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20 h20 hMonty85Monty85 posted:
Has anyone employed an Independent Inspector mid build?

I ended up booking in with South West Property Inspections - was recommended by a friend.

3 d3 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Has anyone employed an Independent Inspector mid build?

Yeah that is enough doubt for me to make up my mind so im looking into independent consultants now. Hopefully the turn around can be nice and quick.

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3 d3 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Has anyone employed an Independent Inspector mid build?

Is this implying that was is done is not as per code? Sorry, as im said im no expert so not sure how to follow....

6 d6 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Has anyone employed an Independent Inspector mid build?

So i've been inspecting things myself quite a bit throughout the stage and everything looks good so far - with the caveat though that im by no means an expect…

7 d7 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Data Cabling - Hampshire 45A - Metricon

Different builder for me but I had no issue asking to move all my incoming connections to a different point in the garage - went from the external wall to…

7 d7 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Has anyone employed an Independent Inspector mid build?

Has anyone contracted an independent inspector mid build?
We are almost at the brickwork finished stage and so far everything seems to look fine. S/S is friendly and responds to my…

8 d8 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Montgomery Homes Lock Up Only

More than likely even less than that.
Eg: if builders cost price is $1,000 and they are charging you $1500 you would be lucky to get back $500.

18 d18 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Pre-Construction Timeline

So had a look at our timeline so far - my comment above stating less than a month was after everything had been finalised and we locked in a signed…

18 d18 dMonty85Monty85 posted:
Pre-Construction Timeline

I guess it could depend on a number of things but from signing on the dotted line with the builder i think our construction started within a month.

1 month1 monthMonty85Monty85 posted:
How often do you visit your site?

I visit a few times a week mostly our of curiosity and to get some progress pictures. It's exciting seeing it all come together.
I have been trying to check on…

How often do you visit your site?
1 month1 monthMonty85Monty85 posted:
Moving in with no concrete paths/driveway

So maybe it's different in Sydney but our builder wanted $10,000 for a 5.5m x 5m driveway. We decided to do it post handover anyway but I still don't expect…

1 month1 monthMonty85Monty85 posted:
Question regarding mortar colour

Does anyone have an example of Austral bricks with an "off-white" mortar.
Our bricks have just started and we are using Austral Bluegum with off-white mortar but at first inspection the…

Question regarding mortar colour
2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Retaining wall and concrete path gap.

Just fill it with some form of stones or gravel. Something Blue Metal will let it continue to drain as well.

2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Facade Lighting - up/down lights vs downlights

Primarily aesthetics
But secondary reasons being for practicality and I guess security but that hasn't been a motivator at all.

2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
New home - Gravel vs Asphalt vs Concrete vs paving ROV

It's almost an impossible question to answer as the price a house sells for is infinitely variable.
All i can say is, personally if I was buying a house without…

2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Please review our first custom floorplan

Room dimensions might be easier to get a feel for the size of things rather than the square meterage. At a glance one of the first things i noticed was…

2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Facade Lighting - up/down lights vs downlights

Well now you've thrown another spanner in the works :|
Never even heard of them.

2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Facade Lighting - up/down lights vs downlights

We are stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment about which way to go for our facade lighting. LED downlights in the eaves or up/down lights…

Facade Lighting - up/down lights vs downlights
2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Please review my plan and feedback on it.

The media being only 3.5 deep is the obvious choice to use the space taken from the front lounge. Depending on what your plans with the media room 3.5 might…

2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
CCTV through builder or leave it until handover?

Thanks, it's for a single story build.

CCTV through builder or leave it until handover?
2 months2 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
CCTV through builder or leave it until handover?

We are currently building a house and have the opportunity install a security camera system through the builder. They are offering a 4 camera 5MP IVSEC system for about $2900…

3 months3 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
New Living Homes

After 7 months of planning with NLH (first tender was in July 2020) we are finally about to get started with our build - building a modified Ivy 5.
Things…

4 months4 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Overcapitalising on new build

Yep like bluesteel said, it's only an issue if you think there's a chance you will be selling in the near future.
We are likely heading down the same road…

5 months5 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Actron AC

We paid $10,500, which was for a 14Kw 4 zone ESP Platinum. In saying that, we went with the lowest quote we got for install which in hindsight wasn't great…

5 months5 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Actron AC

Ok, we are about 220sqm when excluding garage and outdoor areas (that would still include bathrooms though). So yeah, much smaller than your place.
For reference, our builder wanted to…

5 months5 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Actron AC

Looking at your plan i'd be inclined to always use it with the living area zones anyway. If you are heating or cooling that room and have the living off…

5 months5 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Actron AC

Strange that they are not ok with 2 vents in the theatre (i assume rumpus on your plan) as it looks not far off the size of your Master.
Their…

5 months5 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Actron AC

How many zones are they installing? Generally, advice is usually the other way around - "make you have at least a few zones on".
However, you are right in that the…

5 months5 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
tiled shower niche price rawson homes tender variation

No point even considering what it is actually worth. Builders credits are never anywhere near what they are saving by not doing it. Likewise, adding things are always at a…

6 months6 monthsMonty85Monty85 posted:
Colour questions?

Yeah we were concerned about how surfmist would look on the inside as well. I think i'm slowly becoming more ok with our decision to go for white vs surfmist.

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