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Disaster Strikes at Dilorenzo Tiles!

After an entire month of waiting for our final quotation costs for Dilorenzo Tiles, I decided to make contact with them after their long break over the Christmas and New Year break was over and was heartbroken to be advised by Dani Caruana, the Castle Hill Showroom Manager that Anna who looked after us at our appointment has left and did not hand in our file.

She delivered the bad news to me this afternoon to advise that we would need to come back in to choose all our tiles again.

We contacted James Treble with the bad news.  In actual fact, we were really surprised that he took it well and advised us not to panic.  We agreed to meet up on the 31 January 2017 at Dilorenzo Tiles to go through the process again.

Happy New Year to our Interior James Treble and of course to the Eden Brae Home Staff

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We both just returned from Japan and the Hunter Valley and we brought back many bottles of wines from the Hunter Valley.

Being a very big year ahead we decided to treat the Eden Brae Home staff for those who have helped us along the way to date Pepper Trees Wine's Purple Mist, a sparkling Shiraz.

For James Treble, we brought back a gift which we sincerely hope he will share with family and friends rather than drinking it alone.





Eden Brae Home - Day 2 Appointments

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It was a rather interesting day today at Eden Brae with our Interior Designer James Treble.

We completed the following appointments today:

Tiles and Carpet;Plumbing; andElectrical. We also revisited Kitchen Culture to take a look at our quotation and also took another look at the colours for our home.
Tiles and Carpet - Dilorenzo Tiles
We completed our tiles and carpet at Dilorenzo Tiles in Castle Hill and we were looked after by Anna.  James helped us greatly with our tile selection and carpet.  For once we were able to keep within the allowance with the carpet, except we paid $8 per m2 for the best underlay available.  After working a long day, I'm sure everyone would agree that coming home to lovely and comfortable carpet is important.
For the entry, mud, kitchen, dining and family rooms we decided to go for the porcelain tiles.  This is of course over and above our allowance.  We were allowed $24 per m2 for tiles.  The porcelain tiles were $45 per m2 meaning we had to pay an ad…

Eden Brae Home - Day 1 Appointments

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We had our day one appointment today with Eden Brae Homes.

We went through and completed the following things:


Colour Selections (Both Internal & External);Blinds with Abbey Shutters;Air Conditioning;Staircase;Kitchen; andPower room & Ensuite. It's been rather an interesting day and we were graced with the presence of James Treble who is our interior designer and his assistant Amy Pacewicz along with Amy Tanner from the Home Options Gallery.
Colour Selections
We have chosen the following for our external colours:
PGH Bricks - Mild SteelMortar Joints - Ironed Off WhiteGutter & Fascia - MonumentMonier Horizon Roof Tile - BarramundiFront Timber Door (Entry and Balcony) - Quantum Timber Stain MerbauGarage Door - Decowood IronbarkAluminium Windows & Doors - Stegbar BasaltRear Balcony Door - BasaltHinge Garage & Laundry Door - BasaltRender to the front-middle of the home - DuneDriveway - Baines Pavers Metric - Charcoal

For our internal colours we have chosen the followi…

Stamp Duty Paid

Another step in our journey towards our new home today as it's been almost three months since the exchange of contracts.

Stamp duty is payable on vacant land even if it is off the plan within three months.

If you bought a unit, you apparently have up to 15 months to pay.

Based on our land value being $735,000 the amount of stamp duty payable was $28.585.00

At least it's now complete and we can continue to move forward.

CSR PGH Bricks & Pavers

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Today, we went to the CSR PGH Bricks & Pavers site in Schofields to take a look at the range of bricks, tiles, and pavers.

I contacted Eden Brae to see what range of bricks the Prestige Luxury Inclusions package included.  I was advised by the builder the range available without any additional charges would be Range A, B & E.

In addition, the $1 sale included upgrades to the Premium Horizon Roof Upgrade with A-Line Seamless Capping.

In anticipation for our Day 1 appointment, we made a trip to PGH Bricks and Pavers to see the options available.  Prior to today, we had gotten a list of addresses of homes where we were able to see how the colour scheme works with the brick we had in mind, however, we decided to see PGH and work on a colour scheme we would believe would fit our own home.

We were met by Sue who is a consultant at PGH Bricks & Pavers.  She was extremely helpful and did a remarkable job spending plenty of time with us in terms of assisting us to choose colours an…

Exchange of Contract for Lot 17, Proposed Road, North Kellyville

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After transferring the balance of the 5% deposit to Reid and Vesely's Trust Account which was negotiated previously, the Contract for the Sale of Land was posted to the Vendor's Solicitor for exchange.

An exciting day even though we might be watching our bank account balance dwindle, but at least our dream of building our new Eden Brae home has begun!