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dalemengel
dalemengel
1 October 2014

Slab based on Class M for Class S site

Slab based on Class M for Class S site
QLD

Yes I just noticed that AS 2870 had an update in 2011, so may as well get another soil test done - included in the costs anyway! I doubt an Engineer (well, a decent…

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dalemengel
Oct 01, 2014 6:34 pm
LaceyM
LaceyM
1 October 2014

Looking for input on my floor plan

Looking for input on my floor plan

This house is absolutely killing it, love the space and the massive pantry and kitchen, definitely going to be amazing. I honestly wouldnt change much, theres no space…

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LaceyM
Oct 01, 2014 5:25 pm
LaceyM

We've been having fairly good progress...... a few delays along the way, but that seems to be the way it works. Bricks were completed 4/9/14. While they were doing bricks,…

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GillyM
Oct 01, 2014 5:13 pm
GillyM
mgilla
mgilla
1 October 2014

Builder fails to follow plans

Builder fails to follow plans
VIC

The plans are referenced in the building contract and are part of the building and planning permits. I would suggest contacting the…

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mgilla
Oct 01, 2014 5:00 pm
Tonk
Tonk
1 October 2014

First Build in Jane Brook with Home Group WA

First Build in Jane Brook with Home Group WA
WA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Awesome having your bricks finished! Enjoying your pics :)

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Tonk
Oct 01, 2014 4:45 pm
Tonk
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
1 October 2014

High ceilings - what happens with the windows?

High ceilings - what happens with the windows?
QLD
1, 2

There are a couple of ideas that could be applied the window could butt up to the underside of the ceiling or you could form up a bulkhead above the windows

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Berstan Homes
Oct 01, 2014 4:13 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
1 October 2014

Temporary accomodation

Temporary accomodation
WA

Accommodation while waiting for your home to be built can be an interesting question with some varied answers. We have had people go on holidays, live in caravans, rented…

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Berstan Homes
Oct 01, 2014 4:11 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
1 October 2014

What comes first WIR or Carpets?

What comes first WIR or Carpets?
WA

The walk in robe would need to be built well before the carpet goes in.

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Berstan Homes
Oct 01, 2014 4:10 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
1 October 2014

Contract signing tommorrow!, any advice!

Contract signing tommorrow!, any advice!
QLD

All domestic building contracts in Australia need to conform to the Domestic building contracts Act1995 which covers both parties with a set of rules in which to abide by.…

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Berstan Homes
Oct 01, 2014 4:09 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
1 October 2014

Building on land not in estate

Building on land not in estate
VIC

Shouldn’t be a problem with most builders some however are not geared up labour wise or equipped to do these works. There are several differences with building on land…

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Berstan Homes
Oct 01, 2014 4:04 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
1 October 2014

How much it costs for changing the slab class from H1 to P?

How much it costs for changing the slab class from H1 to P?
NSW

The cost difference between the two types can vary significantly depending on what the engineering has stated. I would suggest looking closely at the engineering and soil…

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Berstan Homes
Oct 01, 2014 1:07 pm
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
Berstan Homes
1 October 2014

Slab issues

Slab issues
VIC

Many people point their figure at the slab. When the slab is only going to be a problem if it’s not installed properly and that’s where the problems come from. People…

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Berstan Homes
Oct 01, 2014 1:06 pm
Berstan Homes
Dewish
Dewish
1 October 2014

Dale Alcock Marina Bay build

Dale Alcock Marina Bay build
WA
1, 2

So far it definitely has. Everything has now been delivered so full steam ahead.

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Dewish
Oct 01, 2014 11:15 am
Forg
Forg
1 October 2014

Time between contract signing and construction commencing?

Time between contract signing and construction commencing?
NSW

This seems to depend on the processes the builder follows, too. It seems some people sign their contract & then start making decisions on stuff like brick colours; the…

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Forg
Oct 01, 2014 10:37 am
bletchleybuild
bletchleybuild
30 September 2014

C Home Building Thread

C Home Building Thread
WA
1 ... 22, 23, 24

Thank you :) :) I think it's your computer.... very much grey (lots of greys in my home). Alaskan is quite cream with grey through it which should…

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bletchleybuild
Oct 01, 2014 12:19 am
Perth_Euro
Perth_Euro
30 September 2014

Content-Living Farmhouse Range

Content-Living Farmhouse Range
WA

When we built with Content in 07 they charged us $950 for 3 doors to close in robes.

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Perth_Euro
Sep 30, 2014 11:01 pm
Melsie68
Melsie68
30 September 2014

Care of gloss ceramic tiles throughout home

Care of gloss ceramic tiles throughout home
VIC

Yeh enjo takes so long to mop with .I have 120sqm of living tiles .then plus all wet areas .I do like enjo for small areas .but large does my head in lol

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Melsie68
Sep 30, 2014 9:56 pm
palmtree1
palmtree1
30 September 2014

Our house (WA) - 18 months in - new photos pg 43

Our house (WA) - 18 months in - new photos pg 43
WA
1 ... 42, 43, 44

What colour render have you used? - beautiful!

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palmtree1
Sep 30, 2014 4:52 pm
bhazad
bhazad
30 September 2014

CADDENS - Adenbrook or Elderton

CADDENS - Adenbrook or Elderton
NSW

We are also in the process of paperwork with Elderton, up to the building contract stage before submitting to DA. It has been quite a long process but we have made around…

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bhazad
Sep 30, 2014 4:03 pm
Beetaloo
Beetaloo
30 September 2014

T2 or H2F treated frames

T2 or H2F treated frames
QLD

My understanding is that T2 Blue is a trade name for a particular timber supplier for timber that has been treated to H2F.

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Beetaloo
Sep 30, 2014 3:29 pm
Beetaloo
BS12
BS12
30 September 2014

Flossy's Casa In Alkimos Beach

Flossy's Casa In Alkimos Beach
WA

Partridge has been flat…

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BS12
Sep 30, 2014 1:31 pm
building-expert
building-expert
30 September 2014

Can I outsource something during my build? [VIC]

Can I outsource something during my build? [VIC]
VIC

As a builder myself I would not allow owner to bring anyone else to my site. Why would I? If you want something done then pay me to do it. If as a builder you do it then…

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building-expert
Sep 30, 2014 9:31 am
building-expert
Balk
Balk
29 September 2014

Beechwood Homes - Upgrades and Costs

Beechwood Homes - Upgrades and Costs
NSW

Thanks to all who have replied, this is putting me to some ease!

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Balk
Sep 29, 2014 11:35 pm
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Lynnie Lou
Sep 29, 2014 10:00 pm
raina
raina
29 September 2014

Help - Ideas around Laundry and Theatre room

Help - Ideas around Laundry and Theatre room
NSW

Thanks everyone.. i will tell the guys to change over the rumpus and theatre and see how we go with the design aussie mark - the alfresco is 3mtrs in depth. t

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raina
Sep 29, 2014 3:34 pm
ST13
ST13
29 September 2014

Driveway and Fencing allowance, excluded from valuation?

Driveway and Fencing allowance, excluded from valuation?
VIC

Originally my solar was meant to be part of the loan to be installed after hand over, but when i got the paper work they had left this out of the loan. When I asked, I…

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ST13
Sep 29, 2014 3:13 pm

Hi I'm no expert but our house is on a sloped bit of land and we are doing a KDR and the house was originally on stumps... we had a quote from a volume builder for the…

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yvonneh
Sep 29, 2014 10:37 am
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trixee
Sep 28, 2014 9:22 pm
trixee
joea
joea
28 September 2014

Glass kitchen splashback

Glass kitchen splashback
NSW

Are you building a…

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joea
Sep 28, 2014 8:44 pm
joea
Untwisted Twist
Untwisted Twist
28 September 2014

Sales Quotation contract - wrong price quotes

Sales Quotation contract - wrong price quotes
VIC

My guess is that your $2 and $5 respectively, may be per metre considering they are skirts and cornice. As far as approximates go, it's only an estimate so no need to…

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Untwisted Twist
Sep 28, 2014 9:05 am
insider
insider
28 September 2014

Eight homes- Doreen/Mernda/Epping

Eight homes- Doreen/Mernda/Epping
VIC

Another thing I forgot row_007, Make sure your soil report recommendations are complied with, because perhaps a little to the west of your…

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insider
Sep 28, 2014 7:28 am
insider
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 1:37 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 10:30 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 6:21 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 5:44 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 12:50 pm
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 10:47 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
1 ... 16, 17, 18

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 11:33 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 7:50 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 6:33 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 5:53 pm
Beazley77
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PanRaptor
Sep 26, 2014 1:06 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 12:25 pm
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 11:55 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 11:54 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 11:53 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 11:42 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 11:40 am
Berstan Homes

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