Day 164: Fixing Stage Complete

20 04 2013

toolboxAnother stage complete, another invoice.  During the week we completed the Fixing Stage.  We are now down to the final straight to the finish line.

All the cabinets have been installed, the tiles have been delivered and painting should be just around the corner. The fixing stage also includes the completion of the internal plaster, architraves and skirting, stairs, basins, troughs and sinks, internal doors, cabinets and cupboards.

We have also organised a time in a few weeks for the curtain maker to meet us and Simon on site to do some window measurements.  The curtains will take about 6 weeks to make so getting them measured up now will mean they will be ready for handover.

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Garage – ceiling is now plastered.

We are very happy with our colour selections of Pumice (the lighter colour) and Expresso Ligna (the darker one) for the cabinet laminex.

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Kitchen

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Kitchen

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Kitchen – the desk area is a good use of the space.

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Kitchen

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View of the island bench

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Kitchen – the gap in the middle is where the oven and cook-top will go.

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Wine rack above fridge space.

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Laundry

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Stairs

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Top of the stairs

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Tile delivery

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Ensuite vanity units.

C&K

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Day 153: Lock-Up Complete

9 04 2013

lockupYesterday we got an SMS to notify that the Lock-Up invoice has been emailed to us and that the original is in the mail.  Sure enough, when we checked our email we had the invoice for Lock-Up in our inbox.

Today we noticed that the kitchen cabinets appear now to be complete with handles, minus the Caesar Stone benchtops.  The laundry cabinets also look like they have been completed too.  The cabinet installation forms part of the Fixing stage and based on the current indications from Simon, we are not far from reaching completion of this stage too.

Lock-Up Done. Next Fixing....

Lock-Up Done. Next Fixing….

C&K





Day 149: Render complete, garage roof on and ktichen goes in

5 04 2013

Day149-3Wow, what a week Our Nolan has had. In addition to the stairs going in, we now have the final layer of render which  includes the colour, a roof on the garage and wait for it…. the kitchen!!! While the kitchen is not quite finished yet, the main cabinets and the island bench were installed today and it looks great. It’s always hard to know if what you choose from the tiny sample pieces will work together so to see everything coming together looking they way we wanted it to is a relief and and real thrill too.

Other items completed included water proofing to the wet areas and phone line connection from the house to the the Telstra pit on the nature strip. Once the weatherboard cladding at the rear is installed (next week) we should be getting close to lock-up completion.

View from the street

View from the street

Render is now complete.

Render is now complete.

Front door

Front door

Sitting room

Sitting room

Garage colorbond roof is now on.

Garage colorbond roof is now on.

From inside the garage you can see the truss and sarking.

From inside the garage you can see the truss and sarking.

View if the garage from the rear.

View if the garage from the rear.

Very exciting to see the kitchen go in.

Very excited to see the kitchen go in.

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