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A_M_C
A_M_C
3 December 2014

My First Build - Siteworks costs blown out to $85k

My First Build - Siteworks costs blown out to $85k
WA

Hi foot-print, Thanks for your suggestions I will definitely look into them! At this point they have told me they must do the flooring or it is not classed as a complete…

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A_M_C
Dec 03, 2014 9:55 pm
jessicana10
jessicana10
3 December 2014

Boundary garage wall. please help...

Boundary garage wall. please help...
VIC

We are building with Henley. As part of the planning permit we will have to display a sign for 2 weeks at the front so residents have the opportunity to see our plans and…

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jessicana10
Dec 03, 2014 9:42 pm
jessicana10
JPSydney
JPSydney
3 December 2014

Site Costs for Sloping Land?? Kellyville/Bella Vista

Site Costs for Sloping Land?? Kellyville/Bella Vista
NSW

If it is 2m/40m it is likely the building area of the house will be max 1-1.5m slope so the site costs are not likely to be extreme however the best thing to do would be…

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JPSydney
Dec 03, 2014 1:25 pm
strawlizzy
strawlizzy
3 December 2014

Is this about average for council fee's when building?

Is this about average for council fee's when building?
SA

I've just done a costing up for the fees associated with building on a block I'm currently considering. It's on all town services and honestly I'm a little shocked at the…

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strawlizzy
Dec 03, 2014 1:04 pm
jessicana10
jessicana10
3 December 2014

KDR - Planning permit with a town planner - advice please

KDR - Planning permit with a town planner - advice please
VIC

Has anyone who had done a KDR recently (preferably in VIC) had to get a planning permit first? We had our tender apt yesterday and were told before anything can proceed…

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jessicana10
Dec 03, 2014 11:56 am
jessicana10
bavshan
bavshan
3 December 2014

Rawson - list of upgrades for display homes

Rawson - list of upgrades for display homes
NSW

Hi yes the upgrade lists are great make sure you get them, even from other houses. We put in the fireplace from another display home for the same price. They honor the…

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bavshan
Dec 03, 2014 6:11 am
bavshan
ECOECO
ECOECO
2 December 2014

Thermally Broken Windows - Special Offer

Thermally Broken Windows - Special Offer
VIC

Hi Doc, All sizes, they will be custom made. Limit is practical, from…

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ECOECO
Dec 02, 2014 11:13 am
ECOECO
becksyfreemo
becksyfreemo
2 December 2014

Building the Lennox Design with Celebration Homes

Building the Lennox Design with Celebration Homes
WA

Hi Becksyfreemo - We went with the court. The lennox is actually the best value design on the market as it comes with carpets and tiles at…

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becksyfreemo
Dec 02, 2014 10:57 am
Manu Dias
Manu Dias
2 December 2014

Marlo 4 - Plantation Homes

Marlo 4 - Plantation Homes
QLD

Hi, has anyone built a "marlo 4" from plantation homes? we just purchased a block of land and thinking of building a "marlo 4" any advice is much…

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Manu Dias
Dec 02, 2014 7:00 am
Jye
Jye
2 December 2014

Harkaway homes

Harkaway homes
VIC

Hi, I'll be following this post closely as I'm wanting to build a Harkaway home in South Australia I was advised for a price indication of a Harkaway home at an early…

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Jye
Dec 01, 2014 11:37 pm
chalky
chalky
1 December 2014

Structural Engineer

Structural Engineer
WA

Hello vidy123 How is your project going? We are looking at building a SIPS home. I am keen to see how you are progressing.

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chalky
Dec 01, 2014 9:44 pm
Manu Dias
Manu Dias
1 December 2014

Plantation: Marlo 4 | Gold Coast - Land Valuation Less?!

Plantation: Marlo 4 | Gold Coast - Land Valuation Less?!
QLD
1, 2, 3

Hi TiredHalo, we just purchased a Marlo 4 from Plantation in Upper Coomera. Plantation didnt have any display homes similar to Marlo to show us. it would be awesome if…

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Manu Dias
Dec 01, 2014 7:38 pm
cayal
cayal
1 December 2014

Independent builder (Melbourne - Northern Suburbs)

Independent builder (Melbourne - Northern Suburbs)
VIC

Hi all, Today my girlfriend got blasted by the owner of the builder we were planning on building with for having the gall to enquire about our custom plans and the status…

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164
cayal
Dec 01, 2014 7:21 pm
bnc
bnc
1 December 2014

Anyone else building a Porter Davis Newhaven 20, Advantage?

Anyone else building a Porter Davis Newhaven 20, Advantage?
VIC

Hi Dansarah and Hkhanum, We've not long signed up with Porter Davis for the Newhaven 20 too!! We have added the ensuite option and the alfresco and we've made a couple of…

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753
bnc
Dec 01, 2014 7:11 pm
ktotherose
ktotherose
1 December 2014

Building - Montgomery Homes - Flame Zone - Central Coast

Building - Montgomery Homes - Flame Zone - Central Coast
NSW

We were required to provide our own report. I had an independent that gave us FZ I then re did the report and had it down graded to BAL 40 also. I am a botanist so I think…

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ktotherose
Dec 01, 2014 4:14 pm
geneva
geneva
1 December 2014

Built / Building in the Wollongong / Illawarra Region?

Built / Building in the Wollongong / Illawarra Region?
NSW

has anyone had any experience with Nu-Era Homes? Bit hesitant to use them I've never seen them before

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geneva
Dec 01, 2014 2:47 pm
Tristanium
Tristanium
1 December 2014

Fire wall zero lot house

Fire wall zero lot house
QLD

the building code requires buildings within a certain setback of boundary to be fire rated - to stop fire spreading between building too quickly. The cost of your fire…

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Tristanium
Dec 01, 2014 11:45 am
Tristanium
building-expert
building-expert
1 December 2014

Do we need an independent building inspector?

Do we need an independent building inspector?
SA
1, 2

Your average project builder is not a premium builder and that is fine because you know you are not getting top job but there is one that pretends to be, advertises so and…

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building-expert
Dec 01, 2014 6:32 am
building-expert
Bel and Joe
Bel and Joe
1 December 2014

How long to Slab Down

How long to Slab Down
WA

Yeah 2 months seems a bit steep. Have you emailed your CLO or rang head office. We waited a long time but thats because we had issues with our block. The developers left a…

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Bel and Joe
Nov 30, 2014 11:50 pm
willpower
willpower
30 November 2014

The bigger the house the better?

The bigger the house the better?
QLD

I know it's only a rule of thumb, but I'm not sure if $30,000 will cover the 60 sqm difference between both plans. That's only $500 per square metre, don't know any…

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willpower
Nov 30, 2014 10:19 pm
willpower
PanRaptor
PanRaptor
30 November 2014

Advice quickly as they are about to pour the concrete...

Advice quickly as they are about to pour the concrete...
WA

Hey Pan, I've been keeping an eye on your thread and all looks like it went pretty well! Congrats. Dumb question... how thick is the grano do…

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PanRaptor
Nov 30, 2014 9:44 pm
PanRaptor
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Saint Mike
Nov 30, 2014 7:52 pm
Saint Mike
Daisyinthedesert
Daisyinthedesert
30 November 2014

Copper Tap Thieves Providence Estate Wellard this weekend

Copper Tap Thieves Providence Estate Wellard this weekend
WA

Hello all Anyone who is building in Providence, I was there 10pm Friday night admiring newly laid slab - noticed my tap was intact. Went again Sat morning around…

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Daisyinthedesert
Nov 30, 2014 4:31 pm
Daisyinthedesert
Topharin
Topharin
30 November 2014

Am I expecting too much?

Am I expecting too much?
NSW
1, 2

Congrats pink86 glad you found something you love in budget :)

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Topharin
Nov 30, 2014 3:28 pm
dharmin85
dharmin85
30 November 2014

Ceiling height in ParkBridge community @Middleton Grange

Ceiling height in ParkBridge community @Middleton Grange
NSW

Hi, I have recently settled land under my title in Parkbridge community. I have mirvac as nominated builder. I am more concerned with the ceiling height that Mirvac is…

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dharmin85
Nov 30, 2014 3:21 pm
dharmin85
dharmin85
30 November 2014

Anyone building with Mirvac @ Parkbridge Middleton grange?

Anyone building with Mirvac @ Parkbridge Middleton grange?
NSW
1 ... 51, 52, 53

Hi, I have recently settled land under my title in Parkbridge community. I have mirvac as nominated builder. I am more concerned with the ceiling height that Mirvac is…

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dharmin85
Nov 30, 2014 3:20 pm
Pink86
Pink86
30 November 2014

recycled water connection costs?

recycled water connection costs?
NSW

They told us it would cost the same to put the tank in the backyard! We should be getting more info soon about it from them.

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Pink86
Nov 30, 2014 3:00 pm
mgilla
mgilla
30 November 2014

Gutters directly above the wall - ill-advised or do-able?

Gutters directly above the wall - ill-advised or do-able?
VIC

Pat its common practice where you have a zero boundary for the gutters to sit on top of the bricks. It just means a flashing comes down from behind the fascia across the…

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mgilla
Nov 30, 2014 9:45 am
Skerro
Skerro
30 November 2014

Who's building with Clarendon??

Who's building with Clarendon??
QLD

Hi everyone. We are going through the tender process for a Parkhill36. We have been quoted $15100 for Myair. We have been getting our own quotes for air conditioning of…

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Skerro
Nov 30, 2014 7:35 am
building inspector
building inspector
30 November 2014

efflorescence and dark grouts

efflorescence and dark grouts
WA

If you are using a dark coloured grout then efflorescence can be an issue you may encounter. Efflorescence is a mineral salt deposit that leaches from the cement in the…

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building inspector
Nov 30, 2014 1:16 am
building inspector
TomCat
TomCat
29 November 2014

Anyone building with Format in Adelaide?

Anyone building with Format in Adelaide?
SA

Thanks FairmontSA. Seems that couple were very happy with their build :D

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TomCat
Nov 29, 2014 8:47 pm
TomCat
Jericho
Jericho
29 November 2014

architect or draftsman earlwood area

architect or draftsman earlwood area
NSW

I just had another thought; vsam, have you considered downloading a free 3D home design program? There's a few out there. By playing around, you can get the ideas out of…

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Jericho
Nov 29, 2014 10:29 am
Jericho
PixiGT
PixiGT
29 November 2014

Willowdale, Leppington

Willowdale, Leppington
NSW

Also, Willowdale has an existing thread called Building at Willowdale. Might be best to post there in future as you will get more responses and…

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PixiGT
Nov 29, 2014 6:38 am
PixiGT
Ru2014
Ru2014
28 November 2014

Simonds Sanctuary in Brisbane- WE ARE SLABED!!!!

Simonds Sanctuary in Brisbane- WE ARE SLABED!!!!
QLD

OH we are so excited, we have been slabed!!!, was done on Tuesday. Hopefully frame will start next week. Here is two pics to see, http://i1380.photobucket.com/albums/ah1…

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Ru2014
Nov 28, 2014 8:41 pm
patriotsfan84
patriotsfan84
28 November 2014

Champion Homes Stage 6 bunya

Champion Homes Stage 6 bunya
NSW

Hi is anyone building at stage 6 with champoins and getting hit with extra cabling costs and have to install some screen for the fire protection requirement?

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patriotsfan84
Nov 28, 2014 7:53 pm
kathryneade
kathryneade
28 November 2014

Pandomo flooring - thoughts?

Pandomo flooring - thoughts?
QLD

Hi there - I'm looking at using the Pandomo product for the floor in my kitchen extension - it will be a newly laid floor over under floor heating. My research here in…

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kathryneade
Nov 28, 2014 2:31 am
kathryneade
kathryneade
28 November 2014

Anyone ever heard of Pandomo flooring???

Anyone ever heard of Pandomo flooring???
ACT

Hello Adam - did you use the Pandomo product in the end? I'm based in London and the polished concrete market doesn't seem quite as advanced as it is back home - I found…

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kathryneade
Nov 28, 2014 2:15 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
27 November 2014

Ok here we go! New house build!

Ok here we go! New house build!
WA

How many sq are you building? Very nice plan

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Crazyk
Nov 27, 2014 8:40 pm
Crazyk
Forg
Forg
27 November 2014

termimesh not in garage

termimesh not in garage
QLD

I don't know the terminology ... our garages are both basically the same as the house, concrete slab with some concrete piers under, single brick veneer over wooden frame…

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Forg
Nov 27, 2014 7:29 pm
IvyC
IvyC
27 November 2014

WA Brickie Shortage - How long did you wait?

WA Brickie Shortage - How long did you wait?
WA

I really don't want some one man band bickie whose giving it a go because you can earn good $... hopefully reputable builders will use…

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IvyC
Nov 27, 2014 12:07 pm
IvyC
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
27 November 2014

hello

hello
NSW

hello and welcome! What state are you in?

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Burnsfirsttime
Nov 27, 2014 9:56 am
Burnsfirsttime
bashworth
bashworth
27 November 2014

requests to the builder

requests to the builder
WA

The buider is responsible for building to the agreed drawings so make sure the construction drawings you sign have the correct dimensions. Might be best to make the…

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bashworth
Nov 27, 2014 4:43 am
bashworth
JnM
JnM
26 November 2014

Home Group WA- Hammond Heights.

Home Group WA- Hammond Heights.
WA
1, 2

Thanks for your advice Henry. I also do hope Dylan is able to turn things around for you.

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JnM
Nov 26, 2014 9:34 pm
JnM
edems
edems
26 November 2014

Builder changed PWA prices to the tune of $16,000!!

Builder changed PWA prices to the tune of $16,000!!
NSW

thanks again for all the input. I think we are going to continue our journey with CL as they have been very accomodating. Finding ways to make things work with the…

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edems
Nov 26, 2014 7:45 pm
Tim65
Tim65
26 November 2014

The Vintage

The Vintage
NSW

We have just completed on a block of land at The vintage in Hunter Valley was wondering if anybody else has built here and their experiences ? Thanks

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Tim65
Nov 26, 2014 4:02 pm
Tim65
sim_r32
sim_r32
26 November 2014

Porter Davis Walk Throughs

Porter Davis Walk Throughs
VIC

I go through ours all the time after hours, they always leave doors unlocked. Gives you a good chance to look at everyone with out someone trying to rush you through…

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sim_r32
Nov 26, 2014 11:40 am
Balbriggan
Balbriggan
26 November 2014

Brisbane Character zone 405m block new build

Brisbane Character zone 405m block new build
QLD

Thanks for that willpower. Just as an update, we have bought an old house in Alderley to knock down & build new. It is a much bigger block and has none of the…

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Balbriggan
Nov 26, 2014 10:11 am
Nick33
Nick33
26 November 2014

First time home builder Burns Beach WA

First time home builder Burns Beach WA
WA

I don't think so Triggy, i'm on a corner and the house next to me is only at bricks, from the pics in your thread we might be on the same street, I can't really tell.

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Nick33
Nov 26, 2014 10:02 am


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