direction :)

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Herriot
Oct 16, 2006 6:54 pm
capeli
capeli
17 October 2006

Bricking in Wet Weather??

Bricking in Wet Weather??

Lack of work around, obviously your not in WA, it's taking 18months to build a single story house in WA. Anyway, I used to brickies labourer, and they will lay bricks…

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capeli
Oct 17, 2006 3:47 pm
Dimmy
Dimmy
17 October 2006

Positive Building Experiences

Positive Building Experiences
VIC

Zenithconstructions, I just love the colour of those kitchen cabinets in the October 5 post. I've been searching everywhere for a neutral colour which isn't just the…

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Dimmy
Oct 18, 2006 12:55 am
ausdesign
ausdesign
26 October 2006

Moving the drivway location??

Moving the drivway location??
VIC

If it is a major consideration in the layout of your proposed home, discuss it with your local councils planning dep't before commiting yourself to any building co. It…

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ausdesign
Oct 26, 2006 11:29 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
ausdesign
27 October 2006

Handover at completion question

Handover at completion question

Hi 'dazcla' & 'Nervous 1st timer'. How about some photos of your new homes and a run down of the final moments !

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ausdesign
Oct 27, 2006 6:26 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
ausdesign
2 November 2006

Roof Frame question with pics

Roof Frame question with pics

more often than not the tilers.

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ausdesign
Nov 02, 2006 10:52 am
ausdesign
double07
double07
9 November 2006

Narrow Lots

Narrow Lots
QLD

Hi All, Anyway, we have just purchased a narrow lot, 450sq block - 12.1m wide - 37m length from road to rear boundary with great…

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double07
Nov 09, 2006 3:20 pm
Liv
Liv
14 November 2006

Exposed aggregrate driveway

Exposed aggregrate driveway

A close friend and brillaint at his craft is going to be doing our driveway in exposed aggregate (once our piece of dirt beomes a titled piece of land!!!) He is based in…

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Liv
Nov 14, 2006 12:24 pm
ausdesign
ausdesign
16 November 2006

cracks on new slab?

cracks on new slab?
SA

Just came back across this post. My apologies for bringing it up again to those not interested but there should be clarification for any future readers. Shrinkage…

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ausdesign
Nov 16, 2006 8:54 am
ausdesign
double07
double07
17 November 2006

Extras for electrical - does this sound too high?

Extras for electrical - does this sound too high?

Just for some closure on this thread. With negotiation with the builder we got this down to $2800 and they're throwing some extra light points and outdoor points in free…

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double07
Nov 17, 2006 10:08 am
Adrian B
Adrian B
18 November 2006

Duplex

Duplex
QLD

Have you spoken to the council, or has any applications been lodged. Get them and you should see what you are in for. If the owners come over when you are at your block,…

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Adrian B
Nov 18, 2006 7:55 pm
Adrian B
Michelle
Michelle
27 November 2006

Requesting advice on tile and grout colours

Requesting advice on tile and grout colours

My pleasure, and yes you have made the right decision on the grout, since your tiles are not a gloss white. If you though the grout issue was worrying wait till you…

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Michelle
Nov 27, 2006 7:05 pm
Michelle
Nervous 1st timer
Nervous 1st timer
29 November 2006

Has anyone had a building inspection done for a new home?

Has anyone had a building inspection done for a new home?

Hi Bestbuilder, We were not going to get one, but someone suggested, so we ended up asking a friend who is a builder himself, to do a quick run through of the building…

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Nervous 1st timer
Nov 29, 2006 2:48 pm
sneakersss
sneakersss
2 December 2006

Questions regarding Tender and Contract Appointments

Questions regarding Tender and Contract Appointments
VIC

Care to share about who you built with and the issues your brother had with PD?

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sneakersss
Dec 02, 2006 12:43 pm
sneakersss
ausdesign
ausdesign
2 December 2006

How many piers??

How many piers??
VIC

Why would PD do a second soil test ?? Where they unhappy with the first one ?? Why do they like the second one better than the first one ??

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ausdesign
Dec 02, 2006 6:38 pm
ausdesign
Michelle
Michelle
5 December 2006

Vandalism on building site

Vandalism on building site
VIC

If I were your builder I would not touch the broken windows till just before you moved in. No use fuelling the fire! I can’t believe it… as a kid we got up to…

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Michelle
Dec 05, 2006 10:08 pm
Michelle
bunoluvas
bunoluvas
6 December 2006

Advice - Builder Delays - is there anything that can be done

Advice - Builder Delays - is there anything that can be done

It also depends on what materials are being delayed. If it's something that can be bought by anyone off the street then you could ring around to check on availability. …

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bunoluvas
Dec 06, 2006 3:34 pm
bunoluvas
bunoluvas
6 December 2006

Pre Contract Signing tips

Pre Contract Signing tips
VIC

We can add a couple of things to the list... In relation to the electrical plan. Make sure that a few of the "100" people who look at it are actually electricians. …

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bunoluvas
Dec 06, 2006 3:47 pm
renomart
renomart
7 December 2006

Is this a sale tactic from AVJennings?

Is this a sale tactic from AVJennings?
QLD

This is a very common sales tactic. These deals are always used to pressure you to commit by creating urgency to 'secure that great deal!'. Never, ever get pressured by…

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renomart
Dec 07, 2006 8:33 pm
renomart
BestBuilder
BestBuilder
10 December 2006

How much research?

How much research?
VIC

One thing someone was telling us recently was that if you want to vary something to the standard inclusions, eg the Taps, then often the builder only deals with certain…

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BestBuilder
Dec 10, 2006 10:53 am
BestBuilder
creatit
creatit
10 December 2006

Info regarding Henley Builders

Info regarding Henley Builders
VIC

Hi Best Builder, We are building in a new suburb out on the North East of Melbourne. Initially the paperwork to get through all of the contract variations and planning…

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creatit
Dec 10, 2006 12:26 pm
jason2
jason2
12 December 2006

Alliance Homes - Any good?

Alliance Homes - Any good?
QLD

Bonjour! Unfortunately we are yet to have any reviews on Alliance, but if you do decide to go with them it would be great to hear how they perform! Best regards

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jason2
Dec 12, 2006 10:35 pm
Michelle
Michelle
12 December 2006

Render Colour?

Render Colour?

Jason, My suggestions for your render colour with the Dune roof. 1) Eaves – Dulux “Pearl Ash” P12.B1 2) Render - Dulux “Dreyfus” P12.B3 OR Dulux…

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Michelle
Dec 12, 2006 10:41 pm
Michelle
ausdesign
ausdesign
18 December 2006

2 storey house will possibly cause privacy issue

2 storey house will possibly cause privacy issue
TAS

The overlooking reg's cover a fair bit so a detailed reply will take too much but basically it covers overlooking to neighbouring habitable room windows …

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ausdesign
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ausdesign

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