Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Colour Selection

Bricks:  Austral Cream with brick neutraliser
Roof Tiles:  Monier Tudor Barramundi
Gutters, fascia and downpipes: Colorbond Jasper
Garage:  Gliderol Tuscan Jasper
Front Door:  Double Madison PMAD104 with obscure glazing
Render Colours : Arava, Ducal and Puddle
Ceiling, Cornices and  Internal Doors:  Antique White
Walls: Hog Bristle 1/2 strength  ( we'll do our feature walls after hand over)
Staircase Balustrades:  Vertical stainless steel
Staircase Handrail, Newel Post, Treads & Risers:  Chestnut stain & varnish
Kitchen Benchtop:  Caesar Stone Osprey
Kitchen Cabinets:  Cherished Wood
Perspex Doors:  Lucite Pearlescent Pearl
Glass Splashback:  Clearfloat Nile Clay
Ensuite & Bathroom vanity benchtop:  Caesar Stone Ivory
Ensuite & Bathroom cabinets:  Tawny Linewood
Powder Room Benchtop: Tawny Linewood
Laundry Benchtop & Cabinet: Cherished Wood 
Carpet:  Belgian Chocolate
Floor Tiles (Ground Flr):  City beige gloss 400 x400
Floor Tiles (First Flr):  Still beige 400x400
Balcony Tiles: Vibe Latte
Shower Tiles:  Linea Sand

Bricks and Render Colours

Kitchen Cabinet & Benchtop

Ensuite, Bathroom & Powder Room Colours

Windows, Gutter, Fascia, Downpipes, Internal Paint Colours

Vanity Basin

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Floor Plans

We did not change much from the standard floor plans as we are quite happy with how the whole house is partitioned.  These are the only variations that we have asked to be provided :

* Aylesbury facade in face brickwork including double 2040mm Height x 820mm Wide entry doors, brickwork around and over garage opening, with feature render to porch & front facade.
* 1600mm long feature wall to lounge protruding 90mm into room.
* Colorbond S-flashing to top of brickwork, on the boundary wall of garage in lieu of standard fascia and gutter.
* Double pre-hung flush panel hinged door to rumpus/theatre.


Ground Floor

First Floor

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Display Home at Somerfield Estate

Here are some photos from the display home at Somerfield Estate, Keysborough. 



Formal Lounge

Powder Room

Family Room






Bed 2

Bed 3

Activity Room

Bed 4


Master Bedroom


Master Bedroom


Monday, October 18, 2010

The Prelude

We are a working class couple, married for 13 years and blessed with 2 adorable children who are both currently attending primary school.   We arrived (not by boat but by plane) in Melbourne in mid-2009 from New Zealand in search of greener pastures at a time when the world is experiencing economic turbulence or what they termed as Global Financial Crisis. 

Auckland City from Mt. Eden_327

In March 2010, we set out to visit a few display homes to get an idea of what is available out there and how much it would cost for us to build our own house.  We also sat down with a mortgage broker to find out how much we can actually afford and how to go about securing finance for our planned purchase.  We wanted to pay less stamp duty so decided we will get a modest size of land which will be enough to build a double storey house.  In April 2010, we paid our initial deposit to an untitled land at the Hunt Club in Cranbourne East.  

Next stop is to choose our house design and who to build it with.  We got sales quotations from Burbank, Porter Davis, Simonds, and Henley.  We thought we were gonna go with Burbank as we liked their display home at Cascades in Clyde but the house size was too big for our land.   We crossed out PD and Henley from our list because it will be very expensive to build with them.    Simonds offered us the lowest priced quotation but the house floor plan is a bit limited to our liking.  Then one weekend we stumbled on the Carlisle Homes which initially looks expensive with their base price but once we saw their standard inclusions, we came to realise that we will get more value for our money with them.  Carlisle Homes is a quality and award-winning builder and we heard of fantastic feedback from their satisfied customers.

Monday, October 11, 2010

We've Joined the Club!

It did not take us too long to hunt for the right estate for us where our top requirements would be met.  Here is the link and it should speak for itself why we have joined the club - it is one of the finest developments amongst the South-eastern suburbs in Melbourne.

Our lot is situated in what is called "Greenaway Precinct" - where directly in front of us is a spacious reserve.  We are also closely located to the new aqua centre and the Casey fields:
Casey RACE has everything you need to workout, get fit, rehabilitate, learn to swim, relax, unwind and socialise with family and friends. With first-class facilities, state-of-the art gym equipment, luxurious swimming and spa areas, cafe, classes of all types, family activities, cr̬che, sports shop, and social events РCasey RACE really does have the lot.
Casey Fields, a 70 hectare site in Cranbourne East, has been developed by the City of Casey as the premier sports facility in Melbourne's south east and features a broad range of active and passive recreation opportunities for the entire region.