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18 d18 dr_13r_13 posted:
Metricon KDRB designs - Vantage 48 or Franklin 50?

Your best bet might be to go visit the display homes and walk around in them, and take photos. Get a feel for it in person instead of deciding from…

2 months2 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne

Recently with the price of electricity going up, we got some quotes for solar panels:
This is what 14.725 kW of JinKo panels looks like on the roof plan.

And they were…

2 months2 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Building inspector recommendations for Melbourne VIC?

I have posted this before:
We hired Darbecca to do every stage inspection, and I strongly recommend them to anyone that asks me. They were amazing.
Thorough reports with photos…

8 months8 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
PCI - How thorough were you?

We hired Darbecca to do every stage inspection, and I strongly recommend them to anyone that asks me. They were amazing.
Thorough reports with photos at every stage, which I…

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9 months9 monthsr_13r_13 posted:
Hebel PowerFloor vs Traditional Timber Floors

We considered the Hebel Power Floor, but at the time 25k extra on the build cost of a 600k build seemed excessive. Now, sitting downstairs I can hear my kids…

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1 year1 yearr_13r_13 posted:
Advice on Building Inspection / Stages

We chose a full set of inspections at each stage with Darbecca. They were very thorough and the reports were detailed with all necessary photos. I considered it very good…

2 years2 yearsr_13r_13 posted:
utility conduit for future proofing?

I installed extra conduits to the road from my build site, including for NBN which ran along the side and then across the driveway, which our builder did integrate with…

2 years2 yearsr_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…

2 years2 yearsr_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

2 years2 yearsr_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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2 years2 yearsr_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…

2 years2 yearsr_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.

2 years2 yearsr_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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3 years3 yearsr_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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3 years3 yearsr_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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3 years3 yearsr_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!

3 years3 yearsr_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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3 years3 yearsr_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…

3 years3 yearsr_13r_13 posted:
Building a Doulton in Geelong

Yep I think that was the main reason.

3 years3 yearsr_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…

3 years3 yearsr_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'…

3 years3 yearsr_13r_13 posted:
Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne

Upstairs curtains look like this:

Metricon Merricks 42 Clarion - Melbourne
3 years3 yearsr_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
3 years3 yearsr_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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3 years3 yearsr_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
3 years3 yearsr_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…

3 years3 yearsr_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…

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