Metricon is providing the April 2012 Imagine Promotion pack for Designer series Double Storey Homes, which includes over 100 items at no additional charge. I have been tracking Metricon’s promotions over the past year or so, and found the Imagine Promotion to be a better value than other promotions. I liked Transformations Promotion too (early 2011); both the promotions included similar items except for major items like timber treads to staircase and timber deck to outdoor room (included in the Transformations Promotion for an additional price of $6880). However, the Imagine Promotion includes Hebel render and laminate/carpet flooring throughout the house, at no additional price, amongst other major items:
ü 2550 mm high ceilings to ground floor.
ü Upgraded higher (2340 instead of 2040) internal passage doors to ground floor of double storey homes.
ü White ant resistant structural T2 wall and roof framing and H3 treated garage floor plate.
ü Colorbond steel sectional overhead garage door.
ü Upgraded (300 mm) floor joists for extra strength and to minimise movement.
ü Rheem Stellar 5 star natural gas hot water system 160 L
ü Caesarstone bench top to Kitchen 20 mm thick
ü 900 mm Stainless steel upright cooker with 5 burner gas cook top and ducted canopy range hood.
ü Fully tiled balcony floor.
ü Horizontal feature window to kitchen.
ü Framed mirrored wardrobe doors to all bedrooms.
ü Designer acrylic bath (Newbury 1675).
ü Square set ceilings to all wet areas.
ü Caroma Liano china basins.
For a full list of items, see http://issuu.com/metricon/docs/nsw-imagine
Of all items, both my Mrs and I were most excited about Hebel render and laminate/carpet flooring. I have heard of Hebel only recently, that too, only via Metricon. Hebel Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) is a lightweight concrete, manufactured from sand, cement, recycled material, lime, gypsum and aluminium paste, and is formed into blocks and panels. Checkout this video that demonstrates how Hebel panels are produced: http://www.hebelaustralia.com.au/Pages/Videos.aspx
From what I have read in forums, Hebel requires some maintenance: washing the surface every year, fixing loose or cracked sealant at joints and around windows; however, the benefits of building with Hebel panels are smooth flat finish which gives that beautiful rendered appearance, speedy installation, good thermal and acoustic installation, fire and pest resistance, energy efficient, and is comparable to building with brick, because Hebel panels are steel reinforced AAC. Thus, the benefits of having Hebel appear to exceed the costs. Checkout the following links if you wish to find out more about Hebel: