New Home Buyers Blog

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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Custom Builder Viewbank

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, August 14, 2018



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

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 13, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 10, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 08, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 06, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, August 06, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 03, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 27, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 23, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 20, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 16, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 13, 2018

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

Info Bryson Homes - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 09, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, July 06, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, July 02, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 29, 2018

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

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 25, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 22, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 18, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 15, 2018

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

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 08, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, June 06, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, June 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, June 01, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 28, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 25, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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

This photo shows Ambassadors Calacatta Kapak stone.
 
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Custom Builder Balwyn

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 21, 2018

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

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 18, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 14, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 11, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Thursday, May 10, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 09, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, May 07, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, May 04, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, May 02, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 30, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 27, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 23, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 20, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 16, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 13, 2018

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

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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