Internal Colours

Our first Studio M experience was a walk in the park. We were in and out picking the external colours in an hour. The internal colour experience was the complete opposite! All our preparation went out the window as the drama over the kitchen which held us back during contract stage reared its ugly head. You can read more about the kitchen saga here and here.

The upside of the long, drawn-out process is that we had the chance to fine tune our selections. For those who haven’t reached this stage be warned, Metricon allow only 1 quotation from the Internal appointment and an administration fee of $1500 applies for additional amendments or consultation.

Unfortunately the budget didn’t stretch far enough to keep all the items we requested to be priced up. So, what didn’t make the cut?

  • Viridian 6.38mm Comfort plus clear glazing to all windows, sliding and bi fold doors – $13,597
  • Aluminium framed flyscreens to all opening awning windows – $1,975
  • Hume LIN1 feature cavity sliding doors with translucent glazing and stain finish – $875 per door

It was so hard to draw a line in the sand and even now that it’s done and dusted, I’m still finding things I wish we could change. But overall, I’m thrilled with the final cut.

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


Ground Floor: 1-strip, 14.5mm Spotted Gum engineered timber floor (as I mused in this post, we ended up paying the $2000 variation for no scotia beading)
First Floor: Lasting Impressions ‘Cloud’ carpet

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

1-Strip Spotted Gum 14.5mm timber floors
and Lasting Impressions ‘Cloud’ carpet

Front 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

Hume Savoy XS26

Powder Room 1
Benchtop: Caesarstone Walnut
Wall Hung Vanity: Laminex White Silk Finish
Basin: Ideal Standard Active Above Counter Basin
Mixer: Phoenix Cruiser 3-piece wall hung set
Toilet: Roca ‘The Gap’ Toilet Suite

Powder Room 1

Powder Room 2 and Kids Bathroom
Benchtop: Caesarstone Linen
Wall Hung Vanity: Laminex Milano Walnut Natural Finish
Basin: Ideal Standard Active Above Counter Basin
Mixer: Phoenix Cruiser 3-piece wall hung set
Shower Head: Alder Eco Dual Rain Shower
Toilet: Roca ‘The Gap’ Toilet Suite


Benchtop: Caesarstone Wild Rice
Wall Hung Vanity: Laminex Avignon Walnut Silk Finish
Basin: Ideal Standard Active Above Counter Basin
Mixer: Phoenix Cruiser 3-piece wall hung set
Double Shower: Porcher Cygnet Square Twin Rail
Toilet: Roca ‘The Gap’ Toilet Suite


At the Grand Designs Live home show, hubby and I took one look at THE BATH and instantly fell in lurve! It’s our dream bath ever since we saw it showcased in Kyal and Kara’s knockout winning bathroom on The Block. It was one of many things I’d been coveting for a very long time.

Picasso Stone Bath

Picasso Stone Bath

From past experience, we knew Metricon were not really all that flexible in allowing clients to supply their own fittings. So when we approached them about swapping the Kado bath to the stone bath, we didn’t expect them to agree. We had no issue with them saying no as plan B was to get them to provide the plumbing provisions for the water and waste points so we could install the bath after handover. We also told Metricon that we would provide a life size template of the bath with the waste point clearly marked so they would know the exact position for the plumbing. Imagine our shock when they refused to do any plumbing virtually making it impossible to install the bath.

After the fiasco over the kitchen, we really didn’t want another battle over the bath. The easy way would have been to let it go and forget about it but the indignation over Metricon’s inflexibility and unreasonableness kept niggling at us. So we dug our heels in and came up with a solution that would allow us to have the uber bath. Unfortunately the solution is not without extra cost to us as we have to install the Kado and replace it with the stone bath after we move in. We also need additional joists put in across the length of the Ensuite to support the 175kg bath weight. Does $550 for the extra joists sound reasonable to you? I think not but I guess it’s the price you pay for going non-standard!

Anyhoo if anyone wants to buy a brand new Kado Lure bath, I have one to sell in a few months.

8 thoughts on “Internal Colours

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi Sheilzy – love your colour selections! Your kitchen colours are very similar to ours – I was just wondering what your wall colours are as I’m finding it hard to decide:)

    • Sheilzy says:

      Hi Lisa, our wall colour downstairs is Dulux Sandy Day and upstairs we’ve gone with Sandy Day Half. We had an interior designer help us with our colours so hopefully we’ll be happy. Hope that helps😄

  2. Raj says:

    Hi Sheilzy
    Can I ask what did you do with your kitchen appliances? We are getting F&P Elba which is very standard and wants to upgrade.

  3. Elaine says:

    Hi Sheilzy,

    I really love the internal colours that you have chosen. Which internal designer did you use and how much did you pay for the consultation?

    I’ve sent you an email previously in regards to the demo company you used.


    • Sheilzy says:

      Hi Elaine, we used Jenny Williams She charged $590 + gst for the 3 hour consultation. We started at Di Lorenzo to pick tiles and finished off at Studio M to pick the rest. She made the process simple and fun and we absolutely love our bathrooms and kitchen. I wish we had her to help with exterior colours.
      Sorry I don’t check the email. I’ll have a look and reply soon.
      All the best with your Metricon build 😄

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