Thursday, 25 April 2013

The beginnings of our new family home

Well, I had full intentions of starting this blog at the very beginning of the process to document our build but like most things I plan out with good intention [gym, I'm talking about YOU!], it never happened.  Better late than never, right?!

We bought a modest little block in a quiet, semi rural little town and just quietly we were bloody crapping ourselves!  We swore after our last building experience 8 years ago that we'd never, ever go down the building road again but well, here we are!  We've decided to start this blog as a means of documenting this experience for ourselves but we're happy for anyone interested to read along with us as well :)

Our build has started, we are now up to gyprock.  Like I said, I'm behind! LOL

So without boring anyone that might be reading along I'll just get on with some photos and details of selections.

Our block...

The home we have chosen to build is McDonald Jones Monte Carlo Executive with Side children's activities area.

Colour & Upgrade Selections...

External Selections
Bricks - Austral Whitsunday in Brampton
Bag & Paint - Camel Cord to front of house
Mortar - Off white - Ironed
Roof - Colorbond Monument
Guttering - Monument
Fascia - Surfmist
Downpipes - Camel Cord
Rainwater Tank - Dune
Eaves - Surfmist
Windows, Flyscreens & Crimsafe doors and stackers - Monument
Laundry Door - Camel Cord
Garage Door - B&D Contemporary - Caoba Premium
Front Door - Hume Savoy XS24 clear glazing 1200mm - Stained finish with Trilock omni allure lever BSC handle

Internal Selections
Kitchen -
Benchtops - Essastone Crystal Chalk 40mm with Waterfall Edges
Cupboards - Laminex White silk 
Baumatic - 900mm Stainless Steel freestanding electric oven & gas cooktop
Baumatic - 900mm Stainless Steel Canopy Rangehood
Pantry door - Stained LIN1 with translucent glazing
Splashback - Glass Java Dusk

Bathroom & Ensuite -
Benchtops - Essastone Crystal Salt 20mm
Vanity - Laminex Avignon - Walnut (2 banks of draws to main bath & 1 bank to ensuite)
Basins - Manooga Bowl 70mm white with pop up chrome plugs
Toilets - Caroma Metro wallfaced with Soft close & 1200 tiling
Bath - Caroma Newbury 1700mm Island bath - white
Showers - Aqua deluxe semi frameless pivot door with Dorf overhead square rain shower head
Tiling - Oxford Mocha R10 - to wall & floor
Floor wastes - Mizu - Stainless Square 100x100 to bathroom & 900mm Stainless channel to ensuite

Paint -
Walls - Taubmans Martini
Ceiling - Taubmans Illusive white
Skirting & architraves - Taubmans Martini in gloss

Floor coverings -
Carpet - Godfrey Hirst Lisbon in Cinder to Bedrooms and Home Theatre
Gerfloor - Creation clic in Wild Oak to main areas, kitchen, hallway and children's activities area

Additional Upgrades-
Internal door handles - Gainsborough Amelia lever satin chrome
Increased ceiling height to 2550mm
Coffered ceilings to Entry & Home Theatre
Dorf ENIX double towel rails and bathroom/ensuite fittings
Driveway - Gunmetal
Stained LIN1 Doors with translucent glazing to Home Theatre
Shelving to Wardrobes - white
2 Banks of drawers either side of oven in lieu of cupboards

I shall try and upload photos tomorrow evening of our progress so far