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 andread more
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 andread more
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Gone are the days of painting a feature wall in the living area of your new home. Beautiful designer wallpaper looks much more sensational. Papering walls rather than painting them adds richness, texture and depth in a way paint can never match. Wallpaper can be compared to a piece of artwork
for a room.
Wallpaper should not just be limited to the living areas either. It adds a sense of luxury to the bedroom, where dark moody colours and deepread more
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Solar power is one of the most efficient ways to comply with state government energy efficiency regulations which were introduced in 2011. More than 95% of Berstan Homes’ clients choose a solar water heating system over a rainwater tank for toilet flushing when they build their new home.
The requirement to have one or the other is part of the 6 Star Standards which aligns to the Building Code of Australia’s national energy efficiency
measures. The regulations also include aread more
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
You’ve moved into your shiny new home, built by the nice people at Berstan Homes. Now it's time to organise the kitchen and fill up the pantry.
Modern kitchens which are part of a larger family room or living area may not be as big as traditional kitchens which had a room of their own. New streamlined
kitchens often sacrifice cupboard space for breakfast bars or larger appliances, and your new pantry may be smaller than the previous one. Soread more
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Highlight windows are wide, short windows positioned high on the wall of a room and offer many benefits to the homeowner. They are also known as clerestory
(clear story) windows and are positioned at the top of a wall above eye level.
Historically, highlight or clerestory windows were used in the upper level of a Roman basilica or a Gothic church. Often they were tall and curved
at the top and made of stained glass – very different from modernread more
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The decision has been made. You love living in your suburb, your kids are doing well at the local school and you have great neighbours. But you need a
So, you have decided to knock down your existing house and rebuild on the same block of land.
The knockdown, rebuild experts, Berstan Homes, are building your new home. And you can hardly wait. But now you have to find a temporary place to rent,
and somewhere to storeread more
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.
Even knockdown rebuilds often reduce the size of the backyard as home owners re-prioritise their leisure time and maintenance demands.
If gardening is your passion but you don’t want to be a slave to weeding all weekend, it is possible to haveread more
Friday, March 17, 2017
Many of our clients have been asking lately about the extra costs for under mounted sinks.
Builders charge more for these installations due to the extra works involved.
The under mount sinks cost between $400-$500 in comparison to the standard surface mounted sink which costs around $280. The other extra cost
is the cutting and finishing of the stone which can range from $500 to $800.
So you should expect to pay around an extra $820+ for an under mount sink.read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Recent news reports about building companies in Victoria collapsing is worrying news for their clients and those considering building a new home. Watersun Homes is the latest company to go into liquidation, bringing to a halt 300 construction projects and resulting in 90 staff losing their jobs.
A few months earlier, Ashford Homes, together with Homestead Homes in South Australia and Huxley Homes in New South Wales, went into liquidation. The
companies are owned by former Family First senator Bobread more
Thursday, March 09, 2017
The decision has been made – you are going to knock down your old, dated house and build a brand new one by Berstan Homes on your land.
Now you need to sort out 30 years of belongings and get rid of the bulk of it.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your “stuff” is have a garage sale. It’s all over in a couple of days (one to set up, one to sell) and you have made
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Those who are fascinated by the age of steam can indulge this weekend at Steamfest in Scoresby. There are displays of industrial steam and diesel engines,
blacksmithing, hay baling, earth moving machinery, model displays, vintage radio, fire engines, vintage vehicles and a tank. There is even a walking
dragline that doesn’t use wheels, but “walks” on two giant feet.
There is a miniature railway or a tractor to see around the displays, at the National Steam Centre in Ferntree Gullyread more
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Deciding on what type of flooring to have in your house depends greatly on your lifestyle.
Do you have children or pets? Do you love entertaining?
Carpet is usually more comfortable for small children, especially if they are babies or toddlers. Claws and paws can catch on loop pile carpet – cut
pile is a better choice. But toilet training for both children and pets are easier to mop up on hard flooring than carpet.
If you host plenty ofread more
Monday, March 06, 2017
New kitchen styles are embracing sleek, neutral designs with clean lines. The colour palette is mostly soft greys and whites for cabinetry and contrasting
Granite and marble replica surfaces are now available in thin benchtops with sharp edges.
Scandinavian minimalisms give an understated elegance to a kitchen and can be combined with Japanese elements such as timber contrasts. This creates
texture and an earthly peacefulness to one of the busiest rooms in the home.
Appliances are mirroring theread more
Friday, March 03, 2017
Do some lazy laps at Carlton Baths this Sunday to the sound of laid-back soul and blues music.
The Teskey Brothers are a group formed on the banks of the Yarra River, in the small town of Warrandyte. The band consists of brothers Sam and Josh
Taskey and also features Brendon Love on bass and Liam Gough on drums.
Their music is relaxed, fun and nostalgic and is the perfect backdrop for your Sunday afternoon swim or gym work-out atread more
Thursday, March 02, 2017
New home exteriors in Melbourne this year are trending towards subtle colours with texture from raw and natural materials.
Austral Bricks is one of Berstan Homes’ preferred suppliers for exterior brickwork. The company has been around for more than 100 years, and is now
in all six Australian states.
A new Melbourne range offers traditional character restyled for today’s modern homes. The range reflects established Melbourne suburbs, such as Brighton,
Canterbury, Hawthorn, Newport and Windsor.
Current on-trend colours are sunriseread more
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
It’s well known that dark colours absorb heat and light colours reflect it. Colorbond Thermatech steel roofing goes a step further and actively repels
the sun’s rays with highly reflective paint.
There are now 21 colours in Colorbond’s standard steel range which optimises its solar reflectance properties. So you can choose from a wider range
of colours and still enjoy a thermally efficient roof.
Not only does the roof and its supportive structure last longer but it can be anread more
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
At Berstan Homes, we are often asked for a base price for a new home build. But we don’t have a base price. We find out exactly what the client wants in
a house and then we will give them a detailed quote, with no hidden extras.
Many large volume building companies give what we call a “teaser price”. This is a very low, too-good-to-be-true price designed to attract clients.
They are then hit with huge price increases for extras,read more
Monday, February 27, 2017
What would a Melbourne summer be without a trip to an outdoor cinema? You don’t have to head into the city if you live in the Eastern Suburbs, just head
for the hills to the Cameo Outdoor Cinema in Belgrave.
The cinema features new releases such as Jasper Jones and Logan, as well as some classics. There are even some canine-themed films where you can bring
your dog along as well!
Grab your picnic blanket or hire deckchairs and beanread more
Friday, February 24, 2017
The Lonsdale St Greek Festival celebrates 30 years in 2017. Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party is on this weekend for a festival of Greek culture,
food and entertainment in the city’s historic Greek Precinct.
It features three stages of free entertainment, children’s rides and activities, and more than 60 food, drink and craft stalls. Legendary performers such
as Glykeria and the Stratakis Brothers from Crete will entertain the crowds.
The annual singing competition, Magic Mike, is open to anyone whoread more
Thursday, February 23, 2017
A frustrated couple walked into Berstan Homes display today absolutely sick to the teeth having to deal with Sales Staff at Display Homes. They had been
to a number of display villages of major Builders and not one Sales person could give them a price on their build.
The fact is these Sales Staff are basically trained to sell the name of that particular Building Company. When asked for instance, about the Site Costs
related to the build it wasread more
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
So many clients have been coming to us telling the same story.
"We went to a volume Builder the prices were so cheap, and then came the extras!"
Extra for flyscreens, extra for the slab, extra for site costs, extra for garage door, extra for lights, extra for power points, extra for NBN, extra
for permit and the list goes on and on.
One client said he was given a quote from a major volume Builder of $280k for aread more
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Are you in your thirties with a family and still renting? Do you feel home ownership is out of your grasp because of the current high price of houses?
It is possible to save money when entering the home market by choosing a new home build in Melbourne.
You get exactly what you want with a brand-new house by Berstan Homes. There is also a substantial saving on stamp duty when you buy land rather than
an existing house. Firstread more
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Berstan Homes Co-founder Beryl Bryson has been awarded an Appreciation Award for her 30 years of community work within the Doncaster district. Beryl
was presented her award at the Doncaster police station in a special ceremony recently.
Beryl has been a member of the Manningham Neighbourhood Watch group for the past thirty years, and has faithfully delivered the group’s newsletter every
second month to all the houses involved.
She said when the group was first formed, residents paid $5 to joinread more
Monday, February 06, 2017
You’re building a new house. You’ve chosen a land and home package through Berstan Homes. Or you are contemplating a knock down rebuild of your house and
you know Berstan Homes are the experts in this field.
Now you need to decide which cooling system to install. There are three main choices on the market – ducted evaporative cooling, ducted refrigerated
cooling and single room refrigerated cooling.
How they work
An evaporated cooling system draws warm air from outside throughread more
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Mr and Mrs B were looking for a new home. Their current home was tired and needed work, their children had left home, and they wanted something to reflect
their change of lifestyle.
However, they couldn’t find anything that suited them. They wanted fewer bedrooms, and larger living areas, so they could entertain more and indulge in
home-based hobbies. They wanted a modern kitchen and bathrooms, and an established garden with mature trees.
A house and land package didn’t appealread more
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Are your bedrooms stifling in the evening from too much sun? Is the view from your lounge an uninspiring wall?
You know your home is wrongly situated on your land, but you like the garden and the neighbours - and don’t want the hassle of moving.
The answer is knock down and rebuild your home with Berstan Homes, the experts in the field.
You get exactly what you want in a modern new home, but don't have to do theread more
Monday, January 30, 2017
Christmas is over, 2017 is well underway and everyone is back at work and school.This is the time to make your New Year resolution come true and build
that home you are always talking about.
Summer is the perfect season to start a new custom-built home, or knock down rebuild in Melbourne. The weather is warm, dry and settled and will stay
that way for months.With builders back and stockists reopen, the build will go smoothly and quickly at thisread more
Friday, December 16, 2016
We all love our mattresses, but they’re also a big investment, which means that they’re not the type of thing you want have to replace on a regular basis. So, if you’re renovating, you’ll want to make sure that you can safely store your mattress so it’s ready when the renovations are complete.
Cleanliness Is A Must
Before you even think about storing your mattress, you should give it a good clean. By a good clean we mean getting a vacuumread more
Friday, December 09, 2016
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of renovating a home. It’s the time where you finally get to put all of your dreams into action and turn your vision into reality. It’s not all fun and excitement though, you have to carefully manage the project and a big part of that management is figuring out where you’re going to put all of your things while renovating.
Storage is the best option for renovators, but if you’re going to put yourread more