Tips for building a new home

Baths and what to look out for!

Friday, October 07, 2016
With so many homes being built fast and cheaply these days, we are often spotting design oversights that can really effect the quality of a home. For example Standalone baths look fantastic but can take up a lot of room. Many builders solve this problem by building the baths very close to walls. It might make the bathroom look bigger but they are nearly impossible to clean behind, especially a water spillage. Any water that is not removed will ultimately
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New home builders overcharging

Thursday, March 26, 2015
A client came to me over the weekend and claimed a major new home builder in Melbourne was over charging for fly-screens.  On further investigation I found the claim had substance and the company was charging 700% over the cost of the fly-screens. An average home of 20 squares has a fly-screen cost of $280 dollars so the company concerned is certainly charging way over the costs it should be. Most building companies put a margin on their goods at
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Landscaping headaches.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015
I having noticed lately many new home builders are not doing any landscaping in their home and land packages.  This leaves the landscaping to the home owner with many significant problems about to arise from this.  Many landscapes I have seen lately are installed incorrectly and will cause many serious problems for all concerned in the not to distant future.  Some of the issues are listed below:           -  Sloping towards the home.      
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New home builder wall fail

Monday, January 05, 2015
New home builder wall fail. A client came in last week with a problem and with photos showing a failed retaining wall. I was asked by the client to inspect the wall and I found the builder had not installed any drain behind the wall. Another issue was the lack of crushed rock behind the wall and just earth was behind the wall. These two items are essential for the construction of a successful retaining wall. The crushed rock is
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Knock it down and Save!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Is your home old and run down? Have you outgrown the style of your house? Like your neighbourhood but not your house? Have you ever considered demolishing your existing house to build a brand new dream home? It gives you the satisfaction of having something new and not previously owned. A knock down and rebuild also allows you to build a new home as you like it, a new design which can include all your family's needs and wants. Many
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Choosing the wrong builder

Tuesday, April 08, 2014
There are many horror stories and the worst part about it most are true! You only need to go onto forum sites to see were the problems are and the same names keep popping up. I talk to many potential clients every day and some of the stories I hear are hard to believe. A client came to me about building her new home in Wollert where her sister had built with a major Melbourne new home building company. My
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