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Marcia
Marcia
2 December 2013

Building in Trinity WA with Commodore Homes

Building in Trinity WA with Commodore Homes
WA

My suggestion would be to ask for as much as possible up front before you sign anything. Get everything costed and locked in so you know what you are up for. We had CHs on…

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Marcia
Dec 02, 2013 3:10 pm
Marcia

Fun weekend of gardening. Full pics of my completed landscaping will be uploaded soon. Just a few more finishing touches to do. On Saturday we took delivery of our wood…

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tstr1a
Dec 02, 2013 11:36 am
marisa@artilux
marisa@artilux
2 December 2013

High Ceilings (2700) & BIFOLD DOORS to Alfresco is it Worth?

High Ceilings (2700) & BIFOLD DOORS to Alfresco is it Worth?
NSW
1, 2

We have 2 x 4.2 metre openings onto the rear alfresco area that flows into the pool. We went Bifolds and they push out of the way and really open…

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marisa@artilux
Dec 02, 2013 10:03 am
av31
av31
2 December 2013

Driveway cost

Driveway cost
VIC

Hi all, I am building a new house in Melbourne West. My builder wants to charge me 131 per sq metre for an exposed aggregate driveway upto 30 sq metres. I was…

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av31
Dec 02, 2013 9:44 am
AussieMark
AussieMark
1 December 2013

28c internal door cost upgrade

28c internal door cost upgrade
WA

It will be totally worth it. Infact I think its the little thinks like that that really make the difference in the level of quality of the final home which you will live in.... :)

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AussieMark
Dec 01, 2013 2:39 pm
Wade+Erica
Wade+Erica
1 December 2013

DIY build for 100k

DIY build for 100k

OK, here is a bit of depressing information. If you want to buy a home on it's own section in Auckland you need $250k +. For that price you will get a cold house in the…

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Wade+Erica
Dec 01, 2013 2:03 pm
AussieMark
AussieMark
1 December 2013

Best builder for a custom build Perth

Best builder for a custom build Perth
WA

I think to get decent feedback you need to provide some paraemeters such as floor space, total budget etc.....

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AussieMark
Nov 30, 2013 11:01 pm
mightyirvs
mightyirvs
30 November 2013

Internal clay brickwork

Internal clay brickwork
WA

Brick joints (horizontal and vertical) should always be fully mortared, no exceptions in my book! I've never came across a builder that omitted the mortar!

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mightyirvs
Nov 30, 2013 10:20 pm
mightyirvs
mightyirvs
30 November 2013

Planet Architecture in Warrandyte (or Mornington?) Vic

Planet Architecture in Warrandyte (or Mornington?) Vic
VIC

I've never heard of them, but Fratelle Group (Northbridge)have a very good reputation for sustainable residential architecture and have won loads of awards.

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mightyirvs
Nov 30, 2013 10:10 pm
Bobdaboarder
Bobdaboarder
30 November 2013

Barrington Homes

Barrington Homes
NSW

Hi mnhmckenzie, Our plans are about to go to council. So far they have been great. Very friendly and helpful. We also made a couple of changes to the Rochester.

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Bobdaboarder
Nov 30, 2013 10:04 pm
Tans1970
Tans1970
30 November 2013

Building the Retreat Nouveau Q1 with Plantation Homes

Building the Retreat Nouveau Q1 with Plantation Homes
QLD

So I am a late starter on this particular forum, however I have been keeping a blog of our progress so far. Overall not too many frustrations…

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Tans1970
Nov 30, 2013 9:21 pm
Tans1970
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
30 November 2013

Sewerage and Stormwater Costs - too high?

Sewerage and Stormwater Costs - too high?
NSW

$17.5 k sounds over the top but it's also a bad time of the year to be lining up work. You should always get 3 quotes. Try and get a drainer, they won't be hiring…

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SaveH2O
Nov 30, 2013 1:55 pm
SaveH2O
Ari
Ari
30 November 2013

PCI issue - please help!

PCI issue - please help!
QLD

The fact they are already trying to steam roll you is a big red flag that you need to hire an independent inspector. I wouldn't accept it.

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Ari
Nov 30, 2013 9:12 am
askanaan
askanaan
29 November 2013

Bulk Builders VS family friend builder

Bulk Builders VS family friend builder
NSW

The specification must satisfy current regulations for the building permit so that should not be a problem. Almost entire incidence of…

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askanaan
Nov 29, 2013 9:34 pm
DoubleDutch
DoubleDutch
29 November 2013

Plot Ratio / Site Coverage Max - What is it in your Council?

Plot Ratio / Site Coverage Max - What is it in your Council?
SA

Very interesting - so in some cases (maybe all?) there is a minimum AND maximum ratio. Can certainly understand your want to increase garden /…

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DoubleDutch
Nov 29, 2013 6:28 pm
WildwoodHome
WildwoodHome
29 November 2013

Anyone else buliding in Wildwood, Carramar??

Anyone else buliding in Wildwood, Carramar??
WA
1, 2

Thanks hopefully yours goes smoothly as well, in fact i'm taking a drive up there now to count my bricks again haha.

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WildwoodHome
Nov 29, 2013 1:24 pm
walkie85
walkie85
29 November 2013

Multi Generation Dwelling Plan...

Multi Generation Dwelling Plan...
QLD

Hi, I'm trying to find some good plans for ideas for a multi generation dwelling? Needs to be one storey & wheelchair accessible... Hence the need, my son has special…

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walkie85
Nov 29, 2013 10:38 am
Perth_Euro
Perth_Euro
29 November 2013

Paver in Perth (SOR)

Paver in Perth (SOR)
WA

Not sure if you have contacted Todd at TBF Paving. He is a local guy here in Aubin Grove. 0407 384 744

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Perth_Euro
Nov 29, 2013 8:42 am
Forg
Forg
28 November 2013

Master Bedroom back or front of the house

Master Bedroom back or front of the house
NSW

I've read a lot of people who don't want the laundry near the bedrooms, but I don't really understand why they do this. I don't want to have to…

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Forg
Nov 28, 2013 1:38 pm
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askanaan
Nov 28, 2013 10:03 am
buildingwest
buildingwest
28 November 2013

NBG Blaxland 200E - Builders gone bust.....

NBG Blaxland 200E - Builders gone bust.....
VIC
1 ... 34, 35, 36

Thanks. I am sure I will love the house. The builders were refusing to address a lot of the issues and I really had to argue with them over so many items. They would not…

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buildingwest
Nov 28, 2013 9:54 am
Jho_Silz
Jho_Silz
27 November 2013

Clarendon Sheridan 38

Clarendon Sheridan 38
NSW

Hi dotgif, we are also planning on building a wentworth with Clarendon with a few changes to the design. Have you found…

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Jho_Silz
Nov 27, 2013 9:33 pm
rzweng
rzweng
27 November 2013

Minta Farm title

Minta Farm title
VIC

Anyone knows when on earth the title will be released? I was told the title will be delayed to mid 2014 atleast. Not sure if it is stage 1 or 2 or both. And is MF an…

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rzweng
Nov 27, 2013 8:30 pm
vanbox
vanbox
27 November 2013

Small lot house Brisbane - Moved In!

Small lot house Brisbane - Moved In!
QLD
1, 2

Looks amazing, I just wanted to see more photos on the real eatate site :lol: Everything looks lovely and I really like the floor plan. best of…

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vanbox
Nov 27, 2013 7:22 pm
Forg
Forg
27 November 2013

Doses building usually stop or slow down over Christmas?

Doses building usually stop or slow down over Christmas?
WA

Yeah, Sydney is hotter in February than January too. I certainly don't envy the tradesmen & tradeswomen who're forced to take their holidays at the absolute most annoying…

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Forg
Nov 27, 2013 4:49 pm
robbie55
robbie55
27 November 2013

Holes made by electrician for light fittings/power points?

Holes made by electrician for light fittings/power points?

I don't think there is going to be too much to argue if it looks neat once they're all on but it does say something about the quality of their work and the pride they take…

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robbie55
Nov 27, 2013 9:58 am
robbie55
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KGsGirl
Nov 27, 2013 9:39 am
KGsGirl
Forg
Forg
27 November 2013

Connection of electricity - knock down rebuild

Connection of electricity - knock down rebuild
NSW

Also check with the builder & the demolition people; for ours, and without me even considering what was supposed to happen, the electrician who works for the demo company…

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Forg
Nov 27, 2013 7:40 am
LapidiusCortez
LapidiusCortez
27 November 2013

Rochedale Estates - Covenants and Community

Rochedale Estates - Covenants and Community
QLD

I too lived there for a while and the community seemed good to me. The place is a relaxing one. I think it will be good if you already have a connection out there with…

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LapidiusCortez
Nov 26, 2013 11:53 pm
LapidiusCortez
nhw
nhw
26 November 2013

Looking for recommendations for builders

Looking for recommendations for builders
NSW

Thanks guys. Location I'm not sure either just outside ACT or in ACT can't decide. It's such a scary thing.

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nhw
Nov 26, 2013 7:58 pm
KGsGirl
KGsGirl
26 November 2013

land vs construction cost ratio

land vs construction cost ratio
VIC
1, 2

Appin NSW Land - 180k for 460sq House - 230k house

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KGsGirl
Nov 26, 2013 7:40 pm
KGsGirl
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
26 November 2013

Question for knockdown/rebuilders re: phone line

Question for knockdown/rebuilders re: phone line
VIC

I've signed with Optus cable, hahahahaha! Sorry, I just did not think it would be this easy. Touch wood though, I'll be more relieved when it's in…

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Bluesuede
Nov 26, 2013 4:35 pm
Bluesuede
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LeanneR
Nov 26, 2013 4:21 pm
LeanneR
Novice8
Novice8
26 November 2013

Moving in straight after PCI

Moving in straight after PCI
NSW

We've received the Cert of Occ well before handover, as long as the things found in your PCI walk through aren't things that would hold back the…

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Novice8
Nov 26, 2013 2:02 pm
DM1423
DM1423
26 November 2013

Summit @Home Portal

Summit @Home Portal
WA

Anyone building with the Summit Home Group using this tool? Any feedback?

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DM1423
Nov 26, 2013 10:21 am
DM1423
claypot
claypot
26 November 2013

Statesman Homes Colour Selection costs

Statesman Homes Colour Selection costs
SA
1, 2

Hey there we bailed out of a build with Statesman ( not due to any thing they'd done) I found the ducted air con price was much the same as the price I got ($200- $300),…

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claypot
Nov 26, 2013 5:20 am
Silverfishy
Silverfishy
25 November 2013

Building Double Storey - Visited Selandra Rise Clyde North

Building Double Storey - Visited Selandra Rise Clyde North

How did you go? have you signed up? We are looking now as well in whitehorse to do a kdrb. Unfortunately in "zone 3" for porter davis which will cost an extra 5 or 10 k.…

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Silverfishy
Nov 25, 2013 10:03 pm
Silverfishy
Serialbuilder
Serialbuilder
25 November 2013

Aveling homes - first time build baldivis

Aveling homes - first time build baldivis
WA
1 ... 11, 12, 13

Hi newby, pretty much same as you but on a lesser scale. I'm reasonably happy with how things are looking but DH is still struggling. I'm not sure what will happen, I'm…

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Serialbuilder
Nov 25, 2013 8:27 pm
Serialbuilder
melaqua7
melaqua7
25 November 2013

Need help deciding on front door

Need help deciding on front door
WA

Thanks for all of your input. I think I have decided to go with the benchmark double door instead of a hume pivot. I have kept my eye on houses on the weekend and saw many…

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melaqua7
Nov 25, 2013 6:24 pm
Sunrise1
Sunrise1
25 November 2013

Eden Brae Cremorne 35 Display - Bunya, which Bricks?

Eden Brae Cremorne 35 Display - Bunya, which Bricks?
NSW

that is great news for you. The cost comes in at about $7000 extra for a cremorne 38. we asked for a quote on pewter. Wow!!!! $14,000 upgrade.

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Sunrise1
Nov 25, 2013 3:34 pm
hee
hee
25 November 2013

Anybody building with Western Sydney Property Group ???

Anybody building with Western Sydney Property Group ???
NSW

::cry:: ::sad:: Hello. I could not just pass by your question in the forum as I bought the off-the-plan townhouse built by them recently and now I am so stressed due to the house. I…

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hee
Nov 25, 2013 3:14 pm
moomin
moomin
25 November 2013

Quaker barn/American barn homes? Pros and cons please

Quaker barn/American barn homes? Pros and cons please

Looking into doing the same. Would love to read more & see some photo's. Have had a possible price of around $13k 'mentioned' for a 60' x 40' (or 18m x 12m) kit barn/shed.…

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moomin
Nov 25, 2013 2:09 pm
Forg
Forg
25 November 2013

How much work can you do before council approval

How much work can you do before council approval
NSW

I note others in the street have had private certifier approval and they are still listed on the council website - if you get CDC do they still…

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Forg
Nov 25, 2013 12:13 pm
Serialbuilder
Serialbuilder
25 November 2013

Removing concrete and muck off aluminium window frames

Removing concrete and muck off aluminium window frames
WA

Thank you Scottperrin I will print this out for direction. I was afraid we might do damage by leaving it, I will approach the window company for touch up paint again (have…

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Serialbuilder
Nov 25, 2013 9:42 am
Serialbuilder
Davelle
Davelle
25 November 2013

Cairns build - Austart Homes

Cairns build - Austart Homes
QLD
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Have only just come across this thread! your house looks stunning especially with the surroundings as well, love cairns! Congrats on making such a beautiful home

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Davelle
Nov 25, 2013 8:51 am
Davelle
Cameron32
Cameron32
25 November 2013

Soil Removal after site cut/fill

Soil Removal after site cut/fill
NSW

Yes, I did in gumtree Builder just removed soil, and keep something at my backyard.

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Cameron32
Nov 25, 2013 8:43 am
Cameron32
leighton
leighton
24 November 2013

Building a new colonial style house

Building a new colonial style house
QLD

I don't know anyone but find a builder who designs and builds similar houses. Best to get a 3D Designer Builder like us. but.

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leighton
Nov 24, 2013 4:59 pm
leighton
building-expert
building-expert
24 November 2013

House built in the wrong spot

House built in the wrong spot
WA

Hi agabob Unfortunately there is not much you can do about it now, looks like everyone has missed it including you but you have put up a good example as to what can…

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building-expert
Nov 24, 2013 4:56 pm
building-expert
leighton
leighton
24 November 2013

What Discounts are Mainstream Builders Willing to Give?

What Discounts are Mainstream Builders Willing to Give?
VIC

This is a matter of supply and demand, and things are definitely on the improve. cheers and don't wait too long.

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leighton
Nov 24, 2013 4:52 pm
leighton
leighton
leighton
24 November 2013

CHEAPEST home builder in Australia in terms of m2?

CHEAPEST home builder in Australia in terms of m2?

One really needs a plan, the data, that is site cost data, and of course, a detailed specification. My jobs have 500 cost centres and if out by $100 average, then that is…

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leighton
Nov 24, 2013 4:49 pm
leighton


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