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sweetswisssteel

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2 d2 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Building contract with Metricon

Our contract price never changed and was the same as the tender price. We bought our own soil test prior to getting quotes so they had to be competitive to…

9 d9 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Changing/fixing contract before signing

If they tried to slip things past you then they are shady, ****** bastards and should not be trusted. Walk now and do not look back!

10 d10 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Changing/fixing contract before signing

Lol walk away now. You just dodged a bullet.

12 d12 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Building Inspectors

Tell them when you need to. Trust me, they won't do a better job just because you tell them you are using a building inspector.
Work it out with your site…

22 d22 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Coral Boston38 - SEQ

Great looking home, how difficult was it for the works getting completed on the garage wall side (LHS)? Looks very tight in there against the neighbours fence. Love this thread,…

27 d27 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Review standard inclusions provided by builder

Just decide on what you want to pay per square metre. Do you want to pay $1000 or $2000 or somewhere in between?
Do you want luxury of base?
Get your own…

27 d27 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Site costs on block of land with fall

Just remember that the site costs you see in your quote or contract are usually ADDITIONAL site costs. The builder always has a standard site cost allowance built into the…

27 d27 dsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Are these defects "normal" ?

They are human beings.

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Modified Madison 35 by Clarendon Homes - Brisbane

House plans look great

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Owner Builder - was it worth it?

My site supervisor says he built his own house and saved a fair amount of cash. But he is a licensed builder with decades of experience, are you?

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Henley Site Costs Breakup

Get your own soil test and take that to builders along with your own contour survey. Get proper itemized quotes before you sign a final contract.

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Metricon Variation Document sign-off problems.

Stand your ground but stay calm and be respectful. I have found that mistakes can just happen, it's a huge company and you are just one of hundreds of customers…

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

Agreed, it has to be a standalone solution not on the neighbours property. I am sure they will get it done. The op has handled this very well, I hope…

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

Yes you are 100% correct. But surely the OP now has to decide whether to a) keep getting upset over what has transpired or b) work with the builder to…

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

Doesn't have to comply, as long as an engineer signs off on alternate solution. The building code cannot possibly cover every single scenario. Cheers

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

Remember that lawyers charge way more than a good engineering solution and putting the builder in breach might end up letting him off the hook if he is talking to…

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1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

It's not up to the building inspector to tell the builder. The inspector writes the report referencing, the building code where applicable, and recommends rectification.
It is up to the home…

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Surface Drainage Defect / Construction Lawyer

If your builder has offered a solution, why not also get an engineers opinion/or alternative solution and then your good to go. As long as an engineer signs off, what's…

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1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
House extension - payment schedule

Just use the HIA standards

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Zero Boundary - Drainage

You have handled this perfectly, I reckon you won't have any issues with the spoon drain and retaining wall. Good outcome I think. Well done!

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
house slab cracking on corner of house.

You could also get your floor levels checked by an engineer, to check variance across the structure.
I saw it done in a YouTube video by Cornell Engineers, then maybe…

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
house slab cracking on corner of house.

It's actually hard to tell from your pic whether it's just a surface crack on the slab edge (which it looks like to me) or a deep structural issue. Have…

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
Articulation joints not built to drawing

I would talk to them and ask them why, then I recommend getting an independent building inspector to check for that and other issues.

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
List of must haves in a building quote

Our soil was level 1 compacted, nice and flat so no surprises for the builder.

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1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
List of must haves in a building quote

I think that means that there are provisions in some contracts so the builder doesn't go broke. eg the soil test ends up class E (extreme reactive) / P (problem)…

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
house slab cracking on corner of house.

I don't think it's an issue, just get the crack filled and keep water flowing away from your foundations.
If in doubt though, ask an engineer.

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
List of must haves in a building quote

Mate if the final contract has that fixed site cost, regardless of your soil test, then you have won.

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
List of must haves in a building quote

So that is regardless of final soil classification? Ie if you get an E with piering (incl screw piers etc), the costs won't change?

1 month1 monthsweetswisssteelsweetswisssteel posted:
List of must haves in a building quote

Hi,
Ignore all the specials and sales cow manure, the market is tightening so good deals will keep coming. Wait until your land registers and donn't sign anything until you get min…

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