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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
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 11:45 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 9:01 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 3:14 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 1:38 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 11:42 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 2:37 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 12:38 pm
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 14, 2013 12:50 am
maximus
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WizardofOz
Sep 13, 2013 10:45 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 6:11 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 4:25 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 2:10 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 8:41 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 7:22 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 6:51 pm
PAB_34
PAB_34
12 September 2013

Building a 2 storey house - no air conditioning downstairs

Building a 2 storey house - no air conditioning downstairs
NSW

Not impossible but very difficult. The designer of the house will have to design in all the…

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PAB_34
Sep 12, 2013 5:09 pm
PAB_34
charlie23
charlie23
12 September 2013

Mat & Jens Port Stephens Rawson Bld- Fit Off!

Mat & Jens Port Stephens Rawson Bld- Fit Off!
NSW
1 ... 14, 15, 16

Thanks Jen. I checked out the Blog, I am glad that you are in but Grr about the mortar issues! House is looking great :)

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charlie23
Sep 12, 2013 4:35 pm
charlie23
wfry
wfry
12 September 2013

Affordable Living - Perth - North of River

Affordable Living - Perth - North of River
WA

I am building in the new part of Banksia Grove and can say that it is full of very nice young couples and families. Quite different from the older part. Not a classy…

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wfry
Sep 12, 2013 4:24 pm
wfry
mikeydg411
mikeydg411
12 September 2013

Building in Lightsview

Building in Lightsview
SA

Hi i live in a 6m terrace and my rates were about $1000 the first year and now have dropped to $700! make sure you notified council when your slab has been poured as they…

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mikeydg411
Sep 12, 2013 4:21 pm
MadamImAdam
MadamImAdam
12 September 2013

Bal report/ bushfire report

Bal report/ bushfire report
NSW

From memory if you want to apply through CDC, you need an official certificate. You can do a self assessment for a DA, but that's no guarantee they wont conduct their own…

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MadamImAdam
Sep 12, 2013 8:56 am
tmitch
tmitch
11 September 2013

Can anyone recommend a good liquid limestone contractor

Can anyone recommend a good liquid limestone contractor
WA

Hi just wondering If anyone can recommend a good liquid limestone contractor in the Armadale/bedfordale area

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tmitch
Sep 11, 2013 8:50 pm
momomo
momomo
11 September 2013

101 Residential ~ we've been podded!!

101 Residential ~ we've been podded!!
WA
1, 2, 3, 4

Hey Bridget :) Do you have any updated pics? :D

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momomo
Sep 11, 2013 5:40 pm
momomo
kittyranch
kittyranch
11 September 2013

Whats the problem with a light coloured roof - eg surfmist?

Whats the problem with a light coloured roof - eg surfmist?
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

We have gone for Jasper colorbond. It is nor too dark. The roof has extra insulation and sarking, the windows have smart glass and we have positioned the house off on an…

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kittyranch
Sep 11, 2013 4:58 pm
Plodge
Plodge
11 September 2013

Building in Bedfordale, WA - Earthworks query - help!

Building in Bedfordale, WA - Earthworks query - help!
WA

we were recommended to sue NLG or I think Moles, but NLG came up most often. We had to have a soil report done....but I forget what the class was as we just the drawings…

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Plodge
Sep 11, 2013 1:33 am
Plodge
Plodge
11 September 2013

building in bedfordale- Premiere homes- draft plan

building in bedfordale- Premiere homes- draft plan
WA

so we signed the drawings and contract, getting quotes on blackbutt timber flooring but I might look at timber look tiles also. amazed at how hard it is to get quotes for…

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Plodge
Sep 11, 2013 1:29 am
suzieq
suzieq
10 September 2013

Building with 101 Residential

Building with 101 Residential
WA

So how is it all going. I Have built with these guys and had nothing but problems. Any luck with getting the costs sorted?

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suzieq
Sep 10, 2013 10:27 pm
sanjeeva
sanjeeva
10 September 2013

H Class Slab at Spring Farm (First timers!)

H Class Slab at Spring Farm (First timers!)
NSW

Hi ellenandmatt Our Builder (Cosmopolitan homes) included H class slab as standard back in 2009. EB and Masterton Homes included only M class slabs and charged extra for…

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sanjeeva
Sep 10, 2013 4:20 pm


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