first house purchase

Can you guess what we bought on the weekend????

It wasn’t my idea…

But my darling husband couldn’t walk away from an amazing deal, nearly 60% off RRP!

So here they are – the first of many purchases for our yet-to-be-built, brand spanking new home.


Hubby’s new toys – the Wharfedale Surround System package for the Home Theatre

Can’t say I’m all that excited about this purchase but I guess you gotta keep the boss happy ūüėú

Colour Selections – Round One

I’m still recovering from the marathon that was our colour and electrical selections appointment. What a day!

I’d read enough blogs and Homeone forum threads to know that for a successful, straight forward, stress-free colour appointment preparation was key! With 6 months lead time and plenty of idle time, I had a plan to be as organised and prepared for the day as possible.

  • I visited Studio M many times to window shop Metricon’s range so I had a fairly good idea of the items we’d be upgrading.
  • ¬†I requested a few Display Option List (DOL) to get an idea of costs of the non-standard items you see in the display homes. Based on the prices, I worked out an estimate and set aside a provisional allowance to spend at Studio M.
  • ¬†We had an appointment with the builder’s external kitchen consultant to re-design the kitchen to our personal taste.
  • ¬†I hired an interior designer to help pre-select colour schemes for the house.

So, I felt confident that I had things under control. Well suffice to say the appointment didn’t exactly go as planned. Perhaps I shouldn’t really be surprised given every stage of this admin phase has thrown a curve ball!

The plan came unstuck when selections started on the kitchen and butler’s pantry. As we customised the space, Metricon was provided a supply and install quote by the external kitchen supplier. When we met with the kitchen consultant, we had given him the budget we allocated for the redesign. He assured us that the changes he made would fit within that budget. Imagine our shock when Metricon gave us a lump sum price of roughly $16,000 for our non-standard kitchen and butlers pantry. We were hoping to have the dream kitchen for $10,000 ūüėĘ

To give some context, here are the elevation drawings of the offending rooms…


Standard Metricon Hudson Kitchen and Pantry


Customised Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry

I don’t think we went overboard with the changes to the main kitchen. I expected the variation to the pantry was going to be the bulk of the extra cost and worked out a guesstimate of the redesign based on Metricon’s DOL.

  • Increased the island from 2696mm x 1020mm to 3000mm x 1200mm – $1,000
  • Increased the caesarstone edge to island only from 20mm to 40mm. The main¬†kitchen bench top to remain standard 20mm. – ¬†$1,000
  • Added a microwave/oven tower – $1,590
  • Added 2 banks of drawers – $1,620
  • Deleted 3 base cupboards Elevation D of the island – (expect a credit)
  • Deleted standard pantry shelves and replaced with a customised butler’s pantry layout including caesarstone bench top and base cupboards – $5,000

I’m well aware of builder’s margin but the price discrepancy seems unreasonable and for the life of me I can’t do the maths! I guess I have to wait for the itemised breakdown from Metricon to work out the extra charges. It’s fair to say, we left the appointment frustrated and disheartened.¬†We now have a huge task of trying to cull the upgrades to get within budget! *Sigh*

Flooring Conundrum

One more sleep until our much anticipated internal colour and electrical selections. Eeeeeeek! Just to give myself a refresher, I made a last minute dash to the Metricon display homes in Kellyville. I wanted a walk through of the house that we initially fell in love with, the Laguna. Yep, I still love it especially the master bedroom, ensuite and parents retreat!

While I feel well prepared for tomorrow’s appointment, I’m in a serious quandary over the floors. We have our hearts set on floating timber floorboards. Installing timber flooring requires an expansion gap to be left between the timber and the walls. Ideally, the skirting boards should be installed after the flooring but if the skirts are already in place before the floor is laid then a Scotia beading is used as an edge trim to cover the gap.


Herein lies the conundrum. I’m not a huge fan of Scotia but I think we can paint them the same colour to blend into the skirting boards. It’s the beading around the kitchen island that is driving me crazy! I think it’s ugly and ruins the beautiful waterfall edge.



IMG_2157.JPGThe sensible solution is to have the island installed after the floors. But I’ve already asked a few times and been told it’s standard for the flooring to be laid down last.¬†Am I being precious about this?

So I’d love to hear your thoughts on Scotia beading. If anyone has any experience or suggestion on how we can avoid the use of Scotia around the island, please leave me a comment. Thanks

Colour Pre-Selections



Happy Spring everyone!

I’m so excited by the change of seasons and the onset of spring seems to have set the wheels back in motion. While the development application awaits its turn in the council queue, we now shift our focus on the enormous task of selecting all the internal finishes for the house.

As I mentioned in this post, the multitude of choices has left us a tad overwhelmed with indecision! Although Nick and I have similar tastes, it’s no surprise that there are some colour conundrums that we struggle to agree on. To preempt the inevitable squabbles we decided to hire an interior designer to help us perfect our colour schemes and make sure the choices we make not only look stunning but also¬†complement our lifestyle.

So, off we went on a 3-hour colour therapy with our interior designer extraordinaire Jenny. The plan was to meet at the Di Lorenzo showroom to pick tiles for the wet areas then head off to Studio M to choose the benchtop and vanity materials to finish off the colour schemes. ¬†Under Jenny’s expert¬†guidance, we nailed the colour selections for all bathrooms, kitchen and laundry, and chose the interior paint colour for the walls, ceiling, cornices, architraves and skirting boards. No doubt it would have taken us far more time and effort on our own. It should now make next week’s colour appointment with Metricon a breeze!

Apologies for the poor quality photos. The lighting in the showroom was not ideal. Anyhow with these bathroom ideas in mind, here are the colours we decided on.

Benchtop: Caesarstone Organic White
Overhead Cupboards: Laminex White Natural Finish
Underbench Drawers: Laminex Smoky Sapelle Silk Finish

Kitchen Colour Scheme

Kitchen Colour Scheme

Benchtop: Caesarstone Walnut
Vanity: Laminex White Silk Finish

Powder Room Colour

Downstairs Powder Room Colour Scheme

Benchtop: Caesarstone Wild Rice
Vanity: Laminex Avignon Walnut Silk Finish

Ensuite Colour

Ensuite Colour Scheme

Benchtop: Caesarstone Linen
Vanity: Laminex Milano Walnut Natural Finish

Kids Bathroom Colour

Kids Bathroom/Upstairs Powder Room Colour Scheme

We are very pleased with our selections and can’t wait to see them come to life!