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4 d4 dben888ben888 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…

12 d12 dben888ben888 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
13 d13 dben888ben888 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
13 d13 dben888ben888 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…

19 d19 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Indeed, the inside bits make it feel like a home

like my 1 yr old who is admiring the staircase (or maybe thinking when are we getting out of here...)
And that…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
19 d19 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/Como Homes - Handover

Thanks for reminding me to go and measure the windows properly soon, and order and buy the blinds a few weeks before handover, so I can get them fitted as…

20 d20 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Week 16 and the scaffolding has come down, and the external render and paint is all done and dusted. Apart from stonework to the front porch, I can finally see…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
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20 d20 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Week 14 of the build and the rest of the external brickwork and the Hebel went up with the scaffolding, which made it look all a bit of a mess,…

20 d20 dben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/Como Homes - Handover

Just want to say a huge congratulations to you on completing your new home and finally moving in!
Following your build thread has given me a good guide as to…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Are paid preliminary drawings legally ours?

I would have thought not.
But I guess it depends on what your contract with the draftsman says - you signed a contract with them, right?
Sometimes there will be a clause…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And the latest photo, week 10.
The house has been wrapped in a blue waterproof membrane, and then some of the external bricks have started to go up.

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Well a few more update photos: this was week 7.
Windows and roof have been done.

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Thanks Chase,
I'm afraid I don't know the answers to your questions. I thought all the timber that was used in the construction of the frame was treated to some degree…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Are you on an SBO too?
The permit for the land specifically says that
"Imported fill must be kept to a minimum on the property and must only be used for…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Layout planning

I think your new plan looks much more well laid out that the initial plan. But a few points to consider:
There isn't much pantry space in your kitchen of that…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Layout planning

As people have said, at the end of the day, it's what suits you personally. But if it was my house, I would consider:
1. Whether the laundry should be sandwiched…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Well spotted.
Our land is on a special building overlay (SBO) which means that the land can potentially flood in a 1 in 100 year storm.
The finished floor level of…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Just standard aluminium awning windows.
Black frames on white walls, and white frames on dark walls. Plus sliding stacker doors, and a window splashback for the kitchen.

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And now the framing is complete, and the windows have been delivered. It's very much starting to look like an actual house!

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
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4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And then the framing started in earnest. I didn't realise it would go up quicker than it takes me to build a house out of Lego.
Than halfway through the framing,…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

And then I had to go abroad for a couple of weeks, and missed them pouring the slab.
I kinda wanted to have a dance on the slab, but I was…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

The following week they had put the screw piles in, and connected the underground electrical, water and drainage.

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Well things have started happening on my plot. And I haven't had time to update anything on this thread either, since I was off on a business/ holiday for 2…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Arranging demolition in advance

It's never too early (unless of course you have people still living in there!) There is no advantage to having an empty house sitting around compared to an empty plot…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

I guess if you don't feel like you should go into specifics, then it's probably best not to.
But I always say - it's not usually that someone is doing something…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

So I found some of the specifications which needs to be looked when doing the tender (and hopefully this may be useful to anyone else building their house) included:-
Depth of…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Hi Lukaa,
Good to see someone else building with Como - well, at least I hope it's going to be good, if we all get out the other side unscathed and…

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5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Has anyone ever actually paid advertised price to build.

So basically you're asking if anyone's ever built a house with no upgrades at all?
I'm sure some have, especially landlords who build a basic house simply for the rental market.…

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Should the free standing cooker be higher than the bench top

No, it should be the same height.
Your freestanding cooker should be on legs which are height adjustable. Just lower the cooktop by 2-3mm and your problem should be all sorted!

5 months5 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

The $ per square is a way to estimate and compare cost of the overall build, and averages out all the areas in the house.
Obviously the wet areas and…

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