Packing our life away into storage! Couldn't have squeezed another thing in there! Thanks for your help Steve, Steve, Mark & Jules!
However, yesterday we had our day at Home Option Gallery (HOG) to choose all of our internal & external colours, along with kitchen design and so on. We were prepared for a pretty full on day and in the end we were there for 6 hours but it all went really smoothly (much to our surprise).
We didn't go to the 'HOG' feeling overly confident based on a lot of feedback from fellow builders but our Colour Consultant Josie was excellent. Everyone else we saw were also very helpful and prepared. Each time we sat down with someone new to discuss something we felt they'd already looked over our plans and were familiar with it all before going over things. As for our kitchen appointment (which is the area we'd heard the most negative comments) - it was ok - not a lot of forthcoming advice or recommendations but we had a really good idea of what we wanted and together we got the end result (nervously awaiting the quote now though!!!).
So, here is what we chose:
Bricks - Gravel (with off white 'ironed' mortar)
Roof tile - Wild Rice (traditional profile)
Cladding - Woolooware
Gutters - Dune
Fascias, down pipes & meter box - Jasper
Front door, timber bi-folds & timber french doors -walnut stain
Windows, eaves & garage door - Surfmist
Our bricks and roof tile
Walls - Antique Ivory by Taubmans
Skirting & Architraves - Elusive White
Below, you can see our colorbond colours on top left - Jasper, Dune & Surfmist. The Woolooware coloured cladding is top right and our internal wall colour Antique Ivory and Elusive White for trims is just under that. On bottom right are our bathroom vanity colours. Ignore the 2 colours in bottom left, they were the original kitchen colours that we've since changed to below...
Kitchen (also see here for our latest plans)
Island Bench - All lower cupboards / drawers & back of Island bench - Alaskan laminex
Drawers & upper cupboards along back wall - Polar white laminex
Squareform benchtops - Stipple Seal laminex (will replace with Essastone later on)
Splashback - VM319 Metal Blend / Natural Stone (as seen below)
Close up of splashback colours
Notice our rear opening cupboards on island bench below?
Thinking of plantation shutters in all bedrooms and sheer blinds in all living areas. We were going to do it the other way around however we can't really do shutters on our bi-folds and we want lots of light in our living areas and thought that all the shutters may actually cut a fair bit of that light out. The girls from Abbey blinds are giving us a quote and from prices they mentioned on the spot, they seemed pretty reasonable.
Floor Coverings - see latest post
Yet to have our Dilorenzo appointment however we're pretty certain we're going with the 'Teak' laminated flooring - beautiful colour and very hardy. There are so many options when choosing a 'wooden' look flooring but we don't have a lot in our budget to pay for real wooden flooring and having young boys the laminate will be nice & hard wearing. Basically we wanted the warmth from the look of wood and are happy that we'll achieve that with this flooring. Will come back & update once we've finalised wet area floor tiles & carpet.
Upgrades & approximate pricing
Off white mortar - $250
Stain to front timer door instead of paint - $250 (same front door as below)
Flyscreens for all opening windows - $500
Parent Retreat Entry Door - feature door - can't recall exactly but around $150
Freestanding 900mm oven - $750
1700mm bath instead of 1500mm - $40
All toilets to next model up - $25 each
Kitchen tap - Dorf vege sprayer - $200
All showers to frameless - between $300 - $500 each
3 coats of Taubmans living silk paint (1 undercoat & 2 coats of living silk) - $1500
Double towel rails instead of singles - $20 each
Converting all shelving in pantry / wardrobes to malamine - $500
Sound proof bats in walls between my Father's bathroom and our living room and also between the laundry and our bedroom - $500
Our beautiful front door will look exactly like this!
Our beautiful french doors
We were going to get some heated towel ladders in our ensuite and main bathroom however at $740 each plus the cost of installation and the cost for power - we've since realised you can do it for around half the price after handover.
Re wardrobes, still deciding in our WIR whether we'll get any shelving as we are most likely going to fit it out ourselves afterwards.
Kitchen - I've come back to edit this a few weeks later now that we have our quote. We've gone back & forth a few times with the kitchen people but in total we're spending around $6,200. This includes:
- over head cupboards (with light boxes for downlights) above 'cook run' (back bench with oven)
- bulk heads above cupboards
- 3 large pot drawers on either side of oven (instead of cupboards)
- 900mm wide island
- rear opening cupboards on island behind sink and corner space which otherwise would be dead spaces
- wider cuttlery drawers 600mm instead of 450mm
- Bin drawer with 2 bins in it (this was just over $600 alone! cough cough)
What we had to miss out on due to the extortionate costs from Kitchen Company - Essastone bench tops & soft close cupboards & drawers (total of these 2 things were $10,000 and while soft close mechanisms can't be retrofitted, we know Essastone would be a LOT cheaper to do ourselves....one day!) Oh and forget the polyurathane cupboards unless you feel like spending an additional $6000 or so!!!!