Update on colours


No new piccies, so here, have some palm trees and sunny skies (the opposite of Canberra right now)

Well, nothing’s set in concrete till the contract’s signed, right?

Another visit to Don’s Tiles/Accent Carpets on Saturday saw us firm up our decision on bamboo flooring. We have decided on Godfrey Hirst Zen Brushed Onyx, which is a very dark, engineered bamboo, pending confirmation of the price (we have a fall-back tile selection should the bamboo prove to be outside our budget). They have a really good range of bathroom tiles too, so we’ve decided on the tiles for our ensuite, main bathroom and Granddad’s ensuite.

We spent a bit of time driving around on the weekend in the new Googong estate just over the border in NSW to check out the new house builds – PGH Espresso sure is a popular choice. While we were out looking, we decided the APO Grey window frames just didn’t give the look we are going for, especially as we will have white shutters on the inside. We are all about high contrast it would seem! We also thought the surfmist garage door might be a bit bright, so have gone the opposite way and decided on dark grey/charcoal.

We’ve therefore made a couple of changes to our external colour selections (new choices are in blue):

  • Roof – Colorbond Ironstone
  • Fascia and guttering – Colorbond Surfmist
  • Cedar posts and cladding – we have decided: Sikkens Ebony
  • Eaves and porch ceiling – Taubmans Silver Blaze
  • Downpipes – Colourbond Ironstone
  • Window frames – Colourbond Ironstone
  • Garage door – Colourbond Ironstone
  • Front door – Taubmans Electricity (you simply must see this colour!)
  • Front door frame – Taubmans Crisp White
  • Driveway – charcoal or bluestone (we’re happy to be guided by Rawson’s colours expert here)

We also popped in to the two Rawson display homes to re-check out their kitchens, bathrooms and laundries, as they will be our next set of decisions.

After that comes electrical – we’re well ahead on making decisions there too. Can you tell we’ve done a lot of research and are very prepared? It’s important to us to get the build going as quickly as possible so we don’t want Rawson to be waiting on us. Hence the hours I spend on Pinterest and the Homeone forum 🙂


6 thoughts on “Update on colours

  1. Hi!
    Ezza33 from the Homeone forum here 🙂
    Love reading your updates and can’t wait to get to the same stage as you guys!
    Did you need to make an appointment to go to Don’s Tiles (is the carpet etc there too?)? We have our colour selections etc next month – scary and exciting!


    • Hi Erin, thanks for stopping by! Am about to do another big update, as we have finalised all selections now! Very exciting. You can go into Don’s Tiles/Accent Carpets (same room in the same building) any time they’re open, but you might want to phone ahead, as the carpet lady is not always there at the same time as the tiles lady. We went for two ‘pre-selections’ visits just to check out range/cost, etc. as a) I love to do research and b) I wanted to have a clear picture of what I wanted on the actual selections day so I didn’t feel pressured 🙂 They were very obliging and gave some great advice. Then, when Rawson had finalised the structural drawings, they send them through to Don’s/Accent and you make an appointment. We knocked over tiles in about 1.5 hours and then carpets in about 30 minutes, because we already knew what we want. Also added about $15k to our contract price. Yeeeouch. But that was mostly bamboo flooring, and we already had been given an estimate and had time to decide whether we really wanted the bamboo. Turns out we did 😉


      • Nice one! We love the bamboo flooring too but are going to have to stick with tiles at this stage as we didn’t budget for a massive variation for flooring. We have been for a pre-selection visit and have a pretty good idea of what we want. Pretty sure we will go for our selections meeting this month sometime – hooray!
        When do you think they will knock over the old place on the block? I’m still waiting for them to give me a demo date – hopefully first week of January so we can get things rolling 🙂
        Can’t wait to see all of your selections!


      • Hi Erin, not sure when the old house will be knocked over – just waiting to see how much the demo is (and how much about our provisional allowance it will be). Trees come down from 14 October, so that is at least a start (although we have organised that our selves).


    • Hi there. We are doing demo/site clearing through Rawson. Awaiting the quote this week. We have $20k provisional allowance, but it will depend on how much asbestos sheeting is in the house. No Mr Fluffy, thank goodness. We are also getting four trees and lots of shrubs removed, but are going through an arborist separately. Fortunately TAMS approved removal of the trees – most of them don’t meet current tree guidelines so it’s great that we can get rid of some horrible old pines and replace them down the track with something we like more.


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