Tips for building a new home

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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Fire pits

Mark Bryson - Friday, August 28, 2015



Berstan Homes have currently been asked by many clients for fire pits. A fire pit can easily be made from Austral retaining wall blocks which are the perfect shape. 
 
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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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Landscaping headaches.

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, February 03, 2015

I having noticed lately many new home builders are not doing any landscaping in their home and land packages.  This leaves the landscaping to the home owner with many significant problems about to arise from this.  Many landscapes I have seen lately are installed incorrectly and will cause many serious problems for all concerned in the not to distant future.  Some of the issues are listed below: 
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New home builder wall fail

Mark Bryson - Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New home builder wall fail.
A client came in last week with a problem and with photos showing a failed retaining wall. I was asked by the client to inspect the wall and I found the builder had not installed any drain behind the wall. Another issue was the lack of crushed rock behind the wall and just earth was behind the wall. These two items are essential for the construction of a successful retaining wall. The crushed rock is used for several reasons easy flow of water to the drain and an ability to move unlike earth which just compacts over time. The drains are also required for the water to egress easily and be moved away from the wall. I wrote a report and the matter will be going to VCAT to get sorted out. 
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Small backyard in new build homes

Mark Bryson - Thursday, July 03, 2014
Many new estates have little allowance for large back yards; so many new homes have small yards to work with. Just because the area is small would require the gardener the need to think outside the square by using vertical gardens and stands which will help to create your own personal gardening adventure.

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