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Laurie Raikes

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Four Stunning 3-Bedroom Modular Home Projects to Inspire

Building a new 3-bedroom home and looking for design ideas? Whether you’re in the early stages of your journey, or are just finalising the finishing touches, a great place to find inspiration is to look inside real-life homes built by real people like you.

In this article, we’re featuring four stunning 3-bedroom modular home projects that are sure to get you excited. Modern, stylish and with plenty of wow factor, each home showcases what is possible when you choose a floorplan that fits your needs and add your own spin to make it truly yours.

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How to Choose the Best Site Position for Your New Modular Home

June 08, 2018
Laurie Raikes

You’ve found the perfect piece of land and chosen your ideal house design – now it’s time to decide where to position your new modular home on your block.

The right location to build will depend on the features, aspect and accessibility of your land. In this article, we’ll share the key factors to consider when finding the perfect position to build your new home.

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3 of the Best Modular Homes for a Larger Block

If you’re lucky enough to build on a larger block, when it comes to choosing a modular house design, the possibilities are endless. But sometimes having too many choices can be a little overwhelming!

To help you narrow it down to a shortlist of your favourites, we’ve compiled 3 of our most popular modular house designs for larger blocks.

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Modular Home or Kit Home: Which is the Best Option for You?

If you’re considering alternatives to conventional building, there are two main options: modular or kit homes. And while both utilise off-site construction methods, they are quite different in the way they are priced, delivered, and installed on site.

So, how do you decide which method is the best fit for your new home build? Here, we’ll explain 5 key differences between modular and kit homes to help you make an informed choice.

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Project Focus: Metung

May 18, 2018
Laurie Raikes

Projects

Our latest Project Focus article features a stunning modular home we recently completed in Metung, in East Gippsland, Victoria.

Our clients chose a customised version of our Hampton 19 design which included a few modifications to the floorplan to suit their needs.

Here are some of the key features and highlights of this beautiful coastal home.

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3 of the Best Modular Home Designs for Narrow Blocks

May 11, 2018
Laurie Raikes

With narrow blocks becoming more and more common in the cities and suburbs, the demand for house designs that maximise space is on the rise.

If you are purchasing a narrow block, you don’t have to compromise on your dream home. It’s quite possible to find a design that has all the features you need, feels spacious and even includes room to enjoy the outdoors.

In this article, we’ve handpicked three modular home designs that are suited to a narrow block. Each includes clever design features that allow you to make the most of your available space and enjoy some of the luxuries you’d only expect to find in a larger home.

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5 Simple Steps to Pricing Your New Modular Home

May 04, 2018
Laurie Raikes

If you’re wondering how much a modular home costs, you’re not alone – it’s something we get asked about daily.

At Anchor Homes, our prices are calculated in five simple steps: base price, additional variable costs, regulation required upgrades, common upgrades and fitting and finish upgrades.

In this article, we’ll look at each of the five steps in detail, so you can get a clear idea of our pricing process.

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How to Choose the Perfect Floorplan for Your Modular Home

April 27, 2018
Laurie Raikes

When you build a new modular home one of the first decisions you’ll be faced with is choosing your floorplan. Your choice will have a huge impact on how you live in your new home and how functional it is for your family, so it’s important to get it right. You also need to think about your needs now and in the future – if you’re planning a family, should you opt for the extra bedroom? Or if you’re approaching retirement, do you go for a smaller, low maintenance design?

With so many different floorplans available, it can be hard to narrow it down. So here, we’ve put together some simple tips to help you identify your priorities and find the ideal floorplan for your family and lifestyle.

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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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