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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
insider
insider
12 April 2014

Foundations on a flat block more expensive?

Foundations on a flat block more expensive?
ACT

We're in the negotiation phase of a building contract. The first tender supplied by the builder has indicated that the cost of foundations…

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insider
Apr 12, 2014 10:03 am
insider
max11
max11
26 March 2014

WARNING building company in Canberra trying to rip us off.

WARNING building company in Canberra trying to rip us off.
ACT

Thanks Mark. Our solicitor says we can fight it and have a case but it will cost money and can take months. We are paying rent and now this mortgage on top of that…

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max11
Mar 26, 2014 10:55 am
AKB
AKB
19 March 2014

Living-up designs? Garage under?

Living-up designs? Garage under?
ACT

Not a garage underneath but these guys do living and masterbedroom upstairs with Minor bedrooms downstairs http://www.cedarhomes.com.au/display-ho ... ay-home-3/ opps…

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AKB
Mar 19, 2014 5:56 pm
AKB
jacjon
jacjon
27 February 2014

Builder Asking For Final Payment... House Isn't Finished

Builder Asking For Final Payment... House Isn't Finished
ACT

I'm dealing with a difficult build and need some advice on best ways to proceed. The builder promised 6 months for completion in the contract.…

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jacjon
Feb 27, 2014 1:35 am
jacjon
building-expert
building-expert
26 February 2014

Second Opinion before Final Payment?

Second Opinion before Final Payment?
ACT

Building industry in Australia is chaotic and hard to deal with.. i did my practical completion last Friday and found lots of issues to be fixed.…

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building-expert
Feb 26, 2014 10:53 pm
building-expert
Andara Client
Andara Client
24 February 2014

Building in Canberra

Building in Canberra
ACT

I don't know these builders, except for Andara Homes. I am a client, and although it pains me to say it, you need to find another builder. Perhaps in a new company at a…

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Andara Client
Feb 24, 2014 8:46 pm
turk182
turk182
20 February 2014

workcover fee's builder or owner pays ? masterton Homes

workcover fee's builder or owner pays ? masterton Homes
ACT

Hi all, in a bit of a situation with the builder, having fallen for the trap " if you make the final payment by 2 days we will get you the Certificate of Occupany at the…

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turk182
Feb 20, 2014 10:54 pm
HeathWilD
HeathWilD
3 January 2014

Penalty for delayed completion date

Penalty for delayed completion date
ACT

Depending on the exact wording of the contract how much time was allowed for the industry shutdown over christmas? Our contract states 5 weeks. How many rain days are the…

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HeathWilD
Jan 03, 2014 9:23 am
HeathWilD
Pathline
Pathline
10 December 2013

Builders in Canberra recommendation

Builders in Canberra recommendation
ACT

When i first moved to Canberra a few years ago, i did not have the confidence to go engage a builder to get a custom home built. This notion in me has changed drastically…

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Pathline
Dec 10, 2013 1:42 pm
Ibby
Ibby
15 November 2013

Urgent: Please help re roof sarking and insulation

Urgent: Please help re roof sarking and insulation
ACT

ACT. We are not on the bushfire zone so its not required but I am still very annoyed that we won't have the capability to prevent the possible leakage in the future. I've…

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Ibby
Nov 15, 2013 7:20 pm
Ibby
Ibby
13 November 2013

Scared to complain to our builders.. what to do!

Scared to complain to our builders.. what to do!
ACT

Hi guys, Our builder is pretty much stuffed up and didn't install the roof sarking until I pointed out - not happy! Anyways,they told me that they are not removing the…

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Ibby
Nov 13, 2013 10:36 pm
2-cupcakes-pls
2-cupcakes-pls
9 November 2013

Wedding or house

Wedding or house
ACT
1, 2

land, wedding and then the house followed by kids

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2-cupcakes-pls
Nov 09, 2013 8:35 pm
2-cupcakes-pls
Shirokuma
Shirokuma
12 October 2013

Guide on Good builders in Canberra

Guide on Good builders in Canberra
ACT

Disclaimer: This is from my own research - use at your own discretion, I do not have any affiliation with any of the following Canberra Builders. (Although I wish I had…

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Shirokuma
Oct 12, 2013 4:31 pm
esha_2680
esha_2680
11 October 2013

Guide on Good builders in Canberra

Guide on Good builders in Canberra
ACT

Hi We have purchased a block of land in Crace and now at the stage of finding builders. We are confused as everyone says about the same thing and we might not know until…

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esha_2680
Oct 11, 2013 2:25 pm
Helyn
Helyn
7 October 2013

Need some opions on my floorplan

Need some opions on my floorplan
ACT

The first design seems fine to me - although I can see PP's point about the guest toilet needing a basin as there isn't ready access to hand washing there, Very small…

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Helyn
Oct 07, 2013 9:29 pm
Helyn
balilover
balilover
29 August 2013

First home

First home
ACT

When we've had delays, our builder has sent us a letter advising of how many days of delay and the reason as per the contract, such as "Clause 5, (iv) Weather…

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balilover
Aug 29, 2013 11:34 pm
gbindra
gbindra
15 August 2013

Building new house in Crace ACT

Building new house in Crace ACT
ACT

Hi all , We've just purchased a block of land in Crace , now going through the process of selecting builders,getting quotes etc..can anyone please recommend good builders …

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gbindra
Aug 15, 2013 11:18 am
Dai
Dai
7 August 2013

Anyone building in Coombs (ACT)?

Anyone building in Coombs (ACT)?
ACT

Hi Rhyfelwr, We've just bought a block in Section 34 of stage 2, so it should be available sometime between November this year and May next year. We've checked out a few…

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Dai
Aug 07, 2013 9:27 pm
Ricaaaa
Ricaaaa
6 July 2013

Time frame after Lock up stage

Time frame after Lock up stage
ACT

our SS gave us a 6 to 8 weeks time frame from lock up to PCI and then a week after for keys. if this is true only time will tell.

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Ricaaaa
Jul 06, 2013 9:17 pm
Ricaaaa
donna61
donna61
2 July 2013

pendant over rectangular dining table

pendant over rectangular dining table
ACT

loads of ideas on houzz.com shape won't matter, they all look good.

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donna61
Jul 02, 2013 8:25 pm
staceyd
staceyd
28 June 2013

Urgent Help Needed.....

Urgent Help Needed.....
ACT

If you like the kid leather could you just get it double strength on that wall?

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staceyd
Jun 28, 2013 5:18 pm
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Ricaaaa
Jun 23, 2013 4:56 pm
Ricaaaa
mimi23
mimi23
6 June 2013

Different shades of dune

Different shades of dune
ACT

Has the cladding been painted yet?

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mimi23
Jun 06, 2013 2:55 pm
mimi23
EmyN
EmyN
6 June 2013

Confused about Floor Tiles Colour

Confused about Floor Tiles Colour
ACT

Another thing to consider is ease of keeping clean. Where we are currently living has charcoal tiles in the bathrooms and laundry and the specks of dust/grass/dirt show up…

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EmyN
Jun 06, 2013 2:47 pm
EmyN
Scotty Dog
Scotty Dog
5 June 2013

Urgent Help with External colors

Urgent Help with External colors
ACT

Because your garage door and your cladding don't butt up against each other I don't think you'll have a problem with them looking different, they are far enough away that…

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Scotty Dog
Jun 05, 2013 2:27 pm
1rocky
1rocky
5 June 2013

Help with Wet Areas Tiles

Help with Wet Areas Tiles
ACT

no not at all if you want an example check out my thread. i have a black and white bathroom

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1rocky
Jun 05, 2013 6:35 am
d@n
d@n
30 May 2013

Façade Suggestions

Façade Suggestions
ACT

Provided the render colour is not darker than the bricks, I think it should be fine. Dune either side should balance out.

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d@n
May 30, 2013 6:09 pm
Saint Mike
Saint Mike
25 May 2013

building in crace

building in crace
ACT

What sort of price are the blocks there guys ?

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Saint Mike
May 25, 2013 8:45 am
Saint Mike
jasons girl
jasons girl
22 May 2013

Urgent Help Needed with Kitchen Colours

Urgent Help Needed with Kitchen Colours
ACT

I think it can work. We are having dark cupboards and benchtops with white flooring. So similar dark theme. I was worried about ours at first as well but we have just had…

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jasons girl
May 22, 2013 1:55 pm
Coffee_hmmm
Coffee_hmmm
9 May 2013

Wardrobe Options

Wardrobe Options
ACT

They are going to get back to us with another plan, will keep you posted.

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Coffee_hmmm
May 09, 2013 7:45 pm
rex777
rex777
27 April 2013

Roofing - which way to go?

Roofing - which way to go?
ACT

I'm going against the flow here and say tiles. I have lived in a house with a metal roof and when it rained, you couldn't have a conversation or watch tv - and we had…

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rex777
Apr 27, 2013 1:06 pm
rex777
MalinViktoria
MalinViktoria
27 April 2013

Internal sliding doors versus traditional doors

Internal sliding doors versus traditional doors
ACT

I think normal doors is preferable, but sometimes it's just not ideal. We have a sliding door for our ensuite, just because if we had a normal door we would lose too much…

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MalinViktoria
Apr 27, 2013 10:54 am
MalinViktoria
tmc575
tmc575
15 April 2013

Private certifier

Private certifier
ACT

we are using Capital Certifiers

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tmc575
Apr 15, 2013 2:24 am
Ms Googonian
Ms Googonian
9 April 2013

Wet area in ensuite

Wet area in ensuite
ACT

Hi Homebody99. Our builder didn't say it was going to be more money when I showed him this plan for our ensuite. He just said that they can do it. He might now when I ask…

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Ms Googonian
Apr 09, 2013 7:47 am
Ms Googonian
Ms Googonian
5 April 2013

What extreme's have you gone through to get what you want?

What extreme's have you gone through to get what you want?
ACT

In Canberra there is a webpage allhomes.com.au. There is all sorts of sales information you can find out there. Every time it changes hands you can see how much someone…

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Ms Googonian
Apr 05, 2013 3:05 pm
microp
microp
2 April 2013

Onyx Custom Homes in Canberra

Onyx Custom Homes in Canberra
ACT

Hi Variegated, The house is going to be built in Crace. Land was settled in Feb. I am still in the process of negotiating the inclusion with builders.

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microp
Apr 02, 2013 10:43 pm
life221
life221
12 February 2013

90 day maintenance

90 day maintenance
ACT

how long did it take your builders to fix things that you have reported for 90 day maintenance period ?

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life221
Feb 12, 2013 8:33 am
rasikaambe
rasikaambe
11 February 2013

Building in Wright Canberra

Building in Wright Canberra
ACT

Hi Mike, Yes I have about 1m from front to back. It cost a little fortune for the slab. Hopefully it is worth.

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rasikaambe
Feb 11, 2013 10:39 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
23 January 2013

A Strawbale House

A Strawbale House
ACT
1, 2, 3

Hi V, I'm finding your plans visually challenging :lol: a bit faint on my screen- is there an exhaust fan in your ensuite? A two way switch from laundry to external lights is…

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Treeseachanger
Jan 23, 2013 10:34 am
Ibby
Ibby
22 January 2013

Has anyone built with Sublime Constructions?

Has anyone built with Sublime Constructions?
ACT

Hi guys, Has anyone built a residential house with Sublime Constructions? I have googled them but I couldn't find any reviews about them. Any thoughts will be much…

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Ibby
Jan 22, 2013 7:32 pm
ruc1983
ruc1983
22 January 2013

Need colour selection suggestions for our first home

Need colour selection suggestions for our first home
ACT

Hi All, We are building our first new house and I am so confused with the colour selections, both interior and exterior. Our Facade looks like this

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ruc1983
Jan 22, 2013 12:07 pm
Treeseachanger
Treeseachanger
11 January 2013

Help please - choosing facade products & colours

Help please - choosing facade products & colours
ACT

Are you aware that your upper storey will be extra hot with a dark clb roof? Just saying. :D

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Treeseachanger
Jan 11, 2013 12:14 pm
1rocky
1rocky
22 December 2012

Show us your - handover pics

Show us your - handover pics
ACT
1, 2, 3

Mclaren your home is beautiful and thank you for the pics of the niches what sort of downlight did you put in, would the led strips used in kitchens look ok in the…

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1rocky
Dec 22, 2012 4:43 pm

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