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9 years9 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

We upgraded to Laminex Colourtech and installed our own handles post-handover. Wasn't difficult at all and was pretty straightforward to do. My advice would be to drill a pilot…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Timber Flooring options - so confused

I believe the 'edge bits' you're referring to are 'quads' :)
As for getting your builder to lay skirting AFTER....it really depends on the builder

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10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

Hey sliick, my fusebox is in my garage and I didn't ask for it to be placed there nor was I charged extra. I had a quick look at…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

Hi tlbhayward - I can confirm that for my built-in oven that a drawer is installed under the oven. The 'roof' of the drawer actually has a hole cutout,…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

Absolutely furious with PD - it has been over EIGHT weeks since the spa has leaked down to the kitchen and it still has NOT been fixed. To make…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Daikin ducted aircon 293 m2

The premium inverter (from my understanding) is much more energy efficient. In essence, the premium inverter delivers the correct load as opposed to a 'stepped load' e.g.
* Stepped Load…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

That's quite interesting.......we were told that the lights where they are recessed into the cabinets were not available due to heat issues (though aesthetically they look much better imo), hence…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

And Sliick is 100% correct......you will find some sub contractors are great and some will invariably annoy you as they seem to be quite cavalier with regards to quality. …

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

Hi Ally007,
We got the Decina Oval Classic Spa - its quite large and we were really looking forward to using it! I would advise regardless, fill it up, leave it…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

So after assessments yesterday by the plumber and electrician:
Good News
- Plumber found the source of the leak
- Electrics are all good (based on everything still turning on)
Bad News

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

So I rang through to the New Home Maintenance team this morning and they told me that they were already aware of it. Seems like PD is monitoring the…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

So we finally turned on the spa today and the jets weren't working. So I left it on a bit longer and then heard dripping sounds below....
Rushed down to…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

For the lower ground floors I can understand as generally the ceiling joists get in the way and they can only run a duct along the joist for a…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

Just looked at my construction photos, my splashback came from:
http://www.msglass.com.au/

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

I did mention it during my tender (which they ignored, typical...) and I also spoke to my SS who was kind enough to let me know when the carpenter was…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

You can buy a pack of 2 Blum soft closing hinges from Bunnings for ~$16 for a pair. Or alternatively, you can buy Blum clip on soft closers which…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

I had PD install floor tiles only to wet areas (bathrooms, toilets, laundry). Post handover, I've had my own carpet installed and hardwood floor installed. For all carpet…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

So true......I was only offered a credit of $100 for the rangehood, freestanding oven + cooktop and dishwasher. I told PD, if that's the case, just give me the…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

I never asked for the upgrade price, but having seen the Saturn switches on sale
- a one button switch is ~$38
- two button switch ~$48
- 3 button…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

That's true but I decided to have battens installed in my case and when I had the electrician install downlights post handover it was a very straightforward affair:
- Disconnect…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

Just my 2c on this - so I agree if you go for double glazing that is just clear/air/clear, the SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) is not that much different…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
ACTRON ESP+ Prerequirsites from builder

Its not impossible if you can have the builder install the ducts. I know for example Porter Davis will run ducts if you are adamant on installing heating/cooling post…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

I totally agree - and in our case when we did go through the tender they only allowed us to take a copy of the tender document home to review…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Refrigerated Cooling with External Company - Porter Davis

Hi Dreamhome23,
PD won't allow external contractors on site so you'll find it hard to work around that. However, PD DOES do Daikin installations - I got a 20kw Daikin…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

They may be a bit sensitive about the pricing on the tender document and if that is the case, just tell them to give you a photocopy with no pricing…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Building a Waldorf or Marriot by Porter Davis

I got the renderer that did my house to come back post handover and he told me his charge to PD was $43 per sqm and $45 per lineal metre…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

We paid ~$17000 for the unit and installation and compared to if we had done it post handover, it was approximately a $3000 premium. However, bear in mind that…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

I built a Sandarah 45 and I had a Daikin FDYQ200LV1 installed. I had 4 zones installed (basically 2 zones each floor) and the advice was that the unit…

10 years10 yearsSerenity_NowSerenity_Now posted:
Porter Davis homes

They probably could as they do install plug bases for items such as exhaust fans, but by the time we realised it was too late :(

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