Studio M – Final Selections

After weeks of painstaking back and forth between us, Metricon and the design consultant from Castlewood Kitchens, I’m so relieved that what has turned into a royal debacle is now officially over.

What a saga!!!

It only took 2 long months for Metricon to come back to us with a quote that we can live with and to be honest I’m not 100% convinced that they got it right. But at this late in the game, we decided to put our blinkers on and sign off on the kitchen albeit begrudgingly just so we can finally move forward. The saving grace in this schmozzle is that we are absolutely thrilled with our custom kitchen and butler’s pantry. I can’t wait to see the 3D plans from Castlewood.

Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry

  • Benchtop and Island including waterfall edge: 40mm Caesarstone Organic White
  • Overhead Cupboards: Laminex White Natural Finish
  • Base Cupboards, Microwave/Oven Tower and Island Cabinetry: Smokey Sapelle Crystal Gloss
  • Splashback: Colombia Clear Tough Glass
our Hudson Kitchen and Butler's Pantry

our Hudson Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry by Castlewood Kitchens


With some creative budgeting not to mention a whopping $8k credit for the revised stormwater plans (thank you Ryde Council), we managed to keep as many of the Studio M upgrades as possible. YAY!


  • Ground Floor: 1-strip, 14.5mm Spotted Gum engineered timber floor (we paid extra for no scotia beading)
  • First Floor:  Lasting Impressions ‘Cloud’ carpet

1-Strip Spotted Gum 14.5mm timber floors  and Lasting Impressions 'Cloud' carpetFront Door

  • Hume Savoy XS26 – 2340mm x 1200mm with translucent glass
  • Lanes 316 Round “T” Handle in Stainless Steel – 900mm back to back

    Hume Savoy XS26

    Powder Room 1

Powder Room 2 and Bathroom


And the piece de resistance in our luxe Ensuite…cue drum roll…here is our beautiful stone bath in light grey.

Picasso Stone Bath

Picasso Stone Bath

I’m stoked that we fought to have this uber limestone bath, the Picasso from the Natural Stone Bathroom.  I have to say that I’m very disappointed in the way Metricon handled the situation with the bath. To cut a long story short, we requested to swap the Kado Lure bath we have in the contract to the Picasso. As expected Metricon said no to us supplying the stone bath. Rather than try to come to a compromise that was agreeable to both parties, Metricon made it virtually impossible to change the bath after handover by refusing to provide plumbing provisions for the water and waste points. WTF!

After the fiasco with the kitchen the last thing I wanted was another drawn-out saga over the bath but I’ll be damned if we took this lying down. So, with a lot of negotiation and a firm ‘will not take no for an answer’ stance, hubby single-handedly turned a hell no around and came up with a solution that let us have the bath. Go hubby!

15 thoughts on “Studio M – Final Selections

  1. Gnaters says:

    OMG OMG OMG that is all fabulous, and totally worth the fight. Congratulations and I can’t wait to see your house come together!

    • Sheilzy says:

      Thanks Nat😄 I’m still reeling from how inflexible and unreasonable M was over that bath. So glad we didn’t take the easy way out and dug our heels in. Can’t wait to get started! How’s yours progressing?

  2. trixee says:

    Gorgeous selections! I’m considering the same toilet suite. Congrats on the killer negotiation skillz too, you should be able to do whatever you damn well want, it’s your house not theirs!

  3. KL says:

    Congrats on moving forward! We own a building company and welcome clients individual choices but I wonder, give the lower margins with a project company if the risk of error / damage to exy client supplied items might potentially negate their margins, therefor the reluctance in flexibility? Just a thought. Love your selections…the kitchen layout in not dissimilar to what I’m hoping to have one day! Hope your build is all plain sailing for you from here on!

    • Sheilzy says:

      Thanks KL. We actually didn’t mind our builder not agreeing to let us supply the bath. What really upset us was that they refused to do the plumbing provisions and when we asked them how they expected us to install the bath after handover, their answer was to rip up the floor and somehow do the plumbing retrospectively. To us this was unreasonable and totally inflexible! Anyways here’s hoping for a fast, problem-free build.

      • KL says:

        Wow. That does seem extreme… Anything ‘out of the standard’ obviously has them hopping! Well done to not bow to their stance to get what you want. Cheers to your excellent negotiation skills! 🙂

  4. Dave Hughes says:

    Can I ask what metricon had as a provisional sum for your stormwater? We have our contract signing wednesday and they have a whopping 20k provisional for the stormwater disposal system.

    • Sheilzy says:

      We also had a 20k PA for hydraulics. Original stormwater plans included 2x slimline tanks + underground retention pit so final cost came in just over 19k. Council didn’t approve the pit so we had to amend to put in 2x bigger tanks which lucky for us ended up 8k cheaper! Metricon didn’t consult us over the hydraulics. If we had been told of options right from the get go, we would have definitely gone with the more cost effective solution. If council didn’t have issues then we would have spent the additional 8k unnecessarily. Not small change by any means! My advice is to ask questions and be involved in the decision making. This is your house after all so you should get a say and not have decisions made for you. Hope that helps and good luck with the contract.

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