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Joined 14 December 2017
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1 d1 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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
3 d3 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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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4 d4 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

5 d5 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

6 d6 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

15 d15 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

15 d15 dCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Fairhaven Homes

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

15 d15 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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
18 d18 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

20 d20 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

22 d22 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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,…

27 d27 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

28 d28 dCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

1 month1 monthCalicoCatCalicoCat 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,…

1 month1 monthCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

1 month1 monthCalicoCatCalicoCat 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
2 months2 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…

2 months2 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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2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

2 months2 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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
3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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.

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat posted:
Building Inspectors. Suggestions please. Melb South-East

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

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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.

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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,…

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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.…

3 months3 monthsCalicoCatCalicoCat 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…

4 months4 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…

4 months4 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…

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