Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Keep Mozzies Away - The Natural Way!

We're sure every single one of our customers has experienced the red, itchy bumps that comes with a mozzie bite. 
Here at Branson's, we want our customers to be able to make the most of their renovations - inside & outside!

9/10, people will turn to store bought insect repellents to keep mozzies away, but these insect repellents often contain a toxic pesticide that is dangerous to human and even pet health. 

So we've done some research, and here's the most popular NATURAL ways to keep the mozzies at bay!

Citronella essential oil  is one of the best natural mosquito repellents in the world.  Place a few candles around your patio or garden and create a mosquito proof barrier!

Lavender is loved by humans all over the world, but mozzies hate it! To keep mosquitoes out of your home, add a drop of lavender to ribbon and place around open windows. The mosquitoes will be thinking twice about entering your home!
You can also add approx 30 drops of 
lavender essential oil to two tablespoons of vegetable oil – such as olive oil – and rub onto exposed skin. Not only will you smell beautiful, but it will stop mosquitoes from landing on you!

“Bug Off” spray recipe that includes mosquito repelling essential oils such as citronella, lemongrass and eucalyptus. Spray this on your skin before heading outside.

Rosemary on the Barbie is another trick. Mozzies often like to crash a BBQ, but this simple trick will turn your barbecue into a natural mosquito repellent, while also adding delicious flavour to your food!
Throw a few stalks of rosemary on the hot coals to give off a mosquito repelling aroma.
Mozzie repelling plants – for example feverfew, citronella, catnip and lavender are some of the most effective. Plant these in flower beds or containers placed around your garden and help keep mozzies away with Mother Nature on side.
Eating lots of garlic will gently released from your pores. This garlic oil acts almost like a barrier between your skin and the mosquitoes. NOTE: May also repel humans. 

We hope this has helped a few of our customers make the most of enjoying their homes & outdoors!

Talk to Bransons Building Materials today: http://bransonsbuildingmaterial.com.au/

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

EOFY Renovations, Alterations & Extension to Investment Properties

Here are some tips from the Branson’s team about what tax time means for investment property repairs, extensions, renovations and more.

Claiming tax deductions on renovations to your investments can save you a lot of dollars, but there are many tips, tricks & traps you should be made aware of before you meet with your tax agent.

For first-time property investors, knowing the difference between deductions for capital works and depreciating assets is a good starting point.

The ATO will allow you to claim ‘capital works deductions’ for the construction costs of buildings, alterations, extensions (this includes bathroom and kitchen renos) or structural improvements such as a gazebo, deck, carport or retaining walls etc. These type of deductions are claimed at the rate of 2.5 per cent (usually) in the 40 years following construction, as materials such as bricks, concrete and windows are deemed to retain their worth longer.

However, deductions can only be claimed if the property was built after 17 July 1985.

Depreciating assets, also known as plant and equipment, are the parts of your investment property that the ATO deem to deteriorate quickly – such as dishwashers, ovens, dryers, air-conditioning units, carpets and blinds.
You will be able to claim a deduction based upon the effective life of each item, regardless of the date the property was built. Each item will have its own effective life span.

We separate the fact from fiction when it comes to tax time building deductions:

Timing is crucial– Fact

You are only able to claim deductions for the period that the property is rented, or is actually available for rent.
For example, if you purchased an investment property and had a tenant for a six month period – at the end of this time, you renovated the property and then moved in afterwards yourself. You would not be able to claim the removal of those items. It has to be an investment property again once you have completed the renovations.

You have to rent out a property for a six-month period to claim deductions – Fiction!

There’s no minimum time frame. If a tenant was in place for one month after settlement and there’s a current lease, you can still renovate and deductions would apply, as long as it is income producing or available to be rented out.

You can claim depreciation even before you start a renovation – Fact!

This is very much true, assuming the property was built after 1985 and it has been leased out. 

Get in touch with a quantity surveyor prior to the renovation who will assess the value of what is about to be removed and write this amount off. The amount can be surprisingly substantial in most cases.

You can’t claim depreciation on renovations carried out by a previous owner – Fiction!

You are able to claim the depreciation as if you have done the renovations yourself, including properties built before 1985.

If I was to buy a property that had a 100-year-old structure but internally a new kitchen and bathroom were put in two years ago, the 40-year life expectancy starts from the completion of those renovations. If you don’t know the timing of the renovations, a quantity surveyor will be able to help you out.

There is a big difference between renovations and repairs and maintenance – BIG Fact!

You can claim a deduction for the costs you pay to repair and maintain your rental property, in the year you pay them. Some people find it difficult to work out the difference between repairs and capital works.

To help clarify, here are some examples:

Timber Fencing:

A REPAIR means: You fix five missing or broken palings on a timber fence.
CAPITAL WORKS means: You replace the whole fence.

Hot Water Systems:

A REPAIR means: A plumber fixes a valve on a hot water system.
CAPITAL WORKS means: The plumber replaces the whole hot water system.

For all your investment property renovation supplies, contact our friendly team at Bransons.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Treated Pine Decking - We have you covered!

When it comes to Sydney's best in Treated Pine Decking, Branson's has you covered.
This particular type of decking gives you the perfect outdoor entertaining area, a deck is the perfect place to relax and entertain your friends and family. 
There are many good reasons for using Treated Pine Decking, it's easy to nail and will last a long, long time. It is also very cost effective - which is always good news!
For the best in treated pine decks Sydney has to offer - contact our friendly team today!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Decorative & Privacy Screens from Bransons

All the benefits, minus the hassle.

Using Modwood Composite products will give long life & good looks to your Decking and Screening projects - without the costs & hassle of repainting or staining that traditional timber requires. 

Modwood Plastic Composite is a bushfire resistant Polymer & will withstand the test of time.

Modwood is made from recycled wood and plastic, looks, smells and handles like wood with the durability of plastic.

Modwood looks and feels like natural timber but requires none of the maintenance of traditional woods. You won’t need to paint or stain it, just enjoy its beauty for years & years to come.
Modwood is available in a variety of colours and sizes to suit your specific project's needs.

Here at Bransons, we are able to make to measure your privacy screen in Modwood, all we need is your measurements.
Contact Bransons today to find out more:

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Western Red Cedar - Bringing Warmth to your designs

Western Red Cedar brings natural warmth to any living space

Not much compares to the natural warmth and inviting feel of Western Red Cedar in your entertaining space.

Coupled with a few comfy cushions and a decorative, ethonol fire place - you have yourself a winning combination for any living space.
Bransons Building Materials are Western Red Cedar specialists, and source their stock from sustainable, managed resources.
All our moulded products are premium grade dresses seasoned Western Red Cedar.
Available products:
  • Cladding
  • Panelling
  • Altache
  • Screening Components
You can contact Bransons today for an obligation-free quote:

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Federation Style

federation style pergola garden

Relax in the quality surrounds reflective of yesteryear with Federation style DIY & construction projects.

Here at Bransons Building Materials, we stocks an extensive range of Federation accessories including:


Baluster cut-outs
Turned posts & tops
Verandah brackets
Freize panels, spindles & rails
As well as the all-important custom made arches.

Federation style brings a classic touch to any home - talk with our friendly team today to discuss your vision!


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Monday, 27 April 2015

DIY Success

DIY deck patio

The key to a winning renovation is PLANNING.

From the onset, well thought out plans will see you through your DIY project and make for a successful completion.

Sounds easy enough, right? Well, not always.

Sometimes we can know what we want, but aren't quiet sure of how to get there. That's when trusted tradesmen and suppliers are essential to DIY Success.

If you're not sure where to start, Bransons Building Materials is here to help. Along with a large range of products, we can offer advice, trustworthy & highly experienced tradies as required.

We specialise in and stock a large range of timbers such as Hardwood Timber, Decking Products, Treated Pine Timber Products, Modwood, Western Red Cedar, Primed Timber, Treated Pine Lattice and much more.

We also supply hardwood and treated pine privacy screens. Not to mention a huge range of hardware products to complete your order in a one stop shop!

All your deck, pergola, or outdoor construction building and installation services can be arranged through us! We only use highly qualified Tradesman of whom some of them have been with us for 20 years!
All our Tradesmen are fully licensed and insured and come with the Branson’s Building Materials guarantee.
So to get your project on the road to DIY success, give Bransons Building Materials a call today!
You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Houzz - a fantastic spot for DIY ideas!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Trust is hard to find, sometimes.

We put our rights, our country, our future in the hands of politicians we don't know if we can trust, after this latest NSW election, who knows if what any of them are saying will be seen through.

Will they stick to their word?
Will they deliver what they promise?
Can we trust them with the important stuff?

All of this we can't say for sure, but what we can be certain of is you will have one less worry, doubt or concern on your plate when Bransons Building Materials is working for you.

We're not running a country, just a humble, local business - built on the trust of countless happy customers, leaving their important stuff - their home, their investment properties and more in our hands - knowing that we will deliver on what we promise, and that we will stick to our word.

There are no nasty surprises when you work with Bransons Building Materials - based in the Sutherland Shire of NSW, servicing Sutherland, the Illawarra and wider Sydney for over 20 years, providing trade & DIY'ers with quality materials, hardwood decking, treated pine, privacy screens and much more.

To make life just that little bit easier, we also stock a wide range of hardware products too.

So whilst it might sometimes be hard to know who to trust with the important stuff - rest assured Bransons Building Materials can be trusted with your important DIY stuff.

Contact the Bransons team today to find out how we can help you out with one less concern on your plate.


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Building the dream...

Branson’s Building Materials is a family owned and operated business, and has been servicing the Trade & DIY’s across Sydney for over 20 years, our business is based in Taren Point, south of Sydney.

We pride ourselves on personal service to each & every customer on a daily basis through offering quality timber, Building Supplies and Hardware products at very competitive prices. 

See our Website and Video for our commitment to selling a quality product and that old fashioned service. 

We offer a delivery service to all our customers, with our  experienced drivers who maintain a prompt and reliable service, using our crane truck for the largest or smallest of orders.

We specialise and stock a huge range of timbers such as Hardwood Decking, Hardwood Timber, Treated Pine Decking, Treated Pine Timber, Modwood, Western Red Cedar, Primed Timber, Treated Pine Lattice and Hardwood Privacy screens & Treated Pine Privacy Screens. 

We also stock a large range of Hardware products to complete your order in a one stop shop.

Bransons Building - Helping you build the dream.

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