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_lucinda
_lucinda
25 March 2013

First time home builder - elevation question

First time home builder - elevation question
WA

Half or third render, rest brick or other way around, might look nice, depending on your brick choice.

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_lucinda
Mar 25, 2013 3:45 pm
_lucinda
DeeMM
DeeMM
25 March 2013

How much do you contact/bug/harrass your builder??

How much do you contact/bug/harrass your builder??
WA

I'm such a goodie two shoes I feel terrible phoning to ask about things or tell them I've noticed something that seems out of place. We've just…

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DeeMM
Mar 25, 2013 3:44 pm
Bowskie
Bowskie
25 March 2013

Issues with recessed HWS?

Issues with recessed HWS?
NSW

Has anyone had any issues with their recessed HWS? We have had a recessed 6 star instantaneous gas HWS system included in our building tender from day one and just before…

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Bowskie
Mar 25, 2013 2:08 pm
DeeMM
DeeMM
25 March 2013

Cut and Fill Quality

Cut and Fill Quality
SA

I think it depends upon what the soil is, unless this guys is a soil engineer or a structural engineer I wouldn't pay too much attention. Our block was cut and filled…

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DeeMM
Mar 25, 2013 12:14 pm
namweng
namweng
25 March 2013

Advice please (laundry taps & CO)

Advice please (laundry taps & CO)
VIC

Thanks for the info. Guess I need to invest in a hole saw. Still though, I reakon all should be complete! Obviously the big ticket items…

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namweng
Mar 25, 2013 10:22 am
Agape
Agape
25 March 2013

Drainage Permits Issues

Drainage Permits Issues
VIC

I am after a little advice. We have an Easement to runs the length of our property (from the back corner to the front driveway), this is marked as a Drainage and Sewerage…

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Agape
Mar 25, 2013 9:22 am
wokwon
wokwon
25 March 2013

Brick blending

Brick blending
NSW

The BCA has some pretty strict guidelines on working with bricks. I don't have a copy of the rules but it's something like: - You must work from 3 separate pallets of…

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wokwon
Mar 25, 2013 9:04 am
gotemcovered74
gotemcovered74
24 March 2013

Building our own home with our own design....builder wanted!

Building our own home with our own design....builder wanted!
WA

We are looking at building our own home in the Hills area of Perth in the next 6-12 months. We have some land and some rough plans drawn up Besides completing all the…

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gotemcovered74
Mar 24, 2013 9:13 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
24 March 2013

How much were your upgrades?

How much were your upgrades?
VIC

Some want air/con $10k, solar - elect & HW ($10k), larger island benches, driveway etc etc. It soon adds up.

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Saint Mike
Mar 24, 2013 8:05 pm
Saint Mike
tezzab
tezzab
24 March 2013

difficult neighbours

difficult neighbours
SA

A BBQ with all your friendly neighbours might get the message across. Should he decide to want to join in, uninvited, be friendly and magnanimous. The reverse psychology…

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tezzab
Mar 24, 2013 6:06 pm
tezzab
Amancharmar
Amancharmar
24 March 2013

Building with Fairmont Homes???

Building with Fairmont Homes???
SA

As for retaining, do it now. Cheaper when they have access. My build is on hold until council approval for walls to be done. Neighbour needs them in first. We were told…

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Amancharmar
Mar 24, 2013 1:50 pm
Amancharmar

I can PM you a few threads to look at if you like. You will be shocked when I indicate what to look at. People remain…

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DeeMM
Mar 24, 2013 9:03 am
kyton
kyton
23 March 2013

Master Bedroom - What size?

Master Bedroom - What size?
NSW

Ours is 5.5x5.5 - which is plenty big enough to house our oversized bedroom furniture (king bed, two bedsides, large double chest of drawers plus wing armchair). Our WIR…

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kyton
Mar 23, 2013 8:57 pm
kyton
ssjmark
ssjmark
23 March 2013

Building Esperence 24 Wisdom Homes

Building Esperence 24 Wisdom Homes

i know this thread is really old.. but my wife and I are looking to build the Esperence 29 ROL.. we would love to have access to read through your blog! :)

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ssjmark
Mar 23, 2013 8:41 pm
ssjmark
offshore
offshore
23 March 2013

Newbie: can i build on a compact block

Newbie: can i build on a compact block
VIC

I would talk to a local architect who knows how the local planning rules work and will also be able to give you some ideas for a design which makes best use if the block.

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offshore
Mar 23, 2013 10:54 am
our dream home
our dream home
23 March 2013

Taking forever DFH

Taking forever DFH
VIC
1, 2, 3

Thought I'd update. We are now In march 2013 and been told that handover is very soon. We have our inspection on tuesday with the SS. We still don't have a splashback or…

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our dream home
Mar 23, 2013 7:54 am
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DeeMM
Mar 22, 2013 7:39 pm
knockdownvic
knockdownvic
22 March 2013

Bricks - Opinions & photos of external colour schemes wanted

Bricks - Opinions & photos of external colour schemes wanted
VIC

We went homestead tan for brick, woodland grey for gutters and dune for windows

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knockdownvic
Mar 22, 2013 7:09 pm
uew87
uew87
21 March 2013

Building a Stamford by Simonds

Building a Stamford by Simonds
VIC

oh great RavenRetreat. Look forward to seeing the pictures of your house

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uew87
Mar 21, 2013 4:03 pm
housebythewater
housebythewater
21 March 2013

Top 5 things to raise with builder before signing?

Top 5 things to raise with builder before signing?
WA

We are at the same point as you - trying to get it as right as possible before signing and being at the mercy of a builder. So far, I think the big dollar items we'll be…

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housebythewater
Mar 21, 2013 3:46 pm
housebythewater
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
21 March 2013

LED Downlights after handover

LED Downlights after handover
NSW

Look up the threads on D/Ls - amazing stuff !!!

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Saint Mike
Mar 21, 2013 3:06 pm
Saint Mike
OurLindrum52
OurLindrum52
21 March 2013

Building a 2 storey house with M3tric0n - timeframe?

Building a 2 storey house with M3tric0n - timeframe?
NSW

You have to check your contract as it will be stated in there. We built two storey with M and our build time in contract was 422 days from memory. Site start was in…

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OurLindrum52
Mar 21, 2013 1:34 pm
rawg
rawg
21 March 2013

First Home Builder - Looking for info

First Home Builder - Looking for info
VIC

Hi Guys, Newbie here and I am interested in building our first home and was going through this site last few days to get some info. Site is quite informative and gained a…

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rawg
Mar 21, 2013 10:22 am
Novice8
Novice8
21 March 2013

Builder still hasn't started.

Builder still hasn't started.
NSW
1, 2

Hi there, our builder has 310 days to build and after that time they pay $250 p/w they go over. We are building a 2 story house as…

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Novice8
Mar 21, 2013 8:32 am
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
21 March 2013

Specials - free upgrades from builders (I am in WA)

Specials - free upgrades from builders (I am in WA)
WA

Don't think your going to get any specials anytime soon, the building companies have picked up a lot in the past 12 months, the same house I got is…

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Saint Mike
Mar 21, 2013 6:56 am
Saint Mike
fmac
fmac
20 March 2013

Robes - leave them in or sub contract after hand over

Robes - leave them in or sub contract after hand over
WA

We deleted our but it was to get freestanding wardrobes later (very small rooms so makes furniture place,eat easier in the future. Ask for the cost of upgrading. Most…

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fmac
Mar 20, 2013 6:38 pm
atom_ute
atom_ute
20 March 2013

Can I do the timber floors myself?

Can I do the timber floors myself?
NSW

Only issue you might encounter is with the skirting boards. Just ask your builder to cut paint, but not install. That way you'll get a nice clean look around the…

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atom_ute
Mar 20, 2013 4:39 pm
atom_ute
energylab
energylab
20 March 2013

Energy rating

Energy rating
VIC

Give yourself a point for: Aspect; Roof Insulation; Window coverings; Wall insulation; LED Lighting; Solar power - Electric and/or…

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energylab
Mar 20, 2013 3:37 pm
RavenRetreat
RavenRetreat
20 March 2013

Cascades on Clyde

Cascades on Clyde
1 ... 22, 23, 24

What part of Cascades are you looking at. We are in stage 24 and nearly at key handover.

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RavenRetreat
Mar 20, 2013 3:01 pm
RavenRetreat
sunct
sunct
20 March 2013

Henley Monaco options

Henley Monaco options
VIC
1, 2

Hello... we just received our contract from Henley it states 260 days extimated for build including delays.... is that right for everyone else?

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sunct
Mar 20, 2013 7:57 am
NovaVista
NovaVista
20 March 2013

Merlot with Terrazza - Beechwood (Newcastle)

Merlot with Terrazza - Beechwood (Newcastle)
NSW
1, 2, 3, 4

I'm glad it wasn't too late. Good luck with your final tender! If you have any other questions as you go feel free to post them up.

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NovaVista
Mar 20, 2013 7:18 am
Forg
Forg
20 March 2013

Really stupid questions......

Really stupid questions......
VIC

There are also sometimes rules around front door placement that would stop you from moving the door like that. We were looking at side-entrance houses so as not to have a…

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Forg
Mar 20, 2013 7:16 am
Lilac
Lilac
20 March 2013

Has anyone built with Kurmond Homes ?

Has anyone built with Kurmond Homes ?
NSW

Thanks Doohan - I do love my bath! We ended up spending more. Kurmond gave us a hefty allowance out of our build (internal/external) but it's a big home. We have spent…

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Lilac
Mar 19, 2013 11:38 pm
d@n
d@n
19 March 2013

External Colours

External Colours
NSW

It's important to know what you like.…

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d@n
Mar 19, 2013 4:48 pm
delatite13
delatite13
19 March 2013

Solar Hot Water - Electric Boost

Solar Hot Water - Electric Boost
NSW

Like all storage systems it is thermostat controlled. Unless controlled by a timer the electric boost will only come on when the water temp drops below the required…

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delatite13
Mar 19, 2013 1:09 pm
delatite13
energylab
energylab
19 March 2013

Sarking Installation Question

Sarking Installation Question
NSW

Roof sarking has little effect on the energy rating.

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energylab
Mar 19, 2013 11:04 am
leighton
leighton
19 March 2013

Is anyone building or built with LP Warren Homes

Is anyone building or built with LP Warren Homes
VIC

I can honestly say that I have never heard anything bad about them, and that is I guess a recommendation of some sort, isn't? I cannot say I know of anyone who did build…

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leighton
Mar 19, 2013 5:06 am
leighton
Agape
Agape
18 March 2013

Contract Negotiation - Liquidation Damages

Contract Negotiation - Liquidation Damages
VIC

Thank you so much for your responses, it has given me something to think about ... the build time is something that definitely impacted on the choice of this builder -…

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Agape
Mar 18, 2013 8:44 pm
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WildwoodDream
Mar 18, 2013 4:59 pm
Agape
Agape
18 March 2013

Any build on a block 10.5M WIDTH

Any build on a block 10.5M WIDTH
VIC

Our block is 312m2. We ended up going with a custom build, because we couldn't find anything we really liked. There is info in my signature

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Agape
Mar 18, 2013 12:00 pm
Lethe
Lethe
18 March 2013

Bulding a Flute with HBC Home Buyers Centre

Bulding a Flute with HBC Home Buyers Centre
WA

We also just signed up with HBC to build a flute for our first home in Baldivis would be interested in the conversation.

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Lethe
Mar 18, 2013 1:03 am
Lethe
Belle22
Belle22
17 March 2013

Building our first home in WA!! Advice needed!

Building our first home in WA!! Advice needed!
WA

Hi firsthomenewbie, There's a handy book you can download for free through iTunes called The Keys to Building a Home. Even though we have built before, you never stop…

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Belle22
Mar 17, 2013 10:26 pm
Belle22
Bluesuede
Bluesuede
17 March 2013

For those who have done a KDR, how empty was your house

For those who have done a KDR, how empty was your house
NSW

Will depend on your demolition contractor. Ask them! We left a whole bunch of crap but we asked the contractor first whether it was ok. Some of the stuff ended up being…

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Bluesuede
Mar 17, 2013 6:59 pm
Bluesuede
DeeMM
DeeMM
17 March 2013

Anyone building with GJ Gardner Homes Illawarra?

Anyone building with GJ Gardner Homes Illawarra?
NSW

Its seems this must be a local issue. I am less than a month away from our handover with GJ's up in SEQld and have been extremely happy with them. They have been prompt…

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DeeMM
Mar 17, 2013 9:10 am
bantyg
bantyg
16 March 2013

Need to build 3 Storey in land @ Blacktown - Where to Start

Need to build 3 Storey in land @ Blacktown - Where to Start
NSW

Hi Everybody, I need to build a 3 storey house in Blacktown NSW I do have existing house there which will be knowked down, I am still searchign for exisiting 3 sotrey…

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bantyg
Mar 16, 2013 10:41 pm
chripark69
chripark69
16 March 2013

Site supervisors

Site supervisors
QLD

And when you do contact them, the construction manager calls you a pain in the arse!!! In all fairness our SS never rang however if we text him a question he would always…

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chripark69
Mar 16, 2013 1:05 pm
chripark69


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