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Split Level home site problems

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Many home buyers overlook sloping sites due to various reasons: Higher Site Costs Harder to find a builder to build on sloping Lots Standard Design will not suit Custom Design required Longer build time Retaining walls
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Stockland's latest campaign

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Stockland campaign is off and running with strong sales results in all their estates. Since the campaign started, Berstan Homes has experienced an increased interest with their house and land packages throughout the Stockland estates.  With a quality Estate and a quality Berstan Home, its little wonder clients are increasing for both companies.
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Knock Down Rebuild Blackburn

Monday, May 18, 2015
Why are we doing so many knock down rebuilds in Melbourne? Because we have complete homes starting at $220K and all the other costs saved that's why. With homes starting at these prices people are seriously considering doing knock down new builds in nearly every established suburb in Melbourne.
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Friday, May 15, 2015
Berstan Homes are experts in knock down rebuilds in Melbourne which is why so many clients are choosing them over the many other builders.  The main reason we believe is the personal approach Berstan Homes can offer by building a limited number of projects in any one year. By limiting our number of knock down new builds we can deliver personal service second to none.
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First home buyer's advice 12

Thursday, May 14, 2015
Beware of the display home styling! Don't get lost in the styling of the display homes, most have hired furniture of the best quality and been styled by interior designers.  The real point to a display home is not the cushions and furniture but the quality of the build. The quality of the build can easily be covered up by the styling and you need to look passed all the removable contents. Once you peel away the contents you can have
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Knock down rebuild Macleod

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
With the cost of a knock down rebuild starting at around the same cost of a new home in a housing estate its little wonder clients of ours are opting to rebuild homes with us.  Macleod is typical of older Melbourne suburbs with plenty of plus features.  Easy access to public transport, schooling and shopping precincts. 
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First home buyer's advice 11

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Beware of the display home hype! With so many display homes around it is very easy to get sucked into the hype associated with them. Most of the major builders don't have any smaller homes on display and are only able to show you through their 30 square singles plus massive double stories.  By having only larger homes for you to view it creates a false sense of what your smaller home is going to turnout like. It's an old sales
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Knock Down Rebuild Park Orchards

Monday, May 11, 2015
We have been pricing plenty of knock down rebuilds in the Park Orchard area of late. A common design request with these is for the inclusion of a ground floor master bedroom with full ensuite facilities. This type of design is becoming very common with our clients and a real asset to the home design enabling visitors their own space.
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Knock down rebuild Preston

Friday, May 08, 2015
Saving Stamp duty on a knock down rebuild in Preston is easy if you already own the land as you will not be required to pay any stamp duty payments.  Saving stamp duty is only one of many reasons you should consider a knock down rebuild. Contact Berstan Homes today and find out how you can save more.
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First home buyer's advice 10

Thursday, May 07, 2015
With so many new home builders in the market, choosing your builder can be very difficult. The founder of Berstan Homes Stan Bryson built his first home in 1955 so as a company we have seen many changes in the home building industry. Stan has long since retired but still has a very active interest in the company. Brothers Mark and Paul Bryson are now running Berstan Homes and they are involved with every home built so our clients are
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Knock Down Rebuild Melbourne

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Saving money on a knock down rebuild in Melbourne is easy with Berstan Homes. Berstan Homes have their own in house design team able to design any knock down rebuild from a single home to dual occupancies and unit developments. By having our own design team this saves our clients many thousands of dollars.
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First home buyer's advice 9

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
With so many new estates around the outer suburbs there is plenty of competition between the land agents for your custom. This can lead to numerous problems due to many agents being focussed on their bottom line.  For example they may not mention factors like fill and the (fall) slope of the land which can add costs to your building project. When purchasing land I would strongly suggest getting your builder involved before you place any deposits. A builder will
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Knock down rebuild Croydon

Monday, May 04, 2015
Are you sick of your little old home? Why not investigate the possibility of a knock down rebuild with Berstan Homes. Just imagine your own custom designed home on your existing land, let Berstan Homes make it a reality. Doing a knock down rebuild is the only true way of having the best of both worlds, same neighbourhood you love being part of with a brand new home to live in.
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First home buyer's advice 8

Friday, May 01, 2015
When looking for your builder, make sure you are not just dealing with a marketing company and they are real builders. Currently in Melbourne and around the country there are many marketing companies masquerading as builders. This is a major problem the industry has at the moment and the practice should be banned.  Ask to meet the builder before you sign anything and definitely before you part with any money. If meeting the builder is a problem at the start, imagine
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Knock down rebuild Ringwood

Thursday, April 30, 2015
Are you and your children outgrowing your old family home? If so, instead of buying into another suburb you should consider a knock down rebuild with Berstan Homes.  By doing a knock down rebuild you are able to stay where you currently live in a brand new home purpose built for you and your family. What are you waiting for, call the team at Berstan Homes today to get started.
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First Home Buyer's Advice 7

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
With so many new home builders out there how do you choose one? Well there are a few ways of selecting a good builder. Have a look at their work; when did they start building? When going into their display are you talking to the builder or just a sales person? It is very important to speak to a builder and not just the sales staff and it's not unreasonable to request to meet the actual builder that will build
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Knock down rebuild Balwyn 2

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Berstan Homes are currently tendering on a knock down rebuild in Balwyn. The clients have a piece of land that they have owned for 15 years. They are interested in knocking down the existing out dated dwelling and constructing a dual occupancy.  The homes would be 35 square each with courtyards at the rear and four bedrooms on the first floor. We are also designing the homes to have studies which can be easily converted into ground floor bedrooms.
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First home buyer's advice 6

Monday, April 27, 2015
When looking for land let the builder do the work and get the builder to source your land.   This is a good idea because the builder knows where all the estates are and will be able to get you a better deal.  Developers give builders a better deal because they are securing land every day for their clients.   The builder will be able to work out many features of land that most would not know about and could
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Knock down rebuild Balwyn

Friday, April 24, 2015
Berstan Homes have been pricing several knock down rebuilds in the Balwyn area with special interest being shown in the Florence 51. This magnificent French provincial home by Berstan Homes has air and grace that would suit any discerning new home purchaser.  Features include ground floor guest room with full appointments, large open plan living spaces with views to the expansive outdoor entertainment area. The kitchen is of commercial size and comes equipped with walk in larder and second cooking area
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Display homes have started

Thursday, April 23, 2015
  We are building the swimming pool at our displays first as access will be an issue later on once all the homes are built. Please see attached photos for the amount of steel work placed in the pool walls. Day 1 the excavation was done, Day 2 the steel was placed and Day 3 the concrete was sprayed onto the pools walls. The pool size is 9m x 2m and is a perfect size for a few laps after work
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Knock Down Rebuild Ivanhoe

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
We are currently working on several knock down rebuilds in the Ivanhoe area and I am personally surprised by the abundance of building activity. There are very few streets without some sort of building project under way.
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Mernda Villages is the place to be

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
With more than 10 lots per week selling at Mernda Village, a lot of people are choosing to call it home. Mernda Village is one of a few new estates that can offer schools, shops, Woolworths, parks and public transport, and this is the reason many are turning to this estate.
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Knock Down Rebuild Alphington

Monday, April 20, 2015
Berstan Homes are currently pricing several knock down rebuilds in the Alphington area with most involving the construction of two dwellings on the same site. I feel the homes will sell very quickly being in such a high demand area. Alphington is only 7km from the Melbourne CBD, has its own train station and plenty of quality schools close by. It is little wonder the properties are not on the market long.
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Kitchen Lighting

Friday, April 17, 2015
  We are currently having many clients requesting windows to the kitchen to provide natural light.  Years ago we used to install skylights to kitchens which were very effective for providing light however they also let in a lot of heat. Kitchens can get hot enough so the inclusion of a window is a way of introducing light without heat.
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Retirement village or retirement home living

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Don't buy into a retirement village without looking into the facts about them. A client came to me last week and explained how some friends of hers had purchased a home in a retirement village and the costs were very high.  Some of the fees are as follows site fee for having your own home on their property. A 30 year lease was offered and the end of that period the lease would need to be renegotiated. The homes offered
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Knock down new build

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The only way to get what you want is with a knock down rebuild. It is as easy just buy an old house on a piece of land where you would like to live.  Then simply call Berstan Homes and we can arrange the rest all permits, planning, design, surveys, engineering and of course the whole process for our clients is as effortless as possible.  We will design exactly what you and your family require and we will build it
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Display village slabs are being poured

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Berstan Home new display village is well under way with the concrete slabs being poured and framing will start shortly. The slabs were poured in perfect weather and are looking great. Berstan is building the display village with a difference, with three very popular Berstan Homes, being the, the Stockton26 and the very popular for first home buyers, the Javier18.
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Knock down rebuild Pascoe Vale

Monday, April 13, 2015
Berstan Homes has just been awarded a 49 square knock down rebuild in Pascoe Vale. The build involves the construction of a five bedroom three bathroom home with large open plan living areas. An alfresco is just one point of difference in this magnificent abode spanning the full width of the home to maximise the outdoor living area.
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First home buyer advice 5

Friday, April 10, 2015
One of the first mistakes first home buyers make is to search for the cheapest prices. This is certainly a sure way of getting into trouble with the cheapest price meaning just that. The cheapest builders use the cheapest products and trades on their projects meaning more problems for you the home buyer down the track. Most of these type of builders also cut corners and this leads to serious building faults in the future. Many would then say just
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Knock down rebuild Kew

Thursday, April 09, 2015
With the amount of older homes being knocked down and rebuilt in the Kew area and surrounding suburbs, people are asking me why?.   The answers are many; Better design, low maintenance, able to create your own style, value adding, more environmentally friendly construction, green living solutions are just a few. With a clever design Berstan Homes can create the perfect family home in Kew and its many surrounding suburbs.
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