Thursday, 29 September 2011

The kitchen appliances

Found a photo of the oven, range hood and dishwasher.

Omega OF901XA

Smeg K181X90

Omega DW401XA-1

Saturday, 24 September 2011

The ridge

Found a good Aerial view of Glenmore Ridge from Interesting to see how much it has changed in just a year!

Weeds taking over...

The colours

After a big day yesterday here are the colours:

Brick Austral Urban One Pepper, Flush joint, off-white mortar
Roof Colorbond Windspray
Fascia Colorbond Shale Grey
Gutters Colorbond Shale Grey
Garage Door B&D Contemporary style in Windspray
Bradnams Windows Bradnams Ultra Silver
Front Door Hume Nex35 clear glass
Flyscreens Bradnams Ultra Silver
Bathroom/Ensuite/Laundry Floor RB Hemp Grey, Misty Grey grout
Bathroom/Ensuite/Laundry Walls Origami Mocha, Misty Grey grout
Other tiled rooms RB Hemp Grey, Misty Grey grout
Carpet French Toast
Kitchen bench top New Cairo
Kitchen kickboard Formica Silver Shadow Velour Finish
Underbench colour Laminex Lustrous Elm Natural Finish (Vertical)
Overhead cupboard colour Laminex Pearl Grey Natural Finish
Glass splashback Standard Clear - Cosmic Aura
Computer Desk Laminex Lustrous Elm Natural Finish
Bathroom/Ensuite benchtop New Cairo
Bathroom/Ensuite cupboards Laminex Fossil Natural Finish
Walls/Skirtings/Doors White Pearl
Ceilings/Cornices Illusive White
Front facade piers Backdrop
Front/Laundry door Grey Gamut
Eaves Colorbond Surfmist
Downpipes Backdrop
Driveway Cova Bluestone

Urban One - Pepper
New Cairo
Lustrous Elm
Pearl Grey

The air-conditioning

We were going to get the ducted system that McDonald Jones offers which is by Derby, but after a quick google and reading some feedback on the unit we decided to get something better, more reliable and efficient, especially when outlaying so much money and I am firm believer of you get what you pay for.

After sending off quite a few emails to different suppliers/installers we heard back from Ample Air first. About 2 weeks later we heard back from Frost Air. Ample Air supplied a great quote that was posted to us with all the information about the proposed ducted system and parts etc that will be used. Frost sent me an email with 3 options and prices and a form to tick and pay a deposit, no information regarding the ducted and materials used or information regarding the units.

Needless to say we are going to go with Ample Air and a Toshiba inverter unit. Met with Daniel from Ample Air on Friday to discuss a few things about the system. Very helpful and professional. We are going to get 3 zones with 9 outlets. So that is one less thing to worry about organising when the time comes.

Friday, 23 September 2011

The kitchen

This is pretty much the colour of the kitchen, except it doesn't have a glass splash back and we are not sure of the colour yet.

Rangehood and freestanding oven
Cupboards and benchtop

The colour selection

Today we visited the office at Norwest to go through the colour selections.

We were shown 4 variations for the outside and luckily for us one of the options was exactly what we were going to choose anyway. I thought we were going to have certain colours, materials etc to choose from and pick and choose as we like but they had set colour packages to choose from that had already been selected by the interior designers at McDonald Jones.

After choosing the outside colours which was easy as we knew exactly what we were after, it was onto the interior. This was tougher as we liked different colours/materials from all of them. So it became a process of elimination by choosing the colour/tiles/benchtops we didn't like from each package and eliminating it. Actually made it quite easy and also made it easier once we had the outside colours to see next to the interior colours.

One package we liked didn't have the top and bottom cupboards in different finishes, which is something we liked after looking at the display homes. So this was eliminated. 2 other packages had wooden floors which I was against although Katie liked, but I gave in on the facade so we agreed against the packages that had the wooden floors. Another package the main floor tiles were too dark and we wanted something lighter so that was out. The other package after looking at it was too plain, so it made the decision easy.

We were shown the tapware, bath, toilet, basins, shower, laundry sink which we had no choice over. We liked everything anyway although I would have liked the chrome surround or frameless shower, but no big deal.

We had a choice of the oven, cooktop and range hood. We went with the free standing Omega oven and cooktop and the stainless steel flat (industrial looking) range hood. We had an option of the glass curve or glass flat range hood, but preferred the stainless steel flat to match the oven.

The other choice we had was the kitchen sink. We chose the new design under mount drop in double bowl sink. This was in the display home at Jordan Springs and looks great.

The garage door is B&D Contemporary and had no choice over this so it was good that this was the one we liked anyway even if we had to choose.

They didn't have a couple of the items there as they were still getting the boards made up in Newcastle. We didn't get to see the colour of the glass splashback, the driveway colour or the carpet colour/style. We can't change these anyway but it would have been nice to see the colours. When we got home we found the driveway and carpet colour anyway.

Also found out that we get a whirlybird installed (which I noticed in the contract yesterday).

All in all we walked away very happy and glad that it wasn't stressful. It was good that we had to choose from the packages available as it takes out the guess work of matching colours and also knowing that interior designers have chosen the colours and they know what works best together.

Other exciting news today, we found out our number -30- so now we are not just a Lot.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

The block

Photos of the block.

Tall Tress Drive :)
Nice view of our block

Me & the girls
Me and the kids
Katie, Sasha (our toy poodle) and I
The block