Tips for saving costs on the build of a house?
I'm looking at building a house and wondering what tips are out there for saving money on a build?
I remember seeing a thread on Whirlpool about a bunch of guys who imported fancy European appliances from Europe. I don't think the exchange rate makes it as attractive anymore but it certainly saved them a bunch of money (or at least, they got much better appliances for the same price).
Using mates in trades could possibly save a fair bit (although would have to buy plenty of slabs).
How about doing the painting yourself (or will this make you go crazy)?
How about sourcing your own things such as powerpoints and fittings?
Will builders even allow you do this or do they want to supply everything so they can put their own markup on i?
Any other ideas?