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3 h3 halgernonalgernon posted:
Building in Googong

Well, Today's Homes is in liquidation, so I'd suggest not them! Yes, their website is still up, but they ceased operations last year (Google 'Today's Homes liquidation' for more…

19 h19 halgernonalgernon posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Okay. Are you really wedded to a WIR? The layout you have there is a very inefficient use of space. If you went for built-in robes instead…

1 d1 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Architecturally Designed Home - Vic

Good luck with all the paperwork!
I really like seeing builds like this. You've certainly got a good approach to using your available space!

1 d1 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

Just to clarify - when you say "too narrow", are you talking about the 3.18 or the 3.85 dimension? And do you have a preferred size to reach, and…

2 d2 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Yes, it hasn't been the best building weather the past week or so...
But your house is coming along nicely - looking very impressive already!

8 d8 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Interest rate of 4.39%

The trouble with comparison rates is that they are calculated for a specific set of circumstances (typically a secured credit loan of $150,000 with a 25-year term). Once you change…

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9 d9 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Decision help - flooring, heating, cooling and roofing!

Yeah, suspended slabs do cost a bit - it's not just the slab itself, but also the support it needs (extra masonry or steel to hold it up). We'd…

10 d10 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Decision help - flooring, heating, cooling and roofing!

I can definitely empathise with the circles thing - everyone seems to go through that (and we still are)!
We're also building in Canberra, and in your case we'd definitely go…

11 d11 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Take Two

Sounds like you must've had a few issues along the journey this far - it must be good to finally see something concrete (so to speak) happen!
You don't come across…

18 d18 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Statesman & hickinbotham plans

Quite apart from all the other issues (including copyright), you also don't want to try to get a non-custom builder to build to a plan that isn't one of their…

18 d18 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Storage during knockdown

You might be able to get cheaper rates than Taxibox at a dedicated self-storage facility (e.g. Storage King or similar), depending upon how much space you need.
However, if you don't…

19 d19 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Advice please waterfront property Brisbane for $545,000

30 minutes from the CBD? 45 more like, and up to an extra 30 on top of that during peak hour.
It's very definitely an outer urban area. There…

19 d19 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Clerestory roofs

Clerestory roofs can be very useful in compensating for a poor orientation that means you'd otherwise struggle to to get natural light and/or passive solar heating, and can also be…

25 d25 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Cornice Upgrade

Sorry to hear that - at least you tried.
At least its not structural - cornices can be replaced later on, if you want. It's much harder to do structural upgrades…

25 d25 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Cornice Upgrade

It's about builder relationship management - as you've said, you still want to keep them on-side, while still standing up for yourself If you don't push back a little, then…

25 d25 dalgernonalgernon posted:
Cornice Upgrade

Bear in mind that many builders offer low-cost base prices in order to draw new customers in, but then seek to make up their margins through inflated upgrade costs. …

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1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

The lip gives it more definition, but without the lip it merges better with the inset (and thus shadowed) sections below... the lip makes it bolder, without the lip will…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
North Shore Newhaven (Sydney)

Good progress! Did they agree to fix the rips in the wall wrap?

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
(WA) Flipping house - need advice!!!

Trees are a good idea - a tall hedge along the boundary line would also help quite a lot.
As an alternative to flipping the entire plan, you might be able…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

I know the pain of trying to align double-storey plans.... good luck with it! You could always rake only part of the granny flat ceiling if it got too…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
(WA) Flipping house - need advice!!!

Given that north is basically to the rear, simply flipping it isn't going to have that much difference on general lighting levels.
More significant for you would be the east-west difference…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Custom Design floor plan thread post them here!!

I definitely prefer jodge's edits too - facades can always be altered with changed/additional features to compensate for changes in windows.
Having same-sized bedrooms for kids to avoid issues is definitely…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Site map - contour map?

Yep. While you can get some generalised contour information from online sources, for building purposes you're going to need a specific site survey by a certified surveyor. If…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Wall Insulation Between Storeys

Many builders won't put insulation between floors unless you specifically ask. While it can have some thermal advantages, insulation between floors is usually done for acoustic (noise) control (especially…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Building Contract Issues

Agreed - I suspect they're trying to scare/pressure you into going ahead with them. If you haven't already had a solicitor review your contract, please do so now. …

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1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Building Contract Issues

Ouch - that's not a good situation to be in. At face value, though, it sounds like McDonald Jones might be trying to claim excessive termination costs - these should…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Help with kitchen and pantry layout

Looking at the visualisation, my personal preference would be for the second. The rear bench is disrupted by the stove in either case, and the second plan leaves you…

1 month1 monthalgernonalgernon posted:
Help with kitchen and pantry layout

I think the two ovens look fine.
If you want to claim some extra bench space for the kitchen you might be able to move the wall between the kitchen and…

2 months2 monthsalgernonalgernon posted:
Dispute with Real Estate Agent regarding Painting

Or just crap painters and/or paint.

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