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4 d4 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How much does tiling cost? (Al fresco, concrete slab, approx

Too late, job is already done and paid for !
That was in the ballpark of other quotes I got (but not the cheapest) and they did a good job

7 d7 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How much does tiling cost? (Al fresco, concrete slab, approx

I just has my alfresco tiled (55m2), got a few quotes and they were all in the same ballpark. The guy I went with wasn't the cheapest but highly recommended
Price…

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9 d9 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Which white paint?

We had similar requirements to you, lots of light, modern minimalist decor (didn't want any hint of cream) and were advised to go lexicon quarter, which we have been very…

16 d16 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How much did my build cost?

i couldn't find it in the 15 seconds I spent looking but i am sure OP will be able find it if they are interested enough.

16 d16 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How much did my build cost?

There was a similar topic a while ago and many people posted

16 d16 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Bad job decking

Looks bad to me, I'm a DIYer and would not be happy if I had done that (then again I just built a pergola and it is heaps better than…

16 d16 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Knockdown - What to do with existing materials and parts?

Builders bought some, I had some newish aluminium windows and sliding doors that a builder took.
Quite a few of the really old stuff (like water heaters, aircons, pool pump,…

20 d20 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Knockdown - What to do with existing materials and parts?

I did similar, took photos of lots of things and put on Gumtree and ebay, for self removal. I was amazed at some of the crappy old stuff people bought,…

21 d21 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Electrical plan

Agree re the power points, put in as many as you can. I put a double on just about every wall, and still wish for a few more.
You don't have…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Buying land with 2m fill

Same here, I was happy to pay extra for screw piles for peace of mind.

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Flooring - tiling with builder or after handover?

I see the main advantage of getting it all done is warranty as you say.
I have had an issue before with drainage of a tiled area. Tiler blamed the…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dryrod - any good ??

Well I decided I didn't have anything to lose, so bought and installed the dryrods, which was pretty simple. Drilled a row of holes along the mortar, shoved a dryrod…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Final progress payment issues

We had quite a few small items still to be completed after handover (we signed completion as we needed to move in as we had to be out of the…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
What is this tube?

Could be something related to NBN ?? Or could just be a marker for something below? Did you ask the builder?
I would dig down to see where it goes before…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dealing with stress and anxiety in regards to your house aft

Great to hear that things are working out better for you now

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3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Walk in Pantry shelf hights

Mine are at the builders default spacings of 500, 400, 500, 400 from the floor (with 2.7 ceiling) and it seems to work OK, I have never has a feeling…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Refinishing / cleaning of surface of pool

I got a couple of quotes for painting, which were under $5k. But both people who quoted said that it could only be expected to last around 10 years before…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Refinishing / cleaning of surface of pool

Our old pool was concrete, plaster and paint, and the paint had gone all patchy like yours, but worse. We looked at a few options. Repainting was under $5,000 but…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Tradesmen etiquette

A tradie told me the other day he was doing a job and asked the lady of the house if he could use the toilet, and she said he could…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
KDR - What would you do differently?

Do you already know what you want to build? Took us a year from when we decided to build to when the builder started building (Choosing a design, choosing a…

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Demolition prior to construction approval

Most if the demolishers I spoke to required me to provide fencing. The fence hire company charged me the same whether I kept it for a week or 6 months…

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4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dryrod - any good ??

I have an old Edwardian brick semi-detached house, that has has ongoing rising damp issues along one wall. i am not keen to spend too much on it at this…

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Evaporative Cooling / Gas heating vs Refrigerated cooling

We just did KDR in Melbourne, and our temporary rental had Evap. I am so glad we didn't put it in - it was terrible. Didn't do much on those…

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Looking for advice on a foundation issue

Agree, may as well have smeared peanut butter on it

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
No floor waste in wet areas - problem?

None of the new houses I have seen around here have floor wastes.
Anything is possible but i guess it would be expensive, as you will need to remove tiles, cut…

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
A&L awning windows with very restricted opening

I have the same winders with the plate and hole, I removed the plate by inserting a bent nail and pulling. Unfortunately the chains are very short, so already at…

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Upper floor - Floating timber / engineered timber floors

It is this one in Cream, it was an upgrade from the standard laminate. I wanted to go timber, but lost that negotiation.
A lot of people think it is timber…

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Upper floor - Floating timber / engineered timber floors

Builder was Urban Edge, house Andu 43, timber Frame, KDR in inner Melbourne. Here is a pic of upstairs

and entrance

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Upper floor - Floating timber / engineered timber floors

We just built and have laminate throughout upstairs (no carpet anywhere).
We were very worried about the noise, so put an acoustic underlay under the laminate and also soundscreen insulation…

5 months5 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
NBN Connection Process

Same here, the ISP should chase NBN.
If you use a decent ISP the process will be a lot easier.
I recommend Aussie Broadband, who I used after my KDR. I…

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