We had our internals and electricals appointment with Metricon yesterday. Surprisingly, it wasn’t nearly as tedious as we had expected it to be. While we don’t have any final numbers, we are sure to have spent quite a bit more money – also not surprising.
I think the reason why yesterday wasn’t taxing or overwhelming was due in part to the amount of research and preparation we did leading up to it. We took advantage of Studio M’s “open preview days” (Saturdays from 10a-3p), and multiple trips to Di Lorenzo to best prepare for what we went through yesterday…
Our two appointments were back to back yesterday at Metricon’s offices in Bella Vista – very accessible for us. We showed up at 9am and walked out of Studio M at 4pm (while taking a 1 hour lunch break) – and to think we came prepared. I was quite impressed with the level of knowledge and helpfulness from the Studio M staff. Especially when it came to the electricals, which we really couldn’t prepare all that extensively for – the representative explained everything in great detail and showed us how we could save money and still get similar results. She even took the time to send across our electrical plan last night before she left for her Australia Day break.
It definitely felt like they had our best interests in mind.
All in all, yesterday was a very productive day. We ended up spending an additional $6K on electrical and around $1-1,5K on interior upgrades – far less than what we had expected to spend. Then again, we were able to take advantage of Metricon’s Momentum Upgrade package, where many of the internal upgrades like Caesarstone counter tops and additional tiling options for the wet areas were standard. Here’s a few of the additional electrical options we opted for:
- Cat 6 wiring to five rooms
- Speaker wiring to three different rooms (including outdoor room) terminating at central point
- Central media hub (for future Media PC setup)
- Preinstalled conduit provision for TV wires in walls
Of course, we chose our lighting options and fan placements ( fan mounting requires additional reinforcement at an additional cost – around $80 per fan) as well as much much more, but that’s pretty in depth. We can talk about that later.