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whoop1968
whoop1968
21 April 2014

My custom build complete

My custom build complete
VIC
1, 2

Hi bluesteel, Bricks are blue rio

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whoop1968
Apr 21, 2014 12:14 pm
Shambini
Shambini
21 April 2014

Cabinet work after handover

Cabinet work after handover
SA

yes others have done this before. we are doing the overheads in the l'dry, over head open cupboards in the scullery, we are also adding…

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Shambini
Apr 21, 2014 11:08 am
Shambini
Doozer1905
Doozer1905
20 April 2014

Did your builder/SS let you install things yourself?

Did your builder/SS let you install things yourself?
NSW

I use to work with one of the big 3 builders in Perth, the only thing we allowed the client to supply was light fittings for the builders electrician to install. There…

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Doozer1905
Apr 20, 2014 11:50 pm
Ekin
Ekin
20 April 2014

Floor plan sanity check

Floor plan sanity check
NSW

Thanks TiredHalo for uploading them for me - not sure what's happened there! Thanks everyone for the comments, and glad you like the plans. We've spent so darn long on…

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Ekin
Apr 20, 2014 10:41 pm
Ekin
whzzz28
whzzz28
20 April 2014

Coral Homes - Cant decide which is better Marcoola or Strad

Coral Homes - Cant decide which is better Marcoola or Strad
QLD

Assuming you visited the Marcoola up at North Lakes? It is pretty dark inside, but they went for the chocolate cave style look, which you either like or dislike.…

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whzzz28
Apr 20, 2014 2:27 pm
Subzero_Aus
Subzero_Aus
19 April 2014

Building with SBG

Building with SBG
VIC
1, 2, 3

Yep that's what my lending manager said. She also said the banks are very strict now in releasing funds if the construction is over $200K. Before they approve ur finance u…

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Subzero_Aus
Apr 19, 2014 11:32 pm
joyfulbuilder
joyfulbuilder
19 April 2014

Colour Advice Please - External

Colour Advice Please - External
SA

That is a lovely brick. I like brown bricks with white mortar, but that might cost more than cream? If you put up icons of all the colours we'll be able to get a better…

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joyfulbuilder
Apr 19, 2014 9:30 pm
Eric_SPQR
Eric_SPQR
19 April 2014

Impact designer homes

Impact designer homes
VIC

Yeah I know. They need more photos of there work.

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Eric_SPQR
Apr 19, 2014 9:23 pm
lila rose
lila rose
19 April 2014

advice on outdoor colour

advice on outdoor colour
QLD

We have dune with jasper roof and guttering and brown terrain bricks which are a deep brown :) it's a great colour and definitely goes with greys charcoals and browns

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lila rose
Apr 19, 2014 8:01 pm
lila rose
Ekin
Ekin
19 April 2014

Facade design help

Facade design help
NSW

Thanks Kenny86, appreciate it!

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Ekin
Apr 19, 2014 6:52 pm
Ekin
tango57perth
tango57perth
19 April 2014

Help!- Long delay from contract to building start. Advice??

Help!- Long delay from contract to building start. Advice??
QLD

No Advice to give here - but I am looking for some advice. We (like Konrad) are having issues with what seems like unreasonable delays.... we signed our contact with our…

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tango57perth
Apr 19, 2014 6:48 pm
Si Deziner
Si Deziner
19 April 2014

How long - Town Planning approval to subdivision approval

How long - Town Planning approval to subdivision approval
VIC

Hi dbun1, Depending on the council and their processes a verbal 'town planning approval' and 'subdivision approval' can be two very different things, with a lot of time…

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Si Deziner
Apr 19, 2014 2:16 pm
Liliana
Liliana
19 April 2014

Post handover frosting of windows

Post handover frosting of windows
SA

Our designer "forgot" to specify frosted glass for our laundry door which gives everyone a good view of you on the toilet. She suggested getting a film applied by Tint…

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Liliana
Apr 19, 2014 10:38 am
hurryup
hurryup
18 April 2014

How are the Selection choices with Celebration Homes

How are the Selection choices with Celebration Homes
WA

Hi I was wondering what the selections are like with CH? Brick choices, stone bench colours and tile choices. Thank you

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hurryup
Apr 18, 2014 10:24 pm
bpratt
bpratt
18 April 2014

Whirly birds

Whirly birds
SA
1, 2

Building a new house is not meant to be easy, all these options…

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bpratt
Apr 18, 2014 6:28 pm
summer5555
summer5555
18 April 2014

Cost of insulation?

Cost of insulation?
VIC

Why not investigate spray foam? I know they say the outlay is quite expensive but according to their sites once it's on, it lasts. I have it on my list to investigate…

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summer5555
Apr 18, 2014 4:02 pm
TamZlat
TamZlat
18 April 2014

Our Henleys experience!

Our Henleys experience!
VIC

Ahh our fingers are crossed that they will let us change the hallway area in the lux because thats the house we want!!

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TamZlat
Apr 18, 2014 11:49 am
TamZlat
Liliana
Liliana
18 April 2014

Treated pine frame- did yours look like this??

Treated pine frame- did yours look like this??
QLD

Hi Konrad, Even if you don't want to get too confrontational - this should at least be treated as a variation IMO. This means it needs to be documented as a change to…

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Liliana
Apr 18, 2014 9:57 am
monalisa
monalisa
17 April 2014

Bank valuation for a new home...

Bank valuation for a new home...
NSW

Hi all I am a little concerned re how the valuers value new home builds. Is this something to be concerned about? Building a new home will always cost much more than…

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monalisa
Apr 17, 2014 9:43 pm
monalisa
Lot927
Lot927
17 April 2014

Acoustic Report/works

Acoustic Report/works
NSW

Hi We have recently purchase land and now that the badgerys creek airport is approved we will need to do acoustic adjustments to our home that we will be building. Has…

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Lot927
Apr 17, 2014 9:26 pm
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
17 April 2014

Build Time in Contract for a Single Storey Burbank Home

Build Time in Contract for a Single Storey Burbank Home
VIC

The contract has it well padded out in their favour. Advise them that the construction period in the contract is excessive for a house of that size and you wish to have it…

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Bluesuede
Apr 17, 2014 8:05 pm
Bluesuede
sandra77
sandra77
17 April 2014

Alternative to Zip Hydrotap?

Alternative to Zip Hydrotap?
QLD

Just throwing it out there, but the new Samsung (I think) fridge does soda water and chilled water. It has a soda stream thingy built into it. Just in case you are looking…

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sandra77
Apr 17, 2014 5:43 pm
Nadicia
Nadicia
17 April 2014

Soil tests and earthworks

Soil tests and earthworks
QLD

Thanks Matt, that is very useful information and I genuinely appreciate your time in answering.

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Nadicia
Apr 17, 2014 11:08 am
patclan
patclan
17 April 2014

Cladding: ICF blocks vs EPS foam cladding?

Cladding: ICF blocks vs EPS foam cladding?
QLD

Well a couple of years after the original post but I have the same question, looking at building in the Gold Coast Hinterland, I like the idea of ICF but is it overkill…

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patclan
Apr 17, 2014 10:16 am
trambay
trambay
16 April 2014

Melbourne: Any display homes suitable for empty nesters?

Melbourne: Any display homes suitable for empty nesters?
VIC

I'm building a not big house that maybe you could be interested. Well, I'm too young to be a empty nester, but I don't have children and don't want any. I found some when…

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trambay
Apr 17, 2014 12:01 am
Building the Dream
Building the Dream
16 April 2014

Kitchen colours and materials

Kitchen colours and materials
WA

I had a laminate similar to black truffle. would never get it again. showed crumbs everywhere. looked great cleaned but trashed 5 minutes later. could you go white…

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Building the Dream
Apr 16, 2014 8:24 pm
vladmari
vladmari
16 April 2014

Statesman/Hickinbotham release to construction to slab?

Statesman/Hickinbotham release to construction to slab?
SA

Just as an update. OK to construction day was 7 March, preparation works were finished on 14 March and the footing was done on 25 March. Just a bit under 3 weeks. I think…

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vladmari
Apr 16, 2014 4:52 pm
vladmari
TOSCANO243
TOSCANO243
16 April 2014

Bunya home

Bunya home
NSW

Opps...sorry San Man 255 didn't realize your posted date. Anyway do you have any idea about it?

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TOSCANO243
Apr 16, 2014 3:33 pm

Hello all - here is a copy of the plan for my kitchen/dining/living area - I'm wondering if anyone can suggest where I should place the…

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TinaG
Apr 16, 2014 10:44 am
Melsie68
Melsie68
15 April 2014

$20K, would you spend it on upgrades or more ensuites?

$20K, would you spend it on upgrades or more ensuites?
VIC
1, 2

I'd go for the upgrades. How old are your children? If they are quite young or even teenagers they will certainly benefit from learning that sometimes you have to wait…

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Melsie68
Apr 15, 2014 11:07 pm
best840314
best840314
15 April 2014

building inspector

building inspector
VIC

Thank you for your reply Liliana. I will try to get a quote from them.

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best840314
Apr 15, 2014 9:27 pm
2-cupcakes-pls
2-cupcakes-pls
15 April 2014

Building a new home - any tips welcome!

Building a new home - any tips welcome!
WA

Welcome! I haven't ever heard that feedback about the drains, but yes this forum is a great resource as well as the many build blogs out…

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2-cupcakes-pls
Apr 15, 2014 8:53 pm
2-cupcakes-pls
lila rose
lila rose
15 April 2014

Holding up or cancelling a building contract?

Holding up or cancelling a building contract?
WA

Just read your original thread and wanted to add - awful situation but like I said try not to let your mind run away on you with all the worst case scenarios. I really…

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lila rose
Apr 15, 2014 8:28 pm
lila rose
boundarypeg
boundarypeg
15 April 2014

Need recommendation for House inspector and other Supplier

Need recommendation for House inspector and other Supplier
VIC

Hi All, Currently i am building Montana Q1 with Henley builder and the base price do not cover few of the essential feature you want to have during or before move in.…

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boundarypeg
Apr 15, 2014 7:14 pm
vetty19
vetty19
15 April 2014

Hello everyone, about to start the new build process, comple

Hello everyone, about to start the new build process, comple
WA

It will be unlikely that they will build the house with no kitchen, but it never hurts to ask :) Good Luck with build, the design is nice. Love the idea of a Scullery :D

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vetty19
Apr 15, 2014 6:57 pm
vetty19
Skyblues
Skyblues
14 April 2014

Signing up

Signing up
SA

Hi, We are considering to sign up with a builder in Adelaide in the next couple of weeks. The design and quotation process has been smooth. Any recent experiences with…

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Skyblues
Apr 15, 2014 12:29 am
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
14 April 2014

Canberra: Todays Homes - Renaissance Homes - Sekisui House

Canberra: Todays Homes - Renaissance Homes - Sekisui House
ACT

Shirokuma we have almost finished building with Sekisui in the area. My thread goes into some detail about our experiences with them. We have…

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cat_dunc
Apr 14, 2014 8:58 pm
cat_dunc
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Ari
Apr 14, 2014 8:49 pm
BS12
BS12
14 April 2014

WA house building general advice (repost)

WA house building general advice (repost)
WA

Hi Ronahz and welcome to Alkimos Beach! Where in the estate are you?

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BS12
Apr 14, 2014 6:28 pm
J and A
J and A
14 April 2014

My Mcdonald Jones Blog - Drop in

My Mcdonald Jones Blog - Drop in
NSW

Hi Everyone, We are building with Mcdonald Jones (Milano Four), and are about to sign contracts, and wanted a place (A BLOG) to put the good, the bad and the Ugly. Feel…

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J and A
Apr 14, 2014 4:44 pm
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
14 April 2014

Matching bathrooms in new build?

Matching bathrooms in new build?
QLD
1, 2

I got told by laminex they were having manufacturing issues so it's only temporary. Same thing happened with the mist grey gloss but that is back now! Hopefully it's all…

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xxkatxx
Apr 14, 2014 3:19 pm
archetto
archetto
14 April 2014

Ben Trager- EPS Cladding and Truss Flooring

Ben Trager- EPS Cladding and Truss Flooring
WA

Following I suppose anyone who has a completed home with BTH has only been living in them for a year, maybe not even that long yet? They have a lifetime warranty so…

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archetto
Apr 14, 2014 3:12 pm
archetto
San man 255
San man 255
13 April 2014

Bunya home

Bunya home
NSW

Hello every1 I'm new to this forum I'm building with champion homes stage 5 John Campbell parade. Thanx every1 sharing ur ideas and discussions. Any 1 building with…

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San man 255
Apr 14, 2014 12:11 am
Avenger
Avenger
13 April 2014

HELP on exterior colours :P

HELP on exterior colours :P
WA

Hi Issy, I liked your selection. I am building Minerva which is a bigger version of Easy start Display Home (Water Mark) http://www.newgenerationhomes.com.au/ou ...…

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Avenger
Apr 13, 2014 9:14 pm
askanaan
askanaan
13 April 2014

Using Project Builder but doing my floors

Using Project Builder but doing my floors
NSW

Also check if your flooring require any expansion gap and if they do make sure your skirting is thicker. We just realized our standard skirting of…

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askanaan
Apr 13, 2014 7:12 pm
IssyandOzzy
IssyandOzzy
13 April 2014

My building Thread - Handover 11 March 2011

My building Thread - Handover 11 March 2011
VIC
1 ... 25, 26, 27

Hello Janelle! wow your house looks so amazing.. especially your kitchen.. just wanted to ask though.. how are you going with the silk gloss with your kitchen? is it…

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IssyandOzzy
Apr 13, 2014 4:21 pm
Althom
Althom
13 April 2014

How picky were/are you at PCI?

How picky were/are you at PCI?
VIC

How much money have you handed over. How much debt are you now in? Note every single issue and expect the builder to deliver what you have paid for - a brand new, issue free home.

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Althom
Apr 13, 2014 11:03 am
Althom


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