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4 months4 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes Breamlea

Hi nicshou,
I have recently built with Fairhaven and would say the experience has been okay. Some areas and people are excellent and others not so much.
There are a few of…

4 months4 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Hey GEOnTREY, how is the build going?
I had my 3 month inspection a few days ago. It went well. Only a few issues, mainly the carpet which they will be…

6 months6 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Riverview 266 with Surfcoast facade

The only inspection I was at was the final. I don't remember them measuring the walls but I could have missed that. Maybe mention it to them.
Yes, they fixed the…

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6 months6 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Upgrade cost Off-White mortar

For my 191sqm house with Fairhaven the upgrade to white mortar was $400. I'm happy with the finished look of the mortar against the grey bricks (Selkirk Thunderstorm).

6 months6 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Riverview 266 with Surfcoast facade

I would follow up with your construction consultant as well. During my build they were pretty much the only person I could get in contact with. I never even spoke…

6 months6 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I agree, I think most are all like Fairhaven or worse.
If I build again, I would probably go with GJ Gardener as they have a good reputation here (and I…

7 months7 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Riverview 266 with Surfcoast facade

I had similar defects come up in my slab inspection, including the grounding issue. Seems like some of the trades people they use are either lazy or over-worked/inexperienced.
One of the…

7 months7 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Evaporative cooler draft when turned off

Thank you both. I will add that to the list of items I need looking at.
I notice the draft the most when the ducted heating is on.

7 months7 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

My site supervisors is Lincoln, he is fairly new to Fairhaven.
The mound of dirt will probably come in handy as the backyard is very uneven since the build. The amount…

7 months7 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Evaporative cooler draft when turned off

Hi,
I have been living in my newly built house for a little over 3 weeks now and I have noticed that cool air is coming from the evaporative cooler vents…

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Fingers crossed things go as planned! I didn't go as I had been told about 5 different days before my slab was finally poured and there is noway work would…

Fairhaven Homes
8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Sorry it has taken me a little while to get back, the moving process has been tedious.
In regard to getting a report from Fairhaven, I do recall them providing a…

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

First week realisations:
I should have got eaves... I was going to ask for eaves but completely forgot
I should have got flyscreens for my sliding doors... another cost saver which I…

Fairhaven Homes
8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

The whole process took me a little over a year. That being said, I had delays due to having to apply for finance again (the pre-approval I had when I…

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8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I went with Darbecca and they were great.
I would request a written reply to the Independent Building Inspector's report, stating what has been rectified, how and if not, why.
For…

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Your bricks look like they will be fine. It appears they are the same colour throughout, where as mine was just on the face.
Oh gosh, it does sound like you…

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

They can paint over the chips, as far as I know.
Which bricks did you upgrade to?
What is going on with your progress? That doesn't sound great.
Fairhaven have a new Site…

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Some of the bricks have been replaced but some still need to be painted. I would say most of my bricks are chipped to some degree. It seems like the…

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Ben, your landscaping is looking lovely. Your facade looks fantastic.

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Spotted gum looks lovely.
We had handover today. Still a few issues that need to be resolved but hopefully we will get them done soon. Some of the items in my…

Fairhaven Homes
8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Riverview 266 with Surfcoast facade

Hi EmmaK8,
The Riverview and surf coast facade a lovely choices. I have nearly finished building the Clovelly 191 with the standard facade (wanted to upgrade to double glazed windows so…

8 months8 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Affordable but flexible volume builder

Hi pvroom,
I have built with Fairhaven Homes, just outside of Geelong. For the most part my build has gone smoothly, though whoever you go with I highly advise getting an…

9 months9 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Thanks guys :)
Handover is on the 6th. I'm just waiting for the certificate of occupancy and the bank will be ready to process the final payment.
Oh,…

9 months9 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Sounds like you have been busy. Looking forward to seeing it all come together.
I had my home presentation on Friday which went pretty well. I'm just waiting on my report…

9 months9 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Stamp duty waived

I'm not sure why, but I think I got confused with which settlement the paragraph meant :lol:
I think what it means, is settlement of the house…

9 months9 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Is it really - PGH Blue Steel Flash Brick ?

What I have noticed with my bricks (Selkirk Thunderstorm) is that they can look very different in various light. I have also found that my bricks don't photograph very well,…

9 months9 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Happy new year to you too :)
Thank you very much. I plan to build a big fence at the front anyway so the facade will be…

9 months9 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Hi everyone.
How are you all going?
I hope the festive season was kind to you all.
I'm still waiting for a new PCI date. I'm hoping I will find out next week.…

Fairhaven Homes
10 months10 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Stamp duty waived

I would contact the state revenue office to be sure, but this is from the website (https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/fhbduty).
"You must live in your property as your principal place…

10 months10 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fair Haven Homes building experience - Wall tiles

I agree with what others have said, unfortunately you just have to learn and move on. I know I wish I had changed a few selections but it is very…

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