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Laurie Raikes

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Considering Downsizing? Here are 3 of the Best Small Modular Home Designs

If the kids have moved out and you’re finding your family home just a little too spacious, it might be time to consider downsizing.

Whether you’re planning on staying local or relocating to the country or beach, building a modular home is an affordable option. Better still, your new home can be built in as little as 14 weeks!

Here we’ve selected our favourite smaller modular homes that are perfect for those looking to downsize.

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How to Purchase a Property That Isn’t on the Market

The first step in building your dream home is finding the perfect patch of land – and this can be a challenge in today’s competitive marketplace.

If you’ve got your heart set on a suburb, but there’s no land on the market, or you’ve had your eye on a vacant block for months, and no “for sale” sign has appeared, it might be time to try a different approach – to negotiate an off-market sale.

There are many reasons why a property owner may be willing to sell their unlisted land – so if you’ve got your eye on a property, it’s worth making some enquiries. Here’s a summary of what you need to know.

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Best Modular Home Designs for Families

If you’re part of a growing family, your current home can suddenly seem small and lack the space and features you need.

Whether it’s an extra bedroom (or two), a second bathroom or living area, more storage space, or all of the above, it may be time to take the plunge and build a new family home.

When building a new home, there’s lots to consider. From choosing the right location, to finding a design with family-friendly features, it’s important to do your research so that your new home meets your needs for many years to come. Think about the things you love in your current home and those you would like to change, and have a clear idea of how many bedrooms, bathrooms and living spaces you need – and where you’d like them to be located.

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Considering Becoming an Owner-Builder? Here’s What You Need to Know

When it comes to building a new home, there’s a few different options - and one is to buy a kit home, take on the role of owner-builder, and organise construction yourself.

On the surface, it can seem more affordable, but there’s always the potential for building costs to blow out. Plus, you’ll be solely responsible for bringing the whole project together, which is a lot more work than most people realise.

So, what exactly does it mean to be an owner-builder? And is it something you should consider? Let’s take a closer look at what's involved.

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7 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Modular Building

Modular, or prefabricated construction has been around for centuries, and is widely used throughout the world, for both residential and commercial buildings.

Modular buildings come in all shapes and sizes, from the elaborate to the refined. You’ll be surprised by both the innovative construction methods, and the amazing end results.

There’s more to modular than you think - here we share 7 interesting things you probably didn’t know about prefabricated buildings.

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Why Modular Homes Are the Next Big Thing in Australian Housing

17 March
Laurie Raikes

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Modular homes have always been an affordable, practical and convenient housing solution - and in the last decade, they have evolved to become a stylish, adaptable and modern housing option in their own right.

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Project Focus: Eden - Seaford 16

We recently completed a modular home on a rural bush property in Bald Hills, just north of Eden, NSW.

Our clients wanted a stylish, low-maintenance home, that felt spacious and light, had plenty of shared living space, and could be customised to suit their site restrictions and personal tastes.

The answer was the 3-bedroom Seaford 16.

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How To Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Selling your home is a big deal – which is why you want the absolute best real estate agent for the job. So how can you find the right fit?

Finding a top real estate agent to sell your home can be the difference between a good result - and a brilliant one. And with so many agents to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to decide who’s best for the job. But if you know what to look for (and what to avoid) in an agent, the task is much easier. Although every property sale is different, there are a few simple tips that apply universally, and these will help you choose a real estate agent who’ll get the best possible result when you sell your home.

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How to Build a Self-Sufficient Modular Home

Whether you’re looking to include eco-friendly features, or want to live completely off the grid, modular homes are ideal for self-sufficient living.

If you’re looking to build a modular home that’s self-sufficient, you’ll need to address four key areas: power, heating and cooling, water and waste management.

Modular homes include many sustainable features as part of their standard build and as optional extras - but if you want to go a step further and build a modular home that’s off the grid, you’ll need to find alternative sources for your energy and water needs and set up a system that deals with your waste.

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How to Create an Outdoor Space You’ll Love

27 January
Laurie Raikes

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Our top tips for building the best deck or alfresco area

A deck or alfresco area adds value and style to your home, and is the perfect place to relax, entertain and take advantage of the warm Australian climate.

If you’re thinking of adding one to your existing house, or including one in your new home build, there’s a few important design elements you should consider if you want your deck to live up to it’s potential. So, to create a deck that looks great, is functional and most of all, is somewhere you and your family love being, here’s our top tips to help you build an amazing outdoor space.

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Design Focus: Tambo 3-Bedroom Modular Home

This week our Design Focus blog series takes a closer look at the Tambo 3-bedroom home. The Tambo packs a lot of features into its medium size, and it’s a popular choice for small families looking for a stylish, yet cosy home. It also makes an ideal holiday house, with a design that allows you to take full advantage of the surrounding views and outdoor space.

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How to Turn Your House into the Perfect Holiday Rental

13 January
Laurie Raikes

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Top tips to maximise the earning potential of your holiday home

It’s every Aussie’s dream to have a holiday house to call their own. But what if your weekend retreat could also generate income for you when not in use? Well, you can achieve this – but it requires some careful planning and a few important adjustments in the way you design and present your home. You’ll need to think about things from your guest’s point of view, and make sure your house has everything they need to have a relaxed and happy stay. So, if you’re thinking about dabbling into the holiday rental property market, here are our top tips to help you make it a success.

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Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

2016 saw us publish almost 50 blog articles with all manner of helpful information about building a modular home, as well as our popular Design Focus series.

We thought you might like to check out our list of the 15 most popular posts from the last 12 months, in order of popularity:

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How to Build on a Limited Budget

9 December
Laurie Raikes

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One of the biggest upsides to building a new home, is that you can design and build a house that perfectly suits your needs – and this is possible even when you have a budget to stick to.

If you’ve decided to build, rather than buy an existing home, there are lots of decisions that need to be made to make your dream become a reality. And if you’re like many people, and working with a strict budget, the choices you make will have a direct impact on how far that budget goes. So how do you work out where the money needs to be spent and know when it’s okay to splurge a little? Below we share some top tips to help you get the most from your hard-earned money.

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3 Optional Extras That Will Boost the Value of Your Modular Home

2 December
Laurie Raikes

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Clever modular home upgrades to increase your resale price.

When you build a modular home with Anchor Homes, the list of standard inclusions is extensive, which means your completed house will be ready to move in and enjoy straight away. But if you want to take it up a notch and move your home to the next level, you can choose to add some additional items. Upgrades including outdoor living spaces, sustainability features and carports and garages can improve your lifestyle, save you money, look amazing - and importantly, boost the resale value of your house. So, which upgrades are the must-haves? Here we share our top three value-add extras.

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Best Four-Bedroom Modular Homes

A hand-picked selection of our favourite large modular homes

If you have a growing family, or are thinking of starting one, a four-bedroom modular home will give you the space you need. Our four-bedroom range includes large and spacious homes, compact options, and plenty in between.

Here we’ve shared our top four picks, and these include both modern and traditional designs. They’ve been chosen with country, beachside, and suburban living in mind and all have the flexibility to include decks or verandahs so you can relax and enjoy your outside space. You’ll find we have an impressive range of four-bedroom modular homes available, and here are four of the best.

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How to Build Your Dream Home in Under 16 Weeks

If the idea of building a new home appeals to you, but you don’t want to wait 6 months (or more) to move in, then a modular home might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Modular homes are built much faster than conventional homes – in fact, a modular home can be completed in as little as 12 weeks. But how is it done? Here we explain.

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10 Wacky Home Improvement Ideas that Will Improve Your Quality of Life

11 November
Laurie Raikes

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Whether you’re building or renovating, you want your new home to be comfortable and stylish, and to make life easier for you and your family. So how can you achieve this?

There are lots of conventional items you can include to make your home just that little bit more special – from heated bathroom floor tiles to a verandah or alfresco area. But if you’re looking to create a real talking point, check out these 10 ideas for wacky, yet practical, home improvements.

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Design Focus: Suburban 2-bedroom Modular Home

In this instalment of our popular Design Focus blog series we cover the 2-bedroom Suburban modular home design.

The Suburban is our most popular design thanks to its compact design and affordable price point. One of the best value 2-bedroom homes on the market today, the Suburban is ideal as a holiday home or as a small residence in a rural setting. 

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5 Golden Rules of Modular Home Building

If you’re looking for a fast and affordable way to build your new home, modular homes can be a great option. But just like conventional building, you’ll need to do some groundwork and careful planning to find out if it’s the right way to go for you.

So where do you start? Here, we’ve put together a list of 5 essential tips that will show you how to make it happen – how to choose the right property, builder, design and finishing touches so that the end result is the home of your dreams.

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