Sorry for the long absence from the blog. As you can guess, moving in and turning the house into our home have taken priority. It’s now been 6 weeks since we moved in and boy does it feel friggin amazing to be living in our new house! Metricon’s “love where you live” slogan is absolutely ringing true for us and I pinch myself with gratitude that I get to live in such a beautiful home.
I’ve had people asking me about our experience building with Metricon Homes. Did we have a good experience? Would we build with them again? So to ease myself back into blogosphere, here’s a brief review of our Metricon build.
We looked at countless display homes before deciding to build the Hudson. It was a bit of a gamble choosing a design purely based on a YouTube video. But I’m happy to report that the real thing has exceeded all of our expectations. We just love the layout of the house – the spacious, open plan design works extremely well for our lifestyle.
We love the generous bedroom sizes, especially the master bedroom. We love that the children have their own zones upstairs. So far they have managed to keep their stuff away from the main living areas downstairs. Let’s hope it stays that way!
Our Metricon journey started two years ago when we first met our sales consultant back in August 2013. We were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to kick start the knockdown rebuild process. No thanks to the hot Sydney property market, it took us 8 long months and countless auction misses before we finally secured the ideal block to build the dream home. Our consultant was fantastic and provided us with preliminary sitings of the many blocks we considered building on free of charge.
She was also good at giving suggestions on design aspects and expertly steered us away from unnecessary expensive variations. For example she persuaded us to go for aluminium bifold doors rather than the more pricey timber doors, which she also pointed out required more maintenance. The price estimate she provided after the initial meeting ended up being right on the money so no nasty surprise when the tender finally came back.
Going into the construction phase, we were a bit wary of the long road ahead. We were prepared for a challenging, stressful and not so enjoyable few months after reading nightmare stories of bad experiences during construction with issues and delays aplenty! But thank goodness our experience was fantastic.
The hero of the build was without a doubt our super awesome site manager. Right from the first site meeting through to the end he was nothing but professional, helpful, patient, polite, friendly and easy to deal with. He went above and beyond on a few occasions and we really can’t thank him enough for being as hands-on, thorough and pedantic as he was throughout the build especially given he was managing 18 sites concurrently. We would definitely build with Metricon again if we were guaranteed of being allocated JM!
THE NOT SO GOOD
Having considered other builders, we know we could have built a similar sized house with a similar level of finishes for a lot less than what our Metricon house ended up costing.
Honestly we found Metricon’s level of inclusions a bit average compared to other builders. For example, Caesarstone benchtops in the kitchen and wet areas were not included in the base price. The standard Metricon kitchen appliances were also not on par with the standard offering from other builders. Personally we would be far happier with a Smeg, Bosch, Blanco or Westinghouse kitchen than Metricon’s Technika or Elba by Fisher & Paykel.
The colour selection process could have been the highlight of the pre-construction phase. It certainly was the stage we had been looking forward to the most but the reality turned out to be a frustrating and stressful experience. In hindsight, we should have insisted on including all variations and upgrades in the tender specifically the kitchen re-design. The saga over the kitchen design turned into a royal pain in the you-know-what and left a bad taste.
Our consultant was lovely but she didn’t really provide any proactive advice or suggestions during the interior colour selection appointment. Luckily we had done our homework beforehand, otherwise it would have been a more unpleasant experience. We also found Metricon a bit inflexible and not accommodating in allowing non-standard variations. For instance, we asked about upgrading the kitchen appliances to Miele but were told we could only upgrade to their supplier’s stock.
Perhaps we should have done more legwork before the electrical selection instead of relying heavily on the consultant’s expertise to guide us. We felt under prepared and rushed into making decisions and unfortunately there were a few things that were missed or turned out to be done poorly.
Here are a couple of classic examples of epic fails😡
Maybe someone can enlighten us as to why the electricians wired the step lights to the same switch as the stair pendants? So we can’t actually turn the step lights on without the uber bright Moooi balls lighting up the stair void. First world problems we know!We were also left scratching our heads over the location of the bedside light points that the electricians saw fit to place nearly 1 metre from the edge of the queen-sized bed. Now we are left with holes in the ceiling to patch! We also need to relocate the switches closer to the bedside tables. Arrgh😈
Overall we are very happy with our Metricon experience. They delivered a beautiful, high quality house that we are so proud to call our home. Big thumbs up!