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…..

C&K





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!!)

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