Monday, September 27, 2010

Final Tender Acceptance

After a few correspondence with our tender presenter, we finally accepted our tender today.  We made some minor changes to the original tender that was given to us.

We took out the Metricon complete package that includes:

  • Site cost allowance 
  • Floor covering for the entire house
  • Concrete slab to outdoor room  
  • Paved driveway and entry
  • Roof sarking
  • Security alarm

The list above is in fact very enticing to us.  For a price, the complete package would allow us to move in to our brand new home immediately upon building completion.  However we need to be completely happy with everything that we are getting as part of the package.

We went to Di Lorenzo to inspect the category 1 carpet and tiles that we will be getting, should we go with this package.  The tiles collection at Di Lorenzo was amazing, however being category 1, our selection is quite limited.  The lady that guide us when we get to the store, said that we are allowed to select anything from the store but there will be an additional charge, if we are to select anything that is over our allowance limit and depending on our selection there may also be an extra labour charge as well as under lay charge.

In a perfect world where we have lots of money to spend, this may be fine with us as their collection of the tiles were very good.  So we considered a number of scenario if we were to go with the complete package.

In the end, we decided to have solid timber for our ground floor and carpet for the stairs, initially, and the first floor.  As Di Lorenzo doesn't have that many selection with the timber, we decided to take the Metricon complete package out.

As a result, we will then need to pay separately for the site cost.  BASIX is not applicable to us as we are in the recycled water area, so in the tender this was actually a credit to us.  It was quite considerably a huge amount too!  How I will miss seeing this credit item in the tender :).

For the final changes of the tender we, here is what we decided to keep:

  • Site cost
  • Concrete slab to outdoor room
  • Roof sarking
  • Security alarm
  • Paved driveway
  • Increased aluminium stacker door height to match the height of timber bi-fold door

We were advised that we could have the security alarm from an external provider.  However as the nature of the product is electrical and anything that run inside the structure of the house, I'd rather to have this done by the builder.  I believe installing this at a later stage could end up costing us a lot more.  For example air conditioner, which I will post another entry on the subject.

So there it is, one more step to having our dream home.


The Little Pig said...

Metricon homes are lovely! My partner and I are looking into an Eden Brae not too far away from the Ponds!
Interesting reading your blog. I'm writing a blog myself -
too!! But its more about design at the moment than anything else. Its fun though. Good luck with your home! If you have any advice, pls share!!!

SkyPiea~~Sky Island said...

Hi Little Pig,
Yes Metricon homes does look appealing and we are just one of their victim! :) but i do think they are lovely as well. You can call me bias though :) We did consider with Eden Brae as well but we had a hard time fitting the house into our block as it is quite narrow.
I have read some of your blog and that is quite comprehensive. Your entry on landscaping is really good and it gives me a lot of idea as we are in that process at the moment :)
Good luck with your building and if you have any question pls, by all means, ask me and I'd be more than happy to help.

The Little Pig said...

Hi SkyPiea

Thanks for your post on my blog. Keeping an eye on all that info out there and I will be sure to put a line out if I need any help!

Keep posting!

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