News and updates

Hitting Rock

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
  With several home builds lately we had the unfortunate situation of hitting rock while we were doing the plumbing and concrete slab preparation works. The rock was so hard the rock breaker was really struggling to penetrate so we had the need for the rock to be cored. By coring the rock we saved our clients thousand of dollars.
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Mernda Villages Park

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Parks have certainly changed a lot over the years with many more interesting items for play and adventure.  Stockland at Mernda Villages have now installed a massive sand pit with plenty of toys for those young up and coming excavators and a basketball court for adults and children to enjoy.
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Berstan Homes Doreen

Monday, July 27, 2015
Our display office in Doreen is really starting to take shape and should be open about the 16th of August. The brickwork will be finished this week and the plastering is also going to be completed. The address for our displays is 1, 3 and 5 Windermere Pde Doreen, which is just off Bridge Inn Road. 
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Fire pits are taking off

Friday, July 24, 2015
On several of our current projects we have been asked to include a fire pit in the landscaping design.  A fire pit is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and have some good old family fun toasting marshmallows and toast cooked the old fashioned way.
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Land buyers beware

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Over the weekend I was helping a client choose a suitable estate to build his dream home. While driving from estate to estate we found some very poorly designed homes in different areas. I explained to my client that you had to be very careful of developer's poor standard of design guidelines or you could end up living next door and be surrounded by poorly designed ugly homes that will ultimately bring the value of your home down with them.
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Interior Design Items

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Many of our clients lately have been inquiring about places to purchase items of interest to include in their new Berstan Home. I have found several stores that sell interesting items and one that comes to mind is Schots Home Emporium located at 400 Hoddle Street, Clifton Hill. Schots stock a large range of furniture, plumbing, lighting and plenty of quirky items that will cause plenty of conversation.
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Technika steaming up a treat

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
On a recent visit to the Technika showroom, I was very impressed with the new steam ovens available.  Many of our clients are having us install a steamer oven as a standard appliance to their kitchens. By having a steam oven option it enables the cook top to have a rest and of course less cleaning required from all those pots. 
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Mernda Villages BBQ

Friday, July 17, 2015
  Stockland at Mernda have installed a great BBQ area with plenty of undercover seating and the surroundings are simply amazing. The BBQ area is designed for all ages with plenty of open grassy areas and even a basketball net. The kids can play happily while waiting for the food to be ready.
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Negative gearing

Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Government would be better leaving negative gearing in place for many reasons. Negative gearing basically allows plenty of rental properties available in the market place and if removed would cause rental properties to dry up very quickly. Another problem would be a mass exodus from rental properties causing a massive glut of properties on the market and causing a certain price correction. Even if corrected by 20% most renters would still not be able to purchase these properties because
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Mernda Villages Sales

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Stockland and Berstan Homes have been selling plenty of home and land packages for all sorts of clients.  Mernda Villages have so many draw cards from schools, great public transport options and a large shopping precinct so the residents really don't need to leave the estate. It is little wonder that so many clients are choosing Mernda Villages as their new home.
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