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akashra

Malcolm Creek, Craigieburn
Joined 30 January 2012
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6 years6 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Highlands Estate Craigieburn

Pretty much everyone around our area is using Maz Fencing. He's been fantastic in making sure things get followed up and fixed if there's any issues, even though they…

6 years6 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Something rather important that we've discovered I've forgotten, now that I've moved in, was ventillation in the laundry. Unless we leave the back sliding door open - which doesn't…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Fencing

I paid $520 for a 1.3m wide fence, but that was provided at cost (or at least that's what I was told) because he was doing the work for the…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
concern about new home insurance

Hm, I got quotes with AAMI, ANZ (OnePath) and CycleCover (Allianz) and the CertOcc never came up in discussion ever. Ended up insuring with CycleCover.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
What is the most annoying thing happened during your build ?

Most annoying thing during my build: 9 weeks of QA :(

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
NBN / Phone Line Questions..????

I'm going through the process of getting things connected, and am in a similar position, so perhaps this will help.
In my situation, NBNCo's website actually list my property as not…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Are building inspectors worth the money?

Hell yes.
I don't know all the AS and other building standards - and I'd expect an inspector to. You'll pick up things like scratches your self, but won't be…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Wedding or house

A house is a tangible asset of which you have something to show.
A wedding comes and goes once with little to show for it after.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
First questions

I initially spoke with the builder so that based on what I would want to buy, I could then go to the land developer and find out what was available.…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Increase to FHOG and 40% savings on stamp duty victoria

I was a little puzzled by this - I got ~$20k plus a discount on the stamp duty - someone please explain how are buyers who go in now better…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Cool/Warm LED suggestions for these rooms

After a realllly long slog, my home is getting close to being ready for handover, but one of the first things I'll be doing is replacing the 42W globes that…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Worth rendering front facade?

Something to consider or ask them about might be using Hebel instead of brick. This would give you a rendered effect to the entire home, in addition to other…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Tile

I've just purchased the timber-look tiles to be used on my front portico/entryway, and think they look fantastic. I would love to have them installed indoors too, but they…

Tile
7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Internal door handles

I've gone with brushed metal. Personally, I like the look better.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Is Metrcon a good choice compared to Poter Davis/Simonds

Contract wise? Sure. Glossy-brochure and sales guy claims wise? Nope.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Is Metrcon a good choice compared to Poter Davis/Simonds

Not gonna lie to you - I'm building with Metr. right now and the only times during the process I can say I've been happy is during the early parts…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Carpet colours - please help us choose!!!

When I was thinking through this in my head I thought "a dark carpet will probably make the room look too dark", but then I saw that photo - it…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Highlands Estate Craigieburn

Yes, but you risk it getting damaged, and some builders don't want anyone else working on-site while they're doing work. If you can work with them and they're okay…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Highlands Estate Craigieburn

if you contact the council, they're authorised to release your neighbours contact details to you so you can arrange fencing. For lots which don't have an owner yet, or is…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Also, Sockitz are electrically disconnected when no device is plugged in. This means no leakage power draw from the transformer when there is nothing plugged in.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
I NEED YOUR HELP!!! Find me a house :)

A 4br 27sq home with four additional rooms is going to be a very tight squeeze - and tricky on a 220k budget after you add site costs. Even…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Help on glass splashback colour

I couldn't tell you who does the colour - but it's called "Weka" from whoever supplies Metricoblahblah. I've asked for offcuts and samples, but they've not been very helpful…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Also, really have a good think about adding a hand rail on both sides of any staircases. Many builders seem to think that just having the guard rail on…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
How much do you contact/bug/harrass your builder??

I've had few reasons to contact my SS until recently - they were originally giving me weekly calls to update me on progress. But about four-five weeks ago (21st…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
What Was Missed In Final Inspection?

That's one hell of a list, but this one stood out.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Building Doom and Gloom

I said volume builders.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Building the Sahara Q1 by Henley- WE HAVE THE KEYS!!!

260ish days is pretty standard - that's 52 working weeks.

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Hebel v's Brick - price

I went with Hebel as due to estate requirements I was going to need to render at least the front of the house - which was going to be $12k.…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
Facade rejected by developer

You may have to pay a bit more or less for the alternative facade - I was in a similar predicament where I essentially had +/-4k due to facade options.…

7 years7 yearsakashraakashra posted:
buying lights overseas

LOL, what?
I think someone's trying to ensure you don't buy elsewhere.
If the transformer is auto-sensing for 50~60Hz 100-265V AC, you're fine.

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