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K-and-T
K-and-T
28 December 2014

How flexible is Metricon?

How flexible is Metricon?
SA

We found that they were fairly flexible but it was a painful process. Anything that wasn't standard was an issue as we went through the process. Changes not communicated,…

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K-and-T
Dec 28, 2014 8:00 pm
mirz
mirz
28 December 2014

Henley/Plantation/MainVue Homes - General Discussion

Henley/Plantation/MainVue Homes - General Discussion
VIC
1, 2, 3

Alarm system with 4 PIRs starts from $1300. Intercom single internal monitor $1700, dual monitors $2200.

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mirz
Dec 28, 2014 7:03 pm
mirz
Ru2014
Ru2014
28 December 2014

Simonds Sanctuary in Brisbane- Change cupboards to drawers!

Simonds Sanctuary in Brisbane- Change cupboards to drawers!
QLD

Thanks a lot guys, I will shoot an email to our CRC and hope it can be done.

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Ru2014
Dec 28, 2014 12:42 pm
NBat
NBat
27 December 2014

Facade render - confused !

Facade render - confused !
NSW

My windows are white.. I've spoken to the builder about the timber slats to break it up which he is fine to do... I like the colour of garage in pic with the lines through…

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NBat
Dec 27, 2014 4:25 pm
dalemengel
dalemengel
26 December 2014

Whitsundays, QLD First time Build

Whitsundays, QLD First time Build
QLD

Hopefully around late February or early/mid March. All depends when the big wet hits (if it does). The roof should be on by mid to late January so hopefully the rain holds…

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dalemengel
Dec 26, 2014 1:32 pm
Marcia
Marcia
26 December 2014

Inclusion advice needed

Inclusion advice needed
WA

Being someone building with HGWA, I would say to you it can't hurt to ask. But don't be surprised if you get a big fat no. I would also say just check what inclusions are…

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Marcia
Dec 26, 2014 11:25 am
Marcia
sheffieldhunter
sheffieldhunter
26 December 2014

EB Livingstone & Sheffield The Ponds

EB Livingstone & Sheffield The Ponds
NSW

Hi all hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!!! Just wanting to know if anyone knows what bricks are on the Eden Brae Livingstone & Sheffield out at the The Ponds…

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sheffieldhunter
Dec 26, 2014 9:58 am
sheffieldhunter
dalemengel
dalemengel
25 December 2014

Building the Homestead advantage

Building the Homestead advantage
WA

A lot of people seem to like the master room at the front for security reasons, so they can hear what is going on and get woken up if something suspicious is going on. Not…

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dalemengel
Dec 25, 2014 4:06 pm
tj9630
tj9630
25 December 2014

Two story houses with 10 metre frontage

Two story houses with 10 metre frontage
NSW

We are curently building the plantation home kiara q2 to fit on a 10m width block..

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tj9630
Dec 25, 2014 8:09 am
tj9630
tj9630
25 December 2014

Is it necessary to upgrade first floor height

Is it necessary to upgrade first floor height
NSW

Yea we upgraded both of ours... We live in a home with 2.7m high cielngs and most our family have 2.4m... I think it makes a big difference in terms of space and feel...…

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tj9630
Dec 25, 2014 8:07 am
Crazyk
Crazyk
25 December 2014

Colorbond Basalt Colour

Colorbond Basalt Colour
WA

I think you're right whzzz because if you flick between my image and the OPs 2nd image the top gable facia looks the same.

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Crazyk
Dec 25, 2014 6:37 am
Crazyk
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
24 December 2014

Building new home on problem site underground oil tank

Building new home on problem site underground oil tank
NSW

Cal50l You well need to contact EPA There are a number of points to consider 1. Is your soil contaminated? Soil testing Required 2. Is there the potentual for the tank to…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Dec 24, 2014 11:39 am
StructuralBIMGuy
KB_PETERS
KB_PETERS
23 December 2014

Porter Davis Category 1 Bricks???

Porter Davis Category 1 Bricks???
VIC

Thanks tlblhayward I will check it out. Thank you also Sim_r32 I figured they would be on the basic side :)

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KB_PETERS
Dec 23, 2014 9:05 pm
tlblhayward
tlblhayward
23 December 2014

PORTER DAVIS. Share your experience Good or Bad!

PORTER DAVIS. Share your experience Good or Bad!
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

hi ebony,were building bermuda 23 and we didnt noticed that on all openable windows is not bricks instead they are putting fs…

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tlblhayward
Dec 23, 2014 5:03 pm
tlblhayward
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PurpleKnight
Dec 23, 2014 12:11 pm
PurpleKnight
TomCat
TomCat
22 December 2014

Who pays for electricity during build?

Who pays for electricity during build?
SA

Husband said we may be charged connection, then moving the meter box onto house as well as the power for the build.…

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TomCat
Dec 22, 2014 7:47 pm
TomCat
Lunar
Lunar
22 December 2014

Wisdom Homes - Majestic 35 - First Floor Frame & Windows

Wisdom Homes - Majestic 35 - First Floor Frame & Windows
NSW
1, 2

How's your build going Jaguar? Last time I looked at your blog your bricking had begun. Any pictures please?

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Lunar
Dec 22, 2014 6:07 am
dragonchild
dragonchild
21 December 2014

Linen/broom closet in entry?

Linen/broom closet in entry?
NSW

I think it would look fine, but I would spend that little bit extra to make the doors look nice - you will see them all the time after all! Although, looking at the…

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dragonchild
Dec 21, 2014 9:46 pm
dragonchild
Busso girl
Busso girl
21 December 2014

Bad Brickwork opinions please? PHOTO'S

Bad Brickwork opinions please? PHOTO'S
WA

That all makes sense. Thanks heaps for your help.

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Busso girl
Dec 21, 2014 2:39 pm
bashworth
bashworth
21 December 2014

What is "Weather Access?"

What is "Weather Access?"
VIC

The term is 'All Weather Access' which basically means provide a hard surface from the nearest road to the point where the house is being built. It doesn't really apply…

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bashworth
Dec 21, 2014 2:25 pm
bashworth
sebeva
sebeva
21 December 2014

Anyone building with GJ Gardner??

Anyone building with GJ Gardner??
QLD

We have just started to build with Gj Gardner. Just wondering if anyone else is building with them at the moment? Would love to follow your blog/thread :)

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sebeva
Dec 21, 2014 1:45 pm
sebeva
Leksie5000
Leksie5000
21 December 2014

Refund of fee

Refund of fee
NSW

I'm not saying I entirely agree with it, but they've done up a custom plan for you, which had you not come along they never would have done.…

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Leksie5000
Dec 21, 2014 11:30 am
monalisa
monalisa
20 December 2014

Building a Metricon Glendale 38+

Building a Metricon Glendale 38+
NSW

Hi ausbuster, I am hoping to start one soon. Looking forward to following your blog!

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monalisa
Dec 20, 2014 10:16 pm
monalisa
building inspector
building inspector
20 December 2014

Building a new house - Garage on boundary

Building a new house - Garage on boundary
VIC

The tolerances for masonry are outlined in A.S 3700. if the neighbouring property wall is already up then cleaning excess mortar is really all they can do. Most people…

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building inspector
Dec 20, 2014 11:30 am
building inspector
sheffieldhunter
sheffieldhunter
20 December 2014

2590 ceilings or 2700mm

2590 ceilings or 2700mm
NSW

Thanks all again for all your replies we have decided on the 2700 high ceilings I should look great had a friend who regreted not doing here that high so I definately…

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sheffieldhunter
Dec 20, 2014 10:59 am
sheffieldhunter
sofia14
sofia14
20 December 2014

My new house ,The Glades

My new house ,The Glades
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Congrats BigNath!!!!!!!! Wow..that's a lot of keys. :) Enjoy the new house!

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sofia14
Dec 20, 2014 1:12 am
kron
kron
20 December 2014

My 1st home with Aussie Living

My 1st home with Aussie Living
WA

I'd just like to add to this, that for a period of 6-12 months there was actually a real struggle to get brickies. About 2-3 months ago, AL bought about 40 teams of…

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kron
Dec 20, 2014 1:07 am
trindy
trindy
19 December 2014

Our New House Build - Top of the Range Toowoomba

Our New House Build - Top of the Range Toowoomba
QLD

very good something to stay excited about :-) hopefully they come in lower than expected, ya never know hey

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trindy
Dec 19, 2014 10:22 pm
trindy
AvaG
AvaG
19 December 2014

Including a balcony

Including a balcony
NSW

Our neighbours have a balcony of similar dimensions, about 1m deep, and it cost them $25K. A different builder quoted the same figure when we spoke to them, almost a year ago.

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AvaG
Dec 19, 2014 9:58 pm
joea
joea
19 December 2014

First time builder... so much stress :(

First time builder... so much stress :(
SA

Agreed with ajansen. Hire an independent inspector before it's too late. A lot of horror stories on this forum.

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joea
Dec 19, 2014 2:29 pm
joea
BS12
BS12
19 December 2014

Commodore Homes 1st time build- Bushfire-- had to evecuate

Commodore Homes 1st time build- Bushfire-- had to evecuate
WA
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Very lucky! Good to hear you, the fam and the house are safe!

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BS12
Dec 19, 2014 1:47 pm
Finnsmamma
Finnsmamma
19 December 2014

Coral Homes Bribie30- about to go to tender- tips?

Coral Homes Bribie30- about to go to tender- tips?
QLD
1, 2

I posted in the general thread, but we ended up deciding not to go with the…

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Finnsmamma
Dec 19, 2014 12:52 pm
ajansen
ajansen
19 December 2014

Building in Sheidow Park (The Park)

Building in Sheidow Park (The Park)
SA

Hi All, Just thought I would say hello! We are building in Sheidow Park ("The Park"), well hopefully will be, assuming council approval goes through! Putting this post up…

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ajansen
Dec 19, 2014 11:26 am
ajansen
ajansen
19 December 2014

Concrete Upstand?

Concrete Upstand?
SA

Hi All, We have been advised by our builder via our site plan that we need "concrete upstands" on the boundary line on 2 sides of our block of a max height of 200mm. Does…

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ajansen
Dec 19, 2014 10:42 am
pagdia
pagdia
19 December 2014

Building with Rawsons at Googong

Building with Rawsons at Googong
NSW

Is anyone building with Rawson Homes at Googong and getting tender extension fees as a penalty because CIC keep delaying the land release and…

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pagdia
Dec 19, 2014 8:41 am
alex_6169
alex_6169
19 December 2014

Moisture protection for zero lot wall against retaining wall

Moisture protection for zero lot wall against retaining wall
WA

Thanks for the response. I'll look at sealing the retaining wall in the first place as I'll lose the opportunity when the bricks go in. Will consider sealing the whole…

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alex_6169
Dec 19, 2014 1:07 am
sheffieldhunter
sheffieldhunter
18 December 2014

HELP! Does this alfresco tiling look right to you?Coral Home

HELP! Does this alfresco tiling look right to you?Coral Home
NSW
1, 2

That doesn't look completed i wouldn't be happy with that for the finish, it looks like Coral Homes have done the slab to big and didn't want to cut more tiles to make…

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sheffieldhunter
Dec 18, 2014 10:34 pm
sheffieldhunter
mansawant
mansawant
18 December 2014

Stamp duty query

Stamp duty query
NSW

Stamp duty must be paid within 3 months of exchanging the land contract. It does not take into account whether land is registered or not at the…

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mansawant
Dec 18, 2014 10:11 pm
Lorri
Lorri
18 December 2014

(TAS) Cost to build - m2

(TAS) Cost to build - m2
TAS

Hi just wondered how you got on with it all. Lorri

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Lorri
Dec 18, 2014 9:13 pm
Lorri
Polaris
Polaris
18 December 2014

Our Build with Broadway Homes

Our Build with Broadway Homes
WA

You are right, AussieMark. I just felt like venting. We have a slab. We are very happy and are going to try and visit the site over the holidays. Glad to hear you…

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Polaris
Dec 18, 2014 5:47 pm
Beazley77
Beazley77
18 December 2014

ceiling heights

ceiling heights
WA

I think high ceilings really make a house. However, if your budget doesn't allow for 31 throughout, perhaps just have 31 (instead of 30) in your living areas and entrance,…

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Beazley77
Dec 18, 2014 2:31 pm
Beazley77
allycawthorn
allycawthorn
18 December 2014

Summit Homes Altitude Series - anyone building one?

Summit Homes Altitude Series - anyone building one?

Hi there, Just wondering if anyone is building a 2 storey home with Summit? I know they are new to the 2 storey market and have 'Masterwall' upper storey (different to…

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allycawthorn
Dec 18, 2014 12:31 pm
Team PD
Team PD
18 December 2014

Christmas office and display hours

Christmas office and display hours
VIC

Hi all, Christmas is fast approaching so I thought I would let you know about our office and display hours over the Christmas break! Our offices will be closed from…

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Team PD
Dec 18, 2014 11:21 am
Team PD
sofia14
sofia14
17 December 2014

ASPIRI VS. NEWHAVEN

ASPIRI VS. NEWHAVEN
WA

The housing market is pretty stagnant at the moment. The land price seems to have reached its max point. I haven't seen them increase the price for few releases now and…

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sofia14
Dec 17, 2014 9:56 pm
_lucinda
_lucinda
17 December 2014

Simonds Sierra in Hillcrest

Simonds Sierra in Hillcrest
QLD

Some things are meant to happen. The more places you live in before building, the more you will be sure of what you want. And you will have a great time renovating and…

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_lucinda
Dec 17, 2014 7:59 pm
_lucinda
dexx
dexx
17 December 2014

Recommend demolition company Perth

Recommend demolition company Perth
WA

Whats a typical cost to demolish a 3x1 brick and tile house and clear+level the lot (including minor trees/bushes 3m tall)? Assume no asbestos.

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dexx
Dec 17, 2014 4:18 pm
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
17 December 2014

45 working days to commence question

45 working days to commence question
WA

Knowing your builder I would adjust your thinking anyway. Yours is a big home and I would go with around 30 weeks from slab down to handover. How many extra days does…

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Burnsfirsttime
Dec 17, 2014 3:44 pm
Burnsfirsttime

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