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4 d4 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
KDR + Building Urban Edge Andu 43

Darbecca were pretty good. We did all inspections and they found quite a few things, many of which were minor. UE responded to each item on each report and fixed…

5 d5 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Best pool size with children

Our old pool that we filled in recently had the deep part in the middle and shallow at both ends (one shallow end was a bit deeper than the other).…

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5 d5 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Builder won't let us nominate our surveyor (Victoria)

My builder did the same - said if I didn't use Group 4 there would be delays as they have SLAs with them etc etc etc . I expressed displeasure…

16 d16 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Comment on floor plans

You don't have much garden at the back. Assume double story is not an option to give you a smaller footprint and some garden at the back?

17 d17 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Replace skirting boards

1. You probably wouldn't even see nail holes. Can't tell from your picture how big the existing skirting is - If the new one is thinner a bigger problem you…

18 d18 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Timber Laminate Floor Sinks in Corner of Room

I agree with this, I have seen laminate layed on uneven concrete and it does what you describe
During my build my inspector checked and picked up that the concrete was…

19 d19 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Protecting your Slab

Yes we did, pic below. The concreter drilled into the side of the slab and put some dowels in to tie it together. We will paving it and the alfresco…

Protecting your Slab
25 d25 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Removing this Structure

I did this when I demolished an old house. Much to my amazement someone came and took it away and gave me a few hundred dollars into the bargain.

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25 d25 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Electrical Plan Feedback

Very good point. Ensure that they are perfectly lined up on the drawing and positioned properly in the center of the rooms etc . When my house was built the…

26 d26 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Electrical Plan Feedback

I'd put in a lot more power points, pretty much on every wall, including in the garage, and on your island bench. I went crazy with Power points ($50 for…

26 d26 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Ensuite lay out - please advise

The one on the right has the advantage that the door doesn't face the bed, so if one person gets up during the night, less disturbance (light and noise) …

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
KDNR Urban Edge/PD/Henley? Which is 'better'?

I recently did KDR with Urban Edge in inner city Melbourne, and overall pretty happy with the result. Had some minor issues along the way (as expected) but in general…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Difference between site superviser and building inspector

Site supervisor - the guy or gal employed by your builder to basically run the building of your house and supervise all the trades. If you are using a volume…

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1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Australian standards re toilet placement

Sorry I don't know the answer, but if is was a standard surely they would know about that when they did the drawing??.
Sound like they are trying to cover up…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Electrical Appointment Tips

Re the power points, go crazy!. My builder only charged $50 for a double, and I put in heaps...but now still finding places where I would have liked one.

Re…

Electrical Appointment Tips
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2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How to raise lawn 200-300mm ??

Update..... found an earthmover on gumtree who was happy to dump 7m3 of soil at the front for free - it was to my surprise really good stuff. Took me…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Hot water system - heat pump vs continuous flow vs solar

We have Chromagen Solar in our new house. It is a complete PITA. When it switches over over from Solar to continuous booster you get up to a minute of…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Mystery pipes after build

Thanks, I'll do that. A bit annoyed that they put it in the middle of the lawn rather than near the fence
I cut off the second one with…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Roof flashing not built into brickwork???

I have some done like that on my house (against render though, not brick) and Darbecca accepted it. (They picked up other non-compliant flashing)

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Mystery pipes after build

I have 2 mystery pipes that have been left behind after our build
This is in the middle where I want to have lawn at the back. It looks like some…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How to raise lawn 200-300mm ??

Thanks, your garden looks great!
yes I think l will try and get some fill from a pool dig or similar and then some topsoil for the top. Unfortunately I don't…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Open Plan Family/Kitchen/Dining/Alfresco-TV & couch position

Definitely option 1, for the reasons mentioned above. And you will be able to see the TV from the kitchen

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How to raise lawn 200-300mm ??

I have finished my house build and now turning attention to the backyard. There is around a 60m2 area where I would like to have grass, however need to raise…

How to raise lawn 200-300mm ??
2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Door handle height

Looks to me like the whole thing is upside down. Maybe they stuffed up and installed it on the wrong side, so had to flip it. Looks really strange

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Moving driveway entrance?

Permit cost around $250.
But before I started I just phoned the council and a friendly person explained it all to me. I suspect you could do the same?

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Moving driveway entrance?

I am in Melbourne, and in my council you need a crossover permit to do anything to your crossover or kerb (in my case just to fix it as it…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Door Issue

So is there a strip like that on the outside, and you are still seeing light though??

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Door Issue

Agree, and what about when it is cold and windy?

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
2nd floor additon in Sydney's lower north shore

I am in Melbourne and got prices starting at 300k (very basic - just a couple of bedrooms upstairs) to 500k+ for something reasonably decent. And as mentioned you want…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Where to buy cut-to-measure plywood in MEL?

I often used to get stuff cut at Bunnings, but I think not all stores did it. They were meant to charge $1 a cut, but often didn't bother. Maybe…

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