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Kaz73
Kaz73
8 August 2013

Site levelling & options

Site levelling & options
VIC

Thank you all. After much brainstorming and searching we started to question why they were recommending this ridiculously high retaining wall when no one else in our…

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Kaz73
Aug 08, 2013 6:55 am
Dai
Dai
7 August 2013

Anyone building in Coombs (ACT)?

Anyone building in Coombs (ACT)?
ACT

Hi Rhyfelwr, We've just bought a block in Section 34 of stage 2, so it should be available sometime between November this year and May next year. We've checked out a few…

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Dai
Aug 07, 2013 8:27 pm
sinurt
sinurt
7 August 2013

Commodore homes

Commodore homes
VIC

Hi, we are also building with CH but we are also very early stages too as our land isn't due to be titled until Oct time!! So far I haven't had any major issues with the…

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sinurt
Aug 07, 2013 7:10 pm
sinurt
WPDownUnder
WPDownUnder
7 August 2013

Practical completion - how fussy should you be?

Practical completion - how fussy should you be?
WA

Thanks Brian. Appreciate you taking the time to respond and for letting us know the site is all good to go. Cheers for the kind DM also :)

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WPDownUnder
Aug 07, 2013 5:49 pm
1rocky
1rocky
7 August 2013

Where to "cut corners" or save money?

Where to "cut corners" or save money?
WA

floors for me , i decided on tiles as timber was much more expensive. i picked up tiles for 17 per sqm 500x 500 non rectified ,if you go a rectified tile it will cost…

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1rocky
Aug 07, 2013 11:49 am
suzan
suzan
7 August 2013

building contract

building contract
NSW

I am a big believer in making sure it's in writing. If you are not happy ask for it to be changed. Melamine isn't the same as Laminate. Its…

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suzan
Aug 07, 2013 10:31 am
Matergabiae
Matergabiae
7 August 2013

Question on building contract process

Question on building contract process
QLD

Came across this thread, and don't know where you're at with your choices. However, the single most important choice you can make, especially with sloping land, is which…

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Matergabiae
Aug 07, 2013 10:09 am
Matergabiae
Cameron32
Cameron32
7 August 2013

NBN connection-hillshub and data points location

NBN connection-hillshub and data points location
NSW

Thanks for your answer. I will go with option 2 and put 1 data points to media and another one to study nook in my plan. Place the hills hub to garage wall.

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Cameron32
Aug 07, 2013 9:35 am
Cameron32
JazzyJess
JazzyJess
6 August 2013

House size vs lot size

House size vs lot size
VIC
1, 2

It's an all too common problem. Blocks are getting smaller but the trend is for ever wider houses. Most single storey display houses don't…

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JazzyJess
Aug 06, 2013 11:20 pm
Baulkham Hills
Baulkham Hills
6 August 2013

Approaching PCI in a few weeks. DIY or get in an Inspector?

Approaching PCI in a few weeks. DIY or get in an Inspector?
VIC

I definately recommend getting an independent inspector in to look through your house at PCI. They are trained to pick up anything that may be in breach of BCA std, but…

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Baulkham Hills
Aug 06, 2013 11:17 pm
AndreaCosti
AndreaCosti
6 August 2013

Finding an architect/builder Newtown area

Finding an architect/builder Newtown area
NSW

Hi, In this case you are looking to have most likely a DA lodged through Council. The process of design, submit to Council and get an approval takes months. Say 4-5 in the…

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AndreaCosti
Aug 06, 2013 2:59 pm
candyapple
candyapple
6 August 2013

Help!! Austral Bricks Metropolis range

Help!! Austral Bricks Metropolis range
NSW

We have our external colours appointment tomorrow with our builder and are in a last minute panic with our brick choice. Hubby and I had shortlisted one brick each (Urban…

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candyapple
Aug 06, 2013 1:20 pm
Teamlg
Teamlg
6 August 2013

Williams Landing - Kingwell Neighbourhood - Boutique homes

Williams Landing - Kingwell Neighbourhood - Boutique homes
VIC

Hi Sam. We are building with Boutique in Williams Landing and we cant wait to move into our new home! PM me if you have any questions. Best wishes with your build:-)

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Teamlg
Aug 06, 2013 11:34 am
Adam.M
Adam.M
6 August 2013

redesigned slab due to problems with piers

redesigned slab due to problems with piers
NSW

This sounds very unfortunate on your behalf and poor on the builders behalf. All in all, if the builder ordered the soil test, had the slab engineered and specified,…

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Adam.M
Aug 06, 2013 9:24 am
NatsyPatsy78
NatsyPatsy78
5 August 2013

City of Joondalup WA code approval?

City of Joondalup WA code approval?
WA

Thanks all for your comments. We are finally building leighlou only up to the ground floor brickwork - we had a few site works issue which meant we had to get Satterley…

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NatsyPatsy78
Aug 05, 2013 10:29 pm
NatsyPatsy78
Mingles
Mingles
5 August 2013

Building the Manhattan 41 with Carlisle - Getting started

Building the Manhattan 41 with Carlisle - Getting started
VIC
1, 2

Osanya - Looks like you've been busy moving in and all! How's everything going? backtoblack - Good luck with the colour selection! If I could turn back time, I would…

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Mingles
Aug 05, 2013 9:11 pm
TinaG
TinaG
5 August 2013

building with Henley in The Point

building with Henley in The Point
SA

it is a waiting game isn't it! What a huge WIR.

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TinaG
Aug 05, 2013 1:42 pm
sazzy91
sazzy91
4 August 2013

Goodlife Rosanna external colours

Goodlife Rosanna external colours
WA

Does anyone know the external colours used on the goodlife Rosanna display? Like the brick colours, render etc. Wanting to know ahead of time what they are. Thanks

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sazzy91
Aug 04, 2013 8:06 pm
maximus
maximus
4 August 2013

DAs - neighbour evaluation period?

DAs - neighbour evaluation period?
NSW

I introduced myself to my neighbours today. Both sets are quite friendly which is good. There was no mention of any objection to my DA so it's looking good. One is a…

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maximus
Aug 04, 2013 5:09 pm
maximus
kellytosland
kellytosland
4 August 2013

Building with Aussie Living - Prestart completed

Building with Aussie Living - Prestart completed
WA

We are building in the new Dawson estate in Vasse, Busselton. With Aussie Living. Titles due sept/oct. My sales rep has been wonderful so far!

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kellytosland
Aug 04, 2013 5:05 pm
MR2
MR2
4 August 2013

Arrrg Council!

Arrrg Council!
NSW

Just wanted to say, Liverpool council.... at the start of working towards actually being able to build, were 6-8 weeks, now that our approval is ACTUALLY at council they…

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MR2
Aug 04, 2013 5:00 pm
MR2

To give you an idea of what is possible in that size space, I am building a 34.5sq ( 320.42 sqm ) home in a space of a similar size. My slab is sitting on a footprint…

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maximus
Aug 04, 2013 11:52 am
maximus
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
3 August 2013

Floor Tiles - Cost? Ceramic vs Porcelain? Rectified?

Floor Tiles - Cost? Ceramic vs Porcelain? Rectified?
WA

we bought 600 x 600 rectified glazed porcelain for $36ish per square metre. laying cost is anything from $40-$70 per square metre depending on who you get to quote. The…

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xxkatxx
Aug 03, 2013 10:37 pm
maximus
maximus
3 August 2013

Landscaping Plans DIY

Landscaping Plans DIY
NSW

Some councils have DAs online. Planning alerts site may help you to find some recently submitted…

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maximus
Aug 03, 2013 8:06 pm
maximus
JCMiller
JCMiller
3 August 2013

Looking for a builder to build outside Melbourne

Looking for a builder to build outside Melbourne
VIC

We are looking for an independent builder to build a kit home outside Melbourne. We dont want to use a big company, as we want to keep the costs down. If anyone can…

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JCMiller
Aug 03, 2013 5:58 pm
pacificisis
pacificisis
2 August 2013

Masterton Homes - The new thread 3.0

Masterton Homes - The new thread 3.0
NSW
1 ... 150, 151, 152

Hi everyone. I am considering building the Symphony MBTF with Masterton at Edmondson Park (Bardia). I have spoken to a sales rep at Warwick…

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pacificisis
Aug 02, 2013 8:48 pm
pacificisis
zebulun11
zebulun11
2 August 2013

Metricon vs Carlisle

Metricon vs Carlisle
VIC
1, 2

Thanks heaps Lindrum52 for your feedback and recommendation. Unfortunately, we weren't able to request for the same site supervisor due to location differences. Anyone…

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zebulun11
Aug 02, 2013 3:31 pm
sazzy91
sazzy91
2 August 2013

Earthwork Contractors

Earthwork Contractors
WA

Hi ****, I am in WA but thanks - we were meeting with people on site and they just wouldnt get back to us so we were trying other avenues. We ended up going with…

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sazzy91
Aug 02, 2013 2:00 pm
Patrick Boucher
Patrick Boucher
2 August 2013

Buying floor plans online

Buying floor plans online
NSW

Hi Mark K, Personally I think you need to start with the site/block/property & work towards a design from there. The plans you buy on line might not work on the site you…

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Patrick Boucher
Aug 02, 2013 1:29 pm
Patrick Boucher
TinaG
TinaG
2 August 2013

Building New house! Forest Park Doolendella

Building New house! Forest Park Doolendella
QLD

How exciting! $200 is a good price for something that size. Hope your prelim goes well.

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TinaG
Aug 02, 2013 11:00 am
TinaG
TinaG
2 August 2013

What's the first thing to sort out?

What's the first thing to sort out?
WA

So you mean like the construction materials? Timber, double brick, brick veneer, concrete blocks, Hebel, Benex, prefab panels, straw. What you wish to build out of will…

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TinaG
Aug 02, 2013 8:48 am
sidelicious
sidelicious
2 August 2013

Anyone building Montana Q1 with Henley

Anyone building Montana Q1 with Henley
VIC

We are building our first home in point cook. I really like henley montana q1's floorplan. Any advice about henley?? The site cost quoted by them in that area is very…

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sidelicious
Aug 02, 2013 8:42 am
Rifu
Rifu
1 August 2013

Broadway Homes Perth

Broadway Homes Perth
WA

Their display homes look the best among many but prices are indeed higher. I build mine with them, not too bad. Although i wanted the tiles the same in the bathroom but…

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Rifu
Aug 01, 2013 6:35 pm
Alex in Vertu
Alex in Vertu
1 August 2013

Help Please! - Preparation of Plans Agreement

Help Please! - Preparation of Plans Agreement
WA

Hi Broc, thanks for the response. We are going with Broadway Homes. The $2,000 is the fee for the PPA, but we paid it initially so we could progress the plans past the…

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Alex in Vertu
Aug 01, 2013 4:49 pm
sck118
sck118
1 August 2013

Premier Builders Group

Premier Builders Group
VIC
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Hi all i am too glad to find out about this site. we are building with Premeir, the Hawthorn Attic. glad to know that this is a popular…

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sck118
Aug 01, 2013 3:18 pm
KateRG88
KateRG88
1 August 2013

Spectra @ Carlisle Homes - the tour...

Spectra @ Carlisle Homes - the tour...
VIC

This is great! Thank you so much, i was hunting around for good stealthy interior photos of the Spectra Centre. Really makes me want to build with Carlisle now! Porter…

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KateRG88
Aug 01, 2013 3:03 pm
KateRG88
Gerbz
Gerbz
1 August 2013

Energex Connection Cost (New Transformer)

Energex Connection Cost (New Transformer)
QLD

Hi, I have a question about pricing connection to a property. We have a property that has been split down the middle into 2 lots. To get council approval, part of the…

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Gerbz
Aug 01, 2013 2:20 pm
Sunny16
Sunny16
1 August 2013

Casaview Homes

Casaview Homes
NSW

I am also interested in building with Casaview. Hoping for some input from people who have built or will be building with them.…

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Sunny16
Aug 01, 2013 12:01 pm
Sunny16
marcoakis
marcoakis
1 August 2013

Anyone has built with Hallbury homes?

Anyone has built with Hallbury homes?
VIC

PD called us yesterday and they're not willing to make the changes we've requested. Using Sandringham 38 as a baseline, we wanted to remove the bedroom 4 that sits on top…

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marcoakis
Aug 01, 2013 9:37 am
marcoakis
marcoakis
marcoakis
1 August 2013

Porter Davis - Heavily upgraded home; Prestige or Lifestyle?

Porter Davis - Heavily upgraded home; Prestige or Lifestyle?
VIC

Thanks for your input guys. I agree with you both... I don't really care if it's prestige, lifestyle or access... at the end of the day I'll make lots of upgrades…

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marcoakis
Aug 01, 2013 9:33 am
marcoakis
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JazzyJess
Aug 01, 2013 12:34 am
Vundaful!
Vundaful!
31 July 2013

Vundaful's House - Front Garden Update May 2011

Vundaful's House - Front Garden Update May 2011
WA
1 ... 39, 40, 41

No problems, and welcome to the neighbourhood! It's a great place if I do say so :)

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Vundaful!
Jul 31, 2013 11:24 pm
Vundaful!
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SaveH2O
Jul 31, 2013 6:15 pm
SaveH2O
zeitgeber
zeitgeber
31 July 2013

Council asset protection permit-demolition

Council asset protection permit-demolition
VIC

You may also need a Dilapidation Survey. A Dilapidation Survey is the detailing of pre-existing defects in houses directly next to your build, before construction…

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zeitgeber
Jul 31, 2013 5:52 pm
zeitgeber
comfortablywacky
comfortablywacky
31 July 2013

Anyone building with MainVue Homes in SA?

Anyone building with MainVue Homes in SA?
SA

Hi Beck75, hows your build coming along? I suppose now that MV has closed shop in Adelaide, you'll would have a one of a kind project builder house in Adelaide!

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comfortablywacky
Jul 31, 2013 4:02 pm
comfortablywacky
singhk
singhk
31 July 2013

Staged inspections Henley house

Staged inspections Henley house
VIC

Hi Bashworth, I just got the Pre-plaster inspection done from Budget reports, in his report he did not find anything that builder needs to fix. Is that possible? I could…

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singhk
Jul 31, 2013 3:20 pm
tezzab
tezzab
31 July 2013

Rapidwall

Rapidwall
SA

I would firstly find out if there are any Authorised Installers in your area. As a prospective Owner Builder, they refused to sell direct, due to the specialised…

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tezzab
Jul 31, 2013 2:53 pm
tezzab
staceyd
staceyd
31 July 2013

****** ****** and more ******.. bad start to a new home

****** ****** and more ******.. bad start to a new home
NSW

We've tried to get as much as we can in writing instead of going in person or speaking over the phone. We're still sorting through a bunch of crap though so I totally…

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staceyd
Jul 31, 2013 2:05 pm

Earthwork Contractors

Earthwork Contractors
WA

You could try Rob from Fern Earthmoving P/L at 0418170990, get him give you a quote. See how you go. Good luck.

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3D Designer-Builder
Jul 31, 2013 1:30 pm
Barnseee
Barnseee
31 July 2013

Garage doors - Minimum clearance

Garage doors - Minimum clearance
SA

Im building with lorimer, which they have advised me with the panel door i only have 80mm on one side. So they have installed 120mm jams which look crap and will cause me…

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Barnseee
Jul 31, 2013 12:25 pm


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