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6 d6 dForgForg posted:
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…

6 d6 dForgForg posted:
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…

6 d6 dForgForg posted:
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…

12 d12 dForgForg posted:
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…

19 d19 dForgForg posted:
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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21 d21 dForgForg posted:
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…

21 d21 dForgForg posted:
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…

1 month1 monthForgForg posted:
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.

1 month1 monthForgForg posted:
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…

1 month1 monthForgForg posted:
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…

1 month1 monthForgForg posted:
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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1 month1 monthForgForg posted:
KDR RAWSON Benham 33 in hills area of Sydney

I came into this thread because we very nearly built a Benham 33 … :) … but I see nobody's answered this?
The answer is that the…

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1 month1 monthForgForg posted:
Cupboard door gaps

Have you asked the builder yet?
I'm not saying this is the answer, but maybe they just put everything together for installation & they haven't yet aligned all the…

2 months2 monthsForgForg posted:
Eden brae home options gallery

The builder we used (which only does house+land packages now) used the Eden Brae Home Options Gallery.
We fell for all sorts of upgrades (like ~$20k's worth … eg. 40mm stone…

2 months2 monthsForgForg posted:
How to increase ensuite size - Bentleigh 42

OK … so maybe think about how you'd use the space, and if there was extra space how would you use it?
For example if you put extra room into the…

2 months2 monthsForgForg posted:
How to increase ensuite size - Bentleigh 42

What's the reason for making that area bigger, particularly if the sinks aren't moved?
More storage?

2 months2 monthsForgForg posted:
Skylight Housw

Can you please elaborate on what you mean?
Is Skylight the name of a builder?
Google didn't tell me that "Skylight Home" is a regular term for a particular type of construction…

2 months2 monthsForgForg posted:
Need help! Interim Occupancy Certificate in Ryde council are

We didn't have to, that was about 3 years ago.
The council isn't too nasty/difficult to get in touch with over fairly cut-and-dried questions like this, in my experience.

2 months2 monthsForgForg posted:
Is seven hills a good area to move?

I don't know any of those areas, but if all else were equal I'd probably be preferring Seven Hills because it's on the railway line before Blacktown & I'm pretty…

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New build Brisbane 2018

If I may make a couple of comments on things wot I noticed:
I can't see which way it faces, so can't comment on your use of sunlight/shade for heating/cooling/etc (it…

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DC Builders Experiences

I think you will be missing most of your potential respondents by having a thread title that doesn't mean anything; maybe try changing it to "DC Builders experiences", or create…

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5 months5 monthsForgForg posted:
How much space needed for back entry from garage?

Can you please clarify the question?
When you say how much space, which measurement do you mean?
What is your proposed 3.5 metres from & to?
Is your question relating to…

5 months5 monthsForgForg posted:
Show us your facade...

I'm going to paste in our façade ... but add that it's effectively a "non façade".

Basically, because we're living here "forever", the future maintenance of lot of any wood…

Show us your facade...
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