Day 253: Full frontal exposure

18 07 2013

The scaffolding has come down and we can finally see our beautiful house from the street in full frontal.  Doesn’t it look pretty. 🙂

Our Nolan from the street

View of Our Nolan Plantation Facade from the street


Close up of Balcony

The gables are now how they should be.  When they were first installed there was no recess.




New Nolan Facades by Metricon

12 07 2013

A recent visit to the Nolan on Metricon’s website has  uncovered several new facades – Verve, Provincial and Alessi.  We like the Verve – modern, contemporary and fresh and looks like it has a reasonable balcony.

The Provincial facade is has some aspects of the Bordeaux feel which will appeal to people living in an area with some older style homes.

One thing we would like to see added to Metricon’s Lookbook is a list of available displays with different facades to make it easy to locate a particular facade to visit.

Nolan Verve Facade

Nolan Verve Facade

Nolan Provincial Facade

Nolan Provincial Facade

Nolan Alessi Facade

Nolan Alessi Facade


Visiting Metricon Bordeaux Display

24 03 2013


This weekend was the official opening of Metricon Bordeaux in Balwyn.  So we went and visited the display yesterday to check it out. It looks like this display replaces the older one further down the road which is now closed.  When we walked in we saw our Sales Consultant, Melissa Norden, but we couldn’t say “hi” as she was busy serving some customers.

The Bordeaux facade is very different to the existing Metricon available facades which we think would appeal to many people and is being advertised as being based on French Provincial styling.  The display was 56 squares (floor plans) and it did feel large, but not that much larger than Our Nolan 45.  The Bordeaux had a 5th bedroom but didn’t have a rumpus room downstairs which is something we would have needed.  Overall the display was nicely presented and had a nice layout.

One of the reasons for the trip to the display is that we are getting ideas for window furnishings – its hard to picture small curtain samples in isolation.  The Bordeaux was nicely decorated and we did get some good ideas for Our Nolan.  We will take a few more trips over the coming months to other displays for more window furnishing ideas as well as some outdoor ideas, in particular for the flooring of the Outdoor Room (paving or decking?).

We took lots of photos from our visit:


The Bordeaux facade



View of the side of the Bordeaux. The large glass window on the ground floor is the display office (garage?).


We took this photo from upstairs in a display home across the road.


Approaching the front door.

Let's walk in.....

Welcome.  Let’s walk in…..


Entrance way

There’s a few photos we photo stitched together to get the full room into shot, starting with the next few.


Standing in the entrance way into the family, kitchen & dining room.


Standing in the corner of the family room.


Standing in the dining room corner.


Dining room.


Laundry room.


Laundry room bench.


Bedroom 4.


Shared bathroom for bedrooms 2 & 3.


Bedroom 3.


Bedroom 5 (downstairs).


Bedroom 2.


Upstairs Leisure Room.


Kristen liked this table.


Desk alcove near the upstairs leisure room.


Master bedroom. Ensuite can be seen through the double sliding doors.


Standing in the corner of the master bedroom. The room felt huge – too big for us.

Master bedroom ensuite

Master bedroom ensuite.


Walk-in robe in the master bedroom.


Study – this was located off to the side in the master bedroom.


Outdoor room.  There are three bi-fold doors in the area, 2 of which can be seen here.  This would be nice for entertainment.


Pool off the to side of the house and outdoor room – will be nice on a hot day.


View of the outdoor area that is accessed from the Siting Room.



View of the pool from the other end.


At the end of the visit, time to sit down, relax and reflect…..


Day 135: Facade reveal

22 03 2013

Today saw the scaffolding come down to finally reveal the Plantation facade that has been worked on over the past few weeks.  Its still not complete yet, but its taking shape.  We also saw the first signs of painting with the weatherboard cladding being painted with the colour Dulux Linseed.  We can also see that some of the first floor windows painted with Cabot’s Stain – Rich Walnut.


The Plantation facade is coming together nicely.



Here’s a zoomed in photo which show’s the weatherboard cladding colour. The render top coat which contains the colour has not been applied yet.


Gables (timber slats) on the roof also painted with Cabot’s Stain – Rich Walnut


Side on view from up the street.


Looks like the rubbish from plastering has been removed from inside the house.


Day 131: Cladding and Rendering

18 03 2013

day131-1Today saw some work which was very apparent.  The carpenters have been busy putting up the weatherboard cladding and the rendering to the front has started.  The facade is now really taking shape!

According to MyMetricon, the Lock-up stage is scheduled to be complete on 25 March which is only next week.  There seems to be still a bit of work to go before Lock-up is complete including putting up the garage roof truss and roofing.  And they can’t do this until they finish with the balcony, first floor cladding and render to the first floor so they remove the scaffolding which is blocking the garage roofing work.





New Nolan 45 Plantation display home in Melbourne

12 03 2012

Nolan 45 Plantation at Clyde North

Last weekend Metricon opened a new Nolan 45 Plantation display home in Clyde North (near Cranbourne).  Naturally we went for a drive this weekend to check it out.  The other two Nolan displays in Melbourne are 50 squares so we were interested to walk through the Nolan 45 and get a feel for what our place is going to be like.

Visiting the Nolan 45 was good because it allowed us to get a feel for how big the rooms are especially the bedrooms given the Nolan 45 doesn’t have ensuites (except the master bedroom of course).

Whilst the display was nice, the layout/design wasn’t a true reflection of our Nolan 45 plan and it was also different to the display pamphlet.  The display didn’t have a rumpus room, had the fifth bedroom option instead of the sitting room and the master WIR only had one entry which is the first time we have seen this layout.  We didn’t like the WIR because you had to walk around the bed to get to the entrance which we think would be a bit annoying, much happier with the version we have (you can just see the entrance to the WIR to the left of the bed in the photo of the Master Bedroom.

We have made so many trips to the various display homes but each trip always proves to be useful. This visit was no exception despite the floor plan not being what we were hoping to look at. On this trip we were able to review some features such as the front door handle, feature doors, internal door handles and carpet, as well as reviwing our lighting plan.

The Plantation facade must be getting popular as the last two Nolan displays to open were Plantations.


Picking a facade

17 02 2012

We have driven to almost all of the Metricon display homes over Melbourne since we started Our Nolan project.  We also drove around to several completed Metricon homes to help us get a feel for the various facades – it’s more real seeing the house in the flesh rather than looking at photos and computer generated images of the facades.

In the end we kept going back to the Plantation facade which also suits the neighborhood characteristics of where our block is situated.

To get an idea of our colour selections for our facade we used Metricon’s Studio M Envisage website (  While the image below is not quite what the Nolan Plantation facade looks like, it allows us to get a better idea of how our colour selections will work together.

Our Nolan Facade Colour Selections

The following image is the facade with details of the colours we have selected.

Our Nolan Facade Colour Details

Here are some photos and pictures of the Plantation facade from various Metricon house designs.  Though some of them are not necessarily the Nolan, it does give you an idea of the look.

Metricon Nolan Plantation at Greenvale



Finally a Nolan display home with Plantation facade to visit

22 01 2012

Metricon Nolan 50 with Plantation Facade

Today we took a drive out to Greenvale to visit the new Metricon display centre at the Greenvale Providence Estate on Dellamore Boulevard.  This display was only recently opened (after Christmas) and has the Nolan 50 with the Plantation facade.  It is one of the rare displays with a double story house with a Plantation facade so it was only natural for us to take an interest in visiting the display.

We were really excited to visit this display as it is the first plantation facade of this style that we have been through. It gave us a chance to get a feel for what the views would be like with the pillars at the front.  We also enjoyed sitting on the balcony imagining what it would be like to sit out on our balcony relaxing in a comfy chair.  It also had the larger outdoor room which helped us confirm that we didn’t want to just settle with the standard outdoor room size.

Bedroom with highlight window


On our preliminary plans that we received earlier in the week we noticed that many of the upstairs windows had obscure glass to meet overlooking regulations. This means that the windows will be translucent or opaque and as a result when looking out of the windows we will not have a clear view.  Obscure windows are common for bathroom windows so you get privacy and a solution to meeting building regulations regarding windows overlooking neighbour’s habitable windows (again for privacy). We are not happy with having obscure glass for our windows. We want to be able to look out the windows and at least see the colour of the sky. While we were at the display home today we paid particular attention to the layout of the windows and noticed that none of the rooms upstairs had obscure glass windows.  What they had instead were highlight windows which are higher off the ground and more importantly have clear glass. This solves the overlooking problem while still allowing you to see outside.

Visiting the display home has given us some good ideas. We are going to work with Metricon to re-position some of the windows and implement highlight windows so that we can avoid obscure glass other than in the bathrooms.  Plus we really like the look of the windows too.