Sunday, 19 August 2012

New Home Contract Signed

With Metricon correctly addressing most of our requested structural changes before the Contract Agreement meeting, we met MS, who presented every item of the Tender (Contract). We only changed one item during the presentation – widening the kitchen window from 2 to 2.7 metres. The meeting lasted over 2.5 hours, after which we put our initials on 3 copies of the HIA contract, and signed our lives away! We had gone through this process once (see my first post) and I am glad our Metricon design with a few changes is better and bigger than the previous one. I can honestly say that when this one becomes a reality, it would be the “dream home”; and therefore, we felt excited to have reached this important milestone in the process.

We did not pay the balance of the 5% today, but were advised that we would have to pay that soon.

The top 10 pricy items, in addition to the site costs, and complying with BASIX and 12.5 bush fire requirements are:

·         Dining room extension: 15.3K
·         Outdoor room extension: 13.5K
·         Front entry pivot door with door furniture: 3.8K
·         9 x timber with translucent glass doors: 9K
·         Revised layout and fit out for Butler’s Pantry including laminate pantry, 2 x 620 wide cavity sliding door units, laminate base cupboards and bench top, tiled splashback, round inset bowl and mixer: 6K
·         Increase PDR room (3.0 x 3.1) & include WIR, doors, windows, shower, exhaust fan, ceiling light point, and mirror: 5K
·         Air conditioning ducts only and up to 12 outlets: 4.2K
·         Redesign kitchen with wide kitchen island bench, plus base cupboards, drawers etc: 3.3K
·         Upgrade staircase to include stained finish to maple tread and risers, with zig zag capping: 2.8 K
·         2.55 m High ceiling to first floor (higher ground floor comes as part of the promotion): 2.6K

Our Plantation Facade
After Contract Agreement/Signing, we had a quick lunch before making selections on our external colours that is required for Stockland Developer Approval. Following are our selections:

Hebel Main: Dulux Gnu Tan
Balcony beam: Dulux Hog Bristle
Gutter, Fascia and Water tank: Colorbond Paperbark
Eaves/Lining: Dulux Hog Bristle Quarter
Downpipe: PVC round downpipes, painted in Paperbark

You will note Gnu Tan (pillar), HogBristle (upper and lower balcony beam) and
Paperbark (gutter and fascia - see above garage) in this picture (our facade is Plantation, not Oakpark)
Scyon 300 mm 'Stria' board lightweight cladding
(ours will be painted Hog Bristle, not the one you see in the photo)
Timberlook steel garage door (Panel Glide Tuscan Profile Colorgrain CAOBA)
(Image sourced from
Aluminium Powder Coated Sliding Doors and Windows in Interpon Hamersley Brown
Pivot Door Hume XS26 2340 x 1200 in Merbau + sidelights in Merbau stain finish plus
Gainsborough 750 mm Horizon back to back pull handle 9248PHBB750SS + lock
We requested translucent glass to the main door and clear glass to the sidelights
Intergrain Merbau stain
Silver Chrome handrail (similar to the one in the picture), with horizontal stainless steel wire balustrade
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Other external selections include: Roof tiles in Classic Gun Metal; Timber posts in Dulux Pawn Broker (Dark Chocolate Brown with a tinge of Dark Red); Decorative timber slats infill to dutch gable in Intergrain Merbau; and 
Barge/gable end of the roof in Colorbond Paperbark.

1 comment:

  1. Any chance you know what the render and stria colours are on the header picture?
    We are due to have our render painted next week but have yet to decide on colours. Eeek