Sunday, June 29, 2008

Paint Selections

I've resolved my colour problems. It seems like the whole house is going to be white...The windows will be pearl white, the external & internal doors will be crisp white & the whole house will be pearl white....the eaves are frosted ice & the bi-fold doors are woodland grey. I've also changed the garage doors to dune instead of paperbark. I'm much happier with these colours than the original beige I chose earlier; and I'm much happier I did it myself.

The vanities will be caesarstone ice snow with white cupboards. The kitchen will also have caesarstone ice snow with crisp white cupboards.

I loved Taubmans new 'White on White' brochure. The Bristol guys at Bella Vista were a great help.

Looking forward to add some colour to the house once I've seen the house & get some furniture...I think it would be better to work out what colours to add once I can see how much light the house gets.

Here is a link which helped me in choosing which 'white' to choose

Kitchen Layout Done

Here is the finalised kitchen:

We're putting in our own appliances - All Smeg appliances: the cooktop is designed to be completely flush with the benchline (love it), 90cm underbench oven & rangehood.
  • upgraded to 40mm caesarstone 'Ice Snow' benchtops with matching servery top & waterfall edge
  • upgraded to polyurethane doors in Crisp White
  • upgraded to aluminum kickboards
  • included soft close drawers & doors
  • upgraded to double undermount sink
  • added a microwave tower
  • added a lazy suzan
  • added a garbage unit/cupboard
  • added drawers instead of cupboards
  • extended the breakfast bar
  • the floors will 'Rex Concreate' in Mud
  • the splashback will be 'Casa Mood Mosaico Neutra Silver Lux' with white grouting
It's going to be a white white white kitchen...below is the kitchen display for a Madisson

Monday, June 16, 2008

Interior Decorator

I sought advise from an interior decorator thinking she will solve all my colour problems but sad to say it didn't really work out for me. I showed her all the colours I'd picked so far such as the floor tiles, the caesarstone bench top, the splashback and I wanted a colour for the kitchen and all I got was 'white' which *#$%^#@ white...and this person was also recommended to me.

It's such a waste of time, take it from me you don't need an interior decorator. I came up with white also but which one??? I'm still no closer to deciding and the same goes for the external & doors, architraves, eaves, garage doors, windows and most importantly the house colour. That was one thing she provided a house colour it's a shame it was the same colour as my floor tiles...she thought my floor tiles were white??? I'm very disappointed indeed, with her fee I could have gotten something else for the house.

She did sway me into considering having pearl 'white' windows instead of the birch white. The birch white seems more cream than white; but still not sure it will go with the bricks we've chosen. I'll be deciding this by the end of the week, let's hope it all works out.

DA Approval

Our DA has been approved, it was quicker to approve getting a double storey house built than it was for the kitchen guys to send us a quote (we finally received it on Friday, it only took 7 weeks). It took less than 5 weeks for council to approve our plans how efficient is that!!! We sent the application for demolition last Tuesday and we received that today too!! Can't complain about that, now to get the tree removal application going...will most likely need a landscape plan to show that we'll replant after the house has been built.

Here's a photo of the house & block. Very excited now, can't wait to get started now to sort out the kitchen quote so we can finalise the contract.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kitchen Quote

It's been six weeks since our initial kitchen appointment and we're still waiting to get the quote....there's only so much following up you can do to move it along; if you went to any other kitchen company I'm sure this wouldn't happen. It's really just unacceptable now. I don't think it would change if I called Eden Brae to let them know this is what's happening...not sure when all of this needs to get wrapped up...We've been provided with absolutely NO direction in terms of what and when things need to happen.