New Home Buyers Blog

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.

Bamboo flooring is eco-friendly and sustainable and fashionable for those reasons. It is also a good alternative to timber as it is hardier and more resistant to impact damage. As it is a fast-growing grass, it isn’t suitable for wet areas like bathrooms or kitchens. Bamboo flooring is made by weaving the bamboo fibres into an adhesive base which is then compressed into a strong plank. Bamboo flooring can be up to 30% cheaper than timber, at around $140 installed. However, it has fewer colour choices than timber.

Timber flooring can be engineered timber or natural planks. This is the most expensive type of hard flooring and requires regular maintenance. While it looks beautiful and can be a focal point in a room, it can be easily damaged. It shrinks and expands with temperature changes, it splits and cracks, needs to be sealed and treated, and it's easily damaged by moisture and spills. Pet claws and high heels can dent timber flooring and every few years, it needs to be resealed. This is a major job, especially if sanding needs to be done as well, and requires the household to move out for a few days. Timber flooring costs around $170 a square metre installed. 

Timber-look tiles made from porcelain are an excellent alternative to timber or bamboo. Tiles are hard wearing, resistant to dirt and stains and have a long life. Modern techniques enable tiles to replicate any type of wood, even packing cases and recycled timber. The tiles are designed to mimic the variations and imperfections of wood and are sometimes hard to tell apart. Timber-look tiles are a superior product to the natural timbers that inspired them. They are resistant to heat and cold, can be used in wet areas and require no on-going maintenance.

Tiles are ideal for use with underfloor heating and areas with good indoor/outdoor flow. In large areas, noise can be an issue, and tiled floors can be softened with the use of curtains, blinds and large rugs. Berstan Homes managing director, Mark Bryson, recommends hard flooring in living rooms, hallways and utility rooms, and carpet in bedrooms for sound and warmth qualities. High quality wool or nylon carpet is about $150 per square metre installed. 

Mark says there is a huge variety of timber-look tiles now available and recommends National Tiles as his preferred supplier. 

A large rug over the tiled floor brings a cosy feel to the room and suits families with small children. Mark says Carpet Call has a great selection of rugs including clearance rugs at bargain prices.



 
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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.

http://www.aroundyou.com.au/whats-on/events/scoresby-steamfest-2017

 
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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.

http://www.carltonbaths.ymca.org.au/


 
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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.
One client said he was given a quote from a major volume Builder of $280k for a 28sq double storey home, WOW what a great deal! Sorry, not so quick when all the extras were added on the quote came to $340k.
So be very careful with the low cost quotes from volume Builders as the price will balloon well above the first teaser quote given.

 
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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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Custom home builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 23, 2016

Berstan Homes has been surprised lately at how many clients are asking for double showers to the master bedrooms.
One of the many advantages to having a custom home built is you can have the home designed the way you want it and not somebody else.
Extra size breakfast bars are also proving to be large ticket item this year.
The old favourite by far is still storage form extra cupboards to extended garage spaces creating larger storage areas. 
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Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

All the team at Berstan Homes would like to take this opportunity to wish Jarryd a speedy recovery from the recent news of the melanoma recurrence.
Our best wishes are with you Jarryd for your journey ahead. 
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Buyers beware

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The great autumn weather certainly bought the buyers out over the weekend we had plenty of couples visit our display village with strong interest in all categories of homes.
We had several potential clients interested in our Astoria43 for knock down rebuild projects in Doncaster, Mitcham and Canterbury. 
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Interest rates

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 16, 2016

Don't fix your interest rates till later in the year the big four are all saying the reserve bank will cut rates even lower.
Interest rates are currently at historical lows and with the future predictions that interest rates will drop even further spells opportunity for investors.
An investment in bricks and mortar is now within reach of many new home buyers and home owners looking for an investment property.
Berstan Homes have homes with land starting at $321k.
Investment packages starting at $344k and are currently showing a return on investment of 25%.
These figures have the potential of rise and fall depending on the market conditions.
Berstan Homes partner with some of the largest developers in Australia to bring packages to the market place that are of outstanding value and quality construction to last the rigors of time. 
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Wall Papering is back

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 13, 2016

Years ago wall papering was all the rage and I remember in 1975+ it was everywhere.
Years have now passed and yes wall paper is back again with most display homes having at least one room wall papered. 
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Stockland and Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Yes Stockland and Berstan Homes have teamed up again with their yearly affordable home and land packages. Every year Berstan and Stockland put together a small group the very affordable value packages throughout the Stockland estates.
These great packages are designed and price pointed at first home buyers, retirees, downsizers and investors. The locations this year are Mernda Villages in Mernda and Eucalypt in Wollert.
The packages offer a turnkey solution with prices starting at $320k.
The packages are available to be viewed on our website house and land section.
If you would like an inspection of a completed package this can be arranged by contacting Berstan or Stocklands. 
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Knockdown versus Renovating

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Renovating a home seems to be a more cost effective way of upgrading the home but there are so many traps.
Financially a renovation in nearly all cases runs over budget because there are so many things that can go wrong.
It is practically impossible for any builder to give a fix price on an renovation due to the unknown, what's behind that wall, what are the foundations like, what is the roof structure like, what's the condition of the electricals, what about the plumbing these are just a few of the numerous issues faced by the builder and home owner when considering a renovation.
Another major consideration to take into account is the making good of the old to new and will you be able to design the home you really want with the probable size restrictions of the old home?
Knock down rebuilds in comparison are cost effective because you can start a fresh with a blank canvas and really the only way to achieve exactly what you want with regards to design.
Builders quoting knock down rebuilds can easily come to a fixed figure simply because there are few unknowns to take into account.
Foundations are one of the only unknown factors and with a soil test the builder can in most cases work out what's required by the engineer.
Berstan Homes offer a full team of professional knock down rebuild experts for projects across Melbourne.  
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Blackburn Builder Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Local Blackburn builder Berstan Homes has been having an increasing number of enquires lately for dual occupancy developments.
Dual occupancy homes in Blackburn are selling for excellent prices lately and this is fuelling the strong enquiry at Berstan Homes.
We have several standard designs that are proving very popular with our clients in Blackburn.  
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How much do I need to borrow

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 06, 2016

How much do I need to borrow?
This is a very commonly asked question and I answer our clients with the following.
Firstly what can you afford without being over extended?
What size home and design are you looking for?  
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Interest rates down again!

Mark Bryson - Thursday, May 05, 2016

Record low interest rates are the way to make some serious money!
Now is the time to start investing in property Berstan and Stocklands have a red hot deal for investors at the moment with packages staring at $322k.
The investor packages have rental returns of around $320 per week and an average yearly growth of 5% which equates to a return on investment of around 25+%.
Most of our investment packages have tenants ready to move in prior to completion and are built in sort after areas.
Limited stock is currently available so please call Berstan Homes or Stockland Eucalypt today to secure your investment property. 
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Knock down rebuild Glen Waverley

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Berstan Homes are currently in the process of obtaining the building permit for a knock down rebuild in Mimosa Street Glen Waverley.  
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Bob

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 02, 2016

New home styles for 2016

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 02, 2016

Berstan Homes have been noticing changes with styling in 2016 with a strong interior design push towards timber features. With some very interesting application through out the homes, including ceilings, cabinetry and staircases. Timber vaulted ceilings over our kitchen areas are proving to be a big hit.  
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Yellow Wall

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 29, 2016

On the Entry to our Humphrey17 display home we have used a yellow wall at the entrance yes yellow!
The use of a yellow wall helps warm and create an inviting vibrant feel to a normally boring area.  
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Butler's Pantry

Mark Bryson - Thursday, April 28, 2016

Just what is exactly in a butler’s pantry?
Well this is a big topic; we have clients with many different requests for their butler’s pantry inclusions. 
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Custom Builder Eltham

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Late last week I met up with a couple of potential clients in Eltham, and their story was a common one.
This particular couple had been in the planning permit merry -go -round for four very frustrating years.
The couple had engaged an architectural company to design their home and apply to council for a planning permit.
What I found out was very upsetting; they not only wasted four years getting a planning permit but they have ended up with a home that is not anything like what they wanted!
The architectural company engaged did not at any point during the process ask what design or style home they wanted.
So now they are in the market canvasing different builders to get them out of this mess.
Major plan drafting changes will be required to their current plans to make the design brief given work effectively.
There are a couple of very expensive lessons that can be learnt from with this case.
Be aware of companies that don't ask you what you would like your home design to be like.
Always ask for concept drawings so you can check out the rough design before it gets too far into the drafting process.
Beware of companies that won't change their plans to suit you; after all they are working for you not you for them!
Get an idea of timing from the company before things get out of hand.
Try to find a company that will do the designs, drafting, planning, engineering and build this way you will not waste time and unnecessary expense.
Berstan Homes offer a full in house service with all the professionals required to make your dream come true without the headaches.  
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Home Builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What is so different with Berstan Homes? Here are a just a few differences.
We have so many differences from the pack of builders out there.  
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Small lots all sold out

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 22, 2016

Every year Berstan Homes and Stockland partner up and release a limited number of small lot home and land packages to the public.
Another great success with all lots sold out I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all the happy buyers for their support with these great value packages.  
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Builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Berstan Homes are a proud Australian family owned home building company that pride themselves on building quality homes that will last the test of time.
At Berstan Homes we take care of every detail from council liaison to the complete construction of your brand new home.  
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Land Sale

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Should I talk to my builder before buying any land?
Yes you should always consult with your builder before purchasing any land.  
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Australia’s Best Houses

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 18, 2016

Exciting times at Berstan Homes display village in Doreen with one of the homes the Astoria43 being chosen for an episode on Australia's Best Houses.
Presenter Gary Takle and his film crew arrived at the display village at around 10am Wednesday morning and were greeted by Mark Bryson managing director of Berstan Homes.
Australia's Best Houses select homes that are of unique style, interesting design and have filmed some of the best homes in Australia.
Filming for the episode started around 11am and was finished at 2pm the episode will air on 7two in June.
Mark found the whole experience from start to finish was very professional and rewarding.
Berstan Homes where very proud to be selected as part of this current series. 
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Stockland and Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 15, 2016

Yes Stockland and Berstan Homes have teamed up again with their yearly affordable home and land packages. Every year Berstan and Stockland put together a small group the very affordable value packages throughout the Stockland estates.  
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Knock down rebuild

Mark Bryson - Thursday, April 14, 2016

I was discussing a knockdown rebuild project in Pascoe Vale over the weekend and what a lengthy nightmare it has become.  
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Melbourne new home builder Berstan Homes has an experienced team of professionals available for any knock down rebuild project in Melbourne.  
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Freedom Furniture

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I was going through some different styling options last weekend for some of our new display homes and what a great selection of styles I found at Freedom furniture.  
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Colourbond roofing

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 11, 2016

Berstan Homes are experiencing an increased volume of clients choosing Colourbond roofing in lieu of conventional cement tiled roofs lately.
There are many reasons for this, Colourbond roofing is a lot lighter than conventional cement roofing tiles and the cracked roof tiles are not an issue.
Colourbond roofing goes through rigorous testing and has many different colours to choose from their wide selection range.  
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Custom Home builder 3

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 08, 2016

Vacant land in the inner suburbs and surrounds of Melbourne is virtually non-existent; it is this scarcity combined with the strong demand for property in these inner suburbs that has seen the emergence of the ‘knock down rebuild’ phenomenon.   
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Matthew

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 08, 2016

Thanks Paul & Mark,

I'll never be as happy to hand over a massive cheque as I will be tomorrow. Looking forward to moving our family into the beautiful home you've built for us.
 
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Manny

Mark Bryson - Thursday, April 07, 2016

Lap Pools

Mark Bryson - Thursday, April 07, 2016

What a great way to spend time with your family and friends by having your own pool not to mention the wow factor created.  
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Carpet Call

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Berstan Homes are happy to celebrate using Carpet Call for 5 years now and our relationship is going strong.  
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Display Homes for sale

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Berstan Homes are offering a couple of their display homes for sale with a rent back opportunity.  
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New home builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 04, 2016

New home builder in Ivanhoe Berstan Homes have a great new display village concept we have a category system for our homes.  
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Dual Occupancy Forest Hill

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 01, 2016

If you were looking at developing your land into a dual Occupancy or building two or three townhouses wouldn’t you prefer to talk to a builder instead of salesperson?  
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Builder Glen Waverley

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 31, 2016

Berstan Homes is a Melbourne based home building company offering solutions and designs to suit any shaped or size block, with the ultimate quality result at the end of the process your dream home.  
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Dual Occupancy Pascoe Vale

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 30, 2016

When you undertake a unit/townhouse or dual occupancy project you virtually become a property developer and this is where Berstan Homes can help from conception to completion.  
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Dual Occupancy Mont Albert

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 24, 2016

Are you fed up with your old home and love where you live?
Do you want to do something about it?   
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Knockdown rebuild costs Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Last week I was talking to some potential clients for our company and I was interested in hearing about the costs they were looking at for an extension of their existing home.
They had been quoted by several leading Melbourne building companies specializing in extensions and the estimates ranged between $390 - $460k. The scope of the works is as follows:
Ground floor required several walls to be demolished and the inclusion of some steel work the brief also included a new kitchen.
Addition of a staircase with new plastering and paint work throughout.
The construction of a second level comprising of 3 bedrooms including 2 bathrooms and a living area.
The time allowed for the project from the building permit being approved was 12 months till completion.
We discussed the possibility of doing a knockdown new build on the site and we did a preliminary inspection of the site and came up with the following figures.
Demolition of existing home the custom design of the home that would suit the client and construction of the new 31 square home worked out around $380k.
The main difference was not just the price it was the fact that the clients could have the home design they really wanted with no compromises due to existing works.
Other major factors were the home was brand new with warranties and substantially more sustainable with being more environmentally friendly.
By using the vast array new products available on the new build we are able to create stunning results and a home worthy of any street scape.  
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Retirees Ripped Off

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

I was with some clients last week and they were discussing how one of their parents had just purchased a home in a retirement village. The costs were ridiculously high for the property they purchased. The cost was $700,000 for a 10 square home with a carport for one vehicle with management fees every week on top of the $700,000.  
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Dual Occupancy Lower Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 21, 2016

Dreaming about ways of getting a passive income the solution might be simpler than you think. Have you considered building a home at the rear of your existing home or even a knock down rebuild and new build a dual occupancy? You would get two new homes with a rental income or sale option. Call the Berstan Homes team today for more information.  
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Custom home building 3

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 18, 2016

Vacant land in the inner suburbs and surrounds of Melbourne is virtually nonexistent; it is this scarcity combined with the strong demand for property in these inner suburbs that has seen the emergence of the ‘knock down rebuild’ phenomenon.  
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Dual Occupancy Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 17, 2016

Owners of land in Doncaster could be sitting on gold mine.
You may not know it, but the land your house sits on could be used for many financial solutions. By simply selling your land you may not realise the full financial potential for yourself. There are two well-known ways of capitalizing on your land value. Building a new home in the back yard or build a dual occupancy home. Berstan Homes are expert builders with a team of professionals ready to make your project come to life 
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Hazelcroft Estate Doreen

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hazelcroft estate is a boutique estate situated within easy walking distance to one of the best Victorian schools Ivanhoe Grammar.
The estate offers large open space areas and a central park with very child friendly play equipment.  
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Feature tiles

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Many home owners make the common mistake of not using a feature tile in their wet areas and the results are in most cases disappointing.  
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Custom Home builder melbourne

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

So you have decided to consider a custom home builder and wondering where to start.
There is a large range of styles, looks and so many quality products from impressive brand names, let Berstan Homes help you put it all together.  
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Dual Occupancy Mitcham

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 14, 2016

With land prices at a premium in the Mitcham area it makes sense to consider a dual occupancy development and this is where Berstan Homes can be of service. Berstan Homes have a team of qualified and experienced experts able to design, plan, build and sub-divide your land for a maximum return on your investment. Contact Berstan Homes today for free information on the suitability of your land.  
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Eucalypt Estate Stockland

Mark Bryson - Sunday, March 13, 2016

Land sales are destined to be completed by November 2016 with demand exceeding supply. This outstandingly popular estate by Stockland is typical of the community styled living environments created by Australia’s number one property developer. 

 
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Builder Forest Hill

Mark Bryson - Saturday, March 12, 2016

Forest Hill is said to derive from the name of a cottage owned by early settler Captain Bunbury and is descriptive of the district's original bushland setting.  
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 11, 2016

Where and how to start a knock down rebuild? At Berstan Homes our knock down rebuild process starts with a face to face meeting with a registered building practitioner. 
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Interior Design Tips

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 10, 2016

A great way to bring your room to life is the addition of some framed prints and the secret is to add similar colours through your cushions or maybe a throw.  
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Corinthian Doors for Berstan

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 09, 2016

As Australia's largest timber door manufacturer, Corinthian has taken its famous brand around the world, securing an international reputation for quality, innovation and design. Corinthian is now part of the JELD-WEN family, the world's largest supplier of timber doors and windows.
Established in 1942, Corinthian has showrooms and manufacturing facilities in all mainland Australian State capitals. Its major manufacturing facility occupies a 4.5 hectare site at St Marys in Sydney's west.
Corinthian has worked hard and long, since its foundation in 1942, to establish a reputation as a company with total commitment to customer service.
Berstan Homes are proud supporters of Corinthian and can proudly say that 80% of our projects have Corinthian doors installed in them. 
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Home Office Space

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 08, 2016

If you are lucky enough to work from home some days it’s important to have the right environment. By placing your desk near a window is a great start and an easy way of creating a healthy home office. 
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New Home Builder Berstan Homes

Mark Bryson - Monday, March 07, 2016

Choosing a builder and building a new home is not just something you should rush into there are many questions that need to be answered, here are just a few: 
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Timber laminate flooring

Mark Bryson - Saturday, March 05, 2016

As a standard floor covering feature in our homes we use the Parador range from Germany and are finding this more popular than ever, a modern alternative to real wood and that can be used in place of timber hardwood floors the Parador is supplied and installed by Carpet Call.   read more... 
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Wine Racks

Mark Bryson - Friday, March 04, 2016

With many clients and Australians in general enjoying a bottle of wine, it’s becoming an often asked question can we have a wine rack incorporated in our kitchen design?  
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Gainsborough handles

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 03, 2016

An Australian company, Gainsborough has achieved a pre-eminent position in the world market for more than 30 years, supplying first class porcelain and decorative door furniture and developing a succession of innovative products that have attained new levels of excellence in design, functionality, and durability. 
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Vaulted ceilings

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, March 02, 2016

There's no doubt that vaulted ceilings can make a room look larger than it really is, they can also create a light and airy space.
Having a vaulted ceiling is well worth contemplating and cost effective and create a great look. 
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Builder Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Being born in Ivanhoe helps builder Mark Bryson and his family with local knowledge of the Ivanhoe area. Mark and brother Paul were both born in the Airlie hospital Ivanhoe in the 1960s and it’s great to see the Airlie still standing.  
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Dual Occupancy Ringwood

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 29, 2016

Most home owners feel that the regulations, and processes involved with dual occupancy were all alien to them and with little assistance available many decide it’s too hard and don’t bother.
Berstan Homes are able advice and take care of every aspect of the dual occupancy. Who needs the headache of dealing with councils and planning matters when a company like Berstan Homes can do the entire project.
We believe that too many people are missing out on the biggest opportunity of their lives for fear of the ‘what ifs’, so we’ve made it our business to make the decision of a dual occupancy an easy one.
Contact Berstan Homes today and talk to a registered building practitioner for more details. 
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Carpet Underlay

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 29, 2016

Many of our clients ask what type of underlay we use on our home builds. 
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Dual Occupancy Surrey Hills

Mark Bryson - Saturday, February 27, 2016

If you’re considering developing a residential project you will need a fully professional team of experts to work with.  
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Water meter thieves

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 26, 2016

Last year we had some issues on our projects with water meter thieving.
Would you believe somebody would steel a water meter? There is about 3 dollars of brass in them and what an inconvenience it causes to everyone. 
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The Santorini25

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 25, 2016

A commercial size kitchen makes the Santorini25 by Berstan Homes stand out from the rest. The kitchen has a huge island bench with easy open plan living dining leading to the covered alfresco area for year round entertaining.  
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Builder Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Balwyn named after the 1858 vineyard and rural retreat of the then Age editor Andrew Murray. The retreat was located on Balwyn Road and according to Mr Murray the name was Gaelic for "wine-house". 
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The Florence51

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Florence51 by Berstan Homes is a French provincial master piece of design and opulence. The grand entrance staircase with wrought iron feature balustrading and gentle curve sets the tone for the home.  
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Ambassador Stone

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Berstan Homes are stocking a full range of Ambassador Stone at our new display selection centre. We have been using plenty of Ambassador Stone in our homes lately with amazing results from their product.  
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Dual Occupancy Ivanhoe

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wondering how to get a new home for free and in most cases this is possible.
Why not have a free assessment from Berstan Homes for a dual occupancy building on your land.
With Berstan Homes by your side, you can choose how exactly you would like to approach dual occupancy.
 
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Mix and Match Tiles

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Berstan Homes are encouraging their clients to mix and match tiling for some amazing results. Many bathrooms have all the same coloured tiles and can have a very boring effect. 
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Builder Pascoe Vale

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 22, 2016

The name Pascoe Vale resinated from the suburb being purchased, settled and named "Pascoeville" by John Pascoe Fawkner after Pascoville Farm, where he lived from 1842. With most homes in the Pascoe Vale area being well over the 70 year mark it leaves them with many problems.  
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Bamboo flooring

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 22, 2016

Looking for a wow factor well have a good hard look at Bamboo flooring!There are so many different amazing styles and colours to choose from with matt finishes to high gloss. 
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Builder Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Sunday, February 21, 2016

If you’re in the market for a home builder in the Templestowe area contact Berstan Homes for an informative chat about your project. 
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Dual Occupancy Balwyn North

Mark Bryson - Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dual occupancy Balwyn North enquiries have increased significantly, lately with our main line of enquiry for our newly designed duel occupancy dwelling. 
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Builder Vermont

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 19, 2016

The age of the homes in Vermont are starting be an issue for maintenance and costing their owners plenty.
A cost effective alternative for the home owners in Vermont would be a dual occupancy or evening building a second home in the backyard for investment or sale.
 
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Alfresco area made easy

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 19, 2016

The Humphrey18 by Berstan Homes has an alfresco area of 3.6 x 3m, we separated the area from the side fence with the use of decorative panels.  
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The Tiana17C

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Tiana 17C is an outstanding home offering modern open plan living areas. A generous size island bench in the kitchen with breakfast bar and a good size workable laundry are just two of the many features this cleverly designed home boasts. 
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Builder Warrandyte

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Many homes in the Warrandyte area are now requiring plenty of upkeep and its costing the owners plenty.
In some cases it could be worth their owners contemplating a knock down rebuild.
 
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Builder Surrey Hills

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Builder Surrey Hills
If you have some land in Surrey Hills and are looking for a free home how about building a dual occupancy or a home in the backyard.
It's very easy to do and the whole process could be completed in around 18 months from planning to completion of the building.
To get a free brand new home all you need to do is sell one of them and this in turn would pay for the whole project.
What are you waiting for call Berstan Homes today for more details or come and see our new display village. 
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The Chaumont28A

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

As soon as you enter the Chaumont 28A you have a feeling of luxury. With the grand master bedroom room to your left boasting all the stylish features you expect from this stunning home.  
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The Liana21

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Liana 21 is a home that suits a 10.5 wide lot and through clever design gives you a double garage a study and four good size bedrooms. 
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Builder Mitcham

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Many living in Mitcham would be thinking what it would be like to have a new home and maybe for free!
If you own land in Mitcham the chances are that the land you own would be large enough to accommodate a dual occupancy development.
 
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Dual Occupancy Balwyn North

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 15, 2016

Berstan Homes have put together a design team for their dual occupancy developments and some of the new designs are simply perfect for the Balwyn North area. 
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The Santorini24

Mark Bryson - Sunday, February 14, 2016

Entertainers will love the Santorini24 by Berstan Homes with a gourmet kitchen and plenty of living zones. The kitchen is centrally located with open plan to dining-family and alfresco surrounding. Read More... 
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Builder Heathmont

Mark Bryson - Saturday, February 13, 2016
Vacant land in Heathmont and surrounding suburbs is virtually non-existent and it is this scarcity combined with the strong demand for property in these suburbs, that has seen the emergence of the ' knock down and rebuild ' phenomenon. 
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The Olsen23

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 12, 2016

The Olsen 23 is a home offering 4 bedrooms, study knook, two good size living areas. The three bedrooms are located at the rear of the home for plenty of peace and quiet while you entertain. 
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Builder Park Orchard

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 12, 2016

With most homes in the Park Orchards area being the age they are requiring more and more maintenance it would make sense to do a knock down rebuild. 
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Builder Oak Park

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 11, 2016

There are plenty of properties within the Oak Park area being knockdown and rebuilt creating a more appealing landscaping of modern design. With the absence of available land throughout the inner city suburbs it makes sense to renew with a knock down rebuild a single dwelling or even a dual occupancy. 
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Dual Occupancy Templestowe

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 11, 2016

Old homes and large blocks of land = potential.
The way land values in Templestowe are tracking it certainly is at a premium. If you're lucky enough to own a large piece of land in Templestowe and are looking at a passive income or a way to cash in your land. 
 
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Builder Wonga Park

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

If you're looking into a knock down rebuild in Wonga Park Berstan Homes would need to be considered with their custom building experience.
Berstan Homes offer a complete service from start to finish and with having everything in house the whole process is effortless.
Deciding to have a knock down rebuild then building your dream home should be a great experience not full of stress and headache call Berstan Homes today for the first steps towards your new home build. 
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The Astoria28A

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Well where do you start with the Astoria28A, this home has so many wonderful features. A grand master bedroom boasting an ensuite with its twin basin vanity and fully tiled shower also a large walk in robe. For anyone wanting to work from home, this home offers a working size office/study close to the front entry for convenience. 
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The Scottsburn24A

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 09, 2016

The Scottsburn24A range are very well designed stylish homes suitable for lot widths of 9.5m to 11m making it available for small lower priced lots. With this in mind you are able to build a good size home on a smaller lot without the hassle of maintaining a large garden and saving on the cost of the land. 
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Builder Mont Albert

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Let Berstan Homes take the Headaches associated with the whole knockdown rebuild process off your hands, so you can concentrate on your field of expertise. 
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Builder Lower Plenty

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 08, 2016

Lower Plenty is fast becoming a suburb where old meets new with many of its older homes being removed and upgraded by modern designed living abodes.
With an old home comes all the problems poor design, making do with what's existing and the energy ratings are terrible due to old standards.
It could very well be time to seriously consider a knock down rebuild, a brand new custom designed energy efficient home you have always dreamed about.
Berstan Homes can handle everything from designing, council liaison to demolition and the construction of your dream home.
Call a Berstan Homes team member today and get the ball rolling. 
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Knock down rebuild Wattle Glen

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 08, 2016

With most homes in Wattle Glen reaching their use by date it's definitely worth considering a knock down rebuild.
There are many major benefits with doing a knock down rebuild I have listed some main examples:
 The latest design ideas.
 A home that will suit you and your family's life style.
 Lower maintenance.
 Easier to heat and cool saving cost.
 Same location you know and love.
 Environmentally friendly.
 Sustainable building products.
 Value adding to your land. 
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Dual Occupancy Vermont

Mark Bryson - Saturday, February 06, 2016

Dual occupancies are the perfect way to release the equity in your land asset and that's why so many savvy land owners in Vermont are having them built. 
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The Clinton21R

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 05, 2016

The Clinton 21R is a home especially designed for rear loading lots with a strong focus on open plan kitchen and living areas. Featuring sliding doors in the living area for easy outdoor entertaining. 
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Builder Plenty

Mark Bryson - Friday, February 05, 2016

Plenty is fast becoming an in suburb there is only one problem the houses are in most cases old and in bad need of a makeover.
Large renovations are nearly always higher in cost than a knock down new build, so it's worth looking closely at the figures before a renovation happens.
Berstan Homes offers a complete service from planning and council liaison to home builds completion.
Berstan Homes only build a set number of homes a year and this leads to the quality home build you would expect.
Display homes are available for inspection by appointment.
 
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Home Designing

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Sometimes it's the small items in a home's design that can make so much difference in a home that will achieve the wow factor you're looking for. 
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Builder Doncaster

Mark Bryson - Thursday, February 04, 2016

Berstan Homes Doncaster's premier home building company specializing in Knock down rebuilds and dual occupancy developments. 
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Custom Home Builder Melbourne

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

So you have decided to consider a custom home builder and wondering where to start.
There is a large range of styles, looks and so many quality products from impressive brand names, let Berstan Homes help you put it all together.
Step one with Berstan Homes is to come and browse all the options available to you at our display centre. Once you have seen our display homes, I always advise our clients to make a list of must haves. By creating a wish list it gives us a great starting point and we can then assemble all the elements of your style. This whole process is with a registered building practitioner not just a sales person so you can rest assured all your building questions will be answered.
Berstan Homes your personal builder will step-by-step help you discover and assemble all the elements of your style. It's useful to have a (must have) list of items before your appointment.
At Berstan Homes it's that simple from the beginning; our aim has always been to make completely satisfied homeowners. Now, since no two families are alike, it stands to reason that a custom home build is the right choice.
The possibilities are endless with a custom built home from varieties in architectural designs and style options to choices in finishes and decor, you'll see we offer an impressive variety of styles, materials, and combinations that all allow you to work comfortably within your budget.
Our design team will assist you in making your new house into your dream home. There are hundreds of options available to suit almost any style and budget so you can easily make it yours.
Call Berstan Homes today for all your custom design questions. 
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The Astoria45

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Hamptons living at its best with Berstan Homes Hampton facade will bring your Hamptons dream come true. The Astoria45 by Berstan Homes is an eye catching home with all the design features you would expect from a Hamptons style home.  
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Colourbond Roof Deal

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Berstan Homes are currently offering for the month of February a free roof upgrade to Colourbond.
This is a limited deal for the month only and will only apply to our home range above 200m/2. 
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Builder Essendon

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Supply and demand is the key driving force in the property market and location, location, location. The strongest demand tends to be in inner city areas such as Essendon, with buyers attracted to proximity to major amenities including the CBD, entertainment precincts and so much more.  
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Builder Blackburn

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 01, 2016

Most land sizes in Blackburn would lend themselves to a dual occupancy development and it can be a very lucrative way of cashing in.
The cost of most dual occupancies is the same as the sale price of one of the homes therefore covering the cost of your new home.
It's simply if you are sick of your old home with its poor design and heaps of maintenance it could be time to call the team at Berstan Homes.
Berstan Homes offer a complete service from planning to building your new home taking the stress out of the whole process. 
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The Olsen27.5

Mark Bryson - Monday, February 01, 2016

The Olsen 27.5 offers a kitchen that most only dream of, including a butler's pantry with a feature window for natural light and an island bench large enough to incorporate a breakfast bar. 
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Wall paper is back.

Mark Bryson - Sunday, January 31, 2016

We have used plenty of wall paper in our displays homes lately with great results. This particular bedroom we used a soft green wall paper with an interesting pattern to create a peaceful resting environment.  
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