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Power points in the kitchen

Friday, October 14, 2016
Most builders install power points into the side of a kitchen bench. Even though this is easier and simpler to fix, it can prove to be a big mistake. A power point fixed to the side of a kitchen bench is at eye level for children, where it is tempting for them to play with. Creating a possibility for them to pull an appliance onto their head or worse, to play with the power point and electrocute themselves. To avoid
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Baths and what to look out for!

Friday, October 07, 2016
With so many homes being built fast and cheaply these days, we are often spotting design oversights that can really effect the quality of a home. For example Standalone baths look fantastic but can take up a lot of room. Many builders solve this problem by building the baths very close to walls. It might make the bathroom look bigger but they are nearly impossible to clean behind, especially a water spillage. Any water that is not removed will ultimately
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Knockdown Rebuild a Dual Occupancy Townhouse

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Are you a lucky candidate? – Decades may have passed, and the property you’ve been calling home for a long time may no longer be as functional as it used to be. Its structural integrity may have degraded and the design will more than likely be out of date. Maintenance is usually high and it could be the wrong size for your needs. Many older homes bought 25 to 30 years ago have been paid off by their owners and
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The Berstan difference in wet areas

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Did you know waterproofing wet areas is one of the largest problems home builders face and can be the single most common area for problems down the track. How do Berstan Homes over come this? Simply by constructing wet areas properly the first time, avoiding issues and expensive problems for the owner in years to come. We have a process that uses a combination of Mapei products, waterproofing, adhesive and epoxy grout. The Mapei epoxy grout has many standout features
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Stairs can make the entrance of a home

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Most double story homes have their staircase positioned at the front of the home and usually the first feature when entering the home. Stairs can be an opportunity to make a statement. They add light and open up the house, so it’s worth putting some extra time into the design and style to make sure the entrance has impact. There are so many different styles of staircases and making them a main feature of the home is not as expensive
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A Star of the Show

Monday, August 29, 2016
Create a focal point. such as a fireplace or piece of art. All other items in the room should be smaller and complimentary. They should not take away from the main center piece.
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Natural Stone v Composite Stone Bench Tops

Monday, August 29, 2016
A stone bench top can increase the appeal of your kitchen, with a little imagination and a good stone mason you can turn your kitchen bench top into a stunning feature of your home. Granite and Marble are natural stone materials commonly used for bench tops. However nowadays, composite (engineered) stone is regularly used, it is manufactured in a factory comprising about 95 percent natural stone and 5 percent resin. Natural stone crystals are ground and blended together and then
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Save money with your choice of windows

Friday, August 12, 2016
Having double glazing installed is one of the key ways of achieving cheaper energy bills. Double glazing not only reduces your energy bills but also provides a more comfortable and quieter home with fewer condensation problems and heightened security. As much as 50% of the heat lost from your home is through windows. This could cost you hundreds of extra dollars every year in heating and cooling bills. Double glazing is extremely energy efficient, cutting these heat losses by up
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Amazing Tiles

Monday, August 08, 2016
Several years ago National tiles imported some timber look alike tile and what an amazing effect they can have to a home. In this case we have used these tiles as a splash back creating a very impressive feature to our kitchen finish.We have also used these timber look tiles on floors very great results and best the best part is the tiles have come down in price from $115m/2 to only $39m/2 plus laying.
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Advantages of Bamboo Flooring

Friday, August 05, 2016
Stunning and warm are the words that come to my mind when visualizing a Bamboo floor. Bamboo has so much to offer it’s easy to clean, comes in many different colours and cost effective in comparison to other timber flooring. Bamboo is very easy to install and is harder than most timber flooring alternatives. Bamboo is less likely to split and warp in comparison to other timber flooring options. A major advantage with Bamboo is it comes fully finished without
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Interest rates down again

Wednesday, August 03, 2016
What great news for home buyers the reserve bank has lowered the interest rates yet again. The interest rate cuts are making home loans more affordable and there are still plenty of cost effective homes in the market place.  Apartments are not the flavour of the month at the moment with more home buyers purchasing standalone properties. One reason for the move away from the apartment option is the ongoing body corporate fees and these fees can become very expensive. Home and land
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Fire places in your home

Friday, July 29, 2016
Do you want to create a wow factor in your home? We have been experiencing plenty of enquiries from our clients lately to include a fire place as part of their new build. There is no doubt about the added feeling of warmth and the ability to combine the senses with a perfectly designed fire place. Berstan Homes have chosen Jet Master fire places because of their sensational range.  Jet Master offer balanced flue glass fronted gas fire space heaters,
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Custom Home Builder

Thursday, July 28, 2016
So many clients are contacting me lately with unusual land sizes and this is posing a problem with many new home designs. Most of the clients have been in contact with the major new home builders and have found them to have little to offer with regards to custom designing to suit their lots. Custom designing homes to suit lots is our speciality.
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Custom home builder

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Yes, Winter is certainly here and it’s cold! Lately we have been installing plenty of Jet master gas fire places and how effective are they. The Jet master designs are cutting edge and very easy on the eye. When designing our custom homes we always try to make the fire place a central focal point of the home. It’s amazing how the flames are so mesmerising and calming.
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Knock down rebuild

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
What is a knock down rebuild? A very well asked question and can be simply answered, basically, the demolition of an existing house and building a new home. There are many reasons why home owners choose to knock down rebuild and this practice is really gaining momentum in Melbourne. Choosing a knock down rebuild is often the most cost effective option over renovations of an existing home. Renovating a home in lieu of a knock down rebuild has many financial traps
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Knock down rebuild Melbourne

Monday, July 25, 2016
Security is a major issue at the moment in Melbourne due to the latest crime surge of aggravated burglaries. Berstan Homes are offering cut price burglar alarm systems on all knock down rebuilds across Melbourne. The alarms have movement sensors that pick up any movement within the home and can also be hooked up to your mobile phone or computer. By having the alarm system hooked up to your electrical devise, it can give you piece of mind and a chance
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New Home Investments

Friday, July 22, 2016
Investment property sales at Berstan Homes are experiencing strong growth with many clients buying Berstan properties for their SMSF. Buying an investment property is a great way of growing your wealth and managing your tax. Berstan Homes have a number of special home and land packages available for the property investor in various high growth areas around Melbourne. Buying a house and land package is a great way of saving on your stamp duty because you only pay the duty
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Knockdown rebuild Melbourne

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
With so many ageing houses throughout Melbourne’s suburbs, its little wonder that knock down rebuilds is becoming the norm.  We currently have knockdown rebuilds happening in Eltham, Donvale, Templestowe, Glen Waverly, Croydon, Pascoe Vale, Moonee Ponds, Doncaster, Seaford, Blackburn, Box hill, Mitcham, Reservoir, Box Hill North, Bayswater, Eltham North, Chirnside park, Burwood, Ringwood, Chadstone, Sunshine, Ivanhoe, Heidelberg, Montmorency, Caulfield, Scoresby, Oakleigh, Bentleigh and Doncaster East.  The above knock down rebuilds are a mixture of custom designed homes with a mixture
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Bamboo at Essendon knockdown rebuild

Monday, July 18, 2016
Another magnificent Bamboo floor has been laid at our knock down rebuild in Essendon. Bamboo is an amazing product with so many benefits. Bamboo is a renewable product being made from the sustainable growth Bamboo forests. Bamboo is very cost effective in comparison to other timber products. Bamboo is also very fast to install. 30-40% of our home builds are currently having Bamboo installed with amazing results.
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Nice French

Friday, July 15, 2016
The world has again witnessed yet another horrific and pointless terrorist attack on innocent people while celebrating Bastille Day. The whole Berstan teams thoughts and prayers go out to all effected by this heinous attack.
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Interior Design Interior Design

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Globe west are certainly leaders in their field and have consistently been providing interior décor items with stunning effects.The simplicity of a lone coyote peering down a seemingly endless dirt road creates the perfect scene for the imagination to run wide.
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Happy Bastille day

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The 14th July 1790 was twelve months after the storming of the Bastille and was formed in French history as a celebration of the unity of the French nation.  The idea behind the celebration was not just to celebrate the unity of the French people it was to symbolise peace.
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Knock down rebuild Moonee Ponds

Monday, July 11, 2016
I was talking to some clients last week about a knockdown rebuild in the Moonee Ponds area and I was amazed with the experience they had with a major Melbourne builder. Mr and Mrs A contacted a major Melbourne home builder and explained the home they were interested in. All was progressing nicely, until Mrs A explained there was a fall of 2 metres over the home site. Then everything changed rapidly with this particular builder there were no return
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Britain Exits the EU

Friday, July 08, 2016
Congratulations to all Britain having rid of their EU shackles!
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Mortgage savings post

Thursday, July 07, 2016
Last Wednesday I posted a topic on saving money on your mortgage and what an amazing result we have had! Over 20 home owners since our Facebook posting have contacted our specialised mortgage broker team and are now having their mortgage looked into for possible savings. 100s of thousands of Victorians with mortgages could also be able to make some serious savings all they need to do is contact Berstan Homes and the best bit is it’s a free service.
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Moonee Ponds Home Builder

Tuesday, July 05, 2016
The Moonee Ponds bowling club was established in 1891 and located at Queens Park and has currently got 200+ members. Moonee Ponds is certainly one of the oldest suburbs in Melbourne and is definitely a great location with easy access to Melbourne’s CBD. Most of the homes in the Moonee Ponds area are old established homes with large amount of ongoing maintenance required. Home designs have changed significantly over the years and home lifestyle expectations have also. This is probably why
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Yarra Valley home builder

Monday, July 04, 2016
Nearly everybody is looking for something to do over the weekend and the Yarra Valley has so much to offer. We found a great place for adults and little ones the Chocolatier and Ice Creamery located at 35 Old Healesville Road Yarra Glen.  When quoting new home builds in the Yarra Valley I always try to make it a family affair and after the clients are seen too, we head off to discover more of this amazing area.
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Home Builder 4

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Buying a home and land package is one of the only ways to enter the property market for the first home buyer to be able to receive the first home owners grant. Buying a vacant piece of land is just part of the excitement with the process and watching your dream home being built is an amazing experience. The best advantage to buying a home and land package with Berstan Home is we check the land for potential issues. A client came
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New Home Builder Melbourne

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Choosing the right new home builder for you can be a difficult process for many clients. I have compiled the following check list: Cheapest price will get you the cheapest build with probable costly hidden extras. Are there any disputes with this builder in VCAT? Are they a DB-U Licensed Builder registration? How long have they been in business? Are you able to see a similar home on display? How many homes do they build a year? Do you get
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New home builder

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Buying a home and land package can seem a little daunting and that is why you need a builder with a steady and confident approach to guide you along the way. Our process at Berstan homes starts with helping you work out your budget and financing requirements using one of our financial experts. Once the budget is realised for your home and land package we then assist you choose one of our homes and any customisation to the home as
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