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Cornice Choice

Yes both will be more expensive, but probably only a few hundred to maybe a couple of thousand (at most) for a house.
However, having no cornice matches having…

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Custom Home Builders

Even though they're mostly project homes, it's still worth visiting a display village or two to get ideas, in my opinion.
A lot of the display homes for volume builders…

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Do the internals by myself

In my opinion, and watching the tradies work, it would be rare for us plebes outside the trade to be as good & as accurate as the professionals, even ignoring…

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renovation or KDR?

I can't recommend because I don't know your situation, but we had the same dilemma & decided to KDR as well. Even spending all that money, you end-up with…

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Tips for first home buyers

Even on this site, the words that are most commonly used to describe anything relating to building as "bad" are blacklisted words, even though they're not rude. Try posting…

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Ducted vacuum in a new build

^ Interesting … maybe if the robot runs over it regularly enough, the majority of the hair & dust doesn't get down far into the pile? 'Cos the robot vacs…

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Wall spout/filler with freestanding bath?

I can't really answer the question, sorry … but a quick Google shows a decent variety of spouts available at 200mm and above. I can't see why, given there…

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Ducted vacuum in a new build

Is 45min on a V11 battery your experience, or the claim by the company?
I'm pretty sure the claim for the V8 was 45min, but I assume that's the lowest setting.

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Ducted vacuum in a new build

There are those who swear by ducted … I can see the attraction, huge motor (because it doesn't need to be portable) can provide good suction, the entire unit can…

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Drive through Garage

If it's 3.6m where you'll want to be putting the boat/whatever, then yeah stick with that.
However if that's just an access path to get to where the boat/whatever will be…

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Gas related questions for a new build - is my builder right?

I can't help with your first two questions (except to say that we chose an induction cooktop in order to avoid paying BOTH the electric and the gas connection fees…

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KDR - Rawson Chifley 42 mark ii in Newcastle.

Salfield, while it's disappointing to have gone through all the agony of choosing just the right "something", I personally think your floor looks great. :)
We had…

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Cutting down or waiting to start build?

Yes I agree with this. Obviously you need to do your research, but we found our builder's pricing was all over the place, some stuff was considerably cheaper than…

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Cost Variations post Quote

They really don't sound unusual to me.
I thought the general rule-of-thumb was that if you were getting away with anything less than about $100k more than the quote…

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Awning window openers for use with plantation shutters?

They probably cost $$$, but I've seen powered ones which would mean the switch could be on the wall next to or under the entire frame … but then it's…

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Which stage is best for arranging an Building Inspector

DEFINITELY before signing the contract!
Many builders don't want an independent inspector anywhere near anything they're doing, and I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the contract you sign has stuff in…

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Bathroom and Laundry Extraction Fans - suggestions

I can also recommend OdourVac, depending on budget.
http://www.odourvac.com.au/odourvac-kit.html
A real marriage-saver! :)

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2 story home with master on ground floor

In our experience, most volume builders are also happy to rearrange floor-plans to some degree. There is some cost with some builders, but it's pretty insignificant compared to how…

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New Build advice - Prelim Drawings

Couple of thoughts come to mind
the living areas downstairs face north, which is where both winter & summer sun come from. If you can extend the eaves over the big…

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Help with North facing double storey design

Minor thing, but is floor-space tight? Because I can guarantee you'll never use the small balcony over the porch, which makes that piece of suspended corridor getting to it…

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house design advice - front door and laundry

I just checked Bunnings, and it seems that 1020mm x 2340mm is a fairly standard size for an entry door … well it is for Hume Doors at least. However…

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Hot water system - heat pump vs continuous flow vs solar

Our heat-pump hot-water is a Rheem 325L, it's been fine since we moved in nearly 4yrs ago. Had 5 adults using all 3 bathrooms for about 18 months and…

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house design advice - front door and laundry

My opinions …
When you talk about enlarging the laundry, what would you be putting in there which you think wants extra space? Are you thinking of internal clothes hanging…

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What size double storey will fit my land?

I can't answer that … we used the above guidelines to find something that was either very close to fitting or would fit, adjusted as required & desired (we just…

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Volume builder - higher garage

If you can swing 3.8m without other inconvenience, I would do that … you'll fit 90% of available hoists in there. But read on … :)
Which…

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What size double storey will fit my land?

There are lots of ifs, buts & maybes, but if I'm reading it right for a 300sqm to 450sqm block:
max site coverage (ie. as viewed from above) is 55%
max floorspace…

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Double Garage in North Kellyville, NSW

Council regulations are guidelines, and open to interpretation by council members themselves … when you ask for approval via the standard council Development Application process, they can allow you to…

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Built in robes

For the bulkhead size, find a cabinet-maker (or whatever the correct term is for people who make the WIR's) and ask what they can do. Some can only do…

Built in robes
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Block Size

You need to trawl through the sites of all the project home builders for your area, and find designs which are as close to square at the front as possible…

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