November 3, 2007

Our Plan

Kitchen selections and Non Standard items

Kitchen selections are complete. Kitchen cupboards are Cafe Cream laminate (gloss) and the pantry cupboard is laminate gloss Mountain Pepper.
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Benchtops are Ceasarstone Ice Snow. is glass but we can't decide on the colour and have decided to wait until the wooden floors and kitchen cupboards are installed before making a final decision on the splash.Most likely Dulux Murray River Red.
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Splashback Upgrades to the spec include Innotech drawers to the kitchen, spice rack insert to draws (love Indian and Thai food), 4 downlights under the kitchen cupboards, non standard handles to joinery, 2.8lm pantry in the Kitchen including an appliance cupboard and roller door, square brushed aluminium downlights, double shower to ensuite, BBQ point to the patio, motorized control to rear garage roller door, Culligan P150 drinking system in the kitchen, feature tiles in bathrooms, tiled kickers in ensuite bathroom, extra linen cupboard, Corinthian Madison 1020mm wide x 2340 high front door with glass and mirror cabinet with shelves in ensuite and extra banks of drawers and shelving in the WIR.

Final contracts are signed and new start date is beginning of January 07.

Selections - wet areas

Our selections for the wet areas include:
Stone grey 400x400 tiles on the floors and White Luxor Rectified Gloss 300x500 tiles for the walls - laid horizontal. Stone grey tiles to be laid up one wall as well as floors and in the shower niches.

Hansa Polo mixers

semi recessed square basins in the master ensuite and upstairs bathroom. The downstairs powder room has an Azure grand pedestal basin with attached towel rail. It looks neat and tidy which is essential as the powder room is small - only 1710 x 1000 mm.

Bathroom & ensuites
White gloss laminate cupboards with Ceasarstone ginger benchtops (attached pic).

Laminate New Barron Alder and Buller Stone benchtops

Wooden floors

We purchased 120 sqm of spotted gum wood for the lower level and treads/ risers for the staircase. We chose 83x12 mm select grade from Planet Timbers.

We decided against hydronic heating due to lack of communication from the supplier but have incorporated as many passive heating/cooling options as possible given the restraints of a traditional build. The wooden floors are a bit of a compromise as concrete would have been the better option for thermal mass; but the look was a bit too 'raw' for us.

The build is now set to commence early January due to the 3 months delay in waiting for specifications from the hydronic supplier. They never arrived so I guess he doesn't want the job or the system is not ready. Whatever the case, Michael doesn't get his hydronic floors but we can console ourselves with a fireplace and beautiful wood!!