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epiphany

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Joined 3 November 2006
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11 years11 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Porter Davis homes

To those waiting on things to be repaired, corrected, whatever...if I can give you one piece of advice...you MUST MUST MUST continually keep on at them to make repairs. Our…

14 years14 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Double Storey Homes- Tips, hints, info.

We put sound proofing/insulation between the floors - makes for a far quieter, warmer/cooler house than it otherwise would be (they don't normally insulate between floors).

14 years14 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Blanco dishwasher - Grr! Where's the quality?

We've had the same issue with our Blanco dishwasher but they replaced the handle under warranty. I also don't think it washes particularly well & it's a pain to load...we…

14 years14 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Porter Davis homes

Definitely get your own contractor to do this for you - it'll be cheaper & faster for them to do it rather than getting PD to do it. But let…

15 years15 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
PD Access Range - Which add-ons to choose ?

Congrats on your upcoming build. We also built with PD 2 years ago. I would strongly recommend getting your own inspector to do your own inspections as the build progresses.
You…

15 years15 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Our Windosr 47 with Porter Davis

Back again & have had a look at your blog. Funnily enough, we've had a lot of similar issues with ours but many we sort of gave up on because…

15 years15 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Ames Champion - Handover 04/09/09!! UPDATE...

Welcome to the wonderful world of building. I think we had almost half our house stolen...some of it multiple times. Doors & windows taken out of their frames (after installation)…

15 years15 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Our Windosr 47 with Porter Davis

I'm still reading all the posts in this thread but I just wanted to add my 2c before I get dragged away to tend to hungry kids.
We had handover of…

15 years15 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Spray-on concrete

We're looking at options for covering the concrete slab under our al fesco. At the moment we're trying to decide between tiling & spray-on concrete in a custom design. For…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Good Lawyer recommendations?

We had the three month inspection ages ago...12 months is coming up next month.
Maintenance won't touch the outstanding work because it's the Site Supervisor's problem.
Actually...I'd be interested to know if…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Good Lawyer recommendations?

On handover, we did the walkthrough & a list was made of items that were still outstanding. We both signed it, the SS signed it & we were told they…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Good Lawyer recommendations?

Thanks Matt, that would be good.

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Good Lawyer recommendations?

Probably a solicitor.
We will be making a complaint through BCAV but I want to talk to a solicitor before lodging the papers.
I'm so ************* frustrated right at the moment. We…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Good Lawyer recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a good lawyer in the SE Suburbs (Melbourne), please? This is in regard to our ongoing issues with Porter Davis. I just want some advice before we…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
It's been a while but I need some urgent advice, please

Thought I'd give an update.
PD haven't contacted us directly (I'd still like an apology, to be honest, but I'm not holding my breath). However, two contractors have been in touch…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Clothesline...

We have a retractable clothesline...in fact, we have two because I like to be able to hang out a couple of loads of washing at once & the place the…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
proberly jumping to conclusions but...

I think we had a rather impressive list of theft & vandalism during our build. :evil:
We had repeated broken windows & brace…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
What did you do?

If you can afford to continue to rent, then I would *strongly* advise you wait till everything is completed before signing. Seriously. As someone who is still waiting, 11 months…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
How many bathrooms is excessive?

We have more toilets than people who can use one.
Our current household is 2 adults, one pre-teen & one baby. We have 2 ensuites (the master ensuite is bigger than…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Cheap trees and shrubs

I'd be interested as well, if you could PM me with his details, please? Thanks!

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Best Land Estate (South East Victoria Only)

You forgot Kimberley Downs in Narre Warren South...the Berwick Springs end of it is nice & they're going to extend the current development right through to Glasscocks Rd.

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
PD - Changes to plan

Some other variations you might like to think about (while you're thinking about them) is additional insulation throughout (we also did sound proofing) - costs relatively little & makes a…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
PD - Changes to plan

I'm not sure what the house you're looking at is like but in the Wentworth, the downstairs has a higher ceiling, so there's a bulkhead above the openings.
I had just…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
PD - Changes to plan

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner - haven't been back online since that post.
The cost to block off the study opening & put double doors in instead was…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
PD - Changes to plan

We built the Wentworth 44 & blocked off the formal lounge & study areas downstairs. No problems. Not sure about changing the size of rooms...but, certainly, adding walls to existing…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
Frustration

We're still waiting after nearly 11 months!!!!!
No problems with the maintenance people...just the original site supervisor (I have a separate thread about it further down the forum).
My #1 top tip…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
It's been a while but I need some urgent advice, please

I contacted BACV yesterday. They advised to send a letter (another one...sigh) to PD via registered post & give them 7 days to sort it out. Then lodge a formal…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
It's been a while but I need some urgent advice, please

According to Google, BACV is the Building Commission...Building Advice & Conciliation Victoria. I'll give them a call tomorrow morning. Their web page says they do disputes resolution. I'd be interested…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
It's been a while but I need some urgent advice, please

Hi everyone. It's been positively aaaaages since I was here last but I'm back & I need some help, please!!! Sorry for the long post...
We have now been in our…

16 years16 yearsepiphanyepiphany posted:
One Porter Davis Frustration After Another....

We paid for the three coats. The issue wasn't so much the overall quality so much as touching up small portions that needed to be redone & redoing the stain…

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