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7 months7 monthsForgForg 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

7 months7 monthsForgForg 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:

7 months7 monthsForgForg 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…

7 months7 monthsForgForg 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…

2 years2 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…

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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,…

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2 years2 yearsForgForg posted:
Metricon Hudson KDR in Ryde - Landscaping

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

2 years2 yearsForgForg posted:
KDR with Rawson Homes - The Edge 39 - HANDOVER 26/9/16

It's a really nice design; we were dead-set on building one, but it's a narrow-block design and our block's more short & fat so we couldn't make an Edge fit…

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Advice please - order of finishing trades

For long & involved reasons I won't go into, the builder did the tiling before painting in our place, and it's a complete PITA cleaning all the splattered paint off…

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Cost of custom vs volume builder

Per-square-metre or per-square just isn't ... well, it's really not easy to properly compare costs using that measure.
I'd be happy to personally build everyone out there a house for $20/sqm,…

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Screen on first floor

Which state are you in?
We are in NSW, and we need to have "security screens" on our first floor windows now because of neighbour privacy but because of safety regulations…

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Insufficient fall to shower – what problems could this cause

It should all be sealed so I doubt you'd get problems outside the room; however if the room doesn't dry due to water pooling, then it might mean you'll get…

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Those with balconies...

I like the look of glass, but don't like the neighbours watching me when I'm walking around in my undies ... so we've got a balcony made of bricks, with…

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Bulkheads Or Not?

It didn't occur to me 'til after the house was built; but I think the bulkheads look silly because the cupboard doors sit proud of them. It'd look a…

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Cost of custom vs volume builder

That would seem to be most of them, at least if you count on a per-house-built rather than a per-building-company basis.

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House Orientation - Cool house in summer, warm in winter

No, not just eaves ... but I was trying to simplify the description. :)
We had one of those pointless balconies added to the front of the…

2 years2 yearsForgForg posted:
House Orientation - Cool house in summer, warm in winter

Thread resurrection ... because I have something possibly worthwhle to report.
Our front upstairs room for TV watching faces north, eaves a bit under 2m deep. The room's about 6m…

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