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  1. #1
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    Default Opinions sought: Top value maximisers for new build

    Hi there

    What experience/opinions to people have about the top ideas for maximising value/best selling points when doing a new build on a limited size site (in Chch, -- let's take stable ground as a given!)

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    Here is a few quick ones:
    Off street parking, garaging with internal access. ensuite, dishwasher, not beside motorway or not under pylons. building to look nice and modern ( not some dodgy construction which looks like shortcuts were taken)

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    - Maintain some sort of practical outdoor living - preferably with flow to the interior.
    - Kitchen window not facing a fence or the neighbours toilet window.
    - Extra storage spaces tucked in where ever possible.
    - A bath - amazing how many places don't have them now and it rules out a lot of family buyers.
    - Pay attention to landscaping. Many people have limited vision and a bare section can seem daunting.
    - An emergency earthquake escape shuttle.
    Last edited by drelly; 18-09-2010 at 12:20 PM.

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    If a concrete floor specify 125mpa concrete. Won't break in half like all those with 75mpa have. Ban the use of plastic cones to support the mesh in the concrete and don't allow a concrete cutter anywhere near the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    Ban the use of plastic cones to support the mesh in the concrete and don't allow a concrete cutter anywhere near the floor.
    Why not plastic cones and cutters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post
    If a concrete floor specify 125mpa concrete. Won't break in half like all those with 75mpa have. Ban the use of plastic cones to support the mesh in the concrete and don't allow a concrete cutter anywhere near the floor.
    How are you going to get it through council if you don't show where the cuts are going to be?

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    What happens when you perforate a piece of paper. It tears. So a row of cones destroys the contiguous nature of the concrete.
    Cuts reduce the strength and have never been necessary. Thousands of acres of concrete around without them.

    Just look at the New concrete floors that haven't withstood the earthquake in CHCH.

    Oh and the concrete should be 20mpa minimum. Most commercial is 35 and up to 50.

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    I'm not a builder or an engineer, but surely the concrete slabs that are now broken in christchurch is because the earth has moved underneath them. Liquifaction or whatever. Surely the strength of the concrete would not really matter if one end of the slab is higher than the other? At 18 or 20mpa its still going to crack?

    To answer your questio imd66662, I would put as many bedrooms as you can without compromising the size of the living areas, great outdoor flow and back to basics, making sure the sun is maximised.

    Spend a little extra on Stack Sliders or a Bi-fold, rather than ranchslider.

    I would make sure there was a "study nook" behind cupboard doors (so you can use the bedrooms, for bedrooms, not somewhere to put the computer).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking View Post

    Cuts reduce the strength and have never been necessary. Thousands of acres of concrete around without them.

    Concrete will crack regardless of the cuts being placed in them. Without the cuts the concrete will/may crack through the centre of a tiled area for example, cracking the tiles with it.

    The purpose of the cuts is to control where the cracking will occur.

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    You got to have a master bedroom with an ensuite and then a main bathroom with a toilet, and then a third toilet with just a small hand basin.

    Don't use monolithic cladding of any shape or form. Stick to traditional style weatherboard or brick. Roof doesn't matter so long as its not flat.

    Nuetral colours and decor.

    Remember the women buy a house based on the presentation and functionality of the kitchen and bathrooms.


 

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