Wet n Wild

Well there goes J’s grand plans for an action packed week on site! Instead of having an army of trades work their magic on our house, this week’s wet and wild Sydney weather will no doubt see our block sit idle.

I drove by after miss C’s netball game on Saturday to see the painters hard at work on the exterior. They were supposed to finish up yesterday before the planned removal of the scaffolding today but with the driving rain and gale force winds, I don’t think they had much luck completing the job. I swear building a house is a test of patience!

Ok, that’s enough of my rambling. I’ll sign off with a few not-so-interesting pics. Stay safe and dry😄


I spy a team of painters on Saturday. I wish they came back on Sunday to finish the job before this crazy weather!


Hole in the Study for the recessed meter box


Master bedroom balcony balustrade waterproofed


Rear with 75% of bricks acid washed

A Slight Bump

After my recent visit to the Laguna showroom, I realised that I completely overlooked a major design feature in the master bedroom balcony. Whilst the plans show the balcony to be cladded in Scyon Matrix (like the Laguna’s), the South/West walls outside the WIR will be cladded in Scyon Stria.

Hudson Elevation Plans

Hudson Elevation Plans

These pics show all external bedroom and balcony walls are cladded in Matrix panels.

View from the Balcony into the Bedroom

View from the Balcony into the Bedroom

Love love love the Parents Retreat off the Master Suite

Love love love the Parents Retreat off the Master Suite

I am flabbergasted that I didn’t pick up such an obvious discrepancy. I must have looked over the plans a million times! I just assumed our balcony will be built just like the Laguna balcony. Assumption really is the mother of all screw ups!!!

I discussed the oversight with our site manager J when I met him for the frame walk through. He was sympathetic but a stickler for the rules! So being the straight shooter that he is, he suggested I raise my concerns to our construction support coordinator A. Damn, I had hoped J was the flexible type and he could accommodate the change off the books. Cheeky I know but surely it can’t be too hard to swap the cladding materials over?

Having experienced Metricon’s inflexibility in the past, I didn’t have high hopes of getting a positive outcome to my request to rectify the oversight. A’s reply confirmed Metricon’s policy of ‘no further variations during construction‘. I sent another request to escalate to management for a review but I’m really not holding my breath. It’s the downside of going with a volume builder!

I’m trying to channel my husband’s cool as a cucumber attitude to this latest hiccup. He doesn’t think the Stria will look too badly and he reassures me when we move in I won’t notice the little things. Hmm I’m not so sure that I could gloss over something as glaringly obvious as the different cladding materials in the balcony! But here’s hoping, and I guess if it doesn’t grow on me it can’t be too hard to fix after handover right?

What do you guys think?

Display House Tour – Laguna

Before deciding to build the Hudson, we spent countless weekends visiting display villages and checking out almost every project home builder in Sydney. Although we liked some of the designs of Clarendon, Rawson and Wisdom, Metricon was always the front runner.

We fell in love with their beautiful, light-filled spacious contemporary designs and in particular the Laguna. We got so close to building the Laguna that in fact, had we not stumbled upon the video showcasing the Hudson the day before our initial appointment, this blog would probably be named “ourlaguna”. Hmmm it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as “ourhudson”.

In the absence of a Hudson display home, the Laguna showroom in Kellyville was a great substitute. It featured a lot of the variations and upgrades that were on our wish list so it was fantastic to see them in the flesh. After our tile appointment on Saturday, we took the opportunity to have another visit so, I thought I would share some of the photos I took:)

Hope you enjoyed the tour 🙂