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Callifo

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Joined 13 July 2019
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1 month1 monthCallifoCallifo 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…

2 months2 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.

2 months2 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…

2 months2 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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2 months2 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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3 months3 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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3 months3 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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3 months3 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…

3 months3 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…

3 months3 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…

4 months4 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…

4 months4 monthsCallifoCallifo posted:
Lawn help

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

4 months4 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…

4 months4 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…

4 months4 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…

5 months5 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.…

5 months5 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…

5 months5 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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7 months7 monthsCallifoCallifo 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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9 months9 monthsCallifoCallifo 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…

9 months9 monthsCallifoCallifo 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…

1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo 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…

1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo 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…

1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo 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…

1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo posted:
Custom build with Format Homes

Doing a custom build with Format too though only single storey, and it sounds like I am at roughly about the same stage as you. I just booked my selection…

1 year1 yearCallifoCallifo posted:
Custom build Format Homes SA

How did you find Format for pricing of the items in the contract that were made allocations at contract signing stage? I put in quite large allocations (sometimes double what…

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