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.




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.


Visiting Metricon’s Liberty on the Peninsula

15 07 2012

Liberty 39 at Peninsula

Today we took a day trip down to the Mornington Peninsula and we took the opportunity whilst we were down there to visit Metricon’s only Liberty display in Melbourne.  This display was only recently opened and is located right on the beach front on Point Nepean Road.  Nice location!

Visiting the display home was a way for us to keep our dream home alive since we are still gazing at our vacant block as we wait for council approval so we can get a site start.

The display home had a Plantation facade which is getting very popular as a few displays that have opened in the last 9 months have the Plantation facade.  The Liberty floor plan is very similar to the Nolan.  What was missing in the diplay home was the rumpus room and being 39 squares overall it did feel smaller than the 45 squares of Our Nolan.  We are glad we upgraded the size of the house.  Otherwise we liked the Liberty and the display was very well decorated and had a very good colour scheme that suited the coastal  surrounds.


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.