Share our trials and tribulations as we build our new home - a custom Dominico by Fairmont Homes NSW

Monday, April 16, 2012

Bathroom Selections and Mood Boards

So...we're still waiting for Council, and in the vain hope that one day our house might actually get built, we have made the following bathroom selections, complete with mood boards and layouts:

Powder Room

Vanity: Posh Dominique rectangle recessed 900mm vanity unit with standard cabinet and legs
Basin mixer: Phoenix Ivy basin mixer (YV770 CHR)
Shower mixer: Phoenix Ivy shower mixer (YV780 CHR)
Shower head: Phoenix Sonata H/Shw on 720mm rail (685 CHR)
Shower shelf: Phoenix Vivid Glass Shelf (VA896 CHR)
Towel rail: Phoenix Gen Y 900mm Double Towel Rail (GY812 CHR)
Toilet roll holder: Phoenix Gen Y Toilet Roll Holder (GY892 CHR)

Main Bathroom

Vanity: ADP Desire vanity wall hung 1200mm
Basin mixer: Phoenix Ivy basin mixer (YV770 CHR)
Hand Towel Rail: Phoenix Gen Y Guest Towel Rail (GY893 CHR)
Shower mixer: Phoenix Ivy shower mixer (YV780 CHR)
Shower head: Phoenix Sonata H/Shw on 720mm rail (685 CHR)
Bath mixer: Phoenix Ivy wall mixer (YV780 CHR)
Bath tap: Argent 900185 spout large
Towel rail (x2): Phoenix Gen Y 900mm Double Towel Rail (GY812 CHR)
Toilet roll holder: Phoenix Gen Y Toilet Roll Holder (GY892 CHR)

Here are some photos (apologies that the sources are long forgotten) of bathrooms tiled in the sort of tile we want for the Powder Room, Laundry and Main Bathroom:

We'll have floor-to-ceiling tiling (as in these photos) for the Main Bathroom and skirting for the Powder Room and Laundry.


Vanity: Cartia HNPV1200 black
Basin mixer: Phoenix Ivy basin mixer (YV770 CHR)
Shower mixer (x2): Phoenix Ivy shower mixer (YV780 CHR)
Shower O’Head Arm: Phoenix 300mm Lexi Q (LQ544 CHR)
Shower O’Head Rose: Phoenix 350mm Square (SH002 CHR)
Shower Rail: Phoenix Kubus Hand Shower (KU680 CHR)
Towel rail: MILLI Cube Heated Towel Rail (1025Hx800w)
Robe hook (x2): Phoenix Vivid Robe Hook (VA897 CHR)
Toilet roll holder: Phoenix Gen Y Toilet Roll Holder (GY892 CHR)
Spare toilet roll holder: Phoenix Gen Y Spare Toilet Roll Holder (GY898 CHR)
ToiletValero Short Projection Wall Faced Toilet Suite

The mosaic will be used on the entire shower wall opposite the door. It should make a glorious, shimmery feature. The rest of the walls will be floor-to-ceiling white gloss tile and the floor and shower bench will be in a matt black tile. We hope to mirror the black and white colour scheme in the Master Bedroom.

An interesting thing to note is that we've opted for a single-bowl, 1200mm vanity in order to have a larger, heated towel rail...We hope this doesn't effect re-sale, but really the only time you need two sinks is if you want to brush your teeth at the same time.


Sink mixer: Phoenix Vivid Sink Mixer 220mm Gooseneck (VL733 CHR)


Sink mixer: Phoenix Vivid Wall Mixer (V780 CHR)
Sink spout: Phoenix Vivid Pin Lever Wall Sink Outlet (VP703 CHR)
Hand towel rail: Phoenix Gen Y Guest Towel Holder (GY893 CHR)

The laundry mood board is a work in progress. I have it in my head though, so stay tuned!

Any thoughts/comments on our selections are always welcome. Goodness knows we need something to distract from the tedious wait for Council!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Kitchen!

Ok, it has been a long time in the making but here are our finalised kitchen plans:

Note: The 3D image on the second page denotes a lower oven position and different drawer configuration below it. This was one of the changes we had fixed, but alas the pic wasn't updated. We will just note that it is incorrect in that image for purposes of sign-off. The rest of the plans show the right configuration.

Colour and appliance selections:

Benchtop: 40mm Caesarstone White Shimmer
Splashback: Caesarstone White Shimmer

Cupboards: Polytec Sheen Classic White (Yes, there is actually a picture underneath this text!)

Hmmmmm, maybe this pic is a better example:

Under-bench cupboard handles: Recessed aluminium

Pantry and microwave cupboard handles:

Microwave cupboard door: Aventos lift system

Pendant lights above the island:

Floor: Spotted Gum timber floor boards


Tap: Phoenix Vivid Sink Mixer 220mm Gooseneck

Oven: SMEG SAP112-8

Cooktop: SMEG PSA906 GAS

Rangehood: SMEG K9399R


Fridge: LG GR-L219CSL

A lot of planning has gone into this kitchen and how we will use/enjoy the space. Here is an overview of some of our choices:

- There are a lot of drawers as they are the best use of space and are easier for lifting things out of
- The recessed aluminium handles are easy on our hands and look great
- The oven and microwave positions are high
- We couldn't justify the price and inconvenience of an integrated microwave (the fascia's cost more than the appliance and aren't universal!) but we wanted a seamless look without having the microwave low-down i.e. hidden in the island. So, we decided on a microwave cupboard which allows us to save money, by using our old microwave, without compromising the look of the kitchen. We also opted for a commercial-grade door on the cupboard so that it can be larger and keep symmetry, as well as have an extra shelf for microwave covers/containers etc.
- We wanted our splashback to be Caesarstone like the bench-tops however Caesarstone is 20mm thick (glass is 6mm), so we've extended the cooktop wall by 3cm (maximum we can go without having to start doing expensive things like change cupboard depths).
- Wine rack next to fridge. Always handy.
- We will install our own bin after hand-over as well as this pantry system:

- A lot of time was spent agonising over the cupboard material and finish i.e. gloss vs sheen vs matt and createc vs melamine vs vinyl vs polyurethane. In the end we decided on a compromise and went with Polytec Sheen. This was for a number of reasons. We decided on the melamine because it appears to be the most hard-wearing (based on opinions gathered from the web as well as from our kitchen designer) and Sheen (which is like a semi-gloss) because it has the easy-wipe 'cleanability' of gloss without the huge price-tag. Also, hopefully it won't show as many finger prints as the high gloss, nor should it blind us considering the two skylights that will be angled towards our kitchen!
- And, my most favourite thing in the kitchen...the bookshelf! The perfect segue into the Study and a great way to store my myriad of cookbooks and Donna Hay magazines!!!!!! (Can you tell I'm excited?)

*Sigh* Now if only I could click my fingers and our kitchen would materialise...