Sunday, March 29, 2009

More colour selections pics...

Have decided to add a few more pictures of colours...

Here are the laundry colours together.. the top 2 are the kitchen colours

Here is a real picture of the carpet and timber laminate together..

Here is a pic of the brick with the exterior colours and front door (red)

A pic of the bathroom/ensuite/powder room colours. The floor tile is on the left, with the white tiles at the top and bottom being the wall tiles. The feature tile is in the centre and the laminates on the right.
The feature tile contans 10cm (w) by 1.5cm (h) tiles alternating between opaque perspex, stone and shiny glass tiles (if you can understand what I mean!)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Colour Selection

We completed colour selection on Friday 27/3. After our colour browse the previous weekend we thought we were fairly well prepared. Flew through the selections for everything... except the bathroom... it has been so hard to decide how to so the bathroom (partly due to the fact I don't really like beige... chocolate is alright and maybe a bit of cream... but not beige... ). Anyway it turns out I didn't really get my own way with the beige thing but I think it should look alright.

So now for the choices!

Bricks - Boral Mocha (*UPGRADE*)
Mortar - Offwhite (*UPGRADE)

Roof - Sambuca in Elabana profile (Basically black in the curvy profile)
Gutters/Fascia/Downpipes/Windows/Meter box - Jasper
Render to the BED2 robe projection feature wall - Dune
Garage Door - Dune (Madison profile)

(Jasper, Dune)

(Madison profile garage door)

Feature Stone to portico - Rock n' Roll Delhi Bronze (at the moment... subject to cost!)

Front Door - Manor Red

Front Door Style (1020mm wide)-

Carpet - Maybrook Villa 575

Timber laminate - Tru-loc Oak (*UPGRADE*)

Tiles for wet areas - Hampton Putty (light beige... I lost on this one... I didn't want white either!)

Paint (for walls, roof etc) - Cargo River 1/4 (slight offwhite... same as monaco display in Lyndhurst)

Door handles - Elena lever

Benchtop - Ice Snow Caeserstone

Underbench Cupboards - Polar White

antry, Wine Rack, Island bench cupboards, Fridge Space, Overhead cupboards - Burnished Wood (this turns up black but is dark wood)

Door to overhead cupboard - Platinum Pearlescent Perspex

Oven - seperate Technika underbench oven and cooktop

Kickrail - Stainless steel

Glass splashback - Starfire (same colour as walls) (*UPGRADE*)


Vanity, Bath wall tiles - 100 x 300 Icecream (offwhite) horizontal
Shower wall tiles - 200 x 300 Icecream horizontal
Feature tile - Mosaic Glasstone Tan Brown 15x100 laid in vertical strip in shower and above vanity (between vanity and mirror)
Vanity benchtop - Burnished wood laminate (see kitchen)
Vanity cupboards - Oyster linea laminate (no cupboards in powder room)

Underbench cupboards - Oyster Linea
Benchtop - Burnished Wood
Splashback - 100 x 300 Icecream (offwhite) horizontal tiles
Overhead cupboards - Polar white
I think I have posted everything? If I have missed anything just ask!
P.S. I will upload a photo of the feature tile and bathroom colours next time =)

Friday, March 27, 2009

From the beginning....

A bit of background about ourselves. I am an engineer working in the oil and gas industry and Glen works for a small IT company installing software for various companies. We are both young (22/24) and have our whole lives ahead (I hope!). Thought it would be good to try and get a bit of a head start and build our own house before we have too many responsibilities/debts (that didn't last long!). We aren't what most people would call typical first home buyers. We have chosen a relatively large house and aren't going too easy on the upgrades... as you will see!

In December we began looking at different estates in the West and decided Point Cook was the place we wanted to live. We were lucky to find a cheap block of land up for resale in Alamanda estate, which we snapped up right away. The estate is fantastic with a few parks and open spaces as well as a residents club with a swimming pool, tennis courts and gym. It gives the estate a real community feel =)

We then began our search for the perfect home....

We signed an initial agreement with Carlisle Homes on the 7th Feb 2009 (a.k.a. "Black Saturday"). We were sitting in the Carlisle displays in Lyndhurst and could see a massive plume of smoke in the background as the Bunyip fire began... scary! Anyway on that day we put down a deposit to build the Monaco 32. Our sales consultant, "N", has been fantastic even with all of our silly questions and requests!

We love this plan mostly due to the open plan living area. The back of the house is completely open, with a beautiful kitchen looking out onto a corner alfresco.

We are making a few changes to the floorplan...
1. Delete the walls of the rumpus room to create one large open living area at the back of the house. We will probably move the dining to where the 'family' is in the plan and make a large family/lounge area where the rumpus room was.
2. Eextend the lounge room wall out to the line of the house. we will make this room a home theatre room (with sound insulation and double doors). Also moving the internal wall approx 1m towards the back of the house, in line with the ensuite shower.
3. Extend the garage out 1.5m to allow some extra storage/work space in the garage. We will also add a roller door at the back to provide rear access. We are lucky to have a wider block which allows this!
4. In the kitchen, we are moving around the appliances. Moving the sink to the island bench (in place of stovetop). The cooktop and underbench oven will go in next to the pantry.
5. Sliding door from meals to alfresco to allow the back corner to open up (can't afford to fork out for bifolds!)
6. Change the window in the home theatre to a long high light window.
7. 1020mm front door
8. Upgrade the island bench to the same as the display home (sink section is higher and slightly wider).
9. Add 450mm eaves

We were lucky to pick up a promo which included caeserstone benchtops, carpets and tiles for $2999. We are upgrading the tiles to timber laminate however.

We had our colour appointment today. I will post the colour selections soon, along with some elevations =)