After countless number of trips to The Ponds builder display village and Homeworld that seemed like to go on forever, we were finally able to shortlist a number of house design that we like.
1. Metricon: Riva 34 - Metro Facade
The design gives a lot of private open space area and it covers only about 28% of the total area. We didn't really like the facade of the house but, in general principle, it's really the floor plan that we really liked. From what we can see from the geosite image, it would appear that the house won't go anywhere near the manholes as well.
We were a bit disappointed when we discovered that the rumpus room at the back of the house that is on display at their Kellyville Ridge center was actually an upgrade. In order to "add" that room it will cost us around $25k.
Our sales consultant was very patient with us throughout the questioning session :).
2. AV Jennings: Atrium 285 - Capri Facade
I must say that the house that is on display at The Ponds builder village is really nice and a very lovely home. The consultant also advised us that the display home was full of upgrades in it. The only concern I have about Atrium was that the house was originally design for a corner block. So if we wanted this house, we'll need to make some modifications such as moving the entrance to the study room whilst also extending the study room so that we can actually have one.
Comparing to the Riva from Metricon, we like the facade of Atrium better. It feels more homey. However there will be extra costs depending on which facade that we choose. The only problem in this is we will not choose the traditional facade.
The price for the standard range would also fit our budget perfectly and way under.
3. Metricon: Tribeca 36 - Metro Facade
This comes in at the very last minute. After spending most part of the day with one of Metricon's sales consultant, we thought that we have what we have come for and all of the informations that we need to make our decision. However we can't help but to have a last sneak peek at the Tribeca.
Maybe it's because we have spent most of the days going through all of the display house at Metricon in great details that we were finally able to spot that the Tribeca isn't very much different to the Riva. I mean it has the same elements of floor plan but Tribeca have an extra study room and rumpus room. All others are pretty much the same.
So we made an inquiry about the price for Tribeca 36 (the smaller version from the display center) with Metro facade and the difference was the cost of building the rumpus room for the Riva.
Tribeca 40 - Coastal Facade on display at Metricon display centre at The Ponds
Which house did we choose? Based on the above, it is not a secret that we will be going for the Tribeca 36 with Metro facade. We did seriously consider of going with AV Jennings with their Atrium 285 design and also Metricon was a bit pricey and we will be stretching our budget. However at the end of the day, after considering factors such as the standard inclusion list, promotion package and the quality of all the wares that we are going to get, it was Metricon's that we like the best.
And there it is, after a good 3 months of researching and looking at the display centers, we finally found our dream home...