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Surfmist roof..beige or charcoal evap cooler?

I think I'd go with the charcoal because, as amilelka said, it doesn't functionally matter what colour it is, and the charcoal is more neutral (ie. the beige has quite…

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Warranty on units

Something I read in relation to that Opal Tower fiasco is that unit blocks are by law covered under warranty for major (ie. structural) items for 6 years, and minor…

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14 month old home water entering laundry damaging door

Not necessarily Joker, our definitely slopes away from the door, plus a metal divider has been installed under the tiles to separate the tiles on the landing from the tiles…

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14 month old home water entering laundry damaging door

If there's a problem, the limit on warranty is way longer than 14 months! Don't quote me, but I think it's up to 7 years for some things.
So it's…

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Custom build Sydney Hills with attached granny flat

And also some rain without summer heat, meaning the slab cures slowly & properly … seems good to me. :)

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Staircase Upgrade Cost

StructuralBIMGuy; out of interest, what do you mean by "structural staircase" … ie. is there any other type?
Kind-of asking because the term makes it sound like it's part of the…

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Stormwater costs

Short answer is: I can't answer your question. :)
Long version, though; you say downpipes, do you mean the downpipes from the gutters?
If so, are…

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Incorrect roof pitch

Are you sure it's not just a temporary attachment, holding something in place? The builder can't just change something like that without changing all the drawings etc; all the shapes…

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Stormwater costs

Is your question about the entire stormwater retention system, or just about the connection from the end-point of that system to the street?
Because just the connection to the street is…

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Help with house plan in particular master bedroom,walk in ro

On that most recent drawing, can you
(*) have double cavity-sliders installed to the Master rather than that little-door-big-door arrangement,
(*) get rid of that little alcove in the Master…

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Builder

No sorry not au fait with this software/setup and haven't created a thread in so long that I can't go & have a play with it … the new one…

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Builder

Are you able to change your thread title to something like "Building with uhomes - or alternate recommendations"? You may get more input from people who have some experience…

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Beginner Question Estimating Build Cost

One quick comment - it looks as though you're a bit fixated on a cost per square metre, but that's really a fairly farcical number. It may have some…

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Garage on the boundary

I'm a little confused about the situation. Usually when I read someone saying they've built something on the boundary, the wall of that something replaces the fence. So…

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Tender presentation with Hall & Hart

I don't think it matters which builder you're with, but I'd recommend:
(a) fine-toothed comb to ensure everything you've asked-for is included
(b) don't feel pressured to sign a contract there-and-then, it's…

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Driveway and Path - Does it include porch area.

Unless someone else building with Simonds answers you, I think you're going to have to wait 'til they get back to you … because the way that diagram looks, it…

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Brand new home or old one

As a general rule-of-thumb, property appreciates & buildings depreciate … the greater the cost of the building is compared to the cost of the overall purchase, the less it'll go…

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Things to do yourself/after handover?

House is average (butting up against 330sqm limit for block), block's on the small side at 585sqm.
In terms of landscaping, we needed small retaining walls on all 3…

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Things to do yourself/after handover?

Our builder didn't even offer window-coverings, so that was a given for us. :)
They didn't do landscaping & driveways either.
What's strange is the mismatch in pricing.…

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Window height in upper level -looks like stuffed up

From observation, it seems to me as though there's been a move towards fitting bedroom windows quite high, so that neighbouring houses at the same height can't see into the…

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KDR - Eden Brae Homes

Yeah I don't think it's related to the council as much as just the general cost of building there, getting stuff transported there, getting tradies to travel further, etc.

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Show us your facade...

Look … to be honest, and remember it's all about personal taste & what matters is what YOU like … but I kinda like the black. It's a bit…

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KDR - Rawson Chifley 42 mark ii in Newcastle.

Hey with all that contracty stuff from a couple of weeks back, don't forget that Australian consumer law does protect you from contract clauses that aren't fair; it's not just…

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Rawson Windermere

It's most-likely an accidental stuff-up, rather than being intentional, in your case.
Still worth asking how they stuffed up their original provisional/estimate, IMHO.
Admittedly this was 5 years ago now, but in…

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Need advice re Facade.

Note that this is my preference & everyone's taste will be different; but yeah, I'd remove the arch, to me it looks a bit odd … it looks kind-of Spanish…

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Suggestion re entry foyer and study

It's unusual to have a room that's a study near the kitchen like that, but I've certainly seen a few places with "study nooks", set up so Mum can be…

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Front door and pillars

Ooh, I have an opinion!
But I are a engineer, so you may wish to discard any style-related comments I might make. :)
I always think (and this…

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Bare Minimum Electrical during Build

Is this place being sold as soon as it's done, or will there be tenants?
Only asking because there are possible tax implications … eg. if you need to get electrical…

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Building Inspectors

When getting a 3rd party inspector in, I believe it's best if the builder knows up-front that you're going to do it.
It makes sure that you resolve any arguments at…

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