Our Metricon Nolan 45 floor plan v2.0

9 02 2012

As mentioned in our last post, we flipped our floor plans.  Here are our new floor plans for Our Nolan 45 which included some additional (yes more) alterations to the floor design.

To see the latest floor plans click here or see the “Floor Plans” link in the menu above.

We will provide more details about what things we upgraded once we have completed all our colour and electrical selection appointments.


Preliminary contract meeting – our house is flipped

3 02 2012

This week we received our preliminary contract and had our preliminary contract meeting with our Sales Consultant, Melissa at the  Metricon Head Office.  After many emails and phone calls, it was also nice to finally meet face to face with our Customer Sales Coordinator, Karen.

Since we received the first version of the preliminary contract plans back on the 16th Jan, there has been a few changes.  The most significant change has been that our floor plan has been flipped so the garage is now on the left hand side (south side) of the property.  This of course has meant that we had to apply to council to get the driveway crossover to be relocated to the south side of the property.  To the council’s credit they turned this request around very quickly and pre-approved the changeover in under 2 days!! Metricon can now proceed with the plans flipped.  Great work.

The reasons for flipping the house include:

  • A better design outcome for the proposed building design:- Locating the garage to the south will allow for appropriate positioning of north facing living areas.  In particular, the outdoor alfresco will have a northern aspect. It will also allow for potential building regulations to be easily met with appropriate building design.  However, we will still need to apply for Report and Consent for 3 regulations.
  • Visual surveillance along the driveway when reversing the car from the garage:- The current crossover location does not allow for comfortable visual surveillance for traffic approaching from the north end of street due to a sharp bend in the road. Relocation will allow for safer existing.
  • Widening of the crossover: – The current crossover is very narrow in width and when we relocate we will seek a wider crossover that meets Council specifications for the relocated crossover for easier entry and exiting.

At the preliminary contract meeting, we made a number of variations (adding, removing and correcting items).  We plan to review the contract further at home over the next few days before signing and see if there is any more opportunity to cut some costs.  It was very exciting to get to this stage.

I am currently creating a floor plan using Microsoft Visio based on our latest plans provided by Metricon and will post it as soon as I finish it.

Both Melissa and Karen have been very helpful in answering our questions and following up on a number of items promptly over the past few weeks and getting us to where we are.  Thanks guys!

Preliminary Contract Plans Received by Email

16 01 2012

Today we received our preliminary contract plans by email from Karen, our Customer Support Co-ordinator (CSC). How exciting!!!!

We will go over the plans in detail over the coming days. But one obvious thing we noticed in a glance over of the plans was the missing outdoor room extension. We were notified last year that we couldn’t get the Grand Outdoor Room due to the amount of cut needed out the back, however, we were advised we should be able to get some sort of smaller extension.  I have sent an email back to Karen asking her to clarify this.

Looking at the documents, it seems like we will need to apply for three Rescode Report and Consent items with the council.  We will apply for this ourselves as the owners with the help of our close friend who is a seasoned designer.


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.