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kjw1116
kjw1116
4 February 2013

Land - signing contract subject to Soil Testing

Land - signing contract subject to Soil Testing
SA

Thanks for your advice. It's good to know that asking for a soil test and reduction for the included test is not an absurd request. Being new to this game I wasn't sure of…

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kjw1116
Feb 04, 2013 11:04 am
PS_Sirocco7
PS_Sirocco7
3 February 2013

Show us your walk through video of your new home

Show us your walk through video of your new home
NSW

Vatche - Good stuff :P dawesrus -Did you get it to work? It works fine for me.

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PS_Sirocco7
Feb 03, 2013 10:24 pm
PS_Sirocco7
misch22
misch22
3 February 2013

melinda's new home....

melinda's new home....
WA

Hi melc1001, Tell us a little about your build.

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misch22
Feb 03, 2013 7:28 pm
DSCDMC
DSCDMC
3 February 2013

Wollongong Council Garage Requirements

Wollongong Council Garage Requirements
NSW

Thanks grumblebum54 Dont like my chances either of getting around it but after a rethink and doing some measurements I think a 6mx6m garage would be much better for…

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DSCDMC
Feb 03, 2013 5:29 pm
FHB2013
FHB2013
3 February 2013

External Colour Choices

External Colour Choices
VIC

Have uploaded the images in the below link, any feedback will be helpfull http://s1300.beta.photobucket.com/user/FHB2013/library/

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FHB2013
Feb 03, 2013 1:55 pm
joles
joles
3 February 2013

Completion dates - when should I be told?

Completion dates - when should I be told?
VIC

They often don't like giving a date because things can change/go wrong very quickly and push the time out. Then you have irate customers who have ordered things post…

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joles
Feb 03, 2013 10:47 am
joles
jihaomou
jihaomou
2 February 2013

Shocked by land area difference, what can I do?

Shocked by land area difference, what can I do?
NSW

Rpdata can be wrong. Our land size for our lot has our next door neighbours land size on Rpdata. Also has next door neighbours house picture.…

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jihaomou
Feb 02, 2013 10:05 pm
Gardener
Gardener
2 February 2013

Tiler Labour cost in Sydney

Tiler Labour cost in Sydney
NSW

I can send you the contact details of the guy I used. He is a friends dad so obviously my cost was a little discounted. …

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Gardener
Feb 02, 2013 6:11 pm
akashra
akashra
2 February 2013

New Home building inspections. why??

New Home building inspections. why??
VIC

I've so far had an inspector do a frame and lock-up inspection, and while the list he found wasn't particularly long, some of the things he found weren't exactly minor…

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akashra
Feb 02, 2013 3:34 pm
SaveH2O
SaveH2O
2 February 2013

Installing a rainwater tank as required by council.

Installing a rainwater tank as required by council.
SA

a year ago i was looking at installing a rainwater tank to our old house i had several costs from plumbers and the cost was…

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SaveH2O
Feb 02, 2013 2:50 pm
SaveH2O
1rocky
1rocky
2 February 2013

how long did it take you to decide on a builder, plan,

how long did it take you to decide on a builder, plan,
WA

we saw our block at the end of feb 2012, and then it took a till july 2012 to own it had a builder from end of feb to august but never seem to get anywhere with…

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1rocky
Feb 02, 2013 2:33 pm
fmac
fmac
2 February 2013

Just how important IS location?

Just how important IS location?
VIC
1, 2

Ive lived almost in the city, 10mins from the city, bus almost outside our front door and we are about to move 25km from the city, that's a reasonable distance when in WA.…

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fmac
Feb 02, 2013 12:00 am
sceen7
sceen7
1 February 2013

Size of study: media room vs study nook

Size of study: media room vs study nook
SA

here is a couple of pics of ours not complete as we are enclosing the pc box in an overhead cupboard and hiding all the pc stuff there as well. Only regret is that we…

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sceen7
Feb 01, 2013 5:55 pm
our dream home
our dream home
1 February 2013

Starting to get frustrated with these inclusions!

Starting to get frustrated with these inclusions!
VIC

I know it can be frustrating we are up to build number three! The first was our cute little 14 sq home the second was an investment house and land package designed for…

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our dream home
Feb 01, 2013 10:30 am
SpringChicken
SpringChicken
31 January 2013

Acreage Build

Acreage Build
NSW

I didnt realise the builder could provide th enviirocycle.....good to know!

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SpringChicken
Jan 31, 2013 7:02 pm
nerak
nerak
31 January 2013

Ducted air con installer in Hills District Sydney

Ducted air con installer in Hills District Sydney
NSW

My ancient air conditioning unit died during the recent record high temperature day ::cry:: ::cry:: My upstairs is an oven and I need to get a new unit installed before I die…

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nerak
Jan 31, 2013 6:03 pm
rjc786
rjc786
31 January 2013

My Eden Brae home just failed Final Inspection

My Eden Brae home just failed Final Inspection

That sucks, but the faults that were identified with paint, plaster, trim and so forth are so obvious that you don't really need an independent inspector to identify them.…

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rjc786
Jan 31, 2013 5:14 pm
Onewheel
Onewheel
31 January 2013

Signing your Building Contract

Signing your Building Contract
SA

All depends on how long you think it will be until your plans are approved by council. I am assuming you can't lodge plans until you have settled on the land? If they are…

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Onewheel
Jan 31, 2013 3:17 pm
eeleen12
eeleen12
31 January 2013

Redink - Battleaxe blk

Redink - Battleaxe blk
WA

http://s1060.beta.photobucket.com/user/ ... n.jpg.html this is the living/dining area. bottom pic without the roof. end jan- roof is up.

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eeleen12
Jan 31, 2013 2:53 pm
Aston Boy
Aston Boy
31 January 2013

Our Burbank Prescott

Our Burbank Prescott
VIC
1, 2, 3, 4

Taking away the FHG hasn't helped either (not that we qualify). Funny you should mention the busy roads. We just sold our house in Pascoe Vale South which is about 10-15…

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Aston Boy
Jan 31, 2013 12:39 pm
Aston Boy
PaulMac
PaulMac
31 January 2013

Question from a newbie building a home.

Question from a newbie building a home.
WA

Firstly, what are these brown wooden support beams called? I have highlighted them in a red rectangle. They are almost everywhere and look rather…

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PaulMac
Jan 30, 2013 11:51 pm
Lurgen
Lurgen
30 January 2013

Show me your Home theatre colours

Show me your Home theatre colours
NSW

I created a 3d model of the house we want to buy to use for situations like this (we are hopelessy colour uncoordinated!) I wanted a warm…

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Lurgen
Jan 30, 2013 10:43 pm
Lurgen
catjim
catjim
30 January 2013

Is pushing garage towards the front a good idea?

Is pushing garage towards the front a good idea?
VIC

I would have thought it means 1m from the front line of the house. Our estate rules are the garage 840mm behind the front wall of the house. Why such a weird figure I…

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catjim
Jan 30, 2013 6:57 pm
lmille32
lmille32
30 January 2013

Who designed your new house?

Who designed your new house?
NSW

I think Talking to an architect is a waste of time if you don't know what you want because they will have absolutely no idea of where to start and will mostly do their own…

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lmille32
Jan 30, 2013 4:34 pm
lmille32
bashworth
bashworth
30 January 2013

Advice on order to do things in! - Please.

Advice on order to do things in! - Please.
WA

I would have thought it would be OK to move the swimming pool next to the retaining wall as long as it is in good condition. Its probably worth confirming this with an…

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bashworth
Jan 30, 2013 3:34 pm
bashworth
Paula24
Paula24
30 January 2013

Bathroom Tiling

Bathroom Tiling
VIC

Hi Thank you for the respond. My husband is wanting to tile to 2.1 and our ceiling is 2.7 has anyone done their bathroom in 2.1 around the bathroom. can you tell me how…

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Paula24
Jan 30, 2013 10:06 am
Onewheel
Onewheel
30 January 2013

Bathroom lighting, opinions please

Bathroom lighting, opinions please
WA

In our current home we have just the light/exhaust/fan and while that is OK, it is not enough light. So I think adding the 2 down lights and lights above the vanities is a…

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Onewheel
Jan 30, 2013 7:40 am
springtime
springtime
30 January 2013

Independent Building Inspections

Independent Building Inspections
VIC
1, 2, 3

Hi Everyone, Our house was finished at Easter 2012, that's 2& 1/2 years after paying our initial deposit, & getting the approval from Council. Builder went Bankrupt (…

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springtime
Jan 30, 2013 4:49 am
SmithiesWife
SmithiesWife
29 January 2013

Building a custom home with Ventura in Busselton

Building a custom home with Ventura in Busselton
WA
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Fx it is all good with your bank auds. I really hope you can work something out with V too.

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SmithiesWife
Jan 29, 2013 4:01 pm
SmithiesWife
SmithiesWife
29 January 2013

Bought land now, house later...finance question.

Bought land now, house later...finance question.
VIC

A bit of both really - the broker encouraged it, the bank preferred it and we do not want to be paying huge amounts of LMI. It's of no benefit to us and just to give you…

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SmithiesWife
Jan 29, 2013 8:36 am
Wateman
Wateman
28 January 2013

Front tap location

Front tap location
VIC

We built with PD in Pakenham and had same issue with tap right in the middle of the front yard. Nearly every house in the estate does. We had a local plumber move the taps…

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Wateman
Jan 28, 2013 7:26 pm
Wateman
ktktq3
ktktq3
28 January 2013

Has anyone built in Jane Brook (Perth) Highland Rise

Has anyone built in Jane Brook (Perth) Highland Rise
WA

the fire issue worries me too. i am up in swan view so 1km back from the national park (but heaps of houses in between) and it worries me snakes worry me more than fire…

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ktktq3
Jan 28, 2013 4:30 pm
Belle22
Belle22
28 January 2013

Roller shutters - not attractive but good for security?

Roller shutters - not attractive but good for security?
WA

Thanks for that J, I got it. Serial builder I PM 'd you regarding shutters. Cheers Belle

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Belle22
Jan 28, 2013 3:56 pm
Belle22
AKB
AKB
28 January 2013

Where do you complain about owner builder?

Where do you complain about owner builder?
VIC

Owner Builders apply for a license through the Builders Registration Board, that would be my first step, they may be able to tell you how to complain to if not…

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AKB
Jan 28, 2013 3:30 pm
AKB
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
28 January 2013

Buildings insurance on knockdown / rebuild

Buildings insurance on knockdown / rebuild
VIC

Hi Your construction will be covered by the builders insurance (make sure you request a copy of the cert at contract signing) and then you'll need to organise home…

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Bluesuede
Jan 28, 2013 2:56 pm
Bluesuede
kiwi
kiwi
28 January 2013

Building External Stairs to a new home

Building External Stairs to a new home
NSW

Sunshine t had external stairs made in Sydney. She has a thread. You could pm her.

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kiwi
Jan 28, 2013 7:35 am
kiwi
Marziepan11
Marziepan11
27 January 2013

House and Land package total price

House and Land package total price
SA

Thanks so much for the info so far. Looks like I should clarify some things though, it's a very small house on a very small block of land. House is 96 sq metres and land…

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Marziepan11
Jan 27, 2013 3:09 pm
rjc786
rjc786
27 January 2013

Best Builders in Sydney

Best Builders in Sydney
NSW

I've been very happy with Clarendon so far. We're only at roof tiles stage, so a long way to go, but everything so far has been excellent. When we ran into issues…

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rjc786
Jan 27, 2013 2:54 pm
AlzSheznAdz
AlzSheznAdz
27 January 2013

Pre plaster inspection, small things make big difference!

Pre plaster inspection, small things make big difference!
VIC

Completely agree. Its such a small price to pay for such a big investment. I had one done by hkryan in Sydney and the things he found made it so much value. Missing…

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AlzSheznAdz
Jan 27, 2013 12:34 pm
SmithiesWife
SmithiesWife
27 January 2013

Alfresco or theatre

Alfresco or theatre
VIC

We don't have a theatre but we do have what I like to call a multipurpose room and we also have meals, living and an alfresco. However if you already have family and…

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SmithiesWife
Jan 27, 2013 12:31 pm
manven
manven
27 January 2013

anyone building with sarpel homes

anyone building with sarpel homes

Good thing about them is most of the things they have in their display home is included. Except floor covering, driveway, blinds /curtains, piering, alfresco, these are…

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manven
Jan 27, 2013 8:13 am
belandchris
belandchris
27 January 2013

Who has built or is building new houses with Ausbuild QLD

Who has built or is building new houses with Ausbuild QLD
QLD

Hi, We built with Ausbuild in 2011 in northwest Brisbane and had no problems at all - the build went smoothly and professionally and the quality was amazing - I found…

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belandchris
Jan 26, 2013 11:06 pm
Daedalus
Daedalus
26 January 2013

How Much Did You Spend At Your Pre-Start Meetings?

How Much Did You Spend At Your Pre-Start Meetings?
WA

also i just realised you and i had our prestart meetings on the same day :)

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Daedalus
Jan 26, 2013 9:58 pm
Daedalus
maximus
maximus
26 January 2013

Silly question about fridge space

Silly question about fridge space
NSW

Make sure you ask for the fridge space to be fitted with plumbing for cold water ( depending on where the fridge is located, it can be difficult to add the plumbing…

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maximus
Jan 26, 2013 7:05 pm
maximus
freeshia
freeshia
26 January 2013

Macleay Island (Moreton Bay) wanting afforable home to build

Macleay Island (Moreton Bay) wanting afforable home to build
QLD

Hello need help finding no win situation on Macleay island (qld) . all I want is simple 2 brd but later on be able to build underneath. I want a good size balcony facing…

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freeshia
Jan 26, 2013 12:57 pm
freeshia
Ashy Redbacks
Ashy Redbacks
26 January 2013

structural changes after contract with Porter Davis

structural changes after contract with Porter Davis
VIC

Hi ita2007, how is your build going with the Marbella ? We are about to start building in the New Year (18th January) and our house…

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Ashy Redbacks
Jan 26, 2013 12:51 pm


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