External Colours

Taking inspiration from a Metricon Laguna build, we have chosen a neutral colour palette for the exterior of our Hudson.


We would have loved a darker colour for our bricks but to upgrade to the Metallix range would have added a whopping $10,000 to the overall cost. Thanks but no thanks! So we have chosen the “Orpheus” from the Austral Whitsunday range.



  • ROOF TILES: Bristile Classic Shingle – Coal


  • Gutter, down pipes, fascia, rainwater tanks and windows: Colorbond Monument


  • Facade Cladding and Laundry Door: We made another change to the cladding during the contract stage after already modifying the profile from the standard vertical to the horizontal ‘Linea’ weatherboard. We decided the James Hardie ‘Stria’ cladding will better suit the contemporary look we are going for. They will be painted in Dulux – Saudi Sand. The colour looks darker on the screen but I’ve been told it should be 4 times lighter in the sun. Fingers crossed!

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  • Eaves, external ceiling and James Hardie ‘Matrix’ panels to the balcony off the master will be painted Dulux Mount Buller

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  • Garage door: Timberlook Caoba


  • Front door: Stained in Cabots Rich Walnut


We are in two minds whether to render or clad the portico in stacked stone. I personally prefer the stone but Nick thinks render won’t date as much. If we go my way, I think the European Castle Stone in Chardonnay from Boral will add a certain “je ne sais quoi” to our facade! What do you think?










We decided to go the safe option of render. The colour choice was a hard one to make and we delayed committing to the colour as long as possible. The exterior colour consultant from Metricon suggested matching the render to the same light-coloured cladding but we didn’t want too much of a contrast with the dark brick. We thought a darker render will blend in better but will also give a nice contrast to the facade. I spent a bit of time on Envisage playing with the different colour schemes and we are happy with our selections. So without further ado here’s our render colour – Dulux Mount Eden.


8 thoughts on “External Colours

  1. Sam says:

    I agree with your husband in saying that the rendering will ensure the house doesn’t date as quickly. The stacked stone looks lovely but unfortunately the look will fade fairly quickly. With rendering you can’t go wrong! Good luck with your build I’ll be keeping an eye on your blog 🙂

    • Sheilzy says:

      Hi Sam. I’ve come to my senses and will be rendering the portico. We’ve picked Monument to match the windows, fascia, guttering and down pipes. Hope the colours work. Thanks

    • Sheilzy says:

      Hi, we didnt like any of the facades with the front balcony and couldnt justify the extra cost to upgrade to the only facade without balcony – Modern, so we stuck with Traditional. We modified it as much as we could. Here’s a visual of what it should look like.

  2. RJ says:

    I am building laguna 34 with the traditional facade and selected the colours with the same brick. The Metricon doesnt have any tool to show me the complete picture like yours. How did you manage to get this, any suggestions?
    below are my colours-
    Brick – Orpheus
    Roof – Nickel
    gutter/watertank/Metre box – colorbond night sky
    Fascia – shale grey
    eaves/lining – Dulux Lexicon
    Cladding – Dulux endless dusk
    Down pipes/metal capping – Dulux Namadji
    Windows – Precious Silver pearl
    Entry door – Rich walnut
    Garage door – Colorbond Cedar

    i wants to highlight grey ourside so choose Endless dusk for my cladding and i hope this will look nice, appriciate your comments.

    love your blog.

  3. Raj says:

    Hi again
    Can I ask what did you do with your appliances? Currently Metricon is offering fisher Paykal alba which are very standard am wondering if you have upgraded yours with how much extra?

    • Sheilzy says:

      Hi Raj, we wanted to upgrade the appliances to a European brand but Metricon said no as their supplier didn’t stock the brand. We didn’t like any of the upgraded items on offer so decided to go with the F&P and upgrade down the track. Too many things to worry about as it is!

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