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springtime
springtime
21 October 2013

Driveway and retaining wall cost

Driveway and retaining wall cost
NSW
1, 2

You see you need to work out these things when they come to quote, also, if the driveway is big, how many "cuts" in the concrete will they do ( this is for expanding…

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springtime
Oct 21, 2013 8:39 am
rosaandben
rosaandben
20 October 2013

Brick Overhang Quaestion

Brick Overhang Quaestion

Our current house had brick overhang of by memory about half a brick width. The builder tried to get a certificate of occupancy but the engineer knocked it back and…

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rosaandben
Oct 20, 2013 5:42 pm
rosaandben
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
19 October 2013

Data Points cost

Data Points cost
NSW

By the way, any advice on the best location to put the Patch Panel? Upstairs in the WIL/Storage cupboard so it's easier if wanting to add extra…

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Bluesuede
Oct 19, 2013 2:28 pm
Bluesuede
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
19 October 2013

AM I ROBBED?

AM I ROBBED?
NSW
1, 2

The mandate was repealed in February this…

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SaveH2O
Oct 19, 2013 11:02 am
SaveH2O
EandM
EandM
19 October 2013

60 vs 90 cm oven

60 vs 90 cm oven
WA

Hard one. We spent ages trying to decide too. In the end we went with 2 x 60 and a 90cm top. We had an old 90cm oven but only really used it to full capacity a few times…

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EandM
Oct 19, 2013 10:21 am
Ca6leguy
Ca6leguy
19 October 2013

tv antenna

tv antenna
NSW

Ben's TV if you are in Sydney.

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Ca6leguy
Oct 19, 2013 8:42 am
CoR
CoR
18 October 2013

Site Works in Ravenswood Waters

Site Works in Ravenswood Waters
WA

Hi guys. Has anyone built in Ravenswood with Celebration and if so, can I ask what did you get charged on site works? My wife and I are thinking of…

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CoR
Oct 18, 2013 9:51 pm
2-cupcakes-pls
2-cupcakes-pls
18 October 2013

Average Site Costs - small block in Wellard (450m2)

Average Site Costs - small block in Wellard (450m2)
WA

Do you know what class type your block is? s class in baldivis is about $20,000 ( that is the blocks in the swamp area of river gums) My block that is in a normal class…

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2-cupcakes-pls
Oct 18, 2013 7:00 pm
2-cupcakes-pls
kiakhan
kiakhan
18 October 2013

Q's regarding time PPA-contract and prices for 6 star energy

Q's regarding time PPA-contract and prices for 6 star energy
WA

Hi Darcy27 I can appreciate why you feel antsy. I would really want elevations of my plans. If you change the floor plan you might need to add, delete, change windows....…

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kiakhan
Oct 18, 2013 6:02 pm
Dukecaddy
Dukecaddy
18 October 2013

Are insultation batts standard in new homes in WA?

Are insultation batts standard in new homes in WA?
WA

Ceiling insulation to R4 is required to comply with the BCA. This is almost always included by the builder. If you require additional insulation to meet 6 star energy…

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Dukecaddy
Oct 18, 2013 5:21 pm
Dukecaddy
Serialbuilder
Serialbuilder
18 October 2013

Suggestions...PANEL,VERTICAL,VENETIAN BLINDS IN MANDURAH?

Suggestions...PANEL,VERTICAL,VENETIAN BLINDS IN MANDURAH?
WA

Haha nothing like being on the ball time wise. We used custom blinds WA again, first time great, second time around was good until contact person left and then it all went…

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Serialbuilder
Oct 18, 2013 4:28 pm
Serialbuilder
joshnjacqui
joshnjacqui
18 October 2013

Pulling the plug & cold feet!

Pulling the plug & cold feet!
WA

Good to hear you had a win in the end. Classic bad salesman! "yeah yeah we'll do that" nek minute "woah, woah, woah... do what!?" Happens all the time, not just in housing…

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joshnjacqui
Oct 18, 2013 3:21 pm
dawg007
dawg007
18 October 2013

Site Costs for Sloped block

Site Costs for Sloped block
VIC
1, 2

the house we are looking at has a room on top of the garage.. Can this still be done with a DEB?

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dawg007
Oct 18, 2013 3:05 pm
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1st time building
Oct 18, 2013 2:08 pm
Daisyinthedesert
Daisyinthedesert
18 October 2013

Pergolas and Shire approval

Pergolas and Shire approval
WA

Hello all. If I want to build a pergola myself after the house is built is it best to put it into the builders plans that get submitted to the Shire rather than trying to…

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Daisyinthedesert
Oct 18, 2013 11:18 am
Daisyinthedesert
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englewestern
Oct 18, 2013 12:04 am
englewestern
maximus
maximus
17 October 2013

Base to Frame stage

Base to Frame stage
QLD

Your bank might do a valuation which can add delays. There are high volumes of building activity at the moment, particularly in States that still have generous first home…

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maximus
Oct 17, 2013 9:51 pm
maximus
zaxon
zaxon
17 October 2013

Jason Windows "Benchmark" awning windows

Jason Windows "Benchmark" awning windows
WA

Hey Kirsten, Any chance of posting some pictures about what you are referring to? I can't quite visualise what you mean - is it possible that it is just what is in place…

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zaxon
Oct 17, 2013 8:46 pm
zaxon
casabonka
casabonka
17 October 2013

What should you get your builder to do?

What should you get your builder to do?
WA

For us, we will be doing driveway, landscaping, decking to alfresco, flooring and extra electrical (downlights etc) after handover.

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casabonka
Oct 17, 2013 8:37 pm
casabonka
mesophyte
mesophyte
17 October 2013

Service connection costs - long driveway

Service connection costs - long driveway
VIC

Should've mentioned the state, yes - in VIC. Can't imagine the prices differ by an order of magnitude or anything, so that's a useful guide, thanks for that.

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mesophyte
Oct 17, 2013 7:41 pm
Cameron32
Cameron32
17 October 2013

Gas connection in NSW

Gas connection in NSW
NSW

When I signed my plan, before it's go council, builder asked me to sign all the relevant documents. Gas and water connection documents include with the final documents.…

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Cameron32
Oct 17, 2013 1:39 pm
Cameron32
jibs
jibs
17 October 2013

New Builds - not using the known builders

New Builds - not using the known builders
WA

Building a custom build home is much more expensive. It usually is cheaper to go with a project home. Does have its drawbacks. We wanted a rammed limestone loft house.…

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jibs
Oct 17, 2013 12:34 pm
jibs
singhk
singhk
16 October 2013

Final Inspection Hnley - Monaco Q2

Final Inspection Hnley - Monaco Q2
VIC

Hi, I am building in Clyde north VIC. Today was the final presentation, found a lot of paint imperfections, missing tile underneath wash basin unit, Kitchen drawers did…

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singhk
Oct 16, 2013 10:12 pm
rosewood
rosewood
16 October 2013

What to put in wall niche

What to put in wall niche
VIC
1, 2

mine is in the hallway close to the front door, a blackboard or corkboard isn't something you would have there.

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rosewood
Oct 16, 2013 9:10 pm
rosewood
Metroid
Metroid
16 October 2013

How did you decide??

How did you decide??
NSW

Went through every display home between Cranbourne and Traralgon, probably over 150 homes and my wife walked into the home we selected and loved everything about it. Job done.

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Metroid
Oct 16, 2013 8:44 pm
Topdesk
Topdesk
16 October 2013

Good quality kitchen cabinets builder

Good quality kitchen cabinets builder
WA

Hi I am looking for the best quality kitchen builder in Perth. But in saying that I dont want to be ripped off. After all there is very little materials involved and such…

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Topdesk
Oct 16, 2013 4:13 pm
dawnyc
dawnyc
16 October 2013

Dale Alcock - how to sell land and contract uncompleted buil

Dale Alcock - how to sell land and contract uncompleted buil
WA

Thanks for the information guys, it is as I thought that we will have to wait until it is built and then sell which up until all of dale alcocks delays was what we were…

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dawnyc
Oct 16, 2013 4:08 pm
dawnyc
joshnjacqui
joshnjacqui
16 October 2013

Tile of choice out of stock - what would / did you do?

Tile of choice out of stock - what would / did you do?
NSW

Thanks guys. We'll go this weekend and see if there's anything comparable. As for choosing the tiles too early in the build, we were told we…

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joshnjacqui
Oct 16, 2013 9:37 am
bashworth
bashworth
15 October 2013

Practical Completion Inspection - Handover inspection Perth

Practical Completion Inspection - Handover inspection Perth
WA

You have a right to be assisted by anyone, including a professional inspector. This link talks a bit baout what happens on the day:

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bashworth
Oct 15, 2013 10:30 pm
bashworth
mtz08
mtz08
15 October 2013

Henley Broadway

Henley Broadway
VIC

Hi bec80, can i ask the process for knockdown rebuild with Henley? also, how about the site cost, is it expensive?

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mtz08
Oct 15, 2013 3:08 pm
bamboo12
bamboo12
14 October 2013

First Timers - Site Cost Concerns

First Timers - Site Cost Concerns
QLD

hello, i'm thinking of building my first home at fernbrooke ridge too, i haven't bought the land yet, still looking around.. but i'll probably settle for fernbrooke ridge…

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bamboo12
Oct 14, 2013 10:13 pm
Team Metricon
Team Metricon
14 October 2013

Builder in SA? I love one house but........

Builder in SA? I love one house but........
SA

We are doing a knockdown/rebuild on our property and I have fallen in love with the Chelsea from Metricon (only because I can't afford the Urbis…

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Team Metricon
Oct 14, 2013 6:15 pm
Team Metricon
EmyN
EmyN
14 October 2013

Telstra pits under driveways - help!

Telstra pits under driveways - help!
WA

Have you called the phone number I put above? Alternatively try the chat online. Just keep trying someone until they help you. I have no idea what my job number was. It's…

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EmyN
Oct 14, 2013 1:55 pm
EmyN
melbbuild
melbbuild
14 October 2013

Backing support for shampoo niche

Backing support for shampoo niche
VIC

Hi guys, I am having a shampoo niche upstairs, it will be on the external wall. the outside cladding is 100mm foam with render. so I am wondering what should i put behind…

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melbbuild
Oct 14, 2013 11:30 am
sazzy91
sazzy91
14 October 2013

Render colours

Render colours
WA

Hey all, Need to finalise my render colours and am abit stuck at the moment we have chosen taubmans coffee cake as the whole house with taubmans manhattan as the feature.…

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sazzy91
Oct 14, 2013 10:30 am
gep
gep
14 October 2013

Colour Selections - Tips?

Colour Selections - Tips?
NSW

I used a small builder in Victoria when building. He used a software program called Digital Decorator (www.digitaldecorator.com.au), which allowed me to see the colour…

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gep
Oct 14, 2013 9:53 am
ShdowKat
ShdowKat
14 October 2013

Help? Shale Grey Render?

Help? Shale Grey Render?
NSW

Hi there, we have a shale grey garage door and our render is a pretty close match o shale grey, its solver grey smoke. Our roof is ironstone. I have pics on my thread- but…

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ShdowKat
Oct 14, 2013 1:03 am
ShdowKat
Fortis
Fortis
13 October 2013

P type soil extra cost compared to H type

P type soil extra cost compared to H type
QLD

Does anyone know average distance between piers?

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Fortis
Oct 13, 2013 9:25 pm
Fortis
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mirz
Oct 13, 2013 2:35 pm
mirz
therussianvillage
therussianvillage
13 October 2013

Building Doom and Gloom

Building Doom and Gloom
WA

We are first home builders, we have had problems along the way I think that is quite typical of building a house. I would definitely go with a small builder. The builder…

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therussianvillage
Oct 13, 2013 1:32 pm
macmaz
macmaz
13 October 2013

How to work out Site Slope / Fall ?

How to work out Site Slope / Fall ?
VIC

There is a guide to understanding survey plans at this link: http://www.anewhouse.com.au/2012/05/und ... rvey-plan/ Generally Cut and Fill…

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macmaz
Oct 13, 2013 12:00 pm
suzieq
suzieq
13 October 2013

101 residential

101 residential
WA

Hi Tony and Michelle. I have had a lot of issues by blog is on here and I suggest you look at other forums too as there are a lot of people reporting issues with this builder.

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suzieq
Oct 13, 2013 11:27 am
Marshmallow
Marshmallow
13 October 2013

First Home Buyers Direct

First Home Buyers Direct
WA

Wow.. congrats Shanu, I am currently building with Fhbd, started September 2012, prestart Feb 2013, admin was very slow not to mention all the mistakes they have done…

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Marshmallow
Oct 13, 2013 2:54 am
Mumtomonkeys
Mumtomonkeys
12 October 2013

Get The Facts

Get The Facts
VIC

Fantastic site! Thanks so much for sharing :) -

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Mumtomonkeys
Oct 12, 2013 9:06 pm
Suntec
Suntec
12 October 2013

Anyone build with Hallbury, Botanic Homes or Carter Grange?

Anyone build with Hallbury, Botanic Homes or Carter Grange?
VIC

Hi, Would love to hear from those of you who have experiences with these builders. Thanks.

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Suntec
Oct 12, 2013 8:49 pm
Shirokuma
Shirokuma
12 October 2013

Guide on Good builders in Canberra

Guide on Good builders in Canberra
ACT

Disclaimer: This is from my own research - use at your own discretion, I do not have any affiliation with any of the following Canberra Builders. (Although I wish I had…

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Shirokuma
Oct 12, 2013 4:31 pm
Caxam
Caxam
12 October 2013

okjorg's build

okjorg's build
QLD
1 ... 82, 83, 84

Hi Okjorg, Taupe Stone 50% - does it have brown in it or is it a pretty clean grey ?

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Caxam
Oct 12, 2013 3:53 pm
Caxam

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