1. Windows in the living areas of the display home were larger (mainly the drop) - you can increase the size of your windows for free
2. The kitchen in the display home was wider - you can increase this at a cost
3. You can select floating vanities in the bathrooms for no extra cost
4. The balustrade at top of stairs in the display home was the same as going up the stairs, but the standard option is an ugly 1m high plaster wall - you can change this to be as per the display, but at a cost
5. Ensure you get under stair storage - at a cost
6. You can extend your alfresco to the edge of the house - approx $2000
7. Check if you have overhead cupboards in kitchen - generally it isn't standard
Good luck with your plans - it is an exciting time, but be prepared for slow going through the admin stage. M are notorious for it!
Also, double/triple check all floor plans and contracts that M send you. I have never yet had anything come back that didn't have mistakes or omissions. Attention to detail is needed on your part!
Enjoy the journey
Do you remember the cost for replacing the 1m high plaster wall balustrate?. We are doing wrought iron rods as balustrade for the part going up the stairs. Just want to know whether it is a big upgrade if we decide to do the same at the top of stairs.
Hi John, in the end, we didn't get charged. When our original CSC added it in as an upgrade, she told us there was no cost to make the change, but when we were making our stair selections at Studio M they told us we should have been charged about $2,000 for changing the wall to balustrade. They agreed to leave it as no cost, as I was getting pretty frustrated with them! However, Drew01 said he didn't even have to list it as an upgrade, it was supplied as part of the stairs (and we are building pretty much the same house). Just double check that the balustrade continues onto the first floor landing - don't mention upgrades/costs.
Thanks Shokel, I will see whether i can get away without paying.