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Joined 7 May 2012
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4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Nicest way to tell your builder you have a ind. inspector?

At contract stage our builder (Henley) said "If you need an independent inspector at any stage of the build just let us know so we can arrange a time, we…

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Master Bedrooms

if anyone is interested, this is how the feature walls came out (I had to take photos through the window so not the best angles or lighting)
Master Bedroom:
Craft Room:

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Paying rent affecting borrowing capacity to build? WTF

I definately agree that a broker is the way to go. We went with one and it made the whole process so much smoother. We needed a quick settlement for…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Changing a ceiling fan control knob? First world problem.

Thanks for that picture, the pictures on the clipsal site only show the front on view.

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Volume builder standard plan -- vs -- custom plan+builder

Some of the volume builders are quite flexible on many things, you just have to ask. Though I get the feeling some of their salespeople just say no to some…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Changing a ceiling fan control knob? First world problem.

you could get one of these (or similar) off of ebay and use just the knob:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ace-Cooper-Dual-Knob-Ceiling-Fan-Speed-Control-Light-Dimmer-Switch-White-/190904342676
this is good research for when I need to do the same :)

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Changing a ceiling fan control knob? First world problem.

You could always get one of the fancy clipsal saturn 250V range switches, they have a blue led in them so you can see what you are doing in the…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Changing a ceiling fan control knob? First world problem.

I'm with you, my in laws have one similar and you just twiddle it round for ages working out where off is.
If all else fails you could alway modify the…

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Fence Boundary

As I understand it, the boundary is the boundary, the fence is just a fence. The position of the fence does not alter the legal boundary.
Assuming the fence posts are…

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When was the last time you looked into your ceiling space?

Even if I wasn't getting an inspector (which I most certainly am doing), I would definately have gone around checking everything was square, level and plumb, and checked on the…

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Final Occupancy Certificate - worth the bother?

does NOT having a Final Occupancy certificate affect your insurance if you have to make a claim for something?

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
En-suite/ Second Bathroom Configuration

I assume the idea is that for the next few years it is not their main bedroom and they want it to be easily accessed from the living area.

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Render colour to match classic cream windows/gutters/fascia

We have Classic Cream roof and garage door, with paperbark gutters and fascia.
We deliberately have a dark brick to offset the white.
see below:
If I were rendering I too would probably…

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What render colour is this?

and when looking at the render and bricks at the colour appointment you are looking at samples inside in unnatural light. Which will look completely different in late afternoon orange…

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En-suite/ Second Bathroom Configuration

you could avoid the problem of people seeing you on the toilet if the doors are open by moving the toilet to behind the door, like this:
you may also be…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
how to avoid spongey or uneven floating floors?

I would imagine if they haven't left enough gap on the edges for expansion and contraction, especially if installed on a cold day, when it's a hot day the floor…

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How's your air conditioning coping in the heat?

The problem with running an aircon at 26 degrees is that is too warm to sleep comfortably IMHO.
24 is ok I reckon.
But each to their own, I am extremely uncomfortable…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Which roof is best? Colorbond v. Tile

I see a lot of people with Colourbond "monument" roofs.
People obviously want a dark coloured roof. In our estate I'd say maybe only 1 in 10 houses has colourbond and…

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Is this an easement?

I'd be worried that it says "3'" above it.Which makes it sound like a cable or something 3 Feet below ground.
The other utility line (which I assume is sewer as…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
To or Not to double glaze? and how?

I think for the whole house it was about an extra $3k, but I don't have the contract at hand to check the exact figure. For reference, we are building…

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For those of you with above counter sinks...

Yeah 900mm is the standard, I'm so glad we asked for 940mm on the kitchen though!

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
How often do you visit your site?

We tend to go twice a week. Glad we are building over summer, not winter, so if we get there at 8pm it's still daylight. I couldn't imagine going…

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Garage has to be set back by a meter

It probably wouldn't hurt to show your plans to all your neighbours, as it's a small street you could show it to everyone in the street, if they all like…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
For those of you with above counter sinks...

We got our kitchen benches raised to 940mm from the standard 900mm, because we are both 6ft tall and prefer not to be bending over as much. We then got…

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Approximate cost for garage and bedroom extension?

I have no idea on the costs, but it would almost certainly add value. A house with no garage vs the same house with an extra bedroom and ensuite bathroom…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
Help with data points

I put a data point next to the TV in the lounge and will potentially need a 4 port switch there to plug game consoles/set top boxes/media players etc if…

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What is the most annoying thing happened during your build ?

Most annoying thing was all pre-build, low valuation from the bank, and the builder's admin not returning my several calls and emails asking when we could have an appointment to…

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
How to check land size - help!

Try the council, they should have a form to fill out to get owner details to discuss boundary fences.

4 years4 yearsugbugugbug posted:
How to check land size - help!

I would get a surveyor, just to be sure, especially if you are going to need one anyway.
If you are in Victoria, you can look at the official map of…

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fixed site cost

I think I'd only bother with a solar/electric vent if I had a dark roof with poor insulation, as it is probably cheaper than re-insulating. As I have a well…

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