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3 years3 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
External render is not same as plan but builder denied it

Agreed on the above two posts - render that returns against face brickwork never looks great. You should have gotten the front rendered as well.
When I tried doing something similar,…

4 years4 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Kitchen bench top - poor quality

When I was inspecting my stone bench I tried giving it a wipe with a Chux cloth sitting on the bench (left there by another tradie). Just as I wet…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Which way should my shower screen open?

Where will your towel rack be? I assume it will be hung on the wall to the right of the entrance. If so then your proposed plan is the logical…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Place to dumb Garbage?

Spam knows no limits.

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Which bank?

I'm with NAB and they set up my loan in the one account. Land draw-down first, then progress payments.

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Recommendation of Construction Lawyer in Melbourne

It goes to show a builder's reputation is far more important than 20 pieces of paper in a contract. If they don't follow the contract or if there are disputes…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Recommendation of Construction Lawyer in Melbourne

I'd go against the grain and say it's not needed if your builder uses a standard HIA / MBA contract with no amendments/additional clauses. It's a very standard contract, and…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Anticon Blanket for Colorbond roof - is it required?

Yes it is highly recommended.
1. More insulation, your house is cooler during summer and warmer during winter
2. Less prone to noise from wind and rain
3. Less prone to internal condensation
There…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Are these bricks dodgy?

As others have said, average at best.

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Is a Conveyancer necessary?

Depends, are you willing to accept all the risk if things go sour? If not then the price of a conveyancer is peanuts for peace of mind.

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Colorbond roof

Difference? Yes, by the laws of physics. Noticeable? I'd seriously doubt it. I'd go with the colour you like rather than one you don't just for the sake of the…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Charcoal/black coloured brickwork not in std inclusion??

Builders usually give you categories to choose from, not colours. A brown can be found in the cheapest category and also the most expensive category. I do find it questionable…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Is it normal for the brickwork?

Looks like it was done by an apprentice on his first week of work. I would not be happy.

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Island Bench with Angled Top

I think it will date very quickly.

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Eaves on Garage?

Eaves make a house look finished and not having it in the garage seems to be a penny pinching exercise. I couldn't have it on mine because the garage was…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Sarking in colourbond roof

Unless you want to be woken up every time it rains I would suggest it. Its cost is immaterial to the cost of the roof.

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Do We Have The Right To Refuse To Pay This?

Refer to your contract but long story short you don't have a leg to stand on. The shame about building contracts (MBA/HIA) is it gives the builder the right to…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Benchtop height - from slab or finished floor

The FFL is the slab.
I would say the builder is in the right. It's not reasonable to expect him to know how high your future flooring will be - e.g.…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Blanco vs ILVE - Oven, Dishwasher & Rangehood

Ilve is light years superior compared to Blanco. You'll be a big fool to not get your builder back in quick smart to fix it, unless you're happy accepting an…

5 years5 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Problem builder, any advice?

300 days (work days mind you, so that's about 1 year and 3 months including Christmas shutdown) is an unreasonable amount of time for any house. I know it doesn't…

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Brick Workmanship.

$2.7 actually, according to Boral's latest 2015 prices.
Standard bricks about $1.3 each so you're right that they're twice as expensive.

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Brick Workmanship.

Looks terrible. The wash can be fixed but not the poor workmanship unless you render over it.

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
First home builder and water tanks

You can always get slimline tanks which look much nicer than round tanks especially for smaller blocks.

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Structural Change After Final Plans

It's possible, but your builder would be justified if he slugged you with quite a number of fees:
- Draftman fees for time spent changing plans
- Engineering fees in case there…

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Bosch Built Under Dishwashers Availability

Bosch don't allow retailers to put up their price for integrated dishwashers - for whatever reason I don't know. If you give TGG a call they can give you prices…

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
600 deep fridge

If custom designing a kitchen would you recommend 600mm deep or 700mm deep?

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Double Glazing cost and advice

I was quoted an extra $17k to upgrade from G James Double Glazing to UPVC. This was through a shop and not a builder.
With everything there's cost vs benefit. If…

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
What to know before signing a building contract

In my opinion if your builder uses a HIA or MBA contract, it'll be the fairest you'll get (as long as they don't add, change or delete clauses) even though…

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Did I rush in to my land purchase?

Front facing north is not ideal but you have to make do with it.
In my opinion this plan doesn't take advantage of the sun and needs work. Firstly…

6 years6 yearsjas0ntjas0nt posted:
Disappointing situation - advice needed please.

Definitely does not sound kosher. What's stopping this builder from taking 100 deposits and telling each person the builder won't proceed and won't be refunding their deposits?
I suggest you speak…

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