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082013
082013
30 April 2014

Turn key timeline

Turn key timeline
QLD

195 working days, which translates to 39weeks. They are still within the time-frame. I'm hoping to be one of the lucky ones who have 39 weeks as the very upper…

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082013
Apr 30, 2014 2:58 pm
nofire
nofire
30 April 2014

Building with Greater Concept / Premiere Homes

Building with Greater Concept / Premiere Homes
WA
1, 2

I am looking forward to your updates and pictures. We too are thinking of building a slightly varied Greater Concept plan, but have had issues with the designer getting…

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nofire
Apr 30, 2014 2:19 pm
StephyD
StephyD
29 April 2014

Skimping on some things to get better things elsewhere

Skimping on some things to get better things elsewhere
VIC

Pretty much what everyone else is saying, do the things that are absolutely needed and very hard/expensive to upgrade after building is complete. As for plumbing IMO any…

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StephyD
Apr 29, 2014 11:28 pm
StephyD
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B STAR
Apr 29, 2014 8:27 pm
perthUser198011
perthUser198011
29 April 2014

Lakelands WA - siteworks??

Lakelands WA - siteworks??
WA

We are currently building with Contentliving in Lakelands and sitework is estimated at around $5k not much. Hope this helps.

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perthUser198011
Apr 29, 2014 4:02 pm
rossb2003
rossb2003
29 April 2014

Colorbond Basalt Roof with Dune Render...

Colorbond Basalt Roof with Dune Render...

Hi Doons We have gone with Dune as the roof, vitesse as the main render, botany grey as the feature render, surfmist for the garage door and gully for the gutters. All…

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rossb2003
Apr 29, 2014 2:42 pm
rossb2003
aimees88
aimees88
29 April 2014

Building with Ventura, Baldivis - WE'RE IN !

Building with Ventura, Baldivis - WE'RE IN !
WA
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Now I am excited to have a shower... in 8 months or so haha! :) Will check back for pics.

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aimees88
Apr 29, 2014 11:53 am
aimees88
ST13
ST13
29 April 2014

Other Builders Dumping Rubbish on my land.

Other Builders Dumping Rubbish on my land.
VIC

I have a similar problem at the moment with soil being dumped on my land and left there for a month. I emailed the builder last week and the soil should be removed today.

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ST13
Apr 29, 2014 9:41 am
vikramgiridhar
vikramgiridhar
29 April 2014

Henley Monaco

Henley Monaco
VIC

Vic - by memory the cost for the extra width in the wall in the Living Room was $300 odd. We are getting flyscreens included as part of…

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vikramgiridhar
Apr 29, 2014 7:34 am
Echo
Echo
28 April 2014

Building on a battleaxe block - connections question

Building on a battleaxe block - connections question
NSW

Varies wildly from council to council, state to state as always. Couple years ago battle axe block 61m deep 18 wide, subdivided into two green titles. Sewer link up 6.5k…

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Echo
Apr 28, 2014 8:16 pm
Echo
bradk
bradk
28 April 2014

Private building inspector - seeking advice

Private building inspector - seeking advice
NSW

Thanks Pinny, I seem to see that name pop up quite a bit elsewhere.. Looks like a good option. Cheers, Brad

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bradk
Apr 28, 2014 7:55 pm
fancy pants
fancy pants
28 April 2014

First build - needing some advise!

First build - needing some advise!
WA

If we build again (which is unlikely!) we'll have as much of the stuff that prevents you from moving in (e.g. flooring, paving and painting) done by the builder. Other…

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fancy pants
Apr 28, 2014 5:14 pm
fancy pants
aimees88
aimees88
28 April 2014

Building cost

Building cost
WA

Ventura have been great so far. Only thing I regret is that I wish I would have pushed harder to have all my changes included before I signed up so I had a better idea on…

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aimees88
Apr 28, 2014 12:56 pm
aimees88
NeilP
NeilP
28 April 2014

House+Land Package with Casaview Homes

House+Land Package with Casaview Homes
NSW

Already building with Casaview :D The quality inclusions plus the fixed price tender was our main reason for choosing them. Our house is at the frame stage and we have…

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NeilP
Apr 28, 2014 12:12 pm
NeilP
bluestar
bluestar
28 April 2014

Who is building with Homebuyers centre in Vic the Eureka 22

Who is building with Homebuyers centre in Vic the Eureka 22
VIC

Just wondering who out there is building with Homebuyers Centre Eureka 22 As they don’t have a display home hard to tell what the final product will look like and to…

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bluestar
Apr 28, 2014 6:12 am
bluestar
Bigblock7
Bigblock7
27 April 2014

Keeping dark caesarstone clean?

Keeping dark caesarstone clean?
VIC

Jif could hurt the surface as it's scratchy.... just use some water or spray and wipe softens the stains and then use microfibre cloth wipe…

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Bigblock7
Apr 27, 2014 9:59 pm
Bigblock7
happysarah
happysarah
27 April 2014

Question regarding cut and fill and retaining walls

Question regarding cut and fill and retaining walls
ACT

Thanks for the information Bashworth. I had a look on the webpage and it was very informative.

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happysarah
Apr 27, 2014 6:11 pm
happysarah
kylies-dream-home
kylies-dream-home
27 April 2014

Kingsford - Point Cook

Kingsford - Point Cook
VIC

How much where the site costs We are building the Porter Davis dunes 29 (on display at Williams landing…

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kylies-dream-home
Apr 27, 2014 5:07 pm
Stewie D
Stewie D
27 April 2014

Do we want a crawl Space under a Split Level House?

Do we want a crawl Space under a Split Level House?
SA

If you wanted a good storage area you could always get the builder to pour a concrete floor in the crawl space. You can never have too much storage. Stewie

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Stewie D
Apr 27, 2014 10:42 am
Stewie D
Stewie D
26 April 2014

Staircase Lighting

Staircase Lighting
QLD

If you have a look through all the new house builds in this dept of the forum you will see lots of examples. Some are very swish. It will just take you a bit of time to…

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Stewie D
Apr 26, 2014 10:57 am
Lex
Lex
26 April 2014

Gaps between brick and window? Is this bad?

Gaps between brick and window? Is this bad?
VIC
1, 2

Hey, don't worry about it. We had the mother of all gaps (35-40mm!), AND on our beautiful FRONT facade, but now I have to…

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Lex
Apr 26, 2014 10:13 am
Lex
Shambini
Shambini
26 April 2014

Ducted vacuum in new build

Ducted vacuum in new build
SA

Thanks Matt1, I think the pricing on ours will be similar. We are building a two storey 400sqm house.

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Shambini
Apr 26, 2014 7:27 am
Shambini
stellabella
stellabella
25 April 2014

Identifying Builder of American Style Home

Identifying Builder of American Style Home
VIC

Tash was on this forum just over a year ago the same time as our first build, she built with Metr!con and her stunning house had an American theme to it. Not quite on the…

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stellabella
Apr 25, 2014 10:25 pm
stellabella
Shambini
Shambini
25 April 2014

CON LIVING alfresco concrete slab

CON LIVING alfresco concrete slab
WA

We are building with Metricon and they said that we can extend the slab to our outdoor room. Is the area that you want to extend the slab to under the roofline? Extend the…

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Shambini
Apr 25, 2014 6:22 pm
Shambini
hurryup
hurryup
25 April 2014

How many feet / cm is a 34c ceiling height from floor to ...

How many feet / cm is a 34c ceiling height from floor to ...
WA

Thanks for that. Yep I knew that it meant course but the height I was stuck on. Thank you.

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hurryup
Apr 25, 2014 5:39 pm
Jays
Jays
25 April 2014

Churchman Brook Estate - Bedfordale

Churchman Brook Estate - Bedfordale
WA

Google Washingtons Earthmoving. Talk to Shayne, he is very helpful in quoting and reasonably priced. We are yet to start building (also in churchmans brook) but will be…

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Jays
Apr 25, 2014 11:25 am
Ravi Panesar
Ravi Panesar
25 April 2014

marriot 48

marriot 48
VIC

hi guys if anyone building marriot 48 any suggestions please before my tender appointment on 13/05/14 :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Ravi Panesar
Apr 25, 2014 10:23 am
building-expert
building-expert
25 April 2014

Who would you go to?

Who would you go to?
VIC

Architects are design professionals, building design is what they do, so an architect is the best person for the job, keep looking until you find right one.

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building-expert
Apr 25, 2014 8:49 am
building-expert
StephyD
StephyD
24 April 2014

Building the Leon with Simonds Homes in Goolwa North - SA

Building the Leon with Simonds Homes in Goolwa North - SA
VIC
1 ... 13, 14, 15

Hi, it's good to hear your new home is great. Shame about the job but everything happens for a reason hey.

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StephyD
Apr 24, 2014 11:32 pm
StephyD
Renski
Renski
24 April 2014

Aveling in Mandurah - anyone still out there?

Aveling in Mandurah - anyone still out there?
WA
1 ... 44, 45, 46

Thanks everyone for your tips on the floor. This time next week they will be in. Be crying or cheering. I hope I'm happy. I will be stressing my concern about levelling.…

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Renski
Apr 24, 2014 10:32 pm
joyfulbuilder
joyfulbuilder
24 April 2014

Has anyone ever experienced this?

Has anyone ever experienced this?
WA

That really sucks. So sorry you're having the experience that. Unfortunately some people do string sellers along with finance so this seller has gone with the easier…

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joyfulbuilder
Apr 24, 2014 8:08 pm
pengruijun
pengruijun
24 April 2014

air conditioner copper pipe was stolen.

air conditioner copper pipe was stolen.

As the air conditioning contractor has no control of the site security he isn't responsible. As the builder isn't responsible for the sir…

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pengruijun
Apr 24, 2014 4:03 pm
Eric_SPQR
Eric_SPQR
24 April 2014

Site costs private builder Melbourne

Site costs private builder Melbourne
VIC

Thank you for your replies. Much appreciated.

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Eric_SPQR
Apr 24, 2014 12:00 pm
sandra77
sandra77
24 April 2014

HOUSE PLANS - critique please before back to designer

HOUSE PLANS - critique please before back to designer
QLD

Thank you all so much for input! In the games room will be a pool table, arcade games (pinball, Neo Geo) and a bar. I looked up the best size room for a pool table…

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sandra77
Apr 24, 2014 9:47 am
Iceprincess-Li
Iceprincess-Li
23 April 2014

I truly love my builder!!

I truly love my builder!!
WA

Good luck. Can't wait to read your building story! Let me know if you have any questions :)

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Iceprincess-Li
Apr 23, 2014 11:09 pm
Seabass
Seabass
23 April 2014

Aveling Prestart

Aveling Prestart
WA

We wanted to find out the tiling cost before prestart too so we knew what we had left to play with, unfortunately we couldn't get a price until after as they said it…

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Seabass
Apr 23, 2014 11:02 pm
lila rose
lila rose
23 April 2014

Our dream home in drouin!!!

Our dream home in drouin!!!
VIC

Yes would love to see how your build is going :)

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lila rose
Apr 23, 2014 9:12 pm
lila rose
EmyN
EmyN
23 April 2014

Wisdom Majestic - our home is SOLD....

Wisdom Majestic - our home is SOLD....
NSW
1 ... 16, 17, 18

Oh I am very sorry to hear about your Mum. House is beautiful, no wonder it sold quickly!

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EmyN
Apr 23, 2014 7:32 pm
EmyN
lisafirsttimer
lisafirsttimer
23 April 2014

Seeking a custom builder for a double storey house(Melboune)

Seeking a custom builder for a double storey house(Melboune)
VIC

I recommend Highview too, been in our place for just over a year. We had a very difficult sloping block, they did an amazing job there and kept the cost down by split…

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lisafirsttimer
Apr 23, 2014 5:09 pm
lisafirsttimer
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
23 April 2014

Living areas in a house...

Living areas in a house...
QLD

We like open plan if possible - with allowance to "divide" with furniture. We actually had a wall removed because it interfered with this…

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Saint Mike
Apr 23, 2014 2:08 pm
Saint Mike
Frankie
Frankie
22 April 2014

Exiting preliminary contract after pre-start

Exiting preliminary contract after pre-start
WA

Hi, I have been in the process of building my first home in WA since April 2013. So far the building process has gone everything but smooth. I have signed the…

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Frankie
Apr 22, 2014 10:05 pm
sands_13
sands_13
22 April 2014

Henley site costs and tender

Henley site costs and tender
VIC

Pretty happy with it, this short week has slowed things down a bit.

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sands_13
Apr 22, 2014 9:05 pm
sands_13
Aug Heights
Aug Heights
22 April 2014

Buying Land in Augustine Heights

Buying Land in Augustine Heights
QLD

Hi there, we are also building in the area with Plantation Homes. Only piece of advice I could give is to way overestimate how much the retaining…

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Aug Heights
Apr 22, 2014 7:46 pm
banksiadream
banksiadream
22 April 2014

Anyone building with SIPS in Perth.. or thinking about it?

Anyone building with SIPS in Perth.. or thinking about it?
WA

Yes! My husband has been talking about these SIPS things and I didn't know what he was going on about, so looked it up for myself. We haven't been able to get very far…

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banksiadream
Apr 22, 2014 7:44 pm
Serialbuilder
Serialbuilder
22 April 2014

Vinyl Planks

Vinyl Planks
WA

Hi We've had ge.rflor commercial extra heavy duty in previous house. They were rubbish and taken off market soon after or so we were told - great timing on our part. :shock:

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Serialbuilder
Apr 22, 2014 7:22 pm
Serialbuilder
bpratt
bpratt
22 April 2014

coral homes gold coast??

coral homes gold coast??
QLD

Hi Firsthomer We are currently building with Coral Homes and this is our first home as well. We are building at Jimboomba. There wasn't anything…

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bpratt
Apr 22, 2014 6:52 pm
Burnsfirsttime
Burnsfirsttime
22 April 2014

Dale Alcock Abbey Road (Beach Display) Floor Tiles

Dale Alcock Abbey Road (Beach Display) Floor Tiles
WA

I sent them an email this morning via their website and they were very kindly gave me the details I required! Thumbs up for Dale Alcock, it was very good of them to share…

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Burnsfirsttime
Apr 22, 2014 2:25 pm
Burnsfirsttime
Basilbrush
Basilbrush
21 April 2014

Leaking hot water system

Leaking hot water system
WA

As this is the first time i have used a forum, it appears i've made 2 mistakes 1. By putting post under "building a new house" rather than up a level. 2. I thought that…

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Basilbrush
Apr 21, 2014 11:23 pm


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