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enkayz
enkayz
20 March 2015

When does the water usually get connected?

When does the water usually get connected?
WA

Water was connected to the block a long time ago, the water meter reads some 36000 litres. But the meter is not yet connected to my house, so my…

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enkayz
Mar 20, 2015 11:50 am
goody59
goody59
20 March 2015

OH&S white card in Victoria.

OH&S white card in Victoria.
VIC

Just after an opinion from those who have built in Victoria with Volume builders mostly. Would it be an advantage for prospective owners to obtain an OH&S white card in…

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goody59
Mar 20, 2015 8:19 am
goody59
JB1
JB1
20 March 2015

Forced to Connect to Underground Electric Pit

Forced to Connect to Underground Electric Pit
TAS

I shouldn't say good result as it should be the ONLY result. I feel sorry for anyone who caves in. I'm an excellent neighbour and super reasonably about splitting cost…

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JB1
Mar 20, 2015 7:58 am
Ilaeria
Ilaeria
19 March 2015

Surveyor markers/pegs

Surveyor markers/pegs
NSW

The survey pegs are the short thick square ones that are usually close to ground level. Sometimes you will see stakes which are tall and skinny and red on top - those…

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Ilaeria
Mar 19, 2015 9:34 pm
Ilaeria
Hootie
Hootie
19 March 2015

First home owners building in WA - The Vale Aveley.

First home owners building in WA - The Vale Aveley.
WA

Looks like you did well with the elevation and location when you considered your lot :) Yes, the yard space is something that I will be "giving up" when we move, but then…

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Hootie
Mar 19, 2015 6:00 pm
Hootie
ddarroch
ddarroch
19 March 2015

New 4 bedroom townhouse build - Subdivision

New 4 bedroom townhouse build - Subdivision
SA

Hi Michaela, Nice plans. Along with northern living areas, it's good to have a high proportion of your glazing facing N (passive solar design principles). This will help…

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ddarroch
Mar 19, 2015 4:40 pm
ddarroch
ddarroch
19 March 2015

The "From Black to Green" Build

The "From Black to Green" Build
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

Very interesting build ktotherose, best of luck with it!

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ddarroch
Mar 19, 2015 3:54 pm
ddarroch
ddarroch
19 March 2015

12.5m frontage in Banksia Grove

12.5m frontage in Banksia Grove
WA

Hi jcresey, What orientation is your block? Try & find a design that has living areas (& a large proportion of glazing) facing north, & minimised west windows. This will…

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ddarroch
Mar 19, 2015 3:37 pm
cayal
cayal
19 March 2015

HIA contract/propressive payment question

HIA contract/propressive payment question
VIC

Too demanding is him meaning we didn't want to use his tile suppliers and wanted to bring…

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cayal
Mar 19, 2015 10:00 am
Kikomatching
Kikomatching
19 March 2015

Beaufort Model House from Dennis Family Homes

Beaufort Model House from Dennis Family Homes
NSW

Hi All, I am considering to build new house model Beaufort from DFH. I would appreciate someone who had this model and give me feedback, please before…

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Kikomatching
Mar 19, 2015 8:22 am
SychoAngel
SychoAngel
18 March 2015

New build with Adenbrook Sydney

New build with Adenbrook Sydney
NSW

Hello! How is your build progressing?

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SychoAngel
Mar 18, 2015 7:35 pm
SychoAngel
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KLB
Mar 18, 2015 1:40 pm
KLB
Tasminnn
Tasminnn
18 March 2015

Henley Lexington Lux Q1- Our Building Experience!!

Henley Lexington Lux Q1- Our Building Experience!!
VIC

Hi Tamara, I'm new to this forum thing as well lol .. We are building the Bellevue Q1 with Henley in the Harpley Estate in Werribee. How has your dealings been with…

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Tasminnn
Mar 18, 2015 10:04 am
huangeffendi
huangeffendi
17 March 2015

Saratoga Estate - Point Cook

Saratoga Estate - Point Cook
VIC

Hi All, Just pulled a trigger at Saratoga, stage 6 with land & build package from Tribeca. The build will have to wait until land settlement finished in May/June. Is…

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huangeffendi
Mar 17, 2015 10:54 pm
Natalie92
Natalie92
17 March 2015

Home Group WA - appliance quality?

Home Group WA - appliance quality?
WA

If it's a free standing oven will food and sauces and stuff fall down the side and attract ants ? Or is the bench top literally made so…

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Natalie92
Mar 17, 2015 9:17 pm
Natalie92
bpratt
bpratt
17 March 2015

Underground rainwater tank

Underground rainwater tank
NSW

A water tank will always look pretty obvious when you haven't done any landscaping or planting, so don't get too worried about it. Once it has been in the ground for a…

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bpratt
Mar 17, 2015 8:17 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
17 March 2015

Terminating Contract - Now how do we finish our house?

Terminating Contract - Now how do we finish our house?
NSW

Guys you can't terminate a contract just because nothing is happening on your build and the builder is within their contract days. If you are going to terminate a…

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Crazyk
Mar 17, 2015 6:57 pm
Crazyk
ERs Custom Home
ERs Custom Home
17 March 2015

Project vs custom build?

Project vs custom build?
QLD

I'm not sure if you are still looking at your options (you've probably made your decision by now) but I thought I'd share what we found when we were looking at the same…

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ERs Custom Home
Mar 17, 2015 4:14 pm
a2b
a2b
17 March 2015

Need to pick your brain about render

Need to pick your brain about render
NSW

^^ and that too Hmmm good question. Two of my kids have recently had homes built and they also have chips off the corners of the render. I…

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a2b
Mar 17, 2015 11:19 am
Tony + Liz
Tony + Liz
17 March 2015

Is anyone building with DR Homes Qld?

Is anyone building with DR Homes Qld?
QLD

Thanks for the info - you're brave doing an owner build - we live in Canberra currently so it's not an option for us. Will check out the facebook page though - be nice to…

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Tony + Liz
Mar 17, 2015 11:04 am
dannislade
dannislade
17 March 2015

First Home Byer

First Home Byer
WA

There are good things and bad things with key start as we looked into it when we first started. Good you only pay $50 a week while building and no fee for having a small…

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dannislade
Mar 17, 2015 11:02 am
Casey1983
Casey1983
17 March 2015

Dark coloured bricks

Dark coloured bricks
NSW

Thanks Justwondering1, your house is looking great! I am definintely a fan of the dark brick!!! They look pretty brown in your pics - are they more grey in the flesh? Can…

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Casey1983
Mar 17, 2015 10:47 am
ajansen
ajansen
17 March 2015

building with hickingbotham hartford

building with hickingbotham hartford
SA

The LED downlights are $180 each, I have heard that you can get it done after build for around $80 - $100 each. Maybe visit a lighting shop and see if there is anything…

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ajansen
Mar 17, 2015 9:04 am
Nesh91
Nesh91
16 March 2015

Building in The Hermitage (Gledswood Hills)

Building in The Hermitage (Gledswood Hills)
NSW

Oh how exciting! The Hermitage seem to be pretty on time with their registrations so at least you don't have too much longer to wait. Have you…

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Nesh91
Mar 16, 2015 9:57 pm
shwareal
shwareal
16 March 2015

Anyone built a McDonalds Jones Duo with granny flat.

Anyone built a McDonalds Jones Duo with granny flat.
NSW

We are looking at the McDonalds Jones Duo 3 which has an attached granny flat as part of the house. Has anyone built one of these before and if so let me know any issues,…

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shwareal
Mar 16, 2015 11:48 am
building-expert
building-expert
16 March 2015

Footing Inspection - my additional cost?

Footing Inspection - my additional cost?
QLD

In Victoria, mandatory inspections are covered by building permit fees, private inspections are at your own cost. I would imagine it would be pretty much the same in other states.

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building-expert
Mar 16, 2015 6:49 am
building-expert
MrBee
MrBee
16 March 2015

First home build - Advice needed re: brickwork?!

First home build - Advice needed re: brickwork?!
QLD
1, 2

Sorry was Greg not Craig Greg Bilson Cabinet Making Cabinet Maker 3/13-15 Brewers Street, Burpengary QLD 4505 (07) 3888 6066 I'm actually going to contact him to see if…

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MrBee
Mar 15, 2015 11:59 pm
MrBee
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
15 March 2015

Building the Sandarah 45T with Porter Davis - Lock Up

Building the Sandarah 45T with Porter Davis - Lock Up
VIC
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Wow! Another typical administration error that PD must lose…

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tlblhayward
Mar 15, 2015 10:31 pm
tlblhayward
BoostedVT
BoostedVT
15 March 2015

Custom Home builders Victoria

Custom Home builders Victoria
VIC

Just a quick update. Ashford homes was no help for me as they only build single storey.

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BoostedVT
Mar 15, 2015 6:00 pm
ddarroch
ddarroch
15 March 2015

First Build - home group wa - 14m width

First Build - home group wa - 14m width
WA

Lauraphil, What is the orientation of your block? If you want a house that is light & bright, cool in summer & warm in winter, you really want to choose a plan with the…

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ddarroch
Mar 15, 2015 2:53 pm
slovatt89
slovatt89
15 March 2015

colour selections with hickinbothams

colour selections with hickinbothams
SA

does anyone any have prices on hickinbotham extras at all or a book for color selections?

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slovatt89
Mar 15, 2015 12:46 pm
natlyn
natlyn
15 March 2015

Garden Retreat

Garden Retreat
NSW

Hi gardenretreat1, KTKTKT, sandybee01, Miss Windsor, aaar, Saintly 60 and Jadee I think are building the garden retreat or have you may be able to contact them for pics…

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natlyn
Mar 15, 2015 7:45 am
natlyn
Decka
Decka
14 March 2015

Masterton would I recommend them...

Masterton would I recommend them...
NSW

I don't believe Loukia said his home is a disaster, only that he wouldn't recommend them. You can go to a restaurant and have nice food and terrible customer service and…

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Decka
Mar 14, 2015 9:37 pm
Decka
oneJohn
oneJohn
14 March 2015

Suggestions on our floor plans

Suggestions on our floor plans
WA

I'd expect either builder would be happy enough to mirror the design. The east vs west side for different rooms is a bit of a personal decision. I'd prefer to avoid…

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oneJohn
Mar 14, 2015 8:20 pm
oneJohn
slovatt89
slovatt89
14 March 2015

building

building
SA

hi has anyone built a new home and had to connect the power to the stobie pole? if so how much and how did you do it??

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slovatt89
Mar 14, 2015 11:00 am
bpratt
bpratt
14 March 2015

----------Building home by OWN ------

----------Building home by OWN ------
NSW

I'm assuming Owner Build then ? If so, then ask the admins to move this thread to the Owner Build section You can do a lot of it yourself or contract out the lot if you like.

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bpratt
Mar 14, 2015 10:05 am
bashworth
bashworth
14 March 2015

Acronyms, abbreviations and all that stuff...

Acronyms, abbreviations and all that stuff...
VIC

I am planning a post on electrical abbreviations and this is as far as I have got at the moment AC - Alternating Current CB - Circuit Breaker DC- Direct Current DGPO -…

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bashworth
Mar 14, 2015 8:07 am
bashworth
MnT
MnT
13 March 2015

Anyone else building in a regional/rural location?

Anyone else building in a regional/rural location?
NSW

Oh exciting! Looking great :-) I called my builder for an update today also, he told me plumbing starts next week prior to slab which will happen…

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MnT
Mar 13, 2015 8:16 pm
MnT
mirz
mirz
13 March 2015

Henley Monaco Nouveau Q1 Mk2 Regent-Keys on 30th October

Henley Monaco Nouveau Q1 Mk2 Regent-Keys on 30th October
VIC
1 ... 17, 18, 19

Thank you so much for this detailed response or should I called words of wisdom for everyone close to completion. I'm keeping hard copy of your post to remind me from now…

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mirz
Mar 13, 2015 8:00 pm
mirz
dannislade
dannislade
13 March 2015

The backyard conundrum

The backyard conundrum
VIC

Hi Divs we are building on 500sq (15.1x33.1) we will have a 5.6m backyard & 4m down one side. We are also 2adults & 2kids. House is 23m long x…

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dannislade
Mar 13, 2015 3:29 pm
Hootie
Hootie
13 March 2015

Aveley Build - Slab Stage

Aveley Build - Slab Stage
WA
1, 2

Congrats on slab! Posting to follow.

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Hootie
Mar 13, 2015 1:35 pm
Hootie
light487
light487
13 March 2015

Flooring - Acoustic under mat - Necessary?

Flooring - Acoustic under mat - Necessary?
QLD

Hi Light I didn't know that. Moisture upstairs is something one certainly wishes to avoid. We don't have aircon and I hoped the warmer air…

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light487
Mar 13, 2015 9:52 am
light487
tupac_74
tupac_74
13 March 2015

Our Home

Our Home
WA

Hi neighbour .. Hope you're getting regular updates of the…

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tupac_74
Mar 13, 2015 9:41 am
tupac_74
B STAR
B STAR
13 March 2015

Builder - plumbing to wet frame?

Builder - plumbing to wet frame?
VIC

Thats not a bad think. accessibility is the key here. If you need to route a new tap or perhaps change an outlet to rain water from a tank/pump you could do this more…

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B STAR
Mar 13, 2015 7:15 am
AKB
AKB
13 March 2015

Switch Homes 270 Bayswater - Our turn at Project Management

Switch Homes 270 Bayswater - Our turn at Project Management
WA
1 ... 8, 9, 10

Congrats MLB can't imagine how good it must feel just being the 4 of you again.....no pressure but don't forget to feed the pig pics :-)

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AKB
Mar 13, 2015 1:58 am
AKB
sjcb
sjcb
12 March 2015

Discount with Metricon or any other builder?

Discount with Metricon or any other builder?
NSW

Has Anyone successfully negotiated a discount with Metricon. If so what was the % We are looking at a contract value of approx $500K Thanks in Advance

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sjcb
Mar 12, 2015 9:16 pm
light487
light487
12 March 2015

Inspections @ every stage of build process

Inspections @ every stage of build process
NSW

Hi rmjose, rang the houspact guys. They seems to be bit pricey. But…

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light487
Mar 12, 2015 9:03 pm
light487


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