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BlackPearl_CBR

Canberra
Joined 9 August 2014
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19 d19 dBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Fencing or Landscaping - What comes first?

We have one of side of the house that will need to be fenced off and we still need to do our landscaping front, sides and back as it is…

2 years2 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Handover Process - What are the steps involved?

Our builder has provided us with the Certificate of Occupancy application form to sign. However, when we went to our house last week, there was still electrical work, some paint,…

2 years2 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Rubbish on vacant land

We were one of the last to build on our block as well. I'd recommend hiring fencing if your build is not starting for some time. Also be aware if…

2 years2 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
How often do you visit your site?

We go every weekend. We work during the week so by the time we get home it is too dark to check out the build.
They began putting the roof…

2 years2 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

I found this blog site. Thanks to the person that collated the items into categories.
http://firsthomebuildingadventure.blogs ... house.html

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3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Would this annoy you? Living next to building site

Put locks on your external electricity outlets and water taps to ensure that your utilities aren't being used by them when you are not home. This has happened to a…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Hot and cold water tap to the alfresco, that is if you are wanting to have an outdoor kitchen with a sink. That and a gas line for a BBQ/gas…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Dining Room Size for a 8 Seater Dining Table

What is a good size for a dining room for a 5 bedroom house?
It appears the latest version of our house design has a dining room that is…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Building with Blackett Homes - Canberra

They are VERY busy. They have been turning away potential work as they have lots of projects on the go at the moment. But you can always approach them to…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Building in Canberra - Builder Recommendations

Avoid Sublime Constructions
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/act-regulator-says-sublime-constructions-clients-not-eligible-for-cover-20141017-116t8q.html
FYI. If anyone was wondering, I am posting these up as these builders may start themselves up under a new name in the future.

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Building in Canberra - Builder Recommendations

Avoid Rod Sheather Consultants Pty Ltd
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/business/highend-canberra-builder-rod-sheather-goes-bust-20141104-11g4gj.html

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Feng Shui Assessment of House Plans

Does anyone have any feng shui consultant recommendations? Preferably someone that can assess my house plans via email as where I am located there is only one main consultant.…

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3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Building in Canberra - Builder Recommendations

Avoid D's Homes
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2294114
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/police-and-actpla-investigate-builder-dispute-over-allegations-of-forged-contracts-20150314-13wd8z.html

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
What to bring when meeting draftsperson/architect?

We are meeting with a draftsperson this week?
What should we prepare for this meeting? What should we bring?
Any suggestions would be appreciated as this is our first…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Building with Blackett Homes - Canberra

Great review Shirokuma. It is very useful to know about your experience.
I have a friend that also used Blackett for his house in Forde. He cannot rave about them…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
First Home Buyers

What the lender probably means, is that you get finance from your bank on the condition that they retain the "grant" as part of the overall loan for your build.…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Selecting home design for a north facing block

^ The sun sets in the west. You'd get the hot afternoon sun on your house from that direction. So, yes, fewer windows on that side would be better or…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Selecting home design for a north facing block

We are also in the same situation, however we are looking for a double storey plan, so the upper floor will need to be on the east side of the…

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Building in Canberra - Builder Recommendations

Thanks Aguan for your useful advice. Very handy to know.

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Things you forget - summary page 32

Gas line to the alfresco, in case you want to use the main gas line for your BBQ or outdoor kitchen.

3 years3 yearsBlackPearl_CBRBlackPearl_CBR posted:
Building in Canberra - Builder Recommendations

Hi All,
My partner and I are in the process of looking for a builder to build our home on a block of land in Canberra and we will be…

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