A Christmas cheer for us

24 12 2011

Our Sales Consultant, sent an email tonight at 7pm on Christmas eve to give us some good Christmas news  – our building project has been sales accepted by Metricon!!!

In addition we were advised that the 600mm extension to the Garage has been re-instated and the previous request for an increased step down to the garage is now no longer required.

We will still need to keep the reduced Outdoor Room (which is still bigger than the standard) instead of our orignal Grand Outdoor Room.  We went to see the Nolan display at Mernda Village last weekend which has an extended outdoor room (approximately 1.5m). Based on the size of the decking we had in our last home, we felt that the standard outdoor room wasn’t going to be big enough for what we want and whilst we can no longer have the super dooper grand outdoor room, the  1.5m extention will still make a difference.

We are now eagerly looking forward to seeing the preliminary plans and contracts early in the New Year.

Merry Christmas! Fingers crossed we may be in our new home by next Christmas.


The original house

21 12 2011

Here are some pictures of the original house which is now demolished.  It is a single level dwelling with 2 bedrooms, living, family, dining and kitchen.  In recent years, there was an additional bathroom added on.  There is also a bungalow out the back and a large pool which over the years has entertained not just the home owners but half the neighborhood too.  The land size is 708sqm.

Being built in the 1950’s there is some asbestos in the eaves and ceiling areas which the demolisher are aware of and have had to factor into the demolition process.


Timber floor choice and samples galore

10 12 2011

Yesterday we received our timber floor sample from Boral by courier. We received 2 strips of 370mm long x 133mm wide and by joining them together we have got a nice colour sample that we can match with our other selections.

The Boral Silkwood Timber Floor colour we have decided on is Blackbutt.

Blackbutt has a Janka hardness rating (relative measure of resistance to impact and wear) of  of 9.1.  The hardness rating is a consideration to ensure it is durable enough for foot traffic (and kids!) – if you go to display homes you can see dents in the floor where people have walked in with high heals.

Boral Silkwood Blackbutt

Below is the collection of samples of Laminex and Caesarstone we have accumulated over the past weeks (see previous post on larger Laminx samples).

You can see underneath the samples the 2 tiles we have selected to go with for the wet areas.

Laminex, Caesarstone and Tiles

We now have most of the samples we need to come up with our choices…..


Demolition Day 6 – we have a block of land

8 12 2011

Today was the last full day of demolition work our property. The demolisher has done a good job. They have scraped the land so that it gently slopes up and the drop where the garage was is now filled in.

Now that the block is cleared and the land scarped we now realise how big our block is!!! There’s a few trees remaining on the boundary to one of our neighbours which they will remove tomorrow morning. And then that’s it – its then over to Melissa at Metricon to let the fun begin……


View of our block of land from the front


View of our block of land from the rear


Demolition Day 5 – Big Trucks

7 12 2011

There was little movement on the property over the past two days but today the demolition guys were back in action.

We did a drive by the property after work today and there were 2 big trucks parked out the front. We knew there would be a lot of rubbish come from the house but it’s incredible just how much has been generated.  It’s great to start being able to see the block more clearly now that the house is gone.


Preliminary siting received by email – grand outdoor room and wider garage deleted

6 12 2011

Last week we received the preliminary siting from our Sales Consultant, Melissa.  The siting requires some design amendments due to driveway gradient/slope, fall on site, neighboring habitable windows and garage wall height on boundary.

The proposed design amendments to fit the Metricon Nolan 45 on to our block includes:

  • A 307mm step-down to Garage to achieve the minimum grade driveway access
  • Deletion of Grand Outdoor Room extension – to be left as the standard Outdoor Room
  • Deletion of eaves to the south elevation of upper floor.

What was also missing on the preliminary siting is the 600mm width extension to the garage.

The removal of the Grand Outdoor extension and 600mm extension to garage is a bit disappointing.  As an alternative to the 3.3m extension of the Grand Outdoor Room, we have requested our Sales Consultant to include a 1m extension to the outdoor room.

It seems we cannot get closer than 2324mm to the fence of the neighbour south of us due to overshadowing habitable windows and as a result a width extension to the garage is not possible. The preliminary siting shows the maximum wall height on the southern side of the building to be 5.8m to top of gutter.

Does anyone know any regulations about how close we can get to the neighbour (reduced setback) as we would really like the garage extension even if its only nominal amount?  Is it difficult to get building approval for overshadowing habitable windows?

Edit [7/12/2011] – Thanks for a reader for posting a reply on HomeOne – click here to read.


A trip to Beaumont Tiles

3 12 2011

Today we took a trip to Beaumont Tiles in Oakleigh to prepare for our tile selections.  Beaumont Tiles is Metricon’s tile supplier and today was our second trip to the showroom.  On our first trip we took home 5 sample tiles to match with the various other colour samples we have for our benchtops and cupboards.

We have seen several displays with beige tiles which we liked.  At the moment we are thinking along the lines of:

  • Harmony Beige (300 x 600) for floors and walls throughout the wet areas (laundry and bathrooms)
  • Minimal Chocolate (300 x 600) for the shower recesses as a bit of a feature in the bathrooms


Demolition day 2 – house one minute gone the next

3 12 2011

Yesterday was day 2 of demolition.  In the morning the house was still standing and by afternoon the digger made light work of flattening the house.

Laminex samples

1 12 2011

Above are some of the Laminex samples we have collected so far.  The Laminex samples you get at Studio M or at most kitchen and bathroom showrooms are quite small (3 depicted at the bottom of the image).  We have found the small samples don’t give a good indication of the colour and patterns compared to what you see at the display homes.

Kristen went to the Laminex showroom in Melbourne (130 Sharps Road, Melbourne Airport) to pick  up some larger samples (8 depicted at the top of the image). The showroom had a larger selection of colours and samples compared with Studio M and the person in the showroom was really helpful and answered lots of questions. Kristen was able to get four of the larger samples which is the maximum number that they are able to give you. They did give us a contact number for the customer service centre (1800 002 204) so that we could phone up to order more. Kristen rang and ordered them yesterday and they arrived today, pretty prompt service hey!!  As you would expect, the showroom also had lots of cupboard and benchtop samples (again a much larger selection than Studio M) so you can get a better idea of what the colours look like on a larger scale.

(PS. Kristen would advise not to drive down the one way street the wrong way when driving into the showroom carpark!!)


D-Day: The demolition has started

1 12 2011

The temporary security fence from Australian Temporary Fencing (ATF) Services went up yesterday morning.  The fence is required whilst demolition is in progress and will need to remain until the builders get on site.  When the building construction starts, the builders will setup their own fence.  So until then I will need to supply the fence to prevent people coming onto the property although it will just be a piece of dirt.  We organised a 9 month hire as we weren’t sure when the building construction will start and Christmas is only just over 3 weeks away.  There wasn’t much of a price difference between a 6 or 9 month hire (approx $50).  However, if you went for a 6 month hire and had to extend the cost would be significantly more.

The person who installed the fence seemed to be in a hurry to get to another job.  He didn’t set up the fence correctly on the left side of the property, although we were very explicit and clear where it should go.  There are bushes and trees which need to be removed on the other side (outside) of the fence.  We will now need to make sure the demolisher doesn’t forget to removes those as well.

Today was the first day the demolisher started work.  The roof tiles were removed and most of the garage has gone.  There was some additional asbestos in the eaves which were not obvious until the roof tiles were removed.  The demolition job may take a little longer than anticipated due to the additional asbestos.

Here are some initial progress pictures