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22 h22 hCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Retired Builder /engineer and designer/project manager.

As a first time builder, who has no knowledge at all about building, I found that even with trying to research (which is actually a strong skill of mine) I…

4 d4 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately the presentation has been postponed. I don't have another date yet but kind of disappointed as we're looking forward to moving. Where we currently are…

Fairhaven Homes
11 d11 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Presentation appointment (and Darbecca's final inspection) has been booked for the 10th of December (so less than a week away). Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

13 d13 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Building Inspectors. Suggestions please. Melb South-East

I have been using Darbecca as well and have been very happy.

14 d14 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Thank you. I am pretty happy, especially since most of the stuff I picked were cat 1 (both bath/floor tiles and splashback, stone benchtop, laminate cabinetry). I did make a…

14 d14 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Exciting!!!!
How long after PCI did it take to get the keys?
I'm still in the process of arrange a suitable time with the builder and Darbecca.

16 d16 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I visited the house today which was super exciting. I haven't been since the frame stage so a lot has been done.
Today the guys there were putting in the toilets,…

22 d22 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Yes, I used Darbecca and they have been great.
I have had the following inspections:
- pre pour
- frame (with complimentary slab inspection)
- pre plaster
- pre paint/fixing (combined…

23 d23 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

- your house looks fantastic. All the colours go so well together, particularly the kitchen!
- That is super exciting. Getting so close. I definitely advise engaging an independent inspector.…

27 d27 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

That is very disappointing. My independent inspector picked up on the bricks during the last inspection, which was included in their report. I still haven't heard from Fairhaven as to…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Chipped brick face

This is how I feel. When I looked at the bricks onsite they appeared sub-standard. I paid an extra $1400 for the upgrade. I love the brick colour, so I…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Chipped brick face

Hi everyone,
I'm curious to know what people think is acceptable for chipped brick faces. The bricks I picked are Thunderstorm by Selkirk. They have a grey brick face on red…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Are these defects "normal" ?

I have had quite a number of defects found by Darbecca. Their reports are quite comprehensive. I am lucky to have a family member who knows more about building than…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Building Porter Davis Vancouver 33

Sounds exciting. When I contacted Porter Davis last year I was told they don't build in Winchelsea. They must have realised that quite a few people are building out there…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Your facade is looking great Bronte19.
Looks like you'll be finished soon. Fingers Crossed.
Plaster has been completed on mine and the painter is due this week. I was told the kitchen…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Would you share your house budget with a builder

I started the process December last year. I'm at lock up stage at the moment.
I was lucky my site fees came in pretty cheap (~$6,000). The base price was also…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Would you share your house budget with a builder

I was fairly upfront with what my budget was and that it was tight. I had already picked a house design from the builders cheaper range which was a 3…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I'm Chloe, 31 and building my first home just outside of Geelong.
I'm building the Clovelly 191 with the standard harbour facade but upgraded my bricks to cat 7 (Selkirk thunderstorm).
Charlemont…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I hope so. I emailed my new consultant regarding them the other day and have not heard back. I preferred my old Construction Consultant, he was good to work with…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I have reviewed my brickwork and I'm not particularly happy. I have quite a number of chipped bricks with the red brick exposed. Maybe I'm being picky but I find…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Yay for a frame. I hope the rest goes quickly :)

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Bronte19 - I was given a report that detailed how all the defects were going to be rectified. I have my next inspection on Tuesday so will see how things…

Fairhaven Homes
3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I wouldn't have the patience for that. Fingers crossed it goes fast!

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Looking so good Bronte19. Seems like it is coming together quickly now.
My roof has been installed, house has been wrapped and bricks have been delivered.

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I have found my Construction Consultant to be fantastic. He is very prompt and receptive. I have been keeping most of my communication with him as it is easier for…

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

New to all this myself. I contacted Darbecca once I got my building permit. They sent out a list of stages and quote according to my house size.I let my…

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3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I have had similar issues. The Construction Consultant I am working with is nice, though I'm not getting any information back regarding the rectifications.
I'm unwell and over stressed at the…

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

I kind of see it like insurance. If they don't find defects I would still continue with the proceeding stages, like I do with car insurance.
If they are minor defects…

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

Darbecca picked them up. There is an issue with the way my slab was poured. A number of installation directions were not followed, particularly with my windows. The workmanship to…

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