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2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Room size

Compare it against the rooms of your current house? Or go out to an oval and tape it out to scale with masking tape.

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2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Builder issue - stairs and skirting - help please

We have the same in our custom build too. But TBH I’ve never noticed it until I read your post and went to check! Could it more obvious because the…

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
What sort of path is this?

It looks like decomposed granite? We have an area covered in that, over road base that seems to be porous. With a similar drainage hole but the cover is solid.…

2 months2 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Cooktop on breakfast bar. Am i Crazy?

It will make a bit of a splattery mess every time you cook. Your bench top also doesn’t look that big, will you have enough prep space? That said, I…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Design and orientation - advice appreciated

Don’t know how feasible it is in your design, but in our custom build, one of the most useful things I’ve found is the laundry chute from upstairs! Our main…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Troubles of a North Facing Block

We have this orientation. Our solution was to have a courtyard to get the sun into the back living areas. This was a custom build though, are you looking only…

3 months3 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Ventilating storage room under the stairs

Just wondering if you actually need ventilation? We have a similar set up in our understairs and I had the same concerns. My electrician said ventilation wasn’t an issue (same…

4 months4 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Belga white tiles

We have 600 Belga white as internal and external tiles and I really like them. They have a very slight grey but its not uniform, and helps to hide dirt…

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4 months4 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Great update!

4 months4 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Handover Clean

Another custom build here. I was pleasantly surprised, we didn’t have to do a thing, just moved straight in.

4 months4 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Help - increased ceiling height (doors/windows)

I would definitely go with the higher ceilings, it makes such a big difference to the spaciousness of the house.
Re windows I would also align them with the doors if…

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
reverse brick veneer build sydney

We have RBV in some areas of our ground floor. None on the upper storey, for thermal mass there we used PCM.

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5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

jsmi here are the pics.
Top cabinet has strip along the top front, baking cabinet has two strips on each side towards the front.

This…

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Thanks. Our French doors have the sort of seal you mentioned I think. They do work really well.

The front doors, laundry, garage, flat backdoor have...nothing.

I’ll check out the…

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Hey darb74, quick question. I know you spent time insulating and plugging air leaks during the build. What did you do for the…

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Thank you Den45.
The main door is a Hume Regency door with sidelights painted in Dulux Monument Gloss.

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Thank you! The lights are a strip along the top towards the front. Glass shelves. I’ll take a photo with the light on next time. I have another kitchen cabinet…

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Thanks edskii! I’ll put more pics up when I have time to take more.

5 months5 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

HANDOVER TODAY!!
The house has been thoroughly washed and looks lovely and clean. Got our keys this morning, removalists booked for Monday.
There’s still things to do though - last…

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6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Builder has staged parts of the house for promotional photos. They will also be used for entry into next year’s Master Builder Awards (just missed this year’s cut-off in May).…

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6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Hey darb74, handover is this Friday! Very excited, it’s been a long time coming. It’s great that you’ve discovered unintentional perks at your…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
House Orientation and Passive Heating

You need some sort of vertical external shading, like hinged fins or shutters. This would allow you to enjoy the view but adjust the angle of the shade to block…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
New home build - Custom Design WA

Oh no . Have you moved in yet? Hope these issues are not stopping you from enjoying your beautiful new house.

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Is it odd to be excited by a laundry door? A ridiculous amount of thought went into this door! TLDR : we finally worked out a combination of features that…

Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat
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6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Thanks Den45! I am very happy with it. It’s just easy to second guess my choices and think of improvements in hindsight. It’s…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

External lights at night. I should have planned for a couple of lights on the second storey

Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat
6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom builder

I think she did some talks for the council about passive solar design. It’s something I was interested in for our build, so I contacted her.
You could get onto the…

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom builder

Yes, love the design my architect came up with and working with her. Unfortunately she doesn’t take on clients anymore, she now does internal designs for a large commercial entity.

6 months6 monthsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Custom builder

And here’s one! Helllloooo gogo65!
Oh, re builders, we found plenty around. Met some, got some quotes. Decided to go with our current builder…

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