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As of yesterday - my precious Posistruts :-D Locked together with strongbacks, these should form a very solid base for the upper floor, much sturdier than typical…

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algernon
Nov 23, 2017 10:20 pm
Variegated
Variegated
20 November

Take Two

Take Two
ACT
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Algernon - that was part of my concern too. Considering I have already paid about 2/3 of the contract, I would have thought it wouldn't be a problem to pay the joiners. …

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Variegated
Nov 20, 2017 9:10 pm
Variegated

How often do you visit your site?

How often do you visit your site?
1 ... 29, 30, 31

I am in the fit out stage, and visit virtually every day... sometimes up to three times hahah at lunch time, before school pick up and after school. Its disappointing to…

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Princesssarrah06
Nov 07, 2017 10:17 pm
Tracyt
Tracyt
21 October

Things you forget - summary page 32

Things you forget - summary page 32
1 ... 50, 51, 52

We planned to do ours after. However we were lucky to find the tiler was happy to do a side job during the build. We are glad we did because now the driveway will…

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Tracyt
Oct 21, 2017 8:00 am
Tracyt
katgalle
katgalle
26 September

Home Building Blogs

Home Building Blogs
1 ... 74, 75, 76

Building 39 square custom Bespoke by Arden Homes. Eastern suburbs, Melbourne: https://bespokedreamhome.blogspot.com.au/?m=1

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katgalle
Sep 26, 2017 8:55 pm
algernon
algernon
10 May

Building inspector(s) in the ACT?

Building inspector(s) in the ACT?
ACT

Does anyone have any recommendations (or otherwise) or experience with any new home construction building inspectors in Canberra? Looking for multiple stage inspections,…

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algernon
May 10, 2017 10:16 pm
algernon
algernon
10 May

Custom/special conditions in building contracts?

Custom/special conditions in building contracts?
ACT

I've got a copy of the ACT MBA standard contract, which is used by our currently preferred builder (a custom builder). This is the first time that I've built, but as…

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algernon
May 10, 2017 10:13 pm
Lames
Lames
16 March

Decision help - flooring, heating, cooling and roofing!

Decision help - flooring, heating, cooling and roofing!
ACT

Thanks algernon - I was doing some reading and I did see that Hebel Powerfloor - I was going to speak to the architect about it today when we meet. Looks interesting. I…

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Lames
Mar 16, 2017 5:31 am
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CameronRobertson
Feb 01, 2017 12:11 pm
CameronRobertson
AJW
AJW
15 January

Mightily Modified Metford 33

Mightily Modified Metford 33
ACT
1 ... 9, 10, 11

Like the sign on the door. Maybe some of the feedback I provided about my experience (specifically about how all trades just walk in off a building site onto newly laid…

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AJW
Jan 15, 2017 7:49 pm
Canberra_gal
Canberra_gal
22 October 2016

Knockdown/rebuild with Rawson - Metford33

Knockdown/rebuild with Rawson - Metford33
ACT
1, 2, 3, 4, 5

M33M, how are you? Did bubs or house keys arrive? Which one first?

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Canberra_gal
Oct 22, 2016 12:38 am
Canberra_gal
algernon
algernon
15 September 2016

Stormwater easement

Stormwater easement
ACT

Unfortunately, yes, in the ACT you can't build a house or garage on a stormwater easement - about it that spells it out in more detail. That does mean that you have less…

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algernon
Sep 15, 2016 1:28 pm
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
24 August 2016

Floor Joist Spacing

Floor Joist Spacing
ACT

Hi planeguy, You will notice a difference... but minor. The flexing in your floor covering will be less... and for floor boards this is more noticeable and is likely to…

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Leonardo_23
Aug 24, 2016 1:44 am
aloenyx
aloenyx
9 August 2016

Bigger better?

Bigger better?
ACT

I don't think there's anything wrong with bigger, but don't go bigger just 'because'. You'll find a way to fill whatever space you have, but I think you'll be fine with a…

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aloenyx
Aug 09, 2016 7:37 pm
aloenyx
Hopeful85
Hopeful85
8 August 2016

Cheapest way to build

Cheapest way to build
ACT

Thanks yes we were hoping to do a lot of the fit out ourselves as the builder is a mate and can hopefully let us work as cheap labor. But really I would rather it go up…

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Hopeful85
Aug 08, 2016 5:25 pm
algernon
algernon
25 July 2016

Builder recommendations in Canberra / kit homes - storybook

Builder recommendations in Canberra / kit homes - storybook
ACT

I admit to not asking that upfront as often as I should've (so don't know for all of the builders we checked out), but if they don't…

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algernon
Jul 25, 2016 11:12 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
8 July 2016

Basement Leaks through hair line cracks

Basement Leaks through hair line cracks
ACT

Hi Patcait What's above the ceiling photos would help

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 08, 2016 10:08 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
StructuralBIMGuy
8 July 2016

Steel vs Concrete

Steel vs Concrete
ACT

Hi Jonathan It depends do you have designs or sketches..images would help?

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StructuralBIMGuy
Jul 08, 2016 9:30 pm
StructuralBIMGuy
aloenyx
aloenyx
26 June 2016

Builder referee questions

Builder referee questions
ACT

I would ask about communication and responsiveness, it's the most frustrating thing dealing with my builder, but everyone I asked about them thought they were brill.…

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aloenyx
Jun 26, 2016 5:06 pm
aloenyx
jsmi
jsmi
17 May 2016

Building a new house - challenges and how to improve!

Building a new house - challenges and how to improve!
ACT

Hey there. We are just starting out (haven't signed anything) but are using an architect for the concept design, then using our custom builder's designer to draw it up to…

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jsmi
May 17, 2016 9:32 am
jsmi
BlackPearl_CBR
BlackPearl_CBR
3 May 2016

Handover Process - What are the steps involved?

Handover Process - What are the steps involved?
ACT

Our builder has provided us with the Certificate of Occupancy application form to sign. However, when we went to our house last week, there was still electrical work, some…

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BlackPearl_CBR
May 03, 2016 6:04 pm
BlackPearl_CBR
cili7
cili7
28 April 2016

Gold Ruby Homes in Canberra. Any good?

Gold Ruby Homes in Canberra. Any good?
ACT
1, 2

The 10 last posts are 1 comment users raving about Gold Ruby Homes. Yeah, nothing sus there ;). I personally haven't had much dealings with Gold Ruby and decided to go…

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cili7
Apr 28, 2016 3:00 pm
oneJohn
oneJohn
12 April 2016

How to calculate the living area

How to calculate the living area
ACT

It all comes down to definitions, and what the area is claimed to be for. However, generally when a builder looks at total building area, dividing it up into categories…

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oneJohn
Apr 12, 2016 1:25 pm
oneJohn
sunrays
sunrays
4 March 2016

variation charges after soil and contour test

variation charges after soil and contour test
ACT

Why will you sign the build contract before your land got titled. $1k variation sounds ok as it is a structural change after signing the contract. No builder is…

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sunrays
Mar 04, 2016 11:10 pm
d@n
d@n
28 January 2016

Assistance with External Colour Selection

Assistance with External Colour Selection
ACT

http://www.homeone.com.au/member/michelle

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d@n
Jan 28, 2016 2:48 pm
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Nyssa+Lachlan
Sep 16, 2015 10:57 pm
Nyssa+Lachlan
jacq_27
jacq_27
1 September 2015

Rebuild/Extension Canberra - Jigsaw Housing

Rebuild/Extension Canberra - Jigsaw Housing
ACT

Hi danielk2005, really keen to know how your renovation has progressed? We are considering our options for an old property in the inner North too - unsure whether knock…

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jacq_27
Sep 01, 2015 9:36 pm

Hi All, This forum has been excellent source of information, there are so much to learn. We have received our draft sketch plan, appreciate any feedback in regards to…

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canbuild
Aug 22, 2015 6:47 am
liquidnitro
liquidnitro
12 July 2015

New home build - incorrect windows installed in bathroom

New home build - incorrect windows installed in bathroom
ACT

Thank you all for the responses. I too will probably see this as an annoyance (I've been allocated the affected sink by the wife)! And just looks like a design flaw for…

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liquidnitro
Jul 12, 2015 5:45 pm
Bonnie21
Bonnie21
11 July 2015

First Home Buyers in Googong - Need assistance

First Home Buyers in Googong - Need assistance
ACT

Check out www.beforeyoubuild.net.au They might be able you with your building especially choosing a builder and going through your contract before you sign it. They are…

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Bonnie21
Jul 11, 2015 5:30 pm
Bonnie21
Bonnie21
18 June 2015

Builder recommendation in Canberra

Builder recommendation in Canberra
ACT

Hi Canberra peeps, I just want to let you know that I built with Gold Ruby Homes and I cannot recommend them enough! Our house is amazing and I love every bit of it. Matt…

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Bonnie21
Jun 18, 2015 10:23 pm
EmmaJamie
EmmaJamie
1 June 2015

Anyone laid Belga grey tiles

Anyone laid Belga grey tiles
ACT

Hi all... Just wondering if anyone has photos of Belga Grey tiles from Beaumont laid in a large area. We are building a 4 bedroom 2.5 bathroom 2 living area house and want…

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EmmaJamie
Jun 01, 2015 9:33 pm
MoncrieffMan
MoncrieffMan
1 June 2015

Building in Moncrieff (ACT)

Building in Moncrieff (ACT)
ACT
1, 2, 3, 4

Yes we have made provisions, I've got cabling to every TV (I've got servers) and have the Nbn in the NHP. Yeah last I heard is our stage 3 east will be ready by October,…

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MoncrieffMan
Jun 01, 2015 1:26 pm
Shirokuma
Shirokuma
31 May 2015

Building with Blackett Homes - Canberra

Building with Blackett Homes - Canberra
ACT

Thanks, where did you build, is it two storey? How long was the build process We built in Bonner. Single storey. We were in exactly 5 months after they…

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Shirokuma
May 31, 2015 3:02 am

Here is the design we are submitting! Thanks for the kind comments, really helped us…

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MoncrieffMan
Apr 13, 2015 7:42 pm
4walls
4walls
4 April 2015

Dining Room Size for a 8 Seater Dining Table

Dining Room Size for a 8 Seater Dining Table
ACT

If you regularly have 8 seated then it really is a squeeze. If it is on the odd occasion then it is possibly manageable, depending on the placements of the entry/entries…

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4walls
Apr 04, 2015 7:58 pm
4walls
Crazyk
Crazyk
20 January 2015

Rock excavation not included in contracts

Rock excavation not included in contracts
ACT

How did you go with arguing or getting details for your actual PS?

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Crazyk
Jan 20, 2015 5:05 pm
Crazyk
kathryneade
kathryneade
28 November 2014

Anyone ever heard of Pandomo flooring???

Anyone ever heard of Pandomo flooring???
ACT

Hello Adam - did you use the Pandomo product in the end? I'm based in London and the polished concrete market doesn't seem quite as advanced as it is back home - I found…

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kathryneade
Nov 28, 2014 3:15 am
Leonardo_23
Leonardo_23
11 October 2014

Anyone ever claimed their Builder's Warranty Insurance?

Anyone ever claimed their Builder's Warranty Insurance?
ACT

It seems that nobody noticed your thread, so perhaps enter the similar topics below, because there is some good info there. The warranty insurance does cover for…

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Leonardo_23
Oct 11, 2014 2:01 pm
building-expert
building-expert
27 September 2014

What does builder have to gain by terminating contract?

What does builder have to gain by terminating contract?
ACT

I have also seen building consultants who were afraid of heights. Those people should not do building inspections in my opinion. Larger…

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building-expert
Sep 27, 2014 12:50 pm
building-expert
whzzz28
whzzz28
28 August 2014

Some add ons, but is the builder taking the p*ss?

Some add ons, but is the builder taking the p*ss?
ACT

Suspct covered them all nicely, but two cents on some items: 1) Expensive even with tiles included. At that cost it would want to be rectified porcelain, if its standard…

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whzzz28
Aug 28, 2014 2:33 pm
apageintime
apageintime
20 August 2014

Lifestyle homes Canberra - any experiences

Lifestyle homes Canberra - any experiences
ACT

We are thinking about building a house in Coombs with Lifestyle homes, but I can't find any reviews good or bad about them online. Given the recent spate of builders…

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407
apageintime
Aug 20, 2014 5:14 pm

My Good experience with "Goldruby Homes" (Mathew Smith)

My Good experience with "Goldruby Homes" (Mathew Smith)
ACT

I built my home using “Goldruby Homes” back in 2009. Here is my personal experience with Mathew Smith. In general, building our own home is not that often we do. …

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PatrickWhiteFranklin
Aug 07, 2014 12:45 am
navs
navs
19 June 2014

Submitting Defects for Practical Completion - How much time?

Submitting Defects for Practical Completion - How much time?
ACT

I just did my PCI last week and used an independent building inspector who climbed in the roof and did the walk around with us and even though he didn't find my faults I…

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navs
Jun 19, 2014 7:12 pm
divine_home
divine_home
27 May 2014

Selling own home while building H&L package - any advice?

Selling own home while building H&L package - any advice?
ACT

Just wondering if anyone has bought a house and land package, split the contract, settled on land first and tried to sell their own home to finance the construction and…

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divine_home
May 28, 2014 12:07 am
happysarah
happysarah
27 April 2014

Question regarding cut and fill and retaining walls

Question regarding cut and fill and retaining walls
ACT

Thanks for the information Bashworth. I had a look on the webpage and it was very informative.

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happysarah
Apr 27, 2014 7:11 pm
happysarah
cat_dunc
cat_dunc
14 April 2014

Canberra: Todays Homes - Renaissance Homes - Sekisui House

Canberra: Todays Homes - Renaissance Homes - Sekisui House
ACT

Shirokuma we have almost finished building with Sekisui in the area. My thread goes into some detail about our experiences with them. We have…

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cat_dunc
Apr 14, 2014 8:58 pm
cat_dunc


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