Display Home Sleepover

Screenshot_20180915-105131_InstagramWhat an opportunity, to spend a night in a Summit display home!

Last Friday night my good friend Zoe, The DIY Decorator, & I got to experience the ultimate girl’s night & spent the night in the Industria Display Home, by  Summit Homes Group.

Designed & built by Summit Homes in 2016, this incredible, industrial inspired, home instantly captures your attention & stands out, for all the right reasons, amongst the other houses in the street. The Industria is perfectly suited to a 15m wide block & offers 221sqm of living space. With 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a media room, an open plan kitchen / living area, with the most amazing exposed beam raked ceiling, a huge walk in pantry & scullery, this home definitely ticks all the boxes for a modern family.

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The Experience

To be given the opportunity to spend 24 hours in a gorgeous display home & take a closer, detailed look into our builder, Summit, was an experience I will never forget. When Zoe & I arrived at the Industria display, located in Baldivis, Perth Western Australia, we were both so excited & were dying to tour of our new home, well our home for 24 hours.

Walking through into the entry, you instantly feel a sense of grandeur & space, the artwork & furnishings, chosen & styled by La Vie Perth is perfectly matched to the modern, industrial vibe of the home.

 

IMG_0808The master suite, my room for the night, was one of my favorite spaces, with the exposed brick feature wall, raked ceiling & sliding barn door that opened up into the dressing room & en suite.

The quality of the build & the attention to detail throughout the home is exceptional. I loved the seamless look of the Summit Superwall & am so glad we decided to use this in our build.

The kitchen & living area were the highlight of the home for me, with the island bench & feature ceiling being the heroes. The design & layout flows perfectly & having the scullery & walk in pantry tucked behind the kitchen is ideal, especially for those of us that love to entertain.

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The Style Studio by Summit, Zoe & myself wanted to share this experience with our social media followers & give them an insight, not only of the home, but of the fun we were having during our stay. We took our followers on a Live tour through out the property & answered the many questions we received.

(To take a look at the behind the scenes footage, head to my Instagram page Stilettos_and_bricks & check out the highlights tab)

industria-22Since our stay, many people have asked if the house & experience exceeded my expectations? It certainly did, without a doubt, not only was it something that very few people get to do, but it also confirmed, even more, that Adam & I have made the right decision with choosing Summit Homes as our builder.

 

Special Thanks 💖

A special thank you to Rhi The Style Studio by Summit, Ian, Penny The West New Homes, The Summit Homes Team, Oh Cookie Co, All the Cakes, Aura Crystals, Sea of Love Studio, last but certainly not least, a massive thankyou to my gorgeous friend & partner in crime, Zoe, “good times & crazy friends make the best memories” xxx

To arrange a viewing of the Industria Display Home visit the link or phone Summit Homes on 6555 7547

To read Zoe’s blog on our stay, click here.

 

The Style Studio

Imagine having all of your pre start options right in front of you to feel the textures, see the true colours of each item & put everything together to see the big picture, all in the one space! ……………Well, our builder Summit Homes Group, has made this a reality with their recently launched Style Studio.

The Summit Style Studio

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The 800 square meter Style Studio is incredible. Offering a wide range of interior styles & expert advice. This amazing space makes life so much easier when it comes to choosing the selections for your new home.

I had the pleasure of visiting the Style Studio a few weeks ago for the first time & I was in awe of the incredible experience it offered.

When you first walk through the glass doors of the Studio, you are greeted with the kitchen designs to your left, so chic & modern with smoked glass splashbacks & the most amazing rangehood hanging above the island bench & to your right is the reception area.

Walking on you see the start of the selections boards, with the various light switches & power board options. Then it is room after room of taps, basins, toilets, slabs of beautiful marble, door handles, cupboard doors, window treatments, shower heads……everything is right there for you to touch, no more looking at a folder & choosing your finishes from a selection of pictures that are no bigger than a post it note.

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The studio has a complete theater room, various bathroom designs & they even have a play room to keep the kiddies entertained while you browse.

For me, I found the exterior selections areas to be the biggest help. I had been struggling to decide on our render colours & what to use on our feature column, seeing everything together in the studio made our decision so much easier.

If you live in Perth, definitely take some time out & drop by for a visit to The Style Studio

The Summit Style Studio is located
242 Leach Hwy, Myaree WA 6154 Phone: (08) 9317 0100

Moodboards at the Studio created by Interior Designers LeVie Group

Stay tuned as I share more of the Style Studio & our Pre Start selections later this week xxx

 

 

Pre Start List

With our prestart booked for next week with Summit Homes I thought I’d share my ‘pre start check list’ with you all.

Electrical

  • Add additional conduits for power
  • Separate power circuit for pool
  • Home security wiring
  • Door bell
  • Data cable throughout
  • Check placement of light switches
  • Add dimmers
  • Check every power point placement
  • Add power points to kitchen island bench, WIL (for charging the Dyson), bathroom vanity cupboard (for electric toothbrushes) & add one to vanity drawers for straighteners / blow dryer
  • Add points for microwave, dishwashers, coffee machine, fridge, toaster ect in scullery & kitchen cupboards
  • Add addition points to laundry, scullery & kitchen
  • Points in hallways
  • Points for floor lamps
  • Add USB points to storage cupboard, office & bedrooms
  • Extra External power points for Christmas lights
  • Conduit in alfresco roof for fan
  • Add gas, power & water to alfresco
  • Light in manhole
  • Check garage lighting & entry lights
  • Add power points to garage / check garage roof power
  • Check placement of meter box
  • Add extra external lighting – one near the clothes line
  • Add provisions for smart wiring / internet / ability to hide all cords in the wall
  • Duel lighting in hallways
  • Add downlights to eaves
  • External light switch in alfresco
  • Foxtel conduit
  • Check air con is refrigerated
  • Power points for pool area
  • Extra TV points
  • Points

Kitchen / scullery

  • Add 1 x bin drawer in kitchen, 1 x scullery
  • Check oven placement is centred
  • Check kitchen shelving / cupboards are adjustable
  • Check height of kitchen overhead cupboards
  • Make bulkhead in kitchen flush with the cupboards
  • Fridge tap, place off centre or in cupboard next to the fridge cavity so fridge will sit flush
  • Check depth & width of recesses for fridge / dishwasher / microwave ect
  • Size of pot drawers

Laundry

  • Hide washing machine taps
  • Add additional power points
  • Add laundry window, non opening
  • Extend bench top in laundry over washing machine
  • Add pull out clothing hamper in laundry
  • Add glass door from laundry to scullery. Possibly frosted?
  • Drainage in Laundry & Bathrooms
  • Add exhaust fan to laundry

Bathrooms / Powder room

  • Remove niche in showers & change to a step up ledge
  • Upgrade tile size in wet areas
  • Check placement of exhaust vents
  • Possibly add door from dressing room to bathroom
  • Change door type to en suite toilet
  • Locks on doors to bathrooms & toilets
  • Separate switches for exhaust fan & lights in bathrooms & powder room
  • Check location of taps in showers
  • Remove soap dishes
  • Add wall taps to vanities
  • Add bath recess, guest bathroom
  • Shower drainage grills in showers
  • Add privacy locks

Structure

  • Raise door height to 28c
  • Raise ceiling height to 31c throughout
  • Remove bulk head in master suite
  • Change window in scullery, laundry & bathrooms to non opening window
  • Check that all windows & doors are centred
  • Check window sizes
  • Check if windows can be tinted prior to installation
  • Check which windows are frosted
  • Add cat door
  • Extend garage for addition storage
  • Manhole in garage
  • Reconfigure theatre entry
  • Sound proofing options for theatre room
  • Solid doors for theatre
  • Add step up to theatre room
  • Check cornices in entry ways are flush
  • Check if there are cornices on bulkheads
  • Check HWS placement & aircon placement
  • Check air con vent placement
  • Check that everything is suitable for coastal weather
  • Ensure door from garage to house is solid & has a lock
  • Put switch to open/close garage roller door in shoppers entry
  • Add window to garage

External

  • Extend eaves 
  • Add extra tap
  • Check tap placement
  • Check downpipe placement & where water will run
  • Add retic / power pipe under driveway
  • Extend alfresco to the edge of the garage
  • What type of screens are used on windows
  • Check draining options for backyard
  • Check about adding a slope at the front for stairs to entry
  • Side paving options for laundry side of the house

General

  • Check all doors, which way they open, size, if they block anything
  • Check size & height of guest bath
  • Check bottom doors sit flush to the floor
  • Ask about skirting boards
  • Double check “line of sight” from each room
  • Look at increasing door width throughout
  • Is roof insulation included
  • Back sliding down options
  • Are door stops included?
  • Ducted vacuum options?
  • Do all vents, vent outside, not in roof?

Things to remember during build

  • Document everything, keep communication together in the one spot, save emails
  • Keep diary of all dates once construction starts and all notes of conversations, emails, costs etc with builder in case something needs to be discussed and clarified
  • Take photos of each room at various stages for down the track when drilling or hanging pictures
  • Insist on 3 coat painting 1 x sealer 2 x top coat
  • Ask for excess sand to be removed from site if not required
  • Ask council/builder for refund of kerb/path damage bond if it has been paid
  • Check that no rubbish has been buried on site
  • Obtain all warranties, instruction manuals, serial numbers for all products installed in the house from the builder
  • Ensure copies of your plans and personal details are not dumped into skip
  • Check provisional sums at the end of the build, before handover, for complete breakdown & receipts of costings

We added in most of the upgrades at design, which has saved us a lot time putting together our pre start list.

Looking forward to sharing our pre start selections with you soon xxx

That Ugly B Word…….

Yes, now to that ugly B word………….Budget!!!! Boring…………….

Adam would say I have no understanding of the word Budget. He often reminds me images (1)that it isn’t my sole responsibility to keep the Australian economy going strong by shopping up a storm. I have never been very good at sticking to a limit or budget………until now of course, right babe? if you’re reading this Ads xxx

Obviously when building, things can add up very quickly & before you know it the flashing warning signs “Over capitalising!!! Abort! Abort!” start appearing.

With the price of our land & the type of house we wanted, & needed to build for the area, we need to be very mindful to calculate the extra costs involved, things like fees, stamp duty for the land, the swimming pool, landscaping, window treatments & new furniture. Unless we want a blow up paddle pool from Big W in the back yard, a certain Ms Shop-a-lot needs to curb her shoe addiction!

To keep track of our budget we have found this free template, designed for excel, extremely handy, Residential House Building Template

Yes, I know, this was a very short, straight to the point, entry! But I’m boring myself with this budget stuff & would much prefer to go & pretend to shop online by adding a dozen pairs of Louboutin heels to my cart before shamelessly exiting the site. 👠

Happy Budgeting xxx

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Quote – @stilettos_and_bricks

Choosing our Builder

We have all heard horror stories about builders, blown out budgets & jobs left unfinished. Let’s face it, choosing the right builder is one of the most important decisions you will make on your house building journey.

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When Ad’s & I first set out to find a) A house design we both loved & b) A builder. We really went in blind. I’ll admit it, in the beginning we didn’t realise how valuable it was for us to have extensive knowledge of the process, what we were getting & the quality of what we were signing up for. You walk into a display home, with its high end fittings & upgrades & think, wow this is great. Then you quickly learn that not much of what you see in the display home is actually included in the price you were quoted.

It felt like we had looked at every display home in the Perth Metro & we still hadn’t found, the One! We knew what we wanted & being the Queen of OCD, I had scrapbooks of images, Pinterest folders & a written list the size of the 31c ceilings we wanted throughout! But nothing was the right fit. Feeling frustrated & to be honest, completely over it, we made the mistake of compromising what we really wanted for something we weren’t 100% happy with.

We met with a particular Perth builder & were promised a gorgeous home, plus a ton of incredible inclusions, the salesman even sent us an email saying the General Manager of the company was so interested in having our business that he wanted to personally offer us another $30,000 off the total price. Now before you start judging us & saying “you idiots, were you both high on drugs to fall for that rubbish?”……..by the way, we weren’t 😂. I think we were both just so overwhelmed & sadly, completely over the process before it had even begun.

2 weeks later we were presented with a drawing of our house plans, a custom design that was meant to be a perfect fit for our family, the block & our budget. After a few tweaks here & there, we both felt happy with the design & decided to pay our $2,000 deposit.

From there things went South very quickly. Our final plans were lost, things we were promised were not written down correctly & very quickly our build budget had blown out!

You know the saying, always trust your gut instinct? Well my instinct was flashing up red warning signs & doing back fits in my stomach with a sledge-hammer in its hand trying to get my attention! & after another error with lost paperwork Adam rang the builder & told them that we will not be moving forward with them. Surprisingly we even got our deposit back.

So here we were, back to square one & gosh it felt like such a relief. Adam & I researched, talked to friends, looked at more display homes, read reviews on builders, looked at endless house plans, we even stopped at several building sites to have a nosey at the work of different companies.

During our research, one builder that was regularly mentioned with great reviews was Summit Homes We had spoken with friends who had recently finished their build with Summit & we were both very impressed with the design, the quality & the finish of our friends beautiful new home.

That weekend we met with Glenn from Summit Homes & laid out what we wanted. We told him our budget & gave him our lists of must have’s, would like, etc. plus pictures I had continued to save. Hoping he understood our vision, we left him to work his magic & hopefully create our dream home.

A few days later we met again with Glenn & he showed us the design he had created. He walked us through the plans & explained in detail what was included, what wasn’t, what every line, dash & dot on our plans meant. This was it, our gorgeous new dream home. Glenn had somehow managed to dissect, connect & make sense of the vision I was trying to explain & had in my mind……..believe me, not an easy task! Here was our new home.

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House Plans 1st Draft

Adam & I were thrilled with the custom design & felt so much more at ease with Summit Homes. We received a complete break down of costings, what was included, the specifications as well as information on site costs & an estimated time line.

We had found our builder.

 

 

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PERTH OFFICE:

242 Leach Hwy Myaree WA 6154
Phone: 08 9317 0100

BUNBURY OFFICE:

2 / 100 Blair Street Bunbury WA 6230
Phone: 08 9722 0300

BUSSELTON OFFICE:

5 / 62 Kent Street, Busselton WA 6280
Phone: 08 9722 0370

 

 

Building our Dream Home

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After searching for the perfect block of land to build our new home, for what seemed like years, we finally found this gorgeous block by the beach in Secret Harbour, a suburb of Perth.

So here it is, our soon to be, new home location, 748sqm of gorgeous dirt 😂

A little about us……………..

I’m Em, a thirty something year old Product / Interior stylist, I do tend to lie about my age, so much so that I have literally confused myself with my actual ‘real’ number, so thirty something it is! I live in Perth Western Australia with my Hubby, Adam, our gorgeous 10-year-old daughter Ava & our 2 cats, Wong & Walter.

IMG_20180622_143540467Adam is a Business Improvement Manager in the Oil & Gas industry & works mainly in the City. Ava is in Primary School & I work as a stylist. I receive regular DM’s on my Instagram page @stilettos_and_bricks asking the meaning behind my business name, Stilettos & Bricks. I am a lover of high heels shoes, in fact I only own shoes with heels, even my trainers have a wedge heel 🙈 You can imagine how utterly ridiculous I look walking around a building site, surrounded by tools, bricks & portable potties, sinking deep into the dirt in my inappropriate, high shoes! Hence, Stilettos & Bricks was born………. Stilettos & Porta Loo doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Ad’s & I have been married for 11 years & this is our first build together, we have only ever brought established homes before. So fingers crossed this build has a happy ending & isn’t a remake of the War of Roses!

Our Block

I will be documenting our entire building journey right here, the good, the bad & the ugly. So buckle your seat belts folks & get ready to travel the Building Journey with us, Stilettos & Bricks Style.

Until next time, 💖 Em xxx