Monday, 26 August 2013

Here I sit on "Internal Selection Day" I ready?

The night before the internal Selections day. I'm so pumped, so excited! All the stress and hard work researching every night for 4 months, chatting on forums and emailing other people building asking what seems like thousands of questions. Sitting here at the computer for hours and hours each night on pinterst, houzz, Eden Brae galleries plus other builders display home galleries, and google images looking for inspiration. 
Driving around to shops and other estates looking for ideas. Many visits to display homes dragging the kids around kicking and screaming! ive lost count on the amount of food bribes ive used to make sure my kids behave in shops as we try to look at flooring options and more.We only need to pull up to a shop and get the pram out and my son instantly starts to go stiff and screech at the stop of his lungs. Poor kids!!! its been tough on them as it has on us. But its all worth it in the end, its a shame they are to young to understand.

All the build up......all for this.......Internal Selection Day!

9am tomorrow morning we shall walk through the HOG front doors and the world of taps, kitchen sinks, paint colours, doors, handles, benchtops, vanities, baths and much much more! 

Oh please pricing god fairies be kind to us! we don't ask for much! we only ask to give us those things at a reasonable price that will turn our house into a home for our family. A few special upgrades to the kitchen and bathroom to put our mark on it and make it "ours"

Cant wait to share with you all what we have selected. Our dream home is starting to take shape now. This is defiantly the most exciting day of the whole process for me! i love design and looking at interior colours even more challenging when we have a strict budget to stick to as well, we need to make sure we make the smart choices to complete our home and give it the appeal for years to come. 

lets see if i can calm down enough to get some sleep tonight.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

CDC Approval - YES Please!!!!

We got our CDC approval yesterday! 

So happy, it means we can move to the next stage of the admin process "DA check" we now need to check off all our plans. finalised positions of taps and gas points, directions windows open in and the way door open.  The DA estimator then looks over everything we have changed and the plans get ready to be drawn up. This is it! this process can take up to 3 weeks. We get some beautiful red pegs on our block, head into EB for yet another signing session and then they have 20 days to commence work! The end is near! about another 5-6 weeks. Would be so good to start early! I've emailed our CSA to see if its possible.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Stocklands approval - Check!

Stocklands have approved the plans on the 13th August! one more tick in the box! and another step closer to competing Admin stage. Doing the happy dance!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Display Centre visit for kitchen colour inspiration

Today was another couple of hours at the display centre measuring up robes, laundry  WIP and the study area for post handover works. I also made some final notes on things i can discuss at HOG when we have our internal appointment  Little things like making sure i find out where the tiles and mirrors in bathrooms end as i want them all to line up for a streamlined look.

I also went through several other display homes trying to find inspiration for kitchen colours. Its really hard! none of the display homes are to my taste so i didn't gain much out of it. Instead i drooled over some of the alfresco areas, and some of the large 42sq double storey monsters that have so much space its crazy - you could never complain of lack of space in those beautiful homes.

Came home with many ideas to discuss, and got out all the laminex swatches to see if we could eliminate some colours we didn't agree on or didn't like. I think i have ordered over 30 swatches from Laminex, and we have narrowed it down to about 6 and of those 3 are real possibilities.

Its hard to think of today's trends may not be tomorrows trends and pick up on the things that are, and hopefully they wont date too much in the years to come. Id love to go with the trends which is a lot of wood grain, but a bit scared off in case in ages quickly so i will look at doing the woodgrain panels in the bathrooms i think (well who knows i change my mind daily)

As of today, this very minute (lol) we are edging towards the grey neutrals with the warmth of a nice brown hue. Yes we both agree! which is one step closer then i thought we would be! Still unsure whether to go a 2 tone kitchen or not, and im thinking if i do ill do my unsafe colour as the overheads which can easily be changed with minimal fuss years down the track if the trend passes.

Our kitchen has no natural light which i need to be mindful of when choosing the colours. This is way harder than i ever thought it would be.

Here is what we are thinking:-

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

External Colours

We have our external colours picked out. I'm quite happy with the choices. We went standard with everything. The other bricks i liked were about $1500 to upgrade to a D range brick, id hate to think what the upgrade for H grade brick would be worth.

We were hoping for Flushed mortar finish but have been told Eden Brae don't do it, they have had too many quality issues with it and if we did want it then it would be a further upgrade plus we would need to sign a form stating that the builder takes no responsibility to damage caused to the bricks. I don't want to risk this so went for the next best thing "Ironed" finish with off-White mortar. No confirmation on costs for this upgrade yet. Im expecting $300-$400 for this.

As part of the upgrade package we were able to choose from the Monior "Traditional" tile range and have selected the Barramundi Colour. Standard colour range, and from driving around the estate its the most popular colour of choice.

FaceBrick - Chosen Brick from the standard builders range is Mocha. Its got deep grooves and a lot of texture too it, at first we thought stocklands wouldn't accept it, but we got confirmation they will which is great i was worried we would have to upgrade the bricks. The other colour we were considering was Surrey from the standard range. Eden Brae give you about 9 choices. and of those i only liked 2 of them! nearly every single brick i picked that i loved was a H class, Big $$$ to upgrade! No wonder either there are some really beautiful bricks out there. But we are sticking to a budget and have to decide whats more important to us, and for me id rather spend money on the inside than the outside.

The bottom half of this sample shows the brick with the off-white mortar.Ironed Finish

Gutters & Fascia - Choosing gutters was easy, These usually blend in with the roof, so the chosen colour is monument. Seems an extremely popular colour choice for gutters. Blends into the roof perfectly, Teamed with the colourbond Dune Fascia, the 2 colours blend so nicely together.

Windows was really hard for me, I was disappointed to realise that Airlite/Stegbar builders range didn't include a Dune colour. The closest colour that we liked was the APO grey, it has the same undertones to it without standing out too much ( i hope) this is one thing i will not be sure of until i see it and just hope that we have made the right decision  There are about 9 colours to choose from and they were either white or really dark, and i wanted to consider what it would look like from inside the house looking out and i feel that the dark window frames would stand out to much when we want such a natural bright feeling throughout the inside of the house. So given these factors APO was the only one we could go with. I could of had a custom Dune colour made, which would mean custom fly-screens as well a very costly upgrade of at least $2000 i was told, so decided to just stick with standard.

Garage Door - A no brainer! For once an easy choice. We went with Dune. It will be a sectional garage door. The Infill panel above it will also be dune. I'm disappointed we even have to have the infill panel. I DO NOT like it at all - wish we could have bricks. Unfortunately we only have standard ceiling height there isn't enough space above the door for a row of bricks so we have no choice unless we pay $5000 to upgrade the height of our ceilings - Anyone got a spare $5000 they could lend us to make it happen (Jokes)

Eaves - I was originally going with a colour option to tone in with the brick, but after speaking to colour consultant she advised that i need a colour that compliments both the garage door and the windows. I couldn't choose anything to dark and the CC thought that the surfmist colour had the same undertones as the Dune and also complemented the APO grey. I went with her advice. At the end of the day its just eaves, i dont think anyone will tell if its a white, grey white, creamy white.... etc

Front Door - We have chosen the mother of all doors! its huge! its grand! and does make a statement as you enter the house. Its such a shame that we have to cover it up with a fly screen (BAL 19 regulation) but nevermind! Hubby has his heart set on the beautiful door so we stuck with it! Colour for this will be walnut, a dark brown colour to compliment the brick, and will also compliment any wood decking we want to do out the front after handover. I think we will also upgrade to the translucent glass a swell just for the added privacy. And get rid of the ugly diamond grill screen for a superscreen - much like the crimsafe option. At least it should keep the front entrance looking nice still.

Driveway - A choice as standard for either concrete or the pavers. We went with the concrete. The pavers do look really nice. but with the sloping driveway i feel you may lose the effect a little bit, im also worried about the weeds growing through and the pavers sinking after time. We have chosen the standard cove finish in the gunmetal colour. The driveways all seem to be this dark charcoal colour, and have since found out that generally the driveway matches the roof tiles.

Seeing all the colours together is so exciting! I cant wait for them to start building it! But thats months away. We probably wont see bricks until February 2014. Lets just hope my tastes are still the same as they are now! These colour options we have chosen now will be sent to the CDC and stocklands for approval along with the plans for the DA. Will be nice to get the DA approval and have it all offical.

This front facade will change slightly! We have been able to get rid of the cladding, which im so happy about, and i have to try and ignore the infill panel! and hope that once its painted to match the garage door it wont stand out.

The only thing we haven't been able to confirm is whether or not we should do stack stone on the pillars of the portico. Di Lorenzo prices are way too high so i think that it will be too costly, and probably something we can easily get done later on down the track if we wanted to give the house an extra lift above standard. There is also the option to render the portico pillars as well if we wanted too. I've heard stocklands like at least 3 elements to the front facade design. So will be interesting to see if they are still enforcing this or not. If they do then render the front pillars will most likely be the cheapest option for this.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Land is Exchanged

Another step completed in a long list of many! Land finally exchanged today. Its nice to know that its finally secured now and is defiantly ours. Feels good although seeing the bank account start to empty out with all the deposits we are making isn't too much fun. Settlement on the land will be 35 days from today. Then it is officially ours. Another win also, the land owners have agreed to clear the block of the dumped concrete positioned on the back boundary line. Which is fantastic because i didn't want to be spending money trying to get that cleared away. There is a lot of it there!