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15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Tiled shower base?

We have a winner.
The best shower base is ... drum roll ... tiled floor (that is, not preformed shower base).
It looks better, is cheaper and easier to clean. No downside,…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Down Pipe on my boundry

My inexpert opinion
If your neighbour’s garage is on the boundary, then you don't want anything on your side but a smooth clean wall. I assume the council is asking for…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Construction Loan Letter

This is a scam already discussed elsewhere in this forum.
I bet your contract says that if you delay the start by more than 45 days then the price can be…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Passive Design - But the view is to the south!!

Dobly,
Don't give up on your open roof mirror idea. With clerestory windows you can let the light in without opening the rooof and the council will have no objection. No…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Passive Design - But the view is to the south!!

Dobly,
A few months ago I purchased a property with a view to the south. Like you, I want to exploit the view and have a passive solar house.
A south facing…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Builders not completing tasks after settlement

Hey TBL,
Great to have you on board. Legal advice/guidance is very wanted.
This forum is really coming together. We have expertise in just about every area now.
Way to go.

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Downlights

For those wanting a dimmable compact fluorescent downlight, the Megaman GU10 11 Watt Dimmable Bulb will be available late March 2007.
Visit www.neco.com.au/product.asp?pID=638
$36.95 each and they run…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

archangel,
Yes, I certainly would like the address of any completed custom-builder homes.
If anyone else knows a custom-builder home that has been completed, or is near completion, I'd like the address.
Cheers,
Casa

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

Groovy_chix,
Thanks for the information. The $1100 - $1200 figure sounds about right and is good value if you're getting a fair amount of upgrades.
Following on from hearing about Urbanstyle Homes…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

mek, thanks, yes I will be contacting builders and asking for references (10 in fact from which I will randomly select 3), but the problem is that these are not…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Why won't the builder accept variations?

mek,
Yes we want quality. But it doesn't (or shouldn't) cost all that much extra. To change from a cheap plastic cistern toilet to a brand name vitreous china will double…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

Hi everyone,
I'm refreshing this topic in the hope that there is someone who has built, or knows someone that has built, with any of the custom design builders in Sydney…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Why won't the builder accept variations?

The whole building business is a treacherous journey.
Builders want to build their customer’s dream home and see a smile on their face once it’s complete. And hopefully recommend the builder…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

Groovy_chix,
$750/sqm sounds like a very good price. :D
Is this for a custom design? Also, does it include site costs, council fees, etc? When you speak…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Westminster Homes

Many thanks Terry. The Fair Trading site is interesting.

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Westminster Homes

Hi Groovy_chix,
The first I've heard of Urbanstyle Homes is from you. I checked out their website and noted that they are having the Grand Opening of their display home this…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Westminster Homes

Groovy_chix,
How long have Urbanstyle Homes been in business?
Cheers,
Casa

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

archangel,
Thanks for thr feedback. We should keep in touch and compare notes. I'll let you know if I get any PMs.
Great to hear that someone you know has built with…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Why won't the builder accept variations?

My opinion:
1) Unless the contract says that variations are allowed, they are at the builder’s discretion
2) I thought builders loved variations as they normally remove the items at wholesale prices…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Making a water level

althebuilder,
I've recently built my first water level and, as for most things, it was easy once you know how.
I got the details from a web page, but basically you need…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Building company feedback

I though that standard building contracts have a liquidated damages clause (that is, if they run late, there's a cost to the builder). If are constantly running late, wouldn't…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Downlights

First_Timer_Ray,
You've come a long way in five days, as have we all. Thanks for posting such an interesting topic.
Cheers,
Casa

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Canterbury windows

Helen,
Thanks for the heads up. I haven't heard of Canterbury Windows, but now I know to be careful.
Cheers,
Casa

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
maintenance of P-Class soil

Vlad,
I'm interested in hearing more about screw in piers. Are these piers that are screwed into the slab? Or is it steel reinforcement that links the pier to the slab?…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Renovation advice for a real greenhorn

Mick,
You mentioned that you were thinking of moving some outside walls and getting rid of the existing deck. If you want to keep costs down, I think the existing deck…

Renovation advice for a real greenhorn
15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Being charged for postponing carpet laying

Michelle,
I've been watching the arguments and counterarguments on this issue and I'm glad to see a definitive answer from someone with relavent experience. As has often been said before, Michelle,…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Tiles or pavers for alfresco

I personally like the ideas of tiles. As you mentioned they are easier to keep clean. A second reason is that for some reason, every time I've seen pavers, some…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Being charged for postponing carpet laying

hellieinperth,
Your predicament brings up many thoughts. I can see both sides of the argument. The carpet layers were booked and if they only had 24 hours warning, it would be…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Custom Home Builders in Sydney – Has anyone used one?

I’m in the market for a custom home builder in Sydney. By custom builders I mean builders who will work off your design. Most have a design service, but are…

15 years15 yearsCasaCasa posted:
Building company feedback

builda,
Sounds like you've got access to some interesting information.
Best Builder,
What’s your legal advice on getting people to rate builders?
Moderators,
We need a mechanism for being able to discuss individual builders. We…

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