Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Burbank The Edge Studio

Two updates in one month!

Yup, took an hour off work today and went out to Burbank's "The Edge" studio.

I saw more bricks in the place, then you would need to build my house! The lady went through all the possible upgrades for me, benchtops, tiles, carpet, bricks, roof tiles, guttering, door framing (not sure on the correct term, it sounded like a french word), doors, garage, driveways, electrical etc....

Now I haven't actually selected anything, this comes at a later date where the lady said it will probably take 8 hours to select all the colours and shit. I don't know about you, but if it takes 8 hours to do it, I ain't going. I'll let the wonderful lady choose everything with a defined budget!

Here's what got me though, before walking in there I thought "why am I doing this? I don't need upgrades". Then when I saw the selection, ugh, I'm going to be even more in debt than I originally thought.

Things I've already decided I'll upgrade:
* Bricks
* Toilet
* Carpet
* Tiles

However, this will probably change when I find out the /actual/ cost of upgrading the above mentioned items.

Reasons for brick upgrade:
* no reason

Reasons for Toilet:
* the standard toilet looks a little flimsy, I'm a heavy unit - this is justifed!

Reasons for Carpet:
* look, again, I'm a big unit, I drag my feet, gonna wear it out pretty quick with the standard spec

Reasons for Tiles:
* not sure really, I prefer the bigger tiles rather than the small spec, but eh, not entirely necessary.

Standard inclusions I like:
* Oven (if it holds spuds, I'm good to go)
* Rangehood (a wha?)
* Stove (I can't cook)
* Vanity (meh)
* Kitchen sink (it's a sink)
* Laundry sink and taps (I really don't quite understand why anyone would bother with upgrading this)
* Door Handles (The only time I'll ever look at these is the second before I put my hand over it to open it - another pointless upgrade if you ask me)
* Doors - It'a a piece of wood.

If you guys think I should be a little more serious about this, please say so! But I can't see how the above can affect resale value.

Anyways, give me your opinions! :-) I'm very open-minded *cough*



Monday, February 2, 2009

Land, Money, Noodles and Birth!

Well, it's been a very busy month with all the things going on at the moment.

I have since paid the remainder of my land deposit, so now I no longer have a deposit for the broker (uh-oh!), time to eat 2 minute noodles, drink ALDI bourbon, and use all my silver coins for any purchases!

For those who are following my blog (*cough* lets be honest, no one is), one of my best mates has recently purchases a block of land in the same estate as myself, infact, the same damn freaking Stage of the estate! :-) That's right, me good mate jimmy has purchased a block about 163M away from mine. Not to worry, I'm still about 10 metres closer to the nearest pub - increasing the value of mine 10 fold.

I actually bothered to have a read of some of the estate regulations, and noticed that two months after stepping through the front door, the front landscaping needs to be complete. Jebus! Looks like some bribary through a slab of the best mans friend, Victoria Bitter will need to come into play here.

I was meant to attend Burbank's colour studio today to have a look around; however, work got into the way and I was unable to make it, luckily the lady over there understood and we've rescheduled it. It's quite surprising, all the bad stories you hear about the builders with people yacking about bad customer service, but I've had nothing of such. Everyone has been extremely polite, easy to communicate with, and even when you get voice mail, they call back within 5 minutes apologizing as if I'm Don Corleone. Let's just hope the build process of the house is smooth and easy with minor to no issues.

Some great personal life news too, I'm an uncle! Well technically I'm not an uncle, but close enough. My cousin and his parter welcomed a young one into the world today at around 3-4AM.

Yup, that'll do the blog post for this month I think.

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