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1rocky
1rocky
27 March 2013

Advice on tap position for freestanding bath

Advice on tap position for freestanding bath
VIC

after seeing your bath i am very excited to see how ours will look.

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1rocky
Mar 27, 2013 7:11 pm
fekish
fekish
27 March 2013

Our nest - just got offers from builders

Our nest - just got offers from builders
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Thanks kiwi. No further loans will be given in the next months or years... years of dreaming, just collapsed, but at least we have on paper our house... 2

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fekish
Mar 27, 2013 3:14 pm
fekish
joles
joles
27 March 2013

Fixed Site costs

Fixed Site costs

We have heaps of piering, around 14k I think, and it was all itemised with drawings in our contract. We didn't have any nasty surprises. We had no allowance for rock at…

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joles
Mar 27, 2013 12:45 pm
joles
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
26 March 2013

Skating lounges!

Skating lounges!
NSW

You could buy those grippy mats that are used to keep rugs from sliding around. Just cut it into the sizes you need and glue to the bottom of the furniture. I forgot what…

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HomeAngels
Mar 26, 2013 9:29 pm
HomeAngels
OAS
OAS
26 March 2013

Anyone building with metr!con in SA?

Anyone building with metr!con in SA?
SA

Hi YTD, we too are building at the Orchard. and also picked the grandview.

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OAS
Mar 26, 2013 9:09 pm
OAS
carak777
carak777
26 March 2013

Fridge in WIP/Scullery - Good or Bad Idea?

Fridge in WIP/Scullery - Good or Bad Idea?
NSW
1, 2

Today we went and sat with the floor plan designer and discussed the fridge in the pantry... works out probably not a good idea because it would take up too much space in…

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carak777
Mar 26, 2013 7:08 pm
carak777
HomeAngels
HomeAngels
26 March 2013

Facade colour help

Facade colour help
VIC

Your selections sound great! We did our external selections on Saturday and ended up selecting Dune for the windows.…

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HomeAngels
Mar 26, 2013 5:41 pm
HomeAngels
CarolineNovo
CarolineNovo
26 March 2013

Looking for economic custom builders West Melbourne

Looking for economic custom builders West Melbourne
VIC

we are a boutique building company Novo Homes, based in Airport West. We would be happy to help you with your home, contact us for a quote. www.novohomes.com.au 1300 151 150

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CarolineNovo
Mar 26, 2013 4:46 pm
jermslio
jermslio
26 March 2013

Brisbane - Independent Soil Tester

Brisbane - Independent Soil Tester
QLD

After some research decided to go STA Consulting Engineers. Will let you know if there are any problems :)

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jermslio
Mar 26, 2013 2:42 pm
cocojade1
cocojade1
26 March 2013

Quads issue

Quads issue

pinoy, we have the same problem. it looks odd to me that the quads don't reach the ends of the doors. When I asked the installer, they said that's how they are taught to…

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cocojade1
Mar 26, 2013 12:08 pm

Hi all I have an inspection today so hoping to get some advise ASAP. Our freestanding bath has the taps positioned at the end of the bath and the tap itself lays right in…

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our dream home
Mar 26, 2013 10:48 am
_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 4:45 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 4:44 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 3:08 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 1:14 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 11:22 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 10:22 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 10:04 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 10:13 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 9:05 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 7:06 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 2:50 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 10:03 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 9:57 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 9:41 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 11:54 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 8:54 am
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DeeMM
Mar 22, 2013 8:39 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 8:09 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 5:03 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 4:46 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 4:06 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 2:34 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 11:22 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 9:32 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 7:56 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 7:38 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 5:39 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 4:37 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 4:01 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 8:57 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 8:18 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 8:16 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 20, 2013 12:38 am
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 5:48 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 2:09 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 12:04 pm


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