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puglover
puglover
1 March 2015

Builder forcing us to go with their flooring options

Builder forcing us to go with their flooring options
VIC

Yeah I'm happy, I was intent on making sure I wasnt stuck with that vile laminate! Thanks for the advice everyone, much appreciated :)

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puglover
Mar 01, 2015 1:27 pm
btam
btam
28 February 2015

Statesman build Barossa Estate

Statesman build Barossa Estate
SA
1, 2, 3

I did ask to have the slab raised, didnt cost any extra. And the roof is monument looks a lot lighter once in place and yes i went with the painted zincalume gutters as i…

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btam
Feb 28, 2015 9:26 pm
btam
Stewie D
Stewie D
28 February 2015

Site costs for a 4% slope front to back

Site costs for a 4% slope front to back
NSW

If you have a survey of your block, go into Council and talk to the duty planner and also ask to speak to one of the engineers. It is much easier to talk…

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Stewie D
Feb 28, 2015 9:21 pm
Tribe7
Tribe7
28 February 2015

Help me choosing floor plan

Help me choosing floor plan
QLD

I agree with the above and also having the kitchen in that position means you will over look the living areas (especially handy if you have small children)

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Tribe7
Feb 28, 2015 8:48 pm
Tribe7
aammiitt2
aammiitt2
28 February 2015

Nu Caprice 27 at Jordan Springs

Nu Caprice 27 at Jordan Springs
NSW

Hi, I am thinking of going ahead with Nu Caprice 27 (27.9 squares) design with Provincial homes at new Maleleuca village. It is a double level design with < 10 m width.…

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aammiitt2
Feb 28, 2015 5:47 pm
justheart
justheart
28 February 2015

Melbourne- Is Sarking 6 Star Energy 'Requirement'??

Melbourne- Is Sarking 6 Star Energy 'Requirement'??
VIC

Sarking is required by bush fire rating. Our home was in a bush fire zone and we gad to pay $4500. Sarking, fly screens etc are all included in the fee.

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justheart
Feb 28, 2015 1:54 pm
justheart
AussieMark
AussieMark
28 February 2015

Hardiflex v Aquacheck

Hardiflex v Aquacheck
WA

thanks for the feedback. I think I will be going with aqua check for the ceilings and cove cornice. No need to spend the $$ on trio cornice, will look at putting it…

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AussieMark
Feb 27, 2015 11:07 pm
d3us_85
d3us_85
27 February 2015

Building in Baldivis- Key Handover booked!

Building in Baldivis- Key Handover booked!
WA
1 ... 21, 22, 23

Really sorry to hear how poor your experience has been through all of this Di. Hopefully things start to look up now that you are in control of what happens with your…

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d3us_85
Feb 27, 2015 10:49 pm
manderinne
manderinne
27 February 2015

New here :) and building!

New here :) and building!
NSW
1, 2, 3

Any plans to share?

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manderinne
Feb 27, 2015 10:01 pm
manderinne
juddy_rocks17
juddy_rocks17
27 February 2015

11M frontage House Design/Builder Recommendation

11M frontage House Design/Builder Recommendation
VIC

I'm building with CDA in Melbourne. Our block is an odd shape but has good frontage. But they've designed us a custom home to suit our needs/wants. Helps to talk to lots…

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juddy_rocks17
Feb 27, 2015 9:09 pm
Excited_much
Excited_much
27 February 2015

Application for relocation/removal of Western Power assets

Application for relocation/removal of Western Power assets
WA

Yeh these developers are very sn ea ky to say the least. Where about's are you building? (Lol the forum wouldnt let me say the full word above haha)

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Excited_much
Feb 27, 2015 5:46 pm
Excited_much
figtree2015
figtree2015
27 February 2015

Building in Figtree - Redgum Ridge/Hilltop

Building in Figtree - Redgum Ridge/Hilltop
NSW

Hi Beck! Yes we are too. Just received our CC. Waiting for the portaloo! :) Who are you building with?

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figtree2015
Feb 27, 2015 4:40 pm
Daniel47
Daniel47
27 February 2015

Weep Holes Above Windows & Doors Normal?

Weep Holes Above Windows & Doors Normal?
WA

Hi Beazley77 I agree with bashworth. My brickwork is double brick and fully rendered externally. Therefore there are weep holes above windows and doors for water to run…

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Daniel47
Feb 27, 2015 2:06 pm
Lancaster 30
Lancaster 30
27 February 2015

Home and Land package review

Home and Land package review
WA

Hi angejlee, I'm not sure the trend in WA in so far as House and Land Packages (H&L) are concerned but on the East Coast (NSW) the general vibe is that its good but…

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Lancaster 30
Feb 27, 2015 1:39 pm
mim_feher
mim_feher
27 February 2015

PGH Gravel bricks

PGH Gravel bricks
NSW
1, 2

That is fantastic news kim, it must be so exciting.

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mim_feher
Feb 27, 2015 7:05 am
Beazley77
Beazley77
26 February 2015

When did you pay for pre start?

When did you pay for pre start?
WA

Thanks Beazley :) Sounds reasonable enough, were any/all of yours cash payments? Don't know if that has any bearing on the…

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Beazley77
Feb 26, 2015 8:29 pm
Beazley77
deluded
deluded
26 February 2015

Alfresco orientation vs open space dilemma - please help

Alfresco orientation vs open space dilemma - please help
VIC

I would go with the western side, just need to think about summer and the heat. Will you have a lot of heat to move and will you get the evening easterly breeze...

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deluded
Feb 26, 2015 6:45 pm
Splice
Splice
25 February 2015

Is a Final Progress Payment Final ??

Is a Final Progress Payment Final ??
NSW

I've left a message with a solicitor to get their opinion but am still waiting for them to return my call :( I'm now thinking that even if I have the law on my side I've…

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Splice
Feb 25, 2015 8:30 pm
mairy
mairy
25 February 2015

cancelling a build contract

cancelling a build contract
SA

Hi I was wondering if you ended up cancelling your contract and if so what happened? im in a similar situation and I can not find the right answers. Please reply, I will…

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mairy
Feb 25, 2015 4:46 pm
QuarumNibblet
QuarumNibblet
25 February 2015

Builder reneges on handover date

Builder reneges on handover date
NSW

Rule number one I've discovered is never believe any date the builder tells you, ever. Of course, this doesn't help you much in your current situation but the only way to…

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QuarumNibblet
Feb 25, 2015 1:48 pm
QuarumNibblet
Jewen
Jewen
25 February 2015

Calling neighbours in Mapleton Grove, Kellyville

Calling neighbours in Mapleton Grove, Kellyville
NSW

Hi Guys! We are buidling our new home in Mapleton Grove, North Kellyville. Hopefully we can move in before December this year. Just wanna see anyone is also building there…

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Jewen
Feb 25, 2015 12:09 pm
EmmaW84
EmmaW84
25 February 2015

Signed Sep 14' still NO site start

Signed Sep 14' still NO site start
VIC
1, 2

Thank you I will get on to it and have a look at the Domestic Building Act contract and try and get some ammo to launch my attack....

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EmmaW84
Feb 25, 2015 11:19 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
25 February 2015

Granny Flat in Sydney

Granny Flat in Sydney
NSW

Knowing where you are is a good start. No use recommending a builder in Palm beach if you live in Campbelltown. Stewie

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Stewie D
Feb 25, 2015 7:14 am
Gilbert106
Gilbert106
25 February 2015

Internal door colour

Internal door colour
WA

Thank you for all your replies :) We have decided to go with feather dawn also.

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Gilbert106
Feb 24, 2015 11:14 pm
Gilbert106
archetto
archetto
24 February 2015

Exterior Grey Colour Scheme Advice - Colorbond Basalt

Exterior Grey Colour Scheme Advice - Colorbond Basalt
QLD

Thank you :) I just checked and we did the gutter to match colour bond Basalt and the fascia to match colour bond Dune

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archetto
Feb 24, 2015 10:09 pm
archetto
Simoricho
Simoricho
24 February 2015

Building a new house

Building a new house
SA

Hi everyone, this is my first forum post. I am in the process of finding a builder in Adelaide, and would just like to hear any feedback, good or bad on builders. I have…

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Simoricho
Feb 24, 2015 7:25 pm
Beazley77
Beazley77
24 February 2015

Best Synthetic Grass - PERTH

Best Synthetic Grass - PERTH
WA

Hi there, I’m after opinions on what people see as the best synthetic turf for landscaping back yard. I hear these lawns can get very hot underfoot so wondering how…

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Beazley77
Feb 24, 2015 5:10 pm
Beazley77
KateRG88
KateRG88
24 February 2015

Addison 24

Addison 24
VIC

Hey Mike, We are up to our tender with Carlsile, and have chosen Addison 26. Terrific floor plan and very bright and has a great flow running…

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KateRG88
Feb 24, 2015 3:29 pm
KateRG88
KateRG88
KateRG88
24 February 2015

Grand Lakes Estate, Lara, VIC

Grand Lakes Estate, Lara, VIC
VIC
1 ... 13, 14, 15

So how's everyone's builds going? We had a walk through this week with our site supervisor and were told we could be moved in about 5 weeks away!…

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KateRG88
Feb 24, 2015 3:24 pm
KateRG88
TheBigHouse
TheBigHouse
24 February 2015

Garage RL waffle pod slab

Garage RL waffle pod slab
VIC

So it's just a preference thing? I thought maybe you had heard some bad stories or something; waffle pod building around here having seemed to have…

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TheBigHouse
Feb 24, 2015 3:16 pm
Marmalade
Marmalade
24 February 2015

Unreasonable Estate Fencing Gudelines?

Unreasonable Estate Fencing Gudelines?
NSW

I'm revisiting this topic as there have been some developments. Yet again the developer wants changes made to the fencing (after it has been erected according to plans…

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Marmalade
Feb 24, 2015 10:45 am
NoIn
NoIn
23 February 2015

Impression homes Perth

Impression homes Perth
WA

Hi All I am in the process of building a house in Calleya Estate. For the last few weeks been talking to different builders and looking at house plans. Is there anyone…

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NoIn
Feb 23, 2015 10:56 pm
EmKaralyn
EmKaralyn
23 February 2015

Our Plantation Trinity Q2 QLD

Our Plantation Trinity Q2 QLD
QLD
1 ... 7, 8, 9

That's great! Thank you for that. We got a quote from carpet one Saturday which is a lot more reasonable for good quality carpets and timber laminate!! We'll go to…

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EmKaralyn
Feb 23, 2015 9:37 pm
EmKaralyn
maximus
maximus
23 February 2015

Torn between low-end architectural vs volume builder

Torn between low-end architectural vs volume builder
VIC

I had a good experience with a custom builder. They used a subcontract designer and were efficient with completing the build (6 months) after council approval. Just do…

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maximus
Feb 23, 2015 9:22 pm
maximus
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StructuralBIMGuy
Feb 23, 2015 5:48 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
angela83
angela83
23 February 2015

Caddens - Cadda Ridge Drive, acoustic requirments

Caddens - Cadda Ridge Drive, acoustic requirments
NSW

Hi kinroh I sent you a pm i believe not sure if you got it as im new to this site. Ang

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angela83
Feb 23, 2015 5:13 pm
THELIZARDS
THELIZARDS
23 February 2015

Building in The Glades, Icaria Stage 1A. Western Australia

Building in The Glades, Icaria Stage 1A. Western Australia
WA

Here is our plan, https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=D ... hoto%2cjpg Started as The Positano. Made the theater bigger and 31c, made a recess that will have black…

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THELIZARDS
Feb 23, 2015 12:57 pm
joea
joea
23 February 2015

Bushfire Levy

Bushfire Levy
VIC

Here's a link to some information regarding sarking. http://aibs.businesscatalyst.com/announ ...…

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joea
Feb 23, 2015 12:28 pm
joea
MalSannie
MalSannie
23 February 2015

Building on a rear strata lot

Building on a rear strata lot
WA
1, 2, 3

BMWorld you've probably done this now long ago - sorry I've not been around earlier. I've heard it is much cheaper to do this as part of the build rather than afterwards…

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MalSannie
Feb 23, 2015 1:01 am
MalSannie
bpratt
bpratt
22 February 2015

Landscape Plan ...Help

Landscape Plan ...Help
WA

Probably better posted in the landscape section... I'm sure some who visit these forums that can help you, might not be bothered with this particular section. Report your…

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bpratt
Feb 22, 2015 10:45 pm
bashworth
bashworth
22 February 2015

New project builder Promotion for 2015 - sydney

New project builder Promotion for 2015 - sydney
NSW

Basically all builders make the same margin on new houses and the marketing promotions is just a way to try and get you to sign faster, See

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bashworth
Feb 22, 2015 3:52 pm
bashworth
Beazley77
Beazley77
22 February 2015

Red Bricks, white roof .....

Red Bricks, white roof .....
WA

Hi everyone, so we are building a new home in Bicton, WA. Right now we are building with National Homes, but it has been 6 months and we have not…

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Beazley77
Feb 22, 2015 1:28 am
Beazley77
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Natalie92
Feb 22, 2015 12:03 am
Natalie92
Kaylajanexx
Kaylajanexx
21 February 2015

H&L packages in Ballarat / surrounding area

H&L packages in Ballarat / surrounding area
VIC

Check out Yorkdale estate in Delacombe, not too far from Sebastopol. If you have any other questions let me know. I haven't built but I live nearby the area.

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Kaylajanexx
Feb 21, 2015 8:33 pm
deluded
deluded
21 February 2015

Demolition! Help

Demolition! Help
NSW

hi ... you can hire fence until your builder can put in their fence. they should provide you with info on insurance etc along with their quote ... I've only demo once so…

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deluded
Feb 21, 2015 7:52 pm
nrh157
nrh157
21 February 2015

Building close to an existing fence?

Building close to an existing fence?
WA

You might find the neighbors will have an easement on their property that will allow you access to put the slab/footings in. It will be extremely difficult for brickies to…

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nrh157
Feb 21, 2015 2:40 pm
nrh157
EmmaW84
EmmaW84
21 February 2015

WIRs, Flooring, Double Basins & TV Points...

WIRs, Flooring, Double Basins & TV Points...
VIC

Thanks TraceyWayne. 1. I shall research the differences btw Vinyl and Bamboo thanks 2. Credit is poor I think $180 3. I agree, the issue now is I wonder if 2 sinks would…

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EmmaW84
Feb 21, 2015 1:07 pm
joea
joea
21 February 2015

Bridging Loans or Relocation loan?

Bridging Loans or Relocation loan?
QLD

Sorry I don't have the knowledge or expertise to anwser this but it's probably best to post this in the finance section. You will get more responses there.

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joea
Feb 21, 2015 7:52 am
joea
JMCL
JMCL
21 February 2015

Celebration homes - Landon - in Seascapes, Halls Head

Celebration homes - Landon - in Seascapes, Halls Head
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

Hi Becky, How is the house going? Are you loving being in your own home? Hope you've got your painting sorted out now or perhaps even finished if you have had time?…

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JMCL
Feb 21, 2015 2:19 am


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