Blank canvas

When the time came to bid the old house adieu, I had good intentions to do a time-lapse video of the demolition works. I reckon it would have been fascinating to watch the house knocked down in very quick fashion. But life got in the way so unfortunately I have no time-lapse footage to share. Boohoo!

What I do have is the next best thing… here’s an animated gif of some ‘before and after’ shots! Pretty cool and I have to thank Trixee for the idea 🙂

Bye bye old house!

Bye bye old house!

So, goodbye old dame. And hooray for the blank canvas that is patiently waiting for Metricon to turn into our dream home! 



I was so chuffed to receive a nomination for the Liebster Blog Award by one of my favourite bloggers, the lovely Kerrie-Lee from Eternalicons. KL is slowly building her beautiful house on the Central Coast of NSW. I always enjoy her ramblings on her occasional progress, design ideas and everything in between. Pop on over and check out her fabulous online abode.

I must admit to being totally oblivious to the Liebster award before KL’s surprise nomination. A quick search on good old Google tells me the Liebster is the blogging equivalent to a chain letter. It’s awarded to newbies as a way to promote and support their blogs and a chance to connect and discover other amazing blogs out there. So, brace yourself for some blogging fun!

The rules that came with this nomination were:
1. Link back and recognise the blogger who nominated you.
2. Answer ten questions given by the nominator.
3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award.
4. Create ten questions for nominees to answer.
5. Notify your nominees.
6. Get an award button and display it proudly.

Let’s go!

1. What is your earliest memory?
I have vivid and not so fond memories of my mum dressing my sister and I in identical outfits complete with matching hairstyles. Suffice to say I wasn’t the biggest fan of being matchy-matchy with my little sis. Thanks mum😄


2. How many homes have you lived in?
Moving house is such an ordeal and I’ve tried to avoid it over the years. By my reckoning I’ve only lived in 8 homes translating to a move every 4.5 years. I’m very much looking forward to move #9, not so much the boring chores of packing and unpacking that come with it!


3. What do you love most about blogging?
I started my blog as a way to document our building experience and to share the journey with our family and friends. It has since morphed into something more! It’s become an outlet for me to indulge my keen interest in design. It’s also allowed me to make connections with like minded peeps whose feedback, suggestions and general enthusiasm continue to inspire me.

4. How would your mother describe you?
Driven, head-strong, loyal and stubborn as a bull.

5. In five words describe your interior style
Contemporary, modern, minimalist, eclectic..ummm I struggled to answer this one KL!

6. Current obsessions?
As tragic as it sounds, my current obsessions are all building related. I’m forever trawling the interweb in the name of research and fine tuning design and styling ideas for the interior.

7. What’s your most cherished possession?
My darling husband went to great lengths designing the perfect engagement ring. I adore it not only because it’s beautiful but it also reminds me of the amazing proposal he orchestrated when he presented it to me.

Magical proposal overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Magical proposal overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

8. Name three things you’re grateful for
1. I have an amazing husband who loves and supports me unconditionally
2. I have 3 beautiful girls who bring constant laughter into our lives
3. I have a big family who are so generous with their support
And a fourth one for good measure..I feel blessed to call this beautiful city Sydney home.

9. What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about my family and building a beautiful home for us to make lasting memories together.

10. Describe your perfect Christmas
The perfect Christmas for me is an all-day affair. There’s no better way to get into the spirit by opening presents first up. I just love watching my children’s faces light up as they unwrap their presents. Very cool! Next on the agenda is a loooong lunch with the extended family. Each year we take turns to host the annual family tradition where good food, plenty of laughs, the odd karaoke fun and lots of gift giving are customary!

So, there you have it folks. Thank you KL for my Liebster! It’s now my turn to pay it forward. Here are my nominations…

Johanne, House by the water
Trixee, Solar Passive House
Deb, Deb’s Dream Home
Cherri, Our little big house build
Lauren, treechanged
lunar62, Majestic 40 at Gardeners Ridge
Teresa, Bell Bird Song
E&M, Metricon Adventure
Yvonne, Peakhurst

And my questions for these lovely ladies…
1. Describe yourself in three words.
2. What does your family think of your blog?
3. What’s your favorite post that you’ve written and why? (Link, please!)
4. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
5. What are three things you cannot live without?
6. Which song always gets you on the dance floor?
7. What super power do you wish you have?
8. What is your idea of heaven?
9. If you could meet one person from the past, who would it be?
10. Favourite holiday destination.

I look forward to reading the answers!


All I want for Christmas…

imageLast Christmas and the Christmases before that, I would have been thrilled to receive anything packaged in a teeny tiny egg blue box! It certainly made present buying for moi a breeze.

Well, fast forward to 2014 and what a difference a few months make!

This year all I really want for Christmas is a nice solid CONCRETE SLAB, just like this little beauty!


It was hubby’s birthday last Thursday and Metricon came to the party by sending us the final construction drawings and contract variations on the day. Surprisingly we picked up only a couple of really minor errors that were corrected straight away. If only Metricon had shown the same urgency in resolving  issues we had flagged in earlier stages, we would probably be halfway through the build by now!

Anyhoo signing off on the last set of paperwork meant we are now officially OUT of admin and finally we’ve reached the exciting construction stage. We also said goodbye to our CSC who has been a good support throughout the lengthy and quite stressful pre-construction phase. We now get assigned a Site Manager (SM) and Construction Support Coordinator (CSC). What a milestone!

So, with 30 days left until Christmas, I have my fingers crossed Metricon will play Santa and grant my wish for a  slab. They certainly seem to be in a gift-giving mood as they sent us a little gift in the mail for reaching 10,000 page views. Thank you Metricon and thank you awesome readers for getting us over the 10,000 mark!!!

Shaynna Blaze

Shaynna Blaze’s ‘Design Your Home’ with compliments of Metricon 

Metricon KDRs

BREAKING NEWS: Just received a phone update from our CSC. The Construction Certificate has now been issued and the Design team are finalising the construction drawings as we speak. We should have them by the end of the week to review and sign-off. Woohoo! Happy Monday!!!

With vacant land in established suburbs at an all-time low, there’s a growing trend in KDR aka knockdown-rebuilds as home owners choose to stay put and forego costly renovations in favour of starting from scratch and building the dream home.

The signature Metricon ‘Love Where You Live’ blue banner is certainly a common sight all over the Northern Suburbs of Sydney. I drive past our block every chance I get in the hopes of seeing the banner erected in all it’s glory but no joy as yet😔

Metricon Banner

I came across a couple of Metricon-built homes sold as new 3-4 minutes drive from our block.

It’s so interesting to see a finished build not decked out in the super expensive bells and whistles of a display house. The facade is a dead giveaway for the Urban Laguna and the interiors showcase the contemporary floor plan typical of a Metricon design. Even without all the fancy upgrades, it was listed on Domain as being sold at auction for a cool $2.110m.


via Belle Property Beecroft

This KDR was beautifully presented like a display home . I remember walking through at the open inspection back in Oct-13 being super impressed by the high quality finishes and daydreaming about our very own Metricon home. I believe it sold upwards of $1.5m before the Sydney property market really took off. I reckon if the new owners wanted to cash in now, they could achieve a sale price of $2m+. Not a bad profit in only 12 months!

Images via McGrath Hunters Hill

via McGrath Hunters Hill

With all the months of planning, designing and waiting, it’s easy to feel disheartened by the long road to building the dream. But seeing examples of stunning results like these KDRs reinforce in our minds that we’ve made the right decision. We have itchy feet and counting the days until we get handed over to construction. Being soooooo close, it’s hard to keep the impatience under control.

C’mon Metricon, let’s get this show on the road!

Design dilemma: the walk in wardrobe

Now that the final bit of house decisions are locked in, I’m turning my attention to planning and designing my dream walk in. FUN!

We deleted the robes after we found it more cost effective to do after handover. At this point, hubby gets the long robe adjacent to the bed. It’s a decent size at over 4m. Lucky him!

Our Hudson Master Suite

Our Hudson Master Suite

 So, for my walk in space I have a couple of ideas…

1. L-shape layout as shown on the master bedroom plan. I’m partial to full height wardrobe units with door panels in either gloss white, wood grain laminate possibly Avignon Walnut to match the Ensuite vanity or mirrored like those below. I’m toying with the idea of a small dressing table, a glam pendant, a round Chesterfield ottoman and a nice mirror in the space.

The downside to this layout is the limited storage space. In our previous home, my walk-in wasn’t large enough to fit all my clothes so I had to share not only my husband’s space but my daughters’ closets. In our dream home, I want a big enough walk-in all to myself.

L-Shape WIR


Images from Pinterest

2. U-shape layout. With two long walls of joinery, there won’t be any issues over lack of storage. But with only 600mm between wardrobe units, I have concerns of the area feeling cramped. I could reduce the width of the units to 500mm so the gap widens to 700mm.

As much as I prefer my closet to have doors to hide the mess, I feel an open walk-in would give it a sense of space. A full length mirror on the back wall would also make it feel bigger. I’d have to go without the dressing table unless I chop a bit of the LHS unit enough to fit a small table. Hmm decisions decisions decisions.

U-Shape WIR



Images from Pinterest

Both options have their pros and cons. Do I sacrifice a nice open space for more storage? Is the gap between the U-shape wall units too narrow to function properly?

Help me choose!

So, my awesome readers please vote or leave me a comment to tell which layout I should choose.

Thank you 😄