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First_Timer_Ray

West of Melbourne
Joined 5 February 2007
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15 d15 dFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
which side of the brick faces external facade?

I’m not a brick expert, but I would suggest that the end faces of the brick should be the same texture as the face (I.e. the bricked corners are the…

26 d26 dFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
building contract help

I don’t understand how your parents could not have been informed of the extra cost prior to the work being carried out? As mentioned above, it would have to be…

26 d26 dFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Bathroom vanity tap to left or right of basin?

On the outer sides sounds good, as there is more space between the bowls than on the outer edges anyway. I just haven’t found any photos to show it done…

26 d26 dFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Is 700mm too tall for a splashback window?

We don’t have a window splashback, but we have 740mm between bench and overheads and I don’t think it looks odd. We do have a bulkhead above the uppers as…

26 d26 dFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Bathroom vanity tap to left or right of basin?

We have chosen concave circular vessel basins in our ensuite that will mean our countertop vessel mixer taps will be a tight squeeze behind, so our site supervisor has suggested…

1 month1 monthFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Metal strip in tiling of wet area doorway.

We are about to have our tiling done by our builder, and noticed in a recent job of theirs that in each doorway of a wet area they have put…

1 month1 monthFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Grey Polytec cabinets?

We have chosen Polytec Stone Grey Matt for laundry (with Casastone laminate top) and guest bathroom vanity (with Everest Quantum Quartz top), and Canterbury Grey Matt for ensuite vanity (with…

11 months11 monthsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Evaporative cooler draft when turned off

That does not sound normal.
It sounds like perhaps a seal or stopper is failing to shut off air flow - either passive flow or from wind outside.

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank

To finish off the story, we met with the experienced Burbank sales consultant to go over the plans I had sent them. Firstly the printer wouldn't work to be…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank

It seems the head office is willing to work with us using our original pricing and only charge a variation of $1420 (which is $5/m2 of the house) to do…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank

So it seems Burbank are digging in their heels. We have been told that we can no longer get the Big Deal promotion we signed up with (pay $40k…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Should it be taking so long.... (Burbank)

Where are you building Frank?
We are in outer West of Melbourne. Ours is single storey so I’m hoping 6-8 months will cover it.

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank

We had the meeting with our "experienced sales consultant" yesterday which was a bit of a mixed bag. She was very pleasant and noted down all of the changes…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Should it be taking so long.... (Burbank)

I feel your pain Ben.
We are in the negotiating phase with Burbank to build the Spotswood with modifications. We paid our initial deposit November last year (over 12 months…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank

A few months back our original sales rep from Burbank emailed to let us know he was moving to another company and we would be able to continue communications with…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Ground level deck cost

We found with council permits, digging posts, bearers, etc. it was easier and cheaper for us to lay a concrete slab and build a deck on top - no council…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Options to save on house construction cost

Things I would not get the builder to include are driveways (and relevant paths), carpets, curtains, antenna or anything else outside of the build itself. The builder will contract these…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Dishwasher height and maybe integrated?

I am finalising the kitchen layout and design for our new build. Originally I thought I'd include the upgrade to integrated dishwasher through the builder, but it seems quite expensive…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Feedback on new house plan?

I much prefer the adjusted layout. Also with the dining/living consider where you will use each space and what furniture you will have and where it will fit. It makes…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
First home, house plan. What do you think? Awkward block sha

First thing is the orientation. I'm assuming the arrow is north, in which case the garage has the prime position unless you live in far north of the country where…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank

We finally received an update from the land developer this week, saying our land title will be delayed and they are now expecting Feb-April 2018 due to a drainage strategy…

2 years2 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Island bench location

Is there any chance you could just swap the Family and Kitchen/Pantry/Laundry? You could rotate the kitchen 90 degrees so it faces the outside alfresco(?) or wraps around with an…

3 years3 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Colour of eaves?...

The reason I heard most eaves are a light colour is to reflect more light into the rooms. I imagine dark eaves will darken the internal rooms.

3 years3 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
New house floor plan advice please.

My main concerns would be:
It is always a preference for me to have a toilet on an external wall if at all possible for natural ventilation - if it were…

3 years3 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Land Jargon - what do these terms on the plans mean?

Thanks for your explanation.
So at the front if the FS19.95 and FR20.31, is the FS the footpath height of 19.95 and the height of the land at the top of…

Land Jargon - what do these terms on the plans mean?
3 years3 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Land Jargon - what do these terms on the plans mean?

On looking at our land plans it has some measurements - e.g. FS20.70 which according to the legend means the Finished Building Line Level, and FR20.25 which according to the…

3 years3 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Tried and tested exterior colour combinations

I'd love to see more of these. I think we will have Monument windows and sliding doors, and I'm leaning towards Basalt for roof and garage door but unsure of…

3 years3 yearsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
HELP! Triple or six stacker sliding door in dining room?

I considered the width of each panel too, and if we went bi-fold we could have a 4 and 3 panel at 900mm each, so all the same width, but…

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