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How to Choose the Best Hot Water System For Your New Modular Home

If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t thought much about where your hot water is coming from, unless it suddenly stops.

But the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the average Australian home is water heaters - so when choosing a hot water system for your modular home, it’s worth putting some time into comparing the options.

Look for energy efficiency, low running costs and of course, a system that can meet the needs of everyone in your home – both now and in the future. Here’s an overview of hot water system options to help you find the best match for your new modular home.

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Best Modular Home Designs for Country Living

So, you’ve found the perfect rural block - now all that’s left is to find the right design and build your dream home!

If you’re looking for a fast, stress-free and affordable way to construct a quality new home in the country, modular homes offer an ideal solution.

The off-site building process means there’s no need for tradesmen to be on-site for months on end, and this can save you plenty of money and hassle. And, when it comes to choosing a modular home design - whether you’re looking for modern, traditional or something in between - there are plenty of options.

Here, we’ve hand-picked four of our favourite modular homes - all of them have been tried and tested, and are a great fit for any country setting.

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Design Focus: Anglesea 3-Bedroom Modular Home

In today’s design focus article, we’re taking a closer look at the Anglesea. It’s two-storey design, features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, so there’s plenty of room for growing families. The Anglesea is also a popular choice as a holiday home, or for retiring couples looking for a home big enough to have the whole family stay, as it can comfortably accommodate up to three couples, or multiple family groups.

Here’s a snapshot of the highlights.

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5 Ways to Boost the Energy Rating on Your Home

When you’re building a new home, you have the perfect opportunity to create a home that’s energy efficient. But what does that actually mean and how can you achieve it?

An energy efficient home is able to maintain an optimum internal temperature with minimal use of artificial heating and cooling. Ideally, this means that the house is comfortable in both summer and winter, without relying heavily on heaters or air conditioners.

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How to Nail Your Modular Home Design Brief

So, you’ve decided to build a new modular home – and you can’t wait to get the ball rolling.

You start looking at designs, inclusions, and upgrades… and all of a sudden it can seem a tad overwhelming. That’s why you need a design brief!

Taking the time to really think about what you need in your new home gives you direction and helps make sure you end up with a home you’ll love that has all the features you need.

When writing up your brief, it’s not just the big stuff like the number of rooms and layout that needs to be considered. It’s often the smaller details that bring everything together and give your home a personal touch. Plus, if you plan to live in the house long-term, you’ll need to imagine what life will be like in five or ten years, and make sure you choose a design that will grow with you.

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How to Declutter Your Home Before You Move

Moving house is never much fun – but there are some simple things you can do to make it easier and stress-free. An important first step is to declutter your home. By giving away, throwing out or selling your unwanted belongings, you’ll have less to pack, less to move and less to unpack at the other end.

In fact, it’s the perfect chance to take stock of all the items in your home, and rid yourself of the things you don’t need. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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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

News

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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What are Planning Overlays and How Do They Affect Me? [Victoria]

If you’re looking to build a new home in Victoria, you may need to submit a planning application to your local council before you canstart.

How straightforward (or complicated) this process is will depend on where your property is located, the features of the land and surrounding areas, and the type of dwelling you wish to build.

For some property owners, planning overlays will also apply. The purpose of an overlay is to make sure that any development is compatible with the land and the surrounding environment. Planning overlays set out the conditions your building needs to comply with - and they can have a significant impact on your plans.

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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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4 of the Best Kitchen Layouts for Your New Home

24 February
Trudi Sedman

Process

When you’re designing a new kitchen, there’s lots to consider – colour, style, materials and appliances to name a few.

But before you start looking at benchtops and splashbacks, you need to decide on the most important element: your layout. The layout of your kitchen is about more than just where your appliances will go, it’s also the critical factor that determines how your kitchen will be used and enjoyed.

The best fit for you will depend on the size of your kitchen, and how you intend to use the space – some layouts suit the serious cook, others lend themselves more to socialising and entertaining. There are four popular options – the Galley, U-shaped, Single-wall and L-shaped – so let’s take a closer look at each.

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How to Create a Beach Feel in Your New Modular Home

17 February
Trudi Sedman

Process

Modular homes are a stylish and affordable way to build your dream home by the sea. Whether you plan to live there full-time, part-time or use your home as a holiday rental, bringing the essence of the beach inside is the perfect way to create a relaxed and sunny vibe all year round.

To achieve a coastal look in your modular home, you’ll need more than just driftwood and shells - the colours, textiles, furniture and décor are all important elements in the overall look and feel. Here are our top tips to help you bring it all together.

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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

Process

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

Process

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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