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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
Dec 18, 2006 7:57 am
ausdesign
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
20 December 2006

To build or not to build???

To build or not to build???
VIC

Hi Eimee, These look like nice homes. Are you based in Australia? Which state? What would something like the 4 bedroom Cape cost as presented on your web site…

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3timesbuilda
Dec 20, 2006 2:40 pm
3timesbuilda
romellj
romellj
24 December 2006

Building a New House

Building a New House
VIC

G'day, We are planning to build our first house in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. We have looked at a few of the builders and we closing down onto three at the…

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romellj
Dec 24, 2006 8:03 pm
ylever@bigpond.com
ylever@bigpond.com
3 January 2007

Tamawood Homes?

Tamawood Homes?
QLD

stay clear of that company there are so many stories about them.I will not say anything more about them.Many bad ones

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ylever@bigpond.com
Jan 03, 2007 3:18 pm
epiphany
epiphany
11 January 2007

Building site theft

Building site theft

Someone stole our air conditioning unit. And tried to take half our sliding door...maybe to replace half of the one they stole earlier (to match the window they also…

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epiphany
Jan 11, 2007 1:13 am
epiphany
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 9:37 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 10:15 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 9:13 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 11:51 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 18, 2007 12:27 am
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 21, 2007 12:40 am
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 1:26 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 3:31 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 10:59 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 1:13 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 10:00 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 7:48 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 11:53 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 10:25 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 5:34 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 9:49 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 10:21 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 8:07 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 12:16 pm
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 7:35 am
aaurora

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