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surtees
surtees
15 March 2016

Unsure of signing a contract with a builder

Unsure of signing a contract with a builder

I'd wait if the builder is trying to force you to sign tell them you'll walk away. You want to make sure your land is valued as expected but also you need to be able to…

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surtees
Mar 15, 2016 2:50 pm
surtees

Here is another picture the portico looks darker depending on which angle or where the sun hits

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Buildingbythesea
Mar 15, 2016 12:54 am
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kailie86
Mar 14, 2016 10:02 pm
bashworth
bashworth
14 March 2016

External power

External power
VIC

One way is to get a waterproof power outlet on an outside wall. When you decide where you want the feature you can install a transformer and run 12volt cable to the…

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bashworth
Mar 14, 2016 6:11 pm
bashworth
Forg
Forg
14 March 2016

Steps from laundry

Steps from laundry
NSW

It's part of landscaping, AFAIK if the builder does landscaping they do these steps too. Why it's part of landscaping, though, I have no idea. I think it's because they…

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Forg
Mar 14, 2016 3:48 pm
LednCoise
LednCoise
14 March 2016

HUDSON HOMES in STONECUTTERS

HUDSON HOMES in STONECUTTERS
NSW

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to know if anyone is building with Hudson Homes in Stonecutters Estate in Colebee? Would love to get your feed back. Cheers

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LednCoise
Mar 14, 2016 10:52 am
FHB-RHI
FHB-RHI
13 March 2016

Decking the Alfresco Ceiling

Decking the Alfresco Ceiling
SA

Thank you that gives us an idea on price. I was just concerned that moisture/humidity could cause some issues.

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FHB-RHI
Mar 13, 2016 7:45 pm
Wellard2ndTimers
Wellard2ndTimers
13 March 2016

Homegroup WA

Homegroup WA
WA

We nearly built with HGWA, going as far as signing a PPA and paying a $2k deposit. Fortunately for us though a lengthy delay on our land title gave us plenty of thinking…

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Wellard2ndTimers
Mar 13, 2016 7:18 pm
TamDear18
TamDear18
12 March 2016

Whiteman Edge 7B New Gen - PCI 20th November

Whiteman Edge 7B New Gen - PCI 20th November
WA
1 ... 13, 14, 15

Hi Purplenetti, Your home looks stunning - you must be so chuffed! I am fairly new to this blog - we are also building with New Generation - very excited to start our…

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TamDear18
Mar 12, 2016 11:34 pm
TamDear18
Joynz
Joynz
12 March 2016

Exorbitant charge for a missing tree root barrier?

Exorbitant charge for a missing tree root barrier?
VIC

I believe that the footings are strengthened in a new build to account for trees. There is also plastic tree root barrier that can be used. I suggest asking your builder.

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Joynz
Mar 12, 2016 9:00 pm
S7iCkSt3R
S7iCkSt3R
12 March 2016

Building with Fairmont Homes / RealtySA @ Woodcroft Horizon

Building with Fairmont Homes / RealtySA @ Woodcroft Horizon
SA
1, 2, 3

Quick question for anyone who's still alive in here, is anyone on Exetel for NBN in Woodcroft? I've heard the speeds can be hit and miss depending on the area.

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S7iCkSt3R
Mar 12, 2016 6:14 pm
S7iCkSt3R

We are just about done! Driveway was done today. We move in on Wednesday.

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caff
Mar 12, 2016 4:18 pm
deejay08
deejay08
12 March 2016

Private building inspectors Wollongong/Illawarra

Private building inspectors Wollongong/Illawarra
NSW

We are using housespect as they send someone from your area...we are building in the highlands so could be the same inspector.

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deejay08
Mar 12, 2016 12:28 pm
Pink86
Pink86
11 March 2016

Oracle Experiences

Oracle Experiences
NSW
1 ... 10, 11, 12

Hi all, I have created a new thread for my journey, as there have been many comments this one can be used for experiences with this company [SMILING FACE WITH SMILING…

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Pink86
Mar 11, 2016 8:42 pm
Jay31
Jay31
11 March 2016

Neighbour's power lines interfering with our build

Neighbour's power lines interfering with our build
NSW

Hello, Yep any update on what you had to do? We are currently experiencing the same issue

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Jay31
Mar 11, 2016 7:26 pm
Dan122
Dan122
11 March 2016

Cost of Driveway (external to builder)?

Cost of Driveway (external to builder)?
VIC

Ours is like $90m2 plus 6 tones of base amd drains which is about 10000. We had a guy quote 50000 but he tried telling us no road base was needed. Builder amd all other…

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Dan122
Mar 11, 2016 2:57 pm
Vino0512
Vino0512
11 March 2016

Building a new Mainvue Emporio 430

Building a new Mainvue Emporio 430
VIC

I think he meant the house will be ready to move in three months... he probably forgot to factor in the time it will take to rectify the issues Darbecca points…

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Vino0512
Mar 11, 2016 2:46 pm

During the inspection we found some cosmetic issues such as some wall needs touch ups. But the third party inspector found few more issues which are important but not…

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csabeyratne
Mar 11, 2016 8:59 am

19 Apartments, basement half done $1.5m house, basement done and structural steel up, about to pour the ground slab $700k house extension, 2 weeks from hand over 20…

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wood bang
Mar 10, 2016 8:11 pm
wood bang
deejay08
deejay08
10 March 2016

Reverse brick veneer to some walls

Reverse brick veneer to some walls
NSW

Hey guys....thanks so much for replying! DDarroch I have since had the efficiency assessor run this scenario through first rate 5 and it made a slight difference to…

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deejay08
Mar 10, 2016 6:35 pm
nina marie
nina marie
10 March 2016

Our build- back on track....12 months update with piccies!

Our build- back on track....12 months update with piccies!
NSW
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Hello to anybody out there listening! We are at the tender stage with plans requiring just a couple of tweaks now. It has taken a long time for us to get here but it has…

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nina marie
Mar 10, 2016 3:50 pm
nina marie
zc12345
zc12345
10 March 2016

Building in Overland flow precinct in Eastwood - Advice need

Building in Overland flow precinct in Eastwood - Advice need
NSW

thanks mate. when you mentioned that the house was raised 750mm. Were the footings made out of stump, brick piers? is stump/ brick piers more or less expensive than slab?

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zc12345
Mar 10, 2016 2:49 pm
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
10 March 2016

Can you post a picture of your rendered facade?

Can you post a picture of your rendered facade?
QLD

Hi I'll be happy to post pics once ours is painted. It's rendered but not painted yet. Custom knockdown rebuild Newcastle NSW viewtopic.php?t=78271

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Leksie5000
Mar 10, 2016 2:01 pm
zc12345
zc12345
10 March 2016

Flood prone land - Overland Flow Path - Design Foundation

Flood prone land - Overland Flow Path - Design Foundation
NSW

Hello. Has anyone here in the forum have to build a new house on land that is burden by overland flow path? i approached a number of builders and most of them have not…

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zc12345
Mar 10, 2016 1:57 pm
jaykkay
jaykkay
10 March 2016

The Avenue at Casey

The Avenue at Casey
VIC
1 ... 52, 53, 54

This forum hasn't been looked at for quite some time. But I wanted to advise everyone here that some residents have formed a facebook page with the objective of talking…

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jaykkay
Mar 10, 2016 10:43 am
TamDear18
TamDear18
10 March 2016

Building in Baldivis WA - NBN & Lighting Questions

Building in Baldivis WA - NBN & Lighting Questions
WA

Hi Hearny87, We are also building in Baldivis :D This is our first build. I thought I'd offer some food for thought regarding lighting. It was suggested to us, to go for…

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TamDear18
Mar 10, 2016 10:09 am
TamDear18

Wow - it's been a while between drinks around here, so time for an update. My house achieved Lock Up status in late Feb, approx 5 months after the siteworks began. In…

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timwa
Mar 10, 2016 12:57 am
shellby
shellby
8 March 2016

Quick Question

Quick Question
NSW

We went with no window - our plan has no window but we wouldn't have wanted one anyway.

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shellby
Mar 08, 2016 9:45 pm
shellby
JLH222
JLH222
8 March 2016

Metricon - Issues with Site Plan & Contract

Metricon - Issues with Site Plan & Contract
VIC

I would definitely be contacting M to find out what they have to say.

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JLH222
Mar 08, 2016 9:34 pm
JLH222
JLH222
JLH222
8 March 2016

Metricon price increase

Metricon price increase
VIC

We fixed our price too and the designer home we have chosen went up $5k. A bit rude to have 2 price increases in 2 months!

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JLH222
Mar 08, 2016 9:09 pm
JLH222
TheBigHouse
TheBigHouse
8 March 2016

If you arranged demolition through your builder...

If you arranged demolition through your builder...
NSW

Arranged demolition via our builder and did not have to do a thing they took care of everything. Sent from an iPhone please excuse the ridiculous spell correcting…

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TheBigHouse
Mar 08, 2016 8:24 pm
STAUBS
STAUBS
8 March 2016

is anybody building in fletcher with Mcdonld jones

is anybody building in fletcher with Mcdonld jones
NSW

Hi Manni001 We are building in Fletcher with MJH - have our block cut awaiting on slab to be poured :) Where about's in Fletcher are you and which MJH house have you choosen?

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STAUBS
Mar 08, 2016 3:27 pm
jiin
jiin
8 March 2016

Corner plot, Mernda Vic

Corner plot, Mernda Vic
VIC

Hi guys, we are building our first home on a corner plot. Wondering if we can have another access door on the side street without any permits. Really appreciate your…

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jiin
Mar 08, 2016 2:23 am
Drew01
Drew01
7 March 2016

Anyone building with Premier Builders Group?

Anyone building with Premier Builders Group?
VIC

Hi, We have been through a roller coaster ride with them in the last 4 months where they have increased prices steadily as we progressed with the process. Each time they…

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Drew01
Mar 07, 2016 9:48 pm
Drew01
aloenyx
aloenyx
7 March 2016

Kitchen photos

Kitchen photos
VIC
1 ... 10, 11, 12

We are settling in well however i still feel as if in living in a display home or someone else's house. Blinds arrive on Sunday!! Couldn't…

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aloenyx
Mar 07, 2016 6:47 pm
aloenyx

Theatre room finally done! All except for a couple of small tables to sit drinks and popcorn :) Really enjoying this room! We used the besta range from IKEA for the…

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Ashgrove2316
Mar 07, 2016 6:40 pm
yarns
yarns
7 March 2016

Port Macquarie NSW

Port Macquarie NSW
NSW

We are building with Pycon, and although we are only at slab stage we have loved it so far. They told us last week that we were up for some extra piers due to extra top…

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yarns
Mar 07, 2016 4:59 pm
yarns
Jackula
Jackula
7 March 2016

Requirement for Windows in rooms?

Requirement for Windows in rooms?
VIC

When we built ours, our builder said any room that's not a bathroom will be considered habitable. Just doing some quick googling, it appears you're correct, the Laundry…

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Jackula
Mar 07, 2016 2:44 pm
Matt_Gleeson
Matt_Gleeson
7 March 2016

Anyone built with Dixon Home, North Queensland?

Anyone built with Dixon Home, North Queensland?
QLD

If you have any fears, please send me a PM, I know the Townsville market pretty well.

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Matt_Gleeson
Mar 07, 2016 12:19 pm
firsthomebuy
firsthomebuy
7 March 2016

Why would a draftsman dedign this?

Why would a draftsman dedign this?

As per what Bashworth has already asked... did you change your mind about what sort of hot water system you wanted after the plans were drawn ? Stewie I…

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firsthomebuy
Mar 07, 2016 9:01 am
Uncle Arfur
Uncle Arfur
6 March 2016

Building our first home with Sterling Homes "Watervale 176".

Building our first home with Sterling Homes "Watervale 176".
SA

Jaycastle you may find Sterling homes (among my least preferred builders) have adopted a stalling attitude, we encountered with Fairmont a few years ago, when an owner…

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Uncle Arfur
Mar 06, 2016 6:22 am
vuster
vuster
6 March 2016

Has anyone built a pool during a build with Metricon?

Has anyone built a pool during a build with Metricon?
VIC

Hi, I am planning to get a pool built after Metricon has done the site cut. I've had a read of Metricon's guidelines and interested to know if anyone has had experience…

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vuster
Mar 06, 2016 12:50 am
vuster
ChantalMaree
ChantalMaree
5 March 2016

Building in Emerald Park (Wellard) with Easystart Homes

Building in Emerald Park (Wellard) with Easystart Homes
WA

Welcome to Homeone and the Easystart Family! We are building with easystart too in Ellenbrook. I had a look at the plan online... its a good one :) Low…

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ChantalMaree
Mar 05, 2016 4:40 pm
ChantalMaree
turumakina
turumakina
5 March 2016

Changing wardrobe doors to sliding with Plantation?

Changing wardrobe doors to sliding with Plantation?
QLD

Ours was $429 per room for mirrored sliding doors. We are building the Sahara Belle if that helps

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turumakina
Mar 05, 2016 12:18 pm
kyliebsmith
kyliebsmith
5 March 2016

Does your builder offer an online portal?

Does your builder offer an online portal?
WA

Where abouts have the photos been uploaded to? I don't think our SS puts photos on (or at least I couldn't find the spot they'd be?). I loved our online thing, I was on…

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kyliebsmith
Mar 05, 2016 1:41 am
sunrays
sunrays
4 March 2016

Retaining Wall Issue

Retaining Wall Issue
WA

How close is their retaining wall compared to yours? Ask them these questions to understand if levels would have changed at all on your end as a result.

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sunrays
Mar 04, 2016 11:21 pm
sunrays
sunrays
4 March 2016

variation charges after soil and contour test

variation charges after soil and contour test
ACT

Why will you sign the build contract before your land got titled. $1k variation sounds ok as it is a structural change after signing the contract. No builder is…

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sunrays
Mar 04, 2016 11:10 pm
Tribe7
Tribe7
4 March 2016

Coral Homes slightly modified Longreach

Coral Homes slightly modified Longreach
QLD
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Sounds like your smashing out the job list coastal. Isn't it mental you have to clean a brand new house from top to toe . What happened with your window? Ohhhhh I…

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Tribe7
Mar 04, 2016 9:48 pm
Tribe7
dharmesh
dharmesh
4 March 2016

Is anyone building at Heritage Heights - St Helens Park ?

Is anyone building at Heritage Heights - St Helens Park ?
NSW

Is Anyone else building at Heritage Heights? We were initially informed about land regsiteration in March 2016, but no news so far.

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dharmesh
Mar 04, 2016 8:29 pm

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