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8 d8 dr_13r_13 posted:
Scraping a vacant block

Our neighbour had "Jims Diggers" come and scrape their backyard. They didn't do major earthworks in that job, only took away all the vegetation and top layer of soil. Very…

4 months4 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Carlisle Homes Special Conditions and Contract Specification

Carlisle's contract also includes statements that deviate significantly from industry standards:
Check these threads:
Carlisle Contract Conditions: viewtopic.php?p=1881490#p1881490
Contracts: viewtopic.php?p=1870542#p1870542

5 months5 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Building inspector

I can add my experience with Darbecca. As I mentioned in my build thread, we chose a full set of inspections at each stage. They were very thorough and the…

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5 months5 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Vehicle crossover form

When we did our crossover we asked for a heavy duty concrete, so that the trucks carrying, e.g., gyprock wouldn't crack the concrete. Maybe worth thinking about. From memory it…

6 months6 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Looking at Metricon Vantage 48 (H&L)

If I recall correctly it was about 25k for Hebel powerfloor, for the first floor of a Merricks 42, so about 200 square meters area.

6 months6 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Looking at Metricon Vantage 48 (H&L)

My experience was that the Metricon pricing is at least internally self-consistent.
We started with a deposit on a Designer range home, but changed our minds to a floorplan from…

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7 months7 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Building with Metricon – Vantage 44 + Granny - in West Penna

Good luck with it all!

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8 months8 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
KDR Metricon Liberty - Hampshire 45 QLD

We got this picture on the front of our colour selections summary docusign doc:
viewtopic.php?p=1834174#p1834174
It shows the main render colour, feature render colour, front door, window frames,…

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9 months9 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Looking at Metricon Vantage 48 (H&L)

My advice with the Vantage 48 is to go to the display home and sit in the upstairs lounge room and listen while other people are walking around the house…

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9 months9 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
3m High Ceiling?

I built option #1: 2.7m ground floor, 2.55m first floor.
Also - upgraded all door heights everywhere to 2.4m -- standard doors would've looked strange with high ceilings!

9 months9 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
KDR Metricon Liberty - Hampshire 45 QLD

I know this question wasn't for me, but we have WIRs in each bedroom (they were in the original design) but the best thing we did was add a door…

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10 months10 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
My KDR Metricon Hampshire - Liberty - 45 Melb

We chose an InAlto 900 mm oven and a rangehood which were included as part of the M package deal that we started with.
They are totally fine. I have…

10 months10 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Building a Doulton in Geelong

Yep I think that was the main reason.

10 months10 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Building a Doulton in Geelong

Similar story for us. But even after we had the site cut and levelled, both Carlisle and Porter Davis both said they don't do battleaxe blocks. Otherwise I might be…

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Thomas Archer Bayside Build

Our alfresco was concrete too, by Metricon, with a good step down from the house floor level which allows for decking or tiling to be installed. They made nice 'grip'…

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne

Upstairs curtains look like this:

Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne
1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne

Got a new sofa. From Spare Change in Lilydale. 7 seats with a recliner on each end. $1300!
Also the downstairs curtains can be seen here, all sheers downstairs and double…

Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne
1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne

And then... There was lawn... turf, Matilda Buffalo was about the only choice that suited the amount of sunlight we get.
This was a lot of work but only took two…

Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne
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1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne

About 120 plants so far and, 6m³ of loamy soil to provide a base for the lawn to come.

Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne
1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Advise building with Metricon Fintona 37

Same happened to us, the tile appointment is held until the last minute because tile runs go out of stock. We did our Studio/M appointment in Dec 2018, applied for…

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Pool level Vs. Slab of new build

I think the variations in your slab level from floor to garage and entrance are normal, but I'm only saying that because my slab looked like this:

I'm not sure whether…

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Is my Metricon contract (HIA) binding?

Interestingly from your above link might you also be able to end this (unsigned HIA) due to the time blowout of your land settlement being more than 1.5x longer than…

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1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Is my Metricon contract (HIA) binding?

Yours is the Customer Copy. Did you witness them sign the Builders Copy on the day of signing? Did you sign both copies? Though if the letter of the law…

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
light switch orientation: landscape or portrait?

All of ours are horizontal. I never thought about it before, it doesn't really bother me. I'm more annoyed by stupid things I've noticed in our house like a pair…

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1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Advise building with Metricon Fintona 37

The net cost after credit back of the vinyl, add upgraded underlay and engineered timber to 90m2 was $2,600. We carpeted the living and study.

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Advise building with Metricon Fintona 37

Our package included Carpet Call Castletons Luxury Natural Oak 5 mm-thick vinyl floating floor system, which was deleted with a credit back of $11.5k, in lieu of our chosen 13.5…

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Advise building with Metricon Fintona 37

The timber floor we picked was PTF Classic French Grey Oak engineered timber at $148/m2 with upgraded underlay at $9/m2.
There's some discussion about this on this forum I recall…

1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Advise building with Metricon Fintona 37

In my house, the option for full height tiling to 4 walls was priced at about $1800 per bathroom, mainly due to additional tiles and square set cornices required for…

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