Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Hazelcroft estate in Doreen is a boutique estate offering many unique advantages for their new residents. The developer of the estate is AVJennings and they are sparing no expense when it comes to the large parks and gardens throughout the estate.
The grand entry is currently being constructed with the combination of rock and timber feature walls. The close proximity of the estate to the prestige’s Ivanhoe Grammar is also proving to be a draw card for many families withread more
Monday, October 27, 2014
Last week I had a client come to me with an interesting situation he was trying to find a suitable home for his family. That shouldn't be to hard you would think, problem is he has seven people in his family and all want separate bedrooms. So he as inquiring about a knock down rebuild in the Blackburn, Box Hill, Forest Hill area. Looking for a home that suites your every need is very difficult and most of the time youread more
Friday, October 24, 2014
I had a call today enquiring about a knock down rebuild and it was typical. Home owner has an older home located inner West of the city and they had obtained several quotations for an extension. Cheapest quote was $195k and didn't include everything they really wanted it to. If they had decided to go down the extension path they would have an old home at the front and would still require considerable maintenance due to the weather board constructionread more
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Depending on the kitchen design a very helpful addition to the alfresco dining experience is the inclusion of a servery window. Having a window from kitchen to alfresco is an easy and inexpensive add-on to most homes.
With the servery window open it allows the kitchen and alfresco to become one area with ease of serving meals, drinks and helps create a great area for both living and entertaining.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
How to start a knock down rebuild
Drop us an email or call for an appointment with a Berstan Homes consultant. The consultant will come and visit you to discuss the possibilities of the knock down rebuild on your property. What your ideas are and if a single new home or a multiple of new homes are achievable. Many of our clients contract Berstan Homes to build a single new larger home on their existing site with the many designread more
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
New home heating and cooling.
Brivis have a great product on the market, gas add on air-conditioning which is refrigerated air-conditioning and is far more economical in comparison to running split systems on electricity. The system uses the same duct work for both heating and cooling. At Berstan Homes we are experiencing strong support for this Brivis system in our new homes.
Monday, October 20, 2014
We have been experiencing an increased number of enquiries
from the Northcote area for knock down rebuilds lately. Most of the them
have been dual occupancy queries and are proving to be very cost
effective. The clients have several scenarios, easier care for older
family members, rental income and the sale of the second dwelling to help
contribute to the financing of the owners retained home. By doing a
knock down rebuild, all of the above scenarios are covered.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Knock down rebuild.
Many home owners are caught in an awkward position, they love the area where they have lived for many years, however their houses are no longer suited to them. So what are their options? Move and buy a new home or buy an existing home, the problems is that new homes (and old) come with issues and both attract agents costs and stamp duties. One of the biggest difficulties is moving to a new suburb and loosingread more
Thursday, October 16, 2014
New Home Builder
At Berstan we are supplying Parador German made laminated floor as a standard feature to all main areas. With over fifteen different styles to choose from our supplier and installer Carpet Call is looking forward to the new product range.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
We are currently costing up a knock down rebuild project in Park Orchards. The existing old home on the lot was constructed in the 1960s and ready for a knock down rebuild. As the client was quoted recently, for the renovation and extension to the existing home with prices around $500k. and are looking at spending around $430k, they were wondering if this price was achievable for a 42 square designer home. Including the demolition of the existing home andread more
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
I have been looking at so many designs lately and noticing that the laundries are so small. How anybody is going to be able to comfortably do any work in them is beyond me.
Most of our designs and in particular all the custom designs we do have a good size working laundry. We find that most of our clients complain about current designs on the market and they have issues with the workability of the area. A good size bench area is aread more
Monday, October 13, 2014
Sustainability and knock down rebuild go hand in hand due to the new sustainability standard in the new home. Water is a key area of saving with the Wels ratings system controlling water flow and ultimately saving water. The Average Australian homes uses 200,000 litres a year and with the new Wels system new homes use 110,000 litres which is approximately a 45% reduction in usage. Larger savings can be made with the use of a plumbed to service waterread more
Friday, October 10, 2014
By renovating an old home that has little or no energy efficiency and replacing it with a minimum 6 star rating new home makes sense.
Not only is the environment the winner but the new home owner can save money on energy costs and have peace of mind their new home is having a lower impact on the environment.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Monday 8th September was the start of the Stockland spring campaign. Berstan Homes have home and land packages in the campaign with all Lots covered with prices starting at $295k up to the popular Berstan Homes Astoria32 package being $550k.
All packages are including a full turnkey solution and of course a quality build all our clients have come to expect from Berstan Homes.
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Over the weekend I met up with a couple wanting to do a knock down rebuild in Coburg. The couple had purchased a property in Coburg that had a proposed planning permit for the construction of three units.Instead of going down this path and constructing the units the couple have decided to knock down the old house and rebuild an Astoria32 with a few custom design alterations to suit their family needs.
The meeting was held at a Berstan Homesread more
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Could be affected by the budget due to lack of confidence in the market by new home buyers. A lack of confidence is creating uncertain times for investors and new home buyers alike. Once people realize the budget will probably be blocked in the senate confidence will soon be restored.
Monday, October 06, 2014
We have been seeing strong enquiry of late from clients interested in costings for knock down rebuilds in Templestowe and Templestowe Lower lately. With so many residents getting to retirement age in the area it is little wonder they want to cash in their land investment and down size.
With average price for townhouse around $800k plus for 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 car townhouses a knock down rebuild is proving to be a real solution heading into retirement.
Saturday, October 04, 2014
When looking for a new home as an investment property the key train of thought should on facilities. What is located close to the new home or what will be coming to the area in close proximity to that new home?
Friday, October 03, 2014
The best way to capitalize on your land and reap the benefits. By utilizing your existing land and building several new homes is an ideal way of making money by selling the new homes or renting them out for a passive income for your retirement or investment.
A knock down rebuild is a relatively simple process if you engage the right building company for the project. The company you require for this process is not only a builder but aread more
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Berstan Homes is now selling and installing Bamboo flooring to nearly 40% of all new homes built. It has been a great success since Berstan Homes has introduced the Bamboo flooring range as a selection choice.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
My wife and I Just want to say a special thanks for your patience and commitment to us as we waited for our house to sell in Epping and for your expertise and willingness to design and build a home using our ideas. The whole building experience with Mark and Paul was effortless, our home is just what we both wanted and we would highly recommend Berstan Homes to our friends and family.
Alex & Veronica P.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Problem solving with knock down rebuild in Mitcham. Interesting problem with some of our clients in Mitcham the old home was situated on Whitehorse Road and the traffic noise was driving my clients mad. They have been looking for a suitable property with their chosen area of Mitcham but have been unsuccessful.
The homes are either too small or of poor design so problem being what to do. The answer was a knock down rebuild in Mitcham their chosen suburb. Withread more
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Buying a new home off the plan means you purchase a property without the home building component being in place. This concept is not new but there are many advantages.
Large savings in stamp duty because you only pay tax on the land component not the home building.
Depending on the home building company chosen you could have varying amounts of input into the selection of the homes interior.
Your new homes facade input is not always possible due toread more
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Retirement living shouldn't be hard and finding a suitable home at an affordable price is not a challenge with Berstan Homes. We have homes for sale under $300k and are located in the best estates available with all properties under 30km from the CBD Melbourne.
Our homes feature low maintenance gardens, easy use kitchens, secure garage parking and low maintenance floor coverings. Another great feature is the rear decking for those days in the sun reading a good book inread more
Friday, September 26, 2014
Mr and Mrs W came to see me with a common scenario. An old home in Blackburn purchased in the 1980's at a very low price considering today’s prices. Their problem is they are looking to retire and the home requires major repairs including re-stumping.
The land size is 750m/2 and is situated on a side street with town houses already constructed in the same street. My advice was to knock down the old and rebuild two new town houses.read more
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Berstan Homes and Stockland are pleased to announce another release of our special price packages at the Eucalypt Estate in Wollert.
There are a limited number available each year and this year is no exception with just 8 properties being released. With 3 of the properties already sold we are not expecting them to be around long. A quality build and value for money are the main factors with this product and by having a complete turnkey price of $285read more
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
We are currently quoting many knock down rebuilds in the Box Hill area. Most lots are of good size and suitable for knock down rebuilds. The council for the Box Hill area is Whitehorse and they are very helpful with the many applications being submitted.
With Box Hill offering everything from Hospitals to schools and shopping centres a plenty it is little wonder so many people are wanting to call Box Hill home with a knock down rebuild being aread more
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Berstan Homes and Stockland have combined again in releasing another group of affordable home and land packages on White Bark Street in the Eucalypt estate.
The last release of eight packages sold out in 4 weeks so we expect the release to sell out quickly. The new home Epping market is very strong at the moment with most estates struggling to keep up with soon to title stock. Eucalypt estate in Epping/Wollert is a master planned community with magnificent parklandread more
Monday, September 22, 2014
A transport forum will be held at the Mernda Activity centre on Sunday September 28th from 2 pm until 4:30. All residents living with the affected areas of Whittlesea should attend, as a show of strength to send a clear message to the State Government that we really need the rail line extended to Mernda.
Find out more details here.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Greens candidate Daniel Sacchero first to support the access denied campaign by announcing the Greens will start working on the rail network to Mernda as soon as possible after the election.
The postcard part of the Access denied campaign has now hit a huge 6500 and still plenty of time to go until the election. Berstan Homes strongly supports the Access denied campaign and are looking forward to the major parties committing to the construction of the rail service.