Interior colours

The first part to our two part day at Metricon on Monday consisted of our Interior Colours and fittings appointment. As mentioned previously, we had done quite a bit of homework to get ready for this meeting. It definitely paid off as there are a LOT of decisions to be made.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s amazing how many small details and selections you’ve got to make when choosing to build a house. Things like kick rails and towel rails – stuff I’ve never thought about before. Now, I feel like a pro. At any rate, here’s how we did…

We spent around $1700 more throughout the home by upgrading little things here and there. This doesn’t count about the stairwell upgrade (quote still withstanding), but more about that later. In the bathrooms, we had the decision to situate the sinks in one of three different positions – sunk, recessed, and on top of the counter. We opted for the “top of the counter” installation for the bathrooms, and a very similar colour scheme to the display home bathrooms – the difference is we will have ceaserstone benchtops, which was included in part of a promotional package we received when we put our deposit down with Metricon. One thing to keep in mind if you do get the option to choose the orientation of your sinks is that regardless of how you situate your sink on/in the counter, the height of the sink will never change. The height of your benchtop however will change accordingly. This didn’t really affect anything for us, as we’ve opted for the floating benches, with tiling up underneath.

Our colours

The colours for the bathrooms are as follows (the left group in the above photo):

  • Caeserstone benchtops: Walnut
  • Cabinets: Shaker Cherry

Oddly enough, we didn’t do our wet areas tile choices. Not sure why – I guess this comes later?

As you can see above, we stuck with a similar colour scheme in our kitchen and laundry (the middle colours are the laundry). We love the Shaker Cherry colour, as it matches our newly purchased dining room table (more on this later), the stain on our nearby bi-fold doors, and upgraded internal doors – all in a similar dark oak/cherry colour.

The colours for the kitchen are as follows (the right group in the above photo):

  • Caeserstone benchtops: Ice Snow
  • Cabinets: Shadow Laminate
  • Accent Cabinets: Shaker Cherry
  • Kicker: Luxor (Brushed aluminium laminate)

metricon kitchen

All these colours that we’ve chosen are going to work nicely against the relatively neutral wall colour scheme we’ve chosen. The wall colours (including accent walls) are:

  • Harold (dark accent wall)
  • White duck 1/2 strength
  • Linseed

I think these colours are going to look great. With all the upgraded appliances and massive landscape window behind the stovetop (another upgrade from the “Momentum Upgrade package from Metricon), the kitchen will once again be a focal point in our home. Both Megan and I enjoy cooking and we’ve always gathered in or nearby. With the addition of in wall speakers and the way the kitchen opens out into the outdoor room (via the bi-fold doors), this trend is likely to continue.

About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Kriss says:

    Wow, this all looks so great! Very modern, but warm. Did you get the sink above counter in the kitchen too? I would imagine that would look really great but I have always been afraid to do that because I worry that when you clean the counter of crumbs and stuff it would be harder to just wipe it into the sink.
    The kitchen always seems to end up a gathering place in a house, and you have quite a centerpiece!

  2. Felix says:

    Been watching your progress, how exciting for you both. I love your internal selections, cause guess what someone has great taste! WE have the same – Shaker Cherry and Shadow line thruout the kitchen and bathrooms.
    Only point of difference is the benchtops. WE are building also in NSW our’s has started and we have been extreamly happy with M.
    I am sure you will be also.

  3. John says:

    It is a bit mind boggling isn’t it – the range of decisions you have to make on stuff you really didn’t give two hoots about a week ago and now for some reason they’re an issue and now you find yourself upgrading !!!

    I decided to build the display home “as displayed” – just give me the house exactly as it is presented colours, kick rails, lights, power points everything! Even then the tiles were discontinued, the bricks had to be imported from Victoria and a host of other things weren’t available from what was displayed – so I still find myself in “decision central”.

    Oh yeh the kicker is…my house now costs $550,000 (base price $220,000)!!!

  4. T&T says:

    In Vic at least, you do tile selections at Beaumont Tiles, not sure who the equivalent NSW tile provider is. I’m wondering how you got away with spending only $1700 more at colour selection, I think we walked out at least $20,000 poorer (but not as extreme as John’s previous comment!) Anyway, gotta go to bed as our slab is being poured 7am tomorrow morning, and I wanna be there for that!


  5. Megan says:

    We have been going to DiLorenzo here in NSW. They work directly with Metricon and Stefan has another post about our visits there on this blog. They have a great range and you can either choose to stay standard or decide to upgrade. I’m sure by the time it’s all over we would have spent almost double the base price too. So many little things creep up like retaining walls, fencing, driveways, landscaping, etc. I still think it works out better value than if we were to just buy a house already built though.

  6. Megan says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Considering we haven’t even come out of council I may change my tune when the build starts happening :) Right now I believe if you can spare the time to build then it seems worth it to me. In terms of budget, that doesn’t include electricals. Plus in the last few days we opted for a few more upgrades here and there. We’re probably more at the 10K mark with all that included. Only money indeed!

  7. SarahV says:

    HI Megan, my hubby is still saying that we should have just bought. But he’s just impatient ;-) He’ll also be very jealous of you – he wanted the liberty colours. Stefan was asking about a garden pic on my site, the pics are from the landscape designers website I also don’t know how you guys got away with $1700. We had a budget of $20k and also spent way over that. hee hee it’s only money.

  8. Stefan says:

    Great minds think alike – thanks for the response Felix! Here’s hoping our build goes smoothly. Here’s hoping yours continues just as smooth.

  9. Stefan says:

    Hey Kriss,

    The sink is a bit different in the kitchen – it’s just the standard lip over the caeserstone, not raised like in the bathrooms. I agree, it’d definitely be harder to clean.

  10. Seema says:

    Hi Stefan

    We are building with Metricon currently and yeh, the wet area tiling selections are done after contract signing. (They conveniently assume you will stick to the standard range as by then you would have gone over budget anyway and are looking to cut back!!) I suggest that you insist on putting in a tiling allowance in your contract just in case you do want to change the tile range. We went way over budget on the electricals =) with all the extra little points here and there.

  11. Stefan says:

    Hi Seema,

    Thanks for the reply. We’ve signed contracts and had our interiors and colours appointment two weeks ago and STILL haven’t chosen them. I figured it’d be sooner rather than later, as the house should be out of council anytime, and building starts anywhere from 10-20 days later.


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