Design and decoration

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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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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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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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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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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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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