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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

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
melanie02
melanie02
26 January 2013

Our house on the hill - SA

Our house on the hill - SA
SA
1 ... 4, 5, 6

Ha Ha Kiwi :lol: No we,re in our 40's.........but apparently 40 is the new 30 :z: We,ve got a 10 yr old as well, so he keeps us young ::dizzy:: :th: Well we,re finally there! We can…

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melanie02
Jan 26, 2013 12:12 pm
jaceb
jaceb
26 January 2013

Elevations - window placement

Elevations - window placement
WA

Very nice! I'm having a…

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jaceb
Jan 26, 2013 10:55 am
jaceb
DoubleDutch
DoubleDutch
25 January 2013

Primary Street Frontages - HELP!

Primary Street Frontages - HELP!
WA

We have a corner block as well and experienced the same problems as you describe. We choose not to change the entry, but instead have a custom designed house. Is this an…

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DoubleDutch
Jan 25, 2013 5:05 pm
Forg
Forg
25 January 2013

Reducing roof pitch - what're the minuses?

Reducing roof pitch - what're the minuses?
NSW

I've had a house built that went over the 6m restriction height (to the eaves for a double story) mine was something like 6.4m to the eaves (with…

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Forg
Jan 25, 2013 12:49 pm
Austex
Austex
25 January 2013

Custom Build with Blueprint at the Enclave at St.Leonards

Custom Build with Blueprint at the Enclave at St.Leonards
WA

Stefan is really nice as well. I am going with Peter Wilson as I met with him before I found St Leonards. I would say Stefan cemented my choice. Of all the Reps at the…

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Austex
Jan 25, 2013 12:37 pm
LeanneR
LeanneR
25 January 2013

Fencing...

Fencing...
WA

Fencing company wouldn't even do ours anyways not til we had had PCI at the very least. Builders get annoyed apparently and fence guys don't wanna deal with angry SS

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LeanneR
Jan 25, 2013 11:56 am
LeanneR
bobbaloochi
bobbaloochi
25 January 2013

MKLJ's Preston by the Coast

MKLJ's Preston by the Coast
1 ... 20, 21, 22

Hi davelle! Our flooring is Armstrong brushbox. The boards are extra long length too. We Love them! ... Hard to keep Clean in some ways but I think any floor is!

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bobbaloochi
Jan 25, 2013 10:09 am
kiwi
kiwi
25 January 2013

Need advice with layout

Need advice with layout
NSW

3 days mate...she is starting to wake. I can't keep hitting her. Are you going to find a scanner/ buy a scanner/ just take a photo of the plan and up load it..??? we…

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kiwi
Jan 25, 2013 9:28 am
kiwi
Adz10
Adz10
25 January 2013

Building Inspector booked but....advice needed.

Building Inspector booked but....advice needed.
WA

Thanks for the info guys. I'm from WA. I'll ring the building inspectors today and ask them if they can sort it out for me or maybe I'll ask someone else to do it that…

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Adz10
Jan 25, 2013 9:10 am
Mr_Cool
Mr_Cool
25 January 2013

Building Monaco Q1 - Greenvale Gardens - Slab Poured

Building Monaco Q1 - Greenvale Gardens - Slab Poured
VIC

Hey sam2012, Are you guys in Water Fern Grove? I think you are down the road from me. Im in Scarlet Drive. Have you had hand over of your house yet?

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Mr_Cool
Jan 25, 2013 8:51 am


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