I know this has been discussed many times here and I missed making my notes then..We have finally signed the initial contract and waiting for CQ to call us to book appointments. I know its just 2days of appointments to decide and 2hrs per appointment to decide on everything. It seems too less of time to comeup with everything the way we want. It would be really helpful of you all share some tips on what we can plan to do before going to CQ and what we can be ready with or what basic things we can plan and be ready before we head to kitchen, tiling and electrical appointments..thanks in advance for all your inputs and support..
I suggest you check out all your inspiration on instagram, pinterest, display homes. Perhaps arrange a time to visit the CQ Di Lorenzo showroom prior to your appointments to see the builder's range and upgrade ranges.
My husband and I are first time builders, and we did our selections before CQ opened.
I went in assuming we could just pick some pre-set/popular colour schemes (I've seen a melb builder offer this) or copy a display home but no, there wasn't anything like that. Well you might be able to copy a display house now, since your kitchen and tiles are together at CQ and the consultant should be able to look up the colours for you.
When I did my kitchen appointment with the supplier, the consultant had no references to show. For example, For our kitchen, (we don't have a window splashback) I was shown the lamiwood and decoglass from the builder's range, I didn't know, and wasn't told that I could upgrade my splashback to smoked mirror or even to caesarstone, until i saw it the final docs and saw the checklist option there. But thats my rookie mistake for not prepping and researching before our appointments. In hindsight, we made a lot of rookie mistakes lol.
You really have to know what style and look you want for your home so you can ask for it!! Wishing you luck!!
Twolittlepeas, thank you for your inputs..quite helpful. I am redesigning the kitchen so have the plan in mind..But yes for colors and tiles I really wanna go and check the CQ before our appointment but not sure if they allow us without an appointment.. I am making notes of what options we need to choose but yeah like you experienced..if we dont know what to ask as an upgrade then its tough for us to take off from work and visit again..
I thought since CQ opened, they have some sort of online directory on their website? Do you have something like this to review?
After my tender & contract signing, I was posted out a USB with brochures and links of the suppliers they use.