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jimnsal

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6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
We almost need a bloody energy consultant!

Hi there,
This is how I'd prioritize:
1. Ducted A/C, as you have zones, you can turn on only the zones you need. Ducted might cost more but for a new house,…

6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Telstra Pit (Landscape Solution)

Hi there,
Can't see your image, but anyway, have you thought about moving the Telstra pit? That was something we were going to do but did not go ahead at the…

6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
We are looking at building and have lots of questions!

Hi Lynne,
Yes we moved in Nov2010, happier than ever. I can't believe I am saying this, but yes, we would do it all over again if we find another nice…

6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
How long did it take you to get to contract?

We got the full contract ready in about 7 weeks, it was awaiting council after that which was a nightmare.
3.5 months is a bit long, do you know what the…

6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Pest control in new house or while building?

As far as I know, the only pest control you should do during the building stage is termite control, domestic pest control is done after you've moved in and start…

6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
We are looking at building and have lots of questions!

Hi there,
Yes, I agree with greenfish, speak to your finance guys and get an indicative amount they would lend you, or a pre-approval note of some sort, builders will not…

6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Occupancy Certificate in NSW

Well legally, you are not suppose to live in your new home until you have an occupancy certificate. There is always a risk of your lovely neighbour reporting you to…

6 years6 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
rangehood on tiled splashback or tiles around rangehood

We got our tiles installed first, then install the rangehood.
I suppose it's just easier for the tiler to tile, and if you should ever replace your rangehood, at least you…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Our First Build! *Fowler Build* Fences come down Friday!

:: Looking good teanah
As a fellow F0wler customer, I'm please to share that after 15 months, my house is holding up very nicely and we still…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
NSW Housing Code

Hi sythman, I feel terrible :oops: , only just realised you had further questions for me, since it's been almost 2 years, I'm sure you've…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
New House - Tradies Using Loo??

::surprise:: wow I'm so surprised how this topic became such a heated debate over the loo :)
Dilbert_Perth, I hope you've…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Electrician costs - adding downlights after handover

Assuming your $95 includes all the wiring and the actual downlight, it's ok but not cheap.
It's been a long while, but this is what we paid roughly.
$35 per light point…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
New House - Tradies Using Loo??

Hi,
I don't think there's a common practice with tradies using the toilet.
I totally can empathize with you being upset to see your beautiful house being treated like a public toilet.
However,…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Stages during a build.. clarification pls!!! lock up, fitout

Hi brixnmorter,
This is a guideline I used when I was building.
http://www.jandsonhomes.com.au/project/ms_04.php
It gives you a high level timeline of what to expect at each stage and how…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Want to get a video intercom for the front door

Hi,
Jaycar has a few on offer, with a single storey house, you should be able to pull wire on your own.
http://www.jaycar.com.au/productResults ... orm=CAT2#5
Check them out at…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Problem with a Landscaper

Office of fair trading is where I'd suggest
Keep any receipts you may have received and any costs you've incurred
Assuming he's got a License Number, the fair trading can track him…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Main Bedroom window - Help me choose

Hey Chris, I agree with the previous post that the bigger the window, the harder it is to fit furniture, consider the type of furniture you'd get to help with…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Air Con Help

Hi pattycake4, no, we have reverse cycle from Daikan. I would not know the difference between the 2 types, but we've been very happy with it so far this summer…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Air Con Help

I can't comment on split system wall mounts, as we got ducted aircon.
Our house is double storey, and our package with the build included all the ducting done, that saved…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Did you get a handover present from builder?

We were given a choice of either a hamper or a $200 Harvey Norman voucher, we chose the voucher as we had so much shopping to do

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
feedback on house plans please

Hi Peta,
Nice plan. My thoughts:
- The storage in the garage, it would be better to place it in between the 2 doors within garage? that seem like an unused space…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
To re-tile or not to re-tile?

Hi GreenLady,
It appears you are not able to find a single good thing about your nice dark tiles, if it's such an eye sore and you have the spare cash,…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Killing Weeds in Sir Walters lawn

Hi everyone,
Please help, my once beautiful Sir Walters lawn are now covered in weeds, I've been pulling out as much as I can every weekend, but their regrowth rate is…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Opinion? What flooring suits dark timer floorboards

Hello there,
We have timber floors in our living room (although not very dark), and as contrast, we put down light beige porcelain tiles for dining room. The dark to light,…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Bel's new house - Roof - tick

::celeb:: photo time! ::
cheers
jim

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Bel's new house - Roof - tick

Hey Bel,
I know it's very slow progress, but at least there is progress. The electrical, the insulation and the gyprocking are all 1 day jobs so hopefully they'll be done…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Finish on Drop Edge beam

My drop edge beams are all bare concrete as well
I've since done landscape around it to cover them up

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
help!! I need feedback on my house plan

Nice plans
I agree with separating WIP from the Laundry, it just does not seem to flow well to have to walk through kitchen then the WIP then the laundry. I…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Pre-lim Contract

Hi Srichz,
I guess the answer to your question varies from builder to builder :th:
We made several variations after signing the contract, for example, upgrade…

7 years7 yearsjimnsaljimnsal posted:
Bel's new house - Roof - tick

Love those bricks Bel!! I also wanted a darker shade of bricks but my DW would not let me :roll:
Hope your family gets…

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