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mirz
mirz
9 June 2013

would you buy this block of land?

would you buy this block of land?
VIC

The dam is a turkeys nest dam so its man made not natural. That means with the drainage that will be around the estate underground water…

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mirz
Jun 09, 2013 10:37 am
mirz
fmac
fmac
8 June 2013

Smart Homes for living

Smart Homes for living
WA

We're building with Aussie which is part of the Ventura group that smart homes belongs to. Been happy with our build so far. There are also a few people building with…

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fmac
Jun 08, 2013 4:27 pm
In Wollongong
In Wollongong
8 June 2013

shoalhaven sloping block builders.

shoalhaven sloping block builders.
NSW

Hi there, One three built a house for us. We had a few concerns and issues actually and it was a much less smooth and enjoyable process than we would have hoped for and…

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In Wollongong
Jun 08, 2013 8:44 am
kaykens
kaykens
7 June 2013

who's had an independant inspection in Adelaide

who's had an independant inspection in Adelaide
SA

Definitely worthwhile if you're unsure or need to know that you're structurally sound, or even just peace of mind. I work for a building company, so I got one of our…

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kaykens
Jun 07, 2013 11:37 pm
kaykens
mushrae
mushrae
7 June 2013

Building with Porter Davis life style

Building with Porter Davis life style
VIC

mushrae, I would think the amounts you have been charged is the difference, not the full cost of the upgraded floors you have chosen. I don't know…

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mushrae
Jun 07, 2013 6:57 pm
staceyd
staceyd
7 June 2013

Quick Q regarding contracts and selections

Quick Q regarding contracts and selections
VIC

Thanks for the feedback! I guess as the builder we ditched did selections pre-contract it just threw me. I've asked for the specifics for a couple of upgrades and also…

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staceyd
Jun 07, 2013 5:46 pm
Jen1977
Jen1977
7 June 2013

H Class slab v M Class - how to spot difference

H Class slab v M Class - how to spot difference
NSW

Our slab is an H2. We were told that the steel going through the slab was a lot thicker than normal. I think for memory they were 16mm thick. It is also a very thick slab,…

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Jen1977
Jun 07, 2013 3:34 pm
chrisandnicole
chrisandnicole
7 June 2013

Deciding on bricks and tiles - PGH silver greys - Olympus

Deciding on bricks and tiles - PGH silver greys - Olympus
NSW

Hi there, We are building two villas and since land is settled and plans are in, we need to get some decisions made Re: bricks, roof, fascia, guttering, windows and…

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chrisandnicole
Jun 07, 2013 3:19 pm
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pauly99
Jun 07, 2013 11:55 am
lmille32
lmille32
7 June 2013

Harkaway Home or similar traditional home?

Harkaway Home or similar traditional home?
VIC

I've found the same, the kit always ends up far more expensive unless you build it yourself. Just remember the kit includes no labor, no extra fittings, no plumbing, no…

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lmille32
Jun 07, 2013 10:54 am
lmille32
JO VJ
JO VJ
6 June 2013

Buying at Promenade (by Mirvac) Elizabeth Hills, NSW

Buying at Promenade (by Mirvac) Elizabeth Hills, NSW
NSW

hello, just joined to see if any one in here who bought a house at Promenade by Mirvac at Elizabeth Hills or near by Elizabeth point ? Would love to know more about the…

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JO VJ
Jun 07, 2013 12:27 am
Munchy
Munchy
6 June 2013

Water bill for vacant land (WA)

Water bill for vacant land (WA)
WA

It may also be that they have charged you based on an estimate worked out by the average usage in the area. Our first water bill when our block was vacant was higher…

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Munchy
Jun 06, 2013 5:04 pm
Munchy
notremaison
notremaison
6 June 2013

Henley ....things to know before signing on the dotted line?

Henley ....things to know before signing on the dotted line?
VIC

We just had a problem with our Alfresco also. Guy fixing it said quite common, they used too small flushing for the surface area of the roof so when it rains hard it can't…

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notremaison
Jun 06, 2013 4:44 pm

I have posted a pic on my thread but will post here as well Im am wanting to break up all the brown and maybe render or cement clad the front garage wall. I need help…

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dreaman
Jun 06, 2013 4:17 pm
mimi23
mimi23
6 June 2013

Different shades of dune

Different shades of dune
ACT

Has the cladding been painted yet?

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mimi23
Jun 06, 2013 2:55 pm
mimi23
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
6 June 2013

Damages to back fence caused during construction

Damages to back fence caused during construction
VIC

I'd fight it. But the only reliable way is with photos. If you've got no photos of the fencing prior to Henley taking control of the site then you'll be hard pressed to…

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Bluesuede
Jun 06, 2013 2:54 pm
Bluesuede
EmyN
EmyN
6 June 2013

Confused about Floor Tiles Colour

Confused about Floor Tiles Colour
ACT

Another thing to consider is ease of keeping clean. Where we are currently living has charcoal tiles in the bathrooms and laundry and the specks of dust/grass/dirt show up…

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EmyN
Jun 06, 2013 2:47 pm
EmyN
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 8:19 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 8:00 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 7:55 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 06, 2013 12:01 am
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 7:03 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 2:27 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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164
1rocky
Jun 05, 2013 6:35 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 4:25 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 4:12 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 3:56 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 1:54 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 1:50 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 11:33 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 11:30 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 11:15 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 9:08 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 5:34 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 10:03 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 11:42 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 9:58 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 9:14 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 9:14 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 5:48 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 12:59 pm
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 10:28 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 8:16 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 8:12 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 6:09 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 1:56 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 8:27 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 11:30 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 10:31 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 7:09 pm
sleven


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