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Ariosto
Ariosto
30 April 2013

House of Wisdom at Stonecutters Ridge

House of Wisdom at Stonecutters Ridge
NSW
1, 2

I knew about council and water rates , but I missed the point about the interest on the drawdown with the mortgage. Makes it tough if you are renting like we do then have…

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Ariosto
Apr 30, 2013 12:53 pm
Ariosto
LittleWing
LittleWing
29 April 2013

What are my rights?

What are my rights?
VIC

I know exactly what you mean, every step is so stressful. The developers are usually pretty good about honouring their incentives despite…

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LittleWing
Apr 29, 2013 10:06 pm
LittleWing
daveinthehills
daveinthehills
29 April 2013

NBN ... Confused

NBN ... Confused
NSW
1, 2

Yeah opticomm includes free to air, but you are locked into them as a retailer. NBN is wholesale, so you need a retailer that offers IPTV. some already do, but not the…

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daveinthehills
Apr 29, 2013 7:46 pm
bashworth
bashworth
29 April 2013

Non-starter?

Non-starter?
QLD

It would appear so - $4211 included on the quote for "reinforced concrete slab with FFL to Engineers's detail for Soil Classification…

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bashworth
Apr 29, 2013 5:01 pm
bashworth
nervousdude
nervousdude
29 April 2013

Baulkham Hills Council Approval Period

Baulkham Hills Council Approval Period
NSW

Thanks @daveinthehills, our approval finally came throug and yes the council was sitting on for about 3 months. I don't know why BW went to council instead of CDC, after…

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nervousdude
Apr 29, 2013 3:48 pm
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JB1
Apr 29, 2013 1:20 pm
nugget
nugget
28 April 2013

My Masterton Nightmare

My Masterton Nightmare
NSW

Paulevan,i know how you feel as we have also had major issues with this builder,the people that they send out to fix anything end up making things worse as M just want to…

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nugget
Apr 28, 2013 9:23 pm
ktktq3
ktktq3
28 April 2013

Building contract

Building contract
VIC

We recently asked for a copy of a preliminary contract when we signed with Celebrations they did not supply us with a copy until i asked for it about 8 weeks after they…

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ktktq3
Apr 28, 2013 7:02 pm
hampy87
hampy87
28 April 2013

Anyone building at Mt Holden, Sunbury VIC?

Anyone building at Mt Holden, Sunbury VIC?
VIC

Sorry to bring up the old thread, but after over two and half years of waiting titles have been released for Stage Two building to commence in mid May.

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hampy87
Apr 28, 2013 6:43 pm
_lucinda
_lucinda
28 April 2013

Selections Choices - Are you bound to what's in the book?

Selections Choices - Are you bound to what's in the book?
SA
1, 2

You'd think they'd have their own colours in the gold range but c'est la vie. Thanks for the luck, hachy, I think I'm going to need it.

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_lucinda
Apr 28, 2013 4:08 pm
_lucinda
JJJ000
JJJ000
28 April 2013

New home contract arrangements to save money

New home contract arrangements to save money
QLD

Hi all, So I want to build a new home with a builder acting as a construction manager and basically working on a schedule of rates as per chain 3 in the attached document…

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JJJ000
Apr 28, 2013 1:24 pm
Lourance
Lourance
27 April 2013

Building Contract Information guide

Building Contract Information guide
VIC

Just worth a read for people about to sign up for a new home and some things to consider about the contract (its in contract form but has some nice info in it). link to…

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Lourance
Apr 27, 2013 2:28 pm
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navs
Apr 27, 2013 1:09 pm
rex777
rex777
27 April 2013

Roofing - which way to go?

Roofing - which way to go?
ACT

I'm going against the flow here and say tiles. I have lived in a house with a metal roof and when it rained, you couldn't have a conversation or watch tv - and we had…

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rex777
Apr 27, 2013 12:06 pm
rex777
33Home
33Home
27 April 2013

Corner Block Dual Occ - Shallow Site Design

Corner Block Dual Occ - Shallow Site Design
NSW

First post here and super excited to have finally found a block to build on! We are developing a corner block in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney, creating a dual occ by…

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33Home
Apr 27, 2013 11:30 am
MalinViktoria
MalinViktoria
27 April 2013

Internal sliding doors versus traditional doors

Internal sliding doors versus traditional doors
ACT

I think normal doors is preferable, but sometimes it's just not ideal. We have a sliding door for our ensuite, just because if we had a normal door we would lose too much…

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MalinViktoria
Apr 27, 2013 9:54 am
MalinViktoria
Vatche
Vatche
27 April 2013

Building the Masterton Palladian Manor - The journey begins.

Building the Masterton Palladian Manor - The journey begins.
NSW

I can't praise Lynne from Masterton enough. I must have run a million questions and variations past her, and nothing was too much…

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Vatche
Apr 27, 2013 9:19 am
Vatche
bridget_m
bridget_m
26 April 2013

Smart wiring...

Smart wiring...
WA

Meeting with intelligent home set up for next Friday. Luckily we haven't left it too late (just!!) still not 100% sure on what it is that we need hoping they will guide…

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bridget_m
Apr 26, 2013 11:40 pm
bridget_m
tim_k
tim_k
26 April 2013

Builder going over finish date

Builder going over finish date
VIC

Depends- in the contract is there allowances for extra time due to weather etc?

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tim_k
Apr 26, 2013 7:13 pm
tezzab
tezzab
26 April 2013

Internal insulation

Internal insulation
VIC

No problem. Yes, insulation will help. There may be better options, a bit pricier than Pinks, but less than " Sound Batts ". Fluffy is fine, Gold Batts, Autex or Tontine,…

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tezzab
Apr 26, 2013 5:29 pm
tezzab
-MrsM-
-MrsM-
26 April 2013

Trees within building envelope

Trees within building envelope
QLD

If it was solely up to me I'd just be forking out the extra 40k for the other block as it is completely flat, trees…

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-MrsM-
Apr 26, 2013 4:06 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
Pepsi_Drinker
26 April 2013

22,000 l Rain Tank......Best way to use it

22,000 l Rain Tank......Best way to use it
SA

....if I were you, I'd put in a mains tap for the EverPure HiFlow filter (use it for drinking/cooking, but not cleaning/washing), and optionally…

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Pepsi_Drinker
Apr 26, 2013 2:28 pm
Pepsi_Drinker
carmania
carmania
26 April 2013

Hairline Cracks... should i be concerned?

Hairline Cracks... should i be concerned?
VIC

Hi mr.21, I am no expert. I am a tradesman and would suggest that these hairline cracks are "NORMAL" Concrete, is a very unforgiving product. As the earth/soil expands…

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carmania
Apr 26, 2013 12:42 am
kifaya
kifaya
25 April 2013

Photo Montage for Council

Photo Montage for Council
NSW

We're with Pittwater Council.

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kifaya
Apr 25, 2013 6:53 pm
kifaya
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our dream home
Apr 25, 2013 1:28 pm
MicWoo7982
MicWoo7982
25 April 2013

Color Selection at Cosham Interiors - Done!!!!

Color Selection at Cosham Interiors - Done!!!!
VIC

Hi All So sorry for the delay in replying - been so busy with work. Anyways, we've posted tons of pictures in our blog. Feel free to let us know your thoughts... :)

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MicWoo7982
Apr 25, 2013 1:20 pm
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
25 April 2013

Grout for tiles

Grout for tiles
NSW

We have white grout in our current shower and had it colour sealed by a professional. It cost a bit but it was well worth it as it simply wipes clean and it's still bright…

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HomeAngels
Apr 25, 2013 12:26 pm
HomeAngels
J+G
J+G
25 April 2013

Building Contract review

Building Contract review
VIC

Hi Animal, Thank you for your advice. I will definitely get my solicitor to look at it and probably get private inspector to review it also. Not sure which private…

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J+G
Apr 25, 2013 11:42 am
dragonchild
dragonchild
25 April 2013

retaining wall

retaining wall
NSW

I have a retaining wall at the back of my block - given the developer is doing the fence, I'm assuming the fence will be on top of the wall. However, what it will look…

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dragonchild
Apr 25, 2013 1:07 am
dragonchild
hachy
hachy
24 April 2013

Building in Mount Barker

Building in Mount Barker
SA

Hi, We aren't building in mt barker but nuriootpa. Our septic is costing $5200 for a 4250ltr tank.

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hachy
Apr 24, 2013 8:41 pm
hachy
hachy
hachy
24 April 2013

fencing question

fencing question
SA

Ideally yes it would be nice to get along with neighbours. Have heard that one in particular is trouble.

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hachy
Apr 24, 2013 8:28 pm
hachy
turtleschell
turtleschell
24 April 2013

Slope in liquid limestone path?

Slope in liquid limestone path?
WA

I recently had my poured limestone done, driveway and path to front door. There is a slope where the path connects to the driveway. It's a horrible slope, it looks flat on…

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turtleschell
Apr 24, 2013 7:38 pm
happytaurus
happytaurus
24 April 2013

Electrical company to install downlights

Electrical company to install downlights
WA

Great thank you so much! Very excited! I'm going to do some serious shopping for our downlights now :)

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happytaurus
Apr 24, 2013 12:16 pm
namweng
namweng
24 April 2013

PCI Handover Henley Homes

PCI Handover Henley Homes
VIC

Thanks for the advice guys. We are having our PCI next Tuesday. In total it would of taken about 7 months but less Xmas and supervisor swap. The new supervisor is…

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namweng
Apr 24, 2013 11:16 am
1sttimebuilding2012
1sttimebuilding2012
24 April 2013

Kellyville Ridge Valuation

Kellyville Ridge Valuation
NSW

Challenge the bank... Or maybe try a different bank... Or be like us, suck it up, it was a flat block, the right size, in the right location for us. Is the land developer…

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1sttimebuilding2012
Apr 24, 2013 10:03 am
tezzab
tezzab
24 April 2013

3D sketch programs

3D sketch programs
WA

You might try looking in the Sketchup Warehouse. Lots more like this…

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tezzab
Apr 24, 2013 12:57 am
tezzab
Jen1977
Jen1977
23 April 2013

Any info about Rawson

Any info about Rawson
NSW

Daph I have had a good experience with Rawson. We had a fixed tender from the outset and it was our choice to upgrade things, but really you could have gone with standard…

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Jen1977
Apr 23, 2013 9:56 pm
gootza
gootza
23 April 2013

How to save with building an Outdoor room?

How to save with building an Outdoor room?
VIC

the outdoor rooms start at $8000 I think so you think we would not benefit from getting them to just build out the roof? I don't really know how it works to be honest lol.…

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gootza
Apr 23, 2013 9:41 pm
gootza
oneness
oneness
23 April 2013

HELP! Telstra costs for connection after builders pre-wire?

HELP! Telstra costs for connection after builders pre-wire?
WA

I have finally found out from a very helpful lay person that Telstra can do a pre-provisioning for a future connection which is exactly what i have been trying to find…

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oneness
Apr 23, 2013 9:19 pm
Juv
Juv
23 April 2013

How much discounts have you received from your builder?

How much discounts have you received from your builder?
WA

I think that with all the positives it is still wise to cross check things. Builders are in business to make money and necessarily must mark…

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Juv
Apr 23, 2013 9:07 pm
tonyattheponds
tonyattheponds
23 April 2013

Roof / Brick Colours

Roof / Brick Colours
NSW

thanks, yep i've been driving past there every week =)

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tonyattheponds
Apr 23, 2013 8:24 pm
dragonchild
dragonchild
23 April 2013

dragonchild's very own land/build thread!

dragonchild's very own land/build thread!
VIC

Just pulling this up to say that I have updated my blog again; I have had an insanely busy few months but time marches on and if I don't pay attention to my plans, I'll…

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dragonchild
Apr 23, 2013 5:59 pm
dragonchild
fievel
fievel
23 April 2013

How long is too long?

How long is too long?
NSW
1, 2

But prob gonna stick with laminate tops for the bathroom now...all the little top ups add up to too much money

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fievel
Apr 23, 2013 4:06 pm
fievel
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MrsT12
Apr 23, 2013 2:42 pm
MrsT12
atom_ute
atom_ute
23 April 2013

Building the first home

Building the first home
VIC

Congrats Mpp. Building (particularly your first home) can be a long, frustrating experience - but ultimately a very rewarding one. As other have pointed out, we can't…

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atom_ute
Apr 23, 2013 2:29 pm
atom_ute
zstoimenov
zstoimenov
23 April 2013

The Lismore - by Ross North Homes

The Lismore - by Ross North Homes
WA

We are also building the Lismore with Ross North. Would love to see your plans for ideas :)

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zstoimenov
Apr 23, 2013 11:26 am
zstoimenov
grumblebum54
grumblebum54
23 April 2013

HELP!!! Which way do we position our Living & Alfresco Areas

HELP!!! Which way do we position our Living & Alfresco Areas
NSW

I used to live in SW Sydney and all the crappy weather came from the south so when there is rain and wind anything in that outdoor area will get drenched and no doors…

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grumblebum54
Apr 23, 2013 9:43 am
grumblebum54
nickvee
nickvee
23 April 2013

Boral Storm brick

Boral Storm brick
VIC

We are using it as our feature brick. If you watch our thread by next week these should be complete :) Also,…

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nickvee
Apr 23, 2013 8:34 am
nickvee
leni
leni
23 April 2013

Kitchen Overhead Cupboards - same material or glass?

Kitchen Overhead Cupboards - same material or glass?
WA

im not a fan of glass, as you can see all your messy stuff. I prefer white overheads or matching other cabinetry. But it doesn't matter what we like.. what do you like?!

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leni
Apr 23, 2013 12:36 am
leni
turtleschell
turtleschell
22 April 2013

Internal door handles

Internal door handles
NSW

I got bright chrome. I love them, they look fantastic. They really set off the doors. I always handle them with wet or greasy fingers and they still look fine. But I've…

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turtleschell
Apr 22, 2013 8:16 pm


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