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Beechwood Homes have long established their place in the Australian home building industry, and are known for delivering stylish and modern family homes all across NSW. Beechwood has been proudly building spacious and affordable homes for Australians for over 35 years.

If your homebuilding plans have been put on hold for the past few months due to COVID-19, we have some great news for you. The government is offering the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant to those looking to build a new home in 2020.

Whether you already have a block of land and just need a new home, or perhaps you need a complete home & land package, the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant will give you a boost to get into your new home sooner.

With Beechwood’s wide range of elegant home designs and value-packed home & land options, the HomeBuilder grant could enable you to consider both single storey and double storey designs. And it may even enable you to consider including a Granny Flat in your plans.

Perhaps you already have a home and property, but the house could really do with an upgrade. Priorities often change over time, and the home you built 5, 10 or 20 years ago may no longer suit your current needs. At Beechwood, we specialise in Knock Down Rebuilds (KDR). We know that while you may love your location, you may no longer love your house. Knock Down Rebuilds also qualify for the HomeBuilder grant, provided you meet the stated criteria.

The HomeBuilder fine print

So, how can you qualify for the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant? As with any type of grant or scheme, there are certain conditions applicants need to meet to be eligible.

To qualify for the HomeBuilder grant, your new home can cost up to $750,000 (including land). You also must sign your building contract by December 31, 2020 and your construction needs to start within three months of the contract date. Read the HomeBuilder fact sheet for more details.

Homebuilder grants are also available for substantial renovations like a Knock Down Rebuild of your existing home where the contract is between $150,000 and $750,000, as long as the total value of your renovated property is less than $1.5 million. 

The great thing about the HomeBuilder grant is that it is open to First Home Buyers, as well as second or third home buyers. However, unfortunately there are income caps for the grant. For individuals, the cap is $125,000 per annum based on your 2018-19 tax return and for a couple the cap is set at $200,000 per annum based on your combined 2018-19 tax returns.

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Benefits for First Home buyers

There’s never been a better time for first home buyers to begin their journey to owning their first home. As the government is keen to help First Home Buyers get into their homes sooner, the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant does not affect existing First Home Buyer schemes. That means that if you are eligible, not only can you receive the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant, but you could also access a suite of other government incentive packages, as outlined below.

First Home Owner Grant

A $10,000 grant to First Home Buyers who have purchased a Brand New Home on or after 1 January 2016.

First Home Buyer Stamp Duty Concession increase for the next 12 months

Gives First Home Buyers a reprieve from Stamp Duty in the form of an exemption or concession. On July 27, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that for the 12 month period starting August 1, 2020, the Stamp Duty Concession will be extended to First Home Buyers purchasing newly built homes valued up to $800,000. Prior to August 1, 2020, the Stamp Duty Concession only applied to newly built homes valued up to $650,000.

As well as increasing the stamp duty threshold for newly built homes, for the same 12-month period the NSW government will also raise the threshold for stamp duty on vacant land, from$350,000 to $400,000.

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

Usually, first home buyers with less than 20% deposit will need to pay lender’s mortgage insurance. With this scheme, First Home Buyers can purchase their home with as little as a 5% deposit and the government will act as the guarantor on the remaining 15%. However, you may want to act quickly as there are a limited number of places within the scheme.

First Home Super Saver Scheme

Introduced in the 2017-18 Federal Budget to reduce pressure on housing affordability, the FHSS allows you to save money for your first home inside your super fund.

Start your homeowner journey today with Beechwood Homes

However you are looking to utilise your $25,000 HomeBuilder grant, you’ll find a fantastic range of home designs at Beechwood. We build in some of the most idyllic locations in NSW, from Port Macquarie on the mid-North Coast to past Narooma on the South Coast. Contact us today or visit one of our many display home locations to get started.

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, we laid the foundations for why you should consider a Knock Down Rebuild for your new home, along with the benefits of a KDR and where to start.

Now, in Part 2, let’s dive a little deeper into your Knock Down Rebuild with Beechwood Homes.

The key steps to your Knock Down Rebuild 

After you have spoken with the team at Beechwood Homes and decided that a Knock Down Rebuild is the best way for you to achieve your perfect home,

you are now ready to get started. There are four key steps to a knock down rebuild:  

  • Design.
  • Approvals.
  • Demolition. 
  • Rebuild.

Design

Having chosen the Knock Down Rebuild path for attaining your new home, you now need to consider the design. At Beechwood Homes, we have many innovative home designs to choose from, all of which can be tailored to meet the needs of your family. You can go inside our many single storey and double storey display homes from the comfort of your current home with our virtual tours to see which will best suit you. 

Approvals 

Many regulatory approvals need to be signed off before the physical part of a Knock Down Rebuild can commence. Following the correct processes and procedures will help your project to progress with minimal fuss.

The Beechwood Homes team will work with you to manage all approvals on your behalf to ensure your Knock Down Rebuild keeps moving forward and doesn’t succumb to unforeseen delays or complications.

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Demolition 

Once your project has been approved and permits are in hand, then the action starts with the demolition. All of your utility services will be disconnected, and your existing home will be demolished down to its foundations. The rubble will be cleared, and the site prepared for the rebuild. 

Rebuild 

One of the most exciting times in your life will be seeing your new home come to life. In the Rebuild stage, communication from your builder is critical. With Beechwood, not only will you have a dedicated team member who will be your primary point of contact, but you will also be given access to Beechwood’s online communication hub, Pulse Portal

As each stage of your Knock Down Rebuild is completed, your site supervisor will update you and provide images of the stages that have been completed via the Pulse Portal. 

Knock down the old and rebuild anew 

One of the hardest parts of finding a new home is facing up to the possibility that you may have to move away from the area you know and love. The area where your family has grown-up, put down roots, and built long-term relationships with your neighbours. 

But that doesn’t have to be your future – if you choose a builder with a proven track record in successfully delivering knock down rebuild projects. At Beechwood Homes we have been delighting customers with new homes for nearly 40 years.

Experienced in knock down rebuild projects, we will work with you to ensure that you can stay in the area where you have built a life and give you the best new home in your street.

Who would? Beechwood. 

With almost 40 years of building knowledge and experience, Beechwood will make your knock down rebuild a breeze. Call us on (02) 9765 0299 to get started, or fill out our contact form and we will be in touch. 

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Have you considered a Knock Down Rebuild? It may be the perfect option for building your new home. But what exactly is a Knock Down Rebuild?

As the name suggests, a Knock Down Rebuild involves demolishing your existing house and building a brand-new home on the cleared land. 

You may already be living in an area that you love, and the only thing that would make it better would be replacing your existing home with something brand new. After all, why move when you can stay in an area you know and love?

A Knock Down Rebuild through Beechwood Homes can give you all of that. A brand-new home in the area you have grown to love. Our team will work closely with you to tailor a solution to your family’s needs, and the dimensions of your property.

Your existing house will then be knocked down and cleared so that construction can begin as soon as possible on your brand-new Beechwood home. We have a wide range of enticing home designs to suit all types of families and home buyers.

The benefits of a knock down rebuild

Whether you are a downsizer, an investor, or a first home buyer, a Knock Down Rebuild could be the right fit for you. So, what are the benefits of undertaking a Knock Down Rebuild instead of buying or building a new home elsewhere? 

One of the major benefits is that you can remain in an area that you already know and love. If your family is growing or has grown, and all that is stopping you from fully living your dream is space, then a knock down rebuild is the perfect way to solve that problem. 

Another great benefit is that you will have control over the flexibility and functionality of the design. Where you may have lived around the design of your existing home, you will now be able to design your home around how you live now. And it won’t be piecemeal; all the details will be just how you want them.  

Where to start with your Knock Down Rebuild?

So, how do you get started? The first step is finding a home builder with extensive knowledge in knock down rebuilds. With almost 40 years’ experience in building homes in NSW, we know a thing or two about Knock Down Rebuild projects. We can discuss your vision and advise you on the best way to deliver it.

As a builder of choice in NSW, Beechwood Homes is well-versed in government and council building regulations and can pre-empt potential problems before they occur. This ensures your customer experience is smooth and enjoyable.

To be continued…

We hope that this first part of our two-part blog series on Knock Down Rebuilds has got you thinking about what you could do with a brand new Beechwood home on the block of land you currently own and love.

In Part 2, we will take a closer look at what’s involved in a Knock Down Rebuild and the steps that need to be taken to have your new dream home from Beechwood Homes in the area you love. 

If you’re ready to take the next step, contact Beechwood Homes today to learn more about our Knock Down Rebuild process.

 

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Like so many people around Australia, at Beechwood Homes many of our office-based staff have shifted to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what we’ve learnt from our own team and from our customers about working from home.

1. Set up a separate area

Our number one tip for working from home is to set up a separate work area if you’re able to. Ideally, this would be a separate room in your home with a door so you can shut out the noise of your household but setting up a study nook could work equally well.

For those starting a home business or shifting permanently to working from home, you might consider building a workspace away from the main house. A Granny Flat could be a fantastic way to create that separate space, while also being multi-purpose in the long run, with the opportunity to rent the space out or house relatives down the track.

2. Establish a routine and stick with it

One of the greatest, and yet also one of the trickiest, parts about working from home is the potential for flexibility. If, for example, you find yourself having to supervise your children’s home schooling, you might segment your day to fit in with those commitments and work in time blocks rather than a typical 9am to 5pm work day. However, if you don’t establish a routine and stick with it, that flexibility could quickly turn into chaos.

Make sure to create a schedule that works for your household and make your colleagues and family aware of it. If you’re lucky enough to have a separate workspace either within the house or in a granny flat, you could even have a sign on the door to indicate whether your office is ‘open’ or ‘closed’.

3. Get organised

Staying organised is one of the most difficult aspects of working from home, because the structure, storage and systems of a typical workplace are usually missing.

To stay on-track with your work without getting overwhelmed, organisation will be key. Get organised by creating specific filing systems, schedules, and task lists that help you feel in control. Depending on your occupation, you may also want to create a specific storage area for your work, especially paperwork that can easily get lost among household correspondence.

4. Dress the part

Although working from home allows you to dress in more comfortable clothing than you may in an office, you may want to create a pseudo uniform or put limits on what you can wear during your work hours.

Sitting around in your pyjamas all day might make you more comfortable, but you probably won’t feel like a professional worker and could make it harder for you to switch off from work at the end of the day. You’ll also look pretty silly when you participate in video calls.

5. Switch off at the end of the working day

Maintaining that work-life balance can be hard when your work is always right there staring you in the face. It’s important, however, not to get into the habit of working all day and night and having no leisure time. Train yourself to switch off your computer and other devices when you finish your day and don’t constantly check emails or other messages.

This is easier to do if you have a separate work area. The act of physically leaving a work-specific room or area and shutting the door behind you can help you mentally break away from the daily grind as well.

6. Take regular breaks

When making your schedule consider working in smaller spurts and allowing yourself time to get up from the computer to stretch. Without co-workers around, you may forget to take time away from your desk but doing so will help you to re-set both physically and mentally, improving your efficiency.

7. Exercise and stretch

When you do take breaks make sure you stretch and exercise, even if it’s just walking around your house, or visiting the kitchen. If you live in a double-storey house, make use of your stairs to do an impromptu workout.

Exercise stimulates your body and brain and will make you more alert and energised, which means you’ll be ready to dive back into work after your break.

8. Use technology

Since the majority of your work will likely be done on your computer, you will need to be computer savvy. Ensure that you have remote access to your company server and logins for programs you routinely use. Your employer may be able to loan you some equipment to use at home and provide assistance in setting it up.

9. Stay connected

Make sure that you’re readily available via email, phone, text, instant message, or conference call. When in doubt, over-communicate until told otherwise. Be vocal about your activities and achievements while away from the office.

10. Learn how to deal with distractions

Pets, TV, and family members are just a few distractions you’ll encounter when working at home. Having a separate office space can help minimise distractions, but ultimately it is up to you to stay focused.

Want to know more about Beechwood Homes?

With many years’ experience in building homes in NSW, Beechwood can work with you to design your new home around how you want to use it, including home office space, or even a granny flat for a permanent home office. Contact us today to start your Beechwood Homes journey.

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Beechwood Homes has opened five new display homes at the new HomeWorld at Marsden Park and while there’s plenty of houses still under construction within the display village, Beechwood’s doors are open ready for viewing.

At Beechwood we know how important it is for our customers to view display homes and see the quality of our builds and the different options available, which is why we have homes in four Sydney display villages, two on the north coast, and three to the south of Sydney.

There are five homes on display at Marsden Park including: 

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A four-bedroom, two-bathroom, single-storey spacious family home with 258m2 of indoor, outdoor and garage area featuring a spacious master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, three additional bedrooms adjacent to a large bathroom.

In the living zone, the Brunello includes open plan living and dining alongside the kitchen, plus a home theatre room. The modern kitchen includes a large walk-in pantry and is located near the roomy outdoor patio. The Brunello Four 28 has many options to personalise the design to suit your family’s requirements and look.

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Bayswater Five Guest 37BWH HM Bayswater Five Guest 37 WEB

A generous four-bedroom, three-bathroom, double-storey family home with 342 total square metres of indoor, outdoor and garage area. Upstairs includes a large light-filled master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe, as well as three additional bedrooms with built-in robes, large family bathroom, and a media room.

The highlight of the downstairs area is the spacious living space with large kitchen, family room as well as generous living and dining space. There’s also a guest room with ensuite bathroom, home theatre room, laundry, additional toilet, and outdoor eating area.

Like all Beechwood Homes, the Bayswater Five Guest 37 is available with different options and looks, including the Hampton facade on display at Marsden Park.

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A four-bedroom, two-bathroom, double-storey compact family home with 272 m2 of indoor, outdoor and garage area. The Edgecliff Four 29 is great for narrow blocks and only requires 10 metres of frontage where a zero lot. The Beechwood designers have made this narrower design work with four bedrooms upstairs, along with ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe for the master bedroom, and even a media room.

The lower floor includes living, dining and open plan kitchen, which opens out to the outdoor eating area. There’s even a home theatre room, separate laundry, and an additional powder room. 

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A four-bedroom, three-bathroom cleverly designed home with 282 m2 of indoor, outdoor and garage area. The designers at Beechwood Homes have re-jigged the layout to use the underutilised roof space so the homeowner gets the same amount of rooms and space but can fit it on a smaller piece of land.

The upper storey, which is called a ‘Loft area’, still has a standard ceiling height of 2.4 metres. The home design has 50 m2 of upper-level space to accommodate two bedrooms, a study and a large bathroom complete with a bath. Downstairs the master bedroom with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe is complemented by an additional bedroom and a spacious living zone and separate home theatre room.

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Marlborough Four Guest 36BWH HM Marlborough 4 Guest WEB

A four-bedroom, two-bathroom, double-storey spacious family home with 344 m2 of indoor, outdoor and garage area. An ideal home for a family who likes to live and dine outside with a generous outdoor terrazza of 33m2. Also on the lower level is a large living area with dining and spacious kitchen, as well as an additional powder room and home theatre room.

Upstairs is the large master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and extra-large walk-in robe. There are also three additional bedrooms, a spacious bathroom, and media room to complete the space.

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Drop in for a visit to HomeWorld Marsden Park, Allott Street, Marsden Park

(02) 9765 0282 Open 7 Days 10am - 5pm

 

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Supply of land for housing in the greater Sydney region is decreasing, even in the outer ring suburbs. As a consequence, lot sizes in Sydney have decreased by 24 per cent on average in just eight years.

In response to this trend, home builder Beechwood Homes is taking a number of popular designs and modified them to fit smaller land sizes.

The latest data from the Urban Development Institute of Australia has revealed greenfield median lot sizes have dropped to an all-time low – with Sydney falling from an average of 520 square metres per block in 2009 to 379 square metres in 2018.

And while the average lot size has decreased, buyers are paying much more for less because over the same time period average lot sizes in Sydney have increased 73 per cent from $275,000 to $476,000.

At Beechwood we’re modifying our most popular single-storey designs to incorporate a loft-style second storey that uses the roof-space rather than a full second level. By using the roof space instead of building a full second story we can make the home more affordable and still maintain the space required for Sydney families.


The popular Barossa with Loft

In our new designs, the upper storey Loft area, still has a standard ceiling height of 2.4 metres. For example, our popular Barossa design now has over 50m2 of upper-level space to accommodate two bedrooms, a study and a large bathroom complete with a bath.

The Barossa with Loft display home was recently unveiled at the HomeWorld Display Village at Marsden Park and is already providing popular with families. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom Barossa with Loft design has a total area of 282m2, including the two-car garage, outdoor living (Terrazza) and front patio, and is suitable for 14-metre width blocks.

Our customers tell us they want a minimum of four bedrooms for their families and visitors.

Media and theatre rooms are also popular, so most of our designs accommodate a separate area for watching television, playing computer games and more.

 

Click here for more on our Barossa with Loft, or visit the new HomeWorld Marsden Park at Allott Street, Marsden Park or call our Sales team on (02) 9765 0299. Beechwood is also working on modifying other popular designs to fit smaller land sizes.

View the Barossa Four Guest with Loft 30 Floor Plan here

Barossa with Loft Images at HomeWorld Marsden Park

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The origins of loft living

Lofts originated in Paris in the mid-19th Century as artists’ workshops. The oversized paintings of the time required expansive high-ceilinged studios which led to the first lofts.

Lofts were later popularised in the United States as early as the 1940s, where some of New York's abandoned loft spaces in SoHo were occupied by starving artists. By the 1970s, SoHo had full-floor loft spaces that were being renovated and transformed from commercial to residential properties.

This trend spread from New York's SoHo to other urban areas around the US and beyond over the next 20 years.

Inspiration for the Beechwood loft designs

At Beechwood we’ve taken inspiration from the original lofts and are re-jigging the layout of some of our popular single-storey existing designs to use the underutilised roof space. This way, the homeowner gets the same amount of rooms and space but can fit their new house on a smaller piece of land.

Click here for more on our Barossa with Loft, or visit the new HomeWorld Marsden Park at Allott Street, Marsden Park or call our Sales team on (02) 9765 0299. Beechwood is also working on modifying other popular designs to fit smaller land sizes.

 

 

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Beechwood Homes is proud to have won an Excellence in Housing Award for Best Exhibition Home ($350,000 to $400,000 Category) for the Prosecco 34 at the 2019 Master Builders Association of NSW Excellence in Housing Awards.

Tino Cavasinni, General Manager, has celebrated the award with his team. “We don’t build homes to win awards, but it is great recognition for the team when we do."

The Master Builders NSW Housing Awards are highly sought after and showcase the  very best in residential building, rewarding quality, workmanship, and innovation.

The category won by Beechwood Homes was hotly contested by a range of well-known and respected builders. Mr. Cavasinni said, “Beechwood Homes is proud to be a winner of such a prestigious and recognised industry award."

The Prosecco 34 is currently on display at HomeWorld Warnervale, on the North Coast, and at Calderwood Valley, on the South Coast.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the Prosecco 34 

Download the brochure here 

Prosecco 34 Images at Warnervale Display Village

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We have been listening to customers and have created a system that will ensure you are kept up-to-date on every stage of your build. We call it...

Beechwood Pulse

Build your home with peace-of-mind

So, Beechwood Pulse Portal, will it make your building experience easier?

Pulse gives you an open line of communication and mounds of information, to help guide you through your build. Our Beechwood Pulse Portal aims to break down the steps of the building process while giving you peace-of-mind.

How does the Beechwood Pulse Portal work?

When you have been through our display villages and found a design and façade that suits your family’s needs, you will sit down with one of our Building & Design Consultants to iron out your requested design elements. Once you are comfortable enough for us to go ahead with creating a personalised Tender for you, you will be provided with your very own Pulse login!

What many owner builders are unaware of, even if this is not their first build, is there are over 400 steps involved in building your home. We can’t simplify the building process, but we can simplify the steps into four stages:

-         Design

-         Pre-Construction

-         Construction

-         Maintenance

Access to the Beechwood Pulse Portal will help you track various steps and stages in the building process right from the very beginning. Your dedicated consultant will help you with the process by ensuring your paperwork is up to date and all documents have been submitted correctly.

Then, once building has commenced, the Beechwood Pulse Portal will be your ultimate source for all information and updates. Your dedicated team members will update the Pulse Portal with progress reports. 

Find out more

For further details on how the Beechwood Pulse Portal can help make your next building experience better, we recommend you:

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Located in Hamlyn Terrace and bordering the well-established suburb Warnervale, Hamlyn Grove on the Central Coast gives families a great opportunity to live in a brand-new Beechwood Home close to schools, shops, beaches and sporting facilities.

While its own quiet enclave, Hamlyn Terrace is surrounded by facilities including Tuggerah Westfield and Bateau Bay, beaches at Toukley, Budgewoi and Norah Head as well as great cafes and restaurants within a 10-minute drive.

Beechwood Homes currently has a limited selection of single storey house and land packages remaining in Hamlyn Grove to suit most family needs and priced from $569,000.

Why choose life on the NSW Central Coast?

Hamlyn Grove gives you an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle while still within easy reach of Wyong's excellent schools, transport, sport facilities, hospital and shopping centre. The Central Coast is popular with young families, singles and retirees and provides the perfect place to build your new home in this growing suburb.

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Beechwood Homes have been building in the Central Coast, Hunter and Newcastle region for more than 35 years.

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Just like trends in interior design, Australian landscaping design has changed throughout the years particularly to incorporate trends such as drought-proof planting, topiary, lighting design and vertical planting.

Good landscape design is an important aspect of street appeal and can significantly increase the overall value of your home. Landscape design can allow homeowners to stamp a personal touch and showcase individual style. 

Bringing the indoors out is a common trend in interior design as well as landscaping. So it’s no surprise that four out of the top ten landscaping design trends include extending the indoors to the outside.

Here are top ten landscaping trends for your new Beechwood Home:

  1.        Outdoor fireplaces create warm and inviting outdoor entertaining spaces
  2.        Outdoor kitchens with the basic necessities can create a perfect go-to entertaining area outdoors
  3.        Sustainable design and going green remains one of the top trends in landscaping
  4.        Outdoor feature walls and vertical gardens can complement your home’s exterior style and design
  5.        Growing home-grown organic produce remains a popular trend
  6.        Modern and informal landscape designs that integrate outdoor lighting
  7.        Water features that incorporate rainwater harvesting
  8.        Themed garden spaces can create dedicated areas without having to run the same theme through the landscape design
  9.        Highly functional gardens with zoned spaces for entertaining, family and eating
  10.       Blended gardens that mix edibles and ornamentals offer bountiful vegetable and herb harvests w
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