Building A New House
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah301
Sep 05, 2013 2:29 am
Hope you got your stuff sorted in the end turtle
We have our tile selection meeting tomorrow morning, yay
We are SO prepared so hoping it goes smoothly. Will take pics of the actual samples tomorrow when they're all confirmed and locked in.. We're going armed with this:
Hehe! Wonder how different that will look tomorrow
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah302
Sep 05, 2013 10:45 pm
Colour selection went well.. Prestart next week, yay! Every room is so beautifully warm and welcoming. Will post pics later
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah303
Sep 05, 2013 10:50 pm
Ahhh wow great news about pre start & your colour selections look great, we have interior design consultation Monday but been told they can't get us in for pre start until the beginning of October which is really frustrating
Timeline on 1st page
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah304
Sep 06, 2013 4:51 pm
Hooray! glad it went well! Love your prep work.
GOODLIFE - Bravo - BUTLER
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah308
Sep 12, 2013 2:53 pm
Good luck!! Have fun and post many pictures of choices later
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah309
Sep 13, 2013 1:48 am
Hehe it went so well!! Got there at 9.30, left at 2pm! Our consultant was nice, got a bit snappy with me when i insisted we measure the kitchen to ensure the light was in the middle... She finally did it in a huff and whoop dang it was not centred. We upgraded a lot of things, can't wait to see it come together now. I am in love with my kitchen!!
Here is the list of upgrades and changes we made, with of course pretty pictures below! (typing this on an iPad, praying it does not crash mid way!)
1. Relocated downpipes on front of portico and painted remaining ones to match render, no charge.
2. relocated hot water unit to make room for washing line on side of house, no cost.
3. Removed silk finish and selected natural finish for kitchen cupboards, $225 credit.
4. Added corner hinge to corner kitchen cupboard, $63
5. Changed pantry door to 2 laminex pantry doors, full height, $514.
6. Added kitchen overhead cupboards 900mm high, $1318.
7. Added microwave recess next to oven and pot drawer below this, $216.
8. Added stone waterfall ends to kitchen island (YAY), $1956.
9. Added soft close drawers and cupboards throughout kitchen, $432.
10. Added glass splash back up to overhead cabinets and behind rangehood (SO PRETTY), $2842.
11. Upgraded all internal doors and added glass panel double doors to theatre and single to activity room, $1200.
12. Added second render color to front exterior blade wall and planter, $462.
13. Got credit back for main area tiling, $4500 credit.
14. Got credit back for all carpet, $2561 credit.
15. Had to add wall cavity insulation to achieve "6 star" because we removed floor coverings, (stupid since we will obviously put it in ourselves. Our selection pics are below), $256!.
16. Removed laundry tub, added bench, inset sink and laminated cupboards. Extended tiling splash back the length of the wall, $920.
17. Removed window treatments, $1237 credit.
18. Removed ceramic soap holders, $30 credit.
19. Upgraded to mitered edges in all wet areas, $438.
20. Bathroom feature tile mosaic, wide strip in shower and wide strip over basin (will put pics below), $548.
21. Extended ensuite vanity to full width, added tiled nib wall, $932.
22. Added a set of 3 draws to middle of ensuite vanity, $188.
23. Added double shower in ensuite, $301.
24. All vanity edges are square style postform, no cost.
25. Upgraded to Carboni II semi recessed basins in all bathrooms, $520.
26. Added crimped off hot & cold water to alfresco for future built in outdoor kitchen, $653.
27. Upgraded to semi frameless shower pivot door & screen, $709.
28. Upgraded to frameless mirror in ensuite, $341.
29. Upgraded all tapware except kitchen and laundry to Caroma Quatro, $1200.
30. Upgraded laundry and kitchen tapware to Track sink mixer, $600
31. Upgraded to 2x heat exhaust fans, $172.
32. Relocated manhole to garage, no charge.
33. Add additional garden tap, $100.
34. Add 4x external wall lights to front elevation, $284.
35. Relocate entry light switch & add 2 way switch, $55.
36. Add double GPO and conduit for future tv, $95.
37. Add double GPO to theatre, master suite, meals, $207.
38. Add conduit to theatre, $78.
39. Add conduit to light switch for downlights and double GPO in kitchen, $88.
40. Add external light for future washing line, $71.
41. Add paved crossover (was not expecting this to be so much! Apparently we have a huge crossover), $2233!
42. Relocated soakwell due to future pool, no charge. Actually have been advised tonight to take out soak wells all together as we don't need to have them in lakelands, as apparently there's limestone under our block and they will need a digger.. That makes me see $$$. They have suggested we have Spoon drains.. Not quite sure what these are?
We have come in just $5k over budget, which is no biggie, super happy! Now for the fun part, photos!!!!!!
Our external colors:
Roof - Surfmist
Main render - Solver Cloudy Sky
Blade wall & Planter box - Solver Kitty Grey
Window Frames - Dowell White (front door will be this color too)
Pavers - Austral Cohen
Garage door - Stanford panel door in Surfmist
Floors throughout kitchen/meals/family/entrance - Colonial Quickstep in Blackbutt Semi Gloss
Island bench top and waterfall sides - Absolute Alabaster
Island bench backings & facings - Formica Bliss ****
All kitchen cabinets & pantry - Laminex Baye
Glass Splashback (omg I am IN LOVE with this!) - Glasscote Clarity in Mercury (it has the loveliest gold shimmer/sparkle to it!)
Laundry, Ensuite & bathroom cabinets:
Laundry cabinets & bench - Formica Bliss ****
Ensuite vanity cupboard - Laminex Lustrous Elm
Ensuite vanity bench - Formica Mist Grey
Bathroom vanity cupboard - Laminex stringy bark
Bathroom vanity bench - Formica mist grey
All bathrooms have semi recessed carboni II basins & Caroma Quatro tapware
Carpet & Flooring
Carpet - Sycamore Lane in Wind Spear
Timber Laminate - Quick Step Colonial range in Blackbutt (love!)
Sorry not amazing pictures and lots more to add but this will have to do for tonight
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah310
Sep 13, 2013 8:03 am
Lovely! Specially love external colours. One thing I will say is do glass splashback yourself. Builders charge more than twice as much. That colour can be found at WA glasskote. Builder wanted charge me like $2200 and doing it myself would be less than $1000. Just a thought since you mentioned you're over budget. Look forward to seeing it all come together
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah311
Sep 13, 2013 1:56 pm
Oh wow didn't know you could I think it's too late now since we've had prestart? Also annoyed I forgot to upgrade to frameless mirror in second bathroom Guess ill have to pay a variation fee? Still might have to if our soakwells turn into a disaster and we have to change things
I want to kiss my splash back
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah312
Sep 13, 2013 3:48 pm
Have you signed off on prestart? Id email now. Shouldn't be variation fee yet and you haven't gone to scheduling so nothing is being ordered etc
But yeah I removed all tiles from kitchen and will be doing splashback ourselves. But I know for fact WA glasskote do your mercury colour as I almost picked it but have switched companies
http://www.colouredglass.com.au/clarity-colours.html (third one, top row)
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah313
Sep 13, 2013 4:35 pm
Shouldn't be a problem to make changes. We made a few after prestart but before final plans and paperwork was finished. Remember its your house! If you haven't signed off on prestart then there shouldn't be a variation fee!
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah314
Sep 13, 2013 4:56 pm
Just sent her an email but it might be too late.
Really worried about these stupid soakwells now! Wtf is a spoon drain? I cant picture how they would 'go' with the house, or where they're located? Guess we'll find out!
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah315
Sep 14, 2013 2:50 pm
I'd rethink the painted downpipes too. Colorbond downpipes are used because they retain their colour forever. Painted zincalume ones look horrendous after a few years and have to constantly be repainted.
Get rid of the crossover as well, that's an insane price, even if it's a huge crossover. You can always get the paving guys to do it on the day for a carton of beers.
Splashback sounds so beautiful, love the colour of the pavers, and like your upgrades all round. All pretty similar to the prices I got at prestart, so looks good! Hope you had fun!
GOODLIFE - Bravo - BUTLER
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah317
Sep 14, 2013 6:30 pm
I think the pawn pipes comes down to where they will be and house colours. You can't always match the colourbond colours to your render also if you change the render colour you'll have to paint them anyway.
We had our crossover done as you may not be able to get your paving guys to do it and then getting someone out to just pave the crossover may be difficult due to the size. We also did it because then we could move straight in. We do get a refund from the council, it's $360, not a lot but a few extra $$
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Selections pictures below318
Sep 14, 2013 11:11 pm
Yeah she said we'll get a $400 rebate. Don't really want to risk cross over not being done, we won't be able to visit it during the day while they're building so better off just getting it done.
Bit late now to change anything, she said it was $350 variation fee for anything after last Thursday, she didn't reply to my email on Friday either. Oh well, not too fussed about that, soakwells are the main stresser ATM. We've decided to not have them and go with spoon drains. Hope it doesn't bite us in the bum!
Re: Goodlife Bravo Build Thread - Mandurah320
Sep 28, 2013 11:39 pm
Unconditional finance approved! After a very stressful week with MLI.
They changed the second bathroom mirror to frameless without a variation fee, yay.
Settlement 18th October.
Yay yay yay yay! Couriered some wine from work to our broker I was so happy, hehe!
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