New Home Buyers Blog

Custom builder Blackburn

Mark Bryson - Monday, October 15, 2018

With so many clients wanting pools lately, custom home builder Berstan Homes are able to offer a unique deal for any customers that have pools built by them with a pool maintenance package of $120 per month + materials. 
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Knock down rebuild Doncaster.

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 12, 2018

One of our knockdown rebuilds in Doncaster is getting close to completion.

Driveway and landscaping to go.
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Custom Builder Rosanna

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Your kitchen is a place where you spend a lot of time and they can become a little boring. I like to add a bit of character with colours and if you don’t like colours why not have our design team add a bulkhead to the ceiling. 
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Custom Builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Monday, October 08, 2018

There are plenty of different colours available for kitchen cabinetry and very little attention is put into choosing the doors profile. Here is a perfect example of an inlay panelled door profile with stunning results. 
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Custom Builder Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 05, 2018

The cost of running air conditioning lately clients are looking for ways of saving costs. A great way of reducing costs is to add fan lights to your design and with their dual purpose they are very cost effective. 
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Custom Builder Balwyn North

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, October 03, 2018

How to make your bathroom stand out? Add some black tapware yes they cost 30-40% more but what a great stand out feature they create. 
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Custom Builder Surrey Hills

Mark Bryson - Monday, October 01, 2018

Stairs can be a great start for points of interest in your home why not add a feature balustrade to spice up what could be a boring staircase. 
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Melbourne Storm

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Berstan homes would like to wish Melbourne Storm all the best of luck on Sunday with the Grand Final and with Billy Slater back in the side they should be able to get the job done.  
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Custom Builder Forest Hill

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 24, 2018

How can I improve the look of my home? Without spending a small fortune just add some green for an easy fix. 
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Custom Builder Ivanhoe.

Mark Bryson - Friday, September 21, 2018

With so many entries to homes being so narrow it always pays to have an open staircase and this will help not to close the hall entry too much. This can be achieved by having open treads with no risers and open balustrading. 
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Custom Builder Burwood

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dual Occupancies are really getting to be the norm and ways to create space are always sort. One way I like to add some much needed space is to add glazed doors to the kitchen cabinets which give an extra space feel. 
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Custom Builder Burwood East

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 17, 2018

Everyone’s looking for more storage and a great design idea is to have full height wardrobes. 
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Custom Builder Mount Waverley

Mark Bryson - Friday, September 14, 2018

Yes you can build a home by the side of a pool, all you need are some bore piers or screw piles for support. 
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Custom Builder Glen Waverley

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Small tiles making a big statement! 
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Custom Builder Eltham

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 10, 2018

Storage you never have enough, why not get us to design some custom cabinetry in your bedroom spaces.

This creates a large amount of storage and takes up little space.
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Custom builder Glen Waverley

Mark Bryson - Friday, September 07, 2018

From a design point of view nearly all our clients are asking for an alfresco to be incorporated into their new home. Most alfresco are built with tiled or timber decking or possible stone on the floors all of which look stunning.  
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Custom Builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

With so many people working from home with their chosen professions you really need a well-designed work space. By using a corner window in the design this enables a great outdoor look that never fails to inspire. 
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Custom Builder Park Orchards

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 03, 2018

Where better to add a feature than in your living room. 
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Knock down rebuild Blackburn.

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 31, 2018

When designing your new home and you are looking for some cold looking elements, blacks and white, you can easily warm the room by using timber.

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Custom Builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

There are many options with regards to flooring for your alfresco. A fabulous option is Sandstone and wow what a result! 
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Knock down rebuild Ashburton

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 27, 2018

When designing our custom homes we like to design points of interest in the home.  
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Custom builder Canterbury.

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 24, 2018

With so many light options available for kitchen island benches, some of our clients are choosing feature strip lights with great results. 
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Yarra Valley builder.

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Yarra Valley is probably one of the best keep secrets in Victoria with panoramic views to the mountains, the wineries and the perfect area to build your new home. 
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Custom Builder Montmorency

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 20, 2018

The Kitchen is an area that’s used nearly all day long and lighting is just one item that requires careful planning.

Strip lighting along the underside of your cabinets can be a real useful feature.
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 17, 2018

Getting the run around with your builder? First spoke to sales consultant one, then you got passed over to consultant two, then he couldn’t help so you were then transferred to consultant three who still couldn’t work out what you wanted to know, so it was off to consultant four!  
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Custom Builder Viewbank

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kitchen splashbacks are an area that you have several options, tiles, glass or stone. Here is a stone splashback that’s not over powering and very easy to clean. 
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Luxury Doncaster Home

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Berstan homes have just completed a luxury manor home in Doncaster. The house has been showcased on the TV show 'Open Homes Australia'. Watch the clip above to take a walk through this beautiful big home. 
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Custom Builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 13, 2018

When designing a custom home it’s easy to add in a little extra like your own cellar, one great area for cellars is in the basement. 
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Knock down rebuild Macleod

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 10, 2018

By designing a kitchen with a slim line window, it not only allows light in but lets the garden view into your home. 
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Builder Yarra Valley

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The best part on designing your new home is you can have a feature that is not available in standard homes. The home design in the photo shows an eye catching perimeter bulkhead with slot registers for the air conditioning. 
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Custom builder Croydon

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 06, 2018

Looking for space in your home, let us design your bedroom robe cabinets to be full height. 
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​ Knockdown rebuild specialist.

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 06, 2018

Over the years I have heard and answered thousands of questions regarding knockdown rebuilds in Melbourne. I have compiled some of the common questions asked for anyone contemplating doing a knockdown rebuild. 
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Custom builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 03, 2018

Do you want a safe home in Melbourne, then buy a dog! It’s the best way to protect you and your family. 
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Custom builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Get some stone in your home! It gives you a great look and definitely a point of interest. We recently used Mount Gambier stone on a project and the client was so amazed by the fossils that we found in the stone. 
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Knock down rebuild Boronia

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ambassador stone have some amazing choices of stone. Here is an example of the Calacatta selection.

Notice how the grain in the stone has been wrapped around the water fall ends.
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Knock down rebuild Croydon

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 27, 2018

Designing bathrooms are changing from the usual shower area and seperate bath. We are now combining the areas so they whole space becomes a wet area zone. 
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Knock down rebuild Endeavour Hills

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

We are currently installing plenty of shaving cabinets and the cost for the extra space is reasonable. A double cabinet installed is around $990. 
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Knockdown rebuild Doncaster.

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 23, 2018

Another demolition is now underway at one of our Doncaster sites. The old home will be making way for a pair of 34s/q high end custom designed homes. 
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Custom builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 20, 2018

Instead of just having LED downlights everywhere, why not add some feature lights for a better look and feel in your room. 
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Knock down rebuild Canterbury

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Storage, storage, storage. You never have enough storage, so where can you get extra storage?  
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Dual occupancy Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 16, 2018

Construction of a stunning dual occupancy in Doncaster is under way and on the market for sale. The homes are offering the quality that you would expect from custom home builder Berstan Homes. 
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Custom builder Rosanna

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 13, 2018

With interior design its always a great start when combining artwork to place some similar colours on your furniture to bring it all together. 
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Custom builder Surrey Hills

Info Bryson Homes - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

With an increasing amount of clients begining to work from home, we are often being asked to include quiet zones within the home design for home office areas. 
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Custom builder Forest Hill

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 09, 2018

Always looking for homewares, Matt Blatt Richmond is a great place to start. They have amazing homewares and the latest trend items. 
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Custom builder Glenferrie

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 06, 2018

How to brighten a room with little cost and with great results, just add some flowers. 
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Custom Builder Moonee Ponds

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

When looking at hanging egg seats or placing heavy art pieces to walls and ceilings always remember to install noggins pre-plaster for strength. 
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Custom Builder Ashburton

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 02, 2018

We are always looking for ways to make a room seem larger than it really is and a great way of achieving this is to add full height mirror doors to your robes. 
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Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 29, 2018

Many of our clients are choosing more of a rustic feel in their custom home designs lately.

Here is a lovely combination of re-claimed bricks and a colour matched timber handrail to the stairway.
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Custom Builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Going back to the basics, lately we are experiencing clients requesting timber to be included in their kitchens.Timber as part of the kitchen bench or even just a butcher’s block style island is becoming more common. 
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Custom Builder Preston

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 25, 2018

Being able to create different finishes in the home design is just part of the job as a custom home builder and here is an example of bagged brickwork combined with timber stair balustrading. 
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Custom builder Brunswick

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 22, 2018

I have a 8.5 metre wide lot, can I fit a pool in?  
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Custom Builder Alphington

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

There are plenty of alternatives with materials for splashbacks, glass, tiles, stainless steel and stone.  
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Custom Builder Northcote

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 18, 2018

Haymes paints have done it again with a lovely combination of interest and warmth. 
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Custom builder Bulleen

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 15, 2018

We are always looking for different finishes to offer our clients for their custom built homes.

Here is an eye catching rustic combination of a stone wall with timber flooring creating the perfect earthy feel.
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Custom Builder Mitcham

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Looking for more storage why not have Berstan Homes design some under stair storage! 
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Custom builder Blackburn

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Just look at the difference in the kitchen by adding some black tapware and appliances to your kitchen WOW. 
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Custom builder Wantirna

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 08, 2018

Window coverings are an often spoken of topic and they can change the whole feel to a room. The photo shows a great example of plantation shutters, just one of the many choices available. 
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Custom Builder Burwood

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Ambassador stone have a great range of stone to choose from this particular photo shows Carrara Mist stone top. 
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Knock down rebuild Rosanna

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Demolition under way at one of our knockdown rebuilds in Rosanna. 
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Dual Occ Rosanna

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Just started another dual occupancy in Rosanna the old house is about to be demolished and permits are all done. 
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Dual Occ Preston

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Polished concrete looking good in the bathroom of our Preston Dual Occupancy. 
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Dual Occ Heidelberg

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Everybody does a feature painted wall why not do a timber feature wall?

The warmth this will add to your home will amaze you.
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Dual Occ Wattle Glen

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Everybody in Wattle Glen knows how cold it can get and the best way to warm up is a log fire place. 
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Dual Occ Kangaroo Grounds

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Yes the summer will be back soon and entertaining is on your mind. Why not have a servery window incorporated in your custom designed home? 
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Dual Occ Eltham North

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Yes nearly everyone has a fire place in Eltham of some sort gas-timber but very few have a feature fire place. Why not add some stone to your fire place and this is an easy addition when designing your new custom home. 
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Dual Occ Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Yes, we do build in Diamond Creek and yes, we build on sloping lots. 
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Dual Occ Eaglemont

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

With land prices in Eaglemont steadily growing over the years it could be time to consider a dual occupancy on your property. You get to stay in your location with a brand new home for free by selling the second home. 
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Dual Occ Wonga Park

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Instead of having plain plaster ceilings why not add a feature timber ceiling to create interest to your home. 
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Builder Kinglake West

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Kinglake West has several boutique estates at the moment with land sizes that leave those closer to Melbourne envious. Affordable acreages are still available in Kinglake West. 
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Dual Occ Kew

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Dual occupancies are certainly starting to become common and are a great way to create a dual income through rental or sale.  
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Dual Occ Heidelberg Heights

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Dual occupancies in Heidelberg Heights are certainly becoming very common we have several projects on Waiora Road commencing shortly. 
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Dual Occ East Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Twin showers are becoming an often request with our clients lately and here is a great example of a walk through central opening to the shower with basins either side. 
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Dual Occ Burwood

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Dual occupancies often leave smaller areas that need to be designed to suit the space.

Here is a great example of a feature stone wall and a central fire place that divides the room into a dining space and living zone.
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Dual Occ Burwood East

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Design is critical when choosing a dual occupancy due to the often smaller areas to deal with, it needs careful thought. Combinations of lighter coloured features are often suggested so not to close the area in. 
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Dual Occ Mount Waverley

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Dual occupancy designs often have small areas of space to the side of the entrance door which often needs some creativity in space use. Here is a great example of a handy home office which uses the space perfectly. 
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Dual Occ Montmorency

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Combinations of materials in kitchens are becoming in vogue at the moment with timber cabinetry or even timber bench tops being blended with stone. 
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Builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

Warrandyte is certainly a stunning area to call home however most of the homes are getting towards the end of their lives. Alfresco areas are very common with current designs and why not when you are living in Warrandyte let the outside feel come in with stacker doors. 
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Custom builder Thornbury

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 01, 2018

Haymes paints mood board showing a beautiful combination of colours Dusty, Kendall Rose and Horizon Glow. 
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Custom builder Fairfield

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A great example of Bamboo flooring by Australian flooring is the Kakado colour which is just one of the many choices available. 
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Custom Builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 28, 2018

An easy way to brighten your home is to add some flowers they are a great source of life and presence. 
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Knock down rebuild Preston

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 25, 2018

Timber ceiling lining boards are starting to make a return to the custom home build design. 
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Custom Builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

We use and recommend Ambassador stone an Australian company with some stunning stone.

This photo shows Ambassadors Calacatta Kapak stone.
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Custom Builder Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 21, 2018

Many of our clients ask about our display home furnishings and where we get them all from?

We have numerous suppliers and one of them is Gainsville they offer cutting edge designs that suit our style.
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Custom Builder Brunswick

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 18, 2018

Have your own plans, yes we will build your custom home! Contact Berstan Homes today. 
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Custom Builder Vermont

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

National tiles are our preferred suppliers for amazing tiles and here is a perfect example and finished off with black tapware. 
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Custom Builder Preston

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 14, 2018

Haymes paint Whites mood colour selection is a great way to colour your home with a warm mood feel. 
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Custom builder Kilmore

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 11, 2018

A perfect photo of a Boral Uno style roof tile which creates that flat slate look at a fraction of the cost of slate. 
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Knock down rebuild Kew

Mark Bryson - Thursday, May 10, 2018

A perfect photo of a Taya kitchen tap, we have found Taya tapware to stand the test of time and their timeless designs are very pleasing to our clients. 
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Knock down rebuild Eaglemont

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Greys are in and here is a great example of how greys can look amazing. 
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Custom builder Wonga Park

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 07, 2018

A perfect use of Austral bricks San Selmo Smoked bricks in a feature fireplace with outstanding results. 
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Custom Builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 04, 2018

A lovely combination of stone bench top and a warming timber cabinetry selection. 
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Home Decor

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A lovely way to brighten your home is a nice bunch of flowers and Inter flora are a great start for some amazing floral arrangements. 
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Home security

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 30, 2018

Yes another home invasion spree in Melbourne, so what can you legally do about it?  The best deterrent against these cowardly thugs is a dog and I don’t have a Chihuahua in mind, a medium size dog with a good bark is the perfect ticket. These pathetic pieces of filth only pick on the easy targets so if you make it potentially dangerous for them they will leave you alone.  
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 27, 2018

Yes another year has passed and your still stuck in that old home that is just not worth fixing. Maybe it’s time to call Mark at Berstan Homes for a free estimate to build a new home or two on your land.  
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ANZAC Day Commemoration

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Anzac Day was originally a day of commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces on Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915, in World War 1.  
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Knock down rebuild Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 23, 2018

A custom designed kitchen with a combination of stone and a raised timber benchtop that creates a fantastic feature. 
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Knock down rebuild Thornbury

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 20, 2018

A perfect example of ceiling height changes, highlight windows and square setting to ceilings all combined for a brilliant result. 
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Knock down rebuild Coburg

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A great example of Austral bricks Smooth Jazz and Burlesque Chilling Black combinations. 
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Knock down rebuild Brunswick East

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 16, 2018

At Berstan Homes we are always looking for companies for furniture and points of difference homeware and we have found Globe West to be a great place to source items for our display homes. 
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Knock down rebuild Coburg

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 13, 2018

At Berstan Home we are constantly looking for ways of creating points of interest in the homes we design for our clients. The photo here shows a great example of a dividing wall with a difference. 
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Knock down rebuild Coburg

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Haymes mood board with warmth and character building for your room, Berstan Homes clients often use feature walls to bring walls to life. 
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Custom Builder Bulleen

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 09, 2018

Bulleen is certainly changing with many knockdown rebuilds and custom built homes starting to be the norm.  
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Custom Builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ivanhoe born builders Mark & Paul Bryson are building several projects in Ivanhoe and the surrounding area. With a range of sizes from 18s/q to 85s/q, all Mark & Paul's homes are custom designed and are one off unique builds. Mark & Paul have two building companies they own Berstan Homes and Bryson Homes.

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Knockdown Rebuild Alphington

Mark Bryson - Monday, January 29, 2018

A perfect space to create a tile feature are the walls in your bath room, the picture shows a great use of a porcelain tile laid in a herringbone pattern. By using a single wall as a feature it’s not overdone and certainly makes a point of difference. 
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Best builder best bricks

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Austral bricks have been a supply partner of Berstan Homes for many years and what a great range of products they supply. This particular photo shows a very popular Australis brick ZINC which is from the Elements range. The Elements range is a great way of adding a modern industrial edge to your build.  
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What builder suits me

Mark Bryson - Thursday, August 17, 2017

That’s a very interesting question; there are so many builders in the market place. There’s the volume builders that you see on the TV most of the time and they seem to be everywhere through their mass advertising, there are custom builders who basically build any style home and various other builders that range from budget builds to high end home builders. 
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Gardening on a small scale

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 25, 2017

As land prices increase, gardens are getting smaller. For the busy family, that means less to do in the weekend. Many new home buyers choose to add landscaping to a new home build so ongoing maintenance is minimal. The days of huge vegetable gardens and home orchards are gone, and with good reason. Not only do vegetable gardens take up a lot of backyard in modern homes, but buying fruit and vegetables is easy and often cost effective. But some people still enjoy gardening as a hobby and worry that building a new house means no more indulging outside in the weekend.  
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Custom built home windows

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Choosing windows for your new home can be a daunting task as there are so many aspects to consider. Decisions must be made on the style, frame material, type of glass and how the windows open. Windows can show off the view – either a distant panorama or a beautiful garden. They can let light and sun flood in, offer diffused light, provide ventilation, give light but also privacy and add style and symmetry to a house design. 
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How to save money on a new home build

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

House prices in Melbourne seem to be heading only one way – and that’s up. The average median house price in the city has hit $800,000 and still rising. Rather than buy an existing house, many prospective homeowners are considering building a new home in an outer suburb or buying a rundown house, knocking it down and building new on the land.  
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New Home Builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Choosing flooring is one of the most important decisions to make when building a new home. Today, there are many more choices available than just carpet or timber flooring and some of those choices are more cost efficient. It’s very popular in Australia to install hard flooring in the living and hall areas for easy cleaning and indoor/outdoor living. Traditionally, timber flooring has been the first choice, but modern methods of tiling, and other more sustainable materials have become more prevalent. The cheapest floor covering is timber laminate at around $50 a square metre installed. However, it doesn’t wear that well and can sometimes look a little cheap.  
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Custom builder using custom wardrobes

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Do you frequently lose shoes, clothes and even small children in your overfull and disorganised wardrobe? It doesn’t have to be a battle every time you open the wardrobe door. If you are considering building a new home, ask Berstan Homes about custom wardrobes at the planning stage. Berstan Homes prefers to work with Regency Screens who have a wide selection of options for custom wardrobes. 
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Curtains or blinds for a new home build?

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Choosing window treatments for your newly built home can be a confusing process. There is plenty of choice in the market and it often depends on your house style, location, views, family preferences and budget. Blinds are cheaper to buy and install than curtains and are much easier to maintain. But nothing beats curtains for heat retention and light block-out. They also give a room a cosy, warm feel. 
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Concrete tile versus metal roof

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What is the best choice of roof for your new home – concrete tiles or Colorbond metal? There are benefits and disadvantages for both materials and often is comes down to which roof the homeowner prefers the look of.
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Quality Home Builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Choosing lighting for your new home can be a hit and miss process. What looks great in the lighting showroom may not suit your room once it’s installed. The size, colour or style may be all wrong, but it’s a mistake you will have to live with. Beacon Lighting has taken the guesswork out of your lighting purchases with an in-home consultation process, as well as an app which shows exactly how their lights will look in your home.Beacon Lighting has been making Australian homes brighter for 50 years, and they are still proudly locally owned. They now have 99 stores throughout Australia and is the leading lighting retailer in the country. 
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Knock down rebuild Pascoe Vale

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Owner builder gone so wrong!
Berstan Homes are currently in the middle of a knock down rebuild in Pascoe Vale and the build is at lock up stage. Next door to the Berstan home is a neighbour who is doing an owner builder project that involves the construction of a basement on the boundary of our construction. From the pictures you can see what has gone so wrong and as time marches on will get progressively worse and is extremely dangerous.  
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Heating choices in new home builds Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 09, 2017

It may still be the last month of autumn in Victoria but winter’s icy progress has been making itself felt in the past few weeks.   
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Latest bathroom trends for new home builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Bathrooms are transforming from rarely visited functional rooms to luxurious sanctuaries where lingering is encouraged. Natural colours and materials, mood lighting, dramatic design and greenery combine to create an atmosphere which alleviates stress and promotes relaxation. 
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Wallpaper options for new home builds

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gone are the days of painting a feature wall in the living area of your new home. Beautiful designer wallpaper looks much more sensational. Papering walls rather than painting them adds richness, texture and depth in a way paint can never match. Wallpaper can be compared to a piece of artwork for a room. 
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Solar power lowers water heating costs in new home builds Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Solar power is one of the most efficient ways to comply with state government energy efficiency regulations which were introduced in 2011. More than 95% of Berstan Homes’ clients choose a solar water heating system over a rainwater tank for toilet flushing when they build their new home. 
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Pantry storage made simple for knockdown rebuilds and new homes

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 11, 2017

You’ve moved into your shiny new home, built by the nice people at Berstan Homes. Now it's time to organise the kitchen and fill up the pantry. 
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Highlight windows perfect for new home builds or knockdown rebuilds Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Highlight windows are wide, short windows positioned high on the wall of a room and offer many benefits to the homeowner. They are also known as clerestory (clear story) windows and are positioned at the top of a wall above eye level.  
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Knockdown, rebuild storage solutions

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The decision has been made. You love living in your suburb, your kids are doing well at the local school and you have great neighbours. But you need a new house. 
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Gardening in a small space

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The days of large backyards in a new house build are over. Blocks of land are getting smaller, and dual occupancy and duplexes on the same block are more common as land prices increase and urban sprawl continues.  
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New home builder cost

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 17, 2017

Many of our clients have been asking lately about the extra costs for under mounted sinks.
Builders charge more for these installations due to the extra works involved.

The under mount sinks cost between $400-$500 in comparison to the standard surface mounted sink which costs around $280. The other extra cost is the cutting and finishing of the stone which can range from $500 to $800. 

So you should expect to pay around an extra $820+ for an under mount sink.

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Choosing a new home builder who will go the distance

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Recent news reports about building companies in Victoria collapsing is worrying news for their clients and those considering building a new home.

Watersun Homes is the latest company to go into liquidation, bringing to a halt 300 construction projects and resulting in 90 staff losing their jobs. 
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Declutter before your Melbourne knockdown rebuild starts

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 09, 2017

The decision has been made – you are going to knock down your old, dated house and build a brand new one by Berstan Homes on your land.  
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Steamfest in Scoresby for new home builders

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Those who are fascinated by the age of steam can indulge this weekend at Steamfest in Scoresby. There are displays of industrial steam and diesel engines, blacksmithing, hay baling, earth moving machinery, model displays, vintage radio, fire engines, vintage vehicles and a tank. There is even a walking dragline that doesn’t use wheels, but “walks” on two giant feet.

There is a miniature railway or a tractor to see around the displays, at the National Steam Centre in Ferntree Gully Road. Thomas and his friends will be on the model railway to delight the kids. Refreshments are available.

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Flooring options for a new home build or knockdown rebuild in Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Deciding on what type of flooring to have in your house depends greatly on your lifestyle. 
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Latest kitchens in new home builds Epping

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 06, 2017

New kitchen styles are embracing sleek, neutral designs with clean lines. The colour palette is mostly soft greys and whites for cabinetry and contrasting dark benches. 
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Sunday soul at the Carlton Baths

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 03, 2017

Do some lazy laps at Carlton Baths this Sunday to the sound of laid-back soul and blues music.

The Teskey Brothers are a group formed on the banks of the Yarra River, in the small town of Warrandyte. The band consists of brothers Sam and Josh Taskey and also features Brendon Love on bass and Liam Gough on drums.

Their music is relaxed, fun and nostalgic and is the perfect backdrop for your Sunday afternoon swim or gym work-out at the historic baths in Rathdowne St, Carlton.

There is no cover charge, the music is included in the standard pool entry.

The Tesky Brothers are playing between 1pm-3pm this Sunday, March 5.

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Austral Bricks new trends for 2017

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 02, 2017

New home exteriors in Melbourne this year are trending towards subtle colours with texture from raw and natural materials.  
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Keep a cool roof with Colorbond Thermatech

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 01, 2017

It’s well known that dark colours absorb heat and light colours reflect it. Colorbond Thermatech steel roofing goes a step further and actively repels the sun’s rays with highly reflective paint. 
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No hidden extras with new home quote

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

At Berstan Homes, we are often asked for a base price for a new home build. But we don’t have a base price. We find out exactly what the client wants in a house and then we will give them a detailed quote, with no hidden extras. 
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Outdoor Cinema in the Dandenong Ranges

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 27, 2017

What would a Melbourne summer be without a trip to an outdoor cinema? You don’t have to head into the city if you live in the Eastern Suburbs, just head for the hills to the Cameo Outdoor Cinema in Belgrave. 
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Greek Festival this weekend

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 24, 2017

The Lonsdale St Greek Festival celebrates 30 years in 2017. Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party is on this weekend for a festival of Greek culture, food and entertainment in the city’s historic Greek Precinct. 
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Volume Builders

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 23, 2017

A frustrated couple walked into Berstan Homes display today absolutely sick to the teeth having to deal with Sales Staff at Display Homes. They had been to a number of display villages of major Builders and not one Sales person could give them a price on their build.

The fact is these Sales Staff are basically trained to sell the name of that particular Building Company. When asked for instance, about the Site Costs related to the build it was impossible for them to answer as they do not have the knowledge nor the experience in costs related to building.
Visiting a Berstan Homes display you are not only greeted by but will also speak to the Builder personally.

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Big is Bad

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

So many clients have been coming to us telling the same story.

"We went to a volume Builder the prices were so cheap, and then came the extras!" 

Extra for flyscreens, extra for the slab, extra for site costs, extra for garage door, extra for lights, extra for power points, extra for NBN, extra for permit and the list goes on and on. 
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Home ownership achievable with Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Are you in your thirties with a family and still renting? Do you feel home ownership is out of your grasp because of the current high price of houses?

It is possible to save money when entering the home market by choosing a new home build in Melbourne. 
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Evaporative versus refrigerated cooling systems

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 06, 2017

You’re building a new house. You’ve chosen a land and home package through Berstan Homes. Or you are contemplating a knock down rebuild of your house and you know Berstan Homes are the experts in this field.

Now you need to decide which cooling system to install. There are three main choices on the market – ducted evaporative cooling, ducted refrigerated cooling and single room refrigerated cooling. 
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Knock Down rebuilds popular in Melbourne East

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Mr and Mrs B were looking for a new home. Their current home was tired and needed work, their children had left home, and they wanted something to reflect their change of lifestyle. 
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Knock down rebuild - get what you want

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Are your bedrooms stifling in the evening from too much sun? Is the view from your lounge an uninspiring wall?
You know your home is wrongly situated on your land, but you like the garden and the neighbours - and don’t want the hassle of moving.  
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New home build for the New Year

Mark Bryson - Monday, January 30, 2017

Christmas is over, 2017 is well underway and everyone is back at work and school.This is the time to make your New Year resolution come true and build that home you are always talking about.

Summer is the perfect season to start a new custom-built home, or knock down rebuild in Melbourne. The weather is warm, dry and settled and will stay that way for months.With builders back and stockists reopen, the build will go smoothly and quickly at this time of year.

If you want to be in your new home this year, contact Berstan Homes today and make it a reality.

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Tips and Tricks for Storing Mattresses

Mark Bryson - Friday, December 16, 2016

We all love our mattresses, but they’re also a big investment, which means that they’re not the type of thing you want have to replace on a regular basis. So, if you’re renovating, you’ll want to make sure that you can safely store your mattress so it’s ready when the renovations are complete.  
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Top Tips to Pack for Storage Safely

Mark Bryson - Friday, December 09, 2016

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of renovating a home. It’s the time where you finally get to put all of your dreams into action and turn your vision into reality. It’s not all fun and excitement though, you have to carefully manage the project and a big part of that management is figuring out where you’re going to put all of your things while renovating. 
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Louise K

Mark Bryson - Monday, November 21, 2016

I have found my experience with Berstan Homes has been a positive one. It started back in October 2015, where Mark made me feel confident and at ease about the biggest decision of my life so far. I did not feel pressured to sign a contract I wasn’t comfortable with, and all the details were explained clearly before I signed.  
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A quick message to investors

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Stop buying properties with part planning permits if you want to make money on investment! 
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Power points in the kitchen

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 14, 2016

Most builders install power points into the side of a kitchen bench. Even though this is easier and simpler to fix, it can prove to be a big mistake.  
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Baths and what to look out for!

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 07, 2016

With so many homes being built fast and cheaply these days, we are often spotting design oversights that can really effect the quality of a home.  
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Knockdown Rebuild a Dual Occupancy Townhouse

Mark Bryson - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Are you a lucky candidate? – Decades may have passed, and the property you’ve been calling home for a long time may no longer be as functional as it used to be. Its structural integrity may have degraded and the design will more than likely be out of date. Maintenance is usually high and it could be the wrong size for your needs.  
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The Berstan difference in wet areas

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Did you know waterproofing wet areas is one of the largest problems home builders face and can be the single most common area for problems down the track.  
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Stairs can make the entrance of a home

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Most double story homes have their staircase positioned at the front of the home and usually the first feature when entering the home. Stairs can be an opportunity to make a statement. They add light and open up the house, so it’s worth putting some extra time into the design and style to make sure the entrance has impact.  
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A Star of the Show

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 29, 2016

Create a focal point. such as a fireplace or piece of art. All other items in the room should be smaller and complimentary. They should not take away from the main center piece. 
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Natural Stone v Composite Stone Bench Tops

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 29, 2016

A stone bench top can increase the appeal of your kitchen, with a little imagination and a good stone mason you can turn your kitchen bench top into a stunning feature of your home. 
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Save money with your choice of windows

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 12, 2016

Having double glazing installed is one of the key ways of achieving cheaper energy bills. Double glazing not only reduces your energy bills but also provides a more comfortable and quieter home with fewer condensation problems and heightened security. 
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Amazing Tiles

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 08, 2016

Several years ago National tiles imported some timber look alike tile and what an amazing effect they can have to a home. 
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Advantages of Bamboo Flooring

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 05, 2016

Stunning and warm are the words that come to my mind when visualizing a Bamboo floor.

Bamboo has so much to offer it’s easy to clean, comes in many different colours and cost effective in comparison to other timber flooring. Bamboo is very easy to install and is harder than most timber flooring alternatives. Bamboo is less likely to split and warp in comparison to other timber flooring options.  
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Interest rates down again

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 03, 2016

What great news for home buyers the reserve bank has lowered the interest rates yet again. The interest rate cuts are making home loans more affordable and there are still plenty of cost effective homes in the market place.  
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Fire places in your home

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 29, 2016

Do you want to create a wow factor in your home?

We have been experiencing plenty of enquiries from our clients lately to include a fire place as part of their new build. There is no doubt about the added feeling of warmth and the ability to combine the senses with a perfectly designed fire place. Berstan Homes have chosen Jet Master fire places because of their sensational range.   
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Custom Home Builder

Mark Bryson - Thursday, July 28, 2016

So many clients are contacting me lately with unusual land sizes and this is posing a problem with many new home designs. Most of the clients have been in contact with the major new home builders and have found them to have little to offer with regards to custom designing to suit their lots. 
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Custom home builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Yes, Winter is certainly here and it’s cold!
Lately we have been installing plenty of Jet master gas fire places and how effective are they. The Jet master designs are cutting edge and very easy on the eye. When designing our custom homes we always try to make the fire place a central focal point of the home. It’s amazing how the flames are so mesmerising and calming. 
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Knock down rebuild

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What is a knock down rebuild? A very well asked question and can be simply answered, basically, the demolition of an existing house and building a new home. There are many reasons why home owners choose to knock down rebuild and this practice is really gaining momentum in Melbourne. 
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 25, 2016

Security is a major issue at the moment in Melbourne due to the latest crime surge of aggravated burglaries. Berstan Homes are offering cut price burglar alarm systems on all knock down rebuilds across Melbourne. The alarms have movement sensors that pick up any movement within the home and can also be hooked up to your mobile phone or computer. By having the alarm system hooked up to your electrical devise, it can give you piece of mind and a chance to monitor the system from a far. 
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New Home Investments

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 22, 2016

Investment property sales at Berstan Homes are experiencing strong growth with many clients buying Berstan properties for their SMSF. Buying an investment property is a great way of growing your wealth and managing your tax. 
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Knockdown rebuild Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

With so many ageing houses throughout Melbourne’s suburbs, its little wonder that knock down rebuilds is becoming the norm.  
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Bamboo at Essendon knockdown rebuild

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 18, 2016

Another magnificent Bamboo floor has been laid at our knock down rebuild in Essendon. 
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Nice French

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 15, 2016

The world has again witnessed yet another horrific and pointless terrorist attack on innocent people while celebrating Bastille Day. The whole Berstan teams thoughts and prayers go out to all effected by this heinous attack. 
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Interior Design Interior Design

Mark Bryson - Thursday, July 14, 2016

Globe west are certainly leaders in their field and have consistently been providing interior décor items with stunning effects.The simplicity of a lone coyote peering down a seemingly endless dirt road creates the perfect scene for the imagination to run wide. 
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Happy Bastille day

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The 14th July 1790 was twelve months after the storming of the Bastille and was formed in French history as a celebration of the unity of the French nation.  
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Knock down rebuild Moonee Ponds

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 11, 2016

I was talking to some clients last week about a knockdown rebuild in the Moonee Ponds area and I was amazed with the experience they had with a major Melbourne builder. Mr and Mrs A contacted a major Melbourne home builder and explained the home they were interested in. All was progressing nicely, until Mrs A explained there was a fall of 2 metres over the home site. Then everything changed rapidly with this particular builder there were no return emails or phone calls over the following weeks. Mr and Mrs A gave up trying to contact this major Melbourne home builder after 4 weeks and were very disappointed with the lack of communication shown to them. 
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Britain Exits the EU

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 08, 2016
Congratulations to all Britain having rid of their EU shackles!

Mortgage savings post

Mark Bryson - Thursday, July 07, 2016

Last Wednesday I posted a topic on saving money on your mortgage and what an amazing result we have had! Over 20 home owners since our Facebook posting have contacted our specialised mortgage broker team and are now having their mortgage looked into for possible savings. 
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Moonee Ponds Home Builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Moonee Ponds bowling club was established in 1891 and located at Queens Park and has currently got 200+ members. Moonee Ponds is certainly one of the oldest suburbs in Melbourne and is definitely a great location with easy access to Melbourne’s CBD. 
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Yarra Valley home builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 04, 2016

Nearly everybody is looking for something to do over the weekend and the Yarra Valley has so much to offer. We found a great place for adults and little ones the Chocolatier and Ice Creamery located at 35 Old Healesville Road Yarra Glen.  
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Home Builder 4

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Buying a home and land package is one of the only ways to enter the property market for the first home buyer to be able to receive the first home owners grant. Buying a vacant piece of land is just part of the excitement with the process and watching your dream home being built is an amazing experience. The best advantage to buying a home and land package with Berstan Home is we check the land for potential issues. 
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New Home Builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Choosing the right new home builder for you can be a difficult process for many clients. 
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New home builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Buying a home and land package can seem a little daunting and that is why you need a builder with a steady and confident approach to guide you along the way. Our process at Berstan homes starts with helping you work out your budget and financing requirements using one of our financial experts. Once the budget is realised for your home and land package we then assist you choose one of our homes and any customisation to the home as required.   
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Best Homes Australia Astoria43 Review

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Excitingly, Berstan homes screened on The TV show Australia's Best Houses on 7two in early June, featuring our Astoria43. 
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Home Builder 1

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 27, 2016

Keeping warm is not easy with the current arctic blast we have experienced in Melbourne over the last few days. If you own an older existing home it’s especially difficult with most not even having any insulation and extremely poor energy efficiency. 
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Wipe thousands from your mortgage!

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 23, 2016

Had enough of paying too much for your mortgage? It’s now time to do something about it! 
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Designing your home

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 23, 2016

I cannot believe how many clients have been coming to me lately complaining about poor service provided by some volume builders. Common complaints have been about the lack of service from sales staff and their lack of knowledge about building construction.  
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Globe West

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Berstan Homes have been using many items from Globe West in their displays lately and feel everyone should know this brand.  
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Berstan Homes Astoria50

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Berstan Homes magnificent Astoria50 is well under way in Stockland’s Eucalypt Estate in Wollert. This Astoria50 has been custom designed to suit our clients specifications with a formal dining and lounge located at the front entry of the home. 
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Berstan Homes and Stockland

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 20, 2016

Berstan Homes and Stockland one of our developer partners are currently selling streets at a time in the Eucalypt Estate.
In one Street we are building eight homes in a row in the Eucalypt Estate with all pre-sold with completion in 12 weeks time.
Berstan Homes find by building so many homes in a row we can keep prices down for our clients and are still able to produce a quality home that our clients expect from Berstan Homes. 
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Fire Pits

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 17, 2016

Its cold outside and the perfect time to be enjoying a fire pit.
Fire pits are readily available at any good garden supply centre and you can expect to pay around $550. 
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Builder Bellfield

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 16, 2016

Over the weekend I met up with some ladies looking around for building ideas for their development in Bellfield. When we started discussing the project their concerns were made very evident their chosen designers had not listened to their requests. 
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Builder Glen Waverley

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We have just completed the demolition works at one of our knock down rebuilds in Glen Waverley and this site had an interesting problem. 
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Best Homes Australia success

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

On Friday night Berstan Homes were featured on Best Homes Australia and for those who viewed the programme thank you. The featured home was the Astoria43 a stunning 5 bedroom home with all the extras you would expect from a high end home design.  
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Matt Blatt Richmond

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 10, 2016

Over the weekend we were looking for a few display home items and we came across Matt Blatt in Richmond and what an amazing variety in store. The Matt Blatt store had everything we were looking for offering quirky and modern pieces with a realistic price point. 
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Struggling to save money

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 09, 2016

Most of us like saving money and when it comes to buying appliances, I would recommend a visit to Fowles auction group. 
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Interest rates on hold again

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Yes that's right interest rates are on hold again so what are you waiting for it's time to buy an investment property!
Berstan Homes have a selection of investment property packages at the moment with price ranges between $340k to $700k.
Berstan Homes select the land for our investment packages with a strong precedence on security and capital growth.
We are also able to manage your investment property for you, our professional agent partners are the best in the business. 
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Out smarting the thieves

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

With a never ending amount of thieving being carried out in new builds Berstan Homes have for some time been installing appliances on the day of handover. 
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Australia's Best Houses 7two

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 06, 2016

Excitingly, Berstan homes will be screened on The TV show Australia's Best Houses on 7two this Friday at 10.30pm EST, and the home being featured is our Astoria43. 
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Property Investment

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 03, 2016

Berstan Homes are currently experiencing a large volume of clients looking for investment properties.
Mernda Villages and Aurora at Wollert are proving to be favourites. 
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Glass Splashbacks

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 02, 2016

Some of our clients lately have been asking for glass splashbacks in their laundries and I must admit they look very impressive. 
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Builder Bentleigh

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Berstan Homes are currently about to start another dual occupancy in Bentleigh. Berstan Homes are finding Bentleigh to be a very popular area for knock down rebuilds and dual occupancies are certainly the flavour of the time. 
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What's the best underlay

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

At Berstan Homes we use Dunlop underlay on all of our projects and find it to be a superior product to most on the market. 
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Knock down new build Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 30, 2016

After finishing one of our resent knock down rebuilds in Templestowe there were several key areas of interest in this home.
One stand out feature was the Eric Jones staircase constructed from solid Australian hardwood with handmade iron balustrading curved to create interest.
Call Berstan Homes today to see what features we can design into your new home. 
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Knock down rebuild Bentleigh

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 27, 2016

Berstan Homes are currently quoting plenty of knock down rebuilds in the Bentleigh area.
Bentleigh’s ageing houses are a maintenance nightmare and with the cost of doing a knockdown rebuild being more cost effective than renovating it’s the smart choice. 
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Custom home builder Bentleigh

Mark Bryson - Thursday, May 26, 2016

Custom home builder Berstan Homes are a family owned and operated building company specializing in custom home building and knock down rebuilds in Bentleigh. 
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Bedrooms how many do I need

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This is a very popular question and a worthy one of plenty of thought.
Most homes have 3 or 4 bedrooms, however we have been finding lately some of our clients requesting on our double story designs to have four bedrooms up on the first floor with a fifth bedroom located on the ground floor. 
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