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2 months2 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Hi Buildinsydney,
M require the site to be clear of all building materials, vegetation and grass. They want a bare patch of dirt to work on.
Part of the DA for…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Buildinsydney, it's just the luck of the draw and a lot is due to the competence of the Site Supervisor you get.
Our first SS was good but had too…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Hang in there!
This is the state of our house on the day the build was contracted for completion.
M completed the house 7 months late.

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Don't be rushed by PCI, it's your big opportunity to call out any problems with the house. Once PCI is completed M have 2 weeks to fix the defects then…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Welcome to the journey
Which Duplex are you building?

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

You generally won't get the OC from your council until landscaping etc has been completed, which for most of us is well after handover.
Our bank paid the final invoice…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Any 'upgrade' quote already allows for deleting the standard inclusions.
It pays to shop around for flooring.

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Buildinsydney, I would get M to install all of your light points & power points. There is a maximum load for each circuit so if you get another sparky to…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Buildinsydney , you could investigate a multi-room split system, but I don't see the advantage over a ducted system.
In split system every room needs a head unit mounted on…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Hi Buildinsydney,
We went with Actron www.actronair.com.au, they manufacture in Australia and have a good range.
5 - 6 zones is quite a lot. We upgraded to…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Our build ran 6 months late, I wrote to David M at Warwick Farm via good old snail mail.
No response from him but I'll PM you some contact info…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Hi buildinsydney,
We were hit with additional costs for rock excavation and clean fill. There's an adage in building that you never really know your costs until you are out of…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
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Supercharged Synergy, they do look like 2 great designs.
We spent ages touring the display villages looking for a design we liked that would fit on our block.
Good luck…

3 months3 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
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Congrats beeprelude

4 months4 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
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Hi Saltwater,
We occasionally had Tradies on Saturdays. As they are all subbies it's up to them when they work . So if you get someone keen for the extra cash/…

4 months4 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
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Looking good beeprelude.
Kly525, good luck on your build. My advice is never wait for the SS to get in touch - reach out to him when ever you need…

4 months4 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

The only things that should be outstanding are appliances and minor fixes. Anything major - like your missing roof need to be completed prior to Handover.
Once you have made your…

4 months4 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Who's building with Clarendon??

JK27, we are building with Masterton and they quote the floor height the same way.
I argued the point when we signed the contract , the guy laughed and said…

4 months4 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Initial Builders Meetings - Why so secret? (1st timer)

Our builder has a margin of 27%.
With some upgrades you are better off doing them yourself after handover. It's not hard to change taps as long as they are the…

4 months4 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Building again, Ben Trager homes WA

Tinkster, building for a 3rd time. You are brave!
Best of luck.

4 months4 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Hi pommie,
That's quite a big decision, i hope you find another builder that you can put your faith in.
Had we known our build was going to take 2 years…

5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Just when I thought the stress was behind me... now I'm dealing with a landscaper who wants to increase his price by $12K for a 6 meter retaining wall and…

5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Pommie, the final tender should be enough for your loan.
If you need to, get M to increase your provisions in the tender for things like additional fill/spoil removal, storm…

5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Hi Pommie,
We sat there and read through the contract before signing it. It comes in 2 parts, there is a standard building contract and then M's variations. Pay attention to…

5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

We did a walkthrough with the SS and then emailed him with the list of items we wanted fixed.

5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

I think our inspection cost around $600. We had it done just prior to PCI. We spoke to our Inspector about doing one earlier but he said that M are…

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5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

We escalated our complaints to David Masterton , they made little difference to the speed of the remaining work.
I'll PM you done contact details for the Customer Service Manager.…

5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

Well folks I think we've made it.
Deposit paid in Nov 2015.
The old house was demolished in Feb 2016. Site handover in March.
Foundation piles poured in May 2016
...…

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5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
Masterton Homes - The next thread 4.0

MartinsHarmony, your home looks fantastic.

5 months5 monthsGibsonGibson posted:
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Our appliances installation started on 15th August, the rangehood was installed on Thursday.
Just the garage door motor to go and we are done!!!

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