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.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Mr and Mrs D came to me last week looking for a knock down rebuild price on their land 860m/2 and a corner lot.
We discussed the possibility of constructing two town houses and the costs associated. Demolition came in at $14k and the construction for two 25 square homes around $650k they were very interested. We are currently designing the two town homes with an intention of lodging a planning application to the Manningham council in six week time. read more
Friday, September 19, 2014
Mernda Villages is entering their 8th year and sales are stronger than ever with Mernda Villages currently selling over 20 lots per month. The first residence moved into Mernda Villages in 2007 and there have been some massive changes since then. The construction of the town centre with Woolworths and 20 speciality shops with plenty of free parking.
One of the stand out features of the shopping centre is the ability to park so close to the shops unlike manyread more
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Kallo at Mickleham/Donnybrook is a boutique estate offering over 730 home sites.
As the estate grows there will be schools, maternal child health services, town centre incorporating shopping centres and speciality shops. There are also 5 hectares of football ovals and sporting facilities 22 Hectares of parklands surrounding the Merri Creek. One main feature of the Kallo estate is the close proximity of the train station being only 10 minute walk and a 35 minute ride to the CBD. read more
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
What a broad item to discuss, many younger clients come to us with ideas of buying properties well beyond their means and this can lead to many problems. Most want their big dream home first off without really being able to afford it so the finance is tailored to suit their payment capabilities at the moment.
All people know that circumstances can change so quickly from there being a duel income to a single income overnight. I suggest to myread more
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Interest rates are at all-time lows and now are the time to take advantage and lock in a good rate. Buying an investment property is a great way to grow personal wealth and save on your tax.
Buying a new home is also a great way to save on stamp duty because when building a new home you only pay stamp duty on the land.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
A client of mine contacted me yesterday with a problem; he and his wife are looking at travelling around many sites in this great country of ours in a caravan. Fantastic ideas however they have no where to store their caravan at their present property when they are not touring.
They own their home in an inner Melbourne suburb and have it on the market and are looking are releasing some equity. Their plan is to purchase a new homeread more
Monday, September 15, 2014
Berstan Homes is currently working on a knock down rebuild in Templestowe. The project has involved the demolition of a 1970's home and the replacement with a French provincial home by Berstan Homes known as the Florence51.
A stunningly designed home from the grand entrance with wrought iron balustrade staircase to the grand master bedroom and traditional European ensuite. Some of the other features are formal dining, formal lounge, theatre room, open plan living, cellar, guest bedroom with ensuite andread more
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Several new estates by Stockland have been spoken of and the stand out is Lockerbie. A 1125 hectare estate with an expected 11,500 home sites. A massive project spanning over 30 years and is located only 35 km from Melbourne'S CBD.
A little history about Lockerbie the property was once owned by Ernie Burgess, a family furniture manufacturer from Melbourne. Ernie owned several rural holdings with Lockerbie just being one of many.
I first came across Ernie in the lateread more
Friday, September 12, 2014
After a huge success of the small lot campaign, Berstan & Stockland have combined again to offer more lot packages in the North. With strong demand of these value packages in the Eucalypt estate Wollert and the Mernda Villages estate Mernda we have now decided to add the small lot packages into the Highlands estate Craigieburn.
The packages are offered at under $300k and are suitable for a mixture of clients from first home buyers to down sizes or singles.read more
Thursday, September 11, 2014
As our population gets older, people are looking for housing solution for the older members of their family and duel occupancy is definitely an option worth considering.
A client came to me some 12 months ago with a common situation my client's mother was living in a large home and maintenance of the home was becoming an increasing problem at her age. The home was a double story and way too large for a single person and the stairs wereread more
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Berstan and Stockland are currently offering single deposit and no more pay until complete investment packages in the many leading Stockland estates across the Northern growth corridor.
The estates that are participating are Mernda Villages Mernda, Eucalypt estate Wollert and the Highlands estate Craigieburn the packages range from $399k to $400k and offer a complete turnkey investment solution.
The quality build of the packages and the location of the estates will lead to strong growth in the years to come.read more
Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Mr T from Donvale is currently renting a property and would like to live in his own home in the Eastern suburbs, preferably in the Donvale area.
Mr T's father owns a 690 m/2 site in Donvale, the site has an existing home which is rented out. Mr T came to me looking at the possibility of a knockdown rebuild of two homes on this site. I inspected the site and the existing home is in fairly good condition. Iread more
Monday, September 08, 2014
A waffle pod is a polystyrene mould which comes in several sizes and all are x 1.090mm.
175mm for an A class slab
225mm for an S class slab
300mm for an M class slab
375mm for an H class slab
The waffle pod takes the part of form work to help internal beams in the slab. With a conventional raft slab you would need to form the pads up out of packing clay and consider excavation between the pads.read more
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Mr & Mrs M from Ivanhoe have a knock down rebuild currently under way with Berstan Homes. Mr & Mrs M were living in an old existing home that just did not suit their needs any more, so they decided to contact me to discuss their options.
They wanted a 35s/q double storey home for themselves and two smaller homes for a rental income to help with their retirement plans. With a land size 1000m/2 we were able to fitread more
Friday, September 05, 2014
Essendon, what a great location close to everything from shops, transport, CBD and more. We have started a knock down rebuild in Kerr street Essendon and what a transformation from old to new.
The old home shown is well passed it's used by date and ready for demolition and a classic for a knockdown rebuild. The demolition has been completed and the new construction is well under way.
The new dwellings we are building are interesting to build with theread more
Thursday, September 04, 2014
The Stockland spring campaign was launched Monday night at the Harbour kitchen at Docklands Melbourne. The event was very well supported by Stockland's builder partners including Berstan Homes.
Appropriate numbers for the evening were at 120 guests who enjoying an abundance of food and a few beverages. The Stockland team were very excited about the campaign with some very interesting statistics about their sales in current estates.
Most of the builder partners were very happy with their current sales levelread more
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Over the last couple of months we have had enquiries about providing a finished home and land package. Enquiries have come from investors and home owners with lenders looking more favourably at existing buildings for lending purposes.
So Berstan and Stockland have put their heads together and have come up with a perfect solution. The land and package is selected in one of the many Stockland estates and a deposit is made with no more to pay till handover ofread more
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Do you need to have any fall protection if you work on a roof?
All of our sites have fall protection to protect roofing contractors and all other trades from falling off the roof.
See photos for the fall protection now used and should be used on all sites to protect workers from falls. When I did my building apprenticeship in the 70's, we had no fall protection and many building contractors had falls from roofs.
Lucky that nowadaysread more
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Concrete base is a rock based material placed and levelled under the polythene prior to the form work and reinforcing then concrete.
See attached photo shows the base, which is crushed rock and is around 50mm to 100mm thick. The need for a smaller aggregate with rounded edges, so the perforation to the polythene is avoided. If a raft slab is being used the use of rock material is not used packing sand takes it's place to form the pods.read more
Friday, August 29, 2014
Mr & Mrs S from Nunawading are looking at a knockdown rebuild on a property they purchased in 2008 for $480k. They have been looking at the new estates and haven't been happy with the locations.
Their property in Nunawading has everything they need from their children's schooling requirements to public transport and close proximity to numerous shopping centres.
The brief for this knockdown rebuild was for the demolition of the existing house and the design and construction of aread more
Thursday, August 28, 2014
We are currently building one of our Astoria32's in Lalor and the owners are very happy with the progress. After looking at the large corporate builders the owners chose Berstan Homes for their personal attention knowing that a personal approach would not be possible with larger building companies.
The Astoria32 is currently under construction in the Carlingford Estate Lalor, a boutique estate in the middle of Lalor. Carlingford has suitable developer guidelines to ensure the homes built within the estateread more
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
A client asked me a question last weekend how do you stop the wall frames from falling over?
Temporary bracing is the answer and these braces take the up any movement in the structure until the permanent bracing can be secured.
See photo of the temporary bracing and you will see the bracing is at 90 degrees to the wall framing creating the support.
The weight of the wall is transferred to the foundation with the frame sitting on theread more
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Shiralee17 has turned out to be a very popular design this year with strong sales. The purchasers are mixed between young family's, singles and retiree's. The Shiralee comes standard with a good size alfresco and with it's open plan living design is very popular.
A main feature that has proven to be a winner is the master bedroom being located at the rear of the home. The laundry is of great working size and the size you would expect fromread more
Friday, August 22, 2014
Berstan Homes has just completed a knock down rebuild in Forest Hill with the demolition of an existing 1950's home and the new construction of a Shiralee27.
The Shiralee27 has some great features, one being the hugh extended garage area with roller door to the rear of the garage for boat. trailer. caravan access. The extended garage with a length of 8 metres leaves plenty of room for a workshop and storage if required.
Open plan living with easy alfrescoread more
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Mrs H from Ringwood has decided to look into a knock down rebuild with her property in Ringwood.
Mrs H bought the home in Ringwood for $170k in the 1970's and owes no money on the mortage. The home is situated on a 1200m/2 piece of land and would be able to accommodate 4 home units.
The build cost would be around $995k and Mrs H is going to sell 3 of the homes and retain one home for herself.read more
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The Tiana17 by Berstan Homes is a solution for corner lots and able to suit most size blocks with customisation. Offering a choice of 3 or 4 bedrooms and a single or double garage option the Tiana can accommodate most of your family's requirements. read more
Corner lots are even cost effective option in new estates due to the major builder's not having a stamp type design to suit them, so this is a way of saving on your homeread more
Monday, August 18, 2014
I have recently noticed the custom building section of our business has increased by some 25%. I believe this is happening due to consumer awareness of an option to go custom in lieu of the larger stamp type builders.
The cost of a custom design is very similar to a stamp build, but you actually get what you want. Many families have specific requirements and expectations for their new home that cannot be achieved with a stamp type home build.read more
Friday, August 15, 2014
Mr & Mrs T from Vermont have been considering a knockdown rebuild of their 1950's home in Vermont. Their home in Vermont was purchased in 1980's for under $200k and is valued today at $580k, they are looking at a knockdown rebuild with the construction of two new 4 bedroom town houses.
Cost for the rebuild would be around $660k including the demolition of their existing old home and all associated costs. With the sale price of new 4 bedroomread more