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3 Contemporary Modular Home Designs You’ll Love

April 20, 2018
Laurie Raikes

If you’re attracted to the style and sophistication of contemporary homes, modular designs are an ideal choice. From compact and understated to spacious and luxurious, there’s a great selection of floor plans to suit families of all sizes.

To help you find the perfect contemporary home for your needs, we’re highlighting three of our favourites – the Anglesea, Shoreham 14, and Sorrento. Each design has its own charm and includes features that add a distinct contemporary feel. We’re sure you’ll love them too!

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7 Simple Landscaping Tips for Your New Modular Home

April 13, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

Buying a block and building a new modular home gives you the chance to start with a clean slate, and this goes for your garden too.

A blank canvas is an exciting prospect, but it can also be daunting. Whether you choose to do the hard work yourself, or call in some professionals, you’ll first need to identify what you want to achieve. Do you want an attractive front garden to add street appeal to your home? Or a backyard with plenty of room for the kids?

There’s lots to consider - so to help you create your dream garden, we’ve put together 7 top tips for landscaping your new modular home.

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4 Modern Modular Home Designs You’ll Love

April 06, 2018
Laurie Raikes

If you love modern house designs, modular homes offer lots of great choices. So, to help you find the perfect design for your block and lifestyle, we’ve handpicked four of our favourites.

Each have their own unique style and a range of features that offer excellent value. Read on to take a closer look at four modern modular home designs we love (and we think you will too).

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5 Top Benefits of Composite Cladding and Decking

March 30, 2018
Laurie Raikes

When it comes to choosing the right materials for your cladding and decking, if you’re like most people, you want something that looks great, is long lasting and requires little (or no) maintenance.

Composite cladding ticks all these boxes and is an ideal choice for your new home build. It’s fast becoming a popular upgrade option with our modular homes, and it’s easy to see why. In this article, we’ll share 5 top benefits of using composite materials for your cladding and decking.

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3 Classic Modular Home Designs You’ll Love

March 23, 2018
Laurie Raikes

When you build a new modular home, there are so many designs to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. To help narrow your focus, it’s a good idea to think about which style most appeals to you. Do you love the boldness of modern designs? Or the clean lines of contemporary homes? Or maybe the charm of traditional designs are more your style?

If you’re drawn to the latter, our classic modular homes are a great choice. Character-filled, with features that bring a unique Australian feel, they look right at home in both rural settings and established urban neighbourhoods. In this article, we’re featuring three of our favourite classic modular designs- we’re sure you’ll love them too.

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The Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Modular Home

March 16, 2018
Laurie Raikes

If you’re like most people who build a new home, you want to know how it all comes together. Understanding how the process works assists with planning, keeps you in the loop, and ensures your project goes smoothly from start to finish.

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of how your new modular home is built. From first contact to the handover of your keys, we’ll step you through the process, so you can understand how we transform your ideas from concept to your dream home.

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7 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Home for Sale

March 09, 2018
Laurie Raikes

If you’re ready to sell your house and build your dream modular home, taking the time to prepare your property for sale is essential. When you impress your potential buyers from the minute they arrive, you give yourself the best chance to sell your home fast – and for a price that exceeds your expectations.

Presenting your house well takes work and it can be hard to know where to start. Get it right, and you’ll attract plenty of attention, get it wrong and your sale might drag on. To make it simple, we’re sharing 7 top tips to help you get your home looking it’s best.

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How to Choose the Right Colours and Finishes for Your New Modular Home

March 02, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Options, Planning

You’ve finalised your house design, completed the pre-contract stage, and if needed, organised your planning permit. The next step before construction begins is to choose the colours, specifications and finishes for your new modular home.

Choosing a colour scheme that looks great, and features and fittings that reflect your unique tastes and personality is an essential part of creating a home you’ll love. To help you get it right, our colour consultant will guide you through the process and offer expert design advice along the way. In this article we’ll explain what to expect in your consultation and offer some tips to help you come prepared, so you can be comfortable and confident in your decisions.

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2 of the Best Rural Modular Homes to Inspire Your Next Project

If you’re ready to build your dream house in the country, modular homes are a great choice. The off-site construction methods make them a cost-effective option for rural builds, and the flexible designs mean there’s a floorplan and style to suit every need and budget.

Over the years, we’ve completed some stunning modular homes in the country, and today we’re sharing two of our favourites. Read on to find out how our clients created their dream rural homes – and be inspired to create your own.

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What You Need to Know About the Changes to BMO Mapping in Victoria

February 16, 2018
Laurie Raikes

News, Options, Planning

The Bushfire Management Overlay (BMO) applies to properties throughout Victoria that are situated in areas that may be significantly affected by bushfire. Late last year, the Minister for Planning approved a significant revision of BMO mapping across the state – so what does this mean for you if you’re building a new home?

Understanding if your property falls within a Bushfire Management Overlay is important as it can be the difference between requiring town planning or not. The town planning process can add extra time and cost to your project, and it’s a good idea to know from the start if the BMO applies. So, if you’re planning on building a new home in Victoria, here’s what you need to know about the changes to BMO mapping.

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Design Focus: New Look for the Shoreham 16

February 09, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Design Focus

Our design team have been busy over the summer - and the result is a stunning new take on the popular Shoreham 16. The original split-skillion Shoreham range has long been a favourite of our clients, and the addition of this fresh new design means there are now facade options to suit every taste.

Here, we’ll take a closer look at the bold and subtle changes that have come together to create a new look for the Shoreham 16.

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Building a Modular Home? Here’s How to Find True Value in Inclusions

February 02, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Process, Options, Planning

When it comes to choosing a builder for your modular home project, one of the biggest factors is price – and to make a smart choice, it’s important to look closely at the inclusions.

Each builder has a unique list of inclusions and a different pricing structure. Because of these variations, it’s important to read the inclusions list carefully, as the cheapest price may not always offer the best value.

For example, if the price doesn’t include everything you need, or the standard inclusions are a lower quality than you expect, you could be up for extra costs to complete your project. As there are so many things that make up a new home, it can be difficult to know what to look for – so here are a few tips to help you find true value when you build your new modular home.

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3 Ways Your New Modular Home Can Save You Money on Your Power Bills

January 26, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Finance, Options

With the price of power continuing to rise, everyone is looking for ways to reduce their energy bills – and when you build a new modular home, there are some key features that help you do exactly that. With the right design, energy-smart inclusions, and thoughtful appliance choices, you can cut the power usage in your new home and enjoy long-term savings.

The good news is, you don’t have to break the bank or add extra time and stress to your project to achieve this. With some early planning and the help of your builder, you can incorporate simple and effective features that will make a big difference to your household’s overall energy usage. Here are three important considerations when building a modular home that will help you save money on your power bill.

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Project Focus: Frankston

January 19, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Projects

Our latest Project Focus article features this stunning coastal home in Frankston, Victoria, which is ideally located between Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

Our clients have created a 182m2 home that is spacious, modern and has a strong emphasis on outdoor living. With four bedrooms, three bathrooms and two centrally located living spaces, there is plenty of room for the whole family to get together or to enjoy their own space.

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Buying A Block? Here Are 3 Important Features That Will Save You Money When You Build

January 12, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Comparisons, Options

If you’ve decided to build your own modular home, and have a shortlist of your favourite house designs, the next step is to find a block that’s the perfect fit for your family and lifestyle. While this may seem as simple as finding affordable land in a town or suburb you like, there are many things you’ll need to consider beyond the location.

From site topography and proximity to services, to bushfire risk and access, there are some non-negotiable items that your block will need before you are ready to build. If your land lacks some (or all) of these, you can end up spending many thousands of dollars on top of the purchase price, and your block can quickly go from bargain buy to expensive mistake. To avoid falling into this trap, it’s essential see the whole picture – so here are 3 important features to look for when you buy land.

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3 of the Best Modular Beach House Projects

January 05, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Comparisons, Options

If you’re considering building your dream house by the sea, a modular home can be a great choice. We have completed many beautiful beach house projects over the years and thought we’d share three of our favourites here. So, read on for some inspiration – who knows, maybe 2018 will be the year you make it happen!

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Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

December 22, 2017
Laurie Raikes

News

2017 saw us publish many popular blog articles with all manner of helpful information about building a modular home, as well as our popular Design Focus and Project Focus series.

We thought you might like to check out our list of the 10 most popular posts from 2017, in order of popularity:

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How to Entertain Outdoors in Style and Comfort in Your New Modular Home

December 15, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Comparisons, Options

With summer well and truly here, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the long sunny days and balmy nights. An outdoor space that is stylish, practical and comfortable, and designed to suit your family’s lifestyle is a worthwhile investment, and provides the perfect setting for relaxed entertaining for many years to come.

When you’re building a modular home, there are lots of ways you can make small and large adjustment and additions to maximise your family and friend’s enjoyment of your outdoor space. Here are our top tips to help you create an outdoor area that is perfect for entertaining.

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Why Build a Two-Storey Modular Home?

December 08, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Comparisons, Options

When you’re building a new modular home, your design should suit your property, lifestyle and budget.

For example, if you’re working with a smaller block, you’ll need a home that maximises space, both inside and out. This is where a two-storey modular home can be the ideal fit.

Building a two-storey modular home has many benefits, including great flexibility with your design, increased floor space and a bigger yard.

In this article, we take a closer look at these features and discuss why two-storey modular homes are becoming an increasingly popular option.

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How to Choose the Best Flooring for your Modular Home

December 01, 2017
Laurie Raikes

Comparisons, Options

When you’re building a new modular home, your choice of flooring has a big impact on the end result. Not only does it play a role in the look and atmosphere of every room, it also affects the comfort of you and your family for many years to come.

With the huge range of flooring materials, styles and colours that are now available, it can be hard to know where to start. To help simplify the process, we’ll explain how to narrow down the choices to find the right match for you, and give you an overview of our most popular flooring for each room of the house.

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