Before & After… Berwick Decking

Berwick Decking… Before & After Who doesn’t love a good before and after decking? We get so much satisfaction from all our jobs, however we love …

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Why choose Top Shelf Building & Carpentry?

Over the years, we have found there are some common complaints regarding tradies (of any kind). These are; “they never turned up” “they came out to quote …

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Clematis Home Extension – Part 4

Stage 4: Internal Fit Out We’re excited to share the last part of our blog post series for the home extension in Clematis, Victoria. Parts 1, …

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Clematis Home Extension – Part 3

Stage 3: Lock Up (External Cladding) Welcome back to our blog series on the home extension we completed in Clematis, Victoria. Today we’re focusing on the “lock …

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Clematis Home Extension – Part 2

We’re excited to share Stage 2 of the extension with you in Clematis, Victoria. Stage 1 of the renovation can be seen in our earlier …

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Clematis Home Extension – Part 1

We had a busy end to 2017, finishing off a 42sqm home extension in the gorgeous hills of Mount Dandenong in Clematis. 2018 started just …

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Meet the team… Who are we?

When choosing a builder, you want to know the person or people who are going to be in and around your home. You want to be …

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3 types of feature screens for your backyard

Adding a “feature screen” to your outdoor area is not only innovative and decorative, but it provides you with a very functional purpose. Having a …

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Protecting your pergola/ verandah

Once you’ve decided to build a new pergola or verandah, you want it to look amazing and be painted, sealed and protected from the weather elements. Here …

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Tips for designing your outdoor space

Adding an outdoor space to your home is one of the most popular renovations people in Australia do, as it allows you to enjoy the great …

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The difference between hardwood & softwood timbers

You may have heard the terms “hardwood” and “softwood” when speaking of timber, however the difference is not as straightforward as it may sound. The …

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What is Composite Decking?

Composite Decking is decking boards made out of recycled products including: recycled timber fibres recycled plastics natural minerals; and polymer resins. There are various brands of …

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Do you know what a BAL rating is?

If you’ve live in the suburbs surrounded by open landscapes and are interested in building a new outdoor structure or extend or renovating your home… your …

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Pergola vs Verandah – What is the difference?

What is the difference between a pergola and a verandah? A pergola is: A flat or pitched roofed structure (is open-aired, shade cloth roofing or shade batons) …

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How do we build?

Happy New Year! Today on the Builders Blog, we have a different type of post for you. We’re sharing with you, one of our time …

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What is a Registered Building Practitioner?

A Registered Building Practitioner is an individual who is registered with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) to carry out building works, both residentially and commercially. There are …

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Building Contracts… what are they?

A building contract is a written legal document to be completed should you: be building a new home plan to repair or renovate your existing …

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What is an “owner builder” and can you be one?

An owner builder is someone who is capable of supervising and taking on building works on their own property and land. An owner builder could: …

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What type of roofing is best for your pergola, carport or verandah?

Adding a pergola, carport or verandah to your home, can add additional space and increase the overall value of your property. To ensure you create …

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What type of timber is best for my decking?

There are many types of timber available to use to build your decking. It can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing about which one to choose. …

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Do you need a building permit for your building works?

A common question we are asked is if a building permit is required for the structure to be built. The key factors in determining if …

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Tips for choosing the right builder.

Choosing a builder to complete works at your home is an important decision. You need to choose a builder with whom you feel comfortable and …

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10 tips for keeping your deck clean

Your decking is a great investment and addition to your home. By ensuring you keep on top of your deck care maintenance throughout the year, …

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