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Custom builder Wonga Park

Monday, May 07, 2018
A perfect use of Austral bricks San Selmo Smoked bricks in a feature fireplace with outstanding results.
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Custom Builder Doncaster

Friday, May 04, 2018
A lovely combination of stone bench top and a warming timber cabinetry selection.
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Home Decor

Wednesday, May 02, 2018
A lovely way to brighten your home is a nice bunch of flowers and Inter flora are a great start for some amazing floral arrangements.
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Home security

Monday, April 30, 2018
Yes another home invasion spree in Melbourne, so what can you legally do about it?  The best deterrent against these cowardly thugs is a dog and I don’t have a Chihuahua in mind, a medium size dog with a good bark is the perfect ticket. These pathetic pieces of filth only pick on the easy targets so if you make it potentially dangerous for them they will leave you alone.  There are many dogs I would recommend for this purpose. Blue &
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Friday, April 27, 2018
Yes another year has passed and your still stuck in that old home that is just not worth fixing. Maybe it’s time to call Mark at Berstan Homes for a free estimate to build a new home or two on your land. The best part about building two homes on your land is that the cost of your new home will probably be nothing with the sale of the second home. If you like where you live and don’t want
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ANZAC Day Commemoration

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Anzac Day was originally a day of commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces on Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915, in World War 1.  Since this time serving members of the Armed Forces have served in recent conflicts which represent the nature of the ANZAC spirit.  Berstan Homes would like to respectfully thank past and present members serving in our Armed Forces for the sacrifices they have made to provide the freedom and safety we have
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Knock down rebuild Balwyn

Monday, April 23, 2018
A custom designed kitchen with a combination of stone and a raised timber benchtop that creates a fantastic feature.
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Knock down rebuild Thornbury

Friday, April 20, 2018
A perfect example of ceiling height changes, highlight windows and square setting to ceilings all combined for a brilliant result.  
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Knock down rebuild Coburg

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
A great example of Austral bricks Smooth Jazz and Burlesque Chilling Black combinations.
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Knock down rebuild Brunswick East

Monday, April 16, 2018
At Berstan Homes we are always looking for companies for furniture and points of difference homeware and we have found Globe West to be a great place to source items for our display homes.
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Knock down rebuild Coburg

Friday, April 13, 2018
At Berstan Home we are constantly looking for ways of creating points of interest in the homes we design for our clients. The photo here shows a great example of a dividing wall with a difference.
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Knock down rebuild Coburg

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A Haymes mood board with warmth and character building for your room, Berstan Homes clients often use feature walls to bring walls to life.
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Custom Builder Bulleen

Monday, April 09, 2018
Bulleen is certainly changing with many knockdown rebuilds and custom built homes starting to be the norm.  Here is a perfect example of a custom built home kitchen with a minimalistic feel.
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Custom Builder Ivanhoe

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Ivanhoe born builders Mark & Paul Bryson are building several projects in Ivanhoe and the surrounding area. With a range of sizes from 18s/q to 85s/q, all Mark & Paul's homes are custom designed and are one off unique builds. Mark & Paul have two building companies they own Berstan Homes and Bryson Homes.
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Knockdown Rebuild Alphington

Monday, January 29, 2018
A perfect space to create a tile feature are the walls in your bath room, the picture shows a great use of a porcelain tile laid in a herringbone pattern. By using a single wall as a feature it’s not overdone and certainly makes a point of difference.
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Best builder best bricks

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Austral bricks have been a supply partner of Berstan Homes for many years and what a great range of products they supply. This particular photo shows a very popular Australis brick ZINC which is from the Elements range. The Elements range is a great way of adding a modern industrial edge to your build.  Austral also known as Brickworks which was formed in the 1930's has grown from humble beginnings and has now grown into one of Australia’s largest brick
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What builder suits me

Thursday, August 17, 2017
That’s a very interesting question; there are so many builders in the market place. There’s the volume builders that you see on the TV most of the time and they seem to be everywhere through their mass advertising, there are custom builders who basically build any style home and various other builders that range from budget builds to high end home builders. First question you need to ask yourself is what type of build do I want? Do I want a
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Gardening on a small scale

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
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Custom built home windows

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. The desire
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How to save money on a new home build

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
House prices in Melbourne seem to be heading only one way – and that’s up. The average median house price in the city has hit $800,000 and still rising. Rather than buy an existing house, many prospective homeowners are considering building a new home in an outer suburb or buying a rundown house, knocking it down and building new on the land.  Everyone is looking for ways to save money on home ownership, particularly when building new. In past years, savings could
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New Home Builder

Tuesday, July 04, 2017
Choosing flooring is one of the most important decisions to make when building a new home. Today, there are many more choices available than just carpet or timber flooring and some of those choices are more cost efficient. It’s very popular in Australia to install hard flooring in the living and hall areas for easy cleaning and indoor/outdoor living. Traditionally, timber flooring has been the first choice, but modern methods of tiling, and other more sustainable materials have become more prevalent. The cheapest floor
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Custom builder using custom wardrobes

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. Custom wardrobes don’t have to only be walk-in to work. A regular double wardrobe that usually
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Curtains or blinds for a new home build?

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. Roller blinds One of the most popular options for new homes across
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Concrete tile versus metal roof

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. Concrete tiles have been the preferred roof material for Melbourne houses for about 75 years. Tiles come in a variety of designs and colours, offering both a traditional or more modern look. Concrete or cement tiles are most commonly used, although terracotta tiles,
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Quality Home Builder Melbourne

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
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Custom new home builder

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
What’s the difference between a custom-built home and a production or mass-produced home? Plenty, according to Berstan Homes Managing Director, Mark Bryson. “A custom-built home is a one-off statement of design which allows the client to have a unique build.” Mass-produced house designs are becoming more and more popular as the housing shortage worsens and new subdivisions are developed by huge building companies. Whole neighbourhoods are now looking like assembly lines with cookie cutter houses all in a row. The
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Feature walls a focus in new custom built homes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Painted feature walls may have fallen out of favour but the accent wall is still very popular. These days a feature wall is all about texture, using timber, tiles, bricks or wallpaper. A feature wall is the focal point of a room where you can highlight a bold colour or texture you wouldn’t dare use on a larger scale. Large rooms suit a feature wall to break up the expanse and add interest. Modern materials are all about natural, recycled
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Knock down rebuild Pascoe Vale

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Owner builder gone so wrong!   Berstan Homes are currently in the middle of a knock down rebuild in Pascoe Vale and the build is at lock up stage. Next door to the Berstan home is a neighbour who is doing an owner builder project that involves the construction of a basement on the boundary of our construction. From the pictures you can see what has gone so wrong and as time marches on will get progressively worse and is
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Heating choices in new home builds Melbourne

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
It may still be the last month of autumn in Victoria but winter’s icy progress has been making itself felt in the past few weeks.   Melbourne is a city of contrasting weather, unlike others in Australia. Summers can get unbearably hot with temperatures up to 40 degrees while winters can be cold and miserable for far too long. A new home builder in Melbourne needs to consider both heating and cooling.  Installation costs as well as running costs and
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Latest bathroom trends for new home builder Melbourne

Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Bathrooms are transforming from rarely visited functional rooms to luxurious sanctuaries where lingering is encouraged. Natural colours and materials, mood lighting, dramatic design and greenery combine to create an atmosphere which alleviates stress and promotes relaxation. Wall and floor tiling adds a luxury look and come in natural stone options like marble, quartzite, travertine and even cement. Large format tiling, up to 1500 x 700 mm, is very popular this year and combined with expoxy grout, can reduce stains and
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