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2 years2 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Belga white tiles

Easy to maintain, we have them on shower floor too. The bit that gets dirty is the grout more than anything else. After every shower we use a squeegee, but…

2 years2 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

UPDATE!
So our builder entered our house into the Master Builders Association NSW Excellence in Housing Awards 2021, and we won our category! Very exciting, and also gratifying to know that…

2 years2 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Floor plan thoughts

We have a similar layout in a 5x12 space, and there is a fair bit of room between each area. On top of that our modular L shaped sofa is…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Three way bathroom.

I specifically asked for one in our custom build. It works very well with our kids (teen boy and girl). To get natural light into the vanity and toilet are…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
North Facing Property

This is my thread. I’ve removed the plans for privacy reasons, but you may get an idea from the pics.
viewtopic.php?f=31&t=92728&hilit=Hamptons&p=1884705#p1884705

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
North Facing Property

Yes, you have contradicting requirements. However there are things you can do to get the north light into the back of your house. We have exactly the same issue, so…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
What's your opinion on DARK vs LIGHT roofs

We have a surfmist roof, precisely for energy efficient reasons and not wanting to contribute to the Urban heat island effect.
I’m not sure why home owners don’t have light roofs.…

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3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Hi All, hope you’ve all had a good Christmas and were not too affected by the Covid restrictions!
Did anyone’s build actually meet the ubiquitous “Christmas deadline”???
We moved in around…

Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat
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3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

Thanks Countrybuilds, sorry I missed your comment! I’ve used that baking cupboard many times now, and it certainly makes the process a…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
KDR in Bella Vista - Hills Shire DA experience &

Lol, hope you start a thread documenting your build then, I would love to follow!
We didn’t really have any issue with our GF design. It pretty much satisfied all the…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
KDR in Bella Vista - Hills Shire DA experience &

Very similar to us, architect design in Hills Shire, two storey with attached granny flat.
We went DA as our design would not have made it through CDC. Took 5 months,…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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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3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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.…

3 years3 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Bryan & Petersen Build in Ballarat (VIC)

Great update!

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Handover Clean

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

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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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4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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.

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds 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…

4 years4 yearsHillsbuildsHillsbuilds posted:
Hamptons inspired architect design with attached granny flat

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

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