New Home Buyers Blog

Ivanhoe Home builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 03, 2020

Custom robe fitouts are becoming the normal with our clients and we are achieving some great results.

With a custom design robe you can have shoe racks, hat racks, prep areas and the list goes on.



 
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Blackburn Home builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 01, 2020

National Tiles are a great stop for creating design ideas for your wet areas.

Depending on your personal choice you could choose some large tiles as a statement piece or maybe some smaller mosaic tiles possibly as a feature strip.
 
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Templestowe Home builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 30, 2020

Building design is a very personal choice and a few of our clients lately are asking us to incorporate some natural elements to their home designs. 
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Diamond Creek Home builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 27, 2020

Interesting selection of stone by one of our clients in Diamond Creek from the Ambassador Stone Signature range (Sierra Leone).  
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Home Builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The concrete piers have been poured and the base is finished at one of our Kew projects. Just need the pods placed and boxing inspection then concrete. 
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Home builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 23, 2020

The site cut is finished and the contractors are starting to bore the holes for the retaining walls at one of our Diamond Creek custom home builds. 
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Kew Home builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 20, 2020

Buildings often with the latest design can become very cold looking so I always like to add a splash of warmth by adding some timber elements.
Cedar linings are very appealing and give an attractive warming feature.

 
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Home Builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 16, 2020

The base is now finished at one of our Diamond Creek projects just needs the boxing. The Steelwork will be placed then the inspection and concrete. 
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Custom home builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 13, 2020

The base is ready for the boxing then steelwork and inspection then the concrete will be going down at one of our custom home builds in Kew. 
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Custom Home Builder Keilor

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The raft slab is underway at one of our sites in Keilor, steel will be in shortly and then the concrete. 
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Knock down rebuild Canterbury

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Sick of looking at a plain painted wall why not add some wall paper to give the room some interest!
 
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Knock down rebuild Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 06, 2020

There is so much wasted space usually under your staircase so why not use it for storage and in this case a wine store. 
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 02, 2020

There is something about a timber feature ceiling in the home that makes the home seem warmer.

Here is an example of a timber feature ceiling combining with styling elements that blend perfectly.
 
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Knock down rebuild Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 28, 2020

It seems like yesterday when we started this beautiful home and what an amazing result we achieved.

On this site was a 1970s house that we removed and then we built this French provincial manor.
 
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Knock down rebuild Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 26, 2020

This could be the perfect bathroom with inlay panelled cabinets, Italian tiles and 80mm stone bench tops. 
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Builder Forest Hill

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 24, 2020

Stairways can often feel very confined, so an idea we often use is to install glass balustrading and this creates a feeling of space. 
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Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 21, 2020

Sub floor nearly completed at one of our Warrandyte knock down rebuilds in Warrandyte. 
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Knock Down Rebuild Ringwood

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A great feature for any room is to install custom cabinets, we are finding this is becoming the normal with most of our builds. 
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Builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 17, 2020

A perfect way to make a room statement is to place a chandelier in the middle of the room, here is a perfect example in one of our knock down rebuild homes in Templestowe. 
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Custom builder Healesville

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 14, 2020

Slabs all boxed up and steel in place ready for concrete at one of our projects in Healesville. 
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Custom Builder Eltham

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 12, 2020

When building a knock down rebuild why not design a spacious walk in robe. Here is a perfect example of a custom walk in robe with plenty of storage and hanging space. 
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Custom builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 10, 2020

Pouring the strip footings at one of our Templestowe knock down rebuilds.

Strip footing are a common approach to foundations when dealing with a sloping site.
 
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 07, 2020

Posi joists are being installed at one of our Diamond Creek custom builds. This is a great way of saving timber by using Posi joists instead of timber beams. 
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Custom builder Lower Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 05, 2020

When building on a sloping site the most popular way of approaching footings are strip footings. Pictured here is an example on one of our Templestowe knock down rebuilds.

 
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 03, 2020

When building retaining walls they can become very boring so why not make them more interesting by adding some rock features.  
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​ Custom builder Camberwell

Mark Bryson - Friday, January 31, 2020

  
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Custom builder Healesville

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Anyone for a sauna? Why not have one built into your master ensuite for your own private use.

Saunas are a great way to clean your pours and can be very therapeutic.
 
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Custom builder Warranwood

Mark Bryson - Friday, January 24, 2020

Alfresco’s in Melbourne can struggle to be used in our winter so why not use some ceiling heaters? This will make a hugh difference and will help create a year round entertaining zone. 
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Custom builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The steelwork is all done and we are now ready for the bondek and on with the mesh and concrete for this suspended slab.
 
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Custom builder Canterbury

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Glass balustrading is a great way of creating a feel of space with their transparency, where a timber or iron balustrade can give a cluttered look. 
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Christmas 2019

Mark Bryson - Friday, December 20, 2019

Christmas is a time of year for reflection for the ones that didn’t make it and for the ones that did.

We lost our father this year and this will be our first Christmas without him. I remember dad once said death it’s so permanent and how right he was, make sure you tell your family and friends what you think of them often because once they pass you can say no more.

On a happier note the whole team here at Berstan Homes would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, trade partners, contractors and their families a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous safe New Year.
 
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Custom builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, December 18, 2019

There is nothing better than inviting some friends around and making your own pizza in your new pizza oven. There are plenty of suppliers in the market of pizzas makers so the just Goggle them. 
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​ Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Monday, December 16, 2019

Jetmaster have some great gas fire places on display at their Richmond showroom. Here is a perfect example of a fire place with a stunning tiled feature backing surrounding the flue.

 
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Custom builder Wonga Park

Mark Bryson - Friday, December 13, 2019

Niches in wet areas are becoming very popular but many make the mistake of making them too small. Here is a perfect example of a large niche with plenty of space. 
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Custom builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

National tiles have some lovely large tiles at their many displays around Melbourne. Here are some beautiful large dark tiles they have at the moment in stock. 
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Friday, December 06, 2019

Wall frames are now up and the trusses are about to be erected, then the roof. 
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Custom builder Warranwood

Mark Bryson - Thursday, December 05, 2019

A combination of feature pendant lights, down lights and light coloured cabinetry make this home very light and bright. 
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Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Monday, December 02, 2019

A great way to make a timber ceiling feature is to use plywood panels with express joints clear coated for protection with amazing results. 
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Custom builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 29, 2019

There are so many kitchen cabinetry colour combinations, why not try a white stone with a dark cabinets to make your stone pop. 
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Custom Builder Canterbury

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, November 27, 2019

You see tiled bathrooms with horizontal and vertical lines everywhere, why not make a statement by using a Herringbone pattern for a wall or two. 
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Custom Builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The lower raft slab is all formed up and ready for concrete at one of our Templestowe projects. 
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Custom builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Thursday, November 21, 2019

A lovely example of a blue splashback with cabinet under lights to reveal a soothing blue feel. 
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Custom Builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Perfectly selected feature lighting and furniture make for the perfect kitchen dining area in this lovely Berstan Home. 
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Custom builders

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Another load of concrete being pumped into a Templestowe Knock down rebuild. 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, November 11, 2019

The floor joists are going up at one of our Diamond Creek custom builds. 
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Home builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 08, 2019

How do you achieve the perfect tile laid level? Levelling clips are a great idea and pictured here is our tiler showing the clips in use on one of our latest projects.

 
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Custom Builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, November 06, 2019

When designing your kitchen cabinetry a great idea is to have adjustable shelving because let’s face it not all packages are the same. 
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Custom builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, November 04, 2019

The guys are pouring the strip footings at one of our Templestowe custom builds. To get great results with sloping blocks of land like this they are the only way to go. 
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 01, 2019

This is one of our Diamond Creek custom builds. The ground floor walls have been nearly completed but the rain stopped the guys doing the Posi joists so they will be back tomorrow.
 
 
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Custom Builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Always looking for different looks and styles for bathrooms why not fit some arched mirrors. 
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Custom builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 25, 2019

I was out and about on one of our builds and came across one of our tilers work. He had a tile he had just cut and wow what a cut it was! 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Don’t be afraid to mix in some dark colours when building your custom home. Here is a perfect example of a dark ceiling with matching dark cabinets with stunning results. 
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Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The sub floor is nearly completed and ready for wall frames at Warrandyte. 
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​ Knock down rebuild Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 18, 2019

Nearly finished at Doncaster, just getting ready for the driveway to be poured.
 
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​ Builder Lower Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Many of our clients ask for timber or tiled floors? My answer is simple, tiles are cold and very unforgiving and if anything falls onto them, say goodbye in most cases.

Timber is warmer and a lot more comfortable under foot.

 
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Builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Monday, October 14, 2019

As custom home builders we are always looking for new ideas. Ambassador Stone have a stone that’s very similar to concrete and is very cost effective to using concrete for bench tops.  
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Tim McGraw Out and about

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 11, 2019

My family and I caught up with country music legend Tim McGraw on Sunday night before his Melbourne concert at the Rod Laver arena.
 
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Builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Most custom home designers don’t utilize the underside of staircases. We do like to use the area and here is an example of a study nook built in the underside of the staircase.

 
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Ambassador Stone

Mark Bryson - Monday, October 07, 2019

Ambassador stone have just moved into their new factory at Somerton and the range onsite is absolutely amazing. Here is just one of their stone selections called New York. 
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​ Custom builder Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 04, 2019

Here is a basement with the walls constructed by using the Dincel system. Dincel is a polymer formwork used for walls and columns.  
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Custom builder Plenty

Mark Bryson - Thursday, October 03, 2019

Ground floor framing is now complete and the second floor framing has been delivered and now ready for install. 
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, October 01, 2019

The slab has now been poured at one of our custom builds in Diamond Creek and we are ready to start the frame. 
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Custom Builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Engineered timber flooring is a great way to add some warmth and richness to your new custom home. The clients in this build have chosen a wide plank with stunning results. 
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​ Custom builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 23, 2019

Designing some feature vaults lined with timber is a great way to create a point of difference in your new custom home.  
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Friday, September 20, 2019

The steels nearly complete and getting ready for concrete on one of our Diamond Creek custom homes. 
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Custom Builder Warranwood

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The frame is finished just waiting for the bricks to get started at our knock down rebuild custom home. 
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Custom builder Pyalong

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 16, 2019

With a mixture of re-claimed bricks and a re-purposed timber mantel this fire place has come up a treat. 
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Custom builder Canterbury

Mark Bryson - Friday, September 13, 2019

Land is not cheap so why not install a basement for better use of your property.

A great way of forming a basement is to use the Dimcel system which are a preform plastic module that are placed in position, braced with steel reinforcement, then concrete poured inside them.
 
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Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The beams are all complete on this job and its ready for an inspection. We can then place the flooring and start the walls. 
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Custom Builder Bulleen

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 09, 2019

By adding larger tiles to the alfresco helps open the area up, smaller tiles can sometimes look a little too busy. 
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Custom builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Friday, September 06, 2019

The steel beams and brick piers are completed so we just need the steel deck and mesh, then we can pour the slab. 
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Custom builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, September 04, 2019

The flooring is nearly complete on one of our Knock down rebuilds in Doncaster. First floor walls are soon to come. 
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Custom builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Monday, September 02, 2019

The render is finished and the tiling is complete so now we just need to add the water to one of our beautiful lap pools. 
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 30, 2019

All prepared for a suspended slab pour at one of our Diamond Creek builds. 
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Custom builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 28, 2019

  
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Custom builder Bulleen

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 26, 2019

When designing custom homes it’s very important to blend different textures and structural elements. Here is a wonderful example of timber and glass with stunning results. 
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Custom builder Whittlesea

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 23, 2019

One of our custom builds in Whittlesea has a combination of a concrete slab for the lower floor and strip footings for the upper area.

This construction method is very effective cost wise and minimizes excavation to the site.
 
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Custom Builder Burwood

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Kitchens can often be areas that lack natural light so when designing our custom homes we always like to add a window to let an abundance of light through into the kitchen zone. 
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Custom builder Eltham

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 19, 2019

One of our knockdown rebuilds in Eltham has some stunning feature stonework that really hits the mark. 
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Custom builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 16, 2019

Another kitchen bench top masterpiece by our leading stone masons.

The stone is provided by one of our leading suppliers Ambassador stone. This kitchens shows a combination of two types of stone, Valour being the grey stone and Trinity which are just a couple in their amazing range.

 
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Custom builder Plenty

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 12, 2019

So many clients make the mistake of painting or staining their handrails the same colour. Here is a great example of a different coloured handrail with stunning results. 
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Builder Plenty

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 09, 2019

Another beautiful home underway at Plenty. The frame is finished and we are about to start the roof. 
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Builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 07, 2019

A great feature for a home is to have a timber floor and a matching feature timber ceiling the combination works so well. 
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Builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Haymes paints are always used on Berstan Homes with fantastic results.

We have tried many other brands but Haymes beats them all.
 
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Custom builder Montmorency

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 02, 2019

Montmorency knock down rebuild ready for the concrete to be poured. 
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Custom Builder Wantirna

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

When designing island benches for kitchens in smaller areas a great idea is to have one end of your bench open, this will help create a greater feeling of space. 
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Custom builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 29, 2019

Wow what a kitchen, its bright stylist and totally functional. 
 
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Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 26, 2019

Part of the client brief was to have a custom designed home that stood out in a crowd, I feel we delivered the brief in full.


 
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Custom Builder Plenty

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 24, 2019

By custom designing your home you can design any area that you wish and the kitchen is a great place to start. Here is a great example of a well-designed kitchen and the colour scheme just works so well with similar colours matching the floors and overhead cabinets. 
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Custom builder Montmorency

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 22, 2019

Just finished the blockwork for one of our knockdown rebuilds in Montmorency and frames will be starting this week. Watch this custom designed masterpiece come to life. 
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Custom builder Diamond Creek

Info Bryson Homes - Friday, July 19, 2019

The weather has been a little challenging over the last couple of weeks but we keep going. Here is another site that we have started in Diamond Creek just setting out. 
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Custom Builder Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

With a Custom Design you can have any detail you like. Here is a great example of an island bench with matching stone to the splash back. What a beautiful result! 
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Custom builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 15, 2019

How can you save on heating costs in your new custom home? Why not add some ceiling fans as warm air rises and let them push the warm air down and around the room. 
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Custom builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 12, 2019

Yes winter is certainly here and those with tiles on the floors would really be feeling cold feet. The solution is to use timber flooring as it is not only warming but it looks better as well. 
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​ Custom builder Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Looking for some storage in your custom home design? What about some custom built cabinetry under your stairs?

 
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Custom builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 05, 2019

Australia has a reputation for producing of some of the finest wine in the world so if you like wine, why not have Berstan Homes design a custom wine room in your new custom home. 
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Custom Builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 03, 2019

There’s nothing better than having a bright natural light in your home and a perfect way of achieving this is to add some highlight windows to your custom designed home. 
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Custom builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 01, 2019

Sick of cleaning the tiles on your splashback? Why not have Berstan Homes design and install a stone splashback in your new kitchen and save all that cleaning.

Not only are they stunning but very practical.
 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 28, 2019

When designing homes it’s always a winner to place several features of the same colour. Here is an area with a combination of timbers combining perfectly. 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Large areas of glass are a great way to improve your natural light and Street appeal, the only problem, how do you keep your privacy?

Feature aluminium screens can be a real solution.
 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 24, 2019

Storage is always an issue and you can never seem to get enough.  
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 20, 2019

Great homes are created by clever design and the mixing of different textures.

Here’s an example of a potentially cold feeling area warmed by the use of some timber elements.
 
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​ Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 17, 2019

A kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s where meals are prepared and often eaten at breakfast bars and tables close by.

When designing our kitchen we like to add contrasts to create points of interest.
 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 14, 2019

There are many features we like to add to our homes. One particular item is adding led lights to the underside of our bathroom cabinets.

By adding these lights it gives a subtle feel.
 
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Custom Builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

One of the best things about engaging a Custom Builder is you can have them design anything you want. Here is a great example of a client wanting a bright kitchen. We placed led downlights into the cabinets for an extra feature and what a great result. 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 07, 2019

  
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Doncaster builder

Mark Bryson - Thursday, June 06, 2019

There is something about timber, it’s naturally warming and stunningly brilliant when used throughout your home finishes. Here’s an alfresco ceiling lined with Cedar lining boards and when oiled the magnificent true colours of this amazing timber will show through. 
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Warrandyte builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Another knock down rebuild in Warrandyte under way. 
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Eaglemont builder

Mark Bryson - Thursday, May 30, 2019

Being a custom builder we can offer our clients plenty of choice when it comes to kitchen splashbacks and here is a perfect example of a Culcatta stone splashback with a stunning result. 
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Ivanhoe Builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Black and white is in and what great tiles you have to select from at National tiles and just look at what you can achieve. 
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​ Montmorency builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Yes winter has come around again so why not get a Jet master gas fire place in your new Berstan home? This one has a feature stone hearth that makes it really pop.

 
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Carnegie builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 17, 2019

Grey is in, as you can see if you look at this gorgeous kitchen with inlay panelled cabinet doors and 20 mm stone tops creating a unique look. 
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Kew builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Another slab nearly completed at this soon to be magnificent dual occupancy development. 
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Canterbury builder

Mark Bryson - Thursday, May 09, 2019

Making the splashback in your kitchen a feature, a simple idea is to have the tiling laid in a brick pattern.

Here is a perfect example of an inlay panelled kitchen with a great result.
 
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Warrandyte Builder

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Another slab nearly ready for pouring at one of our Warrandyte sites, we have chosen to use a waffle slab in this case after consultation with our engineering team. There are many options when it comes to slabs and foundations depending on the site. 
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Ivanhoe Builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Yes another demolition in Ivanhoe nearing completion making way for another custom designed family home. 
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Dual Occ Builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 29, 2019

Instead of installing a small run of feature tiles why not do the whole wall, here is a great example of what you can create with a full wall of feature tiles. 
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Custom home builder

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Instead of having a boring tiled splashback why not have a stone splashback incorporating the bench top as pictured here. 
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Custom Builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 15, 2019

There are so many different styles of stair balustrades and I always suggest a glass option because it creates an open feel.

Staircases can become very confining so using a glass balustrade seems the logical option.
 
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Custom builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 12, 2019

There are so many different styles for your custom home with multiple combinations of bricks, stone, metal, and timber just to name a few.

Here is a great example of an industrial style designed feature combining metal and timber with a great result.
 
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Dual Occupancy builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 10, 2019

With so many Dual occupancy projects under construction in Melbourne at the moment, it pays to make yours stick out in the crowd.

Bathrooms and ensuites are a great start and here is interesting combination of 80 mm stone with the warming effect of timber cabinets.
 
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Dual Occ builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 05, 2019

Another demolition underway in Doncaster with a new construction starting soon. The old property will be replaced with a stunning pair of dual occupancy homes. 
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Knockdown rebuild builder

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 01, 2019

A stunning staircase in one of our knockdown rebuilds in Templestowe. 
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Home builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 29, 2019

Kew is without a doubt an expensive suburb for land purchasers, so when designing your home you certainly want to make sure the design maximizes the land use.

A perfect way to save land is to add a basement and if the area is still tight for a turning circle why not add a turn table to help manoeuvre your vehicles.
 
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Home builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Kitchen design and colours are a personal choice. Here is a great example of a bold black timber grained kitchen with stunning results. 
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Custom builder Mont Albert

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 25, 2019

A practical feature for your home is the addition of a gas fire place not only are they stunning but very efficient. 
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Dual occupancy builder

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 22, 2019

With so many older homes available for sale it’s a great opportunity for investors or home owners to make some serious money.

The process takes around 8 months in council and the build time is around 10 months.
 
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​ Home builder St Andrews

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Using a timber lined ceiling in your alfresco can to turn boring into fabulous as pictured here.
 
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Home builder Kinglake West

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 18, 2019

There is little better than staring into an open flame and by installing a fire point you can share this experience with family and friends. 
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Home builder Wonga Park

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 15, 2019

Yes large tiles can work in your custom homes bathroom suites and here is the perfect example of large tiles with amazing results. 
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Home builder Wattle Glen

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

With so many different combinations and selections with custom cabinetry on offer it’s not difficult to combine the perfect kitchen. Here is an example of a timber and white stone selection with fantastic results. 
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Home builder Diamond Creek

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 08, 2019

We are always looking to create points of difference in our custom home designs and here is a great example of a design with an outdoor garden opening into the master bedroom bathroom suite. 
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Home Builder Panton Hill

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

A lovely example of a kitchen with inlay panels and a splashback featuring rustic tiles installed in a brick pattern. 
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Home builder Eltham North

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 04, 2019

Here is a perfect example of a full height tiled bathroom suite with a basic plain tile and the feature tile in the niche only. What a fantastic result. 
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Home builder Templestowe Lower

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 01, 2019

Timber feature ceilings are becoming more popular with our designs lately with outstanding results.

These features not only create points of interest but give a feeling of warmth.
 
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Home builder Kangaroo Ground

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wine sales are through the roof at the moment and its little wonder because Australia produces some of the best wines in the world. So if you like your wine, when you’re having your custom home designed by Berstan Homes get us to design a wine cellar. 
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Home builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 25, 2019

So many kitchen benches have stone thicknesses of 50 mm or more, here is a perfect example of a 20 mm stone bench top with perfect appealing minimalistic feel. 
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Home builder Eaglemont

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 22, 2019

When designing homes you need to make sure that you have the perfect blend of colours and textures. Here is a perfect example of texture and colour with a mixture of cool concrete floors and the warmth of the timber kitchen bench and stairs combined with a fresh green lawn absolutely brilliant. 
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Home Builder Yarrambat

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

As Custom Home Builders we are constantly looking for different floor finishes and here’s an example of polished concrete floors. 
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Home Builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 18, 2019

Timber flooring is making a comeback and solid timber flooring when installed correctly can make a lovely addition to your home. 
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Home builder Heidelberg

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 15, 2019

With so many flooring options currently available many of our clients are choosing engineered timber floors which come in several widths. Here is a great example of a wide plank option. 
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Home builder Kinglake

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Kitchens are the heart of the home so when designing them we always like them to be stunning in finish, here is an example of a stone being used on the under panel for the island bench and another piece over the feature window with amazing results. 
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Home builder East Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 11, 2019

Kitchen splashbacks are often areas that are left behind with regards to design features. Here is an example of a National tiles Masia style tile creating a rustic charm. 
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Home builder Research

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 08, 2019

Most builders fail to install plaster as per the manufacture’s details. Expansion joints are to be located at 12 metre centres to ceilings and are very seldom installed. By not installing expansion joints this increases the chances of cracking and possible failure and the ceiling falling down.

 

 
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Home Builder Forest Hill

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 06, 2019

A beautiful combination of black and white tiles and tapware that just works perfectly. 
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Custom builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 04, 2019

Another knock down rebuild completed with amazing finishes and very happy clients.
39 s/q of entertaining and living spaces with grand sized bedrooms, a customized version of Berstan Homes Beaumont 35.

 
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Home builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 01, 2019

Here is a stone feature placed under the gas fire place with fantastic results.

 

 
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Home builder Plenty

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Entry ways to homes are often confined due to the stair location. One way of opening the area up is to install a spine style staircase which gives an extra feeling of space. 
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Home builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, January 29, 2019

So many homes have plaster ceilings and they can become a little boring. Why not add something different like a timber ceiling and in this case with an addition of some feature stonework. 
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Home builder Viewbank

Mark Bryson - Friday, January 25, 2019

Many builders use the same tiles throughout the entire home. When you use a small feature tile in a larger area, notice here that the tiles match the bench colour and make the whole area pop .
 
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​ Home builder Rosanna

Mark Bryson - Friday, December 21, 2018

Features don’t need to be expensive, why not add a couple of plaster reveals.

 
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Home builder Heidelberg

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Feature lights are an item that can make a room pop so add a lighting statement to your design. 
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Home builder Preston

Mark Bryson - Monday, December 17, 2018

Staircases are a perfect place for storage and why not build in a custom wine room. 
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Custom Builder Kinglake

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

A client came to me last month with a design issue on their custom built home plans.

After working with an architect and builder for 12+ months the builders quote came in $600k over budget, yes that’s right, $600k over.

After looking over the proposed building I notice many areas that were poorly designed and where cost savings could be made.

We were able to significantly reduce the cost and the construction with Berstan will start soon.
 
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Custom Builder Rosanna

Mark Bryson - Monday, December 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 Heidelberg

Mark Bryson - Friday, December 07, 2018

How to make you’re your bedroom a little more appealing? I always like to add a couple of pendants lights to the master bedroom design. 
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Custom Builder Preston

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Using dark colours in the kitchen can be difficult, I suggest using a lighter colour splash back that will tone down the darker colours and bring a sense of harmony between the elements. 
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Custom Builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Monday, December 03, 2018

Lately we have had a few clients coming to us with their own plans and I have noticed that some of the walk in showers haven’t enough space allowed. This can cause plenty of problems in the years to come with water spraying out everywhere.
 
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Custom builder East Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 30, 2018

Like your wine? Berstan Homes can design and build you a custom wine cellar in your new custom home.

 
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Custom builder Blackburn

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Looking for a point of interest in your kitchen? Why not use a barn style door on your pantry, they add an interesting feel. 
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Custom Builder Glen Waverley

Mark Bryson - Monday, November 26, 2018

With home styling changing over the years there is one style that is always in vogue and that’s Hamptons.

Here is a great example of dado panelling, timber flooring and a grey kitchen combining for a great Hamptons feel.
 
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Custom Builder Rosanna

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 23, 2018

Mixing stone look tiles with timber shelving to a bathroom with outstanding results.

By mixing the rugged look of the stone and the softened feel of timber combines perfectly.
 
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Custom Builder Bulleen

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Lighting in your kitchen can often be boring so why not add a feature cluster light to create interest. These lights are available at any good lighting stores. 
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Custom Builder Warranwood

Mark Bryson - Monday, November 19, 2018

Creating features within your home design is often a challenge. One way to create an interesting feature is to incorporate plaster reveals.

The reveals create a feeling of space and are relatively inexpensive to design and install.
 
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​ Custom Builder Carnegie

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 16, 2018

A great way to create interest in your home is to include a stone feature and a great area for the stonework is to surround your fire place.

Depending on the stone chosen this can add value and a lovely earthy feel.
 
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Custom home builder Donvale

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

An easy and cost effective way to add a point of interest to your homes entrance is to add a niche to your design. 
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Custom home builder Plenty

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 09, 2018

A great example of a staircase with a combination of steel and timber with stunning results. 
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Custom home builder Kew

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Wanting to entertain on an evening and you’re looking for a feature in your garden, why not install a fire pit to create a warmth that can only be achieved with a naked flame. 
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Custom home builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Monday, November 05, 2018

A combination of substrates make a house by mixing stone and timber cleverly you can create a home with smart design. 
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Custom home builder Bulleen

Mark Bryson - Friday, November 02, 2018

A great way to create a feeling of grandeur in your home is to add a chandelier. 
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Custom Builder Mont Albert

Mark Bryson - Thursday, November 01, 2018

With the cost of solid timber flooring increasing we are offering Bamboo as an alternative. Bamboo is very cost competitive and gives a stunning result comparable to solid timber flooring. 
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Custom home builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, October 29, 2018

Colour palettes for kitchens are a great way to create interest in your home. In this photo the clients have chosen a timber look for under their Island bench and the overhead cupboards with stunning results.  
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Custom home builder Eltham

Mark Bryson - Friday, October 26, 2018

Colour palettes are always changing and Grey is certainly the in colour at the moment. Here is a stunning example of a Grey splashback. 
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Custom home builder Burwood

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Creating space in homes is always a challenge and a couple of great design ideas are to add vaulted ceilings and mirrored robe doors to the bedrooms. 
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Custom Builder Mont Albert

Mark Bryson - Monday, October 22, 2018

It really doesn’t matter if its Winter or Summer an addition of a fire pit in your landscape is always a great feature. 
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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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