Megan and I have somewhat similar tastes when it comes to decorating and design. It has made many of the decisions we’ve had to make thus far relatively simple. When we were deciding on what style of home to build, we both knew we wanted an open plan, alfresco style home that would be comfortable during the mild Sydney winters, yet able to open up and take in the outdoors during the warm and often humid summers of Australia. We had a number of different style homes in mind when we accidentally stumbled upon a row of new model homes in “The Ponds” development out in Kellyville Ridge, just outside Sydney. We instantly knew this new model home, the Liberty by Metricon, was far better than anything we had found yet.
While most of the decisions we’ve made have been easy, there have been more than a handful where good communication and compromising is essential.
We’ve disagreed on some of the external colours, and many of Metricon’s build options – like the $16,000 double sided fireplace. Was a double sided fireplace really necessary? Not at that price (at least in my opinion), but at the end of the day, it’s just money, and it makes Megan happy (and warm). She wore a jumper during the Hawaiian evenings when we were there for our wedding.
I think the important thing to remember is that the entire build process is an adventure. Neither of us have done this before, and we’re both learning as we go – both about building a home and each other. We both have our stubborn streaks, but when we butt heads we stop, take a step back, and remember why we’re doing this. We’re not just building a house, we’re building a home for our family.
These are the ideals that seem to be helping us stay sane. What has worked for you?