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Callifo

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Joined 13 July 2019
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2 months2 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Open Shower Floor Drain Tiling/Grade/Drainage - OK or not?

Yeah I'd be pretty happy if that was mine, I've got the same type of drain in my shower, and that silver edge protrudes about 1.5mm above the tiles around…

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2 months2 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
PROVISIONAL SUM

I took a cheque to me from the builder, said nothing to the bank. Ended up using it for stuff after handover. Mine was only a few thousand though, I…

3 months3 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Storm water pit lifting

Rather than increasing its height by raising it, could you not put a concrete apron around it the newer higher height you want?

3 months3 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Quiet Rangehood recommendations

I have a Bosch Series 6 pull out range-hood, and its barely louder than the induction cook-top and is completely fine for watching TV at the same-time. Then again I…

3 months3 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
All electric home

Reverse cycle for heating/cooling, heat-pump hotwater, and induction cooktop. TBH upfront it was more expensive, as 3-phase was a must and these where more expensive then their equivalent (gas hotwater,…

6 months6 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Best way to level small concrete slab?

Any suggestions on the suitability of doing this?
Had concrete done and the concreter put a 20mm edge where the tank is to go and a very slight lean foward…

8 months8 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Data points expensive

Mainly, the cost. Is it worth it in a residential setting, absolutely not. Cat6a is as high as you need to go, but even Cat6 will likely be fine.
I…

9 months9 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Dowell Thermaline - any good?

I didnt post as I wasn't sure, never worked it out.
Now that I have, and assuming I've done it right, it is ~32m2.

9 months9 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Dowell Thermaline - any good?

I got a rough idea from my builder when I was trying to get the house over 7 star rating. To upgrade for all doors and windows from single to…

9 months9 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Pre build Site clean up

So is mine. They didnt scrape the whole thing, they were only interested in the part they were building on.

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9 months9 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Pre build Site clean up

As an indication, I had to do the same, but I had much less issue with rubbish; there were only a few small things dumped. I paid about $600 from…

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10 months10 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Ventilation solution for dryer

As a mid point, you can also get condensing dryers, they are no where near as expensive as heatpump as they are still resistive element based, but they condense all…

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10 months10 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Doing floor tiles post handover

Might want to confirm with your bank if you are borrowing too. I was tempted to do this, but the bank wouldn't approve a house that wasn't fit for occupancy,…

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10 months10 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Home networking future proofing

Its no better. Whilst CAT6 isn't officially rated for 10Gbe, from my experience, it is fine to 30M (which usually will suffice on most homes). Go 6A if you want…

10 months10 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Home networking future proofing

Whilst I kinda agree with that (personally I'd wire anything that is permanently fixed in place and needs to use voice or video streaming or file transfers), I'd suggest the…

10 months10 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Home networking future proofing

At the current stage, or near future, there wont be any use putting in fibre, you'll be forced to use copper->fibre media converters everywhere. If you need 10GBe+ for some…

11 months11 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Imported smart switches and sockets?

The other part to consider is how long these companies and/or support of these devices will last. When this company EOL's these products in 3-5 years, and they shutdown the…

11 months11 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Lawn help

They are runners, its how some varieties spread. You must have some sort of Kikuyu?

11 months11 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
What price change did you experience from tender to contract

Yeah downgrading definitely not worth it. I only did that for one thing, and they offered me nothing back. Said a custom order would be more expensive then the high…

11 months11 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
What price change did you experience from tender to contract

No, after. The fixed priced stuff included before signature was generally fine (some stuff actually came in under what I could get it done for later, e.g. data points were…

11 months11 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
What price change did you experience from tender to contract

Like you I spent a lot of time with the builder nutting everything out, so I wasnt expecting much outside of the slab cost, but they did try to increase…

12 months12 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Additions after contract

Based on my sample size of 1, no none of that would be possible. My builder would absolutely not let you try and swap hardware on the day of install.…

12 months12 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
NBN New developer fee of $600

Yeah they asked the same for me, they just want a plan showing where the conduit the builder is installing from the street runs to the side of the house.
My…

12 months12 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
NBN New developer fee of $600

Your builder is not your developer unless you are building an estate... The person whom developed the land was supposed to do it; e.g. did someone subdivide you block?
The disconnect…

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1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo posted:
Custom build Format Homes SA

I've just completed my second stage, wall and roof frames, and I haven't had any major issues so far. I have found them to be a little resistant to some…

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1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo posted:
Selections Centre - Hickinbotham - SA

The builder will typically be making a lot of their money on the upgrades. Before you sign the contract, they will slim their margins to win you over, and then…

1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo posted:
Should we include everything in build cost, or do afterwards

Case by case basis, get a quote from the builder and another quote or two for another company. Doing this I promptly took most of it out, as the builder…

2 years2 yearsCallifoCallifo posted:
White roof with white bricks

I struggled finding anything, even photos of this combo. In the end, I went with surfmist roof and Chiffon grey brick, as with decent eves (I went to 600mm), there…

2 years2 yearsCallifoCallifo posted:
New build - Outrageous Electrical costs

Yep massively over priced. My build pre-contract double power points were $48 each, and data points $92. After signature, they became $68 and $165; but still. Fortunately I put in…

2 years2 yearsCallifoCallifo posted:
Custom build with Format Homes

Since you have a lot of toilets and bathrooms sharing walls with bedrooms, have you considered putting soundscreen insulation into those surrounding walls? Same with the garage to bedroom if…

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