I've read this thread with a lot of interest.
Construction on our PD home began around 3 weeks ago. Overall, we've been very pleased with how things have been handled & the building itself is ahead of schedule (always good). Our biggest issues have actually been with the bank supplying the mortgage...but that's another story.
My one gripe with PD so far would be that we specifically said we were going to get our fences put up before they began construction (so as to save the cost of temp fencing) but our site supervisor didn't call us before construction began (so we could remind him of our fences) &, lo & behold, our temp fences went up pretty much straight away. There seemed to have been a bit of a breakdown in communication somewhere between our admin person & our site supervisor. Now, although we're still allowed to put the fences up if we want, we won't get a rebate on the temp fencing. Which is annoying...not the end of the world, though.
However, some of our friends were also looking at a PD home & had a myriad of problems with the salesperson they were dealing with...their pricings were quite a bit higher when compared with similar items on our contract. So not quite sure what was going on but they eventually decided to go with another builder.
As for the earlier question about the skirting boards - we have also decided to get our own floor coverings done (PD even told us we shouldn't bother going with them for flooring - especially as we wanted wood & they don't get a bulk deal on wood floor coverings). We were told the skirtings are simply tacked on & can be easily removed by the person laying the floor when it comes time to do them.