This is where the fun really begins...
Many of the selections that we made at our first colour selections appointment didn't need to be changed. These were things such as brick colour, roof tiles, gutters, window frames, all painted areas, cladding etc. What did need to be changed was tiles throughout, Cesarstone and Laminex, and a few smaller (but equally as important) items.
In the weeks between colour selections 1 and 2, there were numerous emails and phone calls back and forth between us and our deisgn consultant (DC) and client liaison executive (CLE). For the most part, they were both helpful and willing to accept that our first go at choosing colours wasn't as satisfying as it should have been. There was a bit of negotiating involved on both sides, and it got frustrating at times, but we refused to back down on what we really wanted. Because at the end of the day, building a home is not cheap, and you will be the one living in it and seeing all of those colours and selections every day...
At each stage of the selections process (from land to house to selections) we focused our blog and forum research on different things. During the colour selections stage we picked up loads of tips from others who were going through our had been through the same process. The wealth of knowledge available online is invaluable.
Our second colour selections appointment was much easier and satisfying. We had a different DC, who came across as being more experienced and offered her advice and design tips (which is what we wanted all along). She helped make the selections much easier, and didn't hesitate to pull out the options lists and find photos for us to help us visualise things a bit better.
We went over all of the selections from our first appointment, just to confirm, and found that some of our selections had been noted down wrong... We got all of this fixed up along the way. It pays to check these things several times to make sure there are no mistakes.
Selecting tiles, benchtops, and vanities was much easier this time round. We also ended up changing our laminate floors because a new product had come out since our last appointment. And our new DC also pointed out certain upgrades that were included in our promotion that we weren't aware of, so we went with those as well.
The few posts will give you an idea of the selections we made. We're looking forward to your comments!