Hubby and I had a rare day off from work today. Sadly it wasn’t a relaxing day-at-the-beach kinda day off as there’s no resting for the wicked when there are a million things to organise for the big move!

We couldn’t resist a quick drive by to the block to see the plumber and carpenters working their magic on our house. 

Upstairs Leisure painted in accent colour Dulux ‘Ceylonese’


Downstairs powder room tapware

I made a last minute change to upgrade the benchtop from laminate to stone. The change was negotiated directly with Castlewood Kitchens, who designed and supplied the custom kitchen and butlers pantry. As we had already picked the sink at Studio M appointment, I didn’t check whether it could be under mounted. I guess not😱

Butlers Pantry stone benchtop ‘Organic White’ and Mizu round sink


Downstairs walk in linen room.


I’m so glad we upgraded the exhaust fans in the wet areas. They were pricey but look 100000 times better than the standard model.

Kids shower dual rail

Here is the temporary bath that we had to keep in the contract. Metricon didn’t allow us to supply the Picasso stone bath we intend for the ensuite. So, we have to go to the hoopla of replacing the Kado after handover.

Freestanding bath ‘Kado Lure’

Houston we have another problem! The minute I walked in the ensuite, I knew they had put in the wrong shower rail. 

Porcher Cygnet round shower

We had picked the square one that was part of the promotion. An email was quickly sent to JM.

Hot Right Now promo


All the skirtings had been removed in preparation for the timber flooring installation. According to one of the chippies, the guys are starting tomorrow. OMG! I wasn’t expecting that till end of the week. Woohoo😎


Locked out 

Metricon are ticking things off the list as planned. Painters had their last day on Tuesday and it also looked like the electricians completed the air conditioning, lighting and electrical fitoff yesterday. I thought they were due to complete the fitoff today hence my lunchtime drive-by to have a close nosey at the painting workmanship. 

I was disappointed to see the house empty. Although I still managed to get inside the fence as whoever was the last to leave didn’t do a good job locking up the gates. So, I was able to see a bit of the progress through the windows. 

Sorry for the poor quality pics. 

‘Orpheus’ bricks scrubbed up well😄

Hume Savoy ‘XS26’ stained Rich Walnut

Dining Room feature wall painted in Dulux ‘Ceylonese’

We tried to negotiate with the electrician to install LED downlights instead of the ridiculously ugly UFO battens. They were happy to oblige however our site manager stepped in and wouldn’t have a bar of it. Boohoo! It’s easy enough to change after handover so no big deal.

UFO lights

I also spied bath and stuff waiting for plumbing fitoff. Can’t wait to see all our shiny tapware go in.

Plumbing hardware

Next week is another big milestone week. Our much awaited Spotted Gum floors are getting installed! Woohoo👍


As we get closer and closer to the end of the build, I thought it fitting to take a trip down memory lane and look back at the building journey so far. From a humble little red brick house to our soon to be dream home. What a crazy ride!

Music by Angus and Julia Stone.

Builder’s Schedule

 I was at the house yesterday organising the joinery measure and boy did I pick a good day to visit! The block was a hive of activity and the site manager had his hands full barking orders at the chippies and trouble shooting a leak from the lower roof. A puddle of water inside the supposedly water-tight Study aint a good sign but it’s better the issue cropped up now than later when we’ve moved in. The roofers were quickly summoned to fix what needed fixing and I’ll be sure to get our independent inspector give that section a thorough check when he comes in for the final building inspection before handover.

JM once again proved his weight in gold. He clarified a few niggles. First off, he told me that we’re now getting a shower door in the guest bathroom at no extra charge.  He also reassured me that he’s aware of our ‘no scotia beading’ variation for our timber floors and confirmed there will be no beading or trim around the kitchen island. It sounds like they will be caulking to seal the gap between the floor and waterfall end. I hope the sealant is properly applied so the edge is invisible. Watch this space😄

As I was discussing wardrobe plans with our joiner, JM actually made a point to ask the joiner how he wanted the robe spaces finished. They lost me with their builder lingo but suffice to say I was appreciative of his proactiveness. He didn’t have to talk to the joiner and I certainly didn’t ask him to but he went out if his way to help anyway. Just goes to show what a good site manager he is. Lucky us!

Finally he ran me through the schedule. So, looks like he’s aiming to present the house mid July. Ohemgee!!! We are possibly only 4 weekends away from getting our hands on the much coveted set of keys. Someone pinch me. I can’t believe the end is sooooo close. I’m crossing all fingers and toes that every single job runs on schedule. Woohoo!!!


Bits and bobs

If you’ve ever renovated or built a house, you would know that the process requires a healthy dose of patience. Today marks 450 days since we paid the initial deposit to Metricon and kick started this building journey. As we get closer to the end, it feels like the finish line is still so far away. My weekly site visits are also becoming less exciting, as visually the transformations aren’t too obvious week to week.

Gyprockers were on site on Friday and Saturday patching up. As the photos show, it looks like our awesome site manager JM has been through the whole house with a pencil and let loose!


Walls marked up for patching


JM sent me an email to report the issue with the fridge space has been rectified. The cavity is now wide enough to fit our 908mm fridge. It would have been a disaster if we hadn’t picked up the issue before moving day! Phew!


Fridge cavity widened to fit our fridge

As we customised the kitchen through Castlewood, the bulkhead in the butlers pantry wasn’t drawn on the final plans. JM actually picked up this oversight and told me he would fix it without any prompting from me.


Bulkhead in butlers pantry sans cornice


Under stair storage is massive

JM called me whilst the shower screen supplier was on site measuring up. He had a question about the shower screen in the powder room downstairs. During the initial planning stage, we added a shower in the powder room. On the plans, it’s specified as only having a fixed glass panel with no door.  I think a reasonable person would assume that when you ask for a shower, you will get a shower screen with a door. Silly us, we didn’t check the fine print and because we signed off on the plans we may now cop a variation if we want to add a door. Arrgh, never assume anything peeps!


Downstairs shower


Sneak peek of our double undermount sinks

We had our hearts set on spotted gum floors for our house but we really didn’t like the standard way that Metricon install timber flooring with scotia. We begrudgingly paid the hefty variation of ‘no scotia’. I’m starting to wonder how they will do the flooring around the waterfall edge of the island. I’ll be discussing this with JM when I see him on Wednesday. Hopefully he’s on top of it but with 18 builds on his plate, I won’t be surprised if he’s not aware of this variation. Better to give him the heads up ASAP so there’s no unpleasant surprise down the track.


Waterfall edge




Kids bathroom benchtop ‘Caesarstone Linen’



I’m so glad I managed to talk the building manager into letting us change the cladding in the master bedroom balcony. I love the contemporary look of the Matrix panels. 


Balcony walls in Scyon Matrix