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Joined 20 June 2017
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16 h16 hben888ben888 posted:
Feedback on floor plan

Here's a couple of my thoughts.
Do you really need that understairs storage? As you could instead push your downstairs powder room into that space - sure, they'll be a slight…

3 d3 dben888ben888 posted:
Custom design, tender to small builders

I don't think your 500k budget is too far off.
My current custom builder is running at around $1600 per m2, and two other custom builders I approached gave me a…

3 d3 dben888ben888 posted:
renovation or KDR?

I would ask yourself, do you love your existing house?
If keeping your existing house and building the extension to the back results in your dream home, then by all means…

4 d4 dben888ben888 posted:
Do the internals by myself

I would very much doubt you would find any builder who would agree to this.
Some of these things - sinks, lighting, tiling of wet areas - are all needed for…

5 d5 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Had the Practical Completion Inspection which I have to say was a bit odd because still so many things around the kitchen to install. No appliances, no hot water system,…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
5 d5 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Well it's been 6 months since the site cut and we're almost done.
The stone porch has just gone in (strangely the one we initially chose is nowhere to be found…

5 d5 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Thanks, the stairs did cost me an arm and a leg. But I figured they're pretty much central to the plan of the house (or any house), so worth spending…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
6 d6 dben888ben888 posted:
Building new house - Kitchen and Theater help

20mm and 40mm stone is exactly what the description is. One is 20mm thick, the other is 40mm thick. The thicker benchtop looks more solid and imposing and is more…

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6 d6 dben888ben888 posted:
Kitchenette upstairs

I was in a display home recently with a friend and saw exactly this:

I laughed and thought what a bad day it must be to need a coffee or beer…

6 d6 dben888ben888 posted:
How common is it to switch builders?

At the initial planning stage, and before any actual building contracts are signed - very common.
I walked away from my first one, who I paid for the soils and survey,…

12 d12 dben888ben888 posted:
comments on floor plan - 2 storey

Here's my 2 cents... obviously my tastes are not going to be the same as yours, and you may like things differently.
The vinyl flooring, are you sure you want it…

comments on floor plan - 2 storey
17 d17 dben888ben888 posted:
Display home sale

Your question suggests that the builders own the display home, and then sell it on when they are finished with the display. This is not usually the case. A lot…

17 d17 dben888ben888 posted:
200mm dead space between my boundary and neighbour boundary

So you could put up your fence at 200mm from your brick wall like me. Then you can protect your wall and mark your territory!
To be honest, I did this…

200mm dead space between my boundary and neighbour boundary
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18 d18 dben888ben888 posted:
200mm dead space between my boundary and neighbour boundary

You're not going to lose part of your land just by leaving it untouched, or by allowing your neighbour to put plants or other items on it. In the same…

18 d18 dben888ben888 posted:
200mm dead space between my boundary and neighbour boundary

I'm not sure why you're worried about a 200mm dead space. As you say, the space is dead. It can't be used for anything useful from your side.
You should…

20 d20 dben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

If no planning permit is needed for the build, then it is basically up to the building surveyor to interpret the setback and issue the building permit.
So the first thing…

29 d29 dben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

Yeah, I had a quick look at your council rules, and they seem about right. So your building envelope will look something like this:
But you've also got a rule on…

Feeling a little lost.
29 d29 dben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

@ it's great that you're promoting energy efficiency and thinking about environmental issues when building, but in terms of the build, the size of the house itself matters very little…

30 d30 dben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

I wouldn't say 290m2 is massive. Sure, it's 25% larger than the average size of a new house is now around 230-240m2, but in your plan, 45m2 is garage, and…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Electrical Appointment Tips

I agree, the electrical appointment I had certainly didn't seem to give me any "advice" - just basically recorded what I told them I wanted. I'm sure if I suggested…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

I'm sure you will gain confidence and understanding over time, and I'm glad you're finding it fun rather than stressful! Definitely have a word with your builder about building constraints,…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

Sent you a message

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

I think there are a few threads on this forum regarding single v double storey builds, and yes looking at costs alone, single storey builds are generally cheaper, but maybe…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

Are you dead set on having just a single storey house? Have you considered a double storey?
You say you've got a nice view looking downhill towards the NW side of…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Regulatory compliance mark

There's a light fitting I really like, but it's only made and sold abroad. It's certified with CE and FCC, but there is no regulatory compliance mark (RCM).
As I understand,…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

So you've got a corner block and you're hoping to build your house to the NE and SE boundaries?
There are issues with doing this. Mainly that there is a restriction…

Feeling a little lost.
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Feeling a little lost.

I agree with Manhattan52, the 1.5m x 20m long corridor is really excessively long and narrow. Not very welcoming at all as you enter the house, even when decorated very…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Advice on customised floor plan

Unless you're willing to give up space in the meals area, then essentially you've got a 3.8m x 3.8m space for your kitchen. Which is a perfectly good size for…

Advice on customised floor plan
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Advice on customised floor plan

I have to say that I agree with darb74 - I don't really understand the flow of the kitchen.
The cooktop and the sink are too close together, and there's not…

Advice on customised floor plan
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/Como Homes - Handover

Very nice Clareymoo!
Great to see the finished product of a real home, and really, there's no clutter at all. Just wait til you have more kids!!!
Glad to see your skylight…

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