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leighton
leighton
6 June 2013

For those whose builds ran late-what stage was the problem?

For those whose builds ran late-what stage was the problem?
NSW

There isn't a hard and fast rule here. At times, one can run into difficulties getting a carpenter to quickly finish a frame to the required standard. Most often that does…

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leighton
Jun 06, 2013 7:19 am
leighton
Onewheel
Onewheel
6 June 2013

time it takes to start the build if land is already titled

time it takes to start the build if land is already titled
VIC

Our site start was 8 months after signing the contact. Admin was pretty slow for us.

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Onewheel
Jun 06, 2013 7:00 am
daveinthehills
daveinthehills
6 June 2013

Building an Off Grid Home.

Building an Off Grid Home.
NSW

I suggest you watch seasons 8-12 of grand designs UK and 1-3 of grand designs Australia, as you opening blurb sounds like a bunch of those episodes!

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daveinthehills
Jun 06, 2013 6:55 am
deluxes
deluxes
5 June 2013

Our ??? Build - Bluestone, Mt Barker

Our ??? Build - Bluestone, Mt Barker
SA
1 ... 5, 6, 7

Thanks Guys :-) All awesome points, but as i said - positioning for the vanities, shower, hot plates, appliances isn't set yet. Something just to put on a plan at this…

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deluxes
Jun 05, 2013 11:01 pm
deluxes
Nitro
Nitro
5 June 2013

Interior Paint HELP URGENT!!

Interior Paint HELP URGENT!!
SA

I would highly recommend going to a paint store and get the sample swatches to take home. Choose as many colours as you'd like (20-30), then look at them at home, with…

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Nitro
Jun 05, 2013 6:03 pm
Nitro
Scotty Dog
Scotty Dog
5 June 2013

Urgent Help with External colors

Urgent Help with External colors
ACT

Because your garage door and your cladding don't butt up against each other I don't think you'll have a problem with them looking different, they are far enough away that…

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Scotty Dog
Jun 05, 2013 1:27 pm
1rocky
1rocky
5 June 2013

Help with Wet Areas Tiles

Help with Wet Areas Tiles
ACT

no not at all if you want an example check out my thread. i have a black and white bathroom

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1rocky
Jun 05, 2013 5:35 am
Megs25
Megs25
3 June 2013

gas or electric oven?

gas or electric oven?
SA

but aren't gas ovens these days also fan forced? the,one in our rental is...

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Megs25
Jun 03, 2013 3:25 pm
Forg
Forg
3 June 2013

Is there something between volume and custom builder?

Is there something between volume and custom builder?

IMHO you can achieve the goals you have stated by going with a project (volume) builder, or a custom builder. My belief is, currently, after doing the run-around quite a…

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Forg
Jun 03, 2013 3:12 pm
Zeedi
Zeedi
3 June 2013

Custom Builder in Sydney Area, NSW?

Custom Builder in Sydney Area, NSW?
NSW

Hi quedee_au, Did you happen to find any? I am in the same situation as u r 6 months ago.. Thanks

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Zeedi
Jun 03, 2013 2:56 pm
Matt+Jo
Matt+Jo
3 June 2013

Our tri-level build ~ LOCKUP & BEYOND! LOTS of pics pg 8.

Our tri-level build ~ LOCKUP & BEYOND! LOTS of pics pg 8.
VIC
1 ... 7, 8, 9

Thanks Rocky! It has really come along in the last few months, were both very happy.... :) now we're just itching to move in and get out of our scummy rental!!

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Matt+Jo
Jun 03, 2013 12:54 pm
Matt+Jo
building-expert
building-expert
3 June 2013

Builder to project manage my building.

Builder to project manage my building.
NSW

I think you need to take a cold shower! (Metaphorically speaking) Firstly, you can't get the discounts on labour and material that volume builders can. They have built…

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building-expert
Jun 03, 2013 12:50 pm
building-expert
Paula24
Paula24
2 June 2013

BAMBOO FLOORING

BAMBOO FLOORING
SA

Thanks i have done it. paula

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249
Paula24
Jun 02, 2013 10:33 pm
baferreri
baferreri
2 June 2013

Ebony Place Carrum Downs

Ebony Place Carrum Downs
VIC

Hi All, Is anyone building in Ebony Place Carrum Downs? Haven't found it on here and just want to see if there have been any unexpected issues along the way.. We are…

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baferreri
Jun 02, 2013 10:30 pm
jcbissor
jcbissor
2 June 2013

Lakelands

Lakelands
WA

Just wondering if anyone is building in lakelands? We're just starting our journey, visited our pile of sand today and saw so many sold blocks - wonder if any of you are…

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jcbissor
Jun 02, 2013 10:15 pm
jcbissor
Bridezilla
Bridezilla
2 June 2013

Building a Mirvac Home in Spring Farm

Building a Mirvac Home in Spring Farm
NSW

Anybody building in the Stage 3 release? We have put our deposit and picked our home - so far happy with everything :)

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Bridezilla
Jun 02, 2013 8:08 pm
Arfur
Arfur
2 June 2013

Door hinges stainless steel with PVD or solid brass with PVD

Door hinges stainless steel with PVD or solid brass with PVD
QLD

Hi all - decided to install gold colored hinges, door knobs etc in our new house. Could anyone suggest which hardware material will hold up best for exterior doors -…

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Arfur
Jun 02, 2013 4:34 pm
Stormy
Stormy
2 June 2013

Wool or Synthetic Carpet?

Wool or Synthetic Carpet?
QLD

I have a mix of both. 80% wool, 20% acrylic. 3 out of 4 people in my home are asthmatics/allergy sufferers and we don't have an issue at all. In fact , we are healthier…

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Stormy
Jun 02, 2013 9:03 am
Stormy
building-expert
building-expert
1 June 2013

How many inspections did you have?

How many inspections did you have?
NSW

Hi animal BEA are insurance brokers + builder's agents. I have not had much to do with them and have nothing adverse to say but: As builders agents their first duty is to…

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building-expert
Jun 01, 2013 10:42 pm
building-expert
Jeremybec
Jeremybec
1 June 2013

Kit home questions for a first timer

Kit home questions for a first timer
NSW

Hi, We plan on using dry compost toilets and diverting the greywater so I'm still researching the best option for kitchen water. We have sewer services in the area though…

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Jeremybec
Jun 01, 2013 8:58 pm
maximus
maximus
1 June 2013

Show us your feature steps

Show us your feature steps
NSW

How about something like this on the riser?…

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maximus
Jun 01, 2013 8:14 pm
maximus

Need Suggestion about building our new house with Eden Brae

Need Suggestion about building our new house with Eden Brae
NSW

Our builder's mark up was 20%, but you have to weigh up convenience. Our air con package was $1 when we signed up... Having seen the whole process going in during…

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1sttimebuilding2012
May 31, 2013 8:14 pm
srod
srod
31 May 2013

Include kitchen, bathrooms, etc in tender request or not?

Include kitchen, bathrooms, etc in tender request or not?
NSW

Thanks, travisaus. You've made a potentially good point, but are you sure that builders pass on the trade discount, or do they get trade prices then charge the client…

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srod
May 31, 2013 4:48 pm
Forg
Forg
31 May 2013

You know you might be building a new house when....

You know you might be building a new house when....
NSW

When you just had a 25 minute enthusiastic 'phone conversation with the Window Guy about windows ... I mean who has…

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Forg
May 31, 2013 11:59 am
SheridanBenjamin
SheridanBenjamin
30 May 2013

Articulation on side of house

Articulation on side of house
NSW

definitely a council thing. I meant that we either need to comply with the basic council requirements, or CDC. We have decided to go CDC as it does not require the side…

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SheridanBenjamin
May 30, 2013 9:28 pm
kerryj08
kerryj08
30 May 2013

Beechwood colorbond roof sarking

Beechwood colorbond roof sarking
NSW

Thank You everyone for taking the time to give advice I greatly appreciate it !! ;)

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kerryj08
May 30, 2013 7:16 pm
kerryj08
kerryj08
30 May 2013

Beechwood Merlo four terrazza twist

Beechwood Merlo four terrazza twist
NSW

Thanks Wiz I will check them out appreciate the help :)

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kerryj08
May 30, 2013 7:12 pm
d@n
d@n
30 May 2013

Façade Suggestions

Façade Suggestions
ACT

Provided the render colour is not darker than the bricks, I think it should be fine. Dune either side should balance out.

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d@n
May 30, 2013 5:09 pm
ozzydave
ozzydave
30 May 2013

Building the Sandarah 45 with Porter Davis

Building the Sandarah 45 with Porter Davis
VIC

Hi everyone! To be honest, I never knew about this forum before - nor have I read others related to this type of thing. This forum has been great to read about others and…

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ozzydave
May 30, 2013 12:56 pm
daveinthehills
daveinthehills
30 May 2013

LED Downlights and normal lights

LED Downlights and normal lights
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

The foil insulation is for radiant heat. Heat bought in/out by airflow is different. The difference between a bar heater and ducted aircon. Both are important I believe…

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daveinthehills
May 30, 2013 7:27 am
Cody Drysdale
Cody Drysdale
29 May 2013

Who is building the Drysdale with Eden Brae?

Who is building the Drysdale with Eden Brae?
NSW

Hahaha thats why Stephen's getting that wardrobe ;) I think you're right, a bit of time and you'll probably get used to it a bit. We did really like the study, just had…

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Cody Drysdale
May 29, 2013 10:30 pm
Cody Drysdale
Alex in Vertu
Alex in Vertu
29 May 2013

So what now? Choosing a builder.

So what now? Choosing a builder.
WA

We have decided that we are keen on a loft style home, or a two story home with only a study and theatre/lounge on the top level. We narrowed it down to 4 builders, who we…

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Alex in Vertu
May 29, 2013 9:31 pm
sleven
sleven
29 May 2013

House numbers - on the house? (poll)

House numbers - on the house? (poll)
QLD

I have on house and the gutter one too!

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sleven
May 29, 2013 6:09 pm
sleven
cinder
cinder
29 May 2013

Woodland grey roof and exterior colour options.... Help

Woodland grey roof and exterior colour options.... Help
QLD

Our sample boards were only about half a metre wide, and I felt the samples looked much lighter. I'll see if I can dig out the thread. viewtopic.php?f=31&t=62364

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cinder
May 29, 2013 11:57 am
cinder

Gold Coast builders - Bluewood Homes

Gold Coast builders - Bluewood Homes
QLD

To spider1, be interested to know what you are not happy about? Communication is vital in delivering to all our customers expectations so please call Bluewood Homes Gold…

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Bluewood Homes GC
May 29, 2013 10:35 am
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TinaG
May 29, 2013 9:46 am
Megs25
Megs25
29 May 2013

anybody building with hickinbotham?

anybody building with hickinbotham?
SA
1, 2

hi davelle, just wondering if your able to send me a pm with the prices you sent to the girls here? would be much helpful :-)

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Megs25
May 29, 2013 3:27 am
mimi23
mimi23
28 May 2013

Porter Davis

Porter Davis
VIC

You can make changes between tender and contract just not structual changes as once you sign the tender, the working drawings are order in preparation for contract. We…

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mimi23
May 28, 2013 7:12 pm
mimi23
televisi
televisi
28 May 2013

Building dual occupancy townhouses

Building dual occupancy townhouses
VIC

I guess no one else has similar experience?

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televisi
May 28, 2013 6:57 pm
kaykens
kaykens
28 May 2013

Render Colours

Render Colours

We settled on monument but our initial choices were Woodland Grey - Paperbark - Jasper. Depends on the ratio of colour too I guess!

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kaykens
May 28, 2013 5:11 pm
kaykens
happytaurus
happytaurus
27 May 2013

Help - looking for Exposed Aggregate

Help - looking for Exposed Aggregate
WA

Any help with good contacts at a good price for installation of exposed aggregate?? south of the river in perth? personal experience? good range... im wanting it for the…

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happytaurus
May 27, 2013 8:41 pm
MJ Overture
MJ Overture
27 May 2013

Who is building the Overture Premier with Masterton

Who is building the Overture Premier with Masterton
NSW

We received our contract in the mail on Friday and spent the weekend going through all the documents and signed our lives away.. We are in the process of organizing the 5%…

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MJ Overture
May 27, 2013 8:23 pm
6msn15bru
6msn15bru
27 May 2013

townhouses share one single eletricity metre box???

townhouses share one single eletricity metre box???
VIC

Hi, This is a few months after the fact, though each townhouse would need their own meter. It would be so impractical otherwise. How could you separate them if you were…

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6msn15bru
May 27, 2013 7:39 pm
Dacman82
Dacman82
26 May 2013

Total Home Frames/Milford Homes

Total Home Frames/Milford Homes
WA

Hi, is anyone here building or has built with Total Home Frames or Milford Homes. I cant seem to find any reviews or info on them.

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Dacman82
May 26, 2013 11:25 pm
jimnlisa
jimnlisa
26 May 2013

Tips for queuing up for purchase of land. what time????

Tips for queuing up for purchase of land. what time????
WA
1, 2

Land can take awhile to sell here too. Depends on location, distance from the city/beach. Hammond Park is on the free way to city, only land available on the freeway that…

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jimnlisa
May 26, 2013 10:50 pm
xxkatxx
xxkatxx
26 May 2013

Is a 1.5m setback enough space for a clothesline?

Is a 1.5m setback enough space for a clothesline?
QLD

heaps of people put those foldable washing lines on the side of the house with 1.5m to the fence. just pick the size wisely :)

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xxkatxx
May 26, 2013 5:59 pm
Bobdaboarder
Bobdaboarder
26 May 2013

Sutherland Shire Knock Down Rebuild Experience

Sutherland Shire Knock Down Rebuild Experience
NSW

Hi There, My wife and i have just purchased our next house in the sutherland shire which we plan to KDRB. I am just after some peoples experiences that have also done…

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Bobdaboarder
May 26, 2013 4:42 pm
Assh
Assh
26 May 2013

costs of dropped edge beam

costs of dropped edge beam
QLD

Any more inputs would be appreciated ::lol::

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Assh
May 26, 2013 12:40 pm
Building Newbie
Building Newbie
25 May 2013

How long was your final stage?

How long was your final stage?
VIC

Thanks :D Oh I didnt realise they were different classifications. On our final stage its: Floor & Wall tiles Brick Clean Downpipes installed Painting Shower…

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Building Newbie
May 25, 2013 10:30 pm


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