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16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Building Clarendon Madison.

My experience with Clarendon in Melbourne (finished my build around 8 months ago) has been mostly good.
Sorry to hear all the bad stories on here, and while I do agree…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
What normally happens on hand over day?

I had my handover this week.
Basically we had an initial meeting about 10 days ago, where a few minor issues were pointed out. A new date was set which was…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Calling all who have a balcony

Strange. We have a hole in the bottom corner that is hardly visible, and the tiles have been laid so that there is a slight slope towards that corner. In…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Builders with home designs to suite block 20 m wide by 32m l

When you have an unusual block size/shape, it's best to go through an achitect and design something suitable. Then build with a small builder.
Otherwise you will end up with a…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Scary: slab down yesterday, tomorrow frame will be up

I don't think it's an issue. I had only 3 days in between my slab and the frame and had it checked out with some experts at the time. As…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Weeks from slab laying to handing over of keys-double story

From my experience what kills you is any rework on defects that you find. Every time I found any issue, everything was stopped in its tracks and taken at least…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
hard wood floors

I am putting solid timber flooring - parquetry. It's 18mm thick, but I chose them based on what we liked, not necessarily the cheapest. For example the parquetry we…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Weeks from slab laying to handing over of keys-double story

About 8 calendar months

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Power pit- melbourne area

I had an option of getting a power pit in a developed area or run a cable accorss the road. I preferred a pit, given it looks better, provided the…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Bad brickwork ?

Looks to me that the clean up will fix this. Just wait for the clean up, and if it still looks crap, then complain.

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
350K building process

How can you say 350k is expensive without knowing what's included? Depends on what finish you opted for, it may be quite cheap.

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Help, they want to take legal action against my blog??!!

I am no big lawyer, but I can't see how they (any builder) can have a case against anyone here.
People have every right to say anything they like to anyone…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
How many coats of paint to have?

Our conract only covers an undercoat and one more coat after that.
I am considering applying another coat after handover, hence the question.

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
How many coats of paint to have?

For any paint experts out there, is three coats a must or is two ok as well?
And what are the issues associated with this?

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Disadvantages with Rendered External Wall?

But you also have to love the look of the house each time you drive home from work. If you decided not to render purely for maintenance reasons, you may…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
BUILDING update

I can relate to the feeling. We were very excited when our concrete was laid and even more excited when the frame went up.
Hower, I must admit the excitement wanes…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Disadvantages with Rendered External Wall?

My facade is partly rendered and partly brick. It's a choice, and I happen to like this mix.
I think if you like it and can afford it, go for it.…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
How to choose your design

Sorry to be blunt, but it's a bit like asking how do I get married? Got to find someone you love first, and make sure they love you back...
There is…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Annoyed with PD...

This is not really a horror story IMO. It's just the reallity of building with a big builder.
What you should care most about is the design of the house that…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Clarendon Homes - Melbourne - Any feedback?

I know a few examples of people building with them in Melbourne (other than me) and are all pretty happy.
Would be interesting to know who the Supervisor is. Bonze, perhaps…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Query: Building delay due to rain

My builder didn't claim any rain days, but instead added extra 2 weeks onto the contact due to them having to find a new electrical contractor after they had to…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Vinyl wrap/ two pack finish on kitchen

Like most things, it's largely a matter of choice.
Some people like vynil wrap/2pac, some like timber etc.
It also depends on where you're building and whether you care about the value…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
what color have you chosen for your roof tiles?

I went for black as I think it looks the best. But it's a matter of taste.

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Clarendon Homes - Melbourne - Any feedback?

So far so good for me. But thanks for the warning mate.
I am getting regular inspections done by Kevin from New Home inspections, and feel confident that he can pick…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Finally finished with Clarendon, 12 months! pics inside

I am building with Clarendon in Melbourne. Site work stated on Jun 4th. Seems longer than that, as I have started the demolition back in April.
I am still weeks away…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Options for timber floorboards after handover

I am about to do my timber flooring after hand over. I have already ordered the parquetry (Euro Oak) and have my skirting boards not fully attached by the builder…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Kev from new home inspections

I can say one thing - I am probably 80% through my building process, but I am at the point where if it wasn't for Kevin, I'd be really losing…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
Independent inspectors

In principle I agree with you Matt. But I think if you leave everything to the final inpsection and find issue then, you will be waiting for a up to…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
One Porter Davis Frustration After Another....

Just so noone is under any illusion - the builder's own independent inspectors do FA. In theory those inspectors oversee the key stages like teh slab, the frame, etc, but…

16 years16 yearsVlad76Vlad76 posted:
One Porter Davis Frustration After Another....

To be honest, I actually expect these kind of things and am not surprised at all.
That is why spending a little bit of money on independent inspector pays! I understand…

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