Wednesday, April 08, 2015
With an increase of homes starting to all have the same look many of our clients are seeking a point of difference.
The addition of a stone feature wall can add this to a home and create an outstanding look and a talking point for years to come.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Aurora estate is a master planned community owned and being developed by the state government.
Berstan Homes currently have 12 homes under stages of construction or development within the Aurora estate.
With Construction of the new shopping centre featuring Coles and speciality shops are starting shortly and completion scheduled for 2016.
Now is the time to purchase a home and land package and take advantage of these prices before the shopping complex is completed.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
One of the benefits of doing a knock down rebuild with Berstan Homes is that you are able to stay in the same area that you know and love.
Through doing a knock down rebuild you remain, generally speaking, in an area that is already established with amenities. Knock down rebuild saves the worry of having to make new friends like you would if you bought a new home.
By choosing to do a knock down rebuild with Berstanread more
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Access issues at many knock down rebuild sites are often a problem faced by builders.
In this particular case, overhead wiring was directly where we needed to get our concrete pumped from, so we decided to use a line pump in lieu of the often used boom crane pump.
Monday, March 30, 2015
The design of your home is very important for easy living with this in mind our designers have created practical functional living zones.
We have a choice of 2 bedroom homes and all come with their own secure garage parking. All homes are built on land with its own title and have no body corporate fees.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Berstan Homes has just been awarded a knock down rebuild project in Rosanna and the clients are cashing in there extra land.
The knock down rebuild consists of the demolition of the existing home and the new build of two homes on the same site. estimates for the knock down new build are showing the costs involved for the project are close to being negative once the second home is sold.
This is a great way for the clients toread more
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A client came to me over the weekend and claimed a major new home builder in Melbourne was over charging for fly-screens.
On further investigation I found the claim had substance and the company was charging 700% over the cost of the fly-screens. An average home of 20 squares has a fly-screen cost of $280 dollars so the company concerned is certainly charging way over the costs it should be. Most building companies put a margin on their goods atread more
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Berstan Homes has construction well under-way at our knock down rebuild site at Porter Street, Templestowe. The existing home has now been demolished and the concrete slab is down ready for framing to start shortly.
The home selected by our clients at this knock down rebuild site is the Berstan Homes Florence a French provincial home of some 50 plus squares. There are many features to this beautiful home just one that comes to mind is the grand entrance staircaseread more
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Berstan Homes is one of Victoria's leading home builders and a name you can trust. In partnership with our developer Berstan Homes can offer outstanding value for money and a quality built home with land in some of the best areas in the North. The homes have been custom designed by our drafting team for low maintenance and easy living with all the comforts you would expect.
Monday, March 23, 2015
When considering a knock down rebuild your land size is a very important factor. The land must be large enough for your purpose and easements can also play a major role in the ability to build your project.
Thought must also be put into the access for the rear property if two or more homes are to be built on the site.
Friday, March 20, 2015
When doing your research into knock down rebuilds, one item often overlooked are the councils views on knock down rebuilds. There are without a doubt some councils that are very challenging to deal with.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
I had some clients come to me to discuss their first home requirements over the weekend nothing out of the ordinary there I thought. Over the next few days I found them a great block of land in the Mernda Villages estate and I priced an Onella18 Berstan home on the site and fixed the price no more to pay. I then sent the details to the client who replied back with a much lower price with a major volumeread more
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Berstan Homes has just completed a knock down rebuild in Melbourne with a very unique kitchen feature.
The kitchen has been arranged in a U-shape with a twist, on the rear wall are a group of what looks like cupboards with full length doors.
Behind these doors on one side the pantry and the other hides the laundry working area. Laundries and pantries are not really attractive areas but by using this method we have been able to create aread more
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Many Developers talk of great amenity in their estates and most of the time it is just talk. Berstan Homes have been building quality homes in Stockland Estates now for many years and find that Stockland not only talk about great amenity but also deliver in their numerous estates throughout Australia. Some of their Estates in Victoria which come to mind are Mernda Villages Mernda and Highlands in Craigieburn. These two Estates are glowing examples of master planned communities boastingread more
Monday, March 16, 2015
Many of clients commonly ask about our shower bases. Berstan Homes choose tiled shower bases in most cases due to their functionality and appeal.
There is a limitless amount of different tiles available in the numerous tile stores and just as many layout and combinations that can be achieved creating a stunning effect.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
We have been experiencing lately a few of our clients requesting a pond to be part of our landscaping. With the lots getting increasingly smaller it can leave some challenges, however with a little imagination these obstacles can be overcome. Ponds are of great interest to young and old alike creating a space for adventure and wonderment
Friday, March 13, 2015
Berstan were able to accommodate any unique requests that they had. Jo and Any were overseas for most of the build but were surprised at how easy the process was to manage remotely. Berstan Homes took care of every little detail and made sure they moved into the home that they imagined. Berstan Homes made the building process seem easy.read more
Friday, March 13, 2015
John and Amanda were very happy with Berstan's personal service, right from the initial point of contact right through to the end. It was smooth sailing for the entire build. Berstan promised that they would have the best house in the street and as John and Amanda testify, that is what they got. Berstan were more than happy to take their time to answer any questions that they had. They were good with the little things which helped a lot.read more
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Many knock down rebuild clients have been disappointed with council decisions with regards to the facade details and buildings allowed to be built.
An easy answer to this is before you purchase the land have a good look around the area for similar home builds and these can be used as reference by your planner with council liaison.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
There are many reasons people why should now be buying new homes.
Interest rates are going down even further.
Reduced stamp duty on your purchase, only paying on the land saving you thousands of dollars.
Close to the city only 27km.
Brand new home with all the warranties that go with it.
Stop paying off someone else's home and start paying off your own home.
Total fix price contracts available so no hidden extras.
Berstan Homes an Australian family buildingread more
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Berstan Homes has just completed a knock down rebuild in Oak Park and the entire floor area was Bamboo. Many of our clients are now choosing Bamboo rather than conventional timber flooring for numerous reasons.
Bamboo is a sustainable product being fast growing and low impact harvesting for the environment. The look of the Bamboo is very similar to conventional timber flooring and very cost effective in comparison.
Friday, March 06, 2015
An item that is overlooked by many when doing a knock down rebuild for profit are the tax implications. With everybody's circumstances being different I would strongly recommend a consult with a CPA to determine ones option and possible tax exposure.
Thursday, March 05, 2015
Berstan Homes has selected Hazelcroft estate in Doreen for the construction of their new display village. The display village will consist of 3 homes; The Astoria46, The Stockton26 and the Javier17.
This is a perfect combination of the prestige high end Astoria range to the exclusive style and quality of the Stockton26 leaving the Javier17 being a quality built affordable home.
We are setting this display village up to cater for all tastes and styles of our clients. Showing theread more
Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Problem garden areas exist in knock down rebuilds and estate builds alike. A way we tackle these areas is with crushed rock and concrete paving slabs. Pre-made concrete slabs are readily available at most hardware stores and garden supply outlets.
With simply levelling the area and allowing a slight gradient away from the home, add the slabs and fill the surrounds with crushed rock. It is very important to allow a gradient for any water to fall away from theread more
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
A great way to cover an ugly area or create privacy in part of your garden is to introduce a timber slatted fence screen. These pre-made timber screens are readily available at your local hardware shop at a reasonable price and look amazing.
Monday, March 02, 2015
Twelve months ago Berstan Homes started a knock down rebuild in Essendon and the project is now near completion. This build was a little challenging due to its fall and size of the land. Construction involved a single story semi detached home and a tri-level home with partially underground parking. The build had many unique features including bamboo flooring throughout, hidden laundry and pantry all integrated into the kitchen working zone.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Berstan Homes are currently offering retirement packages starting at $300k and are a complete turnkey product. The homes are styled with easy care options low maintenance gardens, easy access kitchens and low care flooring solutions.
Mernda Villages in Mernda
Eucalypt estate Wollert
Highlands estate Craigieburn
These homes are being constructed with easy retirement living in mind. The properties have their own titles and no body corporate or management fees. You own the property outright and have no ongoingread more
Thursday, February 26, 2015
There are many factors and considerations that need to be investigated when proposing a knock down rebuild. One major item that is often overlooked by purchasers is the setbacks of the joining properties dwellings.
The setbacks of the neighbouring properties will determine the front setback for your new build. The existing setbacks if too large can in some cases impact the ability to build a second dwelling at the rear of the proposed knock down rebuild site, which would haveread more
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
A client came to me over the weekend and claimed a major new home builder in Melbourne was overcharging for fly-screens.
On further investigation I found the claim has substance and the company was charging 700% over the cost of the fly-screens. An average home of 20 squares has a fly-screen cost of $280 so the company concerned is certainly charging way over the costs it should be.
Most building companies put a margin on their goods and services suppliedread more
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Stockland Mernda Villages has released another stage at Mernda with 6 lots selling on the day of the release. The lots are sized 213m/2 up to 800m/2 with prices starting at $133k to $298k.
Berstan Homes are working with Stockland and have packages including land starting at $289,500k up to the Astoria32 on 800m/2 coming in at $618k.
An average 400m/2 lot is selling for $195k which is comparable to most estates in the Mernda area. Berstan Homes and Stocklandread more