Thursday, October 29, 2015
Mitcham is certainly a suburb that has plenty going for it with its easy freeway access, shopping strips and plenty of schools to choose from.
There are also plenty of property opportunities in Mitcham and the surrounding area for knock down rebuilds. Berstan Homes have a team of experts that specialize in sub-division and planning through to construction completion.read more
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
With property prices so high in Melbourne and not being able to find the home you want, the best way to get exactly what you want is to do a knock down rebuild in Melbourne. Berstan Homes are the experts in knock down rebuilds and have many very happy clients.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
No matter what style of home you require for your family we are the experts at knock down rebuilds and new home construction in Eltham. Talk to a building specialist at Berstan Homes today and let us create your dream home.read more
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Our new displays opened officially on Saturday and everything went really well.
I would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to all the contractors, suppliers and consultants involved in the project for their various works.read more
Monday, October 26, 2015
Well what a Sunday it turned out to be at Berstan Homes display village at Hazelcroft Estate Doreen. The Steve Waugh foundation gave a house away to charity and there were plenty of activities for the little ones on the day. Peppa Pig dropped in to say hello, the was face painting and a petting farm. The food just kept coming with plenty of fresh bread and snags and food vans with various treats for all. Berstan Homes had overread more
Friday, October 23, 2015
Berstan Homes new display village is now open for business at 1 to 5 Windermere Parade, Doreen.
Come in and have a look at our unique designs with large and small homes available for inspection by appointment only.read more
Thursday, October 01, 2015
There are many ways of creating wealth and property is one of them. Let's face it, land is not a commodity that's going to be made in the future.
At Berstan Homes we have the ability of constructing a dwelling on the land and this will provide a passive rental income and of course capital growth. Some areas gain capital growth every year with very few not. We have many investment opportunities available for the property investor.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
We have incorporated several wallpaper feature walls throughout our new display homes in Doreen.
The choices of wallpaper designs and styles have come a long way since 1970's and are a great way of creating a feature within the home.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Boring and Pouring bore piers on a fill site in Doreen.
Many cost cutting builders are not installing bore piers and saving the cost, however this is creating a big problem with cracking for the owners. I have been doing plenty of inspections lately and this is becoming more apparent with cracking and severe defects throughout the home. Marketing company builders are at this stage some of the main culprits.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Trees! We need them and we would not be able to live without them, but they can be deadly. In the years 1968 to 2005 there have been 69 deaths by falling limbs from trees. So caution must be taken when in and around trees. Building a home near trees is certainly something that many do without thinking through the possibility of limbs falling and causing injury and/or damage to their home. Trees drop limbs to survive and it isread more
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
We currently have several sites in the north where I am very concerned about what's happening with foundations. The builders on either side of our home builds are not putting any bore piers in and it is clearly a filled site of 0.900 mm plus.
By not putting in a structural support for the slab it will fail over time. In both cases the builders are sub-contracting to marketing companies. For everyone who is not familiar with this practice it'sread more
Monday, September 21, 2015
A great way to create width in a narrow building is to incorporate a corner window and by doing this it helps open the facade up. There are many different styles to choose from being aluminium or timber in construction.
Friday, September 18, 2015
A friend of mine who is the maintenance manager for one of the major home builders in Melbourne says they have a major problem on their hands. The use of MDF skirting in the wet areas is causing plenty of trouble with swelling once any moisture comes in contact with it.
This building company currently has 400+ homes that are affected and many more as time goes on. MDF is not suitable for wet area use and should not beread more
Thursday, September 17, 2015
How a feature tile can change the look of the whole room.
Sticking with the standard white tile is safe and with the inclusion of a feature tile running vertical in both shower and possibly around the bath is the perfect way to create interest in a wet area.read more
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
We are finding with most of our clients lately are requesting timber windows for their front facades. I feel the reason is simple, timber windows create a warm look and are more aesthetically pleasing. By only using timber windows on the front facade and aluminium to the remaining cuts down the need for maintenance if all windows were timber.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Many knock down rebuilds are being built without a lot of interest being shown to existing trees and this could very easily become a problem.
We are currently doing a knock down new build in Donvale and just next door I have noticed a large planting of trees some would be 30 metres tall. The trees have no under foliage and no lower support trees for wind deflection. On further investigation I found out the trees were an old plantingread more
Monday, September 14, 2015
A family friend of ours is the maintenance manager for a leading Melbourne home building company who build around 1800 homes a year. They have had 11 plaster ceiling collapses in the last 12 months and still they don't use battens on their ceilings. The cost of the ceiling battens for an 18 square home is around $1,400 and should be installed in all homes. So, this company saves around $2.5 million each year on not battening their homes. Aread more
Friday, September 11, 2015
At our local Freedom store in the Northern Homeware centre (across the road from Northland shopping centre) we have found a couch for one of our display homes and it will fit in perfectly.
The leathers colour and style suits out décor in our Stockton26 display.read more
Thursday, September 10, 2015
We have installed some metal screen art in one of our display homes and what a difference they have made to the alfresco dining area.
Creating privacy and not blocking out to much sun on those lovely sunny days. The panels are available at Bunnings, Masters, and Mitre10 stores and are very cost effective.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Over the past few months we have been looking for suitable pieces of varied furniture and home ware items. We found Freedom Furniture a source of numerous items. They offered a no nonsense approach with their knowledge and were very helpful with our selection process of various display home items.
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Over the weekend we dropped into our local Freedom furniture store at the northern home makers centre. What a treasure chest of furniture, art, curtains and more we found.
We purchased some curtains for our new display centre and they offered a great and varied selection to choose from. I must add the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.read more
Monday, September 07, 2015
A few clients have asked lately how they do exposed concrete. The concrete mix is basically the same as standard concrete with different size aggregate. Once the concrete is laid and trowelled it is then left for several hours depending on the weather. After the concrete has had a chance to cure you use a high pressure hose and it will wash away the top layer and the aggregate is left for view.
Friday, September 04, 2015
Many clients are requesting exposed aggregate driveways when they do a knock down new build. Here is an example of a driveway with just one of the colours available to choose from.
Costs are around $42 m/2 over the standard coloured concrete driveway cost.
Thursday, September 03, 2015
It has come to my attention that there is an estate where the developer and their builder friend have successfully sold all lots to foreign investors. The properties have been sold with the intention of all homes to be put on the rental market with all proceeds heading off shore.
This type of selling and marketing has many long term effects on the surrounding estates and neighbourhood. The 200 plus properties are being built by one of Melbourne's largest houseread more
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Many of our clients are just plain sick of coloured concrete driveways and are choosing exposed aggregate and what a difference it makes to your homes appeal. Something to consider is the cost and it ranges around $40m/2, more so not a large cost to transform your homes looks.
Monday, August 31, 2015
A visitor to our face book page has asked the question what is a waffle pod? A waffle pod is a polystyrene product designed for the support of concrete within a concrete slab. Basically a waffle pod takes the place of the raft slab which uses packing sand to create the beams and slab support. The waffle pod system saves on time and expense of making up the beams with sand.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Berstan Homes have currently been asked by many clients for fire pits. A fire pit can easily be made from Austral retaining wall blocks which are the perfect shape.
Bunnings and Masters also sell metal fire pits and cost around $90 upwards so they are not an expensive item and will lead to hours of enjoyment.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Berstan Homes is currently able to offer a turn-key package in the exciting Eucalypt Estate for the low price of $290k which is ready to move in.
Stockland and Berstan only offer a limited amount of these affordable homes every year and they have sold very fast leaving one package available. Located in the Northern end of the estate with easy access to Craigieburn Road.read more
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
With the current financial climate the Reserve Bank is more than likely to reduce interest rates even further. What a great opportunity to take advantage of these historical lows by buying an investment property. Berstan Homes currently have several properties to choose from with turn key packages starting at $290k and an estimated rental return of $300 per week. These investments are offering around a 5% plus return and a return like that won't be found by putting your moneyread more
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
A great way to include a feature around your home is the lining of a fence with blue board and render. This is a simple process and is the perfect job for the home handy person.
The blue board can easily be purchased at any hardware shop for example, Bunnings, Masters, Mitre 10 ,ETC for around $32 for a 2.440 x 1.200 sheet. Fixing of the board can be either screwed or nailed. Once the sheets are fixed in placeread more