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Largeblock2014
Largeblock2014
20 September 2014

Fairwater Gardens, Harrington Park NSW H & L Package

Fairwater Gardens, Harrington Park NSW H & L Package
NSW

Hi all, I was wandering if there is anyone who is building in Harrington Park at the moment? If so, what has your experience so far been like? I am new to this forum. Thanks

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Largeblock2014
Sep 20, 2014 4:30 pm
mgilla
mgilla
20 September 2014

Has anyone here used a private inspector?

Has anyone here used a private inspector?
VIC

Building Expert on this forum would appear to be extremely thorough, you might want to find one of his post and track him down.

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mgilla
Sep 20, 2014 1:08 pm
sydfam
sydfam
20 September 2014

Help with Laminex or Formica timber colours

Help with Laminex or Formica timber colours
NSW

We are looking for a mid-brown (no reds or yellow tones) laminate for our build. I've looked at a couple and would appreciate it if you could post pictures of the…

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sydfam
Sep 20, 2014 8:07 am
jollydevang
jollydevang
20 September 2014

Smarthomes for Living

Smarthomes for Living
WA

Hi All, Do you have any experience with builder Smarthomes for living in Perth? They are part of the Ventura group. a) How is their build quality and inclusions? b) How…

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jollydevang
Sep 20, 2014 1:34 am
Scottsdale14
Scottsdale14
19 September 2014

Builder Delays

Builder Delays
WA

Thanks for the advice Maggie10, I have had my contracts for the better part of two weeks and have studied them, as we all should really. It's definitely worth questioning…

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Scottsdale14
Sep 19, 2014 9:32 pm
Charlston01
Charlston01
19 September 2014

Kitchen appliances when doing floors after handover

Kitchen appliances when doing floors after handover
SA

That's a good option Stormy. I'll have to ask our builder, and see if they'll do this. We have no intention of moving in the day of handover because we are doing our own…

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Charlston01
Sep 19, 2014 7:28 pm
Charlston01
Charlston01
19 September 2014

Building inspector in SA

Building inspector in SA
SA

Wow! That's a huge increase! I knew it was more expensive for steel frame, but I had no idea it was that much. Good luck finding someone. I guess you could always reduce…

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Charlston01
Sep 19, 2014 7:24 pm
Stormy
Stormy
19 September 2014

The Story of Stormy's Castle. *Loooooong overdue update*

The Story of Stormy's Castle. *Loooooong overdue update*
VIC
1 ... 90, 91, 92

...not so dreamy at the moment, it resembles a pig sty! Hopefully, I'll get time to clean over the school holidays and also paint the rest of the bedroom furniture (white,…

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Stormy
Sep 19, 2014 5:12 pm
Stormy
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

progress pics

progress pics

Hi zonk, Hope your house is going well for you and yours. Some good signs in the pics I noted. Do you realize that your building warranty insurance is almost over? Just…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 3:46 pm
danandmel
danandmel
19 September 2014

Polytec vs Laminex

Polytec vs Laminex
WA

I had the same email from our builder a couple of days ago about the same product. Supposedly a national shortage.... They have suggested we choose Laminex Espresso Ligna…

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danandmel
Sep 19, 2014 3:00 pm
AKB
AKB
19 September 2014

Anyone got light grey bathroom tiles?

Anyone got light grey bathroom tiles?
WA

Thanks BB you should have seen our first bathroom - there honestly wasn't room for 2 people to be in there at the same time :-)

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AKB
Sep 19, 2014 2:36 pm
AKB
Forg
Forg
19 September 2014

Hard surfaces ratio

Hard surfaces ratio
NSW

What's the reason your site requires only 35% coverage & not the normal 50% of a 450sqm-900sqm block? No wait, that's building coverage, driveways etc don't count in…

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Forg
Sep 19, 2014 8:17 am
MrBee
MrBee
19 September 2014

Working out your site costs without parting with cash

Working out your site costs without parting with cash
WA

You should get a soil test done in the area of the block you plan to build. The soil type will dramatically change the price of slab. Soil test should be about $250. Also…

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MrBee
Sep 19, 2014 7:25 am
MrBee
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

Dennis Family Build Quality- Interested to build "Hastings"

Dennis Family Build Quality- Interested to build "Hastings"
VIC

Hi Guys, I have actually seen 2 such homes by that builder and each was well above average for large builders. Ask who is going to supervise and what experience they…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 2:46 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

The experience of building quality inspection

The experience of building quality inspection
VIC

Hi Jack, Whatever you do ask about their disclaimers before you hire them or let them do work on your behalf, because some do not get on the roof, inside the roof and do…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 2:39 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

Henley home finally moved in!

Henley home finally moved in!
VIC

Good luck with the tiles. If you haven't sorted it out, find out the manufacturer and ask the technical rep... they are sometimes very good. By the way if things go wrong…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 2:15 am
Frenchie
Frenchie
19 September 2014

How long from roof trusses completed til colourbond complete

How long from roof trusses completed til colourbond complete
WA

Our frames went up within 2 days and our roof is due to go up tomorrow, so roughly one week apart from each other.

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Frenchie
Sep 19, 2014 2:04 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

Looking for a Building Designer

Looking for a Building Designer
NSW

I suggest you start with the local architects institute or association in Gold Coast or Noosa where homes have to be designed by architects I believe. Did you mean…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 1:56 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

Owner builder insurance

Owner builder insurance
VIC

Sorry I can't help with prices so ring around, but their policies are fairly similar I believe because they have to comply with an act of parliament. The important thing…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 1:48 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
19 September 2014

Slab Classification h2 - Acid Sulphate Soils, is it needed?

Slab Classification h2 - Acid Sulphate Soils, is it needed?
NSW

Hi hillsbuild, Try Cement and Concrete Association I suggest to get started on this... they should be able to put you onto a top expert on this very subject. Good luck.…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 19, 2014 1:25 am
PerthAussie2014
PerthAussie2014
19 September 2014

Our build with Red Ink Homes - Aveley :) - PCI Complete!

Our build with Red Ink Homes - Aveley :) - PCI Complete!
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Our kitchen colour's are Formica Snowdrift gloss finish to the cupboards with Essastone Pannacotta benchtop :) It looks even better in real life, so…

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PerthAussie2014
Sep 19, 2014 12:05 am
insider
insider
18 September 2014

VCAT, owner wins damages for garage slab heave!

VCAT, owner wins damages for garage slab heave!
VIC
1, 2, 3

Good stuff B-E, it's good to hear of outright wins. Heave sure is a problem especially over in the western (Vic.) suburbs. I understand…

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insider
Sep 18, 2014 11:07 pm
funksoulbro1
funksoulbro1
18 September 2014

Seacrest, Flinders NSW

Seacrest, Flinders NSW
NSW
1, 2

I'm sure there are lots of people out there experiencing the same issues with the weather. It has been almost 5 weeks since the fascia and gutters were installed and our…

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funksoulbro1
Sep 18, 2014 10:49 pm
funksoulbro1
Busso girl
Busso girl
18 September 2014

VENTURA BUILD - Southwest, we have been tapped!

VENTURA BUILD - Southwest, we have been tapped!
WA

We have been going through the process of the plans and paperwork for a little while and went to our block tonight and found we have a tap! I don't know how to put photos…

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Busso girl
Sep 18, 2014 10:39 pm
nextbigstep
nextbigstep
18 September 2014

Silkwood Estate Land and House Advice

Silkwood Estate Land and House Advice
QLD

Hi, My wife an I are looking at house and land packages in Mount Cotton Silkwood Estate and since we have never done this before I wanted to ask for…

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nextbigstep
Sep 18, 2014 9:52 pm
kimmi_baby
kimmi_baby
18 September 2014

Our Plantation Homes Beckham 4

Our Plantation Homes Beckham 4
QLD

The tiles are finished in the bathrooms and laundry. Looks amazing. Still the tile splash back in the kitchen to go. We're doing the rest of the flooring ourselves. We've…

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kimmi_baby
Sep 18, 2014 9:17 pm
AussieMark
AussieMark
18 September 2014

City of Stirling - knock down rebuild question

City of Stirling - knock down rebuild question

I am in the City of Stirling. You need planning approval first, then you need building approval, then you can get demo approval. You must have building approval to…

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AussieMark
Sep 18, 2014 1:14 am
k2decor_1
k2decor_1
17 September 2014

North West Rail Link Extension (to schofields)

North West Rail Link Extension (to schofields)
NSW

I am considering to buy a house & land package in Schofield near the schofield s farm road. Which is belongs to the Riverstone precinct. However, I am worry about the…

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k2decor_1
Sep 17, 2014 9:05 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
17 September 2014

Northern NSW timber pole frame builder

Northern NSW timber pole frame builder
NSW

Not sure on that one. My experience of rural building in the last ten years is limited to about 4 DA's and they all had existing power and road access. I'd be looking to…

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Stewie D
Sep 17, 2014 8:43 pm
joannek
joannek
17 September 2014

Pics of Surfmist Render...?

Pics of Surfmist Render...?
QLD

No its easy!! I've had a white house before and no trouble.

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joannek
Sep 17, 2014 7:24 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
17 September 2014

Structural Warranties

Structural Warranties
VIC

Touch a wall put on a pergola don't get drainage right, flower beds too close to the house, trees too tall..... The list goes on There are so many outs it's not funny

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Crazyk
Sep 17, 2014 7:19 pm
Crazyk
Home Group WA
Home Group WA
17 September 2014

Home Group WA pre start questions

Home Group WA pre start questions
WA

Hi Colebunker, For the main floor tiling, you certainly have the option to upgrade to a non Della Vita range tile, such as ones available through European and Crosby…

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Home Group WA
Sep 17, 2014 4:58 pm
Home Group WA
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
17 September 2014

Who's a good narrow block builder in Perth?

Who's a good narrow block builder in Perth?
WA

Hi whatmeworry General comment only, but smaller builders are usually best for difficult jobs because they have an experienced eye looking over the works most of the…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 17, 2014 3:12 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
17 September 2014

Advice on raising block

Advice on raising block
QLD

Hi Balbriggan, bushworth is spot on. Also I am from Vic and although we do not get the rain you get there it may interest you to know that a flat area near what was an…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 17, 2014 3:02 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
17 September 2014

Simonds Sanctuary in Brisbane- Contract signed!

Simonds Sanctuary in Brisbane- Contract signed!
QLD

Hi Ru2014, Grubbing tree stumps is very important to get termite nests if any. But the longer you wait for the soil to get its moisture back the better. Suggest you get a…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 17, 2014 2:51 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
17 September 2014

Anyone Building house with Henley in Featherbrook estate

Anyone Building house with Henley in Featherbrook estate
VIC

Just in case your supervisor hasn't sufficient time to see everything he needs to take a lot of photos before plaster goes on I suggest - including close-ups of different…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 17, 2014 2:38 pm
bashworth
bashworth
17 September 2014

New Start

New Start
WA

Have a look at Fencing Online – A great resource including explaining the laws relating to fencing for each state at http://www.fencingonline.com.au/

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bashworth
Sep 17, 2014 2:26 pm
bashworth
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
17 September 2014

Building - Structural discussion

Building - Structural discussion
WA

I agree with B-E that the past Building Commission left the building industry control frozen last century. They seemed to try to stop gross breaches of contract and…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 17, 2014 2:07 pm
fruitlubes
fruitlubes
17 September 2014

First Home Buyers Centre?

First Home Buyers Centre?
VIC

Hi Drekko, There is a whole existing thread where those who have or currently building with Homebuyers centre. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=64387&hilit=homebuyers You can…

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fruitlubes
Sep 17, 2014 1:42 pm
fruitlubes
youngyjp
youngyjp
17 September 2014

Shale Grey Vs Surfmist Colorbond Roof & gutters

Shale Grey Vs Surfmist Colorbond Roof & gutters
QLD

Thanks for the info. Does shale grey get more the dirt then Dune?

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youngyjp
Sep 17, 2014 12:51 pm
Drekko
Drekko
17 September 2014

Inclusions Spreadsheet template?

Inclusions Spreadsheet template?
VIC

hey guys I am comparing inclusions between builders. As you know there is so much its impossible for me to remember all Anyone use a excel spreadsheet? Can anyone…

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Drekko
Sep 17, 2014 12:31 pm
Drekko
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
17 September 2014

Does this seem right to you?

Does this seem right to you?
VIC

The lighter line that you see on the drawing is for the support at the back of the shelf. If it was at the front it would be a dark line like the front edge of the shelf.…

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Burnsfirsttime
Sep 17, 2014 9:25 am
Burnsfirsttime
junk3569
junk3569
17 September 2014

Planning + Building permit cost help!!

Planning + Building permit cost help!!
VIC

Thank you very much for your respond. I found one slightly cheaper but he doesn't sound confident. Whist the other one quoted around 14-16k. I will see a few more then go…

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junk3569
Sep 17, 2014 8:12 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
17 September 2014

H Class Slab Question!

H Class Slab Question!
NSW

Hi Brahma Bull, Agreed if you take the underlay up the side of the slab to the rebate (and fold into the rebate) the folds could well give a chance for termites to get to…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 17, 2014 12:04 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
16 September 2014

Fairhaven homes!!!!

Fairhaven homes!!!!
VIC

Great to hear it cossarij,. You are probably one of not so many if what you read is true. Look at The Age June 8th article... 'Thousands of Home Owners Facing Ruin'. And…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 16, 2014 11:09 pm
Ninka
Ninka
16 September 2014

Statesman-Greenock at Elizabeth Park - moved in

Statesman-Greenock at Elizabeth Park - moved in
SA
1 ... 10, 11, 12

Vladmari, your garden will be full of beautiful trees I'm sure, and make sure you put up lots of photos for us when you plant. The solar system that you have sounds like…

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Ninka
Sep 16, 2014 10:50 pm
Ninka
lamzo
lamzo
16 September 2014

Spring Release

Spring Release
NSW

Hi, Im new in the site. i was able to secure an appointment for this new release at Willowdale, and the bloc in interested in is in the Sydney upper canal site, I'm…

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lamzo
Sep 16, 2014 9:16 pm
akdjnr
akdjnr
16 September 2014

Glades, Byford

Glades, Byford
WA

Hi All I will be completing my first build in the Glades. I am hoping to have the house complete next month. Unfortunetly I will be selling this due to other…

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akdjnr
Sep 16, 2014 3:12 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
16 September 2014

Project builder or Custom builder

Project builder or Custom builder
QLD

I agree with Forg. Because there are often extras when you make changes to the standard designs. Also is the price from the floor up... it so often is in my…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 16, 2014 1:38 pm
alexav
alexav
16 September 2014

Alex Avenue Stage 5

Alex Avenue Stage 5
NSW

It is registered land now. Happened today. Congratulations to Stage 5 LAND AND PROPERTY INFORMATION NEW SOUTH WALES - PLAN INQUIRY …

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alexav
Sep 16, 2014 1:27 pm


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