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13 years13 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Grand Designs is back

Foxtel are currently running ads for an Australian version of Grand Designs where they are looking for people to register if they'd feel they have a house suitable for the…

13 years13 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Metricon (QLD) Price Rise

The builders maybe trying to maintain their profits. If the number of builds decreases, the obvious (perhaps naive way) to maintain their profits is to increase prices.
Don't believe that all…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
More liveable and less health risk new house

Don't know much about the paint odour - i'll have the same problem but i'll be having security screens installed straight after handover, and leave the windows open for as…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Internal Phone Points

Depending on what type of modem / internet access you will have, it maybe wise to have two points in your house. One for the phones, one for your modem…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Connecting the Phone - Do I need to sign up to Telstra?

Hi All,
Sorry if this has already been discussed previously (I'm sure it has been), but I couldn't find what I was after.
I'm building in Brisbane & approaching handover stage. The…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Home Presentation Appointment

Let us know how you go joan.

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
we have prehandover inspection tomorrow

I'm only a week or so from practical completion.
To be honest, I don't think my builders know what a quality inspection is.
There are so many glaring errors. I would hope…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
They broke our frame!!! But they've fixed it....I think

Wow, going to ask for a whole new frame?
I think you should not have gone with timber for your framing. I mean, look at the crappy timber the frames are…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
SQUEAKY UPPER STOREY FLOORS

And then there's the whole other issue of the 'bounce' of the floor :lol:

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
How much extra did you pay?

We'll that adds to the intrigue of the formula. We're we are building the blocks cost us under $200K and houses are selling at around $600K.
I think the 2x formula…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Council amalgamation, Bris - VENT

Hi Jet,
It looks like you situation sucks having to deal with both councils & the builders.
But unfortunately I don't think there's much that you can do to speed things along…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
How much extra did you pay?

I think a lot of people are spending more than the land price on their house (with landscaping, retaining walls, etc).
Lets say in QLD the average block costs around $200,000.
$200K…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
How much extra did you pay?

Stonecutter...the 2x land thing that you mention is really interesting. Has anyone else heard of this before?
I knew that there was a point where spending too much on your house…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
How much extra did you pay?

There you go nzfiona.... Does that make your 18K feel like a bargain :lol:

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
How much extra did you pay?

Yeah, we built on acreage with convenant requirements which needed to be met by the builders - hence the advertised base price was alot less than our final price. I…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
how helpful is your csc... rate 1 to 10...

LOL... I thought it was just me....
In theory the CSR is suppose to be your main point of contact to the builders. Whilst contact with the BS is preferred, there's…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Can they do that?

Wow, siteworks starting early. Who'd have thought it.
Perhaps you should ask them "since you started early does that mean you'll finish early".
Personally I don't see a problem with them…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
how helpful is your csc... rate 1 to 10...

LOL Delibeybi,
A lot of people are treated fantastic pre-tender.
Sign your tender, get construction started on-site, and see how your CSO scoring go when things stop going to according to plan…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Progress Payments

natbut,
check your contract then check the house. What constitutes "2nd fix"? If the work is done, then they aren't asking for it early. Yes, it's a pain in the…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
BUILDING CONTRACT ENDED... AND STILL NO HANDOVER

I disagree Casa.
They would have already covered their costs in the previous payments, and the final payment would be made up of mostly or all profit on the project.
If they…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
BUILDING CONTRACT ENDED... AND STILL NO HANDOVER

Liquidated damages should actually be set at an amount that acts as a deterent to the builders for running over schedule.
For example, builders 'should' be made to work overtime of…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Games played to avoid liquidated damages

Taylor,
What the builders need to realise is that the HIA contract states payment within 7 days. The major banks can take up to 10 days (& longer some times) to…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
steel vs wood

Termites eat timber. Termites do not eat steel.
Hope that helps :lol:

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Casa,
The initial question was whether this method was common place / accepted in WA - The answer is yes.
Is it Structural sound? That's a different matter :?

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Ausdesign,
You can't compare what is acceptable in the eastern states to WA. Their method of construction is different to the rest of us.
If you're still concerned arc, get an…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Our grey pride and joy! After all this time, she's arrived..

Gotta love that concrete!
Did the builder suggest an alternative to using the vast amount of concrete - say a timber or steel framed floor on stumps with either a timber…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Games played to avoid liquidated damages

Hi folks,
Just wanted to know some of the tricks that are played so your builder avoids paying any liqudated damages. This doesn't include the obvious ones like rain delays, etc.
*…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Dodgy roof frame?

Hi,
Unfortunately this is common place in roofing built in WA - WA houses are built completely different to the rest of Australia.
Your best to talk to your builder about it,…

14 years14 yearsblackmaxblackmax posted:
Practical Completion v Handover

Steve,
I'm going to try and do what you say. That is, see if the bank will give me a cheque to take to final inspection. My builder is really starting…

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