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Why Solar Hot Water Is a Smart Choice for Your Modular Home

If you’re building a new home, it makes sense to research your options carefully – especially when it comes to your hot water service.

After all, water heating is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from the average Australian home and can account for 25% of your household’s energy usage.

For your hot water system, there are four main choices: electric, gas, heat pump and solar. When building a new modular home, both gas instantaneous and electric storage systems are available as a standard inclusion. Both are good options, but if you’re serious about long-term benefits you can’t go past solar. 

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Process Focus: Site Work on Modular Homes

The final article in our Process Focus series looks at the work of our on-site team. This stage of your project includes site preparation, delivery and installation, and all the finishing touches to complete your home so it’s ready for handover.

On average, the site work phase takes four weeks to complete, however, like the construction phase, the time it takes varies depending on the individual requirements of the project, and external factors such as weather. We keep it short by beginning our site preparation while your home is being constructed, which is another way modular homes can be built faster. 

Here’s an overview of the site work process, week-by-week so you know what to expect.

 

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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Appliances for Your Modular Home

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where you and your family gather to create meals, share a snack, or grab a quiet moment with a cuppa and a magazine. So, when you’re planning and designing your new modular home, it’s important to get it right.

The first step is to choose a layout that matches your lifestyle and makes the most of your available space. But an equally important element of a beautiful and functional kitchen is your choice of appliances. The size, location, and type of appliance are all key considerations – here’s a few tips to help you find the right fit.

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Top 10 Upgrades for your New Modular Home

When you build a new modular home, the level of standard inclusions plays a big part in the overall value of your home.

Within our standard inclusions range, there are a variety of high level fittings and features to choose from to suit your personal style and complement your chosen design.

On top of this, we also offer a huge range of upgrades. This gives you the option to add a little luxury to your home, or to include an additional feature that enhances your lifestyle. But when choosing your upgrades, it’s important to get the balance right.

Here’s our top 10 upgrades that will bring style, comfort and value to your new home.

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How to Choose the Right Lighting for Your Modular Home

There’s a lot to consider when you build a new home - from the floorplan and colour scheme, to the exterior and façade.

The decisions you make along the way will come together to create your dream home - and when designing the interior, one of the most critical elements is your lighting.

While your electrical plan may not be something you’ve thought too much about, the right lighting not only has important practical benefits, it also has a huge impact on the style and mood of your home.

Here we’ll share some handy tips to help make choosing the right lighting for your new modular home simple.

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Best Modular Home Designs for a Block with a View

If you’re lucky enough to own a block of land in a beautiful location, you’ll want to take full advantage of the surrounding views.

Whether your outlook is the beach, bush, valleys, or mountains, finding a house design that makes the most of the scenery is a must.

But building a home that captures your view doesn’t happen by chance – it’s all about a well-chosen design. The best design will showcase your views from the areas you frequent the most, like your living area, kitchen and bedrooms, and should also include spaces both inside and out where you can enjoy it. Here, we’ve picked four of our best modular homes that do exactly that.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Rise of Modular Homes [Interview]

This article is an interview with our very own Laurie Raikes and originally appeared on the Building Connection website. It is reprinted here with the kind permission of the Building Connection team. 

Modular homes are currently experiencing a new surge in popularity. Kate Jordan talks to Laurie Raikes of Anchor Homes about the latest developments in the industry.

Stylish, well-built prefabricated homes are a relatively new development; it’s only in the past decade or so that prefab buildings have come into their own. For those not au fait with a modern prefab home: it’s a building constructed almost entirely within a factory (including the electrical and plumbing fittings), that is then shipped to the building site. Also known as modular or transportable buildings, these constructions have recently thrown off their poor reputation.

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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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Best Three-Bedroom Modular Homes

Three bedroom homes are perhaps the most popular size bracket in our entire range of modular homes. 

That being the case, three bedroom homes also make up the largest number of designs in our range, which means you'll have a lot to choose from! 

We've put together this list of what we think are the top 4 three-bedroom modular homes in our range. We've chosen these homes to make sure we include a three bedroom home for every need, from a modern family residence through to a beach-side holiday home. 

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Considering Building a Modular Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

Modular homes are becoming an increasingly popular option for those looking to build their dream home. And why not – they are faster to build than conventional homes, are sustainable, and are often less expensive.

If you’re about to embark on a new home build, it’s definitely worth considering a modular home, and here are a few reasons why:

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4 Best Two-Bedroom Modular Homes

Two bedroom modular homes are a popular choice for people looking for a compact family residence, or for those building a holiday house. Two bedroom designs are also often used as dependent person units, granny flats, or guest houses to supplement an existing dwelling.

Two bedroom homes offer a good balance of size and affordability. With modern modular design innovations we're able to build two bedroom modular designs that are both energy and space efficient while looking great. 

In this article we'll take a closer look at four of our most popular 2-bedroom modular designs.  

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The Top 10 Benefits to Building a Modular Home

If you’re tossing up whether a conventional build or modular home is best for you, it can be a tough decision to make. There are positives to both, and negatives too. You might feel that modular homes are an “unconventional” way to build, but this is not the case. 

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How to Build a Low-Maintenance Home

Enjoying your home — and not being a slave to it  — is what homeownership should be about! However, many of us go to our holiday homes for the long-weekend, and end up spending half the time that we should be relaxing, mowing the lawns, cleaning the gutters, staining the deck - the list goes on!

We've put together this list of tips for create a low maintenance home so you can spend more time relaxing and less time having to worry about keeping everything ship shape.

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