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3 months3 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Rawson - new build questions

Tender stage will confirm site costs and for the most part all things related to the structure and exterior finishes.
Interior selections have no impact to the tender process as…

3 months3 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Lawn help

That Looks like a buffalo runner.

4 months4 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
KDR - Rawson Balmoral (Modified) Sydney NSW

My suggestion, get rawson to fix it but rendering it. No matter how they finish it, it looks bad.

4 months4 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
KDR - Rawson Balmoral (Modified) Sydney NSW

Is it safe to have the form exposed from the slab like that?

The foam on the face of the slab is to be bricked. They simply burn or smash the…

4 months4 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Need help identifying this tree

Closer pic of foliage pls.

4 months4 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Sir Walter Buffalo

Just the wrong season to expect growth of buffalo turf.
Sir Walter is pretty tough, but it is a warm season grass like all buffalo.
You will always see dieback…

5 months5 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
KDR - Rawson Balmoral (Modified) Sydney NSW

Good luck with the build. Looking forward to seeing it go up!

5 months5 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Suggestion what to do with this space on the right of the lo

Plant out the front right zone to create some privacy and then think about an outdoor entertaining space with the likes ; pizza oven , firepit, bbq, outdoor table &…

5 months5 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
What do you wish you knew before you built?

Not one or crowds of people will give you 100% hindsight. In my case, time, budgeted for 9 month's rent and waited for 16 months for the build. Weather, trades,…

6 months6 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
100% Pure New Zealand. A Kiwi build journey

My first Sonos was a play5. They are the best single speaker in the family. Even better as a stereo pair. I’ve got just about everything they sell, so I’m…

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7 months7 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Has anybody built with Monster Homes?

Remove coral from your list. Ive never heard anything good about them on this forum.
Stick with the older crowd like Metricon, clarendon, etc that have been doing business for…

7 months7 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
What can I do with my front and side garden in my home

I would suggest Lilly Pilly. Looks like you need some privacy for that corner block.
Cascade or resilience australe species.
Both will establish some decent height and density in 2 years.…

9 months9 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Rawson Balmoral 38 MK1 - Newcastle NSW

That's new. On my build it was just 3 core unterminated with a pilot hole in the ceiling.

10 months10 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Plants and hail damage

Just prune the damaged stalks down to main stalk leaving about 1-2cms space from the 'trunk'. Use a sharp flat blade kitchen knife if the tuber is thick, just to…

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11 months11 monthsSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Building an outdoor room

Further to those above.
Consider a few vents in the roof space and also use light colours on the external facade, roof sheeting.

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Congratulations. No more shed camping.
Enjoy the luxury pad.

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

Looking close to finish now. Good luck with IOC, I’m sure you’ll be in by the weekend.

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Buffalo Weed

Winter grass. Hand weed to remove seed stock and next winter use pre emergents to break the cycle. Nothing you can do right now but minimise next years crop

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Fertiliser question

In my opinion, they are two different nutrients. Get into it and spread the seamungus.

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Lilly Pilly Hard Cut back

If you chop it back now, it will take a couple of weeks to fluff up again. Perfect time is now until the end of October.
Take it back harder…

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Am I crazy? OB near Port Macquarie

The casing on the top of the wall sheets looks brilliant.
I hate it when I see these small but great ideas after my own build... Still a nice option over…

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1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
100% Pure New Zealand. A Kiwi build journey

The build is flying along! Great progress that most would be pleased with.
Once the roof is on, the rest of the build will be less than 2 months by…

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1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Rawson homes

The lux package is good value. Skip the solar packages. Electrical can be reasonable with moderate add-ons to ground floor as these can be tricky due to flooring above.
I'd keep…

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Rawson homes

It’s inevitable to want things like 150 downlights, add gas point for bbq, add water point for fridge, floor to ceiling tiling, nicer fittings and fancier kitchens.... But everyone's different.…

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Where to put paving drainage

Sloping or grading fall toward the house is a very very bad idea. Any material, should always fall away from the house.
Put a strip drain against the garden side (a…

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1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
100% Pure New Zealand. A Kiwi build journey

Never heard of rib raft. We call it waffle slab here in Australia.
That explains the height of the formwork.
Are you going to watch the slab pour? That was one…

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1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Buying Down lights after handover

There are so many choices so a budget would be helpful.

1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
100% Pure New Zealand. A Kiwi build journey

Tuned in. Good luck with the build. It looks a cracker design!

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1 year1 yearSteveMcSteveMc posted:
Front setback- is it worth modifying?

I'd definitely get the DA reapproved.
An extra metre in the backyard is far better.
Cheaper front driveway. It will pay for itself if your going to pay for another submission.

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