Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Nearly 2 Years On...

It has been nearly 2 years since I started this blog.  So that would mean just under 2 years ago we signed our lives away and began the journey of building a new home.

We have definitely come a long way since then.

The most reoccurring questions I keep getting from everyone is "Would you build again with Metricon?" & "Were they (Metricon) any good?"

Since we have moved in (just over 6 months ago) we have had a few dramas (to say the least). A leaking water pipe and reoccurring cabinetry issues.

Let's face it Metricon is a high volume builder and as they claim No.1 as well. So even if they promise that everything is of good/high quality they can't promise that the tradesmen that they use will be too.

Once you have your 3 month inspection all your concerns are lodged and the appropriate tradespeople return to fix everything.

I lost a lot of personal time waiting around for tradesmen to come and fix things around the house.  Some were great and quick.  All arrived on time and if they didn't our Service and Warranty Manager @ Metricon would follow it up and make it happen at a convenient time for us.  That was great service.  Although I probably wouldn't have needed this service if a little more attention to detail was made before handover by the Builder (our Site Manager and the tradesmen who contract for Metricon.

So back to the questions....yes I would probably build with them again.  Yes their service was great...but they really need to work more closely with the contractors they use. Hopefully the complaints that we have made to Metricon about some of the contractors used at our build have been heard and noted.  

So where to now?  We are still working through our landscaping.  With the colder weather settling in it has been a little hard to get anything done.  Thought I would add some pics for inspiration.

Backyard decking...I think we may need a pool?

Decking and concrete - ready for paving

Aggregate Concreting...so glad we did this...

Our shed

Finally we have a drive-way and cross-over - no more dust in the house


  1. Hi. We r thinking about building a Whittaker. I can see that you have added some windows to the layout. Are there any other changes that u have made or any the u would recommend. Thanks N.

  2. Hi, thanks for your comment.
    We made a lot of changes to the layout. I think the best change we made was extending the lounge area out. We are lucky to have a big block so by extending the lounge room out we actually made the alfresco area bigger too. We added in a feature wall in the lounge too. If you look back to some of my posts you will be able to see where we put the fire place. We actually made the wall come out to make a feature wall. Another great addition was the roller door at the back of our garage, (leading to the backyard) - instead of just a door. We are doing the landscaping at the moment and it has come in handy to have a wide passageway to the backyard.

    I see you noticed our windows in the lounge and dining room. I love this picture windows they are of course and upgrade but so worth it.

    Another change we made was to close off the front "lounge/theatre room" with double doors.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions about our build. Most the changes we made are in my blogs..so they should help. Good luck.

  3. looking great, love the decking! keep updating please!
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