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kazgee88
kazgee88
23 September 2013

Time Frames Please. Lock up till Handover?

Time Frames Please. Lock up till Handover?
WA

Ha ha twiggens, we went to Lock up 2 days before you. I thought we were pretty close ages ago but one of the tradies I spoke to one day said that he can see there's still…

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kazgee88
Sep 23, 2013 12:01 pm
mesophyte
mesophyte
22 September 2013

Is good drainage possible with a flat(ish) roof?

Is good drainage possible with a flat(ish) roof?
VIC

Thanks. I had seen that actually, but not entirely relevant here as I get to choose the insulation levels +…

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mesophyte
Sep 22, 2013 2:35 pm
AubinGroveFan
AubinGroveFan
21 September 2013

need helping building house

need helping building house
WA

Hi there I have just put a deposit on a block of land in wandi, the whistling grove estate. The block I chose is 288 sqm and is 12 metres wide by…

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AubinGroveFan
Sep 21, 2013 10:58 pm
Crazyk
Crazyk
21 September 2013

Henly Monterey Q2

Henly Monterey Q2
VIC

Hi All, I'm looking into building with Henly and we loved the lexington Q2 layout but when we started analyzing the space through the dining table in the middle of the…

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Crazyk
Sep 21, 2013 3:33 pm
Crazyk
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
21 September 2013

Standard inclusions in a contract

Standard inclusions in a contract
WA

A contract should be carefully read and understood and if you're not happy then negotiate changes. The standard contract doesn't actually ban you from the site, rather it…

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Bluesuede
Sep 21, 2013 9:42 am
Bluesuede
maximus
maximus
20 September 2013

Anyone building with Zen Home?

Anyone building with Zen Home?
NSW

Wow! Another builder closing up?

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maximus
Sep 20, 2013 11:12 pm
maximus
Tans1970
Tans1970
20 September 2013

Building with Plantat!on- Doulton Q2

Building with Plantat!on- Doulton Q2
QLD

Hi Just wondering how your build is going? We are going with plantation Homes as well and are at Council stage. Cheers Tanya

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Tans1970
Sep 20, 2013 8:54 pm
Tans1970
1rocky
1rocky
20 September 2013

Is anyone building with Perry Homes??

Is anyone building with Perry Homes??
NSW

you can click on the bottom of this post and click on the view topic it will take you to my thread. love the idea of getting rid of the corner wall so you can get a…

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1rocky
Sep 20, 2013 3:55 pm
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vassago81
Sep 20, 2013 6:33 am
tompab
tompab
19 September 2013

Led lights flickering (once an hour or so) - why? [UPDATE]

Led lights flickering (once an hour or so) - why? [UPDATE]
QLD

Alright, so I have not had this fixed yet, but I have some updates. We have two sets of led lights on dimmers. Both sets has the same symptoms. Our bedrooms has ceiling…

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tompab
Sep 19, 2013 9:58 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
19 September 2013

Down pipe on front of house?

Down pipe on front of house?
NSW

I have seen houses where builders have moved a downpipe to another location but this is not a good idea for the following reasons... Eaves gutters are installed in a W…

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SaveH2O
Sep 19, 2013 9:17 pm
SaveH2O
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Ari
Sep 19, 2013 1:16 pm
robbie55
robbie55
19 September 2013

Developers soil test versus builders test

Developers soil test versus builders test
QLD

Thanks Jen and Stewie. Sorry to hijack this thread - I tend to do that all too often. I'll have a look at upgrading the slab.

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robbie55
Sep 19, 2013 7:10 am
robbie55
Parniya
Parniya
18 September 2013

If anyone deal with MWM for home and land packages??

If anyone deal with MWM for home and land packages??
NSW

I am looking for home and packages and came across MWM in Oran Park, Gregory Hills states ! If anyone deal with MWM for home and land packages??

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Parniya
Sep 18, 2013 9:36 pm
tasha_is_clueless
tasha_is_clueless
18 September 2013

Help with kitchen colours please

Help with kitchen colours please
NSW

I would go just the one colour too. I think New Chinchilla would look great with all the other colours.

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tasha_is_clueless
Sep 18, 2013 8:53 pm
mlb
mlb
18 September 2013

Switch design 270

Switch design 270
WA

According to our sales consultant we are the first to build the 270 and we are waiting for the final drawings at this stage so it will be a little while yet before there…

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mlb
Sep 18, 2013 7:14 pm
mlb
Kirstenl
Kirstenl
18 September 2013

Which builders allow you to supply appliances and trades?

Which builders allow you to supply appliances and trades?
WA

I'd say that you need to reconsider your options since the terms of the agreement have changed. Maybe once they think you might walk, they might give you the all clear…

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Kirstenl
Sep 18, 2013 6:10 pm
bashworth
bashworth
18 September 2013

Cracking - Solutions and Prevention

Cracking - Solutions and Prevention
VIC

All buildings move in various ways. Shrinkage during concrete curing. Expansion and contraction due to weather. Differential settlement or soil heave. Protection is…

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bashworth
Sep 18, 2013 2:56 pm
bashworth
oceanblu
oceanblu
18 September 2013

Orbit Homes

Orbit Homes
VIC
1, 2

Just wanted to pipe in here. My parents are building a small house with Orbit and it's been great so far. It's now at lock up and mum said the bricklaying quality is…

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oceanblu
Sep 18, 2013 12:37 pm
turquoise_star
turquoise_star
18 September 2013

Anyone building with Blueprint?

Anyone building with Blueprint?
WA

Blueprint was originally one of our top choices, but not once we met with the rep. We basically had two plans which we wanted to merge together and make various changes…

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turquoise_star
Sep 18, 2013 12:21 pm
Jen1977
Jen1977
18 September 2013

Cabinetry - After handover is cheaper, right?

Cabinetry - After handover is cheaper, right?
WA

There is a company called DIY Australia http://www.diyaustralia.com and you can go on their website, select the type of finish you want and…

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Jen1977
Sep 18, 2013 12:19 pm
gailyg
gailyg
18 September 2013

Boral Savannah Brick

Boral Savannah Brick
NSW

Has anyone used Boral's new brick called "Savannah". I am thinking of using it but as I live in a small country town have only seen it on one house. As it is a new brick…

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gailyg
Sep 18, 2013 11:42 am
MyH1Login
MyH1Login
18 September 2013

Builders and their freebies - which is best?

Builders and their freebies - which is best?
WA

Hi :) The builder we'll probably end up with was referred to us by a friend, after she'd done all the ground work in terms of comparisons. Initially when we started the…

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MyH1Login
Sep 18, 2013 12:05 am
MyH1Login
delatite13
delatite13
17 September 2013

Protecting Bamboo Floor from Removalists

Protecting Bamboo Floor from Removalists
VIC

I think that was the length we purchased.

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delatite13
Sep 17, 2013 9:10 pm
delatite13
impish73
impish73
17 September 2013

Title insurance???

Title insurance???
VIC

Thanks all, as always the information I receive on this forum is great.

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impish73
Sep 17, 2013 7:49 pm
impish73
B STAR
B STAR
17 September 2013

Water Tank Slab and setback requirements

Water Tank Slab and setback requirements
NSW

The set back refers to the edge of the brick wall and not a fixture like a water tank.

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B STAR
Sep 17, 2013 7:18 pm
snowy72
snowy72
17 September 2013

Home Group WA - Monte Carlo - Byford on the Scarp

Home Group WA - Monte Carlo - Byford on the Scarp
WA

Hi Peter111, We're building the Monte Carlo with HGWA in Lakelands and almost complete. I'd have to say the pre-start was excellent and service beforehand was great. Now…

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snowy72
Sep 17, 2013 6:28 pm
Maybebuilding
Maybebuilding
17 September 2013

Where do I start - Knock down and rebuild

Where do I start - Knock down and rebuild
VIC

If I understand your first post you are replacing an investment property with one that you either intend to live in or rerent out. So, unrelated to the building process…

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Maybebuilding
Sep 17, 2013 6:07 pm
JB1
JB1
16 September 2013

ADVICE re unsealed front door now hard to open

ADVICE re unsealed front door now hard to open
WA

I think it's in their rights to repair it now rather than let the problem get worst to the point it can't be repaired. Having said that, after the repair if it shrinks…

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JB1
Sep 16, 2013 11:47 pm
balilover
balilover
16 September 2013

tv install on the wall

tv install on the wall
SA

If you're building a house, you can just ask the builder to put a noggin in the wall...I'm not sure how much exactly they cost.. but these support the TV wall mounts. If…

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balilover
Sep 16, 2013 9:57 pm
sherro1
sherro1
16 September 2013

Did you do your buy after reading online reviews?

Did you do your buy after reading online reviews?
VIC

Brilliant, thanks for all the really valuable feedback and advice, all makes total sense. Yes, will definitely use an independent inspector and as we have bought a plot…

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sherro1
Sep 16, 2013 4:30 pm
NatsyPatsy78
NatsyPatsy78
16 September 2013

NatsyPatsy78 update and what to do with my kitchen?

NatsyPatsy78 update and what to do with my kitchen?
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

I accidentally started a new thread so I'm just going to go with it!

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NatsyPatsy78
Sep 16, 2013 3:07 pm
NatsyPatsy78
bashworth
bashworth
15 September 2013

Stormwater pipe connection & Easement

Stormwater pipe connection & Easement
QLD

Wouldn't make any difference over…

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bashworth
Sep 15, 2013 10:45 pm
bashworth
TinaG
TinaG
15 September 2013

New Home plan review - Kitchen

New Home plan review - Kitchen
WA

Have a look at kaboodle.com.au, they have an online planner. I agree with Cameron regarding a U-shaped kitchen, and having either the sink or the hotplate under the window.

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TinaG
Sep 15, 2013 8:01 pm
JB1
JB1
15 September 2013

Roof tiles

Roof tiles
ACT

It's one of those things that can't be changed later on, unfortunately. I owner built, so it was only a couple of thousand more, but builders would charge $5k or more…

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JB1
Sep 15, 2013 2:14 pm
momomo
momomo
15 September 2013

Aveling build - need help please, can't sleep, stressed out

Aveling build - need help please, can't sleep, stressed out
WA
1, 2

That's ok :) Starting your own thread is a great idea...it's never too early in the process to do so. This forum is a great support on all aspects of building, and there…

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momomo
Sep 15, 2013 12:38 pm
momomo
Finoz
Finoz
15 September 2013

o0._.- *HELP !!! Need advise!!!*-._.0o

o0._.- *HELP !!! Need advise!!!*-._.0o
WA
1, 2

Hi o0_kat_0o We are building with RedInk and we are just waiting on a preliminary works to start. The Sales Rep was very helpful and was able to modify the floor plans…

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Finoz
Sep 15, 2013 10:42 am
The Vans
The Vans
14 September 2013

Re: Baldivis Build: backyard photos

Re: Baldivis Build: backyard photos
WA
1 ... 35, 36, 37

Hubby gets back from Bali in a few days, and I expect him to do the retic on the weekend, and then lawn the following weekend...and then photos can come! :) And hopefully a…

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The Vans
Sep 14, 2013 1:37 pm
The Vans
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
14 September 2013

Blinds

Blinds
WA

Hi, I don't have a recommendation, but I got this advice from a friend who used to fit and install blinds (freelance): the main difference in price is generally the cost…

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Treeseachanger
Sep 14, 2013 11:38 am
maximus
maximus
13 September 2013

Before you sign .........

Before you sign .........
SA

A good tip from : Include a clause in the…

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maximus
Sep 13, 2013 11:50 pm
maximus
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WizardofOz
Sep 13, 2013 9:45 pm
WizardofOz
bashworth
bashworth
13 September 2013

What are engineer's drawings?

What are engineer's drawings?
WA

Generally the engineers drawings describe how the structural elements of the house are to be constructed. In unusual cases where there is a difficult drainage or sewerage…

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bashworth
Sep 13, 2013 5:11 pm
bashworth
dse
dse
13 September 2013

Advise on zero lot adjoining walls

Advise on zero lot adjoining walls
WA

Thanks R34! Any neighbour disputes during construction? Did u observe any changes to wall as there wont be enough sun light to take the moisture off between the…

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dse
Sep 13, 2013 3:25 pm
EmyN
EmyN
13 September 2013

Bathroom Vanity Colour Help!!

Bathroom Vanity Colour Help!!
VIC

Hmm not sure if I can help but we're thinking about doing nearly-black-ish vanity with a white stone top. This is similar to what you're doing isn't it? We would probably…

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EmyN
Sep 13, 2013 1:10 pm
EmyN
dotgif
dotgif
12 September 2013

How long is the lock up stage?

How long is the lock up stage?
NSW

BTW - I think your's is essentially the same as ours. So far we're pretty happy with Clarendon. Few hiccups during DRP submission and then clear…

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dotgif
Sep 12, 2013 7:41 pm
dotgif
engs
engs
12 September 2013

Downlight costs

Downlight costs
WA

Thanks everyone. Can anyone recommend an electrician?

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engs
Sep 12, 2013 6:22 pm
engs
firsthome2
firsthome2
12 September 2013

KDRB (KnockDownRebuild) On My Exiting Place

KDRB (KnockDownRebuild) On My Exiting Place
NSW
1, 2

Have you selected a builder? How is it going?

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firsthome2
Sep 12, 2013 5:51 pm


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