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Adrian B
May 23, 2007 3:01 pm
Adrian B
off2theburbs
off2theburbs
23 May 2007

Exterior Colours

Exterior Colours
WA

painted out some Mallard Grey and it looks good, and have picked a couple of tan/beige/cream colours just not quite sure yet. Note the very tachnical names for the colours :roll:

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off2theburbs
May 23, 2007 10:27 pm
Michelle
Michelle
24 May 2007

Pure Evil

Pure Evil

I got all excited……I thought I might have had a good title for my next novel!!!!! PURE EVIL…..after reading the posts…..I must admit, I have often thought about…

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Michelle
May 24, 2007 3:02 pm
Michelle
miagi
miagi
24 May 2007

Home Design Software

Home Design Software
1, 2, 3, 4

I have been using this software for 2 years but have never experienced the problems you describe. The undo feature is way to slow.

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miagi
May 24, 2007 8:26 pm
kasiakm
kasiakm
26 May 2007

after 6 months maintenance warranty

after 6 months maintenance warranty

Hello, Here we are, 6 months after the handover our house. So far we have just a few tiny little things to be fixed. We notified about them our builder and after…

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kasiakm
May 26, 2007 1:50 pm
Michelle
Michelle
28 May 2007

It's finally ours!!!!

It's finally ours!!!!
VIC

Ohh very nice Amber!! I love your other colour choices as well. Can’t wait to see the final results! As I have said before. It was nice to see someone sooo…

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Michelle
May 28, 2007 9:50 pm
Michelle
Hennig
Hennig
28 May 2007

When is fixed price not fixed price?

When is fixed price not fixed price?
1, 2, 3, 4

Hi Perry, still no luck. Chin up - persistence counts. H

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Hennig
May 28, 2007 10:30 pm
grime
grime
29 May 2007

GJ Gardener or Cavilier??

GJ Gardener or Cavilier??

Hi Nikola The present job is a Porter Davis...They say 20 weeks,but that gives them plenty of time to make haste slowly. Our last house build was a Gardener.Just out of…

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grime
May 29, 2007 7:34 am
grime
aaurora
aaurora
29 May 2007

24 cans of beer =

24 cans of beer =
VIC

Good stuff, it's exciting isn't it! We are at the same stage as you. Do you have to give out a slab of beer? We haven't :oops:

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aaurora
May 29, 2007 12:49 pm
aaurora
adelang
adelang
29 May 2007

Hardiplank or colorbond?

Hardiplank or colorbond?

Hello all... I'm new to this but have had a good read over many forum topics and think this is a fantastic help to new home builders - Cheers to all who contribute. My…

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adelang
May 29, 2007 7:49 pm
vpande
vpande
29 May 2007

Roof sarking anyone?

Roof sarking anyone?

Thank you all. The builder has quoted 2,500 for the sarking.They will also be providing ceiling batts- R4 type as standard. we will go for it provided site costs do not…

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vpande
May 29, 2007 8:13 pm
kezza
kezza
29 May 2007

FLY SCREENS - TACKY??

FLY SCREENS - TACKY??

We got the stainless steel mesh security screens and they are brilliant. You don't feel like you're behind bars. The first time after they got fitted I opened my glass…

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kezza
May 29, 2007 8:48 pm
Hennig
Hennig
29 May 2007

At what stage can we move in?

At what stage can we move in?

Yeah, once c of o has been received, move straight on in. Carpets or no carpets. Plaster only needs to be sealed with one coat of paint. I wouldn't necessarily…

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Hennig
May 29, 2007 11:20 pm
Hennig
Hennig
29 May 2007

What are these for?

What are these for?

Ladyice, what you have is collars or a physical barrier to the pipes that protrude through the slab (they are placed on the pipes prior to the pour). Many of the…

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Hennig
May 29, 2007 11:33 pm
ahuang
ahuang
30 May 2007

Independent Inspections - have you had one? any recs?

Independent Inspections - have you had one? any recs?

One of our neighbour got sick of the various construction problems (contractor who always build Domain homes, now building Clarendon design for the first time....), hired…

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ahuang
May 30, 2007 1:00 am
ahuang
Michelle
Michelle
30 May 2007

What can we do with and incompetent builder?

What can we do with and incompetent builder?

He sounds like a good builder, with nothing to hide! Enjoy, it should be a good day. :D

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Michelle
May 30, 2007 6:53 pm
Michelle
aaurora
aaurora
31 May 2007

At frame stage - will rain have any adverse effects?

At frame stage - will rain have any adverse effects?

Thanks very much for that, makes me feel a lot better about the impending (but much needed!) rain :D

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aaurora
May 31, 2007 9:45 am
aaurora
Sallyho
Sallyho
31 May 2007

Refund For Independent Inspector

Refund For Independent Inspector
WA

Good for you Anthony!!! Love your determination to get this resolved.

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Sallyho
May 31, 2007 3:25 pm
Vlad76
Vlad76
31 May 2007

Clarendon homes - Victoria

Clarendon homes - Victoria
VIC

Clarendon assured me today that it's business as usual although they are excited about this announcement. Probably because they might hold some Investa shares. They did…

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Vlad76
Jun 01, 2007 12:27 am
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
31 May 2007

Shipping containers

Shipping containers
NSW

Hi Awelder I was obsessed with the idea of building with shipping containers, but then realised our block just isn't big enough! There's some amazing design happening…

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Elizabeth
Jun 01, 2007 12:48 am
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
1 June 2007

How to save from the start

How to save from the start
TAS

Hi Cabinfever There was a long discussion about the merits of different cornices back in February (titled 'square set cornices', in the Getting It Right section -…

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Elizabeth
Jun 01, 2007 1:15 am
Simple
Simple
1 June 2007

My experience

My experience

I am in the final stage of building with Metricon and have had numerous problems. I storngly suggest you make sure they start within 21 days (I didnt and they ended up…

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Simple
Jun 01, 2007 5:10 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
1 June 2007

I have a wood....ie

I have a wood....ie
VIC

I went to your myspace last week and couldn't bring myself to click the XXX text link. It felt dirty! :twisted:

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mattwalker
Jun 01, 2007 11:05 pm
mattwalker
arman
arman
4 June 2007

Single or Triple Phase Power

Single or Triple Phase Power
WA
1, 2

Thanks Casa. This is a newly developed residential area West of Melbourne, approx 30km from Melbourne. It has been cited as the fastest growing corridor in Victoria.…

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arman
Jun 04, 2007 10:34 am
vanderlay
vanderlay
4 June 2007

We have a start date

We have a start date
VIC

yay....well done! :D We can certainly understand the pleasures of dealing with the good old S.O.Y.R!! But time now for the exciting part! :D

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vanderlay
Jun 04, 2007 4:47 pm
vanderlay
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
5 June 2007

The second part of the storey...

The second part of the storey...
VIC

Cabinfever, I think the 2 go together? 3xb

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3timesbuilda
Jun 05, 2007 9:10 am
3timesbuilda
vanderlay
vanderlay
5 June 2007

Approved!

Approved!
VIC

no, just belongs to the water company.... we arent actually building over the easement, there will just be some fill over it as it is at the lower end of the block. The…

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vanderlay
Jun 05, 2007 6:18 pm
vanderlay
ahuang
ahuang
6 June 2007

What is "Expansion Joint"?

What is "Expansion Joint"?

Thanks for the info. One question resolved, continue with the others... Cheers Allan http://building-our-first-house.blogspot.com/

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ahuang
Jun 06, 2007 2:07 pm
ahuang
Perth_Euro
Perth_Euro
7 June 2007

Garage Door Position

Garage Door Position

it seems to be common around where im building to just widen it out with wall and no window. (most of the time taking it to parapet) At our place thats what we have done,…

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Perth_Euro
Jun 07, 2007 11:35 am
Amber
Amber
7 June 2007

It's official - we're in our new house!!

It's official - we're in our new house!!
1, 2

The pink was chosen by my 10 year old daughter!! I am no fan of pink but I have actually becoming quite fond of her wall :-)). Her colour is Dulux Enhance. The colour…

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Amber
Jun 07, 2007 11:54 am
Amber
3timesbuilda
3timesbuilda
8 June 2007

Town planning permit and site cost on demolished land

Town planning permit and site cost on demolished land
VIC

Our was complex because we are going to build in a very green protected area with a certain character. We also do not have a builder with experience with such. Ours…

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3timesbuilda
Jun 08, 2007 5:11 pm
3timesbuilda
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
8 June 2007

Ceiling height

Ceiling height
TAS
1, 2

Hey Allan - thanks for the council info :)

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stonecutter1309
Jun 08, 2007 6:58 pm
stonecutter1309
mattwalker
mattwalker
9 June 2007

building around sewer mains

building around sewer mains

My parents in law recently sold their house in Maroubra that was actually built over a main drain pipe. It ran right through the centre of the house front to back. The…

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mattwalker
Jun 09, 2007 1:20 am
mattwalker
Vlad76
Vlad76
11 June 2007

Piping depth - any experts out there?

Piping depth - any experts out there?

I think Grime is on the money here. It is located just off the base of the slab, behind the house, near the far left hand corner. If the fill will be returned to that…

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Vlad76
Jun 11, 2007 2:44 pm
Vlad76
Vlad76
12 June 2007

Waffle pod vs monolithic slab

Waffle pod vs monolithic slab
1, 2

Have you had piers put in on your site? It is physically impossible to see them as they…

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Vlad76
Jun 12, 2007 12:25 pm
Vlad76
Vlad76
12 June 2007

Gutter Talk

Gutter Talk

Apart from the cost aspect of it, double brick can also cause some dampness with the Melbourne climate. Most double brick houses in Melbourne are old ones - very few…

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Vlad76
Jun 12, 2007 12:31 pm
ahuang
ahuang
12 June 2007

How long does it take to build a new home?

How long does it take to build a new home?
1, 2, 3

we are in qld we are building with perry homes we gave them there deposit to start soil etc in early dec 3 months to do this and then other 900…

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ahuang
Jun 12, 2007 4:44 pm
ahuang
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
13 June 2007

Anyone organised their own soil test/contour survey?

Anyone organised their own soil test/contour survey?

Thanks Casa and lrhodes1 :) I had no idea about what actually went into the survey or how it was done - so good to find out! We looked inside most houses at Homeworld…

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stonecutter1309
Jun 13, 2007 10:15 am
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
stonecutter1309
13 June 2007

External finishes - clad, Moroka

External finishes - clad, Moroka
NSW

What are people using for their external finishes on their new homes? Our covenant states: "1. A range of external wall materials can be used, from masonry to…

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stonecutter1309
Jun 13, 2007 10:52 am
stonecutter1309
rellie
rellie
13 June 2007

Valuation problems . . . please advise!!!

Valuation problems . . . please advise!!!
VIC
1, 2

Try HomePath (online branch of Commonwealth) They didn't even do a site inspection! Just lent the money no questions asked ha ha ha! (But they…

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rellie
Jun 13, 2007 11:13 am
Bud977
Bud977
13 June 2007

Diff? - 'Rendered' or 'Bagged and Painted'

Diff? - 'Rendered' or 'Bagged and Painted'
1, 2

Rendering allows the builder to use cheaper bricks, as obviously they are not visible. But there is no way the saving on bricks would give you free rendering. The…

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Bud977
Jun 13, 2007 6:07 pm
snowy
snowy
13 June 2007

Stamp Duty in Queensland

Stamp Duty in Queensland
QLD

Someone told me that if you build within 12 months you get some of the duty back but a call to the state revenue office confirmed that this was not the case and from what…

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snowy
Jun 13, 2007 6:14 pm
mattwalker
mattwalker
13 June 2007

Walkthrough inspections

Walkthrough inspections
1, 2

Aaurora, I will have the pre plaster inspection and possibly a handover. Kevin suggested the pre-plaster as the…

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mattwalker
Jun 13, 2007 9:41 pm
mattwalker
ahuang
ahuang
13 June 2007

Measure from the inside or out?

Measure from the inside or out?

I think it doesn't matter which way you used, the $/m2 thing is just a rough estimate. Lots of things should also be considered, such as site cost, things builders…

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ahuang
Jun 13, 2007 11:49 pm
ahuang
ahuang
ahuang
13 June 2007

Our Site Supervisor has QUIT!

Our Site Supervisor has QUIT!
QLD

Haven't start mine yet, but heard that most supervisors are quite forgetful and you have to keep reminding them things. Imagine how many construction sites they have to…

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ahuang
Jun 13, 2007 11:59 pm
ahuang
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ahuang
Jun 14, 2007 12:41 am
ahuang
ausdesign
ausdesign
14 June 2007

Why strengthening is required ?

Why strengthening is required ?
NSW

That reference will normally be in regards to a timber subfloor construction where bearer & joist spans are calculaled to carry 'normal' floor live,dead & point…

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ausdesign
Jun 14, 2007 8:49 am
ausdesign
double07
double07
14 June 2007

Occupancy / Stormwater

Occupancy / Stormwater

Phew... I managed to get onto one of the city engineers and he said that we can move in before the stormwater, retaining wall and driveway is complete (as long as our…

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double07
Jun 14, 2007 10:02 am

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