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Hi Everyone, been awesome checking out all your builds with Ben Trager to get a good idea of the finishes. This is my second build and we chose Ben Trager Homes as their…

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missimuu
May 26, 2016 11:03 pm
missimuu
jaslee
jaslee
26 May 2016

Custom home build with Wincrest

Custom home build with Wincrest
NSW

My suggestions: - Extend the laundry area and split out the bathroom (to the eastern side) - Move the garage access door to the laundry(?) - Switch the lounge and the…

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jaslee
May 26, 2016 3:21 pm
Sammy74
Sammy74
25 May 2016

Turnkey Simonds Homes Precinct

Turnkey Simonds Homes Precinct
VIC

Tomcat Yes the will be the second house we have build. I really love not having to go through all those choices. We didn't get to pick the facade which is okay as it is…

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Sammy74
May 25, 2016 10:18 pm
Sammy74
Camcam
Camcam
25 May 2016

Planning Approval in Hume??

Planning Approval in Hume??
VIC

I rang Hume Council and they told me that a planning approval needs to be issued before a planning permit is obtained. However when I spoke to the Developer they told me…

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Camcam
May 25, 2016 12:03 pm

Bricked - now stay away rain so we can get the roof on!

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stik79
May 25, 2016 9:15 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
24 May 2016

HIGH Elecrical Usage

HIGH Elecrical Usage
WA

We are experiencing what are very high electricity bills for us. We are a two person household and our usage is higher than our suburbs average for a 4…

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Stewie D
May 24, 2016 4:16 pm
MJT
MJT
24 May 2016

Rain. Neighbour. Adelaide build. HELP

Rain. Neighbour. Adelaide build. HELP
SA

Our broker actually required stormwater to be in the contract with the rest of the house build. We also got told it couldn't be done until afterwards. So we get the…

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MJT
May 24, 2016 4:06 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
24 May 2016

Advise us on our new build

Advise us on our new build
VIC

I like full render to house. But - that's me. Agree with BW - always have more PPs - especially in ensuite - either end of bench. We have had some placed strategically…

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Saint Mike
May 24, 2016 11:19 am
Saint Mike
ruby jean
ruby jean
23 May 2016

Recommendations sought-project house with bullnose verandah

Recommendations sought-project house with bullnose verandah
NSW

Hello (am new here please be nice) We've recently purchased a quarter acre block of land. It is flat. Block is west facing and has tremendous views. We would like a…

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ruby jean
May 23, 2016 2:19 pm
cvetlicka
cvetlicka
23 May 2016

BOUTIQUE HOMES GET $750.00 VOUCHER TO SPEND IN COLOUR

BOUTIQUE HOMES GET $750.00 VOUCHER TO SPEND IN COLOUR
VIC

Hi, you might be aware of "Refer a friend" promotion, which Boutique is currently running. We have signed up with them so I can refer you, and you will…

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cvetlicka
May 23, 2016 12:04 pm
mishy
mishy
23 May 2016

Voyager Point - Heartwood

Voyager Point - Heartwood
NSW
1 ... 26, 27, 28

Hi DNP We are on Bullrush Crescent, but the top end - I take it you just brought the block near the bend? I can confirm that VP does have gas and we are lucky enough to…

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mishy
May 23, 2016 11:09 am
mishy
sian.wickham
sian.wickham
22 May 2016

Front Setback calculation (rescode 409) clarification

Front Setback calculation (rescode 409) clarification
VIC

Anyone have any idea of how long the front setback dispensation usually takes??

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sian.wickham
May 22, 2016 10:58 pm
sian.wickham
Stewie D
Stewie D
22 May 2016

Help with house orientation

Help with house orientation
TAS

Having the living areas on the NW side with your wide verandah means they will be shaded without getting blasted by the hot summer sun. It does mean however, that there…

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Stewie D
May 22, 2016 10:06 pm
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PVBuild
May 22, 2016 7:07 pm
Althom
Althom
22 May 2016

Advice on Boundary fence and garage wall

Advice on Boundary fence and garage wall
VIC

Don't do it. You would be opening yourself up for future grief.

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Althom
May 22, 2016 5:21 pm
Althom
Old Bloke
Old Bloke
22 May 2016

Question about KDR

Question about KDR
NSW

When they dig up your old foundations the soil is disturbed and not "compacted" in the way the origional soil is. We had 59 concrete piers and some of our piers went down…

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Old Bloke
May 22, 2016 2:42 pm
M and T
M and T
21 May 2016

Dulux Wall Colours

Dulux Wall Colours
NSW
1, 2, 3

So after changing my mind soooo many times - final colour choices are as follows.... Internal Walls: Dulux White Dune Quarter Internal Skirtings, Architraves, Stairs and…

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M and T
May 21, 2016 9:39 pm
M and T
Charley
Charley
21 May 2016

Wood look tiles - are these a problem when laying?

Wood look tiles - are these a problem when laying?
QLD

We selected wood look tiles as an upgrade for our alfresco. Cost $3k for 8m X 3m, pricey I know but worth it to us for low maintenance. My 2016 build viewtopic.php?t=81011

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Charley
May 21, 2016 9:04 pm
Megera
Megera
21 May 2016

How often do you meet your SS?

How often do you meet your SS?
NSW

We met ours right before we were handed over to construction. We were also able to contact him directly on his mobile & then arranged site meetings with him directly.

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Megera
May 21, 2016 12:14 pm
Megera
Lulu16
Lulu16
21 May 2016

Activity room

Activity room
NSW

Thanks for all the fantastic responses. For me it would be an area utilised by my toddler & any future children. More as a dedicated toy storage/play area at this stage,…

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Lulu16
May 21, 2016 11:13 am
frewy26
frewy26
21 May 2016

Is anyone building with Hume Building?

Is anyone building with Hume Building?
NSW

We are first time home builders, building in Calderwood Valley. We are in the early stages of planning with Hume Building who have been amazing so far! Anyone else built…

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frewy26
May 21, 2016 10:52 am
jaslee
jaslee
21 May 2016

inovor vinyl planks flooring

inovor vinyl planks flooring
WA

We are getting Polyflor Camaro Blond Oak loose lay vinyl planks which will be glued down. We were told the following: - No expansion joints - No or minimal quadding -…

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jaslee
May 21, 2016 10:07 am
building-expert
building-expert
21 May 2016

Expert Evidence

Expert Evidence
VIC

That may be true but the most important point is that you can make VCAT application, appear for yourself and support your claim with expert report and with your expert…

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building-expert
May 21, 2016 9:03 am
building-expert
Teresa22
Teresa22
20 May 2016

Serpentine downs estate

Serpentine downs estate
WA

Awesome yes we are in stage 9b across the road ? look forward to seeing some pics!

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Teresa22
May 21, 2016 12:54 am
Teresa22
Charley
Charley
20 May 2016

Botanic homes ... problem?

Botanic homes ... problem?
VIC

Hi all, I'm Sarah from Busby Homes. We have heard of the unfortunate situation Botanic Homes are going through, and have been contacted by a few of their current…

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Charley
May 20, 2016 10:01 pm
Tigerstripes
Tigerstripes
20 May 2016

Our "almost" acreage build in South East QLD

Our "almost" acreage build in South East QLD
QLD

We are off to colour selection on the 31st of May........... Sooo excited!!!

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Tigerstripes
May 20, 2016 9:16 pm
Tigerstripes
Narrewarren01
Narrewarren01
20 May 2016

Site costs too high!!!

Site costs too high!!!
VIC

Without a site plan can really help

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Narrewarren01
May 20, 2016 6:28 pm
wrexter
wrexter
20 May 2016

WREXTER's BUILD (WA) - Instaling Skirting!

WREXTER's BUILD (WA) - Instaling Skirting!
WA
1 ... 46, 47, 48

Thanks DC, appreciate it. The mat in the kitchen was from IKEA, about $75! We went with Marri (Hardwood).

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wrexter
May 20, 2016 5:34 pm
wrexter
pauldab
pauldab
19 May 2016

Pushing out start time of your build - Metricon

Pushing out start time of your build - Metricon
VIC

Don't forget that the period of M's shutdown for xmas/new year can extend that 270 day period as long as you mention it to your CSC as that is a factor that is not under…

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pauldab
May 19, 2016 10:24 pm
simon&jo
simon&jo
19 May 2016

Anyone built in the FLAME ZONE??!!

Anyone built in the FLAME ZONE??!!
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

Hello happy retirees! The final decision comes down to your certifier. If you haven't got one yet, look around for those who have dealt with bushfire prone areas…

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simon&jo
May 19, 2016 6:09 pm
Paul2016
Paul2016
19 May 2016

Anyone used Strongbuild?

Anyone used Strongbuild?
NSW

Hi WIP This might be a bit late but anyhow... We have used Strongbuild and it is one of the worst experiences in my life. They built our neighbours houses as well and we…

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Paul2016
May 19, 2016 5:27 pm
Balbriggan
Balbriggan
19 May 2016

Build Complete Val Eco homes Brisbane

Build Complete Val Eco homes Brisbane
QLD

Great stuff. We were a bit unlucky with our handover date but overall a good experience.

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Balbriggan
May 19, 2016 5:03 pm
ss2211
ss2211
19 May 2016

CSB Homes

CSB Homes
NSW

As anyone used these guys? Nothing really out there in terms of reviews, keen to hear of what the experience with them was like.

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ss2211
May 19, 2016 3:16 pm
zen41
zen41
18 May 2016

Austral Bricks - Access Cream or Homestead Buff photos

Austral Bricks - Access Cream or Homestead Buff photos
VIC

Yeap. I make that choice too. Austral gave me the address. And the hous build with buff. Is this in Clyde Nth? Looks familiar I…

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zen41
May 18, 2016 9:48 pm
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edmon
May 18, 2016 7:56 pm
Ro_14
Ro_14
18 May 2016

Take Two - Calleya - Moved In!

Take Two - Calleya - Moved In!
1 ... 33, 34, 35

Glad you have finally moved in. We have been living in the area since a month and absolutely love it.

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Ro_14
May 18, 2016 6:42 pm
ellee
ellee
18 May 2016

Wattlewood Estate in Carrum Downs

Wattlewood Estate in Carrum Downs
VIC

Has anyone bought or have built in this estate? I've done a quick search and have not seen this estate mentioned. I've so far only heard significant delays in titling…

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ellee
May 18, 2016 12:52 pm
niteshjethani
niteshjethani
18 May 2016

Natural Quartz- Carrara -- Cost?

Natural Quartz- Carrara -- Cost?
NSW

Hi, We are building with Masterton. Has anyone upgraded the island bench top and kitchen slab to Natural Quartz0 Carrara. If yes can you please provide a rough pricing.

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niteshjethani
May 18, 2016 10:31 am
DuffieldTowers
DuffieldTowers
18 May 2016

Duffield Towers is at lock up - A Plunkett Build at Alkimos

Duffield Towers is at lock up - A Plunkett Build at Alkimos
WA

After what seems like FOREVER. We finally got to lock up. Seems a two storey in WA takes longer as there are only two ladders in Perth. We have our tile meeting at 7am…

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DuffieldTowers
May 18, 2016 1:41 am
DuffieldTowers
TashPaul
TashPaul
17 May 2016

Exterior colours

Exterior colours
SA

Personally I think the simpler you keep it, the easier it is on the eye, and it doesn't date as quickly (my opinion!) You have dark roof, dark bricks - without seeing a…

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TashPaul
May 17, 2016 5:15 pm
TashPaul
Corallake
Corallake
17 May 2016

PGH Bricks in Stone

PGH Bricks in Stone
NSW

Has anyone built using PGH Bricks in Stone? I do have samples and I have seen only a couple of houses that have been built using this coloured brick and there seems to be…

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Corallake
May 17, 2016 3:15 pm
Corallake
sudu
sudu
17 May 2016

Anyone have built/building with New Living Homes - NSW ?

Anyone have built/building with New Living Homes - NSW ?
NSW

Hi Imasha, Please ask me the questions you have. I would try to help u with comments and tips Cheers

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sudu
May 17, 2016 1:02 pm
jsmi
jsmi
17 May 2016

Building a new house - challenges and how to improve!

Building a new house - challenges and how to improve!
ACT

Hey there. We are just starting out (haven't signed anything) but are using an architect for the concept design, then using our custom builder's designer to draw it up to…

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jsmi
May 17, 2016 9:32 am
jsmi
JaneW
JaneW
16 May 2016

Bayside Knockdown Rebuild

Bayside Knockdown Rebuild
VIC

Demo company should provide you with a checklist of things you need to have done prior to demo work we used a company CDE developments and they were absolutely amazing and…

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JaneW
May 16, 2016 10:26 pm
JaneW
tj9630
tj9630
16 May 2016

Kiara Q2 - Plantation Homes - Handover 25/08

Kiara Q2 - Plantation Homes - Handover 25/08
QLD
1 ... 20, 21, 22

Nope they don't budge... The only thing you can do is cut things out of hope they make mistakes!!

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tj9630
May 16, 2016 8:57 pm
sunrays
sunrays
16 May 2016

Misinformation by sales rep

Misinformation by sales rep
WA

If you have in writing what you are saying then get your sales rep to include it for free of charge due to mistake on their part. Take it up to senior management if…

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sunrays
May 16, 2016 8:10 pm
Prairie
Prairie
16 May 2016

Elderton Homes - reviews and feedbacks

Elderton Homes - reviews and feedbacks
NSW
1, 2

I will not recommend also. Takes 12 months and four supervisors. Brickwork is poor. Would like to know how much time anyone had for their practical completion inspection.

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Prairie
May 16, 2016 4:41 pm


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