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snufl
snufl
3 January 2015

Porcelain tiles! Advice and questions still needed :S

Porcelain tiles! Advice and questions still needed :S
WA

I've been tipped of the Roomba.. But It's expensive.. And I can't see how a robot vacuum can do a better job then a person using their hands…

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snufl
Jan 03, 2015 6:33 pm

Those of you with Facebook join here:

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Big Nath
Jan 03, 2015 2:12 am
Big Nath
Crazyk
Crazyk
2 January 2015

Architect builds? affordable or not?

Architect builds? affordable or not?
WA
1, 2

Well it looks as though you are certainly going into it eyes wide open at not naive about the sales pitch stuff. Good luck with it all. Hope you get what you want with…

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Crazyk
Jan 02, 2015 10:48 pm
Crazyk
dalemengel
dalemengel
2 January 2015

Concrete Block vs Brick Home

Concrete Block vs Brick Home
QLD

Yes, the humidity is the killer for sure! I have been to Broken Hill when it was 40 degrees and it was nothing compared to low 30s and high humidity here in northern Qld!

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dalemengel
Jan 02, 2015 3:26 pm
1rocky
1rocky
2 January 2015

Building a new house!

Building a new house!
NSW

i purchased land first then had a custom home built through a builder. i was able to talk directly to owner of the franchise which worked great and they listened to my…

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1rocky
Jan 02, 2015 12:50 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
2 January 2015

Anybody building a double brick home in Sydney?

Anybody building a double brick home in Sydney?
NSW

PK, see my input to this thread here regarding dbl brick... viewtopic.php?f=3&t=75129&p=1285297#p1285297 Double brick is a poor performer thermally. Don't get me wrong, I…

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Stewie D
Jan 02, 2015 12:02 pm
DG85
DG85
2 January 2015

Starphire glass splashback

Starphire glass splashback
NSW

For those who have installed a glass starphire kitchen splashback did you find the colour to be lighter or darker then the glass sample they show u once it's completed?

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DG85
Jan 02, 2015 10:58 am
DG85
Shaqsta1
Shaqsta1
2 January 2015

Our Elwood in Honeywood Rise?

Our Elwood in Honeywood Rise?
WA

Hi Luke81 We also have purchased in Honeywood Rise Stage 1 and are also building with Celebrations. We are building the Ascot, Prestart was completed in November and are…

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Shaqsta1
Jan 02, 2015 9:41 am
monalisa
monalisa
1 January 2015

External colours dilemma - can't decide on rendering colour

External colours dilemma - can't decide on rendering colour
NSW

Hi all How about not getting any rendering at all? And do it later if we feel the need (or may be not!)? Would it look bad leaving it plain bricks? thanks Monalisa

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monalisa
Jan 01, 2015 5:30 pm
monalisa
Melsie68
Melsie68
31 December 2014

Help, light/white render colours with blackish brick?

Help, light/white render colours with blackish brick?
VIC

I cant seem to find a sample so it might not be called that .ill ask her

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Melsie68
Dec 31, 2014 11:29 pm
Cjawadz
Cjawadz
31 December 2014

Non-custom 4 bed 3 bath design

Non-custom 4 bed 3 bath design
WA

Hi all, Has anyone come across any builder's non-custom design of 4 beds 3 bath plan for a 15x30 lot? So far I only came across Complete…

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Cjawadz
Dec 31, 2014 7:10 pm
mirz
mirz
31 December 2014

help to understand types of concrete!

help to understand types of concrete!
VIC

I thought regular concreting is around $45~$50 per sqm and colored is around $55 per sqm. Are you going with color concreting or plain one? Also don't forget to ask for…

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mirz
Dec 31, 2014 2:25 pm
mirz
junk3569
junk3569
31 December 2014

Opinions of my plans please

Opinions of my plans please
NSW

So, without changing the footprint of either floor (as you have planning approval) - I would rationalise the areas as follows. By shifting…

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junk3569
Dec 31, 2014 7:51 am
junk3569
junk3569
30 December 2014

Two Storey house plan - all feedback welcome & appreciated

Two Storey house plan - all feedback welcome & appreciated
WA

This is just personal preference....... since your house is huge on the ground floor, but first floor seem to lack of space. I would expand to have bigger gallery + bigger…

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junk3569
Dec 30, 2014 11:44 pm
Cjawadz
Cjawadz
30 December 2014

Good builders in Perth without "dale alcock" price tag

Good builders in Perth without "dale alcock" price tag
WA
1, 2, 3

I was in the same situation as OP couple of months ago. I was planning on building my first home and I had shortlisted Dale Alcock, Redink Homes and Ross North after…

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Cjawadz
Dec 30, 2014 1:27 pm
noisuf
noisuf
30 December 2014

Frame Stage Invoice Payment with Defects Outstanding

Frame Stage Invoice Payment with Defects Outstanding
VIC

Hi Everyone, We're building with Simonds Homes in Victoria. Received the Frame Stage invoice today and requires payment by 2/01/15. We provided frame stage inspection…

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noisuf
Dec 30, 2014 12:02 pm
Rayess
Rayess
29 December 2014

Seeking affordable and reliable Architect in Sydney

Seeking affordable and reliable Architect in Sydney
NSW

Hi Vicki, Bruce Fyffe is pretty amazing. We have had friends whose homes he has designed - just superb http://www.fyffedesignservices.com.au/ Best of luck R

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Rayess
Dec 29, 2014 11:13 pm
DonThom
DonThom
29 December 2014

Bricks - PGH Blue Steel Flash - Not Coloured Through Bricks?

Bricks - PGH Blue Steel Flash - Not Coloured Through Bricks?
NSW

Hi, we liked the look of dark, blackish bricks so we chose PGH Eclipse. When the brickies started we were shocked at how chipped they were but we waited until the brickies…

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DonThom
Dec 29, 2014 6:54 pm
DonThom
bryzza
bryzza
28 December 2014

Meridian 215 Sekisui House - Adelaide

Meridian 215 Sekisui House - Adelaide
SA
1, 2

Hi aluka. Really love the colour scheme. Any updates on your build? Is the prestige walnut the exact colour of the picture or close as possible ?

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bryzza
Dec 28, 2014 11:15 pm
bryzza
carrie8
carrie8
28 December 2014

anyone built in melbourne with a low 5k deposit? any catches

anyone built in melbourne with a low 5k deposit? any catches
VIC

Myself and my partner are thinking of building with a low deposit builder e.g. simonds 5k. has anyone had any good experiences with this? or any catches? we will save for…

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carrie8
Dec 28, 2014 9:50 pm
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


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