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

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

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

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?

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

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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3 of the Best Modular Home Designs for Beach Houses

Whether you’re planning a permanent sea change, or building your dream holiday house on the coast, finding the right design is key to getting maximum enjoyment from your new home. Externally, it should blend with the surroundings and showcase your personal style, while on the inside, you need a design that suits your family’s lifestyle and includes beach-friendly features like no carpet for easy sand clean up.

Modular homes are a great choice for your beach house project. Their flexible and contemporary designs suit families of all sizes, and look right at home in coastal locations. Plus, the off-site modular building process means less site disruption and faster construction times compared to a conventional build, so you can enjoy your beach retreat sooner. Here we’ve handpicked three of our favourite modular homes for seaside living.

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10 Reasons a Modular Home is the Best Choice for a Knockdown Rebuild

If you’ve outgrown your home, or it’s in need of some serious work, you essentially have three choices: sell, renovate, or knockdown and rebuild. Traditionally, selling or renovating have been the preferred options, however, there has recently been a strong trend towards knockdowns, especially when using modular construction methods for the rebuild.

So, if you’re keen to avoid the expense and stress of selling and buying, and the headaches of renovating and extending, then a knockdown rebuild might be the way to go. Plus, if faster construction times, less site impact and more design flexibility appeals, then building a new modular home may be the answer. Here are 10 reasons why.

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What You Need to Know About Modular Home Foundations

The foundation is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you picture your new home, but it is a critical component of a strong and long-lasting house. When it comes to foundations, there are several options to consider. Each have their own benefits, and are particularly suited to certain site or design requirements.

Today we’ll look at your foundation and footing options when building a new modular home. We’ll explain how they are constructed and installed on site to create a solid base that will stand the test of time.
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5 Key Considerations When Building a New Modular Home

If you’re like most people who are considering building a new modular home, you’re probably hugely excited - and if it’s your first time, maybe a little apprehensive too. Building a house is a big project, with many decisions to be made along the way. But the good news is that with careful planning and some tips from the experts, you can pull it off in as little time and with as little stress as possible.

We’ve built hundreds of modular homes and have learnt a lot along the way. Today we’re sharing our top five considerations when building your new home to ensure a smooth and successful project from start to finish.

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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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