Tips for building a new home

Rubbish Dumping

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Berstan Homes have been experiencing dumping on many projects across Melbourne and our clients are really feeling the costs for removal. The costs are running at around $350 per ton for mixed rubbish. 
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Outdoor Living Gas

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, July 15, 2015

We are finding an increasing number of our clients are requesting a gas point be included to their Alfresco areas. This is a great idea to include a gas point instead of relying on gas bottles. The savings are worth thinking about as well as the convenience. 
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First home buyer's advice 6

Mark Bryson - Monday, April 27, 2015

When looking for land let the builder do the work and get the builder to source your land.   
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First home buyer advice 5

Mark Bryson - Friday, April 10, 2015

One of the first mistakes first home buyers make is to search for the cheapest prices. 
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Stone feature walls.

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, April 08, 2015

With an increase of homes starting to all have the same look many of our clients are seeking a point of difference. 
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First Home buyer advice 3

Mark Bryson - Thursday, March 19, 2015

I had some clients come to me to discuss their first home requirements over the weekend nothing out of the ordinary there I thought. Over the next few days I found them a great block of land in the Mernda Villages estate and I priced an Onella18 Berstan home on the site and fixed the price no more to pay. I then sent the details to the client who replied back with a much lower price with a major volume Melbourne home builder and the price was for a similar home design. The problem was the land the builder had quoted on had 2.5 metres of fill over it and this is where the issue will begin. The builder had stated a (fixed site cost allowance) problem being the allowance was well under the amount required engineering due to the fill. Unfortunately the first home buyer couple have proceeded with this builder and they will find out about it the hard way with thousands of extra costs coming their way. 
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Ponds are becoming more popular

Mark Bryson - Saturday, March 14, 2015

We have been experiencing lately a few of our clients requesting a pond to be part of our landscaping. With the lots getting increasingly smaller it can leave some challenges, however with a little imagination these obstacles can be overcome.  Ponds are of great interest to young and old alike creating a space for adventure and wonderment 
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Timber Feature walls

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A great way to cover an ugly area or create privacy in part of your garden is to introduce a timber slatted fence screen. These pre-made timber screens are readily available at your local hardware shop at a reasonable price and look amazing. 
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First Home Buyer Advice 2

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

I recently was at a Developer Function talking with some other builders and they were expressing concern about a particular Melbourne home builder's dubious method of financing homes. They are promoting and advising First Homes Buyers to take out credit card debt as part deposits for their home loans. This practice is a very poor form of advice leading to many First Home Buyers being in financial hot water before they even move into their home 
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Bamboo pricing for new homes

Mark Bryson - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The cost of bamboo flooring is very similar to the cost of tiling with a quality floor tile. The benefits of bamboo in lieu of tiled floors are many.  
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