However we have pretty much got everything except downlights as one of our Electrician mates will do that work for us after handover. Not only do EB charge $107 per downlight which is crazy, but we'd rather give our money to a mate! So, for our money we got:
- Surge protection for the whole house
- 2 way & 3 way switches in places
- Stainless Steel Fan Lights in each of the bedrooms
- Wiring in place for all ceiling lights and future lights set up ready to go
- 2 Foxtel points which include a phone point & provisions for wall mounted TV's, DVD's etc
- An extra provision for another wall mounted TV
- 3 Smoke Detectors
- Door bell
- Junction Box for future outside lighting
- Provisions for external sensor lights
- 22 Ceiling lights
- Sensor light to pantry
Next we went to Di Lorenzo and felt pretty confident as we'd done a fair bit of homework there before and pretty much knew exactly what flooring we wanted and just needed to make final decisions on bathrooms and splash back for kitchen. Well 'C' our consultant
We were told that anything with a yellow sticker is standard for us and even though our tile allowance was $24 psm, if it had a yellow sticker and cost $30 psm, we didn't pay extra however if you choose a tile without a yellow sticker then you pay the difference from $24 upwards. What we didn't know was that if you chose a bathroom floor tile that wasn't exactly 200 x 200 then you pay extra for labour which is an extra $18.50 psm! Wall tiles had to be 300 x 300 but we chose a 400 x 200 with a yellow sticker and that was fine.
Bathroom walls will be at 1200mm tile height with a 400 x 200 Gloss White Tile laid horizontally. Floor tiles will be that tile in middle of the below picture 200 x 200 (this colour is not standard and is already $11 more psm so we couldn't justify going next size up). The top of the 2 feature tiles shown is natural stone and is going to be on the whole bath wall including on top of bath hub (these will be laid horizontally). We ummed and ahhhed about these as the feature tile over whole bath is costing around $1700 *cough* however after recovering from our shock we realised that it would be such a beautiful feature and we didn't go overboard with anything else in bathrooms so thought it would be worth it. Our vanity will be white.
Floor tile DC4133 & Feature tiles VM126
Our ensuites will be reasonably simple, with the same white horizontal 200 x 400 tiles on walls up to 1200mm height and same 200 x 200 floor tiles. We've decided not to do any feature tiles however we are having the below laminates for our vanities.
Pure Calcite for tops of vanity & Fudge Stream for actual vanity (laid horizontally)
I know the Fudge Stream is a little different however after seeing the following photo's we thought it could be really nice feature if everything else was kept simple. The one below will be the most similar to ours with different handles and a squareform benchtop.
For our kitchen splash back we chose a beautiful 600 x 600 gloss porcelain tile with same coloured grout. It will work out around $400 and look like a glass splashback but will be about 1/4 the price of a glass splashback. Only grout lines will be between tiles as they're the perfect height.
Time Chocolate Polished 600 x 600
The main problem with Di Lorenzo is that a lot of tiles are fixed on the wall and you can't compare one next to the other so we found ourselves going around in circles a lot of the time which was a bit frustrating but hey, we got there in the end. Apparently as of Monday though, Di Lorenzo will be in a new show room around the corner and will have a library of tiles which you can pick up and move around the show room to compare against each other which will be so much better.
Moving onto our flooring, Elisa was great (also at Di Lorenzo but in the carpet section). We decided that we wanted to go with a timber laminate for our main flooring with carpet in Living Room and all Bedrooms (except playroom). We did have a moment of dread when Elisa mentioned that we'd have to check with EB if we could do this type of flooring as part of the contract but she checked and it was fine. If money was no object we'd go with beautiful glossy hardwood floors but we just couldn't afford $150 psm so we found a lovely replica which is in actual fact much harder wearing (with kids and pets about) and gives the warmth of a wooden floor. Our wooden laminate is costing us $55 psm fully laid so works out about $4200 we think - yet to get quote. We chose a carpet from the standard range which is a 50/50 blend of wool and nylon (I think) and looks nice and will do us till kids are older and we're ready to replace. We did upgrade to the best underlay though which was an extra $7 psm.
Carpet is Savino "Forte" & Timber Laminate is UTF Diamond Tuff "Select Teak"