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Gunna
Gunna
1 July 2015

Hidden Costs

Hidden Costs
WA

Our base price was $203k and we are at around $270k with site costs and extras. It all adds up but we are getting alot of extra stuff. This doesn't include carpet in…

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Gunna
Jul 01, 2015 8:20 am
icywater
icywater
30 June 2015

Self installed soakwells in Perth

Self installed soakwells in Perth
WA

My builder give us an option to get the trader to install the soak well ourselves for $3586. We have to get rid off the excess sand our self or we can go with them for…

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icywater
Jun 30, 2015 10:58 pm
icywater
goody59
goody59
30 June 2015

Anti-Termite treatments?

Anti-Termite treatments?
WA

https://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/toolbox/ ... ge_004.htm This is what I am talking about. Cheap termite protection and it works I am sure just somewhat unsightly but if you…

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goody59
Jun 30, 2015 9:24 pm
goody59
oduen
oduen
30 June 2015

Choosing a builder - Difficulties

Choosing a builder - Difficulties
WA

http://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/crossovers For information about crossovers in the city of Armadale (including council contribution).

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oduen
Jun 30, 2015 8:26 pm
mfga78
mfga78
30 June 2015

Content-Living Yanchep

Content-Living Yanchep
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Overheads are a little more expensive, I did these after handover myself though. You can save money by doing certain things yourself after.

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mfga78
Jun 30, 2015 7:05 pm
LarryEadson
LarryEadson
30 June 2015

HELP!!! Exterior Colours

HELP!!! Exterior Colours
WA

The beauty of architectural elements are the ability to use character, details, texture and colors to showcase an era of your home that is unique to your home and…

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LarryEadson
Jun 30, 2015 4:47 pm
me786
me786
30 June 2015

Who is the best builder? RossNorth, National Homes or Summit

Who is the best builder? RossNorth, National Homes or Summit
WA

We are at the same phase as you. National homes is good value for money. But (building) time is money! You need to pay the mortgage. So requires calculation.

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me786
Jun 30, 2015 4:17 pm
Ilaeria
Ilaeria
30 June 2015

Regarding signing up and year end promotions

Regarding signing up and year end promotions
WA

Depends on the builder, some are more flexible with plan changes than others. Generally, once your build starts is when you'll have to start paying fees for variations.

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Ilaeria
Jun 30, 2015 2:26 pm
Ilaeria
Vino0512
Vino0512
29 June 2015

Insurance coverage for Demolition?

Insurance coverage for Demolition?
VIC

Thanks bluesteel. So you were confident your demo crew had sufficient insurance for everything else? The public liability risk with vacant land is a good point. Thanks

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Vino0512
Jun 29, 2015 9:16 pm
bluesteel
bluesteel
29 June 2015

Always A Catch

Always A Catch
QLD

Her story for not giving out an inclusions list was that 1: her boss was afraid it would be pased onto opposition companies and 2: Her boss…

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bluesteel
Jun 29, 2015 8:15 pm
bluesteel
bb123
bb123
29 June 2015

Porter davis double the grant promotion

Porter davis double the grant promotion
VIC

Hi there Just wanting to know if anyone has purchased a house and land package with porter davis homes under the double the grant promotion? If so can you tell me where…

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bb123
Jun 29, 2015 7:52 pm
bb123

My builder actually told me to have it prior to…

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MrBee
Jun 29, 2015 6:20 pm
MrBee
Ponzu
Ponzu
29 June 2015

Site works saga

Site works saga
WA

Just an update. Upon further inspection of the contract the flumed vent in the laundry is gone, as is the flumed exhaust fan in the guest…

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Ponzu
Jun 29, 2015 4:14 pm
bella18
bella18
29 June 2015

Independant Inspectors in Sydney NSW

Independant Inspectors in Sydney NSW
NSW

Hi, I was speaking to Allworth builders for a tender quote and when I mentioned if we could have an independant inspector on site he thought my suggestion was ludicious.…

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bella18
Jun 29, 2015 3:08 pm
kellie_87
kellie_87
29 June 2015

Marcia's Home Group Build: Front Garden is Done!

Marcia's Home Group Build: Front Garden is Done!
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Looks great Marcia! I love how your feature wall and letterbox match :)

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kellie_87
Jun 29, 2015 2:36 pm
kellie_87
goody59
goody59
29 June 2015

Protecting your Slab

Protecting your Slab
VIC
1 ... 23, 24, 25

Time for a bump.

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goody59
Jun 29, 2015 12:44 pm
goody59
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
29 June 2015

Concrete Slab

Concrete Slab
NSW

There are many Solutions for suspended slabs...More info required Where are you building, House layout-> Supporting walls,Soil types-> Bearing capacity, Solid…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jun 29, 2015 9:18 am
StructuralBIMGuy
Navzz
Navzz
29 June 2015

Orchid 2800 with Burbank

Orchid 2800 with Burbank
VIC

Hi Is anyone building Orchid 2800 with Burbank.

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Navzz
Jun 29, 2015 5:39 am
ASH Jordan Springs
ASH Jordan Springs
28 June 2015

Bricks

Bricks
TAS

Could you save money and just upgrade the bricks in the facade?

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ASH Jordan Springs
Jun 28, 2015 2:44 pm
ASH Jordan Springs
erinandcraigw
erinandcraigw
28 June 2015

Splendour in the south western suburbs

Splendour in the south western suburbs
NSW

I thought I would share some photos we have used for inspiration for the colouring and style of our home. Please note…

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erinandcraigw
Jun 28, 2015 12:47 pm
nat_luke1
nat_luke1
28 June 2015

GJ Gradner Bridgewater

GJ Gradner Bridgewater
TAS

Hi everyone - I am just interested if anyone has built the Bridgewater design from GJ Gardner and their experience ? Thank you

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nat_luke1
Jun 28, 2015 11:44 am
Canberra_gal
Canberra_gal
28 June 2015

Building with Rawson

Building with Rawson
NSW

We added extra rooms to accommodate my father-in-law, so our upgrades came in at more than $100k but we are building a big house! Bricks are soooooo hard! We think we've…

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Canberra_gal
Jun 28, 2015 12:23 am
Canberra_gal
sofia14
sofia14
27 June 2015

Anyone else building with dreamstart homes perth??

Anyone else building with dreamstart homes perth??
WA

Ya, I was not happy because i know there is no shortage of bricklayer and yet took them so long to finish with additional shortcut of non-filled perpends. As for the roof,…

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sofia14
Jun 27, 2015 9:28 pm
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
27 June 2015

CountryHome's country build pg 16 we are in!! :)

CountryHome's country build pg 16 we are in!! :)
NSW
1 ... 14, 15, 16

Hope things are going well and you are all settled in

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Bigblock7
Jun 27, 2015 6:39 pm
Bigblock7
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
27 June 2015

True or False

True or False
VIC

We had to swallow 2 price increases...none of which were near financial year (Feb and Sept) but building materials going up...

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Treeseachanger
Jun 27, 2015 12:10 am
dannislade
dannislade
26 June 2015

when's handover???? - SOR WA

when's handover???? - SOR WA
WA
1 ... 4, 5, 6

I guess I am on the lucky side. I have a ridiculously uneven garage pelment, I leak in the roof that is getting the entire bathroom soaked from…

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dannislade
Jun 26, 2015 11:36 pm
TomCat
TomCat
26 June 2015

Coloured Bricks How Are They Made?

Coloured Bricks How Are They Made?
QLD

Yeah, I'd interpret it as that. I guess the fact that they fire/bake it in, it kind of makes you think it becomes a part of it. :D

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TomCat
Jun 26, 2015 9:03 pm
TomCat
mgilla
mgilla
26 June 2015

Handover 30/6/15

Handover 30/6/15
QLD

It happens every day, Just make sure you have it all listed on the Practical Completion certificate.

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mgilla
Jun 26, 2015 7:43 pm
insider
insider
26 June 2015

What is the best fill to use under slab?

What is the best fill to use under slab?
SA

No highly reactive fill not rubble or any loose material that will collapse during excavation and therefore lead to a change of footing type ie screw piles clean fill…

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insider
Jun 26, 2015 4:04 pm
insider
danks84
danks84
26 June 2015

Building 4 Units in Melbourne's North West

Building 4 Units in Melbourne's North West
VIC

Hi all, New to these forums and looking for advice/learnings of what to do or not to do going forward. My parents currently have a family home on a 20x55m block in…

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danks84
Jun 26, 2015 2:36 pm
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Haji
Jun 26, 2015 10:32 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
26 June 2015

Building Issue - Smart Homes

Building Issue - Smart Homes
WA

Its amazing what you can get with a little negotiation. Be VERY polite and seek their help/assistance. Everyone loves being helpful.

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Saint Mike
Jun 26, 2015 7:38 am
Saint Mike
ajansen
ajansen
25 June 2015

opinions on which plan

opinions on which plan
TAS

The first plan definitely. In the second plan your Master Bed is about the size of a single bedroom. If you have kids, the amount of toys etc. is only going to grow…

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ajansen
Jun 25, 2015 1:09 pm
oneJohn
oneJohn
25 June 2015

bedrooms sizes

bedrooms sizes
NSW

3m x 3m should be adequate because a lot of people have only one child per room, and plenty are happy to encourage kids to live in living areas rather than individual…

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oneJohn
Jun 25, 2015 12:35 pm
oneJohn
Shotgun
Shotgun
25 June 2015

Building with "Fairmont Homes NSW".

Building with "Fairmont Homes NSW".
NSW

Hey Wall-e, what are you planning to do about storage in the laundry? Opening that wall will really limit our storage in…

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Shotgun
Jun 25, 2015 9:32 am
chibidrawing
chibidrawing
25 June 2015

Special conditions in your contract

Special conditions in your contract
VIC

All After lengthy discussion with the builders we have decided to sign the contract with a small change to one of the special conditions but we will also get a property…

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chibidrawing
Jun 25, 2015 8:11 am
chibidrawing
archetto
archetto
24 June 2015

bedrooms sizes

bedrooms sizes
NSW

Heaps of threads on this so have a search :) I think living space is more important than bedroom size though so i'd probably leave it as is. Maybe if the robe is taking up…

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archetto
Jun 24, 2015 10:55 pm
archetto
hughes80
hughes80
24 June 2015

bedroom sizes

bedroom sizes
NSW

Hi, i am currently building a house and am worried the bedroom sizes are too small. What is concidered a small bedroom? Bed 2 and 3 are 3000x3000 but bedroom 4 is…

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hughes80
Jun 24, 2015 9:35 pm
ashertod
ashertod
24 June 2015

Rubble trench foundations

Rubble trench foundations
VIC

Had anyone ever built a rubble trench foundation? It's an alternative type of foundation that is low-concrete and quite environmentally friendly. I am having difficulty…

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ashertod
Jun 24, 2015 6:48 pm
aloenyx
aloenyx
24 June 2015

Builder promotion - what should I choose?

Builder promotion - what should I choose?
QLD

Hard to say, until you can see what you can get at tender. Do you want all of those things? They sound alright, and if you want them and know what you are getting then…

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aloenyx
Jun 24, 2015 5:34 pm
aloenyx
agf18
agf18
24 June 2015

Coral homes daydream 30 at Logan Village

Coral homes daydream 30 at Logan Village
QLD
1 ... 8, 9, 10

Hey Jwbear Did you use someone local for your concreting? I want to start getting quotes. Thanks

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agf18
Jun 24, 2015 4:34 pm
agf18
surtees
surtees
24 June 2015

Building in Port Macquarie - help with Plan

Building in Port Macquarie - help with Plan
NSW

Love the idea of the floor plan. Have you priced it up with a builder yet?

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surtees
Jun 24, 2015 12:33 pm
surtees
s2dttn
s2dttn
24 June 2015

Fencing for new house

Fencing for new house
SA

Hrmmm I was told…

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s2dttn
Jun 24, 2015 9:22 am
s2dttn
jalisakristie
jalisakristie
24 June 2015

Lockup to handover, how long roughly ???

Lockup to handover, how long roughly ???

Oh 3 months feels like forever! I guess it depends on size of house too..

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jalisakristie
Jun 24, 2015 8:42 am
jalisakristie
Matt1
Matt1
23 June 2015

Fence removal for builders access

Fence removal for builders access
NSW

It's not your issue. I'd politely tell the neighbours that you don't want to get involved. Tell them that it's not their problem either. The builder either needs to be…

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Matt1
Jun 23, 2015 10:28 pm
Matt1
LRS_86
LRS_86
23 June 2015

Land Boundaries

Land Boundaries
WA

I will definitely go and have a look for these pegs!! Will let you know :) thanks!

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LRS_86
Jun 23, 2015 4:20 pm
Ilaeria
Ilaeria
23 June 2015

PLease HELP..can't choose.. Overwhelmed to the max :(

PLease HELP..can't choose.. Overwhelmed to the max :(
QLD

If you replace it later you're basically paying for it twice. As suggested, ask them to credit you and install nothing, and just do provisions only. That will save you some cash.

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Ilaeria
Jun 23, 2015 1:15 pm
Ilaeria
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
23 June 2015

Fence removal for builders access

Fence removal for builders access
NSW

Mind you - we built the fence and set up a temporary fence at the point we thought a garage might be. It worked well. The garage was built and we just finished the fence.

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Saint Mike
Jun 23, 2015 9:11 am
Saint Mike


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