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Djelibeybi

Melbourne, Australia
Joined 21 December 2007
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12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
anyone is building at university hills, bundoora

We bought in Stage 2, and moved in November last year. Our site costs started at about $15k but dropped to $10k later. However, we did then spend another $30k…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
1.5m high retaining wall and steps - ok for the DIY novice??

It probably also needs council approval. You should check with your local council on that as well.

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Optical Fibre internet in Alamanda

It's not true POTS. It's just a "normal" phone connection provided over fibre. The ONI is installed with a UPS to ensure the phone service is operational even if you…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Fence/boundry/retaining wall.Possible dispute with neighbour

Nope: get your land surveyed. Once you establish that the wall is on your property, the neighbours will have to pay to get the wall moved. Or, you would still…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
1: Building permit & 2: Ceiling insulation

No, a private surveyor can do them as well. Ours were done that way, as was our certificate of occupancy, IIRC.

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
flatening backyard

The fill is the cheapest part by far: the wall itself was the most expensive. Those steel posts sit in 1.8M deep holes to retain the fill, given the weight…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Information requested from builder and denied-any thoughts?

Privacy and commercial confidentiality are absolutely correct: you have no right to know which tradies the builder uses as they are sub-contractors to the builder. Your contract is ONLY with…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
flatening backyard

Answers, as I've just finished doing exactly what you want to do:
1. No.
2. It cost us ~$25,000 to build our wall. This includes engineering plans, council fees, construction and fill.
3.…

flatening backyard
12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Telstra Velocity

Why are you going to Clipsal if your builder is doing it for you? Either way, speak to your estate/Telstra about the cabling requirements for Velocity and make sure your…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Telstra Velocity

This would replace the standard Clipsal points and is known as "Smart Wiring": Essentially, instead of your phone/TV wiring running to an antenna or phone connection, it all runs to…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
QUESTION: RETAINING WALL BETWEEN TWO NEW PROPERTIES (VIC)

That depends -- if the wall is higher than 1m, you need to get it engineered for approval by your council. If the engineering says that treated pine is sufficient…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Is anyone doing any outside work while builders are away??

A word of advice: get this in writing. We also got permission from our Site Supervisor to build both front and rear retaining walls, and then the SS was replaced:…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
I'm getting more for my money.

Sorry, I was trying to be tongue-in-cheek, but you can't see my tongue or my cheek across the Intertubes. ::smile::

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
I'm getting more for my money.

True, if you don't upload much data. If you do, then your cap on BigPond will be chewed up faster. But I'm hoping for some pricing/quota love from Internode in…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
I'm getting more for my money.

Yes, but it has nothing to do with "Smart Wiring", which I suspect is the major issue with the topic title. It should be "BigPond Velocity Quota/Price Changes" if you…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
[MELB] - Selby Acoustics / Ugly Cable - Sales Job Opportunit

I would so love to give up my day job and do this instead. Sadly, I don't think you guys pay enough. :p

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Water tank plumbed to toilets ?mains back up?

Yes, but it keeps filling as you use water: So, if you start washing your car, it'll keep running mains water until you're done. There is no way to tell…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Protection Notice.... What the???

This is why I included my contact details -- I was paranoid I hadn't included enough stuff on the form (which is so bloody tiny anyway) that I urged the…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
advice on damages for late completion of building works

It's to the date of the issue of your Certificate of Occupancy (or at least, it was with my liquidated damages claim).

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Water tank plumbed to toilets ?mains back up?

Yeah, we have the same problem with the tanks installed by Simonds. We now have 5000L of mostly useless water, considering it's only used by two toilets. Eventually we hope…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Protection Notice.... What the???

We had to issue protection notices to our neighbours: they're used to notify adjoining properties of works going on close to/on the boundary. We built a retaining wall at the…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Final payment question.....

This. In fact, I was in the house when our valuer arrived. She checked the whole place to make sure that everything on the contract had been built/installed. She also…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
900 x 1200 shower - where do the taps go?

Ours are also on the long wall, with a niche in the short wall:

The semi-frameless door opens towards the bathroom door that you can see in the picture.

900 x 1200 shower - where do the taps go?
12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Which stage take longest time to complete?

Agreed. Our final stage took 6 months (June - November). The rest of the build up to that point was only about 4 months. *sigh*

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Simonds homes building timeframe

Our Simonds build in Bundoora (down Plenty Road from South Morang) took 311 days, or just on 10 months from site start to handover. And that's for a single storey…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Handover house inspection - Can you take your time ?

Ours took about 2 hours to complete. I would recommend letting your Site Supervisor know how long you want to take just so they don't schedule a conflicting appointment for…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Extra costs in building from a display type home.

Our base house price was $165k. Our final contract price was $260k, which still didn't include landscaping/window furnishings. We've already spent an extra $35k just on retaining walls and we…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
Crossover problem....please help!

When we bought at auction, we were given the proposed engineering diagrams and were told that we had a 3-month period in which to notify the developers if we wanted…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
House Design without a Garage

I know Porter Davis will re-purpose the garage space, because my neighbour has done this: Their house actually faces a different road from their cross-over, so they'll be building a…

12 years12 yearsDjelibeybiDjelibeybi posted:
New home plan flipped issues with council

If it makes you feel better, it has cost me over $5000 in council and services fees to get permission to build a retaining wall at the back of my…

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