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7 d7 dben888ben888 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…

15 d15 dben888ben888 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…

16 d16 dben888ben888 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…

16 d16 dben888ben888 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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19 d19 dben888ben888 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.…

19 d19 dben888ben888 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!

1 month1 monthben888ben888 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…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

I'm building with a custom builder (Como Homes) myself in VIC. All of the custom builders (except Latitude 37) quoted me in the region of $15-16k per square, all up.…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

The colour selection with Como Homes was interesting too, and if anyone is considering building with Como they should take note:
As Como was a subsidiary of Arden Homes (a reputable…

Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block
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1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Inspired Homes/ Como Homes - Custom Build Corner Block

Thanks for your good wishes, Clareymoo. I'm glad that your build with Como is getting along well, and that gives me confidence that mine will turn out OK too in…

1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

The update:
So I put in the report and consent for the setback to the corner splay, as the building surveyor was convinced that the setback to the corner splay was…

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1 month1 monthben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

I agree $800k - $900k seems expensive for a 40/45 sq home.
Whilst I'm sure it can be easy to spend that much, if you want to upgrade everything to luxury…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Custom build a new house, need some comment

Personally, I don't see a huge issue with the corridor. It's only around 8m long until your double doors, and it is punctuated on either side by a cabinet, a…

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2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

So in the end I went to the council to ask their duty planner about the issue. They agreed that the front setback is between the front of the house…

What's my setback?
2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Hi Melos,
Thanks for explaining. The processes seem to be very similar in Vic, although I'm not sure if they call it by those terms or not.
The first system is the…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Sorry Melos, not quite sure what DA or CDC is.
The build is based on a private building surveyor issuing a building permit. There is no planning permit needed for the…

2 months2 monthsben888ben888 posted:
What's my setback?

Some of you may have seen my other thread about building a house- we've gone through the tender, chosen our colours, signed the contract, and now waiting to start.
But…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

So I'd start off doing the maths. Find out what your current home is worth, and what an existing 5-6 bedroom in your area will cost you. If the difference…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Knockdown & Rebuild vs Renovation

I'd definitely think about selling your current house and buying another, larger house.
It's one thing to knock down an old weatherboard house, which may only have a valuation of $60k,…

3 months3 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Suggestion re entry foyer and study

Well my local cinema has two exits, one at each side, but then again it needs to cope with hundreds of people exiting at once! I think having two exits…

Suggestion re entry foyer and study
4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Freebies and Upgrades

Our builder (Inspired/ Como) gave us $15k off to spend on anything for the build.
Whether yours is a good deal depends on how much they are charging you already for…

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

And this is hopefully what it'll look like:

and a rather rough 3D model I did on Sketchup. Yes, let's hope it looks better than that in real life!

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

I could write for ages about the path eventually taken to get to Inspired/ Como, but I'll try to keep it short and useful.
Burbank - a solid volume builder than…

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

It appears that I am the second person here documenting a build with Inspired/ Como Homes.
The whole load of useful information I have received by various forum members here have…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Advice for floor plan - inner city family home

If the long term plan is to demolish/ rebuild, can't you do it now? Because moving everyone in, then moving everyone out again to demolish and rebuild for a year…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

Good point. No actually, the outside of the kitchen is rendered Hebel.
So I guess even less reason not to agree to a 600mm high window. Surely it can't be that…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

Thanks for your further thoughts. I agree the best aesthetically is to run the cupboards and rangehood in a straight line. But at 160cm high, it would be too high…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

Thanks for your further explanation arcadelt. Yes, I guess you've outlined our dilemma.
One of the options is to lower the wall cabinetry to 514mm as per the builder's recommendation…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

The height of the rangehood is pretty much governed by the Australian Standards AS/NZS 5601.1 which in this case would be approximately 700mm from the benchtop.
I don't quite get what…

4 months4 monthsben888ben888 posted:
Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets

So this is the elevation of my proposed kitchen. It features a window splashback, with typical wall cabinets above, and a benchtop with base cabinets below.
They have initially drawn the…

Height of kitchen/ splashback/ wall cabinets
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