The new studio M looked fantastic, much bigger in size compared to the previous studio but most of the range was still the same. The new additions to the studio were the various displays which had been created to provide visitors with a visual image of how the room could be put together and how it would look.
The first section of the house we discussed was the front facade. This included tiles, guttering, downpipes, eaves, bricks, mortar, render, cladding, sliding doors, front door, garage door, windows.
Roof Tiles - MacQuarie (Style) & Twilight (Colour - Cat 1)
Render (square colour samples) - Mangaweka (bottom right) & Terrible Billy (top right). Adding an second colour for render is an additional cost of $270.
Cladding - Beige Royal (left)
Bricks - Victorian Blue (Cat 6)
Sliding Doors - Southern Star 300 series (extra $200 per door to upgrade from series 100 to series 300) - Monument (colour)
Front Door - Timber - Hume Savoy XS26 hinged door with satin finish - Merbau (Colour) - part of street appeal package
Front Door Handle - Oblong shaped handle - Extra Cost $500
Garage Door - Metal Timberlook - Caoba (Colour)
Timber windows - Merbau (Colour) - part of street appeal package
Eaves - Lexicon (Colour)
Guttering & Downpipes - Monument
Concrete Driveway - Richfields (Concrete Color) - Extra $780 for excess 6m2 (remaining 35m2 was covered as part of street appeal package)
Total of upgrades from the front facade selections - ~$9000
Internal Doors - White (Gloss)
Stone Benchtops (except for laundy) - Organic White (Cat 3) - Extra Costs depending on area of house
Laundry Benchtop - Laminex White Diamond Gloss Finish
Cabinets - Milano Walnut Silk Finish
Overhead Cupboards & Cabinets (Kitchen) - Two Pac (White) as part of masterchef package
Kitchen Splashback - Oyster (Cat 1)
Walls - Natural White (Dulux)
Ceilings - Lexicon (Dulux)
Kickers - Aluminium
Staircase - Black Japan (Colour) Stain - Extra $2000 to stain the timber stairs as they are installed raw
Kitchen Sink - Undermount sink, double - Extra $220
Bathroom & Powder Room Sink - Standard Square White
Ensuite Sink - Upgraded to rectangular bowls, extra $300 per sink (including installation)
Floor tiles for kitchen, living & entry - Super White Porcelain Tiles (Extra $$)
What was most surprising about this appointment was that the tiles were not going to be selected during this session. It was getting towards the end of the day and I was starting to wonder why we weren't heading to Beaumont to select our tiles. We were then advised by the consultant that the tiles were a separate appointment which is scheduled on the same day as the sign off of the final building contract. I do not understand how the tiles can be scheduled so late in the process as it affects the final costing of all upgrades.
We emailed our customer support coordinator requesting for an earlier appointment and were advised that it is not possible as Beaumont Tiles require a signed contract before going ahead with the tiles appointment. It is extremely disappointing that we were not advised of the full process earlier and that we are not able to complete our tiles selections until AFTER the final contract. How can a building contract be classified as final if there are still costings missing from the total amount???? How does a builder expect the client to sign off on an unfinished document and deem it a legal binding document?? I'm certain that every home builder has a budget in mind and therefore needs to review all costs and making the necessary adjustments before signing the final document!!
It has been a rough road so far and we haven't even begun to build. Hopefully this tile appointment issue can be resolved and the experience improve from here.