Building A New House
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!61
Jul 24, 2008 10:13 pm
I don't think you've overstepped the line by simply wanting to know what's going on.
You are engaging these people to work for you and they somehow think you're not entitled to know what's going on concerning your land and your home?
I don't want to sound overly negative but if it was me I'd be worried about the quality of the relationship and communication during the build. I'd be considering my options at this stage.
I leave you to fend for yourself, figure things out yourself.
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!62
Jul 24, 2008 10:20 pm
On a brighter note. A few weeks ago I posted that my next door neighbour had encroached on our block with their temp fencing. I put a note on the fence a couple of weeks ago with a diagram on where the boundary is supposed to be. We he rang me today and apologised. I said there's no need to apologise, I was just bringing it to his attention as we are going to start building soon and may need it moved. He said that they had put up the fence in the rain and he hadn't looked for correct boundaries. He just wanted to stop people dumping rubbish on his block. No dramas at all.
We then had a 15 minute chat about building and how we are going to be neigbours etc. He said that he would arrange to have the fence moved, but I said that if my builder needed to, he would just move it accross. All fine.
Its funny how people (me) spend their time trying not to upset people and do the softly softly approach, but there was nothing to worry about. Everything's fine. Sounds like a good future neighbour.
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!64
Jul 25, 2008 4:37 pm
the builder should start your house within 21 days of permit issue as per your contract and if they have gone over that time they should in writing inform you why they are running behind so keep on ringing nbg so they can help you .......promises,promises,promises, we will complete your house in 18 weeks thats what they advertise ha ha ha
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!65
Jul 30, 2008 9:06 pm
I spoke to the builder today and he said that they have STARTED!!!
They have put up the temp fencing and are putting in the retaining wall tomorrow. From here, I don't care what the progress is like as the clock has officially started ticking. Its such a relief that we can now make some plans. I calculated that if it takes the full 305 days, it will be finished on 31 May 2009.
Here's a pic of the temp fence. In the background you can just see my neighbour's temp fence and that its out of line and how it goes into our block. The neighbour said he will try and get there this weekend to move it.
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!67
Jul 30, 2008 10:43 pm
That's great news!
Congratulations on your site start... it's gonna be exciting from now on.
Built the Nevada 42
Next project - landscaping!
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!69
Aug 01, 2008 11:47 pm
Went past again today and they've dug the side retaining wall holes. They look really deep, so that's a good thing. Portaloo was also delivered.
picture of the site sign would be good to see good luck next april sounds ok
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!71
Aug 02, 2008 4:03 am
Congratulations....exciting times ahead.
I have just seen your house plan and it looks great...nay, fabulous.
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!72
Aug 06, 2008 8:39 pm
Went past the block tonight and had a look. The retaining wall has been installed and the land has been cut/filled. I've now got a couple of problems to deal with and any advice would be appreciated.
The side retaining wall has stopped short of the 3m easement along the rear boundary. The plans state that the retaining wall must not encroach onto the easement. The fill at the back right hand side of the block is so high that standing on it means the right neighbour fence only comes up to about knee height. As there is no retaining wall along the back fence, the fill stops short of the easement (just) and then just drops off sharply to the original level of the easement (about 2 metres in the back corner).
My question is how easy is it to get approval to build a retaining wall accross an easement?
Also, what should I do with the side and rear fences once the retaining walls are erected almost as high as the fences? SHould I build new fences on my side of the boundary on top of the fill, or should I just try and extend the existing fences with some other material?
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!73
Aug 06, 2008 9:51 pm
Wow - we're building the same house and having the same problems. I put in an application to City West Water on Monday to build on our easement - also three metres from the rear boundary. The application costs $195 and they will respond after ten days. Have you any ideas of who you will use to build your retaining wall as I am looking for a second quote. Apparently other water authorites are far more lenient than City West Water to build over an easement. Some water authorities only require notification. Ours required footing plans, design drawings and site plans. Once the retaining walls are built and filled on our property they will be actually higher than the rear property fence line and the last few metres of both side neighbours. Extending the existing fence we feel will be ugly so plan on building a fence/screening on the existing retaining wall. We need to wait till its built to see how bad it will be. Building on the existing retaining wall will give us more privacy we feel.
Fi has moved in!!
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!74
Aug 06, 2008 10:35 pm
Thanks for the response Brittany. No I have no idea as to who we will get to build our retaining wall yet. How much was your first quote? Also, is there any issue with filling in the easement?
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!75
Aug 07, 2008 1:32 pm
First quote $7350. Design drawings have it as filled - so yes. Rang City West Water just now and yes they have application but no has not been passed on to assessor yet. They have a backlog. Meanwhile there are heaps of bricks on our property and the builder has put down more gravel and scraped the front boundary and cleaned up a bit and suddenly it all looks so much bigger and cleaner.
Just spoke to someone about a second quote. They said the ease of building retaining walls over easements depends on which council you are with and which water authority. He said Moonee Valley is very easy - Hume is the worst. Which one are you with? City West Water are pretty bad
Fi has moved in!!
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!76
Aug 07, 2008 2:33 pm
Does that price include retaining walls all along the back fence as well as the two side ends? I was thinking that I might do the retaining wall at the rear of the actual house and drop a metre or so there. Then I can have a flat backyard all the way to the back fence with only a 0.5m retaining wall at the rear boundary. This might be easier to do and it would mean more privacy in my back yard.
Just as a matter of curiosity, are you building in Strathmore Heights? When I received the list of buckinghams, I noticed one there. My sister lives in Strathmore, so I drove past and the block is as you described yours to be.
We are going to be in the Hume Council.
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!77
Aug 07, 2008 7:09 pm
Yes we are building in Strathmore Heights. The $7350 retaining wall is along the back fence (15.5m) and 3.5 metres back up either side. By building up our backyard we will get more privacy and it won't be so dark. Also our alfresco is raised so the privacy issue with the rear neighbours is there even if we leave the backyard down low.
Fi has moved in!!
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!78
Aug 09, 2008 12:03 am
After some consideration we have decided to cut the block immediately behind the house and level the backyard at a much lower level than where the fill is currently. Hopefully this will eliminate the need for mucking about with the easement. I have spoken to the builder who says that I can start doing the landscaping once we reach lock up stage. Looking good, hopefully we'll have a slab in a couple of weeks.
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!79
Aug 16, 2008 10:27 pm
Hi, I still haven't heard back from City West Water about our retaining wall - grrrr. The builder went ahead and started the frame this week which was really quite exciting retaining wall or not. I only drove past six times the first day. Helps that my two sons go to school and kinda in the same street.
Fi has moved in!!
Re: NBG Buckingham 36E, Moved in and lots of pics... finally!!!80
Aug 18, 2008 9:26 am
I only drove past six times the first day. Helps that my two sons go to school and kinda in the same street.
The builders will think you are stallking them soon!
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