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The World's Most Extraordinary Homes

Aye, my comment was with respect to that specific post I quoted, not necessarily the thread-opener.
On the one hand, I agree that from a basic level the stifling of creativity…

2 d2 dForgForg posted:
The World's Most Extraordinary Homes

Remember that the USA has a much wider range of everything than in Australia ... in the same way that accents vary much more markedly across the USA than Australia…

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Metricon Liberty 45 in Ryde NSW

I think the reason so many people are having problems with the NBN is because it is housed entirely inside the west-facing wall of our garage.
I know this because there…

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Should of brought established lol

Same-same but different for us.
We bought the worst house in the ... well not best street, but a nice quiet street at least, and even though there's a business-park a…

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Ceiling Height cost on 2.4M to 2.7M

This will give you an order-of-magnitude idea, because we're in Sydney and this was quoted 4 years ago now, and also because it's from 2.45m to 2.6m.
But for upstairs…

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Square set ceilings

Ah, you too! :D
It could be a quality-of-workmanship thing, my German father in law had never seen "cornice" until he came here, and only found…

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8 months8 monthsForgForg posted:
Square set ceilings

That's correct. The only place we still have cornice is in the alfresco, no alternative was offered there 'cos the cornice bridges the gap between the gyprock & the…

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YES or NO to building while living overseas!!! HELP PLEASE

Well ... to give an example, as an inspector would you think to pull the gyprock & check whether the insulation had been installed in the garage wall?
I was walking…

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8 months8 monthsForgForg posted:
YES or NO to building while living overseas!!! HELP PLEASE

From our experience of building while we lived in a house 4 doors up from the site, there's absolutely no way I'd get something built while overseas. Not unless…

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Square set ceilings

Here are a couple of photos that might or might not be of interest ... because we had our whole house square set.
My wife in particular likes the look, and…

1 year1 yearForgForg posted:
List of Things You Can't Do Later

Show her the pic above, the garage floor IS effectively an upgrade to the kitchen! :D

1 year1 yearForgForg posted:
List of Things You Can't Do Later

Sorry I can't find how to edit the above ... dunno how this forum's links work ... let me try again:

1 year1 yearForgForg posted:
List of Things You Can't Do Later

It's mostly for appearance. I don't like unfinished concrete inside at the best of times, but cars tend to drip various fluids which seep into the concrete & never…

1 year1 yearForgForg posted:
List of Things You Can't Do Later

I have one ... sort-of.
It's something you can only do "in between".
Getting a protective (and less fugly) epoxy coating applied to the garage floor! You don't pay the builder…

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Home building / construction timeframe in Sydney

We started a tender with Rawson, it took about 9 months for them to get to the stage where they decided we wanted too many modifications over a standard design…

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Shower drain - is this correct?

We were given the keys to our new house almost 2 years ago, and since about 9 months ago we've had someone regularly using the guess bathroom.
About 4-6 weeks…

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Fence at boundary line

I don't see that there's a lot of value in you doing that; it'll cost much the same before or after the build, except that (in my opinion) there's less…

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3 Phase power

It was included in the cost of our upgraded (at our cost - not a promotion) aircon system, so I can't give exact prices.
I was guesstimated $1800 to install a…

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Home building - What's your biggest gripe?

The project builder we used told us exactly what we were spending, at least on all the stuff they did (ie. not landscaping or driveway).
However, this kinda means I swap…

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Are you building with Alkira?

SoftEng, it was all timber underneath, excepting long spans with brick walls above.
Sorry I've got no photos from between the start of the Hebel-install until after the ceiling was installed…

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Post Build Cleaner recommendations

Our builder got Jim's Cleaning in.
They didn't actually clean much. Windows, mirrors etc all still needed cleaning. They didn't get any of the paint splatters or excess grout…

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Getting a good quote;

Given it's Townsville, you can't get your ceiling insulation upgraded beyond R3.5? Up to the limit of what will fit, it doesn't seem like insulation upgrades cost much.
One other…

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Steps from laundry

It's part of landscaping, AFAIK if the builder does landscaping they do these steps too.
Why it's part of landscaping, though, I have no idea. I guess, pondering on it;…

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Top 3 Quality Builders for Sydney NSW

I don't think the top 3 would be project builders.
You can also pay way more than "slightly" more for one builder over another builder, but I think it's hard to…

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Why a Butlers Pantry?

We did like the butler's pantry thing from the point of view of keeping everything neatly stashed away but easily accessible; but we didn't like the space wastage. I…

Why a Butlers Pantry?
3 years3 yearsForgForg posted:
Our Alkira Olivia Hornsby Shire

Good progress!
Although from memory, it was kind-of from here that it was a little frustrating, 'cos you couldn't see big progress every day.
It's really interesting to see "our house" and…

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Alkira Homes KDR (Ryde NSW) - DIY Landscaping

It's their supplier, Mid City Windows ... Mid City only do windows for Alkira when fools like us come along & want a near-commercial-grade thermally-broken aluminium double-glazed offering, which is…

3 years3 yearsForgForg posted:
Alkira Homes KDR (Ryde NSW) - DIY Landscaping

Yeah, low motivation levels, dislike of heat during summer, needing to move tonnes of stuff around ... I can't even tell where it all went, we've now had 16 tonnes…

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Alkira Homes KDR (Ryde NSW) - DIY Landscaping

Aaaand we're still going! Since I actually did some stuff on the front yard on the weekend, despite the better half not being present to guilt me into it,…

Alkira Homes KDR (Ryde NSW) - DIY Landscaping
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3 years3 yearsForgForg posted:
Metricon Hudson KDR in Ryde - Landscaping

Excellent, most excellent ... it's great innit! :)

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