Rating our Metricon Build

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.

THE GOOD

Design

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!

Sales

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. 

Construction

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

Price

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.

Studio M

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. 

Electrical

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!

Step lights were wired to the same switch as Moooi pendants

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😈

I spy with my little eye a hole in the ceiling👿


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! 

15 thoughts on “Rating our Metricon Build

  1. Monalisa says:

    Hi Sheilzy 🙂

    Nice to see your update!!!! WOW 6 weeks!!! Time has flown so quick.

    Pleased to hear you are enjoying your home.

    LOVE the mooi pendant. Can it be rewired to not switch on with the step lights?

    Love the plantation shutters 🙂

    We had our quote from Elite… nearly 10k!!! and likely to go up due to us wanting plantations throughout the ground floor. I hope this is normal? How much did you end up spending on these?

    thnx!

    • Sheilzy says:

      Hi Mona, can’t believe we’ve been living in the house for 6 weeks! Time’s definitely flown very quickly. We can re-wire the step lights but it’s annoying that we have to do extra work to get it right. You would think the electricians would know better! We love the shutters and we can’t recommend Elite highly enough. Our total spend was about $7500 and that was for Basswood shutters to all windows except home theatre and downstairs powder room feature window and toilet. We found their price super competitive. Does the 10k include shutters for doors?

      • Monalisa says:

        Hi Sheilzy
        10k does not include shutters for doors.
        It is shutters to front of the house+leisure room, and double rollers everywhere else. I have a feeling they are charging too much for us cos Franky had a 10k quote for her home which is so much bigger!

  2. Johanne says:

    Sheilzy, I think you’ve always presented a balanced and fair picture of your experience with Metricon. People serious about building with M in your area would have a much better idea of what to expect from reading your blog, compared to any review site. The little glimpses you’ve shown of your end product look great. Time to enjoy it.

  3. Sheilzy says:

    Thanks Joh. The house is definitely worth the wait. Hope your builder make up a lot of ground and get you in sooner than later. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished HBTW😄

  4. MrsSTM says:

    Congraulations on the finally getting in! We are just getting our stairs installed in our Liberty and as I read through your comments I must say the key “take way” issues for me following this blog are:
    – brace yourself for an expansion join in the middle of my timber floor!
    – Metricon needs to do a better deal with a higher end appliances suppier. I agree – Technika? Really? Did they read Product Review?
    – Thanks heavens I too have JM as my site manager;
    – One day soon I will be moving into my house too. Very exciting!

  5. debdjd says:

    Beautiful pendant Sheilzy.
    A pain about the wiring but hopefully it is something that can be sorted out quickly and cheaply.
    I can’t believe how quickly that 6 weeks has gone by!
    Hopefully things are starting to setttle down and you can relax and enjoy your beautiful new home ☺

  6. trixee says:

    Gosh that mooi pendant is fabulous! I do think it’s a bit strange to wire it up to the step lights though. I hope you can get that ceiling patched during your maintenance period? And I do remember the drama you had regarding the kitchen, what a let down. But it’s great that now you’re in the house and loving it, that’s fantastic.

  7. Jd says:

    Hi Sheilzy. Nice to hear from you again. I agree about the electrical appointment being a shocker and not enough guide questions provided before handover. Our colour selection consultant was really helpful and caring for us. About the actual construction process, it mostly depends on the site manager assigned to you. I have a colleague who also have JM as site mgr and he is very happy with 99% of it.

    By the way, I Have sent an email to your hudson email address. Greatly appreciate if you could respond. Cheers.

    Jd

    • Sheilzy says:

      All the best with your own Metricon build. It’s an exciting time and the Henderson is a great house. We had a fantastic experience with Metricon, from sales right throughout the build and even now post construction. Enjoy the ride😄

  8. Rajesh Jain says:

    Hi Sheilzy
    I hope you are enjoying your new home. I just have a question towards the under stairs storage area. Metricon saying they don’t cover our storage area under the stairs with Zip board? they added the price for additional floor covering however the walls and ceilling are exposed and looking hideous. can you pls confirm what you did to yours?
    many thanks
    RJ

    • Sheilzy says:

      Metricon didn’t charge us extra to plasterboard walls and ceilings. I would have thought that was standard. The only extra charge was to extend the floorboards to that area.

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Sheilzy,
    Your house is gorgeous! Am currently going through my first build and came across your blog via the homeone forums. Initially I was looking to solutions for ceiling expansion joints when I came across your floor expansion joint. While your floors are still lovely with the expansion joint, I’m finding it hard to find solutions for two unsightly ceiling joints in our long entry hallway. I noticed you have a bulkhead in your entry way and thought that could possibly remove the need for the expansion joints. I can’t seem to find any proper pics of a entryway bulkhead with cornices, so was wondering if I could be a major pain and ask if you are able supply any finished images of the bulkhead that frames your entryway just to get an idea of whether it would suit our much narrower hallway (1.2m).

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