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3 d3 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
G.J. Gardner Bridgewater Modified build in QLD

I think moving from WIR to standard Robes for bigger bedrooms is a good move. I found everything took a little bit longer then I expected pre-build, then on site…

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Recessed sliding door tracks

Is the builder doing your flooring, or are you doing it after handover?

10 d10 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Building new home

Realistically? First time builder, it will probably take you 6-8 months of research before you start building, then 6-8 months build time depending on what you want built. Don't rush,…

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11 d11 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
About facade choice

This is the part of building you get to pick! Facade is very much a personal choice. Generally worth a drive through the estate also to see what fits in.

20 d20 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Paint

The painters have their cheap set plans with most builders, once you step outside of the plan then they charge like wounded bulls. I was quoted $1000 to paint one…

22 d22 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Casuarina 229 - G.J. Gardner

Looks great, one tip I have is the bathrooms, you can cut into the eaves and it wont cost a great deal of money. I think mine was about $1500…

26 d26 dSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Single cavity sliding door which can span 2.8 meters?

If you want to close it off, why not extend the wall from 930mm to 1330mm, and then that'll allow you to put double sliders in there?

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Wardrobes.....

Our builder allowed us to directly deal with the company doing the Kitchen. So we didnt have to pay builders margin on the Wardrobes and also the builder then came…

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Garage Internal Wall

In my area amongst all builders, gyprock in the garage is standard

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Express "Silver" carpet range

It depends on which Franchise you build with. I built with GJ in NSW. They have an $/BLM allowance you can use. Ask them who installs the flooring, then go…

1 month1 monthSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Increasing ceiling height

Mine was a smaller home, but was still about $4000 per increase (2400-2550 = $4k, 2400-2700 = $8k) not sure how reasonable that was, we only went 2550.

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Casuarina 229 - G.J. Gardner

Welcome!
I am building with GJs also, in country NSW. They have a great reputation here. Where abouts are you building?
You'll find BR 2 and 3 aren't bad, maybe only…

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2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
continuous hot water with shower mixer

I believe it's illegal to have a shower set at higher than 50degree. Or so I am told!

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Moving in this week! What to do first when you move in???

I think it'd be cheaper to upgrade your carpet to a stain resistant one, rather then scotch guarding the whole carpet.

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Rangehood to install after hand over, possible?

I can't answer your question, but could you just get the builder to put a provision into your contract to install it, and you supply it? Saves the builders margin…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Is it really - PGH Blue Steel Flash Brick ?

Have they been cleaned yet?

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
How to know fall in land and how much would it cost extra ?

Hard to tell, best bet is to talk to a builder. Fall is expensive in building and 2m is significant.700mm isn't. Probably only a few (2-4)thousand depending on other site…

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2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Construction drawing issue

Typically, if it's not in your contract or you have signed a variation, then you won't get it.

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Slogged with an unexpected bill at end of build

I had a whole variation to sign with Site Costs, before the build. Im surprised you didn't?

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Landscaping help No Idea!

Landscaping is not cheap, but always get 2 or 3 quotes for the same thing, you'll then know if it's reasonable or not.

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2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Construction Loan Pre-approval

I got pre-approval without any contracts sent through, no council, no HIA contract. You need the HIA contract for unconditional approval though, not council approval.
My broker did all that.…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Wide block with narrow floorplan

Itll really depend on the Orientation of the block, but as a whole, yes narrow builds can work well.

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Wide block with narrow floorplan

The garage is on the short side as that's the western side, on the open side we have a horizontal slat fence and greenery around it to give privacy but…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Wide block with narrow floorplan

Our block is 20m wide, our house is 12m wide. I love the 6.5m side yard. Easy access when we need to bring the ute in the back yard, We're…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Suggestions on our floor plan

Id be inclined to agree, the meals area is too small. Because you have a theater and a living room, id keep that living/dining area and move the kitchen to…

2 months2 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Build Query - Corner cut

I am not 100% sure on what you mean, but I do know that when you change the roof line the cost can change by a considerable amount. So if…

3 months3 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Price difference metro vs regional

Are you sure that's not different franchises also? Check the inclusions. I know inclusions vary greatly among certain franchises. If that's not the case, that's ludicrous.

3 months3 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Site Costs - Other Peoples Experiences

Mine was pretty good - Site costs were $6000. Single Story house on a flatish block of land (500mm fall). From that $6000, $2000 was convenant based (coloured driveway,…

3 months3 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Custom design, tender to small builders

Maybe a good plan before spending $15000 on getting someone to draw up plans would be to go to a builder. Use one of their plans with every add on…

3 months3 monthsSteve4216Steve4216 posted:
Custom design, tender to small builders

Mines single story also. Still talking that $1500 range here for the finished product. As I said. Other areas and builders are different but every quote I received was between…

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