Sunday, 23 December 2012

Internal Colour and Electrical Appointment-6

This post includes the remainder of our internal selections and colours not posted elsewhere in this blog; most of the selections are Kitchen, Pantry and Laundry items.

Above Fridge Wine Rack

Baumatic BAO9038-P 900 mm Underbench Oven in Stainless Steel finish

Baumatic GUH75 750mm Stainless Steel Undermount (concealed) Rangehood

Baumatic Pythagora BP95S 900mm Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop
Baumatic BAM251TK 25-Litre Microwave Oven with Grill & Stainless Steel Trimkit
Clark Orion/Cellini Round Undermount ERBU Sink

Cupboards in all Bathrooms/Ensuite/WC: Wilsonart Laminate - Concept Oak

This is how Concept Oak finish would look like

All Cupboards/Panels in Kitchen, Pantry and Laundry: Formica Laminate - Chocolate Pear

This is how Chocolate Pear finish would look like with 20 mm Caesarstone benchtop in Latte colour
A closer view of Latte Caesarstone - A medium toned Brown shade with a fine grained textured pattern

Laundry Benchtop: Laminex Stipple Hemp

Laminated Kicker: Formica New Stainless Steel

Kitchen Sink: Clark Razor Large Single Undermount Bowl
Winders to all Awning Windows

6 mm Grey Tint Glazing to Front Entry Sidelights


Gainsborough 395 Circular Sliding Passage Set / Cavity Set

Gainsborough Amelia 100 Lever Set

Gainsborough Amelia 100 Lever Set with Privacy Snib

Gainsborough 385/386 Square Sliding Cavity Set / Passage Set

Gainsborough Rectangular Flush Pull Set with Rectangular End 99FP150SS

This is how 99FP150SS would look like on a door

Gainsborough PB10 Patio Bolt

Window Glazing - Viridian DecorPattern - Satinlite


Friday, 21 December 2012

A Good Week: CDC Received & Property Sold

We had a good week.

A day after I lodged the application for Road Permit at the Wollongong City Council, Metricon received the Permit and emailed me soon after.

A day before Metricon closed for Christmas break, we received the Complying Development Certificate (CDC) that combines the functions of both development consent and a construction certificate.

Two days ago, we exchanged contracts for the sale of a property we held for quite a while (and which we had to sell before applying for a Construction Loan). Although it was disappointing to have to accept an offer that was below what we believe the property is worth, we have to come to reality that this is all what people are willing to pay. We also want to move forward with the Metricon build, as our Contract will need to become unconditional a few days before Australia Day next year.

Applying for a Construction Loan is the top priority now.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Metricon's Display Homes at Brooks Reach, Horsley

Both of Metricon’s display homes – Mantra 25 and Kalarney 29 at Brooks Reach – are positioned as More for Less, targeted at the economical segment of the housing market. Although they do not come with the ‘over the top’ bells and whistles that many Metricon display homes have, both the homes appear spacious and inviting with clear lines, and affordable. The landscaping is striking though as you will note in the pictures below.

Our Sales Consultant, Rebecca Hoyer who had been working at the Carnes Hill (Horningsea Park) display centre moved to Brooks Reach; this is fantastic news for us and prospective buyers – she is a dynamic consultant armed with a repository of key information.

Road Opening Permit Application

Our CSC updated us on the status of Complying Development. Apparently, the Private Accredited Certifier advised that a road opening permit is required to access the stormwater during construction.

After a series of email and phone conversations, our CSC completed the application (to occupy a roadway or footpath) and provided me a copy of the hydraulic plan (plumbing and drainage designs) and current public liability insurance to enable me to lodge the application with Wollongong City Council. A Traffic and Pedestrian Management plan and a Dial Before You Dig reference were also needed with the application. The traffic plan costed me $350. The Dial Before You Dig website asked all sort of technical information that I was unfamiliar with, and I did the best I can to provide accurate information.

I have lodged the application ($291) with the Council. Apparently, it takes 5 days to process the application, provided all information and documentation is correct and complete. Let us hope all goes well in getting the permit, as this is the last step that was required to be completed in order to obtain a CDC (Complying Development Certificate – akin to getting a DA approved by the Council).

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Suprise Gift from Stockland

Recently, we received a surprise gift from Stockland (Developer) for settling on our land (a few months ago). The gift box included a bottle of wine, toffees and truffles, and a picnic blanket. Not many developers provide a gift on settlement, and we appreciate Stockland for being thoughtful.

Already, the Brooks Reach Community Park made a positive impact on our lives, with our family and friends finding it a good spot to relax, and brought the ‘inner child’ in many of us – we couldn’t resist the swing and the tower slide! So, good on you Stockland!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Brooks Reach Neighbourhood/Community Park

Stockland has opened its display village at Brooks Reach. Of the 24 planned display homes, 15 are ready. Metricon too has a presence and I will soon write on its display homes.

This post is on Brooks Reach Neighbourhood/Community Park – which is about 250 metres from our future home. I visited the Park a few days ago, and it is friendly and inviting. I even got my in-laws to play (along with my daughter) on the large tower slide and it is awesome! The Park has a number of fun places for children to explore including decking, boulders and open spaces. For adults, there are sheltered areas; BBQ and ample seating to encourage gatherings.

According to Stockland, “this park…was designed in conjunction with the children from Dapto Public School as part of a child friendly neighbourhood research program, which was recently recognised by the Planning Institute of Australia, winning the award for Children and Young people and the President’s award for the night”.

Here are some of the photos of the Park.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Internal Colour and Electrical Appointment-5

Last week, we received the revised Contract variation and Colour Schedule documents reflecting the selections we made during internal and external colour appointment. After cross-checking with the New Home Contract and two variation documents along with the Colour Quotation document, we identified few more errors and omissions, and asked our Consultant to address them. Our consultant fixed the errors and emailed us the document by the end of week, after which we signed and returned the documents.

Ensuite / Bathroom / WC and Powder Room selections

Standard 6 mm Semi-Frameless Shower Screen with Polished Silver frame colour and clear glazing

Our shower in ensuite will resemble this one
(we will also have another one in the extended Powder room)

Our Shower in Bathroom will resemble this one

All three showers have 300 mm high x 90 mm deep tiled shower recess

Stylus Venecia Close Coupled Toilet
Two 950 mm high x 420 mm wide x 90 mm deep mirror front wall-mounted recessed shaving cabinets

Mirrors in Powder, WC, Bathroom are Silver backed with polished edges on a 16 mm backing board and have either full height wall tiles or 100 mm tiled surround 

Ensuite Shower: PureJet Shower Set Duo (2 spray function); height adjutment rail, with push-button control

Ensuite: Pinto Quad shower mixer

PDR and Bathroom showers: Moda Duo Rail 99002 + HS200 shower head

PDR and Bathroom: Alto wall mixer for shower

Caroma Liano inset basin 415 mm x 415 mm

PDR, Bathroom, WC and Ensuite: Pinto basin mixer
Stylus Newbury bath 1675 mm

Vito Bertoni fixed bath mixer set; 220 mm spout with Chrome back plate

Star robe hook
Bathroom and Ensuite: 750 mm Metza double towel rail (88902)

Metza towel ring

Metza toilet roll holder