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Joined 17 October 2017
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1 month1 monthbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Neighbour Drilled into our Garage Wall

Geeeez, whatever happened to good neighborliness these days??
How exactly does their clothesline impact you??

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2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Help? Drywall

Very unlikely you have damaged the stud
But much better to use a screw rather a nail

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Painting - all one colour yes or no?

My whole house is done Lexicon quarter for walls and trim (matt for walls and enamel semi-gloss for doors and trim). This was recommended by the builder's color person as…

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Floor Plan Suggestions for a Small House - 20 squares

Do people keep cars in their garage? I dream of one day having enough room in my double garage for even one car!

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2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Is a swimming pool worth it?

In Melbourne you need to think of heating as well. We had solar heating, which was not ideal. The problem is the variable climate in Melbourne, where it can…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Is a swimming pool worth it?

We had a large pool in Melbourne for years that took up most of the garden. Whilst the kids said they liked it, in reality they hardly ever used it,…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Insulation between rafters - old tile roof

In Victoria it is still not a requirement to have sarking on a new tiled roof, plenty of houses built today without.
Sorry, not an answer to the original question

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Skirtings/walls not straight

I had this situation on a couple of walls in my house (I usually have an eye for these things). The builder straightened the skirting board and filled behind, and…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Driveway

Yes, personally I would have cut the corner more or even done a straight line from the stairs to where it meets the kerb (need room for the basketball ring…

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negative gearing when sold - no rent

By my understanding the house has to be available to rent before you can claim deductions against it, and of course you need to have some income to claim against…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Should we get the builder to install solar?

Also need to look into goverment rebates and interest free loans, and whether they are included in the quotes. Not sure about NSW but in VIC you can get around…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Electrical appointment advice

Doing electrical cabling afterwards can be expensive and difficult , especially if it involves cutting into plasterboard to run wires. $60 for a double power point looks reasonable. I would…

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2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Overshadowing problems

What Stewie said. As long as you meet the council requirements (which whoever drew the plans should have taken into account), what the neighbour thinks is irrelevant.
Of course if…

2 months2 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Things not included in builders price

Depends on the builder. Ask for details and go through with a fine tooth comb. There are checklists you can can reference against

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Guest bed options

You don't want it too comfortable, otherwise they will never leave :)
We have a good quality futon couch in the spare room that folds down into…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Site Costs

I think sometimes the site costs are a number that they suck out of their thumb.
My builder gave me a site cost "allowance" of $35k (wouldn't fix) and I ended…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Cost of sunken garage

Many new houses around here (Bayside Melbourne) are built with garages like that (or deeper, sometimes a full story below), so it can't be that hard, but it would need…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Urbanedge Homes - Autern 6-54

Was that fixed at 44k? UE wouldn't fix my sites cost as I was doing a KDR and hadn't demolished yet, so they gave me a $35k "allowance", which i…

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KDR complications

One of my friends in our street did a KDR to subdivide and build 2 dwellings (sell one and live in the other). All 3 neighbors objected due to overlooking,…

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KDR complications

Not sure where you are but here in Melb you need a demolition permit, which i don't believe has provision for neighbour objection (unles you are breaching some heritage overlay).…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Boundary wall - who owns it?

So is there no obligation from them to make it visually acceptable to B??

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Help where to put alfresco

Here is my layout, which works very well for us (North is to the right on the drawing, ie rear of the house faces north). I would not change it…

Help where to put alfresco
3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Help where to put alfresco

You could flip the whole house?
I have 3000mm wide window splashback and love the look and extra light, even though it looks at a fence (we have planted some…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Is caulking required bottom of sink and bathub?

Mine does and I would say it is good to stop water getting in and mould growing

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
How to check for Bored piers

When mine was inspected the inspector tapped with a solid object and went by sound and feel.

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Boundary wall - who owns it?

I don't know legally, but it would be a dog move from A to try and prevent it IMO.
As an aside, there is a house like A down the…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Floor Plan Advice

This is probably personal preference, but it looks to me like you have lots of rooms and 4 small separate living areas. If it was me I would be looking…

3 months3 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
KDR site costs

Soil test involves taking a core sample. Highly unlikely a vendor will let you do that before purchase (they could arrange it if they wanted to provide it with…

4 months4 monthsbrokenstickbrokenstick posted:
Questions to ask builder

Tell them that you will be engaging your own private consultant to conduct inspection at various stages on the build , and see how they react.

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