A digger in our driveway

28 11 2011

After work my brother in-law and I went around to the house to remove the weeping cherry tree from the property before the demolisher starts work later this week.

When we arrived, we were greeted by a large digger parked in the driveway.  The digger almost dwarfs the house.

A big thanks to my brother in-law for helping with the tree transplant (you can see him in one of the photos) and Jasper for the use of his utility to transport it.

C&K

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Demoliton to start this week

28 11 2011

Got a phone call from our demolisher, VicWide Demolition that they will begin the demolition job this week. Yay! I quickly organised to have the temporary fencing to be put up. We obtained quotes from several fencing companies a few weeks back so all we had to do was to pick one of the cheaper quotes and go with it. In regards to fencing quotes, I found they all came in around the same price but its still worthwhile to ring around.

The turnaround to have the fencing delivered and installed is quick, usually around 24 hours. I ran in the morning and signed the paperwork by lunch time. Usually the cut off is 11am to have fencing put up the next day, but the office people were good and booked the fencing in for tomorrow.

Tonight, we need to go around and remove a tree we want to keep before the demolisher flattens the whole place.

C&K





A visit to Studio M

28 11 2011

This weekend on Saturday we had our second visit to Studio M.  The first being two weeks ago for an introductory tour to acquaint ourselves with the selection process and various options.  Our aim for the visit was to come up with our kitchen colour scheme – cabinets, benchtop and splashback. We really want to make sure that we are well prepared for our colour selection appointment and essentially have most things already picked out before then.

We spent about three hours there and we are pleased to report that the afternoon was a success. We managed to narrow down our colour scheme to a couple of different choices which we can now play around with and match up with our various tile selections to come up with a finale colour pallet.

We also managed to select our laundry benchtop and timber floor. It was definitely a worthwhile exercise as we found that we were a bit lost to start with. We started out with heaps of different selections and gradually, through a process of elimination, got down to our final couple of choices. We both agreed that we wouldn’t want to be doing this for the first time when we have our colour selection appointment.

We have visited almost every Metricon display home around Melbourne to help us work out what we want in our home. We have found that seeing colour schemes and layouts in person and to scale has helped us in our decision making compared with trying to make choices  based on the small sample swatches we have collected. Another useful thing we have done is obtain the colour schedules from our Metricon Sales Consultant for the display homes we have liked so we can get the exact colours, sizes, finishes etc. without having to make educated  guesses all the time. Our Sales Consultant, Melissa has been really responsive in providing this information to us.

The selections narrowed down so far:

Kitchen

  • Benchtop: Caesarstone Ivory or Linen
  • Overhead cupboards: Laminex Nocturne Oak or Mocha Ash
  • Cupboard fronts and drawers: Laminex Pumice (DiamondGloss)
  • Appliance cupboard (microwave tower): Laminex Nocturne Oak, Mocha Ash or Pumice
  • Glass splashback: Ash Gray
  • Island panels: Laminex Pumice (DiamondGloss)

Laundry

  • Benchtop: Laminex Stipple Hemp (DiamondGloss)
  • Broom cupboard: Laminex Nocturne Oak, Mocha Ash or Pumice
  • Overhead cupboards: Laminex Nocturne Oak or Mocha Ash
  • Under bench cupboards: Laminex Pumice (DiamondGloss)

Bathroom

  • Benchtop: Caesarstone Ivory or Linen
  • Vanity cupboards: Laminex Nocturne Oak or Mocha Ash

C&K

Caesarstone - Linen

Caesarstone - Linen

Caesarstone - Ivory

Caesarstone - Ivory

Laminex - Nocturne Oak

Laminex - Nocturne Oak

Laminex - Mocha Ash

Laminex - Mocha Ash

Laminex - Pumice

Laminex - Pumice

Laminex - Stipple Hemp

Laminex - Stipple Hemp





Introducing the Nolan 45 by Metricon

22 11 2011

The new home we have selected for our knockdown and rebuild project is the Nolan 45 by Metricon. We have been looking at display homes on and off for the last four or five years and are now finally taking the plunge to build our dream home. We always seemed to be drawn to homes which had the same sort of layout that the Nolan offers and so when we came across the floor plan for the Nolan it seemed to tick all the right boxes give or take a few minor changes.

Here are the floor plans for the house with some of the design alterations we have made to suit our needs.  We have come across several other building blogs which have provided some of the inspirations for our design alterations.

Click HERE to view ‘pdf’ of the original Plans

The changes include –

Ground Floor

  • Relocate linen cupboard and wall to encompass toilet and vanity in one room with window on either side of the vanity.
  • Increased garage width by 600mm.
  • Added single rear roller door to rear of garage.
  • Internal Cavity Sliding Door to Study (but contemplating stacker door).
  • Internal Cavity Sliding Door to WIP.
  • Microwave tower (didn’t like the original location where you had to bend down below the bench to access).
  • Window Splash-back to stove area.
  • Upgraded PROMO timber stacker door to bi-fold doors from dining to alfresco area.
  • Increased alfresco area by adding option of grand alfresco with ceiling fan.

First Floor

  • Added alcove to WIR to master bedroom.
  • Ensuite swapped toilet and shower position.  Increased size of ensuite and gained larger shower.
  • Closed off doors from bathroom to Bed 3 and 4.
  • Relocate bath, shower and added double vanity to bathroom.

C&K





Welcome! The adventure begins…

7 11 2011

Welcome to our journal diary of building our dream home in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  We are very excited about building our home but at the same time anxious of the building process after hearing first hand and reading various horror stories of other families’ experiences – from countless delays, poor communication (not responding to phone calls, emails), incompetent tradespeople and site supervisors to slow progress on fixes to the house after handover.

We are hoping our process and outcome would be very different and fun.

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you enjoy your stay.  Feel free to drop us a comment.

C&K