Building A New House
building 1st house advice
We are building with clarendon in sydney metro (a knock down and rebuild) and found it was the best house suitable for all our needs and the best use of usable space and…
Internal garage access
I do at my house, also grew up with it with my parents house. At my house it opens out into the hallway. In this hallway there is a door for the cellar s easy access for…
May 08, 2008 11:01 am
att mattwalker: brushwood fence
The ones at the front of our estate have been there for at least eight, but they are thicker and I suspect may be "preserved" as the color is still reddy-brown.
Boral Connex Mortarless Masonry Blocks
also as these are relativly new products you may wish to ask one of the sales reps if they can refer any block layers that can do the job who would be more familiar with…
May 08, 2008 11:30 pm
Has anyone built with....???
apparently they are expanding and now building in south east. they are in the saturday herald sun HOME MAGAZINE, and they are priced as displayed. i called up…
My colours so far (cross-post)
Hi judie, I actually wouldn't change the colours at all. I think the windows standing out in that colour is more a photoshop thing than an actual problem. To me they look…
May 09, 2008 3:03 pm
That's what I hoped - but I wasn't sure the SS would allow it - but it seems most do
It was home theatre wiring - just general around the house…
we have moved in
hi everyone at the library posting again internet on next week but wont tell my son its been peaceful without it
its been good so far had the driveway done exposed…
May 12, 2008 1:58 pm
Did you ever feel overwhelmed?
I would suggest to calm down a bit Julie, don't let your emotion drives your decision... it's a looooooooooooooooooooong process and needs lot of time and careful planing…
I got one too, as it takes a long time to build the house, I guess they "assume" if you are not living there (for our case) you might have rented it out during the…
rain and floors
we got very bad floor lipping problem due to floor board exposed in rains during the long 6 weeks brick work period. our builder did floor sanding twice (extra one because…
May 12, 2008 3:32 pm
NSW BASIX requirements
So, now there's a fly in the ointment. I specified Colorbond roofing - they put the BASIX in as tiles in the medium classification. To change to Colorbond would mean a lot…
May 12, 2008 5:59 pm
quoted time vs actual time
I think, as far as the contracted time goes, my builder has until the end of July to finish, but they'll be finished on Friday .
As far as timelines given by site…
This is a really nice house and designed with a big balcony and alresco to enjoy the view. Spectacular!
I know you love photos...
I notice you are moving this weekend as well
Good luck with the move, and dont forget moving pics
May 14, 2008 9:26 am
How long can contract signing be delayed?
Thanks all really very excited.
Colleen - I am sure I will change my mind dozens of times. I do have a pretty fixed idea on a colour scheme but having no experience…
Thanks SFSG and DeeElle for the tips.
Yep, we also believe we'd get better quality and a more personalized service with a boutique builder. We think these 2 are very…
we paid $8800 for an approx 13 square 3 bdrm post-war home including asbestos removal - not sure exactly how much asbestos though - it was never an issue for our people.
Thanks for your input.
IF we do it after handover, it would be around $12K-$14k only. Still very costly, but cheaper than the builder's…
Garage of PD Cremorne
We asked if we could have the internal walls of our garage - Cremorne 41 - bricked and were advised by our CSC that no, they had to be plastered. Then at tender we asked…
Will definatly be starting a blog - when we get some land!!
We had what i thought was a certainty until yesterday when I read Snsitr's post about side setbacks and PD's…
Marshall Baker Homes
We've got scaffold, a messy site and bricks not cleaned yet. Will do an outside pic when things are more tidy.
Estimated time for each trade on site
Its going to be a big house…I guess with some of the trades time will be determined by the amount of content for them. Obviously some houses have more of this and less…
we recently signed a contract with them & that 'customer guarantee" page was actually bound with the contract. We wanted to have the phrase relating to the…
In our case it wasn't a low doc loan, as we only borrowed 60%, which the bank was happy to do without proof of income. But yes, a low doc will do…
Cracks in slab
The only question in my mind is to make sure the builder does actually spray the slab with curing oil! My experience is that in the housing…
Alarm pad location?
Just had the alarm installed today for the new place.
Keypad is by the the internal door to the garage, but unlikely to use it as the key fob activates and…
May 16, 2008 1:04 am
Our inspection took about 2 hours. We started from one end and systematically went through all rooms - starting from the roof, down to the floor. Check windows…
Outlook Terrace (Pakenham)
HI Rodda interesting about your comment on Hampton park. it has a stigma. i agree i lived there for 14 yrs and all i had was trouble sorry if i might offend people there…
May 16, 2008 4:04 pm
Building Inspector in Adelaide
I hope all goes well for you but Hick**botham and Sta**man homes are the same company, I have had and heard of many horror stories and some good, It would be wise to have…
I think they are the bargain basement arm of National Builders Group.
Wet Plaster and Insulation
how bad is the gyprock? normaly if that gets too wet it starts to swell and never drys out properly (it's one way of finding leeking pipes in your walls!)
i think Draconis is right about future owners. i remember an issue with one of our back neighbours who hadn't paid his half off, on several of the neighbouring fences.…
Building in Sydney - Updated 18/05/08
Thanks for the kind comments.
It's not surprising that you haven't seen this thread considering I haven't updated for a while so it would have been a few…
We're so far happy with NBG - or more so the builder they assigned us. We did do a huge amount of changes to the floor plan and they didn't seem to charge for just…
May 18, 2008 11:09 pm