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Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
28 September 2014

Builder varying construction from plan

Builder varying construction from plan
VIC

Hi drnouman, If the fence is in the correct position, the boundary is where the palings meet the rails. Sometimes the draftsman states that the house is on the boundary…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 28, 2014 12:37 am
JKay
JKay
27 September 2014

Unreasonable Site Cost?

Unreasonable Site Cost?
VIC

Hi JKay, Do you mind to let me know if you end up building your house with another builder? It will be good to know more about your experience. Thanks, Hey…

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JKay
Sep 27, 2014 9:30 pm
HollieLot1477
HollieLot1477
27 September 2014

Glenmore Park build - Renderer and stackstone

Glenmore Park build - Renderer and stackstone
NSW

After a renderer and person to lay stackstone on the front pillars. Heard of others who weren't happy with the job done so after someone who can be recommended as they…

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HollieLot1477
Sep 27, 2014 5:21 pm
kittyranch
kittyranch
27 September 2014

Luxaflex blinds - any thoughts?

Luxaflex blinds - any thoughts?
WA

Eeek! We have six sliding door sized windows across the back not including the smaller ones LOL. Looks like it will be BIG $$. It's fine. We don't mind paying to get…

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kittyranch
Sep 27, 2014 4:44 pm
building-expert
building-expert
27 September 2014

What does builder have to gain by terminating contract?

What does builder have to gain by terminating contract?
ACT

I have also seen building consultants who were afraid of heights. Those people should not do building inspections in my opinion. Larger…

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building-expert
Sep 27, 2014 11:50 am
building-expert
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 September 2014

gyprocking tolerances

gyprocking tolerances
NSW

I remember reading a while back Brendon that the average project home builder aims for a Level 3 finish. I wouldn't be surprised if their display homes are finished to the…

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Stewie D
Sep 27, 2014 9:47 am
tasha_is_clueless
tasha_is_clueless
26 September 2014

Fairmont Homes in Mallala, SA - Moved in pics

Fairmont Homes in Mallala, SA - Moved in pics
SA
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Thanks Jennifer :) Glad to hear you're enjoying it. You will have to update us with some moved in pics. I still have a few things to do. My front lounge has had shed stuff…

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tasha_is_clueless
Sep 26, 2014 10:33 pm
joffofoz
joffofoz
26 September 2014

YIKERS!!! My First Home, My First Build...

YIKERS!!! My First Home, My First Build...
SA
1, 2, 3

Well no invoice in th email yet....... Im leaning towards the retaining is about 25% me as they needed to cut their block and they need to retain to stop undermining my…

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joffofoz
Sep 26, 2014 6:50 pm
joffofoz
content-baldivis
content-baldivis
26 September 2014

Lighting Choice

Lighting Choice
WA

Yep we have gone for 2-way switches around the place. I missed one though at the door to the bedrooms kind of kicking myself there the kids would have needed that for when…

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content-baldivis
Sep 26, 2014 5:33 pm
Beazley77
Beazley77
26 September 2014

Help- any ideas on kitchen island bench?

Help- any ideas on kitchen island bench?
WA

I've had a micro under the bench 10 years, never had any probs, happy doing again (also coz butlers will be full with kettle, toaster, juicer, …

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Beazley77
Sep 26, 2014 4:53 pm
Beazley77
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PanRaptor
Sep 26, 2014 12:06 pm
PanRaptor
robbie55
robbie55
26 September 2014

What is builder's Margin? How it affects me?

What is builder's Margin? How it affects me?
NSW

There can still be variations that follow to meet council approval, developer approval, BASIX or some other authority. Even if these approvals are already in place - does…

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robbie55
Sep 26, 2014 11:25 am
robbie55
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
26 September 2014

finding an independent supervisor for my new home build

finding an independent supervisor for my new home build
VIC

Not a very hard thing to do there are many companies that provide this service. However if you feel you are going to have a problem with your builder before you start I…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 26, 2014 10:55 am
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
26 September 2014

do we need garage?

do we need garage?
NSW
1, 2

Yes I believe you are doing yourself an injustice if you don’t have a garage for many reasons. Your home would be worth a lot more, your car will not age as much being…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 26, 2014 10:54 am
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
26 September 2014

Insulation included in contract?

Insulation included in contract?
WA

The insulation should always be included in the contract price because the building cannot be built to the Australian regulations without it. Every home build has an…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 26, 2014 10:53 am
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
26 September 2014

Big bit of cement dumped on my block

Big bit of cement dumped on my block
VIC

Sorry not much can be done about this one if you have settled on the land. If you haven’t settled (paid for the land in full) in most cases the developer will have the…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 26, 2014 10:42 am
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
26 September 2014

What to ask at your first meeting with a builder

What to ask at your first meeting with a builder
WA

There are many things to ask a builder when you first meet them. Are they the builder or just the sales staff? Always ask for references. Ask what is their standard…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 26, 2014 10:40 am
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
26 September 2014

Builders in North east Melbourne - Help

Builders in North east Melbourne - Help
VIC

There are a large selection of builders in the North East all the large home builders are very active as well as plenty of smaller operators. Depending on the quality and…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 26, 2014 10:40 am
Berstan Homes
Dukecaddy
Dukecaddy
25 September 2014

Mosman Park new build

Mosman Park new build
WA

Sorry, I thought you were after an architect to provide you with a design? If you have your own plan then I wouldn't bother getting it drawn up, just take it to a builder…

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Dukecaddy
Sep 25, 2014 11:13 pm
Dukecaddy
kylie40
kylie40
25 September 2014

Non-builder costs

Non-builder costs
NSW

No doubt scams do happen. Someone on this forum was invoiced for tipping extra asbestos, but when they asked for the tipping fee receipt, the demolisher dropped the extra…

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kylie40
Sep 25, 2014 9:29 pm
kylie40
marina12
marina12
25 September 2014

3 Sydney Demolition Companies who respond!

3 Sydney Demolition Companies who respond!
NSW

I was quoted for a demolition of 3 bedroom brick veneer house and removal of inground concrete pool with compaction certificate $35000.00 does anyone know how much a…

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marina12
Sep 25, 2014 8:58 pm
marina12
seans9191
seans9191
25 September 2014

Modular Buildings?

Modular Buildings?
NSW

Has anyone considered purchasing a modular building as an alternative to purchasing a normal house? I am not sure what to do and was wondering whether anyone has…

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seans9191
Sep 25, 2014 2:29 pm
gbasil
gbasil
25 September 2014

Home & land package Casaview-Kellyville Ridge

Home & land package Casaview-Kellyville Ridge
NSW

yes. in Conrad Rd. Paid deposit last year for home + land package. Still waiting for title.. it's now pending with Titling and Registry Services. Anyone else?

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gbasil
Sep 25, 2014 2:10 pm
Forg
Forg
25 September 2014

Deciding on a Staircase option

Deciding on a Staircase option
VIC

That most recent one above is probably the more functional of the two; there's a landing in the middle without odd-angled steps. Maybe the…

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Forg
Sep 25, 2014 12:52 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
24 September 2014

Knockdown and rebuild or renovate?

Knockdown and rebuild or renovate?
VIC

In most cases renovation will be well over the cost of rebuilding a new home. The problem with renovating is that there are so many unknown factors like what’s behind…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 24, 2014 12:24 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
24 September 2014

Knock-down/Rebuild - Disconnecting existing services

Knock-down/Rebuild - Disconnecting existing services
VIC

Services that require disconnection are Gas, Electricity and Tele-communications we usually leave the water connected for use with the demolition works.

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Berstan Homes
Sep 24, 2014 12:22 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
24 September 2014

Financing for Knock Down Rebuild (KDR)

Financing for Knock Down Rebuild (KDR)
NSW

There are several ways of financing a knock down rebuild depending on the circumstances of the persons involved. Bridging finance can be arranged if an existing home is…

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Berstan Homes
Sep 24, 2014 12:19 pm
Berstan Homes
timwa
timwa
24 September 2014

White Mortar

White Mortar
WA

Thx for the replies everyone. I am still waiting for our proposed builder to come back with the price increment for the white mortar.

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timwa
Sep 24, 2014 12:28 am
mwccl
mwccl
23 September 2014

Building Inspector - Any recommendations for Perth?

Building Inspector - Any recommendations for Perth?
WA

Thanks for all the advice so far but I am still confused. Should I be looking for a building consultant or an inspector?

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mwccl
Sep 23, 2014 4:23 pm
removalssos
removalssos
23 September 2014

Removals Sydney

Removals Sydney
NSW

SOS Removals & Storage is the trusted family operated removalist for moving house around the North Shore, Hills District & Inner West of Sydney.SOS Removals & Storage is…

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removalssos
Sep 23, 2014 2:59 pm
macky1012
macky1012
23 September 2014

Building a 12.5m House on a 14m Lot

Building a 12.5m House on a 14m Lot
VIC

Ours was 14m by 34m with a 2 metre easement at the back and a 4 metre front setback so we had a bit more room to play with than you. One…

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macky1012
Sep 23, 2014 12:32 pm
macky1012
steevo
steevo
23 September 2014

Privacy - overlooking

Privacy - overlooking
VIC

if it worries you that much, put on some reflective mirror tint on the window, so light can still come in, but they will not be able to see in from the outside (during the…

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steevo
Sep 23, 2014 9:47 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
22 September 2014

Water Tank guidelines- Newcastle City Council

Water Tank guidelines- Newcastle City Council
NSW

Hi jomarshall, I'm from Vic, but we have council Town Planning ordinances on line under (fro you)... Planning - City of Newcastle. Failing that you will need to ring…

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Leonardo_23
Sep 22, 2014 8:13 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
22 September 2014

Retaining walls

Retaining walls
VIC

Hi winner Photos will help and also where are you building? The council will help with site plans which should show Finished Levels, Datums, Retaining walls heights and…

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StructuralBIMGuy
Sep 22, 2014 4:56 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
Porter
Porter
22 September 2014

Has anyone used 'Ravlich & Clent' Builder

Has anyone used 'Ravlich & Clent' Builder
WA
1, 2

I was building my house with Ravlich & Clent, but not a happy experience. Unfortunately, we had a young site supervisor , and could not be a bit…

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Porter
Sep 22, 2014 11:48 am

oOoh One other thing I forgot to Comment on. I received tonnes of pms about our digital…

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fzncloud
Sep 22, 2014 11:44 am
fullmoon
fullmoon
21 September 2014

Have you built with Dreamstart or Commodore Homes?

Have you built with Dreamstart or Commodore Homes?
WA

Avoid commodore, currently building with them - delays, no explanations, no communication. its unacceptable that they tell you one thing,…

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fullmoon
Sep 21, 2014 7:36 pm
millbridge_build_wa
millbridge_build_wa
21 September 2014

smart homes perth

smart homes perth
WA

Hi, I am also building with smart homes. We were originally going to go with Ventura but SH had a great promotion on at the time we signed up. So far everything has gone…

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millbridge_build_wa
Sep 21, 2014 5:14 pm
TomCat
TomCat
20 September 2014

Building Simonds Isis in Adelaide SA

Building Simonds Isis in Adelaide SA
SA

How's that Isis coming along Wends? I love that house. I checked out the one at Seaford today coz I chose the same wall colours for my house. Felt good :D

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TomCat
Sep 20, 2014 10:32 pm
TomCat
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


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