Monday, March 28, 2011

These are a few of my favourite things...

We are still making the decisions, apparently when building a new house in the end you make over 50,000 decisions during the whole process. I think we have already surpassed that and we havent even started the build.

I thought I would post some photos of the features we have decided upon...

These will be our basins and taps in the ensuite

 This oven is the one I have selected instead of the stand alone cooker, the reason being I hate the gaps that exist between the oven and benchtop, too hard to stop food from going down the edge. I also love the extra drawer underneath to store baking trays and racks in... genius!

Our ensuite but we arent having the shaving mirror.

The grand outdoor room, a bit dark but the size is magnificent

Our sitting room will look similar to this with the windows being slightly more narrow. I think we will also put some art or a family photo above the Jetmaster... This will be my sanctuary :)

An idea i have for the lounge/family area

I would like pendants like these over the dining table I think.

Thats all for now...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Decisions Decisions...

Well the tour of Studio M turned out to me better than expected with Mark our sales guy taking us on a private tour to look at standard options and some of the upgrades that we have decided upon... We then spent another 45 minutes going through all of the changes. All this and we havent even paid a deposit yet!

Another appointment with him is on the agenda (this time without Lachie who got bored of looking at stuff fairly quickly, Hamish slept the whole time which was good).

Here are some of the options we are considering at the moment
  • Increased ceilng and door heights both upstairs and downstairs to 2550mm maybe 2700mm downstairs
  • Increased eaves to 750mm to increase building efficiency
  • Brick infills, flish mortar joints
  • Garage extension and provision of single width roller door for backyard access
  • Double glazed windows again to improve efficiency, although as of 2011, Metricon have further increased the amount of double glazing included as standard as all new homes at 6 star energy rated (they cost a little more because of this too!)
  • Bipart timber door to Outdoor Room
  • Upgrade to Grand Outdoor Room
  • Upgrade to pivot Front Door much like this one
  • Ensuite upgrade to look similar to the display at Lyndhurst
  • Although we are still hoping to be able to include a walk-in-shower for added luxury (read: less cleaning for me :) ) But apparently this is not requested all that often and we arent sure if we will be able to do this at all without deleting the bath, which is not an option!!!
I will leave the list for now. I really should be in bed at this hour especially since I will be up to tend to the newborn in a few hours time...


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Studio M tour booked

Things are moving along nicely. We took a trip to Mernda to have a look at the facade and I must say it was lovely. We also have some good ideas about colours which is also good. At this stage we are thinking of getting the render of the front facade done post handover. It looks as though it might save us quite a lot of money, we will have to discuss with a renderer before deciding though.

I have worked out the kitchen design finally and it is just a matter of getting that priced up. Serious as though you spend so much of life using the kitchen it is really important to get it right!!! I'm considering overhead cupboards that lift up over the stove with a cabinetry shelf between them and the bulkhead. I am concerned about being short and not being able to close the doors once they're up.

We have an appointment at Studio M in a few Sunday's to have a tour and get an idea of the basic categories/standard inclusions. It's a start.

More soon...