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First_Timer_Ray

West of Melbourne
Joined 5 February 2007
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3 months3 monthsFirst_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…

5 months5 monthsFirst_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…

5 months5 monthsFirst_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…

6 months6 monthsFirst_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 Iā€™m hoping 6-8 months will cover it.

6 months6 monthsFirst_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…

6 months6 monthsFirst_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…

6 months6 monthsFirst_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…

6 months6 monthsFirst_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…

7 months7 monthsFirst_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…

9 months9 monthsFirst_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…

9 months9 monthsFirst_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…

9 months9 monthsFirst_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…

9 months9 monthsFirst_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…

10 months10 monthsFirst_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…

11 months11 monthsFirst_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.

11 months11 monthsFirst_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…

11 months11 monthsFirst_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?
12 months12 monthsFirst_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…

12 months12 monthsFirst_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…

12 months12 monthsFirst_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…

12 months12 monthsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
HELP! Triple or six stacker sliding door in dining room?

We've added a 3.6m wide triple stacker aluminium sliding door to the far side of our dining room (open plan) that will open to the side of the house with…

12 months12 monthsFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Can you recommend a handheld vacumme?

I see on TV the other day that Vax now has a Dyson look-alike. Not sure of the price difference but would be interested to see the 2 compared. I…

1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Taubmans Grey Dusk

This is the samples opposite the west facing window, out of direct sunlight in the mid afternoon.

Taubmans Grey Dusk
1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Taubmans Grey Dusk

I decided to get 2 sample pots and paint up the colours Sidewalk Grey and a darker shade called Silvertone Grey. I moved the plasterboard around the house so it…

Taubmans Grey Dusk
1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
What height shower rose?

If you increase the height of the shower head you might want to see that the screen height and tiling is also raised. On our standard plans the wall…

1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Deck staining colour advice - penetrating oils, painting, or

If it were me, I'd try stripping the colour from the deck, and then try staining it a darkish brown colour like the "knot" colour in your laminate. If you…

1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank

So we are still playing the waiting game. I contacted our sales consultant because we hadn't heard any more from admin, and was told that because we still had…

Building the Spotswood 284 by Burbank
1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Internal door height - 2040 or 2340?

I think personally, higher ceilings go well with higher doors, but also it can depend on the width too. The wider the door, the higher it should be IMO.…

1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Overcapitalizing on Landscaping?

There are a lot of variables to landscaping. A lot depends on the neighbouring properties and also the market value of the property. If you were talking a…

1 year1 yearFirst_Timer_RayFirst_Timer_Ray posted:
Difference between freestanding 90cm oven and built in 90cm

As was mentioned, capacity seems to be determined on individual make/model more than type.
We had a freestanding 900mm stove in our last house. The gap on each side was minimal…

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