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Jen1977
Jen1977
25 September 2013

External Colour Help Please

External Colour Help Please
NSW

I thought I would post in here as I thought I would get more traffic. As you may or may not know, our house has been finished and we have been living in it for 2.5 months…

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Jen1977
Sep 25, 2013 2:27 pm
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Riviera 29
Sep 25, 2013 12:56 am
ChargerWA
ChargerWA
24 September 2013

Better finish or extra bedroom?

Better finish or extra bedroom?
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Just onto your first point, I built a 3 bedroom home because we are only ever going to have 2 kids and with the trend to smaller families I don't think it will be as…

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ChargerWA
Sep 24, 2013 11:32 pm
ChargerWA
rosaandben
rosaandben
24 September 2013

Is anyone currently building with Simonds Homes?

Is anyone currently building with Simonds Homes?
VIC

We built our first Simonds Homes 7 years ago in Victoria - Derrimut. We had our ups and downs but our experience with Simonds was fantastic. They were there for us even…

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rosaandben
Sep 24, 2013 11:30 pm
rosaandben

Hi guys, Can anyone tell me what strength of Dulux colourbond paperbark this is? I saw this house and took some photos. I knocked on the door and asked for the colour but…

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chrip
Sep 24, 2013 11:20 pm
lombardj
lombardj
24 September 2013

Anybody recently built with Genjusho?

Anybody recently built with Genjusho?
VIC

Hi there. Has anybody recently built with Genjusho? If you have, can you please share your experiences with them so far. Cheers.

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lombardj
Sep 24, 2013 10:26 pm
MellyZCR
MellyZCR
24 September 2013

Building in Fernvale - Pic update!

Building in Fernvale - Pic update!
QLD
1 ... 24, 25, 26

I love this thread it has been so useful for us! We are first home buyers/builders and in the process of…

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MellyZCR
Sep 24, 2013 10:23 pm
MellyZCR
lombardj
lombardj
24 September 2013

Finally Signed

Finally Signed
VIC

Is your house complete yet? How did you find Genjusho?

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lombardj
Sep 24, 2013 10:21 pm
Mel-AU
Mel-AU
24 September 2013

Recommendation: Draftsman

Recommendation: Draftsman
VIC

We have just bought some land and are now looking for a draftsman. Would prefer bayside Melbourne. I've been reading the threads here and many people are saying quotes…

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Mel-AU
Sep 24, 2013 5:19 pm
Lam
Lam
24 September 2013

Lam and Genevieve's Build- One month after moving in

Lam and Genevieve's Build- One month after moving in
VIC
1, 2, 3

We bought in Mitchell's Run estate. Our block is just over 1/4 of an acre. Would be pretty hard pressed to buy something of similar size now in Doreen/Mernda.

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Lam
Sep 24, 2013 3:57 pm
momomo
momomo
24 September 2013

PICS - LOCK UP AND FIXING IN ONE WEEK!!! PICS PICS PICS!!!

PICS - LOCK UP AND FIXING IN ONE WEEK!!! PICS PICS PICS!!!
VIC

Hi there :) How are you going now that you're in and settled? Any chance of some new pics? :D

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momomo
Sep 24, 2013 11:07 am
momomo
melanie85
melanie85
24 September 2013

Building the Wild Orchid by Dechellis

Building the Wild Orchid by Dechellis
SA
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Hi there! I just read through your story! Please update with the progress from March. I want to see the finished product! We are in the very early stages of building the…

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melanie85
Sep 24, 2013 1:36 am
melanie85
Cameron32
Cameron32
23 September 2013

West facing block

West facing block
NSW

Trees are a great long term solution as long as they are a reasonable distance from the house but will take 4-5 years to be effective. (photo…

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Cameron32
Sep 23, 2013 7:16 pm
Cameron32
iankun
iankun
23 September 2013

Bunya overpriced or smart investment?

Bunya overpriced or smart investment?
NSW

From my limited understanding so far, BASIX is a sustainability measure across NSW (www.basix.nsw.gov.au). The score for BASIX is correlated to the energy efficiency of…

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iankun
Sep 23, 2013 4:30 pm
polack
polack
23 September 2013

Dale Alcock Build in Secret Harbour

Dale Alcock Build in Secret Harbour
WA
1 ... 6, 7, 8

Busywithfour, Our block is 659sqm and the house floor size is 263sqm. If you add in garage, alfresco and the two verandas, the total area size is 373sqm. DAH do have…

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polack
Sep 23, 2013 4:18 pm
polack
Jessie1
Jessie1
23 September 2013

Parkland Heights Baldivis, Anyone Building Here?

Parkland Heights Baldivis, Anyone Building Here?
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

Sounds about right :P Just check my address on the telstra site while putting a bundle together and it came up saying they can connect me! I checked about 2 weeks ago and…

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Jessie1
Sep 23, 2013 3:38 pm
Jessie1
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 1:01 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 3:35 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 11:58 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 4:33 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 10:42 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 21, 2013 12:12 am
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 9:54 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 4:55 pm
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vassago81
Sep 20, 2013 7:33 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 10:58 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 10:17 pm
SaveH2O
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Ari
Sep 19, 2013 2:16 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 8:10 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 10:36 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 9:53 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 8:14 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 7:10 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 3:56 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 1:37 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 1:21 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 1:19 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 12:42 pm
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 1:05 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 10:10 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 8:49 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 8:18 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 7:28 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 7:07 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 17, 2013 12:47 am
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 10:57 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 5:30 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 4:07 pm
NatsyPatsy78


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