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11 h11 hbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
At what stage is electricity, gas, NBN/phone connected?

If your street is NBN enabled, you can order it to be installed the day after handover. Mine took 2 weeks from date of order.
My builder connected the electricity for…

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2 d2 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
What is data point??

I would not rely on wifi only and wifi mesh to provide good wifi performance to the whole house. This may be OK in an ideal scenario, but the real…

13 d13 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Temporary Fencing - Hire or buy?

Hiring is pretty cheap (cost me $360 for 6 months, front and side of house) and they came and set it up and took it away afterwards
If you can be…

16 d16 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Review color selections for single storied home

The color is usually mixed into the render, so it doesn't need painting. They can do any color. Are you sure that is not what they mean? I think it…

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16 d16 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Review color selections for single storied home

Just curious why you are painting over render?

17 d17 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Are these bricks normal?

There is a house near me where I think the brickies have used it as challenge to see how many different type of bricks they can use.
On my house they…

22 d22 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Gap at the architrave joins

How long ago were they installed? It basically means that something has moved/flexed

24 d24 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
small sink in toilet when building new home

Depends on how much space there is and whether there is plumbing available - it will need connections to water and waste.
Why won't the builder do it?

24 d24 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Building with Metricon

Agree, that's a very interesting read.
I think it is a situation that many (or most) volume builder customers find themselves in. The house is complete, however there are defects that…

27 d27 dbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Help in trying to even out floors

Agree with the others, I would keep the timber, much nicer than floating floor. Even though it is not perfect...that is part of the character

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dispute with builder over brickwork - advice wanted from tho

Ah OK, I also thought it was due to the light reflecting differently off the top
In that case I also agree it is very bad

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1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Hebel Or Bricks

Also consider your finish. Render is like paint and will look old and worn after a while and need repainting if you wish
Brick will pretty much look the same…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Dispute with builder over brickwork - advice wanted from tho

I agree that brickwork looks terrible. To me the Metricon one also doesn't look that bad.
I find if you look at any brickwork critically (which is the way you look…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Hebel Or Bricks

Of course hebel has to be rendered, which requires maintenance, as it starts to look tired after a few years
And are looks important to you - do you want render…

1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Ensuite bathroom door - required or not?

Most display homes that I have seen don't have doors on ensuites, which to me seems crazy. I even saw one where you can see the toilet directly from the…

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1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Notice of Completion by Builder when work not completed

I seem to have the opposite. My house seems completely finished, but I haven't had any notice yet
My contract says the below
Owner to provide signed defects list to Builder…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

I suspect he may have advised by his lawyer to stop posting here whilst this is ongoing??

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2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Carpentry Apprentice - Pre Fab or Cut on Site?

I don't know much about carpentry apprenticeships, but do know that with many work placement situations it is difficult to find something that would give you everything you need. Years…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Building quality volume vs custom builder

I think it also depends on your mindset. By going with a volume builder and saving several hundred thousand dollars, I think subconsciously my expectations were lowered somewhat. I have…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
House bedrooms are smaller than on plan.

You may find in your contract that is says something like "all dimensions are approximate". Mine did and the builder wouldn't remove it - they said it was to stop…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Building quality volume vs custom builder

As said above, from my experience volume builders use subcontractors for just about everything, so the quality varies depending on who is doing the actual work (or they are getting…

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2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Protecting your Slab

My house is nearing completion and I am arranging concreting and drainage all the the way around the perimeter.

The area below in red will be concreted and drained. Ideally…

Protecting your Slab
2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Looking for recommendations for covering ugly tile flooring

The floor may not be to everyone's taste (including mine) but it not too bad, and tiles are very hardwearing for a rental. i would avoid laminate. The place we…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Tap washer advice please

I installed some taps like this a few years ago, and they came with a special tool. I thought I would save the tool in a very special place in…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Builder demands $201,118 for non compliant defective work

Interesting clause about the reviews. My builder actually offered me a $100 voucher to leave a review
"Please help us achieve our customer service goals by completing an online review at…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How to pave / drain down the side of my house???

Thanks for the replies. On the subject of termites, this has appeared in the last few days all the way around the house. How does one concrete over it??

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
what can I do with my backyard?

Looks great, well done!

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Anyone built with Hotondo Homes (Darvale Homes) Melton?

Sorry to hear it didn't work out. We have just about finished our build with them and overall the experience has been positive - there have been some issues, but…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Anyone built with Hotondo Homes (Darvale Homes) Melton?

Hi baronx, weren't you going with Urban Edge at one stage? Did you change?

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Contract Inspection - New Build

This is what I posted on a different thread.....
Of course they can't force you to sign anything. I told my builder I wasn't coming in to the appointment unless I…

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